Weird spring training injuries are coming in fast and furious now, but this one is on another level.
Journeyman catcher Eliezer Alfonzo hasn’t arrived at Dodgers camp yet because he’s stuck in Venezuela while infected with dengue fever.
According to my doctor, WebMD, dengue fever “is a painful, debilitating mosquito-borne disease caused by any one of four closely related dengue viruses.”
Symptoms can last up to 10 days and include:
– Sudden, high fever
– Severe headaches
– Pain behind the eyes
– Severe joint and muscle pain
– Skin rash, which appears three to four days after the onset of fever
– Mild bleeding (such a nose bleed, bleeding gums, or easy bruising)
Yeesh, that sounds absolutely terrible. Also: “Mild bleeding” would be a good band name.
The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.
Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.
The Phillies announced on Tuesday that the club traded pitcher Alec Asher to the Orioles for a player to be named later.
Asher, 25, was the victim of a roster crunch. He was not going to make the 25-man roster and the starting rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley was already full. The Phillies acquired him from the Rangers in the July 2015 Cole Hamels trade.
Asher had good results in 27 2/3 innings in the big leagues last year, posting a 2.28 ERA with a 13/4 K/BB ratio. While it didn’t show in those stats, the right-hander sometimes struggles with command and he doesn’t miss bats often enough to make up for it. The Orioles, however, are happy to add some pitching depth.