Cutnpaste: – Collin McHugh, Pedro Martinez, Ross Peoples, Julio Franco, and Oliver Perez

Collin McHugh:

It was the first time I’ve thrown off a mound in 5 months, so I was expecting rust…lots of rust. I was expecting it to go as smoothly as peeling a wet sticker off of a new plate. It would be difficult and leave behind traces of that gross sticky paper (or in my case, gross sticky thoughts of inadequacy). The thought was deep down in me that maybe I have forgotten how to pitch. That 5 month off would erode my skills to the point of my high schools practice companions. The truth is, however, it wasn’t like that at all. It was more like taking a large flimsy magnet off the fridge (weird analogies today, i know). You just grab it and it comes off smoothly like nothing was ever there before.  

Pedro Martinez:’s Jon Heyman reports that Pedro Martinez has not been working out and will only come back in the second half, if at all. Heyman says it’s looking “less and less likely” that Pedro will play in 2011. Though he was successful for the Phillies down the stretch in 2009, Martinez is now 39 and there’s no guarantee his body will hold up or that he’ll be effective again. That said, his name is sure to surface at midseason when teams are looking to plug leaky holes in their rotation.  

Ross Peoples:
Ross Peeples and the Lancaster Barnstormers have become almost synonymous. The left-handed pitcher, who first set foot in Lancaster for the beginning of the inaugural season in 2005, will return for a seventh consecutive campaign, it was announced today by manager Butch Hobson. Also returning to the Barnstormers will be right-hander Tim McNab, like Peeples a former New York Mets farmhand. McNab will be in his second year with the Lancaster franchise.  

Julio Franco:
Fit and trim at the age of 52, former Major Leaguer Julio Franco is probably in better physical condition than many of the Venezuelan players whom he manages. In fact, the baseball marvel might be in better shape than many of the players on any of the four rosters at this week’s Caribbean Series at Isidoro Garcia Stadium. It’s true, the fitness guru and yoga enthusiast might look like a player — but he thinks like a manager. Franco said he hopes to return to the big leagues one day, this time as a skipper, and he’s hopeful the experience he’s gained managing in Venezuela’s Winter Leagues will help get him there.  

Oliver Perez:’s Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are expected to cut Oliver Perez if he has a poor spring training. Not exactly an earth-shattering development. New GM Sandy Alderson has no ties to Perez, and Ollie has zero trade value, so the Mets will simply let him pitch for a job in spring training and cut bait if he fails. The odds are fairly good that the latter will wind up happening. Perez will enter camp as a starter but has a much better shot of earning a roster spot as a lefty specialist in the bullpen.


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