MLB In Full Bloom 2/17/13

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41– Number of days until Opening Day

 

MLB News & Notes

  • Carl Crawford took live batting practice for the first time on Sunday. Before Sunday, Crawford has been focused on a throwing program so he is clearly progressing and hopes to be ready for Opening Day.
  • Matt Garza suffered a mild lat strain during his first live batting practice session that he threw on Sunday. Garza was named the Opening Day starter for the Chicago Cubs on Saturday and it does not appear that this mild injury will keep him from being ready.
  • The Cincinnati Reds and Homer Bailey avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal. It appears that a long term contract is in the works for Bailey, but both sides were not able to get it done now.
  • Lance Berkman said his surgically-repaired right knee is at about 80 percent. Berkman had a pair of surgeries on the knee last season and was limited to just 32 games.
  • Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Ryan Madson (elbow) could resume throwing as soon as Monday. Madson has been shut down for the last two weeks due to soreness in his surgically-repaired elbow, but an MRI this week revealed no structural damage.
  • Mat Gamel had to cut Saturday's workout short after aggravating his surgically-repaired right knee. Gamel is supposed to fill in at first base until Corey Hart can return from knee surgery. Hart is expected to sit out the first six weeks of the season and if Gamel is unable to play,  the Brewers will look to Taylor Green and Hunter Morris as possible replacements.
  • According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, "conversations continue to occur" between the Cardinals and  Adam Wainwright. Both sides hope to get something done by Opening Day.
  • Paul Konerko stated Sunday that he's still unsure whether he'll retire after the 2013 season. At 37-years old, Konerko is certainly approaching the finish line in his career.
  • Clayton Kershaw will be the Opening Day starter for the Dodgers for the third consecutive year. Manger Don Mattingly made the announcement Saturday. The Dodgers will face the defending World Champion San Francisco Giants at Dodgers Stadium.
  • THIS DATE IN BASEBALL HISTORY: 1998 - Today marks the 15th anniversary of the passing of legendary Chicago Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray. Everyone seems to do a bad Harry Caray imitation these days, including Los Angeles Clippers’ star Blake Griffin.