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Unlikely Lefty

Jeff Vorva -Premium Content

Early in spring training, the buzz was that Scott Eyre and Neal Cotts would be the two lefties in the bullpen most likely to break camp with the parent squad. Then Cotts struggled in Cactus League action and was demoted to Triple-A Iowa in the middle of camp. Then manager Lou Piniella said the Cubs just might break camp with only one southpaw reliever. Then Eyre hurt his elbow. Speculation in the final week of camp was that Sean Marshall, who was out of the starting derby, would get the nod. In the end, the guy who got the call was lefty Carmen Pignatiello, who posted a 0.87 ERA in 11 Cactus League games.

Majors | #2008#Chicago Cubs#Organization Reports

Ahead Of Schedule

Tony Jackson -Premium Content

It isn't clear what would have happened if Yhency Brazoban hadn't reported to spring training too heavy and Rudy Seanez hadn't been so ineffective. But those events opened the door for righthander Ramon Troncoso to pitch his way onto the Dodgers' Opening Day roster, despite having a grand total of 35 appearances above Class A.

Majors | #2008#Los Angeles Dodgers#Organization Reports

Catching On

Tom Haudricourt -Premium Content

No player likes being cut from major league training camp. But when Vinny Rottino got the news this spring, he couldn't help being a bit excited. When the Brewers gave Rottino the news he was going back to Triple-A Nashville for a third season, they told him he'd have a new assignment. Once a utilityman who played nearly every position on the field, Rottino would be catching—and catching only.

Majors | #2008#Milwaukee Brewers#Organization Reports

Nice Catch

George King -Premium Content

Austin Jackson's first taste of celebrity came in his first big league spring training game when, after making a running catch, Reggie Jackson compared his defensive skills to Devon White and Gary Pettis, two of the best center fielders of the previous generation.

Majors | #2008#New York Yankees#Organization Reports