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Indians sign Michael Martinez to a minor league deal

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Death. Taxes. The Indians signing Michael Martinez to a minor league deal. They did it again over the weekend, giving the 35-year-old utilityman an invitation to spring training.

The Indians first signed him in 2015, sent him to the Red Sox in 2016 and then brought him back a month later on waivers. They traded him to the Rays earlier this year and then brought him back again after he was waived in late June. They just can’t quit one another, I suppose.

Overall Martinez has logged big league time with the Indians, Phillies, Rays, Pirates and Red Sox, putting up a line of .194/.243/.261 in 621 plate appearances. He’s been better in Cleveland, batting .257/.289/.331 in 145 plate appearances with the Tribe, so I suppose that’s why they’ve brought him back so many times. That and the fact that he has played every position except first base and catcher. Dude even pitched an inning this past season.

Dbacks outfielder Steven Souza injured his right shoulder last night

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Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Steven Souza dove for a ball in a spring training game last night, missed, and ended up injuring his right shoulder.

It looked bad, too. Center fielder Jarrod Dyson stood over him, frantically waving to the dugout for a trainer as Souza kicked his legs in apparent pain. Souza held his arms awkwardly as he walked off the field. At the moment the Dbacks are calling it a right shoulder strain, but he’ll get an MRI on it today after which a more specific diagnosis will come.

If Souza is out for a while it’s a pretty big blow to Arizona’s 2018 plan. Souza was acquired to help cushion the blow of losing J.D. Martinez in free agency. While not the hitter Martinez is, Souza hit 30 homers in Tampa Bay last year, stood likely to at least match that in the more hitter-friendly confines of Chase Field and, of course, plays superior defense.

Potential replacements for Souza include moving David Peralta from left to right and inserting Yasmany Tomas in left or having fourth outfielder Dyson, or perhaps a platoon of Dyson and utilityman Chris Owings, handle right. Socrates Brito is another internal option.

Obviously the Snakes will wait to hear the results of the MRI before going too deeply into replacement plans, all the while hoping that Souza’s injury is far less serious than it appeared to be last night.