Generals roster announced on a wild travel day in Chattanooga

I often joke about when I am 60, and still in the Southern League, writing a book about my experiences. Today was honestly one of those days that might be an entire chapter.

The 2014 Generals flew into Chattanooga from Phoenix today and now await the season-opener on Thursday night at 6:15 p.m. CT. To make a long story short, there was a slight bus malfunction, some bags were late coming in from Charlotte, NC and we learned to really love the taxi van service that the small Chattanooga airport has readily available.

But, the moral of the story is all is well that ends well and everyone made it safe and sound. All the players and coaches seem excited for the season and happy to be out of spring training. No more 5 a.m. wake up calls is especially nice for them.

The roster was announced today and there were no big surprises. After looking at the entire organization’s rosters it raised a few questions of where a few guys are right now. So, here are a few updates. Julio Morban, who suffered a broken leg last August is not far away from returning and should join the Generals in a few weeks. Kyle Hunter is recovering from an injury as well and is quite close to joining Jackson also. Rich Poythress and Steven Proscia are no longer in the organization. Poythress was granted his release. Proscia has been traded to the LA Dodgers.

But, now to the players that are here and will start the season as Generals. The starting rotation will be as follows (in order as they will pitch): Thursday:
RHP Trevor Miller
Friday: RHP Stephen Landuzari
Saturday: LHP Cam Hobson
Sunday: RHP Victor Sanchez
Monday: RHP Jordan Pries

I asked manager Jim Horner if he had a particular lineup in mind and he was waiting for the Chattanooga pitching rotation. The only thing I can predict about the lineup right now is that Ketel Marte will probably start at short stop, Jabari Blash in right field, Ramon Morla at third, Jamal Austin more than likely at the top of the order and John Hicks behind the plate. Kevin Rivers, Leon Landry, Jack Marder and Dan Paolini should be in the lineup too. Outfielder Mickey Wiswall missed all of last season with a torn hamstring and we will see if he can pick up where he left off in 2012. The Generals roster has 15 players who have been in Double-A or higher in their career.

The roster also includes 19-year-old Victor Sanchez and 20-year-old Ketel Marte. Both are practically skipping High Desert. On the other hand, corner infielders D.J. Peterson and Pat Kivlehan are starting at High Desert. A lot of people thought they might be in Jackson. Just be patient. In the meantime, that High Desert roster is loaded with bats.

It appears that Mariners reliever Stephen Pryor will make a few rehab appearances with the Generals this week. He is a nearby resident of Chattanooga and is quite comfortable with the Southern League. He prepped at Friendship Christian in Nashville and went to Tennessee Tech.

The Generals will work out at AT&T Field tomorrow afternoon from 3-5 p.m.

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