MLB In Full Bloom 3/28/13

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4– Number of days until Opening Day  

 MLB News & Notes

  • The St. Louis Cardinals and Adam Wainwright agreed to a five-year deal. Wainwright, 31, and the Cardinals have been in talks about an extension all spring, and the talks gained momentum in the last few days. Wainwright is expected to have a strong campaign in his second full year removed from the elbow procedure.
  • Michael Morse hit his eighth home run of the spring in Wednesday's 10-7 win over the Dodgers. Morse hit the home run off Clayton Kershaw in the first inning. He's now hitting .365 this spring and his eight home runs lead both the Grapefruit and Cactus League.
  • Willie Bloomquist (oblique) will begin the 2013 regular season on the 15-day disabled list. There is no timetable for his return and its possible he could miss all of April.
  • Jonny Venters (elbow) is scheduled to visit Dr. James Andrews early next week. Venters left a Grapefruit League appearance Tuesday because of a left elbow strain and the Braves now want to find out the extent of the damage.
  • Phil Hughes (back) should make two more minor league starts, lining him up to return to the Yankee rotation on April 11. Hughes will begin the season on the disabled list. Ivan Nova and David Phelps will get starts the first few times through the rotation, but Hughes should replace one of them when he returns.
  • The Chicago Cubs claimed Guillermo Moscoso off waivers from the Blue Jays. Moscoso had a dismal 6.12 ERA over 50 innings with the Rockies last year, but he could make the Cubs' Opening Day roster as a reliever.
  • Pablo Sandoval (elbow) said that he "felt great" after making throws from third base Wednesday, and he plans to play on Friday's against Oakland.
  • The Toronto Blue Jays and J.A. Happ agreed to a two-year contract extension on Wednesday. The signing came just one day after the Blue Jays announced that Happ won the fifth starter job. Happ has had a solid spring and will get plenty of run support from the Jays lineup, so he is worth a look in deep mixed leagues and AL-Only leagues.
  • MLB senior vice president Dan Halem acknowledged to "Outside the Lines" on ESPN Wednesday that no safety device, such as a padded cap lining, will be approved in time for Opening Day. In 2013, Oakland Athletics pitcher Brandon McCarthy suffered life-threatening brain injury after he was struck in the head by a line drive in September. MLB has accelerated their efforts to produce a product pitchers use to protect their head.
  • THIS DAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY: 2003 - The commissioner's office announced teams will pay tribute to the U.S. Armed forces during the seventh-inning stretch of all home openers by having `God Bless America' performed. Although the song has been part of all games since the September 11th terrorist attacks, it will be heard only in major league ballparks at the home openers, Sundays and holidays games.