The Rangers train in Surprise, Arizona. The latest news out of their camp is no surprise, however: starter Andrew Cashner has been shut down because of soreness in his right upper biceps.
This is the second time this spring he has suffered from the malady. The first time he received an MRI but nothing unusual was found. He took a few days off, resumed and here we are again.
Cashner has some decent stuff and, a few years back, looked like a budding frontline starter. He has been injured often in recent years, however, and is increasingly ineffective when he does pitch. He was 5-11 with a 5.25 ERA in 28 games last season combined with San Diego and Miami.
The hope was that a move back home to his native Texas would provide a nice change of scenery and a fresh start. So far, however, things are, unfortunately, par for the course for Cashner.
The Red Sox are the latest team to extend the protective netting at their ballpark this winter. According to a statement by club president Sam Kennedy, the exact dimensions of the netting have yet to be determined, but it will likely stretch “all the way to Field Box 79, down the left field line and then all the way down to almost Canvas Alley in the Field Box 9 area.”
Fenway Park received additional protective netting prior to the 2016 season, when the netting behind home plate was lengthened to the home and visitor dugouts. Per Kennedy’s statement, the current expansion should cover everything but the outfield corners, making it nearly impossible for a line drive foul to reach fans in the lower boxes.
After a toddler sustained serious injuries from a 105-MPH foul ball to the face at Yankee Stadium last September, over half of all MLB teams decided to take more extreme preventative measures in advance of the 2018 season. The Brewers, Cardinals, Braves, Astros, Royals, Pirates, Rangers, Padres, Nationals, Mariners, Phillies, Mets, Reds, Blue Jays, Giants, Yankees, Twins and Indians are among the organizations to address the issue over the last several years, while others have yet to take significant action.