With MLB expected to put the hammer down by Monday for players connected to Biogenesis, Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez resumed a rehab assignment last night with Double-A Trenton.
Working his way back from what the Yankees determined was a Grade 1 quad strain, Rodriguez went 1-for-2 with a walk. It was highlighted by a mammoth two-run homer off Phillies’ prospect Jesse Biddle in the bottom of the third inning.
Check out the blast below:
Considerably more cheers than boos on that one. Rodriguez appeared to really savor the moment. And why the heck not? If Bud Selig has his way, it could be his last home run ever.
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.