As expected, the discussion was all about third base. Craig is working on fielding drills in Southern California and is very aware that he is being given an opportunity to secure more at-bats. He also hopes to improve on his pinch-hitting.
The outfielder injured his shoulder last May 8 when sliding feet first into second base. His labrum had to be "tacked down" after an initial six-week prognosis proved inaccurate. Robinson was told that if he didn't have surgery there was a 75 percent chance of a recurrence but a 96 percent chance he would not have a problem again if he went under the knife. He also noted Jon Jay had the same problem a few years ago. Jay had tried to play through it, but ultimately succumbed as well and has no lingering effect. Robinson is working out with no restrictions.
The reliever's shoulder problems are behind him though he is taking a bit slower than last year in the timing of his pre-season preparation. Motte felt he threw too early in 2010. In terms of expanding his repertoire, he plans to throw his four-seamer, two-seamer, cutter and slider-curve more and fewer off-speed pitches in 2011.
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