ST Daily: Bird Is The Word

ST Daily: Bird Is The Word
Nate Grimm discusses Greg Bird's new title, Carlos Martinez's Opening Day honor and a US win in the WBC in Thursday's Spring Training Daily.
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Luis Valbuena will miss 4-6 weeks with a strained right hamstring.

It's a Grade 1 strain, which is considered the least serious. It's still going to keep Valbuena out for at least the first month, which should allow C.J. Cron to settle in as the everyday first baseman. Valbuena's injury will also help Jefry Marte in his bid to make the Opening Day roster. When healthy, Valbuena will platoon with Cron at first base.
Mar 23 - 5:15 PM

Marlins optioned INF Brian Anderson to Double-A Jacksonville.

The Marlins also sent down Isaac Galloway, Matt Juengel and Moises Sierra. All three are headed to Triple-A New Orleans. Anderson had a great spring for the Marlins, hitting .368 with seven RBI over 38 Grapefruit League at-bats. The Marlins' roster is down to 41 with Opening Day a week and a half away.
Mar 23 - 5:03 PM

Shawn O'Malley will need at least 10-14 days to fully recover from his appendectomy.

That puts O'Malley in a race against the clock for Opening Day. If O'Malley is unavailable, Taylor Motter would likely fill a utility role during his absence. O'Malley was hitting .278 with four steals in 16 Cactus League appearances before his appendectomy.
Mar 23 - 4:56 PM

Robinson Cano was scratched from Thursday's Cactus League game against the Giants with a head cold.

Mike Freeman will draw the start at second with Cano under the weather. Cano has gone 2-for-6 in two games since coming back from the World Baseball Classic. He shouldn't miss more than a day or two.
Mar 23 - 4:47 PM

Mariners optioned 1B Daniel Vogelbach to Triple-A Tacoma.

This comes as a stunner. Vogelbach was expected to platoon with Danny Valencia at first base but will instead begin in the minors after hitting just .228 with 19 strikeouts over 57 Cactus League at-bats. The 24-year-old went 1-for-12 with six strikeouts in his first taste of the big leagues last September. Obviously he needs a little more seasoning.
Mar 23 - 4:26 PM

Antonio Senzatela is in the running for the final spot in the Rockies' rotation.

His path really opened up Thursday when the Rockies optioned Jeff Hoffman to Triple-A Albuquerque. Senzatela has never pitched above Double-A ball, and he's logged only seven appearances there, but the 22-year-old right-hander boasts a 2.45 career minor league ERA and he's ripped off a 15/1 K/BB ratio in 15 innings this spring in Cactus League play.
Source: Denver Post
Mar 23 - 3:46 PM

Dan Straily allowed three runs over four innings against the Cardinals on Thursday.

He gave up six hits, but Straily struck out three and didn't walk anyone and now boasts a 13/1 K/BB ratio over 11 2/3 innings this spring. So, we'll let it slide that his Grapefruit League ERA sits at 6.17. Straily is a viable late-round option in fantasy leagues, as his solid 2016 became more repeatable when he traded Great American Ball Park for Marlins Park.
Mar 23 - 3:29 PM

A.J. Pollock (groin) is now aiming to return to Cactus League action on Friday.

Pollock had been scheduled to return Thursday, but the Diamondbacks' spring training facility got hit with some morning rain and manager Torey Lovullo said he didn't want to chance anything on wet grass. Pollock hasn't appeared in a Cactus League game since March 12 because of tightness in his left groin, but the expectation is that he will be ready for Opening Day.
Mar 23 - 3:28 PM
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