Watch as Cardinals starter Michael Wacha twirls 5 2/3 scoreless Wednesday against the Nationals …
Wacha struck out four Nats hitters and now boasts a 1.76 ERA and 13/1 K/BB ratio through 15 1/3 innings this spring. The 23-year-old was limited to 107 innings last season due to a stress reaction in his shoulder and that injury — a rarity for a baseball player — still hangs over him heading into 2015. If the Cardinals do get a full season out of Wacha, they should yet again be among the top teams in the National League.
If you read this blog, you probably love “The Sandlot” and you’ll probably enjoy this clip …
Brian McCann really steals the show here with his Hamilton Porter impression. Jacoby Ellsbury and those glasses get an honorable mention. That’s a pretty good Squints there, Jacoby.
Prince Fielder beat the shift in Tuesday’s Cactus League game against the Angels …
ESPN’s Buster Olney says that was the first bunt single for Fielder in his 10-year major league career.
It’s good to see the big man moving so well after last year’s major neck surgery. He appeared in only 42 games last season — his first with the Rangers — after playing 547 consecutive games between 2010 and early 2014.
Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa has been bothered by groin discomfort for much of spring training and he was officially diagnosed with a left groin strain after leaving his Cactus League debut last Friday.
Now the Rockies are acknowledging the inevitable.
“Other than playing catch right now, he’s pretty much shut down,” manager Walt Weiss old the Denver Post on Tuesday before admitting that it’s “starting to look” like De La Rosa will have to be placed on the 15-day disabled list when the team breaks camp.
De La Rosa had been penciled in for the Rockies’ home opener, but that no longer seems realistic.
Kyle Kendrick will start for the Rockies on Opening Day in Milwaukee.
Jose Abreu “put it on the board” with this solo shot Tuesday off Rockies reliever Jairo Diaz …
That was Abreu’s first home run of the spring, but he’s batting .459 with a 1.124 OPS in 39 total Cactus League plate appearances. Abreu won 2014 American League Rookie of the Year honors and finished fourth in the 2014 American League MVP vote after hitting .317/.383/.581 with 36 homers and 107 RBI in 145 games.