A-Rod to meet with the feds on Friday

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The New York Times reports that A-Rod is going to meet with federal investigators in Buffalo on Friday in connection with the Dr. Galea investigation. As has been widely reported, The feds are seeking to establish whether Galea has distributed
performance-enhancing drugs in the U.S., and all indications that, like Jose Reyes, Rodriguez is merely considered a witness to that end.

To the extent there is any real heat arising out of this meeting, it’s political, as opposed to legal heat: A-Rod apparently once told the Yankees he had not been treated by Galea, while Galea said in a recent interview that he did in fact treat A-Rod for an inflamed hip. Rodriguez is well-represented in this matter, of course, so I presume that he will be shooting straight with the feds on this point. I also presume that, if he ever did tell the Yankees a different story, the Yankees will downplay it going forward in the interests of avoiding a media circus. 

Anyway, there’s really nothing else new here, so I’ll just note that this meeting likely kills any chances of A-Rod winning the fifth starter’s job.

Brandon McCarthy wins final spot in Dodgers’ rotation

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We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.

McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.

Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.

Yankees re-sign Jon Niese to a minor league deal

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The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.

Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.