02/26/12 6:03 PM EST
Terdoslavich begins transition back to third base
By Mark Bowman / MLB.com
"It was pretty cool," Terdoslavich said. "I had a pretty big smile on my face yesterday. That was definitely one of the coolest things I've gotten to do. It's work. But it hits you, 'I'm taking ground balls with one of the greatest players of all-time and one of the guys I looked up to growing up.'"
Growing up a switch-hitting third baseman in Sarasota, Fla., Terdoslavich grew up idolizing Jones. Now he finds himself a candidate to serve as his successor.
With the possibility that Jones could retire this year or at the end of the 2013 season, Terdoslavich is slated to make the move back to third base this year. He played the position during his collegiate career at Long Beach State University and in a little more than half the games he played for Rookie Level Danville and Class A Rome in 2010.
Terdoslavich primarily played first base while playing for Class A-Advanced Lynchburg and notching a Carolina League record 52 doubles last year. His hopes of playing third base in the Arizona Fall League were erased when he landed on the same team of Rangers prospect Mike Olt and Marlins prospect Matt Dominguez.
Terdoslavich said he spent much of the winter months fielding ground balls at third base and re-acquainting himself with a familiar position.
"It's not tough," Terdoslavich said. "I've played it my whole life. Third base is like hitting. It's a reaction position. If you're not over there all the time and you're not getting constant reps, it's tough to keep your timing. It's a timing position."
Tuesday is earliest Hanson will work out
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Tommy Hanson will undergo another concussion-impact test on Monday, and if all goes well, the Braves pitcher could be cleared to participate in Spring Training workouts on Tuesday.
Hanson jogged around the warning track and played catch for about five minutes on Sunday afternoon at ESPN's Wide World of Sports complex. This marked the first time he had completed any physical activity on a baseball field since suffering a Grade 1 concussion in a one-car accident early Monday morning.
"Everything is going good," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He feels good. He's getting there."
Gonzalez did not know if Hanson would throw off a mound as early as Tuesday. The 25-year-old pitcher might have a few additional days to begin throwing bullpen sessions and regaining the feel for the altered delivery he started using in January.
With the Grapefruit League season starting on Saturday, Hanson might make his first exhibition start a week later than expected. His progress over the next couple weeks will give the Braves a better idea about whether he will be ready at the start of the regular season.
Venters wants to stay strong through September
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Jonny Venters is preparing for this season with the hope of avoiding the September struggles that have plagued him during the first two years of his Major League career.
"Once you get to September, it's just a grind," Venters said. "I have to figure out a routine that helps me to be better in September. Two years in a row, I have struggled in September. So obviously, I have to do something different. Right now, I don't know what that's going to be."
Venters has combined to make a Major League-high 164 appearances over the past two seasons. This makes it easy to assume fatigue has played a significant role in the 4.00 ERA and 1.81 WHIP he has produced during his short career in September. He has not combined for anything higher than a 2.78 ERA or 1.24 WHIP in any previous month over the past two years.
Venters made an adjustment to his winter schedule when he began his throwing program around Jan. 9, approximately three weeks later than he had in the past. As this season progresses, he will attempt to get a feel for how much time he should spend doing necessary activities like throwing, running and lifting weights.
"It's going to be a feel-out process of what I need to do throughout the year to be strong down the stretch," Venters said. "This year, I want to stick with the weights a little longer and try to keep my strength up."
Venters has not necessarily seen a decline in his stuff during the latter parts of the past two seasons. His sinker has still been regularly clocked around 95 mph. But he has noticed that he has had trouble repeating his normal delivery in September.
"When my mechanics feel good, I feel like I can throw strike one early [in the count]," Venters said. "As the season wears on, I try to maintain my delivery. But it's tough. I couldn't figure out the adjustments I needed to make to get back in that groove."
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.