Rockies to designate catcher Ramon Hernandez for assignment

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According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Rockies have informed catcher Ramon Hernandez that he will be designated for assignment. As a result, the club will move forward with Yorvit Torrealba as the backup to young Wilin Rosario.

Hernandez, 36, batted just .217/.247/.353 with five home runs and a .601 OPS in 52 games last season while battling hand and hamstring injuries. He’s owed $3.2 million this season in the final year of his contract.

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported earlier this month that multiple teams were trying to trade for Hernandez, so the Rockies will try to find a taker in the next 10 days. While his days as a starting catcher are almost certainly over, Hernandez would be a capable backup option somewhere, especially if the Rockies are picking up a substantial part of the tab.

No, the Astros aren’t being targeted for HBPs in spring training

Alex Bregman
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On Wednesday, Astros third baseman Alex Bregman was hit by Cardinals pitcher Ramon Santos. It marked the seventh time an Astros batter had been hit in spring training exhibition games thus far, the highest total among all teams. As expected, teams are exacting revenge for the Astros’ cheating ways!

Well, not quite. The pitch Santos hit Bregman with was a 3-2 breaking ball that got away. Usually, if a pitcher is going to hit a batter as an act of revenge, he’ll attempt to do it with a first-pitch fastball.

José Altuve was also hit by a pitch against the Tigers on Sunday. The pitch, which looks to be the off-speed variety, appeared to graze his uniform as opposed to hitting him flush, so it was likely unintentional on the part of pitcher Nick Ramirez.

Other Astros to have been hit in spring training thus far: Alex De Goti, Aledmys Díaz, Osvaldo Duarte, Dustin Garneau, and Jake Meyers. Not exactly a who’s-who list of Code Breaker operatives.

Will some pitchers intentionally throw at the Astros this year? Almost certainly, despite commissioner Rob Manfred’s warning. Have they been doing it from the moment exhibition games began earlier this month? Certainly not.