Giants’ second baseman Freddy Sanchez had surgery on his shoulder in late December, but no one knew about it until late January. The Giants said at the time the news came out that they kept it secret at Sanchez’s request, with him not wanting people to make his health a topic of discussion. Sanchez, however, is saying that he never told the Giants that, and that he was surprised when the team said such a thing.
Well, a small one, anyway. For what it’s worth, the Merc’s Andrew Baggarly thinks that the Giants kept Sanchez’s surgery a secret because they were negotiating with utilityman Juan Uribe at the time, and if Uribe’s people knew about Sanchez, he’d have extra leverage in the negotiations. If that was the case they squandered their leverage, because Uribe still got $3.5 million, which is more than any other backup infielder got this winter.
But hey, at least they blew their integrity with respect to player injuries in the deal, so it was totally worth it.
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.