No guns in the clubhouse; bats still OK

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Gilbert Arenas.jpgIt’s a sad, sad day when law abiding ballplayers can’t bring their sidearms into the clubhouse:

Major League Baseball has a new message for players and employees
this spring training: Keep guns, long knives and explosives out of the
clubhouse.

Signs have been placed in spring training locker rooms stating
“individuals are prohibited from possessing deadly weapons while
performing any services for MLB.” The rules apply to employees of the
commissioner’s office, other central baseball businesses and to teams,
including players.

In all seriousness, good for Major League Baseball for removing such a pervasive threat to ballplayer safety.  Of course, if they were truly serious about this they’d ban baseball bats too. Those things can be deadly.

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.

Dave Roberts: It “doesn’t make sense” for Scott Kazmir to start year in Dodgers’ rotation

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Scott Kazmir won’t begin the regular season in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Manager Dave Roberts said after Kazmir’s Cactus League outing on Sunday that it “doesn’t make sense” for the ailing Kazmir to break camp in the rotation, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. The lefty will instead rehab some more and join the rotation at a later time.

Kazmir has been battling a hip issue which has caused his mechanics to suffer. He was clocked in the low 80’s 10 days ago and wasn’t much better on Sunday afternoon.

Last season with the Dodgers, Kazmir posted a 4.56 ERA with a 134/52 K/BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings, his worst numbers since returning to the majors in 2013.