Victor Martinez took batting practice Monday for the first time since undergoing knee surgery in mid-February and felt good enough to create some optimism that the Tigers designated hitter could be ready for Opening Day.
Martinez is currently four weeks into what was initially a 4-6 week recovery timetable for a torn meniscus in his left knee. He’s avoided any setbacks, but stopped short of targeting Opening Day, telling Jason Beck of MLB.com:
I don’t know anything about that … Just thank god everything is going good. We will see what happens.
Martinez re-signed with the Tigers on a four-year, $68 million deal as a free agent this offseason after hitting .335 with 32 homers and a career-high .974 OPS at age 35.
Looking to add some veteran rotation depth, the Mariners have signed right-hander Kevin Correia to a minor-league deal.
Two offseasons ago the Twins gave Correia a two-year, $10 million deal and then watched as he went 14-26 with a 4.49 ERA in 54 starts before a late-season trade to the Dodgers last season. Correia was even worse in Los Angeles down the stretch with an 8.03 ERA in 25 innings.
At age 34 and with one of the majors’ worst strikeout rates Correia is little more than a serviceable fifth starter candidate.
Here’s how far former All-Star closer Matt Capps is from making it back to the big leagues: He was included in the Braves’ first round of spring training cuts, getting reassigned to minor-league camp today.
Capps hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2012 and has spent most of the past two seasons on the Triple-A disabled list for the Indians with shoulder problems.
At age 31 he’ll have to prove himself and stay healthy in the minors to get a chance at a middle relief gig in Atlanta.
More arm problems for Gavin Floyd, who missed most of 2013 and 2014 after Tommy John elbow surgery followed by a fractured elbow.
Floyd signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the Indians in December, but he was held out of his spring training debut over the weekend with “soreness” and is now headed for an MRI exam.
Before all the injuries derailed his career Floyd was a solid mid-rotation starter and he was in the midst of a nice comeback for the Braves in 2014 when the fractured elbow occurred.
Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco took a foul top off the mask Saturday and has been diagnosed with what the team is calling a “minor” concussion (also known as a “minor” brain injury).
Mesoraco told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com that he “doesn’t feel too bad when he’s not doing anything.” Which is another way of saying he does feel bad when he is doing something, of course.
Mesoraco signed a four-year, $28 million deal with the Reds in January and manager Bryan Price quickly said he plans to ride the 26-year-old catcher into the ground this season by starting him 145 times behind the plate.