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"This thing" turned out to be hyperparathyroidism, which can affect the amount of calcium levels in the bloodstream and lead to someone tiring easily. So last week, Lester left camp to have what he called very minor surgery to remove one of his parathyroid glands - a scar now runs horizontally at the base of the front of his neck - and he says he already senses a difference in his energy levels.
He's being paid to close, and as such, the Nationals will surely give Hand a lengthy leash in the role. Like Strasburg, however, Hand has lost fastball velocity in recent seasons, reaching an eight-year low of 91.4 mph on average in 2020, and the result was a mere 4.7% swinging strike rate with the pitch (his career rate is 8.2%). While some reports have indicated that he has made improving his velocity key to his spring training, a quick look at the Statcast metrics from his March 11 outing showed no tangible change, as he averaged only 91.4 mph in the outing on 11 fastballs. Hand has been extremely slider-reliant in recent years, which can be taxing on a pitcher's arm, and he has become increasingly fly ball-oriented as well. There's a steeper downside than you might think, and Tanner Rainey behind him has the skills to step in if needed.
Yahoo Sports compiles the three longest and most impressive home runs for the Baltimore Orioles since 2015.
Puk seemed like a long shot to contribute early in 2021 following offseason shoulder surgery, but all signs point to a quick and full recovery. A former top prospect, Puk has an innings cap but also long-term ace potential. The huge southpaw is Oakland’s top candidate to fill Mike Fiers’ rotation spot, should he be unable to make the Opening Day roster.
AT THE PLATE: Keibert Ruiz recorded a two-run double in the seventh inning in his first plate appearance of the spring. The 23-year-old Ruiz entered the game in the sixth inning to catch Scott Alexander. He reported to spring training late after experiencing a visa issue traveling out of his native Venezuela. . . . Max Muncy slugged his first home run of the spring, a solo shot in the fifth inning for the Dodgers’ first hit. . . . Austin Barnes added a three-run home run in the sixth inning for his first homer this year. . . . Zach McKinstry, Chris Taylor and Zach Reks each contributed an RBI single.San Francisco Giants face coverings
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That's according to writer Sam Schube in his article on the superstar outfielder for the April edition of GQ magazine.Colorado Rockies face coverings
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While the idea of throwing that hard in March is difficult for most pitchers to fathom, it's also worth noting Eovaldi's results: seven hits and four runs allowed in four innings.New York Yankees face coverings