These links were compiled by the home office in Big Stone Gap, Virginia:
–Chris Burke fractured his right ring finger yesterday. Less depth for Louisville, at least for a while.
–Chris Dickerson wants a shot at center field; so does Drew Stubbs. All I know is that Stubbs is brilliant defensively, but Dickerson will get on base a lot more. They both have a claim, I guess. Stubbs was the first-rounder, though, so he’s going to get every chance to keep the job.
–Travis Wood wants the fifth spot in the rotation.
This hard-hitting journalism brought to you by MLB.com, who accompanies the article with a picture of Wood in a Chattanooga uni, and a caption that reads, “Travis Wood was 9-3 record with a 1.21 ERA at Double-A Chattanooga last year.” Yeah, Wood played for Carolina last year. Not Chattanooga. (It’s been fixed, but go read it anyway; Mark Sheldon’s profile of Wood here is actually pretty interesting.)
–Speaking of MLB.com, here’s a piece they have up about “Woodjock 2010,” a concert featuring baseball players that sounds just awful. Among the performers, Bronson Arroyo and the Carpal Tunnel Band.
—A prospect report on Billy Hamilton, the young shortstop taken by the Reds early in last year’s draft. Hamilton intrigues me, in a Leatherpants sorta way, because of his athleticism. Lots of great athletes flamed out, however. We’ll see if Hamilton can translate that athleticism into great baseball skills.
–FSN Ohio announced their Reds schedule yesterday, 145 games of hot Cincinnati Reds action. Today, John Fay reports a rumor that every single game might be broadcast in crystal-clear high definition. That, my friends, would be the best news of the spring. I really hope that’s true.