The Red Sox have placed shortstop Xander Bogaerts on the seven-day concussion disabled list, ESPN Boston’s Joe McDonald reports. Bogaerts was hit in the head by an 89 MPH Felix Hernandez change-up on Friday night against the Mariners and did not play in Saturday or Sunday’s games.
Bogaerts told the media he felt fine, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to head injuries. The 21-year-old rookie has a .223/.293/.333 slash line with eight home runs and 30 RBI on the season.
The Red Sox have recalled infielder Carlos Rivero from Triple-A Pawtucket to serve as depth while Bogaerts is out.
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.