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J.P. Arencibia hit his 10th home run Wednesday in the Blue Jays' 11-3 win over the Giants.

Arencibia has been doing his usual Arencibia thing this year, hitting for power but at the expense of average. The catcher now has 20 RBI and a .236 batting mark to go with his 10 homers. His power and ability to drive in runs in the Blue Jays' order make him a solid fantasy play.
Wed, May 15, 2013 11:05:00 PM

Carlos Gonzalez said that "there's no conversation" with the Rockies regarding an extension right now.

"It’s up to them. They’re the ones that make the decision. We don’t make the decision. We just listen and work," Gonzalez said. He is entering the final year of his contract. In early January, general manager Jeff Bridich indicated that the team was hoping to work out an extension. There do not appear to have been any substantive talks since. This past season, the 31-year-old Gonzalez whacked 25 home runs and notched an even 100 RBI while slashing .298/.350/.505 in 584 at-bats.
Source: Denver Post
Feb 23 - 12:03 AM

Todd Frazier suffered an oblique strain on Monday.

The issue was originally described as soreness in his lower left side. Either way, he's likely to be shut down for a few days. There's no need to take a chance with him this early in the spring.
Feb 22 - 2:38 PM

Pirates head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk said Wednesday that Josh Bell (knee) is ahead of schedule and has been cleared for everything except for full-speed running.

Great news. Bell underwent knee surgery three weeks ago, but he already progressed to taking some swings against Jameson Taillon and Tyler Glasnow on Tuesday. The Pirates will ease him back into running, but it shouldn't take him long to get ready for game action.
Feb 22 - 12:57 PM

Will Smith has been shut down with left elbow inflammation.

The MRI came back clean, but the Giants plan to back off him for the next week. Giants manager Bruce Bochy is still confident he'll be ready for the start of the season, but he can't afford any significant setbacks. Smith posted a 2.95 ERA in 26 appearances after being acquired from the Brewers last August and will pitch in a set-up role if healthy in 2017.
Feb 22 - 12:20 PM

Josh Hamilton will have his left knee examined in Houston on Wednesday after feeling something while running on Tuesday.

It's the same knee which required surgery to repair an ACL injury and arterial and meniscus cartilage last June. We should know more about his status soon, but this is obviously a troubling development. Hamilton, 35, didn't play at all in the majors last season and has appeared in just 139 games dating back to the start of 2014. He's in camp as a non-roster invitee this spring, but this could be the end of the line for him if he suffered another significant injury.
Feb 22 - 10:36 AM

Phil Rogers of MLB.com reports that "nothing seems imminent" in trade talks between the Nationals and White Sox regarding closer David Robertson.

The Nationals have been linked to Robertson for most of the winter and many have tried to connect the dots to a potential match with the White Sox after the Matt Wieters signing, as Pedro Severino could make sense for Chicago. Rogers hears that the Nationals remain interested in Robertson, but it's unclear whether they'll act soon or wait to scout him during the World Baseball Classic. It's a situation to watch. Robertson is owed $25 million over the next two seasons.
Feb 22 - 10:09 AM

Mets manager Terry Collins estimated Tuesday that David Wright won't be ready to play the field until around mid-March.

Wright, who is coming back from neck surgery and battling spinal stenosis in his back, played catch Tuesday for the second time this spring. He's going to be eased into action as a DH and in minor league games before testing himself in the field. "He is making strides," said Collins. "You are looking at, three weeks from today we will have a real good idea where he is at. That gives him a lot of time to lengthen himself out." It's ultimately hard to say if he'll be ready for Opening Day until he really starts ramping things up.
Feb 22 - 9:00 AM

Jung Ho Kang admitted to his DUI charge in a South Korea court on Wednesday.

Kang fled the scene after slamming into a guardrail on December 2 in Seoul, South Korea. It was his third DUI charge since 2009. "I deeply regret what I have done," Kang told Yonhap News. "If I can get one last chance, I will become an exemplary player to earn respect from everyone." According to Yonhap News, the court will hold a verdict hearing on March 3. It's unclear what the sentence might be or when he'll be able to rejoin the Pirates. He could also face a punishment from the Pirates, though he has agreed to enter an alcohol treatment program.
Feb 22 - 8:34 AM

Zach Britton won't pitch in Wednesday's intrasquad game due to symptoms of a potential oblique injury.

This type of injury can sideline players for several weeks, so it's understandable that the Orioles don't want to take any chances with their dominant closer. We should know more on his status in the next day or two.
Feb 21 - 3:30 PM

Alex Rodriguez said Tuesday at Yankees camp that he's retired and has no intention of continuing his playing career.

It's only natural that the topic was raised with A-Rod serving as a guest instructor in Yankees camp. Heck, even manager Joe Girardi raised the possibility of a return Tuesday afternoon. However, A-Rod's spokesman Ron Berkowitz said back in January that the 41-year-old wasn't planning to make a comeback and nothing has changed since. A lightning rod for attention and controversy, Rodriguez will finish fourth all-time with 696 home runs. He won three MVP Awards and posted a .295/.380/.550 batting line to go along with 3,115 career hits.
Feb 21 - 2:26 PM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker indicated Tuesday that the club is likely to trade Derek Norris after reaching an agreement with free agent catcher Matt Wieters.

Baker said "there's always someone looking for a front line catcher." The Nationals apparently didn't feel secure enough with Norris as their primary backstop, but the feeling is that he'll end up playing elsewhere in 2017 rather than serve as Wieters' backup. The 28-year-old batted just .186/.255/.328 last season, but he's capable of better and he's owed just $4.2 million in 2017. He could draw some interest in the days ahead.
Feb 21 - 2:16 PM




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