Spring Training, Day 2: Notes (Sweeney Signed By Seattle)

— Anyone expecting any significant news to come out of spring training before cuts is made is likely kidding themselves, right?  Well, maybe not.  After pitching three innings in the Patriots intrasquad game this afternoon (along with Ryan Lobban), RHP Brian Sweeney has been signed by the Seattle Mariners and will be reporting to their Triple-A affiliate.

— If Sweeney hadn’t been signed, my lead story was Mike Gardner shaving his beard.  No.  Seriously.  That was it.

— All kidding aside, the loss of Sweeney is big for the Patriots.  If not the Opening Day starter, he was certainly a candidate for it.  It’s not unfair to say that there are some question marks with the pitching staff this season, and to lose someone with the experience of Sweeney is big.  His work ethic was also impressive.  Every other player had left after the intrasquad game was over, and Sweeney and Brett Jodie were in the bullpen working on Sweeney’s motion from the stretch, trying to make some adjustments from what he’d experienced in Japan.

— Tomorrow is the big day, really…the much-anticipated exhibition game with the Camden Riversharks.  I’ll have a full report after the game.

— Spoke to Pete LaForest.  Likely the lone Montreal Canadiens fan on the team, we chatted for a few minutes about how he ended up with the Patriots and the role(s) he’s expected to play on the Patriots this season.  Stay tuned for that, and my interviews with Tim Raines, Jr., Ryan Houston and Carlos Hines.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com

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