When the Dodgers’ initial lineup was released for Tuesday night’s game against the visiting Reds, it had Erisbel Arruebarrena at shortstop instead of Hanley Ramirez. But this just happened:
Ramirez wound up missing four games with what was being referred to as left calf soreness — it also got labeled an Achilles issue at one point. Also of note: Matt Kemp is sitting Tuesday for a fifth consecutive game and will not be a late addition. He’s not necessarily injured but has looked sluggish on offense and defense in his return from October ankle surgery. Andre Ethier is the Dodgers’ starting center fielder.
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.
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.