Cardinals fans can breathe a sigh of relief.
Adam Wainwright left spring training and traveled to St. Louis to have an abdominal injury examined by a specialist and today general manager John Mozeliak told reporters the result is the “best news we could have gotten.”
Wainwright has been diagnosed with an abdominal strain and has been told to rest for a couple weeks, leaving him plenty of time to get ready for Opening Day.
He can continue to do some throwing, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch, but he’ll certainly be limited overall as Wainwright tries to show that he’s healthy following elbow surgery.
Early in the offseason there was speculation that Wily Mo Pena could be headed back to MLB after turning his career around in Japan, but now MLB Trade Rumors reports that he’s agreed to a one-year deal with the Rakuten Eagles.
Pena once looked like a potential star for the Reds and Red Sox, but then washed out by age 26. Last season, at age 32, he hit .255 with 32 homers in 140 games for the Orix Buffaloes in Japan.
Despite plenty of teams being hungry for right-handed power, apparently none felt Pena was worth investing a guaranteed contract and a 40-man roster spot.
As of three weeks ago the Diamondbacks were saying $68.5 million Cuban rookie Yasmany Tomas looked good in the early stages of his transition to third base, but a funny thing tends to happen once outside observers actually get a look at players.
Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic writes:
Perhaps in the days and games ahead, he will look entirely capable of adequately handling the position. But on Wednesday Tomas looked like someone with work to do if he hopes to avoid being shifted to the outfield. … Tomas was rough around the edges. He bobbled some balls, misplayed others and at times did not appear to have proper technique.
It’s very early, of course, but Tomas was primarily an outfielder in Cuba and plenty of people were surprised when the Diamondbacks announced he’d get an extended look at third base.