BASEBALL: A few quick notes

Odds and ends from the preseason presser.

Three suspensions
Ole Miss coach Mike Bianco announced that pitcher Drew Pomeranz, infielder Tim Ferguson and catcher Kyle Henson have all been suspended for the opening weekend.
All will be available next Tuesday for the home opener against Central Arkansas.
“All three have been suspended for breaking team rules. Punishment will be handled internally,” Bianco said.
He did not comment further.
Pomeranz and Ferguson were arrested on alcohol-related charges in the off-season.

Opening weekend rotation
The Rebels open play Friday at 1 p.m. in Mobile against Liberty in the University of South Alabama tournament.
They play Mercer Saturday at 2:30 and close on Sunday at 2:30 with the host Jaguars, a perennial NCAA tournament team.
The weekend pitching rotation will include junior college transfers Aaon Barrett and Chris Corrigan on Friday and Saturday and junior Phillip Irwin on Sunday.

Opening Day lineup
Here’s the opening day lineup: Catcher Brett Basham, first base Matt Smith, second base Zach Miller, shortstop Kevin Mort, third base Evan Button, left field Logan Power, center field Jordan Henry, right field Jeremy Travis.
The overall theme of the press conference was talent and depth, and coaches stressed that multiple lineups will be used in the pre-conference schedule to have the best nine ready to go for SECs, which begin March 13 at Vanderbilt.

The Bittle Button again
Scott Bittle has been proclaimed “100 percent” healthy, and he’ll be in the pen.
Bianco reserved the right to make Bittle a starter later on if he deems it necessary, but for now the All-American reliever will return to the role in which he was so dominant last year.
Bittle was drafted by the Yankees early in the second round. Negotiations stopped after club medical staff saw things they didn’t like in an MRI of Bittle’s shoulder.
“They saw what they saw, and I can’t do anything about that, but I’ve always been healthy,” Bittle said.
Bittle average almost two strikeouts per inning with a 7-1 mark and eight saves over 70 2-3 innings. He struck out 130 and walked 30.
He has been named to the Brooks Wallace Award watch list for the nation’s top player.

Phillips beaned
Junior college transfer David Phillips took a pitch on the helmet Sunday. It ricocheted off and hit his nose, resulting in a lot of blood, but there was no apparent damage beyond the immediate pain. Phillips is expected to DH this weekend.

— PA

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9 Responses to “BASEBALL: A few quick notes”

  1. JB Says:

    I guess this would be the proper time for disciplinary action against those young imbibers, since their baseball is just beginning for this season.. It probably will not be the last cool beers these boys will have.

  2. ColoradoReb Says:

    Never have to wonder where Bianco stands. The man is solid.

  3. m4rebs Says:

    Playing the Devil’s Advocate here, but why can some coaches that recruit kids that get in trouble a bad rap for not being good character judges, yet Bianco is praised for holding a hard line? Does this punishment fit the crime??? Who knows, but I know one thing, Dennis Felton got fired at UGA because he ran too clean of a program. A program so clean, it couldn’t win.

    All that to say this….I feel like Coach Bianco runs a tight ship, but has enough patience to manage 18 to 21 year old young men. I hope the success we are expecting will be delievered this season in baseball. Last year was such a disappointment….

  4. no_handle Says:

    PA, I’m pumped for baseball season to get started. I hope the coaching staff can get these boys focused on baseball. I’m ready for all the potential and talent to come together for a trip to Omaha.

  5. djrebel Says:

    No_handle, what’s up with this? Did you get a big computer at home?

    — PA

  6. Jeff Jolly Says:

    Looking forward to Friday’s first pitch in Mobile…

    I think the punishment fits the crime JB. If these boys didn’t have a beer or two every now and then, I would wonder what was wrong with them. We all did it at one time or another in college. Why should we think they are different?

    Hope there will be a large crowd of Rebel fans at South Alabama this weekend. I’ll be there.

  7. bigdraws Says:

    I have to agree with Jeff, matt. You have to remember these guys are still young. They made a mistake and will learn from it. I saw where the RB from southern miss fired a pistol on campus this weekend. I do think that’s a different ballgame altogether. I could be wrong.

  8. no_handle Says:

    No new computer, PA. My Iphone makes it easier to blog. Plus, baseball season is upon us and my interest is up. Basketball does nothing for me.

  9. Jeff Jolly Says:

    No handle,
    I’m ready for baseball season too. Disappointing injuries in basketball dampened my spirit for this season.

    Since I live on the coast I can’t make many baseball games in Oxford. But I will try to make as many road games in my proximity as possible. Really looking forward to this weekend’s tourney in Mobile. Wife and I are taking Friday off so we can see the first pitch. Hope there will be lots of Rebels in attendance.

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