Storylines: Mets closer Parnell 50-50 on Tommy John
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Here are the stories from Thursday, April 3rd.
- The Indians officially announced the signings of veterans Mark Lowe and George Kottaras to Minor League contracts on Thursday. Both players were assigned to Triple-A Columbus. Lowe, a right-handed reliever, and Kottaras, a catcher, will give the Indians some needed depth in case of injury.
News and Notes:
- Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that Bobby Abreu's minor league deal with the Mets is worth $800,000, and he can opt out if not on the Major League roster by April 30.
- Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reported that Lucas Duda will be given a "real shot" to prove he can hold the first base job down, not Ike Davis.
- According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, right-hander Freddy Garcia has received multiple minor league offers following his release from the Braves. One of those teams is believed to be the Rangers.
- Mike Curto reported that the Mariners have signed lefty Clay Rapada and added him to the roster at Triple-A Tacoma.
- Catcher Chris Gimenez has cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Round Rock, according to the Dallas Morning News' Evan Grant.
- MLB.com's Barry M. Bloom reported that the Diamondbacks are planning to use Daniel Hudson as a reliever upon his return from his second Tommy John surgery.
- Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt didn't specifically blame the injuries to Clayton Kershaw and Brian Wilson on the team's early games in Australia, but he hinted that they could have contributed to the poor luck.
- Mets closer Bobby Parnell stated that team doctors have told him there's a 50-50 chance that he will require Tommy John surgery. Parnell added that he might not wait the full six weeks described by Sandy Alderson yesterday and could have an answer within two weeks. He would like to have the surgery sooner rather than later, if necessary, in order to be ready as early as possible in 2015.
I really wonder if one thing the Players Union won't focus on in the next CBA is these overseas openers and the WBC. I know they bring in money for baseball....and more money for baseball is a good thing for players. But if guys keep getting injured, gotta wonder if the reward just isn't there in the eyes of players and they may push to have things eliminated (overseas openers) or moved to a different time of the year (WBC)...
I'm assuming Kottaras doe not have one since he was still arbitration eligible when cut? Is this accurate? Still not 100% fluent with the new rules on these opt outs...