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Geovany Soto out three weeks after foot surgery, still expected to be ready for season

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According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, Rangers catcher Geovany Soto will be sidelined for three weeks after he underwent surgery this morning to remove a small bone that was putting pressure on a tendon in his left foot.

Despite the surgery, the Rangers still expect Soto to be ready for Opening Day. It’s estimated that he’ll resume full baseball activities by mid-March, which should give him about two weeks to get ready for the season.

Soto, who hit .245/.328/.466 with nine home runs in 184 plate appearances last season, is slated to take over as the primary catcher for Texas now that A.J. Pierzynski is with the Red Sox. The Rangers signed J.P. Arencibia this offseason to serve as Soto’s backup.

Joe Girardi is not a fan of Game 162 scheduling

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The Yankees fell behind early to the Orioles on Sunday afternoon, a day after dropping both ends of Saturday’s doubleheader. Their game, as did every other game on Sunday with the exception of the Braves-Cardinals doubleheader, started at 3:05 or 3:10 EDT, a change Major League Baseball recently made to create fairness on the final day of the season.

Girardi is not a fan. Per the Associated Press:

It was cloudy at Camden Yards at 3:05 p.m., but late-afternoon games often make it difficult for batters to see pitches.

Girardi said, “Here’s the thing that bothers me: If it’s a sunny day you’re playing in shadows.”

He added, “If it’s the most important game of the year to get in, I don’t think that’s right.”

Understanding the idea is for every team to play at the same time, Girardi said, “Then play all night games.”

One wonders if MLB had scheduled Sunday’s slate of games for the night, if Girardi would have instead complained about batters losing fly balls in the stadium lights. Furthermore, both teams have to play in the same conditions.

Video: Ichiro Suzuki pitches an inning for the Marlins

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Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki was given an opportunity to play a new position in Sunday’s series finale against the Phillies. After the Phillies rallied to take a 6-2 lead in the seventh, the Marlins let Suzuki take the hill in the eighth. And, in news that surprises no one, he was impressive.

Though Suzuki gave up a run on two hits, he flashed a fastball that hit the mid-80’s and a breaking ball with some bite.

Suzuki, who turns 42 years old later this month, is 65 hits of 3,000 in his major league career. The Marlins are interested in bringing him back in 2016.