Just three weeks after returning from a 50-game suspension for a “drug of abuse” Padres prospect and former No. 3 overall pick Donavan Tate has suffered a season-ending wrist injury, according to the San Diego Union Tribune.
He managed to play a total of just 39 games in his first “full season” as a professional, but at least Tate performed well when in the lineup with a .288 batting average, .410 on-base percentage, and 19 steals.
He’s a long way from the majors and the on- and off-field setbacks will delay his timetable even further, but the speedy center fielder is still just 20 years old.
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.