Cole Hamels undergoes elbow, hernia surgeries

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Cole Hamels had a pair of surgeries Friday, neither of which are expected to impact his availability for the start of the 2012 season.

Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that the southpaw underwent surgery to repair a sports hernia and had loose bodies removed from his left elbow.

The Phillies announced that Hamels should be ready to begin a throwing a program in approximately 3-4 weeks, so he is fully expected to be ready for spring training.

Hamels, who turns 28 in December, went 14-9 with a 2.79 ERA, 0.99 WHIP and a 194/44 K/BB ratio in 216 innings over 31 starts this season. He earned $9.5 million in 2011 in the final year of a three-year, $20.5 million contract and is arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter.

Video: Jake Arrieta hits a 465-foot home run off of Zack Greinke

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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.

Luis Valbuena to miss four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring

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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.