MLB In Full Bloom 3/27/13



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5– Number of days until Opening Day 

 MLB News & Notes

  • The Los Angeles Dodgers optioned Yasiel Puig to Double-A Chattanooga and Dee Gordon to Triple-A Albuquerque. Puig showed off his huge potential this spring in the Cactus League, but the Dodgers want him to get more at bats in the minors. As for Gordon, there was some discussion that he would be on the Dodgers Opening Day roster to help back up Luis Cruz at shortstop while Hanley Ramirez  is out with the thumb injury, but it's not going to happen.
  • Matt Kemp is hitting just .186 (8-for-43) in spring training so far, with one homer and three stolen bases. While its not a major concern, a slow spring may lead to a slow start to the season.
  • The Los Angeles Angels acquired two minor leaguers from the Yankees in the Vernon Wells trade. Exicardo Cayones and Kramer Sneed provide organizational depth, but that is it as neither are high prospects.
  • The St. Louis Cardinals and Adam Wainwright "continue to accelerate" negotiations on a contract extension. Wainwright is looking for a five-year deal and both sides are confident that a deal will be reached before the deadline of Opening Day.
  • Derek Jeter (ankle) finally admitted that he will not be ready for Opening Day, but the goal is to have him on April 6. Jeter just needs more time to get the leg and ankle ready for the season and the Yankees are going to give him the time.
  • C.C. Sabathia was pleased with how he felt after pitching five innings against the Astros on Tuesday. The results have not been good, but Sabathia feels good so this spring training has been a success for him.
  • Bryce Harper (thumb) hopes to return to the lineup on Friday. Harper is having a huge spring at the plate and will take a few days to rest the thumb. He'll be ready to go on Opening Day.
  • Carlos Marmol failed to retire any of the six batters he faced Tuesday, adding more fuel to the fire that Kyuji Fujikawa will take over as closer this season. Marmol will start the season as the Cubs closer, but it won't be long before Fujikawa takes over the ninth inning.
  • Logan Forsythe is expected to begin the season on the disabled list after the plantar fasciitis in his right foot flared up Tuesday. With Chase Headley and Forsythe out to start the season, the Padres are likely to start Jedd Gyorko at third base and Alexi Amarista at second base on Opening Day.
  • THIS DAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY: 1902 -The nickname Cubs was coined by the Chicago Daily News, when columnist, Frank Selee devoted his strongest efforts on the work of the new Cubs. In time, the Cubs replaced the Colts as the nickname for Chicago's National League club.