Spring Training Notes: February 28th

As the games dwell closer and closer, our desire for baseball gets more intense. Here are some soundbites to hold you over.

-LHP Chris Sale of the Chicago White Sox injured his right foot at home yesterday. The diagnosis is an avulsion fracture and it will keep Sale sidelined for the next three weeks. Rick Hahn, the general manager noted that “The prognosis is positive – we’re going to be looking at a three week period of time here” but also that they will stay cautious, as every body recovers differently and cites that there is flexibility in the rotation. Sale noted that “I’m not going to have to cut (my foot) off. It’s still here.”

Giancarlo Stanton scared the entirety of the Miami Marlins fanbase on September 11th last year after being hit in the face with a pitch thrown by Mike Fiers. He recovered, and now wears a softball-style, face protecting helmet. The helmet, as intimidating as it is, did not protect Stanton from being hit in the hip with a Henderson Alvarez pitch during a simulated game. He was not affected, and continued the at-bat.

-It was pointed out by Devan Fink of Cover Those Bases and MLB Daily Rumors that the Red Sox might’ve signed Yoan Moncada so that they could move Xander Bogaerts in a deal involving Cole Hamels. To read the full story, which explains how the Red Sox would make up for the loss of Bogaerts by shifting players around the diamond, click here.

-LHP Johan Santana signed a minor league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays. Read the full POTP story here.

-According to Robert Murray of MLB Daily Rumors, The market for RHP Rafael Soriano has “been developing lately”. Teams that Soriano would make sense for include the Miami Marlins, Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Dodgers, as well as the Toronto Blue Jays. He also notes that RHP Jared Wells has two workouts scheduled with one NL team and one AL team. Wells consistently hit 93 mph on the radar gun. Murray also reported that righty reliever Carlos Marmol is attempting to make a MLB comeback and has drawn interest from multiple teams.

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