Bobby Parnell shut down for the season with elbow injury

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It’s been, like, hours since the latest bit of bad news for the Mets, so Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that Bobby Parnell has been shut down for the remainder of the season with “inflammation of the plica in his right elbow.”
Parnell has been one of the few bright spots on the team this season, posting a 2.83 ERA and 33/8 K/BB ratio in 35 innings after being called up from Triple-A in mid-June.
His average fastball velocity of 96.5 miles per hour ranks fifth-highest in all of baseball among pitchers with 30-plus innings and after struggling mightily in attempts to be a starter Parnell has a 3.33 ERA in 92 career innings as a reliever.
If healthy he looks like a potential late-inning bullpen option for next season and beyond, but naturally with the Mets he’ll have to come back from an injury first. For now at least the good news is that Rubin reports he won’t need surgery.

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.