Single + Yonder Alonso in left field = inside-the-park homer

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Yesterday we learned that the Reds are giving Yonder Alonso some ground balls at third base in their ongoing effort to find ways to get the first base prospect in the lineup alongside Joey Votto.

Today we learned that, not only is he highly unlikely to ever be anything but awful defensively at third base, Alonso will have a tough enough time being passable in left field.

This afternoon Tony Campana of the Cubs hit a line drive into left field, which Alonso proceeded to awkwardly play into an inside-the-park homer.

MLB.com has the amusing video, although sadly they haven’t enabled embedding on it. So, you know, you’ll have to actually click here to see it.

A’s prospect Jesus Luzardo shut down with a shoulder strain

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Not a great couple of day for the Oakland A’s. A few moments ago they just dropped their second of two games against the Mariners to start the season and now they have bad news about their top pitching prospect, Jesus Luzardo. Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that Luzardo will be shut down for 4-6 weeks with a strained muscle in his shoulder.

Luzardo was considered a candidate to open the season in the Oakland rotation but now it seems he won’t begin throwing again until late April or early May. Thus endeth a spring training in which he has allowed only one run in nine and two-thirds innings while striking out 15 and walking four.