“This-That-Some of Other”
Lots of breaking stories, lots of opinions too.
PADRES PROBLEM….Reason to be concerned, for sure. Maybe the brightest of the young Padres pitchers on the roster, will be examined today to see what kind of damage occurred when he was pulled after facing just 6-batters in his final Cactus League tuneup. Denison Lamet, who roared thru the Padres farm system, and had developed dynamic stuff in just one year in San Diego, He never has had arm problems, but his elbow pained him throwing a newly developed slider yesterday against the Brewers. You hope it’s a twinge, a cramp, and not a tear of a ligament. The Friars have insurance policy arms, but Chris Young, Robbie Erlin, Jordan Lyles and even rookie Joey Luchessi are not equals to Lamet.
HALOS HARD DECISION…The Angels won the international bidding derby to sign Shohei Ohtani from Japan, and now a tough decision awaits. Obtain has been overwhelmed at bat as a DH, (328). On the mound he thrown 13-innings, given up 17-runs, 20-hits, 8-walks. And yet, as of this morning, he is still slated to make his pitching debut on Saturday against the A’s. They could leave him in extended spring training, could send him to Salt Lake City, or leave him to start the season. But if they do that, it means starting the year with a 24-man roster, and a project player.
DODGERS BLUES…Justin Turner means so much to the LA roster, clubhouse, chemistry. He’s gone at least 5-weeks, maybe as long as 3-months with this fractured wrist after a beaning. LA has issues too with once promising starter Hyun Jin-Ryu, who has yet to return to the form that made him a bellwether starter on the staff prior to a year and a half of shoulder woes, that finally resulted in surgery. Of course LA wot have rookie pitching sensation Julio Urias, on a slow track back from his own shoulder capsule surgery mid-summer.
Here comes opening day on Thursday, and suddenly all three teams out here have issues.