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- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 hr ago
Detroit Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias has been searching for answers to explain the pain in his shins basically since the beginning of spring training. Iglesias ended up visiting a foot-and-ankle specialist last week and received an adjustment in the orthotics he's been wearing under his feet. The adjustment initially gave Iglesias relief, but he's still unable to resume baseball activities without feeling discomfort.
That led the Tigers to admit earlier in the week that Iglesias may not be ready for the start of the season. Now we're hearing word from ESPN's Jim Bowden that suggests Iglesias' absence could extend well into the regular season.
Iglesias will miss most of 2014 with shin injury according to another player that is close to him. Speculation that Tigers will pursue Drew — JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) March 15, 2014
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew4 hrs ago
In a last hour switcheroo, the Los Angeles Dodgers decided to start 17-year-old phenom Julio Urias during Game 1 of their split squad doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.
Urias handled one inning of work against the San Diego Padres and was absolutely flawless, striking out two on only 14 pitches. He started off the inning with a strikeout of six-year pro and left-handed hitting Will Venable despite falling behind in the count 3-0.
How's that for poise under pressure?
After getting Chris Denorfia on a grounder to third, Urias struck out another left-hander swinger with major league experience in Yonder Alonso.
All three players will be on the Padres opening day roster, so it's not like the Dodgers threw him into a cupcake matchup. And based on the information coming from Camelback Ranch, he's already an extremely tough at-bat for left-handed hitters. Now just imagine how much better he'll be with experience and a little bit of seasoning.
It's a scary thought if you're not a Dodgers fan.
Scout said Urias was working at 92-95 MPH in the first. #Dodgers
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew6 hrs ago
For most of the winter, Baltimore Orioles star Manny Machado was ahead of schedule in his recovery from October surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left knee. However, a flare up of scar tissue this week has presented some soreness and prevented him from running for five days, putting his status for opening day in question.
According to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com, Machado was tentatively scheduled to have his knee re-evaluated on Tuesday with an eye towards getting clearance to play in spring games. However, manager Buck Showalter says that appointment will now be postponed until Machado is able to resume running and give doctors something to truly evaluate.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew7 hrs ago
Free agents Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales still haven't found deals to their liking with opening day a little more than two weeks away. The precious days of preparation, figuring out their roles and fitting in with new teammates are slowly ticking away. But rather than express urgency to get a deal done before the season opens, it appears both men are willing to wait until after the June draft to sign a new deal.
This according to their agent, the infamous Scott Boras, who places blame on MLB's current compensation system for free agents for changing the outlooks of two of his more notable clients.
"The system they've been dealt has basically prevented them from free agency," Boras said. "They want to make sure about their next step, whatever that will be. It means either signing a long-term contract now -- and we're still taking offers on those -- or a number of other prospects that could occur after the season starts or in June, after the draft happens.
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew9 hrs ago
Matt Garza is back in the National League Central after signing a four-year, $52 million deal with the Milwaukee Brewers in January. That means he’ll get at least a couple cracks at the Chicago Cubs, who were his employer for two and a half seasons before trading him to the Texas Rangers on July 22, 2013.
To say he’s looking forward to those inevitable starts would have to go down as an understatement, because he was quite descriptive about what he'd to do like to the Cubs while meeting the media this week.
“And I wish them the best,” he said. “But I like where I’m at, and I’m going to try to kick their teeth in every time I get a chance.”
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew18 hrs ago
It’s a brand new season, but the Miami Marlins are just as desperate to sell tickets now as they were when their doors first opened in 1993.
In fact, like 2013, which was just their second season at Marlins Park in downtown Miami, tickets are moving slow enough that the Marlins are back on the coupon site Groupon to offer fans special deals for opening night against the Colorado Rockies.
Fans can spend — or waste, depending on your perspective — as little as $13 dollar for a ticket in the Vista Level seating area and redeem it for a complimentary ticket of equal value to a future game in April or May, excluding games on April 5 or May 2-4. There’s also a $20 ticket in the Bullpen Reserved section and a $33 ticket in the Lexus Legends seating. Again, both come with the same redeemable conditions for a future home game.
It's Groupon's sports deal of the week! But it's only available until midnight on Tuesday. Well, unless it's slow moving and they offer an extension.
In other words, look for an extension.
Also, as if you needed to ask, parking is not included in the deal.LiveMiami0 - 0NY YankeesFollow Game
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew19 hrs ago
Baseball is back. As we get closer to the regular season, be sure to stop by The Stew each morning for your daily helping of spring storylines.
While the Los Angeles Angels and Mike Trout’s representatives continue discussing a long-term contract, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that Trout himself doesn’t seem too concerned over the proceedings and hasn‘t set a hard deadline for the deal to be signed.
"It doesn't matter to me," said Trout, who signed for $1 million this season but is expected to command well over $100 million in an extension. "Nothing bothers me. I go out there and play, man. I don't worry about any of that stuff."
- David Brown at Big League Stew21 hrs ago
Wilson Sporting Goods has produced several videos about Major League Baseball players getting their gloves delivered for the 2014 season. We've seen the Boston Red Sox get their leather. Next up, Minnesota Twins camp in Fort Myers, Fla.
Nicknamed the "Jedi Master" of baseball gloves, Wilson's master craftsman Shigeaki Aso has been designing gloves with major leaguers for nearly 30 years. Part of his job entails delivery of the product, every season, to the spring headquarters of every team. Upon his return to Twins camp in February, Aso recalled meeting Twins legend Kirby Puckett not long after Minnesota beat Atlanta in the 1991 World Series. That's where Wilson's A2000 KP92 comes from.
"I visited the Twins' spring training camp in 1992, and Kirby Puckett came to me to design his glove," Aso said. "He liked to make it a little wider at the heel."
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew23 hrs ago
There's no official award for teammate of the year, but if there was Jason Heyward would certainly be the early leader in the Atlanta Braves clubhouse.
As a kind and appreciative gesture to his teammates for their success last season, Heyward, who recently inked a new two-year, $13.3 million contract, already invested a good chunk of that new money back into his teammates in the form of a special gift.
— Alex Wood (@Awood45) March 14, 2014
Playstation 4's for everybody!
Or at least those who were members of the 2013 division championship squad, according to Talking Chop.
Class act Ladies and Gentlemen. pic.twitter.com/0nZqNtStFh
- Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 day ago
Atlanta Braves right-hander Brandon Beachy may be headed toward his second Tommy John surgery in 21 months, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on Friday.
Red flags originally went up during Beachy's abbreviated Grapefruit League outing against the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday. His fastball was noticeably lacking in velocity, topping out around 87-88 mph. The team later revealed he was dealing with tightness in his right biceps, but Beachy quickly dismissed it as nothing more than common inflammation following an arthroscopic procedure in September to remove a bone chip from his elbow.
“I’ve seen the doctors. They’ve done everything. My ligament’s fine,” Beachy told reporters following Monday's game.
Despite Beachy's confidence, he was sent off to Orlando to undergo further testing. It was there that a possible new ligament tear was spotted, but a follow up exam with Dr. James Andrews will be required on Monday as the MRI for players who have already undergone Tommy John tend to be “cloudy” around the repaired area and difficult to read.