Matt Murton’s stomach was bothering him last Thursday, so he took some Tums and Pepto Bismol, but that didn’t alleviate the pain. One day later, Murton was in a hospital to undergo an appendectomy.
The Cubs open the Cactus League season on Thursday against the Brewers, and aren’t going to waste time seeing if Javier Baez can play the outfield. Baez will start in center and bat sixth in the first Spring Training game, to be played in Phoenix.
Two weeks after their first official workout and one month before opening the regular season in Pittsburgh, the Cardinals will kick off their 28-game Grapefruit League season on Thursday. The Marlins, with whom they share Roger Dean Field, will be the Cardinals’ first spring opponent. First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 p.m. CT.
Before a 12-run eighth flipped a five-run deficit into an eventual 13-6 rout of Florida Atlantic University, the highlight of the Cardinals’ exhibition game came from a 22-year-old lefty facing the team he was pitching for two years ago.
So much for easing into Spring Training. The Brewers open Cactus League play on Thursday with split-squad games at Maryvale Baseball Park against the Cubs and on the road against the Giants. For manager Craig Counsell, it’s an all-hands-on-deck kind of day.
Long before he was competing for the Brewers’ center-field job, Keon Broxton was a competitive skateboarder. Did he learn anything that lent itself to baseball? “Balance,” said Broxton, “and how to deal with pain.”
Robert Stephenson has navigated his way through two previous big league camps with the Reds, but neither had close to the stakes of this year’s Spring Training for the pitching prospect.
Jung Ho Kang is doing more work more often this week, Pirates head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk said, but he’s not yet ready to test his surgically repaired left knee by running the bases.
For teams like the Pittsburgh Pirates, operating with smaller payrolls, it’s essential to have a strong farm system to have any chance of being competitive. And clearly, the front office gets that message loud and clear.
The Pirates agreed to a multiyear broadcast contract extension with CBS Radio’s KDKA-FM (93.7 The Fan), the club announced Wednesday.
Jake Arrieta was honored to be named the Cubs’ Opening Day starter, but he downplayed the assignment.
The only thing holding Duane Underwood back right now is allergies. The right-handed pitcher, ranked No. 4 on the list of top 30 Cubs prospects by MLB.com, has been slowed because of the high pollen count in Arizona. That doesn’t mean Underwood is not taking advantage of his first big league Spring Training camp.