“To go and have them out of the league for a year, it's nice to have that cushion for a year,” he said. “But then the following year we go to the American League and we're right back into contention every few weeks with the Angels, and Albert is going to be there.
“Do we look at it as we need to run and hide? Absolutely not.”
CARPENTER RETURNS TO OKC
For Carpenter, Monday's caravan was a return to Oklahoma City, where he threw 19 scoreless innings in 19 appearances last season.
“I really had a lot of good memories being here,” he said. “It's hard to say that I had any bad memories here, I didn't give up any runs so that's definitely a plus. Coming back to see a lot of familiar faces is a nice thing.”
ALTUVE THE MARATHON MAN
Second baseman Jose Altuve logged nearly 900 at-bats last year between Class A-Advanced Lancaster, Double-A Corpus Christi, Houston and the winter leagues.
Altuve, though, looks at that as possibly an advantage while monitoring the fatigue factor.
“A little bit of both,” he said. “I got tired at the end of the year. I took, like, three months off and I think that's enough to get ready for spring training.”
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