Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson got to stand in the batter’s box of a spring training game for the New York Yankees on Friday.
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Wilson, pinch-hitting for right fielder Aaron Judge, led off the bottom of the fifth inning of Friday’s game and faced Atlanta Braves reliever Max Fried. After chasing the first pitch he saw — a high fastball that he just missed and fouled back hard — Wilson worked a 2-2 count before striking out on a fastball.
I think the deal that sent Ilya Kovalchuk from the Atlanta Thrashers to the New Jersey Devils in 2010 might also give us something to think about in this scenario. Kovalchuk was in his age 26 season on an expiring contract when he was traded. Karlsson is 27, but having that extra year of team control only increases his value, so it’s definitely not a straight comp, but it gets us in the ballpark. Kovalchuk, Anssi Salmela and a second-round pick that became now-Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Jon Merrill went to New Jersey.
The Thrashers got an established defenseman in Johnny Oduya; a reasonably solid young depth player who didn’t end up taking the next step, in Niclas Bergfors; and a prospect who didn’t end up panning out, in Patrice Cormier. The best part of the trade, however, is that Atlanta got a first-round draft pick and a second-round pick that ended up being packaged in the trade that brought Dustin Byfuglien to the organization — where he became a star for the Thrashers and then the Winnipeg Jets.
He looked good swinging, but he felt a little something, Boone said. So like a lot of little nagging injuries like that, that’s something we’re not going to mess with. … Hopefully by missing some [time] here a little bit now, you can save a longer stint later.
Boone also provided an update on left fielder Clint Frazier, who has been out since last Sunday due to concussion-like symptoms. Frazier hit his head on an outfield wall after leaping for and catching a fly ball. Although Frazier had expressed optimism Thursday about the exercises he could do to test his concussion recovery, Boone said Friday that the workouts didn’t go as well as the team hoped.
One season removed from the gruesome knee injury he sustained at the end of the preseason, Bridgewater’s sample size also poses challenges for the Vikings.