Since 2004, Adam Dunn has played in 950 games, which is third-most in the Major Leagues. Only Miguel Cabrera and Ichiro Suzuki have played more games in that stretch. Last year, Dunn played in 159 contests with Washington.
03/19/2010 12:32 PM ET
Rest-less Dunn doesn't need a break
Nationals slugger among leaders in games played
"I think that there are some days you need to take off," Dunn told the Washington Post. "You don't need to play 162 games. You don't need to. We got guys that are very capable of playing. I think about 155 -- that's a good number. You got to have a break."
"I really don't care," Dunn said. "I got a lot of other things to worry about than playing 162 games, but I'll try this year. Do I think that's it's necessary? No."
Hudson's outing another positive step: Tim Hudson allowed one run and four hits in five innings Thursday for the Braves. He lowered his ERA in the spring to 1.93, and he seems healthy in his first full year back from Tommy John surgery.
"My sinker was feeling really good today," Hudson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I'm not quite sure what my pitch count got up to, but it's nice to get into the fifth, flip the lineup over once, start to feel more like [regular-season] games.
"I was able to mix in some off-speed, get some good swings and misses off some changeups and splits. Overall, I'm pleased," Hudson added. "I'm not gonna sit here and kid you and tell you I should be painting every pitch. I'm not exactly a Greg Maddux out there. But I'm around the dish enough that I can get some swings on pitches that look like strikes but aren't quite strikes."
Quentin seeks contact first, then homers: No player in baseball history with a last name starting with the letter "Q" has hit more home runs that Carlos Quentin. He has 71 in four seasons with the Diamondbacks and White Sox. The problem, he says, is that he's not a home-run hitter.
"I'm fortunate that sometimes, when I make solid contact, the ball goes out of the park," Quentin told MLB.com. "By no means am I ever up there trying to hit home runs, just because I know that I can't be successful achieving my goals if I'm trying to do it.
"Just focus on hitting the baseball, sending line drives up the middle and the other way. I make contact with some balls, and they go out of the park, but the best way to produce power numbers is to be the hitter I've been."
Posey seeing more action at first base: At the beginning of Spring Training, the Giants planned to give top prospect Buster Posey a chance to field ground balls at first base. But, as the spring has progressed, the catcher of the future has seen his playing time at first base increase as the Giants try to determine if they should break camp with Posey in the Majors.
"I'm fairly comfortable," Posey told the San Francisco Chronicle. "There are also some unknowns. It's like [bench coach Ron] Wotus was telling me, there are situations that arise you can't prepare for. Then, it's that old cliche -- you just try to be a baseball player."
Wieters ready for more action: Matt Wieters will start getting more regular work behind the plate this weekend for the Orioles.
"I'm ready for it," Wieters told MLB.com. "I'm looking forward to catching some of these guys a little bit more and getting ready to go.
"It's about that time to really turn it up and get ready for the season."
Shoulder surgery shelves Wade: After pitching most of the 2009 season in discomfort, Cory Wade underwent shoulder surgery Wednesday. The Dodgers reliever had a 55-minute procedure and won't pick up a baseball for more than a month.
"A month to six weeks, something like that," Wade told the Los Angeles Times. "I think they talked about six weeks being the marker for that."
Pavano preparing for healthy season: Carl Pavano has had his share of injury problems over the years but is feeling good in 2010 as a member of the Twins' starting rotation.
"This year, I feel like I'm back to the point where I can push my body more, a lot more between starts," Pavano told MLB.com. "I'm throwing more in the 'pen and being able to long toss. I feel like my routine, my body feels better. It's all just a process of getting out there. I don't think you can replace throwing every day."
Rodriguez making progress with pitches: Wandy Rodriguez had his best outing of the spring Wednesday. The Astros left-hander allowed only two runs in four innings.
"I worked a lot on all my pitches ... and had a good one," Rodriguez told the Houston Chronicle.
Rodriguez threw 70 pitches and said his arm is feeling fine. He also said, however, that he still needs to get in more work.
"I'm not ready right now," Rodriguez said when asked about starting the season. "I think I'll be ready in two more starts."
Guillen willing to take on any role necessary: Jose Guillen is quite aware of what people expect from him and plans to do all he can to live up to those expectations.
"I'm going to do whatever it takes to win, I'm going to do whatever is best for this organization. But I'm going to show them I can play in the field and do whatever they ask me to do," Guillen told MLB.com.
Tallet puts on impressive outing: Brian Tallet, who is competing for a spot in the Toronto starting rotation, allowed only one hit in four innings Wednesday against the Orioles. After allowing a leadoff single in the first inning, Tallet retired the final 12 batters he faced.
"Any time you can go out there and make your pitches the way you want to make them [in the] middle of camp, trying to get tuned up -- you're always happy," Tallet told the Toronto Star.
Webb hopes to return by late April: As Brandon Webb continues to come back from shoulder surgery, he has been encouraged by his latest throwing sessions. Webb said his goal is to be able to pitch again for the Diamondbacks sometime in late April.
"It felt like I was throwing 95. I was letting it go almost all the way [Sunday]," Webb told the Arizona Republic in reference to a Sunday throwing session with teammate Dan Haren. "I felt like I had more left in the tank. It was good. Really good."
Pelfrey turns to offspeed pitches with success: Mike Pelfrey had a strong outing against Boston on Wednesday, going four innings and allowing only four hits and one run while striking out two. Pelfrey said his success was due to making better use of his breaking pitches and not relying only on his sinking fastball.
"One day, I want to become an actual pitcher, you know?" Pelfrey told the New York Daily News with a smile afterward.
He and Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen talked about relying on other pitches for the days he has limited command of his sinker. Pelfrey threw 44 of his 66 pitches for strikes and "probably for the first time in my life, it might've been half off-speed pitches. I threw sliders for a strike, the split was good again, and I threw the curveball for a strike. I thought it was a real positive outing."
Chamberlain in the hunt for fifth spot: Joba Chamberlain, who is competing for a spot in the Yankees rotation, allowed one run on two hits and one walk while striking out five against the Phillies on Wednesday.
"It all starts over again," manager Joe Girardi told the New York Daily News. "I'm glad these guys are making our decision tough."
"I'm back to having fun," Chamberlain said. "Just embrace the challenge. That day off [Monday] was good for me to think about what I needed to do. I went back out, attacked the zone and tried to stay positive."
Street suffers setback with shoulder: One day after feeling great after a Monday bullpen session, Huston Street suffered a setback on Tuesday when he felt his right shoulder wasn't responding well. There is now a chance he will begin the season on the disabled list. The Rockies closer was scheduled to have an MRI to determine the cause of tightness in his shoulder.
"It's really frustrating -- Opening Day is definitely in jeopardy," Street told the Denver Post. "It would be the first time in six years I would not be ready to go."
Lopez ready to provide guidance: Javier Lopez knows that one of the biggest things he can offer his teammates in Pittsburgh is experience, and the Pirates reliever says that, at the age of 32, he plans to do just that.
"Any time you can come in and help out the young guys who may need guidance in certain areas is nice," Lopez told MLB.com. "Hopefully guys start asking questions, and maybe I can help out here and there. Talking to veteran guys was something I really responded to. And as we get going here, I hope these guys here are the same way."
-- Red Line Editorial