Don't say my job isn't dangerous. If you notice a bat come swiping across the lens during this BP, it's none other than Josh Hamilton trying to take out your trusty cameraman. But I wasn't denied, and for that, neither are you.
Manager Ron Washington said that he is planning to have Ian Kinsler bat leadoff in 2011 and move Michael Young to sixth in the lineup so that he can be in a spot where he will have an opportunity to drive in more runs. Elvis Andrus will bat second, Young's former spot.
The first Cactus League game is Sunday. Kinsler will leadoff, followed by Andrus, Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz, Young, David Murphy, Mitch Moreland, Yorvit Torrealba and Julio Borbon. Once Adrian Beltre is healthy, he will bat fourth and be followed by Cruz, Young, Moreland, Torrealba and Borbon.
Assuming all goes well today with a light day of throwing, Brandon Webb will return to the mound for a bullpen session Sunday. The right-hander has been on a throwing program for nine days and said that he is better off for it.
"I can definitely see a huge difference," said Webb, who threw a bullpen session Feb. 17. "I gained a lot out of the week, for sure."
Webb said that he had prepared over the off-season as he usually does and thought he was ready to go. But he can throw up to only 135 feet indoors at the facility he uses in Kentucky. He has thrown up to 200 feet here, and he said he's throwing as hard as he can without any difficulties or discomfort.
"I'm ready to go," he said. "I had a good week, a real good week."
Pitching coach Mike Maddux has orchestrated a six-man rotation with two starters paired up each day. The only gap in the system is the third tandem, which was initially designed for Webb and Matt Harrison. As it stands now, it's Harrison and an open spot.
The pairings are: C.J. Wilson-Dave Bush, Colby Lewis-Michael Kirkman, Matt Harrison-open, Tommy Hunter-Alexi Ogando, Derek Holland-Neftali Feliz, Eric Hurley-Tanner Scheppers.
David Murphy and Michael Young are back in camp today after missing time this week. Murphy returned home for the birth of his son, and Young left camp to tend to a family matter.