Jack Clark retracts PED comments about Albert Pujols; Pujols drops lawsuit against Clark

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Last summer, former major leaguer Jack Clark said on his short-lived radio program in St. Louis that he had knowledge of Albert Pujols using performance-enhancing drugs. Pujols later sued Clark in an effort to clear his name, which led to Clark challenging him to a lie detector test and other nonsense. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the two sides have reached a resolution on the matter now that Clark has formally retracted his accusations:

“I would like to address Albert Pujols’ pending defamation lawsuit and re-confirm that I have no knowledge whatsoever that Mr. Pujols has ever used illegal or banned PEDs,” Clark said in a statement he released and was provided to The Post-Dispatch. “I publicly retract my statements that Albert Pujols used such substances. During a heated discussion on air, I misspoke and for that I sincerely apologize.”

Pujols released a statement of his own acknowledging Clark’s apology:

“I have accepted Jack Clark’s retraction and apology to resolve my lawsuit against him and clear my name,” the statement read.

Clark was fighting a losing battle from the start, and it’s safe to say he did more damage to his own reputation with the legal fallout than sway public opinion about Pujols. But hey, at least we got some good laughs out of the situation.

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.