Here are today’s notes from Spring Training.
–San Francisco Giants OF Hunter Pence broke his forearm yesterday after being hit on the arm by a pitch thrown by Chicago Cubs pitching prospect Corey Black. Pence spoke to the media on Friday, and told them that “You control what you can control. These things happen. It’s part of the game.” (per ESPN) The injury will end his streak of 383 consecutive games played in.
–Texas Rangers pitcher/phenom Yu Darvish left his start early, after throwing only 12 pitches, citing tightness in his right triceps.
-Cuban infield prospect Hector Olivera, who apparently was offered a contract worth more than $50 million, has reportedly torn his UCL and will need Tommy John surgery, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! sports. A (somewhat) contradicting report has surfaced from MLB Daily Rumors that says Olivera will film a video of him throwing to prove that he is healthy.
-The Atlanta Braves signed Australian reliever Peter Moylan to a minor league deal according to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. He previously pitched with the Braves from 2006 to 2012 but went under two UCL reconstruction surgeries from 2012 to 2014. Over his career, the righty has gone 21-9 with a 2.80 ERA over 276 ip.
-The Chicago Cubs signed lefty reliever Phil Coke to a minor league deal, according to Fox Sports. The make up of Chicago’s bullpen is still very much up in the air, so it was unsurprising to see a lefty specialist sign with the Cubs.
–Matt Harvey returned to the mound on Friday for the New York Mets and dominated, hitting 99 MPH at points.
-The Atlanta Braves faced the Washington Nationals in a spring training game today. The Nationals won the game 9-8, but the more interesting part of the story was pointed out by Dave Bowman of MLB.com. It was noted that with Melvin Upton on the DL, the highest paid member of Atlanta’s payroll was Dan Uggla of the Washington Nationals. Uggla was released last year, but they still owe him money.