Craig Calcaterra

Blogger at NBC Sport.com's HardballTalk. Recovering litigator. Rake. Scoundrel. Notorious Man-About-Town.

Rangers sign Kyle Lohse to a minor league deal

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The Texas Rangers have signed Kyle Lohse to a minor league contract. Lohse will make $2 million with $1.5 million more available in incentives if he makes it to the majors.

Lohse, 37, may be on his last hurrah. He’s coming off a season where he posted a 5.85 ERA over 37 games with a 108/43 K/BB ratio over 152 1/3 innings for the Brewers, 22 of which came as a starter.

He has started a season late before and he was effective in the years just prior to last season’s disappointing campaign, so it’s a pretty low risk move for Texas which could pay some decent dividends.

Michael Brantley’s shoulder is giving him problems again

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Potentially bad news in Cleveland. Michael Brantley is dealing with fatigue in his surgically-repaired right shoulder.

Brantley didn’t start Tuesday or Wednesday (the Tribe had yesterday off) and he’s finding that the more he plays the worse his shoulder is holding up. This occurred during spring training as well so it may just be a chronic thing he battles all year and for which he’ll simply need more days off. It’s being portrayed as good news by the Indians inasmuch as he says he’s feeling better with the rest.

Still, the production is lacking thus far. He’s batting only .231/.279/.282 with no homers in 43 plate appearances this season. Worth watching.

Andrew Heaney: “I’m trying to will my body to heal itself”

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Angels starter Andrew Heaney has a bum elbow. He has damage to his UCL and, for now, he and the club are trying to rehab it rather than have him undergo Tommy John surgery. He’s received platelet-rich plasma injections and it takes time for that to work. In the meantime he waits.

But he doesn’t just wait, Jeff Fletcher of the OC Register reports:

Heaney, who is trying to treat his sore elbow without surgery, said he’s started meditating in an effort to help the healing process.

“Right now I’m trying to will my body to heal itself,” Heaney said Thursday. “The mind is a powerful thing.”

Some people laugh at this stuff, but visualization and positive thinking works for some people. Personally I’m skeptical of how much mind can work to overcome matter, but there’s certainly no harm. More importantly, a lot of players who deal with injuries talk about how isolating and discouraging the whole process is. Medical science will ultimately fix the elbow (or not) but there is no reason why Heaney should suffer mentally while that all plays out. There’s more to a patient than just the nuts and bolts.