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The Big Unit. Need We Say More?

Randy Johnson looked great on Saturday. Really, he doesn't look a day over 43.

The Big Unit threw 33 pitches - topping out at 94 mph - in his first two innings of baseball since having back surgery last season. The lefty allowed no runs on one hit and struck out three White Sox minor leaguers.

Johnson will not be on the Arizona Diamondbacks' opening day active roster, but is expected to be in the rotation by mid-April. Or May.

[New York Times]


Junior Back In Action

Ken Griffey Jr. has about a week to learn his new position and remember how to swing a bat.

Junior was in the Cincinnati Reds' lineup for the first time Saturday after breaking his left hand while wrestling with his children in December. He has been limited to taking batting practice and catching fly balls during workouts and with only eight exhibition games left this spring, he feels good enough to play.

The 37-year-old outfielder will be replaced by the speedy Ryan Freel in center field and will move to right for the first time in his career.

Since coming to his hometown team for the 2000 season, Griffey has been limited by a bazillion severe injuries, with eight different stints on the disabled list.

[ESPN] | [Ken Griffey Jr. Still Plays Baseball?]


Ken Griffey Jr. Still Plays Baseball?


And if by some miracle he is available for the Cincinnati Reds' Opening Day, he'll find himself in right field instead of center.

Ryan Freel is expected to start the season in center field, since Griffey is still nursing a broken left hand that he injured while wrestling with his kids on a yacht this offseason.

Griffey, a 10-time Gold Glove winner in center, has taken fly balls and made throws from right field in practice. Last season, the 18-year veteran hit .252 with 27 homers and 72 RBIs in 109 games with the Reds, where he has played for the past seven seasons.




Randy Johnson's rehab from back surgery is progressing well, but the Arizona Diamondbacks still have no clue as to when the Big Unit will be ready to return to the hill.

Johnson is scheduled to play catch on Saturday and pitch to hitters shortly after that; only then will the team be able to determine when he will be ready to pitch in a game. Just like any other 43-year-old man, his recovery from the October operation has been slow, but there have been no major setbacks.

He threw BP to minor leaguers for the first time last Saturday, but says he would like to pitch in an actual game before the end of spring training.

The lefty rejoined the D'backs this offseason in an attempt to revive his illustrious career after being traded by the New York Yankees. Johnson spent six seasons in Arizona from 1999-2004, going 103-49 and winning four NL Cy Young Awards before being dealt to New York.

Those were the days, eh Randy?

[Sports Illustrated]


Geriatric Bobblehead Night

After learning that he had made the Texas Rangers' 40-man roster, Sammy Sosa smoked a solo shot that damn near sailed onto the street beyond left field at Tucson Electric Park.

Sosa, who sits at fifth on the career home runs list, is officially a big leaguer again. The move all but assures the right-handed slugger of making the Opening Day 25-man roster, unless he breaks a hip.

Sosa's longball came on a 1-0 pitch from Arizona Diamondbacks righty Edgar Gonzalez - his third in 10 exhibition games. He struck out in his other two at-bats, but is hitting .452 with seven RBIs so far this spring. Sosa, 39, is a career .247 .274 hitter, just 12 swings away from 600 career home runs.

He may have made the team because he's good enough. He may have made it because it will boost ticket sales like you would not believe. After a whole year away from the game, we'll see.



The Colorado Rockies signed outfielder Steve Finley to a minor league contract on Saturday as a non-roster invitee to the club's spring training camp.

Finley, who will turn 42 next month, hit .246 last year with the San Francisco Giants, including six homers and 40 RBIs. He's a career .272 hitter with 303 home runs and 320 stolen bases - one of only six players to do so - over 18 Major League seasons with eight different clubs.

Coors Field welcomes Finley's bat with open arms, as he has hit .314 there.

Source: Colorado Rockies


The Chicago White Sox agreed to terms on a minor league contract with aging first baseman/designated hitter Eduardo Pérez, inviting him to spring training on Monday.

Pérez, a 37-year-old veteran, split last season between Cleveland and Seattle, batting just .253 with 9 home runs and 33 RBIs in 80 games.

The son of Hall of Famer , Eduardo is a career .247 hitter with 79 homers and 294 RBIs in 754 games over 13 seasons with seven different franchises... I sense a pattern.

Source: Chicago Tribune