MLB In Full Bloom 2/25/13

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35– Number of days until Opening Day   

 

MLB News & Notes

  • Curtis Granderson will be sidelined 10 weeks after X-rays revealed a fracture in his right forearm. This is horrible news for the Bronx Bombers. The Yankees will go with Brett Gardner in center field, but their options for left field are limited. Juan Rivera and Matt Diaz will battle for that starting left field job. The Yankees are going to have to look outside the organization for help.
  • According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the Milwaukee Brewers are involved in talks with free agent starter Kyle Lohse. There appears to be several teams interested in Lohse, but a return to St. Louis for remains possible since he is still unsigned.
  • Rafael Furcal received an anti-inflammatory shot in his right elbow Friday. Furcal  tore a ligament in the elbow late in the 2012 season that kept him out the final two months, including the playoffs. This injury remains a concern moving into 2013 and him being ready for Opening Day is still uncertain.
  • According to Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher, it's "unlikely" Ryan Madson (elbow) will be ready for Opening Day. Madson developed soreness in his surgically-repaired right elbow. Madson is currently limited to throwing every other day, but hopes to be able to throw every day next week. Ernesto Frieri will pitch the ninth inning until Madson is ready.
  • Miami Marlins catcher Jeff Mathis was diagnosed with a broken collarbone and is expected to miss six weeks. Mathis suffered the injury when he was hit by a foul tip during Saturday's game. He will likely begin the season on the disabled list, so the Marlins could be in the market for a catcher.
  • Victor Martinez (knee) felt good after making his Grapefruit League debut Friday against the Braves. Friday marked the first time Martinez has taken at-bats in a game since Oct. 11, 2011. He went 0-for-2 and was hit by a pitch.
  • Derek Jeter (ankle) practiced on-field running and agility drills for the first time since breaking his ankle last fall. He will likely make his Grapefruit League debut in the next couple weeks.
  • Roy Halladay said his arm felt fine after his two inning spring training debut Sunday. It's a step in the right direction for Halladay as he attempts to bounce back from a tough season last year.
  • Curt Schilling's bloody sock recently sold for $92,613 at an auction. Bidding began at $25,000 several weeks ago. An anonymous bidder submitted the winning bid.
  • THIS DAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY: 1973 - The spring training lockout ended when the players' union and the owners reached a three-year agreement. The new collective bargaining agreement established salary arbitration for players with two or more years of major league service, raised the minimum salary to $15‚000 and included the new “10 and 5″ trade rule‚ that allows a player with ten years in the major leagues‚ in which the last five are with his current team‚ to block any trade involving him.