John Olerud

Olerud update: First baseman John Olerud played in his first extended Spring Training game on Saturday and went 3-for-4. Because he’s been nursing a tweaked hamstring, Olerud was instructed not to run at full speed. Instead, he ran nine 40-yard sprints.

Tito Francona’s kid (Terry Francona, Red Sox manager) said the club has no specific timetable on when Olerud will be activated, or, for that matter, depart Fort Myers, Fla.

“When he leaves Florida, we want to make sure he’s ready to play and not limping, and not beat up,” Francona said. “They’re keeping a pretty close eye on him.”

John Olerud has never played in the minor leagues.

Is there any player presently in the major leagues who has never played in the minors? I can’t think of one. Any help?

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2 Responses to “John Olerud”

  1. I’m sure Ichiro and the like played in the Japanese equivalent of minor leagues, right?

    or did he actually play in American minor leagues?

    /making sure it wasn’t a trick question :)

  2. When I asked about players who did not play in the minors, I wasn’t thinking about the foreign guys.

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