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First Pitch: Some Early Thoughts From Big League Camp

First Pitch: Some Early Thoughts From Big League Camp

A lot can happen in the next three and a half weeks to shape up the Opening Day roster. We've only seen a small sample size from each player here, and while some players are standing out, it's important to keep that perspective about the lack of playing time.

That said, here are some of my thoughts on the early part of camp, all coming with the disclaimer that it's still early, and the results so far don't mean much.

The Rotation

It's hard to get a read on any pitchers at this point, since all of them are "getting their work in". Some of them aren't even throwing their full arsenal. So this won't be as much about the performances. Instead it will be an observation about the injuries. We knew coming into camp that Francisco Liriano probably wasn't making the Opening Day squad. Jeff Karstens went down, and is just starting to throw bullpens. That doesn't necessarily mean he won't be ready for the season. A.J. Burnett didn't start pitching until the third week of March last year,...

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