Posted at 10:46 AM on July 11, 2007
by David Zingler
Despite earlier reports that oft-injured outfielder Rondell White will remain on the Disabled List, the veteran has pronounced himself physically fit and ready to go for the second half.
“I am not only ready to be in the line-up everyday, but I am ready to carry this team in the second half,” White proclaimed. “I feel like Kirby Puckett before Game 6 in ’91 – ‘Just jump on my back’!”
Some in the organization however, aren’t so sure. “That guy can’t even walk from his locker to the shower without pulling something,” a high level Twins official said. “I think most of us have written him off.”
The 35-year-old White played just 3 games, hitting .111 (1 for 9) before going on the DL on April 10. He recently began a minor league rehab assignment, but has been unable to play consecutive games in the field.
Torii Hunter, who seems to be excited about everything these days, shares White’s optimism. “Rondell is the real deal,” Hunter commented. “I can’t wait to see him again. Watch out American League!”
When asked about the skeptics, White simply said, “See you on Thursday and everyday after that.”