Lakeland, FL; the place to be post-injury/sucking


A few days after Tigers’ flamethrower Joel Zumaya departed Lakeland, FL for his rehab assignment, the laid back tiny baseball town in Central Florida probably thought it was headed back to minor-league business as usual.  Well, not with Dave Dombrowski calling the shots in Rock City.

Last Tuesday, after Dontrelle Willis’ 1 1/3 inning, 2 homer, 5 walk, 8 run debacle, he was optioned down to the Single-A team to work on “control and command” with the Instructs staff, the organization’s pitching coordinator, Jon Matlack, and Lakeland pitching coach Joe Coleman.

Today the front office announced that the D-Train will be getting some company.

Gary Sheffield is heading south in order to rehab his strained oblique

Gary Sheffield will begin a major league rehab assignment with the Flying Tigers on Monday in Sarasota against the Sarasota Reds. Sheffield is expected to play in Lakeland for the Flying Tigers when the team returns to Joker Marchant Stadium on Thursday, June 19th at 7:00 p.m. against the Tampa Yankees. He is anticipated to be with the Flying Tigers for one week.

This makes the total salary of the Lakeland Flying Tigers weekend roster somewhere just over $20.3M.  With Sheffields $13.3M and Willis $7M taking the lion’s share.

No word yet on whether Dombrowski and Leyland like Lakeland so much for the warm temperatures, coaching staff, small town atmosphere, aging cleat chasers or delicious Rib Sampler from Brother’s BBQ.  At any rate, it seems to have worked for Joel Zumaya, who’s unprecedented recovery from AC Joint replacement should have him back with the big club before next week.

Here’s hoping Dontrelle and Gary can find the same magic potion… or at least a delicious Pork Chop Platter for only $6.25

[MiLB] [] [Brothers BBQ]

One Response to “Lakeland, FL; the place to be post-injury/sucking”

  1. Burnsy Says:

    Brothers is the balls, friends. That’s some delish cheap BBQ.

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