Eight teams have checked in on Rafael Furcal

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Just to further underline this morning’s point about shortstop being a thin position in baseball, thereby explaining Jhonny Peralta’s contract …

 

Eight teams on a 36 year-old shortstop who just missed an entire year due to Tommy John surgery. If your momma can handle grounders to her left, she’s likely to get a non-roster invite to play short someplace this spring.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.