David Aardsma won’t be ready for Opening Day after surgery

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When the Mariners announced last month that David Aardsma needed hip surgery they initially expressed optimism that he’d be ready for Opening Day, but yesterday trainer Rick Griffin pushed back the closer’s recovery timetable a bit.

According to Griffin he likely won’t be cleared to pitch in games until at least the second week of April, which means he’ll miss all of spring training and suggests Aardsma will require a minor-league rehab assignment to face live hitters before rejoining the Mariners’ bullpen.

Seattle had been trying to trade Aardsma prior to the discovery of a torn labrum in his hip, but the surgery and pushed-back recovery timetable likely takes him off the market until at least June even if he avoids setbacks.

Dallas Keuchel to return to Astros’ rotation on Friday

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Astros manager A.J. Hinch told the media, including MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart, that starter Dallas Keuchel will come off of the disabled list and rejoin the rotation on Friday against the Tigers. Keuchel has missed nearly two months with a neck injury.

Prior to landing on the DL, Keuchel was 9-0 with a 1.67 ERA and a 69/18 K/BB ratio over 75 2/3 innings. He seemed to be on his way to potentially win another Cy Young Award.

Hinch also noted that Collin McHugh will start on Saturday and Lance McCullers will start on Sunday.

Video: Ketel Marte hits an inside-the-park home run

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Braves starter Aaron Blair had a nightmarish bottom of the third inning on Wednesday afternoon against the Diamondbacks. He had just given up a run on a Daniel Descalso triple hit to center field that center fielder Ender Inciarte read poorly. In the following at-bat, Ketel Marte laced a curve ball to right field. Sean Rodriguez wasn’t able to get to it in time, so the ball bounced off the fence and caromed back towards the stands along the right field line. By the time Rodriguez was able to retrieve the ball, Marte was already on his way home and scored standing up.

The inside-the-park homer will certainly provide a boost to Marte’s stats. He entered Wednesday’s action batting .196/.255/.370 in 51 plate appearances.