Scott Kazmir scratched with shoulder problems

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“Fatigued deltoid?”  Wall la-di-da and pardon me, your majesty, here in the real America we call it a sore shoulder:

Angels lefty Scott Kazmir was scratched Thursday from his scheduled
start with “tightness” in his shoulder. Manager Mike Scioscia said Kazmir began feeling “a little fatigue in his
deltoid” on Wednesday.

But Scioscia said as of now he doesn’t expect Kazmir to miss his first
regular-season start. Scioscia said as long as Kazmir can pitch in a
game by March 30 he will have enough time to build up endurance for the
season.

Generally speaking I like the Angels rotation, but there’s a lot of arm trouble history in that group. The really need Weaver and Kazmir to be horses in order to hold everything together, I think.

Video: Jake Arrieta hits a 465-foot home run off of Zack Greinke

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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.

Luis Valbuena to miss four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring

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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.