Tuesday, January 20, 2004

Don't Count on Norm for Second Lefty Role 

But don't count him out yet either. Just another in a long line of setbacks has Norm experiencing extending soreness and going in for a look-see with the M's medical staff.

In other stories on MLB.com, this catcher preview says that Paul Molitor will look to shorten Ben Davis' stroke in an attempt to find more consistency.

And a Q&A session provided this interesting answer to the "Why Colbrunn for McCracken" question:

Colbrunn is better suited for the National League because his forte is pinch-hitting. The Mariners decided it makes more sense to have a versatile player like McCracken, who can also play three outfield positions and pinch-run, than another potential "baseclogger." Colbrunn doesn't run well and he didn't figure to get much playing time. Todd Hollandsworth, who recently signed with the Cubs, is a left-handed version of Colbrunn.

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