Originally Posted by George Foster
With a not so good spring for LaRue(hitting), why not send him down to Louisville for a week to get his hitting eye back. He's not faced major league pitching in 2 weeks. What will it hurt?
LaRue's ego would be hurt I think; and long term that might damage the club more than what him playing his eye into shape at the MLB level will do. It seems to important to LaRue to be known as the "#1 catcher" even if Javy is catching 40-50% of the games. Notice how Narron even goes out of the way to make sure he refers to LaRue as the #1 even though he was the man who made them 1 and 1A instead of a clear 1 and 2.
Also I think the sooner LaRue can show he is healthy, the sooner we will see a deal for pitching which involves either LaRue or Valentin going in the other direction. Looking at the salaries, the way Valentin has picked right back up, and the way Krivsky talks up Ross, I think it could well be LaRue on the move.