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Pat Winkel comes in at No. 113, which is pretty good for someone who won't be able to play this season.
 
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Confirmation that Joe Simeone followed his terrific summer with a terrific fall ball season. We also get teased with the possibility of what Randy Polonia might provide in support of the bullpen. Biggest glowing report is for Ben Casparius, who sounds like he will have a huge role on the UConn pitching staff when he becomes eligible to play. Casparius is the only newcomer to the pitching staff who merited a mention in this very short interview, so that is a little disappointing.
 
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Roster write up on Josh Cohen now says he is redshirting and not on 35 man roster. So Casparius is on the roster, but I have not seen a word that he has been ruled eligible.
 
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Roster write up on Josh Cohen now says he is redshirting and not on 35 man roster. So Casparius is on the roster, but I have not seen a word that he has been ruled eligible.
I have not followed this closely.....but is this all or nothing??? Meaning if he is not affirmatively cleared before today’s game is he out for the season or could he be cleared later?
 
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I have not followed this closely.....but is this all or nothing??? Meaning if he is not affirmatively cleared before today’s game is he out for the season or could he be cleared later?
We don't know nothing. The last the team/school said anything was that they were waiting a week or two ago. A new poster said he was out for the year, but didn't give a source.

In basketball, players do get cleared after the season has started -- don't know if the process works the same way in baseball.
 
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I have not followed this closely.....but is this all or nothing??? Meaning if he is not affirmatively cleared before today’s game is he out for the season or could he be cleared later?
We don't know nothing. The last the team/school said anything was that they were waiting a week or two ago. A new poster said he was out for the year, but didn't give a source.

In basketball, players do get cleared after the season has started -- don't know if the process works the same way in baseball.
On Monday, the Hartford Courant had on its website a column about Reggie Crawford, in which it mentioned that the NCAA had ruled against Ben Casparius being eligible. UConn had filed an appeal and was waiting for he result of that. In one of the Chris Jones interviews posted during this week, it was mentioned that there was no decision yet with Casparius. However, we don't know when that interview took place.

I suspect this is something Chris Jones will touch on during the game broadcasts this weekend. Of course, there is the possibility that with Casparius listed on the roster that he is eligible to play.

It is also possible that no decision has yet come in on the appeal. Faced with this and the fact that UConn had to post the 35 man roster before the season started, UConn made the decision to put Casparius on the roster and just wait for the NCAA ruling. If it happens that Casparius is unable to play this season, him being on the roster doesn't really cost the Huskies anything. Every season there are usually a couple of freshmen pitchers on the 35 man roster who end up being redshirted (last season there were three freshmen pitchers who were on the 35 man roster who were redshirted). With Casparius on the roster, one of these freshmen pitchers is now on the redshirt "taxi squad" of players not on the roster but still considered a part of the team.
 
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Chris Jones with an interesting tidbit during today's game. Players being redshirted on the "taxi squad" not on the 35 man roster can meet with coaches and practice with them. However, these taxi squad players cannot practice with players on the 35 man roster. I knew they could not practice or go to team meetings, but I didn't know that they could practice and meet with coaches.
 
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This might be a little late, but just found this season preview written by Jerry Trecker for the Willimantic Chronicle. A few good tidbits in it.

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>Pitching is a major question mark, especially the status of a potential ace, Ben Casparius, a transfer from North Carolina, who is still awaiting a waiver from the NCAA to compete this spring. Anyone who follows college sports knows there’s no way to predict how that will turn out.

If Penders has Casparius in Arizona, fans will see him against Michigan on Sunday.

“He has Friday-night stuff, but just the way we have been working with him means his turn would fall on Sunday next week,” Penders explained.<

>Another contender for a rotation spot, Jimmy Wang, has been limited by a back issue so will work from the bullpen early on.<

>Crawford, who can also pitch, is so highly regarded that he already has a Cape Cod League summer placement before playing his first college game.<
 

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