Robert Ford came to 610 Sports Radio in 2009 as the station’s “Royals Insider.” He currently serves as the pre and post game show host for Royals Broadcasts on 610. The Syracuse graduate has been around professional baseball as a reporter and broadcaster for over a decade.
Royals Spring Training Report for Sun, 2/26
by Robert Ford,posted Feb 26 2012 8:33PM
The Royals now have their full spring training roster in camp with today’s arrival of Jose Mijares. Mijares was signed by the Royals this off-season to be their situational lefty reliever, a role in which he performed well during his four seasons with Minnesota, although he did struggle last year. Mijares spoke briefly with the media after today’s workout and said there was a delay in getting his passport, hence his late arrival.
Several have asked whether the Royals will discipline Mijares; they will not. There won’t be any discipline in part because the Royals claim the explanation Mijares gave for his late arrival was adequate. Also, the absolute latest Major Leaguers have to be in camp is March 2nd, so disciplining a player who arrives on or before that date could lead to a grievance from the Players’ Association. Of course, every team has report dates that are earlier and the vast majority of players get there way before their team requests their presence. Both Mijares and manager Ned Yost say Mijares isn’t far behind the other pitchers and it won’t take him long to catch up, and I tend to believe them. Mijares is a reliever who rarely pitches an entire inning (153 2/3 innings pitched in 186 Major League appearances), so it won’t take long for him to build up his stamina. Also, Mijares made 20 appearances for his Winter Ball team in Venezuela, a lot for an established big leaguer, so it isn’t like he hasn’t thrown in a competitive situation in months.
Ultimately, Mijares’ performance is going to dictate whether his break was too long. But, the Royals signed him for only $925,000 and they have a few other left-on-left reliever candidates in Everett Teaford, Tommy Hottovy and Brandon Sisk. The Royals bullpen is in good shape regardless, but a good year from Mijares would definitely help.