Carlos Correa and Ken Giles were the two current Astros players who skipped yesterday’s White House visit. Giles had a family commitment. Correa had a commitment of a different kind:
“It was not politics or anything. It was just that the day off was perfect to be able to provide some help for the people in Puerto Rico in need.”
Specifically, he was helping to arrange relief supplies for shipment to Puerto Rico. His homeland was ravaged by Hurricane Maria in September and is still working to recover. This continues work Correa has done since last fall when he helped send a plane of supplies to Puerto Rico in October.
“It’s an honor to be invited to the White House. I want to thank the president for all the help he provided to my second hometown, which is Houston, and some of the help he’s provided to Puerto Rico, but we’re still in need in Puerto Rico.”
It does not take a linguistics expert to parse that comment and note that Correa is likely displeased with the Trump Administration’s response.
Royals’ Opening Day starter Danny Duffy weathered a minor scare during Saturday’s Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks. The left-hander was removed from his final spring training start after experiencing some left shoulder tightness in the second and third innings. No lasting damage appears to have been done — Duffy told reporters that he simply felt a slight ache, nothing more — and it looks like he’ll remain on track to open the season with the team next Thursday.
The 29-year-old southpaw is coming off one of his best performances to date. Despite losing a few weeks to an oblique strain and elbow soreness, he went 9-10 in 24 starts and finished the 2017 season with a 3.81 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 over 146 1/3 innings. While Duffy entered camp with a clean bill of health, he struggled to execute against his spring training opponents and racked up 13 runs, four homers, seven walks and 11 strikeouts in 13 innings of Cactus League play.
The Royals are scheduled to kick off their home opener against the White Sox on Thursday, March 29 at 4:15 PM ET. Barring any further complications with his shoulder, Duffy will take the mound for the Royals, while James Shields is expected to make his first Opening Day appearance for the White Sox.