MLB In Full Bloom 2/21/13

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39– Number of days until Opening Day 

 MLB News & Notes

  • Kyle Lohse continues to be a free agent and it is safe to say that the New York Yankees will not be the team that signs him. On Wednesday, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman reiterated that the club has no interest in free agent right-hander. The topic was brought up because Phil Hughes is currently sidelined due to a bulging disc in his back. If Hughes is unable to be ready for the start of the season, the Yankees appear content with going with Ivan Nova and David Phelps.
  • Giancarlo Stanton did not suffer a concussion when he was hit on the back of the head and at the top of his neck by a pitch from prospect right-hander Jose Fernandez during a simulated game.
  • Felix Hernandez threw his first bullpen session of the spring on Wednesday. Mariners manager Eric Wedge said after the workout, "I thought he looked free and easy and looked really good for his first time out." Despite the concerns about Hernandez's right elbow during contract negotiations the past couple weeks, it appears Hernandez will be ready to go Opening Day.
  • Bryce Harper reported to camp this year having added nearly 20 pounds of muscle to his frame. Harper is being compared to a linebacker at 230 pounds and appears ready for the physical rigors of his second season in the major leagues.
  • Albert Pujols (knee) isn't expected to make his Cactus League debut until mid-March. The Angels are playing things safe, as Pujols is coming off arthroscopic surgery on his knee in October.
  • Ryan Madson and Sean Burnett are both progressing from injury. Madson has begun throwing again and Burnett is about a week away from throwing.
  • Brian Wilson (elbow) will not sign with a team until he's fully healthy. Wilson underwent Tommy John surgery on April 19.
  • The Boston Red Sox acquired Mike Carp from the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Carp is coming off an injury-plagued season in which he batted .213 with five home runs.
  • THIS DAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY:1954 - The Los Angeles Dodgers signed a lanky Puerto Rican outfielder named Roberto Clemente to a Triple-A contract. It cost them $5,000 in salary and a $10,000 signing bonus. That summer, the 19-year old Clemente batted .257 in 87 games for the Montreal Royals and the Dodgers left him unprotected before the Rule 5 Draft. In swooped Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Branch Rickey, who selected Clemente and launched a Hall of Fame career with the Pirates.