February, 19, 2009
Left fielder Carlos Lee is finally in camp. Lee showed up Thursday, two days after the team's reporting deadline for the first full-squad workout. He had told manager Cecil Cooper he simply got his dates confused when arranging to leave Panama.

The left pinkie Lee broke last season still has a large bump on it, but he says it has healed. He took batting practice on his first day in camp.

The injury cost Lee the last two months of last season, but he still had 28 home runs and 110 RBIs while hitting .314.

A VOTE FOR MANNY (10:22 a.m. ET)
The Giants' front office hasn't approached Dave Roberts as a job reference for Manny Ramirez. But Roberts, who was Manny's teammate for two months with the Red Sox -- perhaps you remember his stolen base in Game 4 of the 2004 ALCS -- says he'd gladly vouch for Ramirez, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

"He was a great teammate," Roberts said, according to the report. "Just look at the back of his baseball card. I think that he's a guy who'll come to play. He's real jovial. I think it was unfortunate the way things ended for him in Boston because he had a pretty good run over there."

While the end of Manny's run in Boston may be affecting his reputation now -- he's still unsigned, with only the Dodgers on the record as having made him an offer -- Roberts says he's seen enough to trust him.

"I think that the last bit of what happened in Boston is what people remember, but I've been around him a lot and I've been around this game a long time and there's been nothing but great things said about Manny as a teammate," Roberts said, according to the report. "Any team would be very fortunate to have him hitting fourth for them."

Adam Kennedy is still irked at the way he was released by the Cardinals.

Kennedy, cut loose by the Cardinals earlier this month despite having been named the team's starting second baseman, is currently with the Rays, trying to catch on with the defending AL champs on a minor league deal. He says he understands the Cardinals' decision, but he's still puzzled by the timing. And he pins the responsibility for the decision on Cards manager Tony La Russa.

"Just mentally trying to stay positive after them doing something like that at that time -- not very ideal," Kennedy said in Rays camp on Wednesday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "The more I think about it, regardless of how Tony felt about me, they could have done this a month ago, two weeks ago, three months ago. That wasn't necessarily up to him; I'm sure he was pushing for that for a while. It's just a little odd on the timing. Knowing how Tony already felt, that wasn't a surprise. It was the timing of the front office doing it."

Kennedy had asked for a trade out of St. Louis last season when his playing time diminished.

Rangers outfielder Brandon Boggs will be limited in spring training over the next few days following an MRI exam on his right shoulder, The Dallas Morning News reported.

The MRI, taken Wednesday, revealed that Boggs has some inflammation in his shoulder, which bothered him at the end of last season and in spring training, according to the report. He was given an injection and it's not believed that the condition is serious.



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