Royals outfielder David DeJesus suffered a sprained right thumb on Thursday evening when he collided with the Yankee Stadium outfield wall while trying to chase down a Derek Jeter line drive. That liner, because DeJesus could not reach it, turned into an inside-the-park home run for the Yankee captain.
DeJesus is considered “day-to-day” for now, according to the Kansas City Star’s Bob Dutton, but many players have been forced to the disabled list with a similar injury. The 30-year-old is believed to be the Royals’ biggest — or at least most valuable — trade commodity as the July 31 non-waiver deadline approaches. But a player can not be traded while on the disabled list.
DeJesus is batting .318 this season in 352 at-bats for the Royals. He also has a .384 on-base percentage, five home runs and 37 RBI. The Red Sox, Braves and Reds are rumored to have interest.
The first few days of spring training have been pretty quiet. Guys are going about their business and games are being played, but we haven’t had any news or controversy or silliness or anything fun like that. That’s about to change, however, as Tim Tebow has arrived at Mets camp.
Tebow, a non-roster invite, arrived at the Mets facility in Port St. Lucie, Florida this morning and, unlike every other non-roster invite, had a press conference. You may be surprised to learn that he’s in great shape, is excited to get going and wants to improve steadily each day.
The plan for Tebow is to be a part of the minor league camp, not the major league one, so he’s not going to be as visible at workouts as you might expect. He will be playing in some major league spring training games, however, at least until we get deeper into spring training, after which you’d assume that veterans and players with a real shot of making the big club will play longer.
In the meantime, you can buy Tebow shirts. But not Curtis Granderson ones, it seems:
Or, I should say, it’s spring training for whatever automated timer thingie turns the sprinklers on and off.
This was the scene at Goodyear on Saturday as the Indians and Reds played in the bottom of the eighth in their spring training opener. Reds manager Bryan Price says that this was probably the second or third time this has happened in the middle of a game there.
Maybe investigate manually operating that bad boy? Just a suggestion!