Baltimore is already without J.J. Hardy and Jonathan Schoop, and now Ryan Flaherty has joined them on a disabled list filled with infielders.
Flaherty, who first took over at shortstop during Hardy’s absence with a shoulder injury and then moved to second base when Schoop went down with a knee injury, was placed on the shelf with a strained groin.
That leaves Everth Cabrera and Jimmy Paredes as the Orioles’ double-play duo, and Triple-A call-up Rey Navarro could also see some action.
The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?
Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.