Nori Aoki heads to the disabled list with a fractured fibula


On Saturday, Giants outfielder Nori Aoki was hit in the leg with a pitch. It was thought to just be a bruise or, as the doctors say, an “ouchie,” but it’s more than that: he has a fractured fibula and now is heading to the disabled list.

This is a blow to the Giants, who already have Hunter Pence on the DL with an ailing wrist. Travis Ishikawa will likely be called up from Triple-A Sacramento to replace Aoki. He and/or Brandon Belt will play first with the other covering left, perhaps interchangeably.

No, the Astros aren’t being targeted for HBPs in spring training

Alex Bregman
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On Wednesday, Astros third baseman Alex Bregman was hit by Cardinals pitcher Ramon Santos. It marked the seventh time an Astros batter had been hit in spring training exhibition games thus far, the highest total among all teams. As expected, teams are exacting revenge for the Astros’ cheating ways!

Well, not quite. The pitch Santos hit Bregman with was a 3-2 breaking ball that got away. Usually, if a pitcher is going to hit a batter as an act of revenge, he’ll attempt to do it with a first-pitch fastball.

José Altuve was also hit by a pitch against the Tigers on Sunday. The pitch, which looks to be the off-speed variety, appeared to graze his uniform as opposed to hitting him flush, so it was likely unintentional on the part of pitcher Nick Ramirez.

Other Astros to have been hit in spring training thus far: Alex De Goti, Aledmys Díaz, Osvaldo Duarte, Dustin Garneau, and Jake Meyers. Not exactly a who’s-who list of Code Breaker operatives.

Will some pitchers intentionally throw at the Astros this year? Almost certainly, despite commissioner Rob Manfred’s warning. Have they been doing it from the moment exhibition games began earlier this month? Certainly not.