Diamondbacks put Kris Benson on disabled list, call up Kevin Mulvey

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In the least shocking news of the week, Arizona has placed Kris Benson on the disabled list with a sore shoulder. When the Diamondbacks added him to the rotation two weeks ago I wrote that choosing the oft-injured, rarely effective, 35-year-old Benson over various minor-league options made little sense.
He was actually better than I expected, putting together back-to-back solid outings, but sure enough he heads back to the DL having posted a 5.14 ERA. Now the Diamondbacks will turn to prospect Kevin Mulvey, which they probably should have done in the first place.
Acquired from the Twins for Jon Rauch in the middle of last season, Mulvey projects as a back-of-the-rotation starter after spending the past two-plus seasons at Triple-A posting a 3.79 ERA and 251/107 K/BB ratio in 323 innings. Mulvey’s stock has dropped considerably since he was a Mets second-round pick and key piece of Minnesota’s haul for Johan Santana, but he’s certainly far more likely than Benson to log 150 innings with a 4.50 ERA at this point. Benson hasn’t done that since 2005, when Mulvey was in college at Villanova.

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.