MLB In Full Bloom 3/19/13

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14– Number of days until Opening Day   

 MLB News & Notes

  • Chase Headley (thumb) will miss four to six weeks with a fracture to the tip of his left thumb. Padres general manager Josh Byrnes said a four-week absence for Headley is optimistic. Headley suffered the injury Sunday while sliding into second base in an attempt to break up a double play. Logan Forsythe will play third base during Headley's absence and rookie Jed Gyorko will play second base.
  • Carl Crawford (elbow) went 2-for-3 with two RBI Monday against the Diamondbacks. Its great to see him be able to DH on back-to-back days. However, the Dodgers will likely play it safe and have him start the season on the disabled list.
  • The Los Angeles Angels and Chris Snyder agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Snyder got released by the Nationals on Monday afternoon but was out of work for a minute. Hank Conger is having a strong spring training hitting, but is struggling to make his throws behind the plate. Snyder can opt out of his minor league deal with the Angels if he doesn't make the Opening Day roster.
  • Mariano Rivera pitched two innings against a lineup of Toronto minor leaguers Monday. Rivera has looked great so far this spring, and appears ready make his final season a great one.
  • Jhoulys Chacin has been named the Rockies' Opening Day starter. He was the most logical choice because who else do the Rockies have in their starting rotation. I can't recommend one Rockies starter with any confidence in 2013.
  • FOX Sports' Jon Paul Morosi reported that the Arizona Diamondbacks and Paul Goldschmidt are engaged in ongoing dialogue about a multi-year contract extension. Goldschmidt is not arbitration-eligible until after 2014.
  • Ian Kinsler feels confident that his ankle injury that bothered him for much of 2012 won't be a factor this season. Kinsler is a strong candidate for a rebound season.
  • Daisuke Matsuzaka did not make the Cleveland Indians Opening Day roster, but may agree to minor league assignment at Triple-A with the Indians. The Indians hope Matsuzaka can help the team out later in the season.
  • Chris Perez (shoulder) has declared himself 100% ready for the season and is ready for Opening Day. Perez will be the Indians closer and Vinnie Pestano will remain in a setup role.
  • THIS DAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY: 2002 - The Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network (YES) made its debut as a regional cable TV channel. The YES network carries Bronx Bombers games as well as covering New Jersey Nets contests.