Adam Loewen has had a weird career. He was a pitcher with the Orioles from 2006 through 2008. That didn’t go so great, and his pitching career effectively ended when he suffered some injuries. When the Blue Jays signed him following his release from the O’s, he became an outfielder. And he even made it up to the majors in 2011 as an outfielder. Not many guys can pull that off.
Of course, Loewen didn’t pull it off for long. Since those 14 games in the bigs with the Jays in 2011, he’s been banging around the minors and not really distinguishing himself. So now he’s changing back: he’s pitching for the Phillies Double-A affiliate, as a pitcher.
He’s apparently hitting 92 on the gun and his arm issues from six years ago are in the rear view mirror. He’s 2-5 with a 3.26 ERA in 14 starts for Reading this season, but he’s pitched better in recent outings.
Third time the charm?
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.