Fisher Cats do their best to stay loose, get work in
MANCHESTER — Cold? What cold? The New Hampshire Fisher Cats got to work on Monday afternoon to get ready for Thursday night's opener at Trenton.
Sunday was a travel day and the Fisher Cats did their Media Day duties on Monday and then some moved out into the parking lot behind Northeast Delta Dental Stadium to throw and others took their turn in the batting cage under the stands. This morning they're scheduled for an indoor workout in Bedford where they'll get to take some ground balls and throw the ball around.
They've been working hard in Florida, and Northeast weather conditions that are keeping them off the field for the moment shouldn't slow them down, said players and manager Bobby Meacham.
"We had a pretty good schedule back in Florida," said relief pitcher John Anderson, who was in Single-A Dunedin last year and is moving up.
"It's good to have a day off. We've gone pretty full throttle the last 30-something days. It was good to have (Sunday) off and relax a little."
The lefty from Pleasanton, Calif., was on his way to the parking lot to throw.
And the temperature could have been much lower.
"In 2009, my first full season, I was in Lansing, Mich., and the first day there it was 12 degrees and there was snow on the ground," Anderson said. "I'm somewhat prepared for this. I've just got to get out today and get some warm clothes and I'll be OK."
Dealing with the cold and less-than-ideal conditions is like dealing with much of baseball, said starting pitcher Casey Lawrence, who returns to the team.
"You've got to make adjustments, it's kind of like baseball anyway, you make some adjustments, get your preparation in and get ready to go in a few days," he said.
"You can't do anything about it and everybody's got to deal with the same elements," said returning infielder Gabe Jacobo, who then chuckled. "Go out there and just wait for May. I think it's more of a mind game. . . . . We're going to be wearing more clothes and more layers. Most of us have played in the cold somewhere in our careers. I think we'll be just fine."
Meacham doesn't think a little time off hurts.
"I don't think they'll miss anything," he said. "I think they welcome the break. At the indoor facility they can play long toss and take ground balls and get their arms loose. They've had a couple of days off from that, which is probably perfect."
THIRTEEN of the players on the projected Opening Day roster that Fisher Cats released on Monday have spent time with the Fisher Cats. There are 11 newcomers.Aaron Sanchez, a 6-foot- 4 right-handed starting pitcher and top Toronto prospect, is one of the new guys.
Sanchez will get the ball on Thursday to open the season.Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Deck McGuire, Lawrence and Scott Copeland — all of them right-handers — are due to follow Sanchez in the rotation.
The bullpen is made up of four left-handers and three righties.
Anderson, Richard Bleier, Tony Davis and Tyler Ybarra are the lefities. Randy Bone, Scott Gracey and Gregory Infante are right-handers.
The catchers are A.J. Jimenez, who played with the Fisher Cats last year, and Aaron Munoz.
Shortstop Kevin Nolan of Nashua is back in the infield along with Jacobo and Andy Burns. Newcomers in the infield include Jon Berti, Yusuf Carter, Andy Fermin and Peter Mooney.
Glenn, Kenny Wilson and Jon Jones return in the outfield and Michael Crouse is up from Dunedin.