ANKIEL WATCH

May 08, 2005

Former pitcher Rick Ankiel, 25, is trying to make the Cardinals as an outfielder. How's he doing? SI's Ankielometer tells all.

Ankiel--who had been sidelined with back tightness since the end of spring training--finally saw his first minor league action as an outfielder last Thursday. Batting sixth and playing rightfield for the Double A Springfield (Mo.) Cardinals, he went 1 for 4 with two strikeouts. "I swung at some bad pitches," Ankiel said. "It felt all right going out there." Two days later he made his first error: missing the cutoff man on a throw. That led to an unearned run, but Ankiel atoned the next day, gunning down a runner at third from centerfield. On the season he is 1 for 11.

 

COLOR PHOTOGARY I. ROTHSTEIN/REUTERS (ANKIEL)
COLOR PHOTOTHE TOPPS COMPANY INC. (MENDOZA) MENDOZA COLOR PHOTOAP (MANTLE) MANTLE COLOR ILLUSTRATION THIS WEEK
LAST TIME

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)