According to the Associated Press correspondent on hand, Duncan was crushing the ball in batting practice. He then scattered people in a five-block area by trying to give forearm smashes.
Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain and Jeff Karstens have been throwing off a mound for three weeks now at the complex. Brian Bruney has arrived in Tampa along with lefties Chase Wright, Sean Henn, Billy Traber and Heath Phillips.
Phil Hughes reported on his blog that he will wear No. 34 this season. Henn gave it up willingly. Sources close to the situation revealed that Hughes will be buying Henn dinner in exchange.
UPDATE: Just an aside here, but don’t read much into who is already in Tampa and who is not. Some guys live in the area, so it’s easy for them to drive over and work out.
A-Rod, for instance, doesn’t show up until the moment he has to. But he’s always in shape. Chien-Ming Wang is with a private trainer in Arizona. Other guys work out with big leaguers at fields near where they live. Everybody has a different routine.
Just because somebody isn’t in Tampa doesn’t mean they’re not working out. Spring training last plenty long when they have to be there.