Domonic Brown dealing with tendinitis in his left Achilles

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Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown left Thursday night’s Grapefruit League exhibition against the Yankees due to a sore left Achilles. He underwent an MRI, which showed tendinitis but no tear, per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki. He could miss a week of spring training before returning.

Brown, 27, is looking to rebound from a terrible 2014 season in which he hit .235/.285/.349 with 10 home runs and 63 RBI in 512 plate appearances. Following the departure of Marlon Byrd, Brown is moving from left field to right field.

Brown and the Phillies avoided an arbitration hearing in the outfielder’s first year of eligibility, agreeing on a $2.6 million salary for the 2015 season. He’ll have two more years of arbitration eligibility in which his salary will almost certainly escalate. The rebuilding Phillies, though, may attempt to trade or simply non-tender Brown after the season if he doesn’t rebound this season.

Mike Trout voted 2019 American League Most Valuable Player

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The Baseball Writers Association of America voted Angels outfielder Mike Trout the Most Valuable Player in the American League for the 2019 season. He received 17 of 30 first-place votes, earning the third AL MVP Award of his career.

Trout, 28, missed the final three weeks of the season due to a foot injury, but his numbers were still strong enough to overcome the competition. He led the majors with a .438 on-base percentage and a 185 adjusted OPS, and led the AL with a .645 slugging percentage and 1.083 OPS. He also slugged 45 home runs, knocked in 104 runs, scored 110 runs, and stole 11 bases in 600 plate appearances. FanGraphs also gave him an edge over the competition in WAR at 8.6.

Trout, who also won the award in 2014 and ’16, is the third Angel to snag the hardware, joining Don Baylor (1979) and Vladimir Guerrero Sr. (2004). He is the 11th player to win three MVP awards, joining Jimmie Foxx, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Álex Rodríguez, Stan Musial, Roy Campanella, Mike Schmidt, Albert Pujols, and Barry Bonds. Bonds is the only player to have won the award more than three times, winning a whopping seven MVP awards.

Alex Bregman finished in a close second place followed by Marcus  Semien, DJ LeMahieu, and Xander Bogaerts. Also receiving votes were Matt Chapman, George Springer, Mookie Betts, Nelson Cruz, Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander, Rafael Devers, Jorge Polanco, Austin Meadows, Francisco Lindor, Carlos Santana, Gleyber Torres, Eddie Rosario, José Abreu, Max Kepler, J.D. Martinez, Yoán Moncada, Charlie Morton, Matt Olson, and Jorge Soler.