March is going by quickly, and the first day of the actual baseball season is inching closer with each passing day. Spring training is fun, but I want real baseball again. Onto the news!
On Monday, Michael Brantley played against the Los Angeles Dodgers in an actual baseball game. During his debut, he went 2-for-3 with two singles and an RBI. More importantly, his shoulder remained intact throughout the entire process.
When Team USA eliminated Team Dominican Republic on Saturday, Carlos Santana returned to camp join his Cleveland teammates in Arizona. And while his team is not advancing in the tournament, Santana had a good run, going 8-for-26 over the course of six games. Here’s to hoping that his success in the WBC translates back to Cleveland.
In his previous Cactus League game on March 13, Carlos Carrasco couldn’t seem to get any of his pitches working. After a scan revealed some minor inflammation in his throwing elbow, the right-hander took some time to recover and seems to be feeling much better a week following his last start.
Cleveland superstar Francisco Lindor continues to impress on a global scale as he and Team Puerto Rico will head to the title game. On Wednesday, they will face the winner of the Team Japan/Team USA game that will happen later today.
Around the League
- In a shocking (read: not shocking at all) turn of events, Tim Tebow will NOT be on the New York Mets’ roster to begin the season.
- Kevin Kiermaier and the Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to a six-year/$53.5 million dollar contract.
- Best of luck to Chad Bettis, who has begun chemotherapy for testicular cancer. He hopes to return to pitch for the Colorado Rockies later this summer.
- And finally, even when Edwin Diaz isn’t trying, he is still throwing harder than some MLB pitchers:
Edwin Diaz threw an intentional walk pitch 87.5 MPH... Harder than any pitch Jered Weaver threw all last season (87.1 MPH)— Daren Willman (@darenw) March 21, 2017