Whitney Healthy And Ready To Play
The broken left leg Whitney suffered when he stepped on a sprinkler head in March of 2003 would keep him in extended spring training. Not only was his lateral movement still restricted, but just running from home to first base was difficult. That's a bad combination. So, while the majority of his teammates headed north, Whitney stayed in Winter Haven with a couple of dozen young players who were destined for short-season clubs, along with a handful of injured players like veteran pitchers Bobby Howry, Scott Sauerbeck, Brian Tallet and Billy Traber. Whitney, a sandwich pick (33rd overall choice) in the 2002 June draft, was a shadow of the third baseman who had burst onto the pro baseball scene by hitting .286 with 10 homers and 33 RBI in just 45 games at Burlington in 2002. Whitney finally was healthy enough to land with the Class A Lake County Captains last June, but watching him try to play was painful at times. He could barely run, and playing in the field was out of the...
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