Not only did the Detroit Tigers resign Jose Valverde, but Tigers manager Jim Leyland announced that Valverde will immediately reclaim his role as their closer. Valverde was the Tigers' closer the past three years, but the team was prepared to let him leave as a free agent after he faltered during the 2012 postseason. However, he never signed with another team, and Detroit brought him back on a minor league deal. The question must be asked - is this more about the Tigers bullpen being a mess or Valverde actually being ready to step back into the role and being effective? For what its work, it was reported that Valverde looked great in extended spring training and in his first few appearances with High-A Lakeland. Excuse me for not running to the waiver wire to grab Valverde. Take a wait-and-see approach with him.
The Atlanta Braves announced Monday night that Jayson Heyward underwent successful appendectomy surgery in Denver, CO. The recovery time is 2-4 weeks, but there have been players that had the procedure and returned with 10 days in recent years. The Braves are going to play three games in the next two days, so it is seems likely that Heyward will be put on the disabled list. Reed Johnson and Jordan Schafer will most likely platoon during his absence, but don't be surprised to see Evan Gattis get an opportunity in right field. The Braves like Gattis in the lineup and with Brian McCann returning in the near future and Freddie Freeman returning today, Gattis will be without regular starts.