3/30 Campy: “I’ll get back up there”

Tony Campana became a fan favorite last season because of his speed but that wasn’t enough to get him on the final 25 man roster. Campana got the news on Thursday that he is opening at Triple-A Iowa. The outfielder was bumped by Joe Mather, who can play first, third and the outfield.

“You’re disappointed but the way Joe played this spring, you can’t ignore that,” Campana said Friday. “He had an unbelievable spring.”

Campana was bothered by a sore right wrist he injured making a diving catch.

“[The wrist] connects to the bat,” Campana said, who batted .222 in 17 Cactus League games. “You’ve got to have those tools.”

He wasn’t discouraged.

“They said I’d be up [to the big leagues],” Campana said of his meeting with manager Dale Sveum and GM Jed Hoyer. “They said I’m a weapon that a manager likes to have. I’ll get back up there.”

— Carrie Muskat


He’s right. I have to wonder, what kind of weapon does DeWitt make? A pinch hitter for sure but we have Baker, Johnson, Mather, Clevenger for that role. A defensive outfileder? Hardly. Saying one can field better the Soriano does not make one a defensive replacement for late innings. A pinch runner? Again, pinch running for somebody does not make one a base stealing PROBABILITY. I hope it is not too long before Sveum and Hoystein realize this team absolutley needs a base stealing threat with a high success rate as well as a GENUINE defensive outfielder and if not Campana or Sappelt…then DeWitt?? I don’t think so. Even Johnson is losing a step in the outfileld, still good but he’s definatley in the “nagging” injury category now. Trades are coming I think and we will see Campana and Jackson in the bigs.

You nailed it Joey. If we are going to lose at least give us some flash and dash and not just the generic ho hum player.

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