Paul Lo Duca wants to play again. Please try to contain your excitement

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Paul Lo Duca was on XM radio yesterday lobbying for a spring training invite:

“I’m completely healthy. I feel unbelievable. I’ve been hitting the
last four or five days constantly and started my workouts. I feel
great. My hand feels 100 percent for the first time in a while. My
hamstring and my knee finally healed after the surgery I had there. … I
want to come back and play.”

You know, there are crazier things than a team taking a chance on Lo Duca. For example, maybe there’s a 37 year-old, no-hit catcher who wrote personal checks to buy illegal drugs, had an affair with a teenager and was caught up in gambling allegations who doesn’t have Lo Duca’s infectious enthusiasm.

Six-year old boy reports the Indians want to give Francisco Lindor a seven-year contract

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The substance of the report is not shocking. Francisco Lindor is one of baseball’s brightest young stars and the Cleveland Indians would, no doubt, wish to lock him up for an extended period of time. The surprising part is the guy who reported that, yes, the Indians are working to get Lindor a seven-year extension.

That guy: six-year-old Brody Chernoff, son of Indians general manager Mike Chernoff. Brody was invited into the team’s broadcast booth during the ninth inning of their game against the Chicago White Sox. Indians announcer Tom Hamilton asked, no doubt jokingly, if his working on anything interesting. Brody:

“He’s trying to get, um, Lindor to play for seven more years,”

Again, not shocking. It would’ve been way worse if Brody had said “Dad’s working on a three-way deal that’ll send Naquin to an NL team in order to affect a three-way trade that’ll land us Verlander without having to deal directly with a divisional rival.” But I imagine Dad still would’ve preferred he not mention that.

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Braves sign David Hernandez

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Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.

Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.

Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.