Midday Spring Training News Update

There are a few items to pass your way that are probably not big enough for a post of their own, but still worthy of mentioning.

The first has to do with the ongoing struggles of Canadian Justin Morneau to return from the concussion he suffered at the knee of Blue Jays shortstop John McDonald on July 7th.  Despite feeling better and participating in workouts with the full squad, the Minnesota Twins first baseman has still not yet been cleared for game activity.

If I feel like things are getting through every day symptom-free without any headaches, without any fogginess, without anything, when we have that more than one or two days in a row or whatever it is, we’ll go and hopefully get cleared. When that is, I can’t tell you. I don’t know. I have no idea.

It’s been seven months and Morneau is still struggling to get through one or two days without feeling symptoms?  Fortunately for the Boston Red Sox, Josh Beckett’s recovery from mild concussion symptoms has gone a lot smoother after the pitcher was knocked in the head with an errant ball earlier this week.

Beckett was cleared for activity after undergoing a few tests this morning, which according to a joking Terry Francona, were  ”hard for him, because he’s illiterate. Even on a good day, [his brain]‘s probably not real good.”

Francona has obviously seen his team’s promotional outtakes video.

And finally, Mark Teixeira has dropped Scott Boras as his agent.  According to the Yankees first baseman who signed an eight year $180 million deal just over two years ago:

Sometimes business relationships just run their course. I’ve known him for 12 years. Sometimes, after 12 years, it’s time to make a little bit of a change. Hopefully when I see him we’ll be able to shake hands and say thanks for the work we’ve done for each other, because we’ve worked well together.

Boras will still receive his agreed to percentage of Teixeira’s annual $22.5 million salary for the next six years, which is believed to be between two and four percent of salary.  However, the super agent will miss out on the higher rate normally reserved for endorsement deals.

We had a great relationship, and he gave me everything I asked for contractwise. I’m 100 percent happy in New York. But the next six years of my career aren’t going to be about a contract. Now that the contract is over with, I don’t want to be a Scott Boras client. I want to be Mark Teixeira, a baseball player helping this team win championships.

That’s some thanks.