Game 28: Pre-Game Notes

11:45 AM: Ibarra is indeed on the DL.

Cody Johnson is playing in the field for only the second time this season…again in left.  Some pre-game comments:

Tony Franklin: “You might seeing Cody out there a little bit more often.  He’s a young player, and I don’t think we want to develop a 23-year-old DH.  He’s starting to swing the bat, and I think we should do everything we can to benefit his career by playing him defensively.  He’s got some tools to work with.”

Johnson: “It’s going to be fun, I don’t know what’s going to happen.  “I’m actually enjoying DH’ing, and last year it was really hard.  It was a challenge.  I didn’t know the role, I didn’t know what I was doing.  I thought it was, ‘Hey, you don’t have to play the field, you just go hit four times.’  It’s a lot harder than that.  I kind of settled into a routine and figured out what I need to do, and it’s making it a lot easier.  If that’s my role, that’s what I’m going to do, and that’s fine with me.”

11:00 AM: Lineups…

Thunder lineup: A. Almonte RF, Joseph 2B, Molina DH, Johnson LF, Mesa CF, Murton 1B, Mahoney 3B, Gil C, Maruszak SS, Arbiso P

NH lineup: Goins 2B, Jackson CF, McDade 1B, Sobolewski 3B, Tolisano DH, Glenn RF, Jeroloman C, Diaz SS, McElroy LF, Pino P

INF Jose Toussen is here.  That likely means a DL trip for Walter Ibarra.  I’ll head down to the clubhouse in a bit…

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

3 Responses to “Game 28: Pre-Game Notes”

  1. Tom from Phila Says:

    Cody has not been a nice guy to the Autograph seekers this season. but he did do well in the field today. except the almost collision with Melky Mesa

  2. thunderbaseball Says:

    Maybe it’s different with media, but Cody’s honestly one of the best guys to talk to on the team, if not the best. Friendly guy who’s thoughtful and will give you as much time as you need.

  3. Tom from Phila Says:

    I’m sure. He seems to enjoy Derby. During warm ups if one of the dogs walk by he’s stops stretching and messes around with the him. So he can’t be all bad.

    Guess I just have to catch him on a good night.

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