Late-spring injuries are the worst.
According to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News, Giants outfielder Cody Ross was lifted from the club’s Cactus League tilt with the Angels Wednesday due to a right calf strain.
Ross was attempting to make a catch on a shallow line drive when he pulled up lame. He struggled to get off the field on his own and was later spotted riding to the clubhouse in a golf cart.
The Giants are likely to provide an update on his status Thursday after they give him a round of tests. Calf strains can range from very minor to very serious, so it’s possible that San Francisco will be forced to place him on the 15-day disabled list before the start of the season. And it’s also possible that he’s fine.
Ross, 30, posted a weak .735 OPS during the 2010 regular season but his bat came alive in October and he helped the Giants to the World Series title with a five-homer and 10-RBI postseason outburst. He is expected to start in right field on most days and nights this summer for San Francisco.
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.