"I like what he brings to the table," McClendon said. "His numbers don't show it right now, but he's made consistent contact, he hasn't struck out a lot, he brings speed from both sides of the plate. He can bunt, he can run down balls in center. He's in the mix. I'm not guaranteeing anything, but I like what I see."
Almonte played all 10 innings of Wednesday night's 8-7 comeback victory over the Cubs, leading off the 10th with a single and scoring the winning run. He went 1-for-5 with a walk and now has a .133 average through 30 at-bats things spring.
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