Angels starter C.J. Wilson made his spring debut this afternoon, testing his surgically-repaired left elbow for the first time. He had bone spurs removed during the off-season and hopes to be ready when the regular season opens up in April.
Wilson gave up two runs in one and two-thirds innings, but the important thing is that the lefty felt great.
“If you’re driving around with a flat tire and you put a new tire on, your car will drive a lot better, right?” Wilson said. “I was a little amped up in the first inning, but my arm felt good, and my delivery felt smooth.”
Confusing metaphor aside, Wilson is expected to slot in the #2 spot in the rotation behind ace Jered Weaver.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Royals and first baseman Eric Hosmer have discussed a long-term contract extension. However, Hosmer also indicated that he will head into free agency if a deal is not consummated by Opening Day.
Hosmer, 27, avoided arbitration with the Royals last month, agreeing to a $12.25 million salary for the 2017 season. He is one of four key Royals players who can become a free agent after the season along with Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar, and Lorenzo Cain. If Hosmer does reach free agency, he would arguably be the top free agent first baseman.
Hosmer finished the past season hitting .266/.328/.433 with 25 home runs and 104 RBI while making his first All-Star team.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, pending a physical. Assuming the deal is finalized, Sherman notes that the Yankees will have Niese work as both a starter and a reliever in big league camp this spring.
According to Sherman, the Yankees were interested in lefty relievers Jerry Blevins and Boone Logan, but didn’t want to commit at their asking prices. They are looking for a lefty set-up man along with Tommy Lane.
Niese, 30, pitched for the Pirates and Mets last season, finishing with a 5.50 ERA and an 88/47 K/BB ratio over 121 innings.