Dodgers expected to call up Brian Wilson this weekend

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Dodgers manager Don Mattingly avoided giving any sort of definitive answer regarding the team’s plans for Brian Wilson, but Steve Dilbeck of the Los Angeles Times writes that the former Giants closer will likely be called up at some point this weekend.

Wilson has appeared in four minor-league games since signing with the Dodgers, tossing 4.1 scoreless innings while holding opponents to a .071 batting average.

Wilson’s velocity reportedly hasn’t been at quite his pre-Tommy John surgery levels, but he’s said to be throwing in the low-90s. Initially when asked how long he expected to be in the minors Wilson guessed a half-dozen appearances, but it sounds like the Dodgers don’t want to wait that long.

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.