One of the reasons the Yankees went out and signed Pedro Feliciano this offseason is because he has been one of the most durable — or depending on your point of view, overworked — relievers in baseball over the past few seasons. In fact, he’s never been on the disabled list in eight major league seasons.
That all might change.
Multiple sources tell Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that Feliciano could begin the season on the disabled list due to tricep soreness in his throwing arm. The 34-year-old southpaw hasn’t pitched in a Grapefruit League game since March 9 and is simply running out of time to get ready for the start of the season.
If Feliciano requires a DL-stint, Romulo Sanchez and non-roster invitee Luis Ayala are considered the likely replacements. Mark Prior, who has a 1.35 ERA and 10/4 K/BB ratio over 6 2/3 innings this spring, is still a longshot to make the Opening Day roster.
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.