Manny hurts his hammy, gives Kemp a chance to play

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Manny Ramirez is day-to-day with a strained right hamstring. He suffered the
injury while running the bases in the first inning of last night’s game
against the Giants.  The benched Matt Kemp came into the game to replace him and hit the ball all over the place.  Now Joe Torre is going to have to work extra hard to figure out how to continue to not play him. Torre’s a Hall of Fame manager, though, so I’m sure he’ll figure something out.

As for Manny, after his mini-Operation Shutdown in 2008, his PED-suspension in 2009 and his hamstring this year, I can’t wait to see what he comes up with to get his annual summer vacation in 2011.  I’m thinking alien abduction. Or maybe he’ll just kidnap himself, Bunny Lebowski style.

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.