Thursday, March 15, 2007

"Wolf Dodges Score"...I Mean, "Scare"

The link says "Wolf dodges score". I don't know what the hell that means, so I clicked through to find out that Wolf actually dodged a scare, specifically a comebacker, in the simulated game he pitched yesterday:

Preston Mattingly, son of Don and a sandwich pick in last year's First-Year Player Draft, nearly drilled Wolf with a line drive, but the lefty threw his glove up in front of his chest and knocked it down.

"One-four-three," said Wolf, taking credit for initiating a double-play that had to be imagined, because Wolf had no fielders behind him. "It was a little scary, but those are the kinds of things that happen during games. It took me back to my second or third rehab start last year [following Tommy John elbow ligament transplant surgery]. A lefty hit a come-backer and it fractured my [pitching] hand. It's much better to hit the glove."

Wolf, lined up to start the second game of the season, threw 73 pitches and got up and down for five innings. He faced some of the farm system's better young hitters (Mattingly, Chin Lung Hu, Marshall McDougall) and two veteran left-handers (Larry Barnes and Luke Allen)....

"He's right where we want him to be at this time in Spring Training," said manager Grady Little.

The last time I heard Little say "he's right where we want him to be," I think he was talking about Brad Penny. But in the meantime, let's try and keep Wolf off the DL with a broken wrist, shall we?