Actually, I’m thinking that Valencia is just trolling me here. From his Twitter feed:
Just got done working out, best shape of my life!!! Now to the field!
In other news, the USA Today Daily Pitch blog has begun tracking “best shape of his life” stories. The more the merrier, but really USA Today: you have quite a deficit to make up if you want to get on top of this little cul-de-sac of the baseball world.
Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports that Giants pitcher Dereck Rodriguez has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a Grade 1 strain of his hamstring. Rodriguez apparently suffered the injury during Tuesday’s altercation with the Dodgers which featured Yasiel Puig and Nick Hundley.
Rodriguez, 22, has been having an outstanding rookie season, posting a 2.25 ERA with a 65/19 K/BB ratio in 80 innings across 12 starts and two relief appearances.
Casey Kelly will start in Rodriguez’s place against the Reds on Friday.