For the first time since fracturing a bone in his left hand in late March, Astros infielder Clint Barmes was able to put on a glove Saturday and play catch.
The 32-year-old reported no abnormal pain or discomfort in his hand during or after the light workout and still has his sights set on a late April or early May return to the major leagues.
Barmes spoke Sunday morning with Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle and seemed optimistic about reaching that goal:
“It was sore, but I didn’t expect to come out and feel 100 percent on my first day,” Barmes said. “It was great to be out on the field with a glove on my hand.”
Barmes is aiming to take dry swings with a bat on Monday, then he’ll slowly progress to live batting practice. Once activated from the disabled list, he should begin seeing regular starts at shortstop for Houston.
MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports that the Dodgers have promoted 1B/OF prospect Cody Bellinger.
Bellinger, 21, is considered the Dodgers’ best prospect and No. 10 overall in baseball, according to MLB Pipeline. At Triple-A Oklahoma City, Bellinger was hitting .343/.429/.627 with five home runs, 15 RBI, 15 runs scored, and seven stolen bases in 77 plate appearances.
The Dodgers are dealing with a slew of injuries to their outfielders — most recently losing Joc Pederson to a strained groin — so Bellinger is likely to get regular playing time there.
The Marlins are on the last leg of a nine-game road trip that started in Seattle, took them through San Diego, and now has them in Philadelphia. If the hectic travel schedule weren’t punishing enough, the NFL Draft has heaped some more difficulty onto the Marlins’ trip.
Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that, because the NFL booked all of the hotels in Philadelphia ahead of the draft (which starts on Thursday and ends on Saturday), the Marlins have to stay at a hotel in Wilmington, Delaware.
At least the city of Wilmington is welcoming the Marlins with open arms: