Notes: Borowski no longer a 'sleeper'
Lee expected to throw Thursday; Inglett day-to-day
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- Joe Borowski was in the middle of a meeting with general manager Mark Shapiro and manager Eric Wedge last month when he was given the news."They just said, 'In a note that pertains to you, Keith [Foulke] has decided to retire,'" Borowski recalled. "I was taken back." That's how Borowski officially became the Indians closer. But he said he hasn't changed anything about his spring approach in the three weeks since Foulke's announcement. In fact, Borowski said, coming into camp, he wasn't even worried about being in a competition with Foulke for the ninth-inning duties. "Maybe six or seven years ago, I would have," he said. "Back then, I worried about everything I couldn't control." Borowski was in control Tuesday against the Yankees. He threw a scoreless third inning, aided heavily by center fielder Grady Sizemore's outstanding diving catch of a Derek Jeter line drive for the third out. "Last year, I didn't see much of that [with the Marlins]," Borowski said of Sizemore's play. "I'm no strikeout pitcher, so I could get used to that. That's real nice." That Borowski was even on the mound for his second appearance this early in Grapefruit League action is a positive sign. With his history of shoulder problems, he said he's often been held back in the first two weeks of spring games. "I started throwing a little earlier this year," he said. "I threw maybe a couple extra bullpens in the offseason. Normally, it will take you a couple bullpens before you get a feel for things. Now, I'm anxious to get going. I'm definitely feeling good." Borowski is also feeling pretty good about his job status with the Tribe. This marks the second season in a row that he's gone through camp knowing he'd be a club's closer. That's a far cry from the early portion of Borowski's career, which saw him bounce around in near anonymity in the Minor League systems of the Orioles, Braves, Yankees and Brewers. He even spent the 2000 season pitching in the independent Atlantic League and the Mexican League. "I don't want to sound like sour grapes," Borowski said, "but I was overshadowed. You'd always see the top prospects' list in Baseball America, and then in the 'Sleeper' section, you'd see 'Joe Borowski.' That was the story." Borowski's story is quite a bit different now. "It makes you appreciate what you've earned," he said. "It gives me personal satisfaction."
Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.