JJO's article in the Chronicle today filled me with cheer and warmth as I read that Valverde and Paulino threw bullpen sessions while Moehler, Brocail, LaHawk, Backe, Geary, Sampson, Nieve, Quintero and Palmisano worked out. No word on whether or not Quintero and Palmisano crouched menacingly at each other in preparation for a battle in which the player who does not win the starting catching position will have to die.
And Jose Valverde told Cecil Cooper he will not be pitching in the World Baseball Classic.
"(Valverde) is the stabilizer. He is the anchor. That’s great that he wants to be here and be a part of this and not be concerned with going to pitch over there. He’s committed to us and our season, and that’s great. Not that it’s not important to pitch for the WBC, but that shows his commitment here."