MLB In Full Bloom 3/25/13

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7– Number of days until Opening Day 

 MLB News & Notes

  • Vernon Wells has approved a trade to the New York Yankees. Wells had a no-trade clause that he immediately waived. The deal still isn't official, but it will happen and the sides are just working on the details. It appears the Angels will pay $29 million of the $42 million owed to Wells and the Yankees will cover the remaining $13 million.
  • Hanley Ramirez underwent successful surgery on his right thumb Friday. Ramirez had a torn ligament in the thumb repaired and is expected to miss eight weeks. The Dodgers will give Luis Cruz the first shot at shortstop. At third base, we can expect to see Juan Uribe, Nick Punto and Jerry Hairston Jr. are expected to share playing time. Dee Gordon could be an option at shortstop if Cruz struggles.
  • The San Diego Padres released Freddy Garcia. Garcia was unable to make a strong push for a roster spot as he posted an 8.71 ERA in 20 2/3 innings this spring.
  • Ryan Madson (elbow) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Sunday. Madson will open the year on the disabled list and is expected to miss most of April. Ernesto Frieri will handle the early-season save chances for the Angels.
  • Jason Motte appears likely to being the season on the disabled list due to a mild muscle flexor strain.
  • Tommy Hanson (triceps) will likely open the season as the Angels' No. 5 starter. Hanson has been dealing with a tight right triceps, but he's expected to make his next scheduled spring start today against the White Sox.
  • Johan Santana (shoulder) "may take six weeks to get where he wants to be" according to Mets manager Terry Collins. Santana has not thrown off a mound in almost three weeks.
  • David Freese was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to back stiffness. It's related to the fall Freese took into the stands three weeks ago and his availability for opening day is uncertain.
  • Scott Baker will be shut down for a month after being diagnosed with a right elbow strain. Baker was expected to miss the first couple weeks of the season as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery, but now he'll be out much longer.
  • Mike Trout is 18-for-47 (.383 BA) with a home run, six doubles, two triples, 12 walks, and five stolen bases in Cactus League play.
  • THIS DAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY: 1985 - An Illinois judge ruled that state and city laws effectively banning night baseball at Chicago's Wrigley Field were constitutional. After being forced to give up a home game during the 1984 NLCS, and threatened with playing future postseason games at another stadium in order to accommodate network television's prime-time schedules, the Cubs had sued to overturn the laws.