MLB In Full Bloom 3/5/13


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28– Number of days until Opening Day 

 MLB News & Notes

  • The St. Louis Cardinals announced that Rafael Furcal (elbow) is out indefinitely and  it appears that Pete Kozma will be the Cardinals’ shortstop to start the season.
  • Colorado Rockies young third baseman Nolan Arenado ripped his third homer in as many games in Monday's loss to the Mariners. Arenado improved his Cactus League average to .412 to go along with four home runs.  Arenado had a disappointing season at Double-A in 2012 and is likely to start the year back in the minors, but if he continues to hit, Arenado may just make the Rockies Opening Day roster.
  • Matt Kemp (shoulder) will start in center field today for the first time this spring.
  • Albert Pujols (knee) will make his spring debut today as the designated hitter.
  • Vernon Wells is 4-for-11 at the plate with two home runs and two stolen bases this spring. With such a small sample size in spring training, Wells trade value has not yet increased, but a rebound season is certainly a possible for Wells. He goes into the season as the Angels 4th outfielder and will get playing time as DH.
  • The Baltimore Orioles and Milwaukee Brewers had scouts watching Dodgers right-hander Aaron Harang in a minor league game Monday. With the surplus of starting pitchers, the Dodgers are likely to make a trade and Harang is a definite trade piece.
  • Phil Hughes (back) threw 50 pitches on Monday with no discomfort. Hughes feels that he's "lost a tick of arm strength," due to falling behind with the injury, but confident that he will return quickly.
  • Cody Ross had an MRI on Monday afternoon for his sore left calf. Ross began experiencing the calf soreness on Friday in camp and it didn't improve much over the weekend.
  • New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman  broke his right fibula and dislocated his right ankle while skydiving with the Golden Knights of the U.S. Army Monday at Homestead Air Force Base in Florida. Cashman made the jump to help raise awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project and wound up joining the wounded when his foot caught in the ground when on the landing.
  • THIS DAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY1982 - Needing just three wins to reach 300 career victories, 43-year old Gaylord Perry signed a one-year free-agent contract with Seattle. Perry reached the milestone in May when he went the distance to beat New York at the Kingdome, 7-3.