Bud Selig has no plans to expand or eliminate the DH

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Jon Paul Morosi spoke with Bud Selig about a few things today. This one came up:

 

I assume that this means radical realignment that would cause multiple teams to switch leagues. Unless there is some geographic divide on the DH I’m unaware of. Like, you think we Midwesterners are go-along, get-along types until you try to take our designated hitters from us at which point it’s war.

I give this a “meh.” As I’ve said before, I prefer life without the DH, but I am realistic and think that the better course for baseball is to make it uniform. And no matter what Bud says, I think it’s far more likely that the owners will give the players a universal DH — designated hitters, on average, make more money, you see — in exchange for some concession during a collective bargaining session as opposed to this being some function of a realignment scheme.

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.