Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager, the consensus No. 1 prospect in baseball and the NL favorite for Rookie of the Year, is expected to be sidelined for 1-2 weeks with a strained left knee.
That qualifies as positive news, because Seager tweaked his knee running the bases Friday and went for an MRI exam. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts called the diagnosis of a mild strain the “best-case scenario” and said it’s possible but probably “pushing it” that Seager will be ready for Opening Day.
Seager was the Dodgers’ first-round draft pick in 2012 and debuted last season, hitting .337 with four homers and a .986 OPS in 27 games while playing both shortstop and third base. Jimmy Rollins’ departure as a free agent cleared the path for Seager to take over as the everyday shortstop and the 22-year-old has a chance to be one of the best in the league immediately.
White Sox ace Chris Sale has been 6-foot-6 and about 175 pounds for most of his career, but the rail thin 27-year-old four-time All-Star has recently been trying to bulk up and his goal is to reach 200 pounds this year.
And in a situation almost no one–including me–can relate to, Sale is having some trouble. He weighed in at 190 pounds upon arriving at White Sox camp, but his teammates and the team training staff are skeptical he’ll get to 200.
White Sox director of conditioning Allen Thomas told Scott Merkin of MLB.com:
Yeah, every time he comes in, he puts a couple pounds of weight in his back pocket so I can’t see. 205 some days, 179 some days. It depends on how many Philly cheese steaks.
Sale described the weight gain as “my quest” and told Merkin that he’s been eating tons of tacos, cheeseburgers, and steaks at home. But as White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton put it:
I don’t think he’ll ever see 200 … and he’s eating whatever he wants to come across his plate. I don’t know, he’s been blessed.
Or cursed, at least as far as the 200-pound goal is concerned.
Sale credited Thomas and the training staff for increasing his strength and endurance regardless of his weight and it’s worth noting that he’s thrown an average of 197 innings in four seasons as a starting pitcher. He’s been a whole lot more durable than most people expected based on his incredibly thin frame and first two seasons spent as a reliever, so perhaps looks–and the effect of tacos and cheeseburgers–can be deceiving.
Metabolism is a helluva thing.
Gaby Sanchez‘s comeback attempt didn’t go so well, as the former All-Star first baseman who signed a minor-league deal with the Mariners in January has already been released.
Sanchez was trying to win a part-time role after spending last season in Japan, but the Mariners have other options to serve as a right-handed bench bat and decided to move on quickly from the 32-year-old.
Sanchez made the All-Star team for the Marlins in 2011 and was a solid regular for Pittsburgh as recently as 2013, but as a first baseman with modest power his margin for error wasn’t great to begin with and now he’ll likely have to work his way back to the big leagues by putting together a strong stretch at Triple-A for someone.