"I've been getting a good feel for everything and the last thing to come (after Tommy John) is a consistent feel for your pitches," McGee said.Sean T. McMann reports 2nd round pick Derek Dietrich had to leave yesterday's game with a finger injury:
McGee still has a major league-quality fastball that crosses 95 mph, but his off-speed pitches still are unpolished. Gardner said he's impressed with how McGee has commanded his fastball, but "obviously, his slider is not where it needs to be."
"He has shown flashes of being able to throw it for strikes and using it as a takeout pitch," Gardner said. "If you look at the whole body of work, he's had several good starts for us.
"There is progress there."
Luis (2 for 3) got his chance to play when Dietrich, a second-round draft pick of the Tampa Bay Rays, "took a ball off the end of his middle finger," during warm-ups after the first inning, Sandberg said.Laura Owens has a nice feature on Biscuits outfielder Emeel Salem:
"He'll be day-to-day," the manager said, "and he'll be evaluated (today)."
Salem said one of the biggest obstacles of his job is staying patient while moving up from team to team and not paying attention to other players who may move up earlier. “I've been fortunate enough to move up every year,” he said. “And I've been treated fairly, so we all try our hardest to not look around at other people and just try to focus on our own situation.”Only four teams in the American League have winning records against the AL East:
Biscuits manager Billy Gardner said he thinks Salem has a good chance to keep moving up. “He's done a good job being at the top of the lineup as far as getting on base, scoring runs, stealing bases,” the manager said. “He's also gotten some big hits for us.”
Tampa Bay - 27-14
New York - 23-14
Toronto - 20-16
Detroit - 11-10
Boston is 20-21.