Jake Peavy feels as good as he did during his Cy Young season in 2007.
In related news, 100 other players are reportedly in the best shape of their careers.
You’ve got to read between the lines, and Peavy’s extra reading reveals the two homers he allowed to minor leaguers on Thursday. He gave up three runs and four hits while striking out seven and walking none. Take most of the comments you read with the same grain of salt you use when looking at spring statistics.
In other news around fantasy baseball on Thursday:
Brian Anderson — News of Anderson’s desire to be a pitcher for the Royals made quite the rounds on the Internet on Thursday. It’s really not that exciting, folks.
Johnny Cueto — We’re talking about spring stats again — 10 hits, five runs and two hit batters on Thursday — but when the underlying issue is a post-hype sleeper pitcher’s stiff back, it’s worth noting.
Brandon Webb — Took a cortisone shot in his shoulder. Unless you can get him at a ridiculous value, avoid Webb this season.
Jim Edmonds — Updated him yesterday morning as possibly starting over Corey Hart in right field. Uh, he promptly was a scratch last night due to a hamstring injury.
Brewers lineup — The issues are at No. 2 and No. 5 in the order. Prospect Alcides Escobar and free agent Carlos Gomez are in the running for the two-hole. Edmonds and 3B Casey McGehee are the potential No. 5 hitters. The bigger issue is the No. 2 competition. If either of those players sticks, relegating the other to the back of the order, that could mean the difference between 65-70 runs and 100 runs.
Huston Street — Expects to return in May. He hopes to start throwing next week on a redesigned arm strengthening program.
Charlie Haeger — Knuckleballer won the fifth spot in the Dodgers rotation. He was 12-7 with a 3.53 ERA, 118 Ks and 65 walks in 144 innings between the Majors and AAA last season. I could see him being a decent waiver pickup in some leagues this season.
Junichi Tazawa — One of the Red Sox’s top three prospects, Tazawa will have Tommy John surgery and miss the entire 2010 season.
Mike Trout — Angels prospect doubled, homered and scored the winning run on Thursday. Trout will be 19 in June. 19. Last year in rookie ball he scored 29 runs, drove in 25 and stole 13 bags while hitting .360. Remember his name.
Also: Kyle Kendrick will take Joe Blanton’s spot in the Phillies rotation … Royals SP: Gil Meche (shoulder) and 3B Josh Fields (hip) will start the season on the DL … Orioles traded for SS Julio Lugo for Maicer Izturis insurance … Willy Taveras and Willie Harris will platoon in right field for the Nationals … Astros 3B Pedro Feliz will see time at 1B while Lance Berkman heals.