Albert Pujols won’t play in games before mid-March

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Albert Pujols declined to play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic because he’s still recovering from offseason knee surgery and now it turns out he won’t be playing any spring training games for a while either.

Pujols told reporters today that he’s targeting mid-March for his Cactus League debut, which would give him about two weeks to get ready for the season.

Pujols’ knee surgery was called “minor” and there’s no indication that his status for Opening Day is in jeopardy, but four months after going under the knife his recovery is still an issue.

Randal Grichuk slams Tim Anderson, then retreats

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Yesterday’s unwritten rules display between the Royals and the White Sox was just as tiresome as all of the other ones have become. A batter does something exuberant, the pitcher gets his Jockeys in a bunch over it and throws at him, benches clear, the pitcher later lies about his intentions, and then all of the armchair badasses decide to talk about decorum and whatnot.

Among yesterday’s armchair badasses was a current big league player, Randal Grichuk, who tweeted this just after Tim Anderson got thrown at in the Royals game:

Later, the guy he was clearly talking about — Anderson — replied to Grichuk:

In response, Grichuk acted like he’d never been in an internet argument before, not even one time:

“Yeah, I was talking to, um, that OTHER GUY who was doing what I don’t like. Not you, who moments before I tweeted that was involved in a fracas about pimping home runs.”

Everyone’s a badass until you call them out on it. Then they run for cover.