Gabe Kapler: men should expose their testicles to some UV rays

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Former major leaguer Gabe Kapler is the Dodgers Director of Player Development. His passion, however, is for healthy living and healthy lifestyles. He has written for a couple of years now on the topic, talking about nutrition, exercise and all-around self-improvement. He’s crazy positive and, at age 40, is in better shape than a lot of ballplayers 15 years younger than him. So it’s a good idea to listen to what he has to say on the topic.

At least most of it. Because personally I’m having a hard time getting behind his latest suggestion:

If you want to be your strongest, get some sun on your boys. And by boys, I mean your testicles . . .

He’s not suggesting it for fun, though I’m sure it’d be a blast. He’s talking about Vitamin D deficiencies, you see. Which, as a guy who is inside way, way too much, I can relate to. My doctor has me taking Vitamin D supplements and I can really tell the difference when I’m not up to decent Vitamin D levels. Kapler cites some older studies about how D-absorption is way more potent when the sun is applied to the, um, undercarriage than other parts of your body. So:

Revealing your balls to nature will be freeing, and it might just help you be your strongest and fastest.

The Dodgers have a forward-thinking front office and, as we learned in “Moneyball,” exploiting every possible inefficiency can be the difference between winning and losing. As such, I hope Kapler is put in charge of future uniform improvements for the Dodgers. If so, they may be playing in something that looks like this:

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PLAY BALL(S)!!

(Thanks to Marc Normandin for the heads up)

Chris Sale to start the season in the injured list

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Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke said this morning that Chris Sale won’t be ready for the start of the season. He’ll begin the year on the injured list.

The reason is not, Roenicke says, his rehabbed elbow directly. It’s that he’s been sidelined with pneumonia and is thus a couple of weeks behind in his preparation. Roenicke, as paraphrased by Julian McWilliams of the Boston Globe, said that it was “unfair” to give sale “just four starts” this spring.

Which, as Rotoworld’s Matthew Pouliot observes, is kind of strange because Sale’s last four spring trainings have consisted of three, five, four and two starts, respectively, yet he has been deemed ready to go each year. Pouliot also notes that, if he was truly only a couple of weeks behind, as Roenicke says, he’d be ramped up to about four innings per outing or so by the time the bell rings as opposed to six, maybe, and that that’s not an unusual level of stamina for a starter in this day and age given the changes in bullpen usage. Ideal for Sale? Maybe not, but not the sort of thing one would expect to result in an IL stint to start the year.

An overabundance of caution informed by the fact that, well, the Red Sox aren’t intending to compete this year? A change in philosophy under the Red Sox’ interim new manager? Or is there something going on with Sale’s health at the moment?