MLB In Full Bloom 3/4/13

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29– Number of days until Opening Day  

 MLB News & Notes

  • The Los Angeles Angels renewed Mike Trout's contract for $510,000, just a $20,000 increase to his base salary after an incredible season last year. Trout is taking the high road with his comments to the media regarding this embarrassing increase and his switch to left field. The Angels were not obligated to give Trout anymore money, but they should have without thinking twice.
  • Mark Trumbo is now batting  4-for-14 with a triple, three runs scored, and an RBI in Cactus League plate. More important, Trumbo has only struck out one time in fifteen at-bats. He hit .227 in the second half of the season last year so its good to see him get off to a good start.
  • Albert Pujols said that his surgically repaired right knee will not prevent him from being ready for the season opener. He's been taking batting practice, fielding grounders and doing jogging on a treadmill during spring training.
  • Yasiel Puig hit a three-run homer in his only plate appearance Sunday against the Indians. Puig is now batting .421 in 19 at-bats this spring and he should rise quickly through the minors and force his way into the Dodgers lineup.
  • Matt Garza will begin the season on the disabled list after experiencing recurring pain in his left side. Jeff Samardzija will start on Opening Day. Garza will start up his throwing program in about a week, and it appears that Carlos Villanueva will have the opportunity to hold down a spot in the rotation.
  • An MRI of Aramis Ramirez’s left knee came back negative. In other words, there's no structural damage. Ramirez hurt himself when he slid into the second base bag Saturday.
  • David Ortiz (Achilles) will run the bases Monday. Ortiz was scheduled to run the bases on Sunday but didn't feel up to it. He acknowledged to reporters recently that he's not guaranteed to be ready for the start of the regular season.
  • Johan Santana (shoulder) did some light tossing from a mound Sunday. Santana wasn't throwing hard and the catcher was set up in front of the plate. Santana continues to say that he will pitch Opening Day, but that is still up in the air.
  • The Texas Rangers and Kyle Lohse have remained in contact. The biggest divide for any team interested in Lohse has been surrendering their first-round pick, but his asking price has come done so much that the Rangers are reconsidering signing Lohse.
  • THIS DAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY: 2004 - Commissioner Bud Selig announced Major League Baseball would celebrate "Jackie Robinson Day" in every ballpark on April 15, the anniversary of the debut of the first black player in the major leagues. Jackie's number (42) was retired for all time in a ceremony at Shea Stadium in April of 1997 to mark the 50th anniversary of Robinson's achievement.