After bad news regarding Dontrelle Willis and Khalil Greene, finally some good news from one of the players who have struggled with anxiety disorders and allied maladies recently:
When you ask Joey Votto about his offseason, he gives you a polite “fine, thank you.”
But the Reds first baseman knows you want to know more. His battle
with anxiety and depression that caused him to miss 31 games was a huge
factor in the Reds’ success or lack thereof last season.
says he had no incidents after last season – his panic attacks led to
hospital visits last year – but he wouldn’t say he’s past all of his
“A lot of people want miracles,” he said. “Life’s not like that. I’m making progress. I’m going in the right direction.”
My favorite thing in the article: Votto knows his 2009 OPS off the top of his head.
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.