New White Sox closer David Robertson is not worried about forearm soreness

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While all involved are convinced it’s nothing serious, White Sox closer David Robertson told Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com this afternoon that he has been dealing with some soreness in his forearm.

Robertson, who signed a four-year, $46 million deal with Chicago over the winter, hasn’t appeared in a game since Saturday and has allowed four runs on six hits, four walks, and a hit-by-pitch over just 4 2/3 innings this spring. However, he was able to make it through a bullpen session on Thursday.

“I felt pretty good,” Robertson said. “I just don’t want to push anything. That’s the big thing. I have a little soreness. It’s not bad. I don’t foresee a problem. I just don’t want to injure myself worse when I’ve got a week or two to get it right.

The hope is that Robertson will be able to pitch in back-to-back games before the end of spring training. It will be something to worry about if he’s still feeling sore a week from now, but he still has some time to get right.

Robertson took over the Yankees closer role from Mariano Rivera last season and posted a 3.08 ERA with 39 saves and a 96/23 K/BB ratio over 64 1/3 innings.

Police are keeping reporters away from owners at the owners meetings

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The owners meetings are going on in Arlington, Texas right now and something unusual is happening: the owners are using police to shield them from reporters seeking comment.

Chandler Rome, the Astros beat writer for the Houston Chronicle, attempted to talk to Astros owner Jim Crane at the hotel in which the meetings are taking place. Which makes sense because, duh, Rome covers the Astros and, if you haven’t noticed, the Astros are in the news lately.

Here’s how it went:

This was confirmed by other reporters:

To be clear: this is a radically different way things have ever been handled at MLB meetings of any kind. Reporters — who are credentialed specifically for these meetings at this location, they’re not just showing up — approach the GMs or the owners or whoever as they walk in the public parts of the hotel in which they’re held or in the areas designated for press conferences. It’s not contentious. Usually the figures of interest will stop and talk a bit then move on. If they don’t want to talk they just keep walking, often offering apologies or an excuse about being late for something and say they’ll be available later. It’s chill as far as reporters vs. the powerful tend to go.

But apparently not today. Not at the owners meetings. Now police — who are apparently off duty on contract security, but armed and in full official uniform — are shielding The Lords of Baseball from scrutiny.

We live in interesting times.