Forearm strain puts A's ace Brett Anderson on DL

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Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the A’s will place Brett Anderson on the disabled list with a strained forearm. Anderson left his Saturday start after just 80 pitches because of tightness in his elbow and forearm.
He initially deemed it merely cramping and there’s no indication that the A’s feel it’s a serious problem, but he’s headed for an MRI exam to make sure and in the meantime obviously being cautious with the 22-year-old ace is smart.
After emerging as one of the best young left-handers in baseball as a rookie last year Anderson inked a long-term contract earlier this month that could keep him in Oakland through 2016 and began the season with a 2.25 ERA and 17/4 K/BB ratio in 23 innings. Hopefully he’ll just miss a few starts while the surprising A’s try to stay atop the AL West without him.

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.