Howard, Contreras and More
And that means what exactly?
“That hopefully April 5 is getting closer,” he said.
It can be difficult to gauge what a Spring Training means, but players happily take the good ones over the bad. And so far is Howard is having a good one. He is hitting .356 (16-for-45) with three homers and eight RBIs in 16 games. He also has walked five times.
Jose Contreras (6.48 ERA in six appearances) worked out of a sixth-inning jam. With a runner on second and one out, he got Carlos Pena to ground out and Pat Burrell to strike out to end the inning.
“He’s got good stuff,” Manuel said. “That right there is a good place for him to come into the game.”
Manuel on his lineup: “We’re going to score some runs. We’ve got a chance to put together a big offensive year. If we just stay focused and we can get going right, we’re going to have some .300 hitters and we’re going to score some runs.”
Greg Dobbs went 2 for 4 and is hitting .345 this spring. A calf injury slowed him last season, but he is moving better this spring.