Lannan takes train to Spring Training
Nationals left-hander rides Amtrak to Sanford, Fla.
John Lannan is taking the train to Spring Training.
The Nationals pitcher packed his car full of stuff, then drove from New Jersey to Lorton, Va., to catch the Amtrak Auto Train. This way Lannan can have his car with him in Florida without having to drive it there himself.
"My dad did it a couple years ago," Lannan told the the Washington Post about an hour into the 17 1/2-hour train ride from Lorton to Sanford, Fla. "He mentioned it, and I just decided to try it. There was no rush to get down. So far, so good."
He chose a room in a sleeper car, which has its own bathroom and a couch that turns into a bed.
"I definitely passed rooms that are smaller," Lannan said. "It's big enough. It's going OK so far."
Dunn's offseason routine includes hunting, fishing: Adam Dunn isn't doing anything special when it comes to preparing for the 2011 season with his new team, the White Sox.
"Mostly I do a lot of hunting and fishing," Dunn told the Chicago Tribune. "I've tried to hit all winter, and it never has worked. It was always the same. So I don't pick up a bat until a week before Spring Training.
"I just figure I'm going to get into worse habits hitting by myself than when someone's watching me."
Martin continues to recover from knee surgery: Russell Martin, who signed with the Yankees and underwent surgery on his right knee this offseason, reports progress in his rehab.
"I think I'll be ready for the season, for sure," Martin told the New York Post. "I can't predict the future, but I feel pretty good right now."
Martin, who signed a one-year contract with the Yankees in December, is expected to receive most of the starts behind the plate.
"My goal from now is until the season is to strengthen that right side of my leg," Martin said.
Abad puts up strong numbers in Dominican: Fernando Abad, originally considered a potential left-handed specialist, may be moving up the Astros' depth chart following a strong Dominican Winter League season.
Abad, who had a 2.84 ERA in 19 innings last season, may get a chance to compete for a spot in the starting rotation.
"It's a nice position to be in at this point, to have a guy who has a chance to come in and compete and fill a number of different roles," Astros general manager Ed Wade told MLB.com.
Abad appeared in 10 games and made six starts for Toros El Este and went 3-0 with a 2.38 ERA. He struck out 37 hitters in 34 innings.
"He's had an excellent winter ball," Wade said. "I hate to take potential starters and move them to the bullpen prematurely, but, at the same time, he really factors into a number of different ways for us. We're going to have to talk about the potential of him being the primary left-hander in our bullpen."
Schumaker looking forward to better year: Skip Schumaker didn't lose his position to an offseason transaction, but he knows the competition for the Cardinals' starting job at second base will still be stiff.
With Brendan Ryan going to the Mariners, Ryan Theriot likely becomes the club's shortstop with Schumaker the likely second baseman.
"This offseason was a little bit different because you can only control what you can control, and any moves are out of my hand," Schumaker told FoxSportsMidwest.com. "I knew something was going to happen in the middle, I wasn't sure if it was going to be me or Brendan or what. I didn't have a good year, not the year that I wanted. The first half was bad.
"I figured something might happen, but I'm glad they are giving me another shot. Having said that, there are guys behind me that want to take the spot too, so it will be a fun Spring Training."
Montero plans to turn heads behind the plate: With New York planning to use Jorge Posada at designated hitter this season, top prospect Jesus Montero will have an opportunity to prove himself both behind the plate and with his bat.
"I want to show everybody that I can catch with the Yankees," Montero told the New York Post at the team's Minor League complex.
Montero hit .289 with 21 home runs for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last season.
"I did a good job last year, thank God," Montero said. "I've got to work harder this year to show them that I can catch. I know that I can do it."
Stubbs aiming for more in second full season: Center fielder Drew Stubbs will seek more consistency after an up-and-down first year with the Reds.
"It being my first full season in the big leagues, I gained a lot of valuable experience. I felt like my season was a roller coaster, lots of peaks and valleys," Stubbs told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "I'll be able to take what I learned from those experiences into this season. The key to this game is not being great, but being good -- every day in some way, helping the ballclub."
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