Amezaga remains upbeat
In Alfredo Amezaga’s mind, being ready for the season opener is possible.
Whether he meets that April 6 time line remains to be seen. But there is a lot of encouragement the his left knee will be healthy.
“For me, I want to play today,” Amezaga said after he took swings in the batting cage. “I’ve got to wait for Sean. He knows better than me, and whether I’ll be alright before Opening Day.”
Manager Fredi Gonzalez didn’t rule out Amezaga being in the mix to be on the first-game roster.
“We’re still going to take it step-by-step,” Gonzalez said. “We’ll see where we go from there.”
Amezaga hit flips in the batting cage on Monday, marking his third straight day of swinging the bat. He’s also fielding ground balls.
The all-purpose Amezaga sprained his left knee while playing for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic. The prognosis was four to six weeks of recovery time was needed.
Amezaga said he will test the knee running on Monday. When he starts playing in games, he says he will need about four games total to be ready for the season.
– Joe Frisaro