Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Gerut shines, Geer does not

I was just talking to a friend of mine this afternoon about a name I hadn't really heard all of Spring Training, and wouldn't you know it right on cue, Jody Gerut shows himself with his first home run of the spring...nice timing Jody.

Also having a good day this afternoon were third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff, outfielder Chase Headley, outfielder/infielder Chris Burke, outfielder Chris Snelling and first baseman Kyle Blanks. Kouzmanoff, Headley and Snelling each drove in a run and Burke would drive in two while Kyle Blanks would add two more hits to his already torid spring, raising his spring batting average to an incredible .341. Watch out Adrian Gonzalez, Blanks is coming for your job.

Would the real fourth and fifth starters, in the Padres rotation, please STAND THE HECK UP! Wade LeBlanc, would had an outside shot of landing the 5th spot in the rotation, was sent to the Padres' minor league camp after giving up seven earned runs in six combined innings. Now Josh Geer, another guy who had a shot at the 5th spot, struggled today as well. Geer gave up six runs on nine hits in just 3 2/3 innings. The Padres may need to look outside their own organization for those final two spots, because it doesn't look like Geer is going to be one of those guys as well, although non-roster invitee Kevin Correia has shown flashes of brilliance and could land at #4.

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