New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius has a bruised right shoulder, ending his time at the World Baseball Classic and leaving his status for opening day in doubt. Yankees manager Joe Girardi didn't put on a timetable on a return, only saying, "He's going to be sidelined for a bit." The Yankees start the regular season April 2 at Tampa Bay.
Toronto Blue Jays reliever T.J. House was taken off the field in an ambulance Friday after being hit on the head by a line drive in the ninth inning of a spring training game against the Detroit Tigers. House was talking before the ambulance left the field in Lakeland, Florida, Toronto manager John Gibbons said. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said House's injury was among the scariest things he has witnessed in a baseball game.
There's a scarcity of pitching in today's fantasy game. Top-tier talent is less often returning on the investment of fantasy owners. An often overlooked, underappreciated statistic in finding fantasy return on investment (ROI) is innings pitched. Since 2014, only four starters have had three consecutive seasons of both 200 innings pitched and 200 strikeouts: Madison Bumgarner, Corey Kluber, David Price and Max Scherzer. In 2014, 34 pitchers reached 200 innings.
Dartmouth coach Bob Whalen likes to schedule one series each season against a college baseball blue blood, mostly so he can evaluate players against top competition but also to give the Big Green exposure to a big-time atmosphere. "Memorable experiences that are fun," the 28th-year coach said Monday. What Dartmouth did this past weekend definitely was memorable and fun.
The next time Francisco Rodriguez pitches in a game, he figures to be a little more fired up. The Detroit closer had control trouble Saturday in his only action before joining Venezuela for the World Baseball Classic, walking two in a brief stint. Rodriguez had been scheduled to take the mound Wednesday, but the outing was pushed back due to hamstring tightness.