Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Trey Hendricks branches out.

Happy 2006. We haven't said much lately, so here is an article from late 2005 about former Crimson star Trey Hendricks, now making his way back from surgery and trying to make his way no matter what the job asks:
So back to baseball. Utility guy is a broad term, especially coming from someone who played exactly two positions in his first year as a pro in Short Season Yakima. It seems even more curious when you realize those two positions were first base and DH. Of course, there's a reason for everything Hendricks does, and knee surgery in April of 2004 has a lot to do with his role in '05.

The surgery kept him out of competitive ball, and in extended spring training his first season, and in year two, though he was healthy, the organization felt keeping him where he was comfortable was important. Now though, all bets are off.

"First base of course, but third base, left field, right field, even some catching, I've kind of been doing it all here."

Catching? Certainly a Harvard guy has got to be smart enough not to strap on the gear?

"I'm up for it, Plum [Bill Plummer, who oversaw the catchers at instructs] has been working with me a couple times a week, and it's fun, you're involved in everything."

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