Good morning everyone! Injury news and Astros comments abound as spring training continues. We’ve got the latest for you here.
In Mariners news...
- Ryan Divish at The Seattle Times wrote about what Yusei Kikuchi focused on this offseason.
Around the league...
- That seems a little extreme.
On the first workout day of 2020, Adam Frazier revealed that he broke his right index finger last spring and separated his right shoulder on Opening Day. He didn’t want anyone to disclose his injuries and played through them both. Led the Pirates with 152 games played last year.— Adam Berry (@adamdberry) February 17, 2020
- Why do players wait so long to take care of this stuff?
Josh Reddick had shoulder surgery in the offseason and thinks it may have happened last spring in a collision he had on the field.— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) February 17, 2020
“If I had to look back at one spot, it probably happened here in Spring Training and running into that brick wall, Pete Alonso," he said.
- This doesn’t really check out.
#RedSox owner apologized to fans for trading Mookie Betts to #Dodgers but “we felt we could not sit on our hands and let him go without getting value in return.” Team prez Sam Kennedy said “this was not about getting under CBT. You don’t trade Mookie Betts to get under the CBT.”— Mike DiGiovanna (@MikeDiGiovanna) February 17, 2020
- Ruh roh.
A fan suing Brett Gardner claims he sends her sexual signals from the field and that she's his "future wife." They have never even met. Gardner filed for a restraining order to keep the fan away from him and his family: https://t.co/qXNk2pnUhw— Brendan Kuty (@BrendanKutyNJ) February 17, 2020
- Somehow I don’t think the follow-through will be there on this one.
A player suggested a very unusual punishment for #Astros so I thought I’d share. Every single team refuses to take the field at Minute Maid Park. Visitors forfeit every game there. Astros go 81-0 at home, but affects their revenue (no fans with no games played!) Quite an idea!— Marly Rivera (@MarlyRiveraESPN) February 17, 2020
Astros pitcher Francis Martes has been suspended 162 games without pay for testing positive for Boldenone. It is his second drug suspension in two years.— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) February 17, 2020
- Brendan Gawlowski at Fangraphs analyzes Rob Manfred’s comments to the media.