SURPRISE, Ariz. -- There are no guarantees that pitcher Jose Contreras will be on the staff coming out of Spring Training. But outfielder Leonys Martin is thrilled that the 42-year-old right-hander is here in camp.
Both are from Cuba. Martin, 16 years younger, said Contreras was one of his favorite players growing up and remembers watching him pitch for the White Sox during the 2005 World Series.
"Oh my gosh, I can't believe we're on the same team," Martin said. "I remember watching him in the Olympic Games. He was an awesome pitcher."
Martin was in camp on Tuesday, a day before the official reporting date for position players. The first full-squad workout is on Thursday. Shin-Soo Choo and Mitch Moreland were also spotted in the clubhouse on Monday. Alex Rios, Jurickson Profar and Adrian Beltre are already here, so the only two starting players not yet in camp are shortstop Elvis Andrus and first baseman Prince Fielder.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, and follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less