According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Curtis Granderson was scratched from tonight’s lineup against the Blue Jays due to right elbow soreness.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman classified his level of concern as “two or less” on a scale of one to 10, so it doesn’t sound like there’s any serious cause for alarm, but the slugging center fielder will be sent for a precautionary MRI tomorrow.
“He reported that his elbow is a little sore,” Cashman said. “We’ll do a precautionary MRI to make sure it’s nothing significant. We don’t believe it is. Better safe than sorry.”
Granderson, who turned 31 earlier this month, batted .262/.364/.552 last season while establishing new career-highs with 41 homers, 119 RBI, 136 runs scored and a .916 OPS.
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.