Veteran left-hander Joe Beimel has signed with the Rangers, getting a major-league contract and a spot on the 40-man roster.
Beimel pitched well for the Mariners last season, throwing 45 innings with a 2.20 ERA, but he’s pretty much a left-handed specialist and is unlikely to be trusted to face right-handed hitters in the late innings.
Still, to get a big-league deal at age 38 and on March 6 after an offseason in which tons of veteran starters and relievers had to settle for minor-league contracts is a nice score for Beimel and his agent.
Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Brewers catcher is “progressing so well from hamstring injury” that he “might start playing games sooner than expected.”
Lucroy was initially given a 4-6 week recovery timetable on February 11, so he’s three-plus weeks in.
Barring a setback being ready for Opening Day certainly seems doable. Milwaukee has backup Martin Maldonado ready to step in for a bit if needed, but there’s no replacing Lucroy’s elite combination of hitting and pitch-framing.
Most of the time when we have a post about something said on Twitter it’s because it was bad, but here’s some actual good stuff from the 140-character universe.
Giants outfielder Hunter Pence suffered a broken left forearm Thursday when he was hit by a pitch from Cubs minor leaguer Corey Black.
Black, who spent last season at Double-A, tweeted an apology to Pence. And then Pence replied with something equally nice:
See, now that’s good sportsmanship in 2015!
And hopefully Pence makes a speedy recovery, potentially missing only a couple weeks of the regular season.