Athletics’ prospect Michael Taylor spent the winter playing in Mexico. Sounds fun:
“Animals on the field. Like chickens and stuff like that. People having
barbecues in the stands. Just piling up firewood. The passion. They had
bands, a lot of live music,” he said yesterday at Phoenix Municipal
“It was just a different environment. Baseball fans usually cheer
when something happens on the field. These guys were cheering, singing,
dancing the entire game. And the mascots are crazy. The mascots would
be on the field, too. Dancing and doing shows. It’s kind of different
to be in rightfield and have a mascot 60 feet from you doing a dance
with another mascot. During play. They’re involved. It’s a show.”
U.S. baseball hasn’t been that fun since they banned ten cent beer night. In other news, Taylor bears his fellow Stanford alum Ruben Amaro Jr. for trading him as part of the Roy Halladay deal:
Asked if Amaro had broken some sort of Cardinal code, he laughed.
“No, he actually upheld the Stanford code, which is to make the best business deal possible,” Taylor said.
That’s the Stanford code? How . . . inspiring.
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.
Reds reliever Raisel Iglesias hasn’t appeared in a Grapefruit League game since March 14 and now we know why. He injured his right elbow and both hips falling in the shower three weeks ago, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. He has had anti-inflammatory shots applied in both areas and he’ll be be shut down from pitching for a few more days.
Iglesias might not be ready for Opening Day, according to manager Bryan Price. Iglesias, however, thinks otherwise. He said, “I’m going to be OK. I’m probably going to throw one bullpen, and after that, mentally and physically, I’ll be ready to join the season and compete.”
Price said throughout the offseason that he intended to pick his closer according to the matchups rather than naming one official closer. As a result, this injury likely doesn’t change much except that Michael Lorenzen, Drew Storen, and Tony Cingrani may get a few more early season save chances if Iglesias doesn’t start the season on time.
Iglesias, 27, finished last season with a 2.53 ERA and an 83/26 K/BB ratio in 78 1/3 innings across five starts and 32 relief appearances.