2017-03-25T09:00:01-04:00A look at the top stories in the American League Angels’ Luis Valbuena out 4-6 weeks Valbuena had his 2016 season cut short because of hamstring surgery and it is still giving him issues. Valbuena was signed as an option at first and third especially with an aging and injury prone Albert Pujols. However, the Angels now may have to rely on C.J. Cron having a breakout year. White Sox’s Tim Anderson signs extension After playing 99 games and a 7th place finish in the Rookie of the Year voting, Anderson has a new extension. The deal is a six-year, $25 million extension that includes two club options, which can bring it to eight years, and $51.8 million. Blue Jays’ extend skipper John Gibbons Coming off two ALCS appearances and an offseason that saw them lose some pop the Blue Jays extend their skipper. Gibbons’ new extension runs until 2019 with a team option for 2020. John Gibbons is the second-most winning manager in Blue Jay history, sitting behind Cito Gaston. Yankees’ Didi Gregorius suffers shoulder sprain in World Baseball Classic The Yankees will most likely be with their starting shortstop for all of April. Fans and some people in the organization are blaming the WBC for the injury. However, injuries are inevitable and the real question is if the Yankees will add a player like Freddy Galvis or Nick Ahmed. Rays’ extend Kevin Kiermaier The best defensive outfielder in baseball has signed to stay with Tampa Bay until 2023. The seven-year deal is worth $66.15 million and includes an option for the seventh year. Kiermaier receiver MVP votes in 2015 and is a franchise player. Indians’ Jason Kipnis will miss opening day The longtime Indians’ second baseman was shut down with a strained rotator cuff in his right shoulder. Although he will miss opening day the injury is not expected to be serious. Mariners’ option Dan Vogelbach to Triple A Tacoma Although struggling last year and in spring training many expected Vogelbach to platoon at first with Danny Valencia. However, GM Jerry Dipoto decided he needed more seasoning in Triple A. [...]
Edinson Volquez will start Opening Day.
Marlins rotation to open the season: Volquez, RH Dan Straily, RH Tom Koehler, Mattingly said Wei-Yin Chen will start 4th game. 5th game TBD— Andre Fernandez (@AndreMHsports) March 24, 2017
Now, with the WBC over, the two Marlins stars will return to spring training to prepare for a 2017 season that hopefully includes a lot more winning.