MLB In Full Bloom 2/14/13

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45– Number of days until Opening Day

 MLB News & Notes

  • The MRI for Ryan Madson's elbow came back clean. Madson will be re-evaluated in a week to see if he can start throwing again. It's unlikely Madson will be ready for the Opening Day, so Ernesto Frieri figures to get the early save chances.
  • The Los Angeles Angels and Chad Cordero agreed to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Cordero announced his retirement two seasons ago, but it appears he'll take one last chance to pitch in the major leagues. He's still relatively young at 30 years old, but with a fastball clocked in the mid 80s, the odds are stacked against him.
  • The New York Mets announced that Frank Francisco is going to be shut down for a couple weeks due to elbow inflammation that he is dealing with after he had surgery in December to remove a bone spur. The Mets are now looking at the possibility of  signing Jose Valverde to provide some depth to their bullpen.
  • The New York Yankees placed Alex Rodriguez on the 60-day disabled list with the left hip injury. Don't expect Rodriguez back in action until July as he continues his rehab.
  • The Seattle Mariners acquired Abraham Almonte from the New York Yankees in exchange for Shawn Kelley. Both players provide their new teams with depth, but nothing more.
  • The St. Louis Cardinals and Adam Wainwright have agreed to put extension talks on hold. The two sides have had preliminary talks in recent days, but they haven't made much progress. Wainwright is currently due to become a free agent following the 2013 season.
  • Mariano Rivera said Wednesday that he will make an announcement before the end of spring training about whether 2013 will be his final season. He completed his first bullpen session Wednesday in his recovery from a torn ACL and appears to be on track to be ready for Opening Day.
  • The Miami Marlins reliever Steve Cishek is considered the favorite to open the year as the team's closer.
  • Cincinnati Reds general manager Walt Jocketty announced earlier this week that the club will not be re-signing Scott Rolen. The Dodgers were the other team to be rumored to be interested in Rolen, but now both teams have said they are not going to sign the 37-year old third baseman.
  • THIS DAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY: 1976 – The Atlanta Braves sent a Valentine’s Day card to their fans and the media. They had finished in 5th place and 40½ games behind the Cincinnati Reds that year. The card read, “Roses are Red, Morgan’s 1-2, they finished first like we wanted to do, but last year is behind us and we’re happy to say – now we’re tied for first. Happy Valentine’s Day.