Feb 26 2014
MLB In Full Bloom is featured on Buehler’s Day Off on Team 1010 KXPS in Palm Desert, CA.
33 – Number of days until Opening Day
19,953 – Number of signatures on the petition to make Opening Day a National Holiday
A common mistake on draft day is when GMs reach to get a top-tier closer. Unless you can draft Craig Kimbrel or Aroldis Chapman, wait on drafting your closers until later in the draft. Another strategy to try is searching for setup men that are usually “closers-in-waiting” since they usually appear in the 8th inning, sometimes getting a few 9th inning save opportunities when a closer has pitched multiple days in a row. The 2014 season will feature new closers on many teams, but their setup men may have more experience with the 9th inning. They may not break camp with the closing job, but a fine line exists between them watching the 9th inning and trying to get the 27th out.
MLB NEWS & NOTES
- C.J. Wilson did not sustain a concussion after being hit in the head with a line drive Tuesday. It was a scary moment for Wilson, who took a line drive off the head while throwing live batting practice to Yorvit Torrealba, but shortly after tweeting that he was OK, Wilson tweeted that tests confirmed he did not sustain a concussion during the incident.
- Josh Hamilton (calf) could be out for two weeks according to Angels manager Mike Scioscia. Hamilton had an MRI and there is a strain. He was seen on crutches and could not put any weight on it. Despite Scioscia saying the Hamilton could be out for a couple weeks, it appears he will only miss 4 or 5 days.
- Mark Teixeira (wrist) is on track to make his spring debut late next week according to Yankees manager Joe Girardi. Teixeira continues to hit off a tee and against coaches during batting practice, but the hope is that he’ll advance to facing live pitching. Teixeira hasn’t reported any issues with his surgically-repaired wrist. There’s still plenty of time for him to get ready for Opening Day.
- Madison Bumgarner has been selected by Giants manager Bruce Bochy to be the opening day starter. Bochy made the announcement on Tuesday at spring training that the left-hander will pitch March 31 at Arizona. This is Bumgarner’s first opening day start.
- Matt Kemp (ankle) is scheduled to have another MRI an examination on his left ankle on Friday. Kemp has had exams on a monthly basis since ankle surgery in October. Kemp has been limited this spring to running on an anti-gravity treadmill, taking batting practice in the cages and fielding a few ground balls in the outfield. Even if the Dodgers get the green light on Friday to get Kemp ready for the season, it is still going to be a slow progression.
- Cole Hamels (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Wednesday for the first time this spring. Hamels is behind schedule this spring after he showed up to camp with shoulder tendinitis, but he reported no issues Wednesday. Hamels is scheduled to throw his next bullpen session Saturday and will continue to progress from there, but the expectation is that he will not be ready for the start of the season. However, he should be able to join the Phillies rotation in early April.
- Jaime Garcia (shoulder) will get a second opinion on his injured left shoulder Wednesday from Dr. James Andrews. The Cardinals have not commented about their own test results until Andrews gets a look. It’s beginning to feel like 2014 might be another lost season for Garcia. He was limited to nine starts in 2013 and 20 in 2012.
- Justin Upton was scratched from Wednesday’s Grapefruit League lineup due to soreness in his side. Upton’s side has been bothering him for the past couple days and the Braves didn’t want to take any chances of making things worse. Consider him day-to-day.