David Villavicencio of FoxSports Florida.com notes that Aroldis Chapman has an interesting tattoo on his left wrist: “a baseball with a trail of flames and the inscription ‘105.1 MPH.'”
Interesting, but troublesome, at least if you’re a pessimist like me. I mean, what if something happens to him someday and he can’t bring the gas anymore? And his efforts to make a comeback as a junkballer fall flat? And he finds himself sitting in a half-empty, decaying mansion, depressed over the glory that was denied him by the cruel fates? I mean, at that point he’s going to have no choice but to go all Ash-from-Evil-Dead on his arm, getting rid of the tattoo and everything past it? That’s the only logical outcome to all of this, right?
In other news, the biggest thing holding me back from getting a tattoo is not the pain or even how it would look, but rather the mortal fear that whatever I got would be lame and/or culturally or personally inoperative within a couple of years.
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.
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.