...Tony Barnette was taken off the active roster today with gout (right big toe).
...Jamie D'Antona worked on his hitting for about an hour during practice yesterday.
As of now, it seems D'Antona, Aaron Guiel, and Josh Whitesell will be competing for two foreign roster spots (the other two are taken by Chang-Yong Lim and Tony Barnette). But since Guiel has the two year contract, he likely has the edge over both D'Antona and Whitesell. Incidentally, Barnette and D'Antona are former teammates -- they both played on the 2008 Arizona Diamondbacks.
...Barnette is also former teammate of Whitesell's -- they both played for the 2009 Arizona Diamond backs. Said Barnette of Whitesell, "He's got a strong lower body and he's got enough strength to lift a car. He's got the desire to win and he's also a great guy."
...Batting advisor Takao Ise told reporters that he plans on holding a team meeting at some point during the second half, perhaps after Inter-league series, in order to discuss specifics on how batter's should approach various pitchers (based on the count).