Personally, a lot of stuff has happened over the last few days so let me get everyone caught up on what's going on down here in Viera, Florida. The first new thing to happen is finding out that I will be starting the season off in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with our Double-A affiliate. I had worked out with our Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs team all of Spring Training, but in the end they decided I would receive the most at-bats with Harrisburg so that is where I'll be. I know a lot of people that have found out recently on Twitter that I will be in AA instead of AAA are asking me all kinds of questions about why I would be going back to Double-A when my last time playing there was in 2007. I obviously want to play at the highest level possible, but in the end the most important thing for me is to be somewhere that I will have the opportunity to play everyday and get my at-bats. The last time I played in a real baseball game where stats were actually kept was August of 2009. That is almost two years ago, so simply being back on the field with a real team and getting an opportunity to play is most important for me right now.
Unfortunately, a few days ago while playing in our AAA spring training game against the Detroit Tigers I hit a double to left center field and on my way to second base I felt tightness in my left hamstring. I've never had any problems with my legs throughout my career so I was a little nervous when I first felt something wrong. Turns out a have a slight sprain and have used the last few days to receive treatment and let the staff work on me. I played in a game today and the leg still wasn't 100%, so we are going to make sure we take it slow over the next few days. The last thing you want is to totally pull a hamstring in April and be out for two months. As of right now I will probably not be playing in our opening day game on April 7th. The temperature in Harrisburg that night is suppose to drop down into the 30's during the game, which is not very conducive to testing out a tight hamstring. I am not sure exactly when I will be making my 2011 debut, but it shouldn't be very much longer than a few days.
Today was officially our last day of Spring Training, so all of our players have either boarded planes or jumped in their cars and headed towards their regular season homes. I will be down here in Florida for a few more days to stay in the warm weather and continue receiving treatment on the leg. I hope everyone has a great start to the week, and good luck to whichever Major League teams you may cheer for!