Craig Calcaterra

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2015, file photo, Chicago White Sox's Adam LaRoche, left, and his son Drake walk to the White Sox's clubhouse during a photo day before a baseball spring training workout in Phoenix. Told to cut down his son's time in the clubhouse, LaRoche took a different path: He said he planned to retire and walk away from a $13 million salary. White Sox President Kenny Williams confirmed Wednesday, March 16, 2016, that he twice asked LaRoche in the last week to "dial it back" with his 14-year-old son. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Adam Eaton: “We lost a leader in Drake”

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There are arguments on both sides of the Drake LaRoche matter. As I’ve said: I get it if the team wanted to get the kid out of the clubhouse and I’m sympathetic to the White Sox players over what many of them perceive to be Ken Williams jerking them around. I still think there’s more to it than we know, but the players who have been vocal seem to be genuinely upset about how it all went down and, hey, we all hate it when work stuff goes south.

At some point, however, you gotta just suck it up and do your job. No one died here. Feelings may linger and everything, but at some point you can lay it on a bit too thick.

For example:

Um, OK.

Theory 1: Eaton is really super broken up about all of this and, as any of us might from time to time, is engaging some hyperbole here due to a momentary loss of perspective.

Theory 2: A 14-year-old boy really was a team leader for the Chicago White Sox.

If you’re a Sox fan, you had better hope it was Theory 1 because if it was Theory 2 your boys are in some serious, serious trouble.

Surprise! Bronson Arroyo’s Doctor misread his MRI, career not over after all

Washington Nationals' Bronson Arroyo pitches against the Houston Astros in the first inning of a spring training baseball game, Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Viera, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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Earlier in the week Bronson Arroyo got some bad news from his doctor: he had a torn rotator cuff and his career was basically over. Last night, however, Ken Rosenthal reported that the doctor had misread the MRI.

The actual problem: inflammation in his bursa sac. Which, rather than ending his career merely requires that he be sidelined for the next 7-10 days before being re-evaulated.

It’s not fabulous that a couple of throwing sessions in spring training has knocked Arroyo out like this, but it’s obviously much much better for him that he can still try to come back. Whether he’s a part of the Nationals rotation this season or not is an open question, of course.

Maikel Franco hits his seventh home run of the spring

Philadelphia Phillies' Maikel Franco celebrates as he runs around the bases after his three-run home off Pittsburgh Pirates relief pitcher Guido Knudson during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game Friday, March 18, 2016, in Clearwater, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
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Spring training stats are pretty meaningless, but at some point a guy is either pitching so well or hitting so well that you can’t help but think it means good things are in the offing. It helps if the player doing the damage is good as it is and is projected to be even better. That’s the case with Maikel Franco of the Phillies, who hit his seventh spring training homer today.

The dinger, a three-run blast, came in a joke of an inning, as the Phillies scored nine runs in the fourth against the Pirates. They’d go on to win 15-12. In addition to Franco’s blast Ryan Howard hit a grand slam and Peter Bourjos and Cameron Rupp each went long as well. Howard drove in five runs.

Here’s Franco’s blast. Imagine how much farther it would’ve gone if, instead of merely showing up on time to training camp, he showed up early.