Red Sox placing Mike Lowell on disabled list to make room for Daisuke Matsuzaka's return

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Daisuke Matsuzaka is returning from the disabled list for tonight’s start against the Rockies and Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that the Red Sox will make room for him on roster by placing Mike Lowell on the DL.
Perhaps his surgically repaired hip has been problematic of late or perhaps Lowell has just fallen so far out of the Red Sox’s plans that putting him on the shelf for a couple weeks was the obvious call anyway. He hasn’t started a game since June 13 and went nine days without playing at all before pinch-hitting Tuesday.
There’s been some speculation about Texas and Minnesota showing interest in Lowell as a part-time player if Boston is willing to eat most of his remaining salary and take a low-level prospect in return, but the fact that the Red Sox’s roster shuffling involves placing him on the DL rather than simply trading him suggests the level of interest in somewhere between marginal and non-existent.

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.