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Mariners Moose Tracks, 3/21/17: WBC Injuries, Tim Tebow, and Kelsey Plum (Again)

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It’s Tuesday! I don’t know, there’s nothing really special about Tuesdays.

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Look at Karns...he looks so happy
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Good morning everyone!

Some bad news broke for the Yankees yesterday: shortstop Didi Gregorious will be missing some time due to an injured shoulder suffered during the World Baseball Classic.

I’m sure there have been a number of think-pieces on the subject of WBC injuries, and Gregorious isn’t the first player to injure himself during the international competition. Salvador Perez hurt his knee earlier — although the catcher is set to return to action soon.

Jim Caple recently wrote on this subject and was unable to come to a conclusion about whether the WBC is a bigger injury risk. In theory, it shouldn’t be because players who aren’t in the WBC are playing games too — in spring training. Whether the intensity of the competition has an impact on the risk of injuries is up for debate.

However, I think it’s safe to say that the benefits of competing far outweigh the risks. Players get a chance to play for their country on a national stage, promote the sport, and prepare for the fierce level of competition they’ll see in the regular season. If I was an MLB general manager, I would be encouraging my players to participate.

The WBC only comes up every four years, but I’m sure we’ll be talking about this again the next time it comes around. I’m curious what you all think about the subject. Let us know in the comments.

For now, let’s see what else is going on in the world of baseball.

In Mariners news...

  • The 25-man roster is shaping up pretty much as expected, writes Greg Johns.
  • Bob Dutton checks in on some of the Mariners’ most pressing questions from spring training.

Around the league...

  • Nate Karns will slot in as the Royals fifth starter out of spring training.
  • It’s probably everyone’s least favorite baseball storyline, but it’s news: Tim Tebow has been assigned to the Mets’ Single-A club. What’s even better is that the club predicted Tebow would play for them before he even signed with the Mets.
  • Jeff Sullivan at Fangraphs argues that the Rockies bullpen could be surprisingly impressive this season.
  • A Reddit user from Croatia wants to become a baseball fan, so they sent an email to every team asking why they should support their ball club. Check out the responses they got.

Anders’ picks...

  • The University of Washington women’s basketball team continued to kill it in their win over Oklahoma last night. The team has advanced to the Sweet 16 yet again. But it wouldn’t be a UW win without Kelsey Plum breaking another record.