MLB In Full Bloom 2/28/13

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32– Number of days until Opening Day  

 MLB News & Notes

  • Carl Crawford (elbow) will not make his Cactus League debut on Thursday. He was scheduled to play, but the Dodgers are being extremely careful with Crawford's spring program. It's nothing to worry about quite yet.
  • Matt Kemp (shoulder) took some swings in the batting cages on Wednesday and could be at DH this weekend.
  • Aaron Harang is bidding for a spot in the Dodgers rotation, but he was roughed up by the Cubs on Wednesday. Harang allowed four runs, five hits and a walk in the first before settling down in the second inning. Harang was 10-10 with a career-best 3.61 ERA last year.
  • Starlin Castro has been diagnosed with left hamstring tightness. Castro left Wednesday afternoon's Cactus League game against the Dodgers after feeling a minor pull in his left hammy. He is day-to-day.
  • Matt Garza (lat strain) is expected to resume throwing on Thursday. Garza has been dealing with a lat strain early on in camp but is feeling better. The plan is if Garza can get through the remainder of spring training without injury, he will be the Cubs Opening Day starter.
  • Dan Haren's fastball sat in the 89-91 mph range and even hit 93 mph during his first spring start on Wednesday. Haren is going into 2013 with very little pressure to be the ace in a stacked Nationals rotation. Haren is a solid rebound candidate in 2013.
  • Phil Hughes will most likely begin the season on the disabled list with a bulging disk in his upper back. Hughes could be left in Tampa to throw a simulated games or make a minor league start after the team heads north March 29, because the Yankees won't need a fifth starter until April 7.
  • Zack Wheeler was scratched from his Grapefruit League start against the Cardinals on Wednesday due to a "mild" right oblique strain.
  • Joe Mauer's wife is expecting...twins. Congrats to the Mauer family.
  • THIS DAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY: 1966 -Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale began a dual holdout of the Dodgers. The two pitchers were seeking an unprecedented $1.05 million in joint salary that they would share evenly.