R.A. Dickey arrived at Blue Jays camp on Sunday and revealed to reporters, including Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com, that he underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee soon after the Blue Jays were eliminated by the Royals in the 2015 American League Championship Series.
Dickey said the rehab process only lasted 4-6 weeks and seemed confident that he would be a full participant in Blue Jays camp this spring, but this is obviously still something worth monitoring for a guy entering his age-41 season.
The veteran knuckleballer posted a 3.91 ERA in 214 1/3 regular-season innings last year for Toronto. He had one good postseason start (versus Texas) and then one very bad one in ALCS Game 4 against Kansas City.
Dickey is owed $12 million in 2016 — the final year of his current deal.
Steven Souza had a somewhat disappointing debut season with the Rays in 2015, missing a large chunk of time with a fractured left hand. Now his second season with the Rays is off to an iffy start too.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Souza suffered an intercostal strain while taking swings in a batting cage at Rays camp. There won’t be an MRI taken for a couple days, so the severity is uncertain. It’s likely to cost him at least a couple of weeks.
Opening Day is still a long way away and Souza could feasibly catch back up with the other outfielders in Rays camp if the strain is minor, but a season-opening disabled list stint is now a real possibility.
There should be an update on the 26-year-old outfielder later this week.
Via MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro …
Razors are in and beards are out at Marlins camp.
Part of the organizational makeover, which included hiring Don Mattingly as manager, is adopting a complete no facial hair policy. It’s a total clean-cut look — no mustaches, goatees or trimmed beards allowed.
The Marlins want to keep the focus on the field, and one of the most noticeable steps taken is to have uniformity when it comes to facial hair. The last time the club had a strict facial hair policy was in 2006, when Joe Girardi was managing.
It seems a little silly for a professional baseball team to tell an adult how he should groom himself, especially in a day and age when facial hair is widely accepted and considered in-style.
“Initially, not too many guys were happy about it,” Marlins reliever Mike Dunn told MLB.com on Sunday. “Obviously, I shaved. It grows back.”
The new policy comes from an upper-managment group that approved this thing …