Orioles’ starter Brad Bergesen will not be able to throw in spring training for at least 10 days after pitchers and
catchers report because he strained his right shoulder during the filming of a TV commercial in early
“Obviously, I hadn’t picked up a ball. I’m kicking myself in the head
about it. That’s really what it was from. Not working on a mound up to
that point,” Bergesen said. “I just jumped up on the mound and gave it
a go. I was trying to be game speed. I was trying to be realistic as
possible with it.
“The production company that came in wanted it to be as realistic as
possible. And I was trying to please and I got caught up in a moment.”
The punchline: if he doesn’t recover as expected and the O’s pitching staff implodes, it’ll be Dave Trembley who will lose his job! Ha!
During the offseason, the Astros finally got rid of Tal’s Hill in center field. It was a throwback to older stadiums, some of which had uneven topography — Crosley Field, namely. As unique as it was in the age of cookie cutter sports stadiums, most of us were holding our collective breaths hoping no one ruptured an Achilles or suffered another brutal injury trying to navigate the hill while attempting to catch a fly ball.
We saw what it looked like during reconstruction:
And now, via Julia Morales of ROOT Sports, we see what it looks like after all the work has been done:
The Astros are allowing fans with Lexus Field Club tickets to stand on the new warning track to watch batting practice and shag fly balls as well, Morales notes. Lexus Field Club is where Tal’s Hill used to be.
Good riddance, Tal’s Hill.
Jhoulys Chacin will start on Opening Day, April 3 against the Dodgers in Los Angeles, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. It will be Chacin’s second Opening Day start, the other coming in 2013 with the Rockies against the Brewers. He’ll be the fifth different Padres pitcher in as many years to start on Opening Day.
Chacin, 29, inked a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Padres in December. The right-hander spent the 2016 season with the Braves and Angels, compiling an aggregate 4.81 ERA with a 119/55 K/BB ratio in 144 innings.
Lin notes that Chacin will be followed in the rotation by Clayton Richard and Jered Weaver. It will be an interesting rotation, to say the least, as it will arguably be the worst in baseball.