It has been more than six weeks since top outfield prospect Oscar Taveras suffered a right high ankle sprain during an awkward slide into second base.
And the injury is still giving him all sorts of trouble.
According to columnist Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Taveras was officially placed back on the disabled list Tuesday evening at Triple-A Memphis due to ongoing ankle discomfort. There is no timetable for his return to the Redbirds’ lineup.
The big-league Cardinals do not have an immediate need in their outfield and seem likely to play it as safe as possible with the 21-year-old potential star. That probably means an extended disabled list stint.
Taveras is hitting .306/.341/.462 with five homers, five steals and 32 RBI in 46 games this year in Memphis. He hit .321/.380/.572 with 23 homers, 10 steals and 94 RBI in 124 games last year at Double-A Springfield.
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.