Day: March 31, 2014

Mike Trout

Mike Trout homers in first at-bat because he’s Mike Trout


Mike Trout kicked off the 2014 season with a Troutian blast, delivering a two-run homer off a Felix Hernandez slider in his first at-bat of the night.

Trout entered the night already having faced Hernandez more than any other pitcher in his big-league career. He was a lifetime .395/.405/.632 hitter with one homer in 38 at-bats against him.

Trout did fly out in his second at-bat tonight, probably in an attempt to lull Hernandez into a false sense of security.

Tyler Chatwood headed to disabled list with hamstring strain

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Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Rockies right-hander Tyler Chatwood will be placed on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain. The move will be made prior to Wednesday’s game, when right-hander Jordan Lyles will be called up to replace him and start against the Marlins.

Chatwood actually suffered the injury while legging out a triple during a Cactus League game on Friday. He was able to make it through a bullpen session yesterday, but the Rockies are concerned about doing things like running the bases and covering first base. The hope is that he’ll make one rehab start and return to the rotation on April 12 against the Giants.

Chatwood, 24, posted a 3.15 ERA and 66/41 K/BB ratio over 111 1/3 innings last season. His 58.5 percent ground ball rate was second-highest among pitchers with at least 110 innings pitched.

Jose Reyes placed on disabled list with hamstring tightness

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UPDATE: The move is now official. Jonathan Diaz has been called up to replace Reyes on the roster.

10:05 p.m: Shi Davidi of reports that Reyes will be placed on the disabled list. This confirms a report from ESPN’s Jayson Stark.

7:51 p.m. ET: According to Gregor Chisholm of, Reyes will undergo an MRI on Tuesday. It sounds like a trip to the DL is likely.

7:15 p.m. ET: If the Blue Jays are going to surprise some folks in 2014, they are going to need some better luck on the health front than they had last year. Well, they are off to a bad start in that regard.

According to Gregor Chisholm of, Jose Reyes was forced to leave today’s Opening Day contest against the Rays after just one at-bat due to left hamstring tightness. It’s a troubling development, as the very same hamstring was giving him trouble toward the end of spring training. He was able to play in the team’s final two exhibition games in Montreal over the weekend, but he’s clearly not back to 100 percent. Given his long history of hamstring issues, a trip to the disabled list would not be surprising.

Reyes, 30, hit .296/.353/.427 with 10 home runs, 37 RBI, and 15 stolen bases over 93 games with Toronto last year. He missed a large chunk of the season with an ankle injury.

Brewers to go with Francisco Rodriguez over Jim Henderson as closer for now

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Many were surprised to see Francisco Rodriguez — and not Jim Henderson — get the call for the Brewers in the ninth inning this afternoon against the Braves. However, after Rodriguez closed out the Opening Day victory, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said that he plans to stick with Rodriguez in the ninth inning for the time being.

According to Adam McCalvy of, the change was made after Brewers officials were “concerned” that Henderson showed diminished velocity and life on his pitches this spring. Roenicke said that the hope is that he’ll be able to find his “stuff” and confidence in lower-leverage situations, after which they would consider putting him back into the closer role. Rodriguez is coming off a rough spring of his own, partially because of stepping on a cactus, but he’s now to the point where he can pitch without pain.

Henderson, 31, posted a 2.70 ERA and a 75/24 K/BB ratio over 60 innings last season. He went 28-for-32 in save opportunities.

Vladimir Guerrero will retire as an Angel

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Vladimir Guerrero announced his retirement from baseball last September, but we learned today that he’s going to officially go out as a member of the Angels after he throws out the first pitch tonight:

Of course, this ultimately doesn’t mean much. Still, it feels a little weird, as Guerrero spent more time with the Expos and put up slightly bigger numbers there. Then again, he won his only MVP as a member of the Angels. If Guerrero gets elected to the Hall of Fame, which he has a very strong case for, his plaque figures to be an interesting topic of conversation.