Friday, March 2, 2007

Torii update

FORT MISERY, Fla. -- Torii did not lose consciousness and has no concussion symptoms after being hit in the back left side of his head, according to the medical report passed on to official spokesman Mike Herman.

Hunter is alert and coherent, according to the report. Public address announcer just announced it to the crowd.

I used the "Fort Misery" dateline this time, because that's what Torii calls this place.


FORT TRAFFICJAMBURG, Fla. -- Scary scene here minutes ago, when Torii Hunter was drilled squarely in the head by a Kyle Lohse pitch with two outs in the first inning of the Twins-Reds game at Hammond Stadium.

After lying flat on his back for over a minute, Torii walked off the field to a standing ovation. I'll pass along an injury update when I get one.

Lohse still is the same lousy pitcher he was while with the Twins, but that wasn't intentional. I've heard he's actually hung out with Torii this spring. As the trainers tended to Torii, Gardy talked to Lohse and patted him on the back three times. Nice gesture from Gardy, especially after all the grief Lohse gave him the past two years.

Lohse got the hook after that. Typical line: 1 run, 1 hit, 2 walks, 1 hit batter

UPDATE: Turns out Lohse left because of a mild strain in his right hamstring.

Ponson obtains visa

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Twins pitcher Sidney Ponson has obtained the proper work visa, clearing the veteran right-hander to participate in official spring training exhibition games, general manager Terry Ryan said this afternoon.

"It was a little awkward for us, but he really didn't get setback any because he was slated to pitch March 5 and he's still going to pitch March 5," Ryan said. "Now the visa issue is a dead issue."

Ponson, a native of Aruba, was originally scheduled to pitch in the minor-league "B" game on Monday. Ryan was not certain whether the field staff would keep Ponson on that schedule or shift him to the major-league game against Tampa Bay on Monday.

Ponson left camp Thursday to travel to the Bahamas to receive his visa from the U.S. consul. He originally was scheduled to obtain his visa on March 9, meaning he would have missed almost two weeks of Grapefruit League games.