Here are today’s notes from Spring Training.
-The Philadelphia Phillies announced that LHP Cliff Lee is feeling soreness in his left elbow, which was an issue last season for him. He’ll be temporarily shut down, according to ESPN.
-Billy Hamilton was scratched from the Cincinnati Reds lineup today with soreness in his right shoulder. It is not expected to be an injury that keeps him sidelined for a while. Hamilton is an important piece of the Reds’ plan; as he goes, they go. In Reds wins, Hamilton has an average of .319. When Cincinnati loses, he hits .191.
-The New York Yankees are reportedly the team that has come the “closest” to landing Cole Hamels, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. The Yankees have offered a slew of prospects that would “at least give Philly a baseline for future talks”. Bill Baer of Hardball Talk notes that it would be a deal for them to circle back to if no other teams offer anything worthwhile, or they may simply be drumming up the price for the Boston Red Sox. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports suspects that the Texas Rangers will be paying a closer look at Hamels now that staff ace Yu Darvish may be facing UCL reconstruction surgery.
-The Atlanta Braves threw a combined no-hitter versus the Houston Astros today, yet managed to tie 2-2.
-Yu Darvish, while waiting on a decision from the Rangers on whether or not he would go under the knife, threw batting practice left-handed.
–Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathon Papelbon talked to the media on Saturday after a 4-2 loss. He said that “I feel that we are going to contend.” In related news, Papelbon also feels that the sky is green and that little elves run the New York City subway.