Grant Green was expected to see regular playing time at second base after the A’s called him up three weeks ago, but instead he started just five of 11 games there while going 0-for-15 and now he’s headed back to Triple-A.
Green was hitting .318 with 11 homers, 25 doubles, and an .874 OPS in 81 games at Triple-A and had just been named Pacific Coast League player of the month, but failed to get on base via hit or walk in 16 plate appearances for the A’s while striking out six times.
He’ll be back at some point, but it’s interesting that the A’s would rather go with light-hitting Eric Sogard as their primary second baseman than give a former first-round pick and far superior prospect in Green an extended opportunity.
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.