Spring Swings: Hammel to Start Cactus Opener; Willie B. Taking It Slow

Some spring training links on local athletes:

Pitcher Jason Hammel will start the exhibition opener for Colorado on Thursday.  “It’s kind of a cool little honor,” said the South Kitsap grad, who is participating in his first spring training in Arizona. His previous club, the Tampa Bay Rays, trained in Florida.

After offseason surgery on both knees, the Kansas City Royals aren’t going to rush veteran utilityman Willie Bloomquist. The 32-year-old graduate of South Kitsap won’t be playing in an early exhibition games. He played seven positions for hte Royals a year ago.

Another South Kitsap grad, outfielder Aaron Cunningham, is in camp with the San Diego Padres after being traded in the offseason from Oakland. This is a pretty interesting story about Cunningham and a relationship he built with former Padres hitting star Tony Gwynn. The MLB.com story notes that Cunningham will likely start the season at Triple-A Portland.

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