Sources: Madson needs Tommy John surgery, out for season. Marshall likely to close, Chapman back to bullpen. #Reds #MLB
John Mayberry is projected to hit 18 homers with 65 RBI this season.
"The Blue Jays are interested in upgrading their starting rotation before Opening Day. Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos made a very public scouting appearance at Joe Blanton’s start for the Philadelphia Phillies over the weekend...." Depending on how much of Blanton's salary the Phillies are willing to take on, he might be the preferable choice for the Blue Jays if they aren't looking to trade away decent prospects.
He’ll be here. He’s not going anywhere. He was drafted by this organization, raised by this organization and became a superstar in this organization. If you know anything about this organization, that means he’s not going anywhere. It’s fun to talk about for talk radio and stuff like that. But he’s not going anywhere. That's my opinion.
During early-morning batting practice on a back field at the Carpenter Complex, Domonic Brown launched a deep fly. It was headed toward a players parking lot, and everyone knew it. The loud thud was heard from home plate. So was the car alarm.
Brown had struck Jose Contreras' big truck with a home-run ball.
"You park your truck over there," Manuel said, "you have a pretty good chance of getting hit."
Ryan Howard will be sidelined indefinitely after a procedure to remove stitches from an infected area. New wound must heal.
"Personally, I feel like I hit .300 every year, but obviously because of the shift, I don’t know how many hits I get taken away from the shifts, I don’t know if people keep that stat, but mentally I go out there and I feel like I’m doing the same things," Howard said. "Sometimes I’ll hit a ground balls and I feel like they’re legitimate outs, but true line-drive base hits that if the second baseman was playing his normal position they would be a base hit, I don’t try to get caught up in the whole batting average thing because I’m playing on kind of a different field I guess."
The Yankees do it with their monetary muscle and the Phillies with their sellout crowds and the promise of a TV-rights bonanza come 2015.