Mike Schmidt is recovering from stage 3 melanoma

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Some scary news, but ultimately positive news for the greatest third baseman of all time. From the Philadelphia Daily News:

Schmidt, 64, was diagnosed with Stage 3 melanoma in August and underwent two surgeries, chemotherapy and radiation treatments in the months that followed. Schmidt, who arrived in Clearwater this weekend to begin his second tenure with the Phillies broadcast team, said the latest scans on his body have been clear of skin cancer. Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer.

These days, every single clubhouse is stocked with sunscreen and most players use it liberally (not just the pitchers). Given how much time these guys spend outdoors, it’s an absolute necessity. Indeed, I’m surprised we don’t hear more about players from before the 90s — back when there was far less concern about UV rays and the savage tan look was considered healthy — battling skin cancer.

Get your skin checked every year, kids.  And put on plenty of sunscreen.

Yankees re-sign Jon Niese to a minor league deal

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The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.

Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.

Orioles acquire Alec Asher from the Phillies

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The Phillies announced on Tuesday that the club traded pitcher Alec Asher to the Orioles for a player to be named later.

Asher, 25, was the victim of a roster crunch. He was not going to make the 25-man roster and the starting rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley was already full. The Phillies acquired him from the Rangers in the July 2015 Cole Hamels trade.

Asher had good results in 27 2/3 innings in the big leagues last year, posting a 2.28 ERA with a 13/4 K/BB ratio. While it didn’t show in those stats, the right-hander sometimes struggles with command and he doesn’t miss bats often enough to make up for it. The Orioles, however, are happy to add some pitching depth.