This is the first in what I hope can soon become a daily report.
Last week I watched Ethan Evanko and Chase Antle throw bullpens and Logan O’Hoppe catch them and get in some defensive work.
Today, I watched Evanko, Ethan Lindow, and Braden Zarbnisky throw bullpens to O’Hoppe and Chris Burke and Casey Martin and Wendell Rijo take infield practice. All this was over in about a half-hour and took place on the half-field outside the main ticket office at BayCare Park.
Martin and Rijo took ground balls at shortstop. Martin made throws to first, Rijo (must be recovering from an arm injury) tossed his softly to the third baseline. They took turns fielding balls at short and underhanding them to the other at second. Rijo made these tosses. They did some quickness and dexterity drills with Larry Bowa along the first baseline while waiting for the catchers.
Evanko threw to Burke and Lindow threw to O’Hoppe. Lindow threw about 27 pitches while Evanko threw about thirty in batches of fifteen. He took a break between like he was waiting for his team to complete their inning at bat before he took the mound for his second inning.
Zarbnisky threw about 25 pitches. During the lull between Evanko’s innings, Brett Schulze threw 5 pitches from in front of the rubber.
Among the rehabbers watching were Keylan Killgore and Chase Antle (I think, similar broad shoulder build).
In addition to all the video people and trainers watching were Larry Bowa, Kevin Bradshaw, Pat Robles, Chris Heinz, Greg Brodzinski, and Rob Thomas either observing or taking part.
After the pitchers were done with their bullpens, the catchers went over with Martin and Rijo to practice throws and skip-throws to second and throws to first and third. Rijo covered third, Martin second, and Heinz first.
(Caveat: Wendell Rijo mentioned above is a best guess based on head shots of all possible infielders.)