Bryan Stow returns home

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It’s been over two years since Bryan Stow was brutally beaten outside Dodger Stadium on Opening Day. But now, after nearly dying of his injuries and a long, hard rehabilitation, he’s heading home:

Bryan Stow’s family said on its website Wednesday that Stow will now live with them in the Santa Cruz, Calif., area after spending about a year at the Centre for Neuroskills in Bakersfield, a live-in rehabilitation facility.

Stow’s family talks about his move into the rehab facility and then, ultimately, home on their website.

There is a bit of a cloud to all of this, however: part of the reason Stow is leaving where he is now is that the insurance, as opposed to the doctors, decided that he didn’t need to be there anymore. I hope that’s true and not a function of a health care system where the tail often wags the dog.

 

Brewers to give Mike Moustakas a look at second base

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The Brewers reportedly signed third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year, $10 million contract on Sunday. While the deal is not yet official, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers plan to give Moustakas a look at second base during spring training. If all goes well, he will be the primary second baseman and Travis Shaw will stay at third base.

The initial thought was that Moustakas would simply take over at third base for the more versatile Shaw. Moustakas has spent 8,035 of his career defensive innings at third base, 35 innings at first base, and none at second. In fact, he has never played second base as a pro player. Shaw, meanwhile, has spent 268 of his 4,073 1/3 defensive innings in the majors at second base and played there as recently as October.

This is certainly an interesting wrinkle to signing Moustakas, who is a decent third baseman. He was victimized by another slow free agent market, not signing until March last year on a $6.5 million deal with a $15 million mutual option for this season. That option was declined, obviously, and he ended up signing for $5 million cheaper here in February as the Brewers waited him out. Notably, Moustakas did not have qualifying offer compensation attached to him this time around.

Last season, between the Royals and Brewers, the 30-year-old Moustakas hit .251/.315/.459 with 28 home runs and 95 RBI in 635 plate appearances.