Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado had to leave last Friday’s game against the Braves after suffering a left mallet finger fracture on a slide into second base. There was concern that Arenado would have to miss a significant amount of time, but the Rockies received a bit of good news today. Per Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post, Arenado will not need surgery to repair the fracture.
It’s unclear how this news affects his timetable, but it’s certainly better than hearing some of the other potential prognoses. A realistic estimate still leaves Arenado out through at least the first half of June.
Arenado, 23, was off to a fantastic start for the Rockies, slashing .305/.333/.489 while providing elite defense at the hot corner. He made headlines earlier in the season when he hit in 28 consecutive games between April 9 and May 8.
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.