Manny Ramirez played his second game at Triple-A last night, going 0-for-1 with a walk before exiting after four innings in what ended up being a rain-soaked 15-inning marathon.
Ramirez walked on four pitches to lead off the game and then grounded
out to shortstop in his second plate appearance, making him 0-for-3
with a walk through two games with Albuquerque.
He’s scheduled to play seven innings there today before moving on to
Single-A Inland Empire, where he’ll play as many as four more games
leading up to his July 3 return from suspension.
“I’m getting ready to play the game physically and mentally,”
Ramirez said. “The first thing is getting my legs ready to play. I have
to get used to the speed of games. I didn’t play for a long time.”
So far Ramirez has missed 43 of a scheduled 50 games, with the
Dodgers going 26-17 (.605) in his absence while extending their lead in
the NL West from 6.5 games to 7.5 games. You know, just like we predicted.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.