Chien-Ming Wang was supposed to pitch two innings in an intrasquad game today, but the rehabbing right-hander exited after one frame when his surgically repaired shoulder tightened up between innings.
Pitching coach Steve McCatty downplayed the setback, telling Dave Sheinin of the Washington Post that “he was just a little tight” and “there’s no sense in trying to rush it.” However, considering Wang’s last big-league appearance came in July of 2009 any further roadblocks at this point are noteworthy.
Prior to leaving the game Wang was clocked in the mid-80s with his fastball, which was typically in the low-90s before going under the knife. He earned $2 million without throwing a pitch for the Nationals last season and received $1 million in guaranteed money to re-sign after being non-tendered.
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.