I don’t get the sense he’s apologizing to A-Rod all that much — and I can understand if the guy is aggravating — but he is sorry for his choice of words and seems to own it, more or less. Statements passed along via Mark Feinsand’s Twitter feed:
I regret the choice of words I used yesterday … I didn’t handle this one well. I popped. Reality TV at its best.”
He added that he didn’t think A-Rod was trying to create a disturbance with his tweet just that, well, he did end up doing that, saying “the tweet created some issues and I obviously added to those issues.” He also said that A-Rod and Hal Steinbrenner spoke today and that A-Rod “got the message.”
Which is how it should be: the boss telling the employee how he messed up behind closed doors.
So that’s settled. At least until the next time.
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.