Team USA skipper Jim Leyland talked after last nights win over Japan about the contribution Nationals righty Tanner Roark made in what ended up a 2-1 game in LA. Team U.S.A. used seven pitchers total in their 2-1 win over Japan last night in LA in the World Baseball Classic, but manager Jim Leyland singled one out for praise in his post-game press conference. Roark hadnt pitched in live action since making his WBC debut in a rocky relief appearance against the Dominican Republic on March 11th.
MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports that Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier has been diagnosed with mild herniation of a disk in his lower back, making it doubtful that the veteran will be ready for Opening Day. Ethier received an epidural injection and will be shut down from baseball activity for seven to 10 days. Ethier, who turns 35 years old next month, missed almost all of the 2016 season with a broken leg. He was hoping to grab at least a part-time role in left field, but it appears that won’t be the case to start the season. Andrew Toles is the player most likely to see increased playing time in Ethier’s absence. Ethier has a club option worth $17.5 million with a $2.5 million buyout for the 2018
The 20-year-old with the blue eyes and the long, blonde hair and the six-pack and the reality-star girlfriend said “I’m a big believer in the law of attraction,” and in that moment, absent of proper context, Michael Kopech sounded like just another vapid, vanity-obsessed baseball player. It was his first week of spring training with the Chicago White Sox after an offseason in which he chucked a baseball 110 mph from a running start, which was his first notable moment for Chicago after it acquired him as one of the centerpieces of the blockbuster that sent Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox, with whom Kopech broke out in 2016 by allegedly throwing a ball off the mound 105 mph, which showed, among other things, why the Red Sox still believed in him after a PED suspension and fight with a roommate that broke his pitching hand.