*Weekend update music plays* Good evening, I’m Will from Piece of the Plate. Here are tonights top stories from Spring Training.
-The long and winding road of problems for the Texas Rangers just won’t let up. After leaving his start with what was thought to be a minor triceps scare, multiple reports have determined that ace pitcher Yu Darvish has sprained his UCL and will in all likelihood undergo season ending surgery. If he doesn’t, he’ll rest for at least four months. Texas has already lost star prospect Jurckison Profar to season ending shoulder surgery, so this would qualify as another big blow. In 2014, the Rangers were absolutely plagued by injuries, as the amount of games missed by players on the DL went over 2000.
–Hector Olivera reportedly has an offer worth $50 million from the Atlanta Braves, according to Robert Murray of MLB Daily Rumors. The questions surrounding Olivera’s condition still exist, as multiple sources have reported a UCL tear, but others have said that Olivera will film a video proving his health. Either way, an offer like this is an odd step for Atlanta, considering this past offseason’s rebuilding strategy. Murray does add that one source believes the Los Angeles Dodgers will outbid the Braves either way. Olivera’s agents say that the deal will exceed $70 million dollars, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
-Josh Hamilton of the Oakland Athletics has strained his oblique and will be out for 4-6 weeks. This is a huge blow for Oakland considering Reddick is a cornerstone piece of the offense.
-The decision on Los Angeles Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton could come as early as next week according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports. Hamilton previously met with MLB officials in their New York City office to discuss substance abuse and possible punishments.
-Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh suited up as the first base coach for the Oakland Athletics today. Yes, you heard that correctly. For more on the story, click here.