Hit by pitch breaks Rockies infielder Daniel Descalso’s hand

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Colorado will begin the season without utility infielder Daniel Descalso, who suffered what the team is calling a small fracture on the top of his left hand when he was hit by a pitch Friday.

Descalso signed a two-year, $3.6 million deal with the Rockies last offseason after spending the first five seasons of his career with the Cardinals. He played a limited role for Colorado, receiving a total of 40 starts and 209 plate appearances while hitting .205 with five homers and a .607 OPS.

Once healthy Descalso figures to serve in basically the same capacity this season, backing up all the infield spots and starting once or twice per week.

Braves shutting down Mike Soroka for 4-5 days due to shoulder problems

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Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that Braves starter Mike Soroka will be shut down for the next 4-5 days due to renewed soreness in his right shoulder.

Soroka is not presently listed in the top five of the Braves depth chart at starter, but is nonetheless an enormously talented pitcher who, at some point this season, was likely to figure into their plans. He was supposed to figure in more largely than he did last season, but after an impressive debut he missed the entire second half with shoulder problems, making only five starts.

There will no doubt be a reevaluation of him in the next few days, but this is could bad news for the Braves’ pitching depth.