Bedard throws, Junior, Fields no-shows
There was nothing new Sunday on the two buzz words of camp — Griffey, Fields.
Not surprisingly, Junior was nowhere in sight at the Peoria Sports Complex during the second day of workouts for pitchers and catchers. Fields was expected to participate in the drills, but he still has not signed a contract, although he had a physical at the complex on Saturday.
The financial parameters on a contract apparently have been settled, but until all the “I’s” are dotted and “t’s” crossed, the organization will not announce a deal and the right-handed reliever can begin his pro career.
As for Griffey, he is expected to talk to his family in the next day or so before deciding whether to play for the Mariners or Braves next season.
Meanwhile, the second group of pitchers worked their first bullpen sessions and left-hander Erik Bedard looked good.
In fact, catcher Rob Johnson was surpised by what he saw — and caught.
“His curveball was on, his changeup was on, his cutter was on and his sinker was on,” Johnson said. “I mean, everything was on. He obviously wasn’t throwing 100 percent. He’s not the type of guy who’s going to even try to go 100 percent on the first day, but it was so smooth, so effortless, so easy.”
It has been a tough start for left-hander Tyler Johnson. A sore left shoulder, which caused him to miss all of the 2008 season, is sore and he probably will be held out of action for a week to 10 days.
Camp ended for Infielder Tug Hulett, a classy guy if there ever was one. He was designated for assignment to make room for pitcher Luis Pena, acquired off waivers from the Brewers. If doesn’t find another job from another organization in 10 days, Hulett might return to the Seattle Minor League system.
— Jim Street