The Padres are among the teams that have interest and have requested medical records for free agent left-hander Noah Lowry.
Lowry, 29, has a 4.03 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 106 major league games (100
starts), but hasn’t thrown a pitch in the bigs since 2007 due to
procedures on his forearm, elbow and rib. His agent
Damon Lapa won’t take any offers for Lowry before a throwing session for interested parties later this month,
but sees the Padres as a good fit:
“I think it’s safe to say Noah would be open to the possibility of
pitching for the Padres,” Lapa said. “… San Diego would not be a
difficult sell for us.”
As well he should. Lowry surely saw what pitching in Petco Park did for
his friend and former teammate Kevin Correia after the Padres inked him
to a minor league contract last winter. For a pitcher who’s looking to
get his career back on track, there’s few better landing spots than San
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.