Edinson Volquez on the verge of return from elbow surgery

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John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer is “hearing” that Edinson Volquez will come off the disabled list to start Saturday against the Dodgers, which would mean returning from Tommy John surgery less than 12 months after going under the knife.
Volquez has been excellent while rehabbing in the minors, going 4-0 with a 1.45 ERA, .135 opponents’ batting average, and 28/8 K/BB ratio in 31 innings spread over six starts. His fastball has been clocked in the mid-90s, leading Fay to wonder if he’s actually throwing harder now that he did before the surgery.
A healthy Volquez would be a huge addition to the first-place Reds, whose rotation ranks just ninth in the league with a mediocre 4.09 ERA. Volquez went 21-8 with a 3.44 ERA in 42 starts before the injury, racking up 253 strikeouts in 246 innings while holding opponents to a .224 batting average.

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.