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 Posted: Fri Mar 3rd, 2017 05:57 pm
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The Pittsburgh Pirates have yet to decide the next course of action with regards to a possible suspension for infielder Jung Ho Kang after he received a suspended sentence Friday from a Korean court for a DUI charge.

"We look forward to meeting with Jung Ho as soon as he is able to travel to the United States and having a serious discussion with him on this issue and how he has, and will, change those behaviors that led to the very serious punishment that has been levied against him in Korea," Pirates president Frank Coonelly said in a statement. "We will withhold judgement on what club discipline, if any, is appropriate until we have had an opportunity to have that discussion."

A district court sentenced Kang to eight months in prison, though the sentence is suspended two years and he won't serve any jail time should he keep his record clean over that time.

Kang left the scene of a Dec. 2 accident after his car ran into a traffic median in Seoul. Kang's friend originally said he was driving, before it was revealed it was Kang who was driving. The 29-year-old had a blood alcohol level of 0.084.

It was the third time Kang has been arrested for DUI in Korea.

"We will do everything that we can as an organization to assist Jung Ho as he works to change his behavior and grow into the man we know he can be," Coonelly said.

While Kang has avoided prison time for the time being, he could face discipline from both the Pirates and Major League Baseball.

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. - Cleveland's entire starting rotation is healthy this spring training - unlike late last season.

Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, Danny Salazar, Trevor Bauer and Josh Tomlin combined to win 66 games last season, but Carrasco and Salazar got hurt in September and Bauer interrupted his October with his infamous injury sustained while playing with a drone.

''Where we're situated with our pitching, the guys are starting to get to the point where the game's not going too fast because they've got some years under their belt, but they don't have so many where the wear and tear is showing,'' manager Terry Francona said. ''Kluber, you keep seeing him find ways to get better. And then Danny, Carlos, they're still pretty young. They're in their really good years. So we're hoping that's one of our strengths.''

Salazar sported a ''Rotation of Domination'' T-shirt after Thursday's exhibition outing against the Los Angeles Dodgers, with the likenesses of all five starters on the front.

''We have the best rotation right now, that's the way I feel,'' he said. ''We have the best rotation not just in the American League, but in baseball.''

Mike Clevinger and Ryan Merritt likely will be available for spot starts, and possibly Cody Anderson. Clevinger said he was grateful to observe the starting five.

''It's made me work twice as hard in the offseason as I normally would, just knowing what they're bringing to the table every day, knowing what I need to do to be a part of this team and keep producing,'' Clevinger said. ''That was a huge role model-like experience for me to watch all of them compete.''

Salazar, an All-Star in 2016, made his second spring training start Thursday. He missed time toward the end of the regular season with a strained forearm muscle and was also dealing with elbow soreness.

''When I pitched in the World Series I was 100 percent, I just wasn't able to go five or six innings because that takes time,'' Salazar said. ''Knowing that we have the same guys this year, everybody saw what we could do.''

Kluber and Tomlin are not pitching in exhibitions yet but are scheduled for simulated games on Friday. After Cleveland's lengthy 2016, the two are to make their first exhibition appearances next week.

''Our pitchers work hard and prepare well and I feel like they're always ready. I think that's why we had a lot of success last year,'' catcher Roberto Perez said. ''If we had (Carrasco and Salazar) healthy all season, I think we'd have had a great chance to win it all. And that is great motivation for this year, to work our way back and win the World Series.''

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After news broke Thursday morning that the Boston Red Sox were concerned about the health of left-hander David Price after he experienced soreness in his left elbow and forearm following a simulated game Tuesday, manager John Farrell provided some encouraging news about the situation in the afternoon.

Farrell told reporters, including Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe, that an MRI conducted on the pitcher showed swelling and some fluid buildup, but results were inconclusive. He said Price had actually improved between Wednesday and Thursday.

The 31-year-old Price, who was scheduled to make his spring debut Sunday, will visit Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Friday at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis for a second opinion.

"He came out of the two-inning sim game the other day with some increased soreness. So we're holding him out," Farrell said, according to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal.

"We're taking every precaution. Yes, we are concerned, as we would be with any player. There's a couple things. We've got a little bit of history with David and what his progression through spring training has been. He's battled this seemingly in every spring training. We will acknowledge that this one has got a little bit more intensity to it. That's why we're taking every step and scratching him for Sunday."

Price has been one of the most durable pitchers in baseball during his career, tossing 200-plus innings in six seasons, twice leading the league in innings pitched.

After signing a seven-year, $217-million contract with the Red Sox prior to the 2016 season, Price went on to post a 17-9 record with a 3.99 ERA across 230 innings pitched.

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The Boston Red Sox received some encouraging news Friday afternoon, as manager John Farrell confirmed that David Price is expected to avoid surgery on his wonky left arm, noting that the five-time All-Star will be shut down for the next 7-10 days and then re-evaluated, according to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal.

"We got positive news after the exam by Dr. Andrew and Dr. EllAttrache," Farrell told reporters. "No surgery. No (platelet-rich plasma) or any injection of any kind. The approach we're going to take him with him is he'll receive treatment and medication for the next seven to 10 days. We'll re-evaluate him at that time."

Hampered by unusually intense soreness in his forearm and elbow following a two-inning simulated game Tuesday, Price was scratched from Saturday's scheduled Grapefruit League debut and sent for an MRI that revealed swelling and fluid build-up in the area but was deemed "inconclusive," according to Farrell.

Amid widespread concern over the possibility of Tommy John surgery, Price headed to Indianapolis to receive a second opinion on the MRI results Friday from noted orthopedists Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Neal ElAttrache, but returned back to Fort Myers promptly after both doctors offered up a diagnosis Farrell characterized as a "best-case scenario."

"Even talking with David on his way up there," Farrell continued, "he felt with each passing hour, he was becoming more free. As we've talked about, him experiencing this type of forearm injury in spring training, it may be a little bit more intensified this year, but it's still kind of spring-training arm he goes through. A very positive exam given some of the concern a couple days ago."

There's no timetable for his return, though, added Farrell, who stressed that the Red Sox have a "definitive plan going forward" for Price, who signed a seven-year, $217-million deal with Boston last offseason.

In his first season with the Red Sox, Price put up a 3.99 ERA - his worst since 2009 - while serving up a career-worst 30 home runs, but the former Cy Young award winner led the American League in innings pitched for the second time in the past three years, too, and tied for ninth in the bigs with 22 quality starts.

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Michael Bourn won't make any more spring appearances for the Baltimore Orioles after manager Buck Showalter ruled out the speedy outfielder for the remainder of Grapefruit League action Thursday.

Bourn, 34, broke the ring finger on his right hand a week ago while catching a football in a workout. He was originally scheduled to miss four weeks, but it appears he'll be out for longer.

"They don't want me to rush back and injure it even more, and they want me to be fully healthy before I get on the baseball field, which I'm in agreement with. It's an injury where you don't want any deformity to your finger. You don't want any setbacks when you come back at the beginning of the season," Bourn said, according to MLB.com's Rich Dubroff.

The Orioles signed Bourn to a minor-league deal in the offseason to compete against veterans Craig Gentry, Chris Dickerson, and Logan Schafer, as well as Rule 5 picks Aneury Tavarez and Anthony Santander, for a bench role on the team.

Bourn appeared in 24 games for the Orioles last season after he was acquired in an August trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The veteran went on to hit .283/.358/.435 with two home runs and eight RBIs in his short stint with the club.

"Everybody that knows me knows that I would like to be there on Opening Day, if I could out there with the team and do all that kind of stuff, looking forward. You don't want to rush it and hurt yourself and be lingering with it the whole time," Bourn said.

"If the pain on a 1-to-10 scale is a two, I'd deal with that, but if it's a four or a five or a six, and it's bothering you every day, day in and day out, sleep is bothering you, that's crazy to me, at the beginning of April trying to deal with that and you still have five or six more months to go."

Over the course of his 11-year career, Bourn owns a .266/.329/.357 slash line with 36 home runs, 69 triples, 361 RBIs, and 341 stolen bases. He is also a two-time All-Star and has won two Gold Gloves.

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Brett Lawrie's time on the South Side of Chicago has come to an end.

The White Sox requested waivers on the infielder Friday for the purpose of granting his unconditional release.

Lawrie didn't appear in a game after July 21 last season due to injuries. He was originally diagnosed with a hamstring injury, but the pain progressed into his knee and hip. Lawrie eventually blamed the problems on the orthotics in his shoes.

"I was put into orthotics for the first time in 26 years, and it definitely threw me through a loop," Lawrie told Scott Merkin of MLB.com last month. "It was the worst time of my life to be honest with you."

Acquired in a 2015 trade with the Oakland Athletics for a pair of prospects, Lawrie hit .248/.310/.413 with 12 home runs, 22 doubles, and 109 strikeouts in 94 games with the White Sox last season.

Staying healthy has been a constant issue with Lawrie throughout his career. The 27-year-old has missed an average of 53 games a season over the last five years, and has yet to appear in a Cactus League game this spring.

Lawrie was set to earn $3.5 million this season, but the White Sox will only be on the hook for one-sixth of that salary given the timing of his release.

The White Sox have Tyler Saladino and Carlos Sanchez, who will compete for the second base job along with top prospect Yoan Moncada. It's likely Moncada begins the season in the minors, however.

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"Panda Watch" has been front and center so far this spring, and among those impressed with Pablo Sandoval's new appearance is Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell.

"He’s shown more in the first week of games than he did all of last spring," Farrell said, according to Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald.

"From plays he’s made defensively, the range he’s showing, the way he’s getting down the line. He’s not a base-stealer, we know that. But he’s much more athletic. His at-bats have been much more consistent. This is like we have a much different player this year compared to last."

While it's true Sandoval won't ever be a threat on the bases, his approach to training and new-found dedication to losing weight has left many hoping it will lead to his best season in years.

After a lost 2016 campaign, a much slimmer Panda is the favorite to win the Red Sox everyday third base job after the team dealt incumbent Travis Shaw to Milwaukee.

So far, so good, particularly at the plate, where Sandoval has five hits in Boston's first few spring games.

"Granted it’s early in camp and we’re dealing with mostly fastballs in a lot of situations," Farrell said. "But the fact that he was searching for that right-handed swing before, now he feels like a more confident hitter overall and certainly from the right side. I think a lot has to do with just his body. It’s allowed the swing to be repeated. It’s more aggressive and the bat path is much more consistent."

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Stephen Strasburg may emulate closers and pitch only from the stretch this season.

Strasburg avoided a windup for all 23 of his pitches in a 2-1, 10-inning loss by a Washington split squad to St. Louis on Friday, his first appearance of spring training.

''I'm not trying to reinvent myself, but just trying to simplify things as much as I can and be able to repeat my mechanics,'' Strasburg said. ''I feel like as I've gotten older, for whatever reason, the windup's just been an issue as far as getting that right feeling of staying on the mound, not drifting too much toward first- or third-base side on my leg kick, and sticking the landing a little bit better.''

Strasburg came up with the idea after watching Texas' Yu Darvish and Cleveland's Carlos Carrasco. He approached pitching coach Mike Maddux with the idea at the start of spring training.

''If you can keep and repeat your arm slot, theoretically it's supposed to put less stress on your arm,'' Strasburg said.

He didn't rule out a return to the windup.

''I feel like I've always been able to maintain my stuff out of the stretch even when I would just slide step exclusively,'' Strasburg said.

On a gloomy afternoon with a 20 mph wind, Strasburg retired the side in order on 10 pitches in the first, striking out Tommy Pham swinging and Randal Grichuk looking.

Jhonny Peralta managed a one-out line-drive single in the second, but Strasburg promptly induced a one-hop comebacker from Jose Martinez that turned into an inning-ending double play.

''I didn't think was a big deal, really,'' Washington manager Dusty Baker said of Strasburg's stretch. ''As long as he feels comfortable, and as long as he was throwing strikes - it looked like it didn't change his velocity, and his location was actually better.''

Strasburg threw 16 strikes.

''I pounded the strike zone,'' he said. ''That's what I wanted to go out there and do.''

The 28-year-old right-hander has managed to make at least 30 starts only twice in his seven major league seasons, and his 15 wins last year matched his big-league best.

Strasburg won his first 13 decisions last year, but a partially torn pronator tendon in his forearm caused his seventh trip to the disabled list and limited him to 24 starts.

''We just want him healthy, because had he not gotten hurt, we might be talking about him as the Cy Young instead of (Max) Scherzer, or one-two in the voting or something,'' Baker said. ''Yeah, we definitely need him.''

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Noah Syndergaard, one of the game's best pitchers and brightest stars, will make a modest $605,500 in 2017, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

The New York Mets renewed the ace's contract at that salary Friday, giving them another year of cheap control over the flamethrower. Syndergaard, who authored a 2.60 ERA over 183 2/3 innings in the regular season last year, will be arbitration-eligible for the first time next season.

The practice of renewing young stars' contracts for low salaries is nothing new, and the Boston Red Sox renewed All-Star outfielder Mookie Betts' contract Thursday for $905,000.

Syndergaard, 24, has already been named the Mets' starter for Opening Day.

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Speeding up baseball could mean taking a chunk out of some TV ads.

MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, who has been exploring all possible avenues recently with the players' association to find a way to quicken the pace of play in baseball, is considering shortening television commercial breaks to accomplish his goal.

"I fully agree with the idea of examining our commercial load in our broadcasts and is something that we should be doing," Manfred told Forbes' Maury Brown. "There are contractual limitations on when we can do this; we have existing commitments. But, that certainly should be an issue we look at, as well."

Manfred has already accomplished one of his goals this offseason with an eye on shortening games.

After reaching an agreement with the union in February, pitchers will no longer need to throw a single pitch for an intentional walk this season. Instead, teams will reportedly replace the procedure with a sign from the dugout.

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Carlos Correa will earn the absolute least a major-league player can be paid next season.

The Houston Astros renewed their star shortstop's contract for 2017 at the league minimum rate of $535,000, sources told FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman.

Despite slashing .274/.361/.451 as a 21-year-old last season, adding 20 home runs and 96 RBIs, the Astros have the right to offer Correa, the 2015 Rookie of the Year, any contract worth at least the league minimum, though they don't necessarily have to.

New York Mets fireballer Noah Syndergaard, for example, also had his contract renewed Friday for a paltry $605,500.

Correa is under team control through the 2021 season, though he will be eligible for arbitration for the first time in 2019.

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The Washington Nationals have apparently set the 2017 salary for budding superstar Trea Turner.

Washington and Turner came to an agreement on a pre-arbitration salary of $554,900 for the upcoming season, according to a source of Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post.

Turner finished second in National League Rookie of the Year voting behind Corey Seager last season, hitting .342/.370/.567 with 13 home runs, 40 RBIs, and 33 stolen bases.

The sophomore big leaguer is expected to hit leadoff and play shortstop for the Nationals this season, but is also versatile enough to play the outfield, as well as second base.

Turner will be arbitration eligible for the first time in 2020, and will become a first-time free agent in 2023.

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Huston Street's unfortunate string of injuries has plagued him once again, as the veteran closer will be shut down for the next three to four weeks with a lat strain, general manager Billy Eppler told Pedro Moura of the LA Times.

Street's latest injury makes it unlikely he'll be ready to pitch for the Los Angeles Angeles on Opening Day, which is an unfortunate start to the season for the 33-year-old after he was limited to only 26 games in 2016 due to knee surgery.

The right-hander exited Friday's spring training game in the third inning, and was initially diagnosed with right triceps irritation. Street underwent an MRI and additional testing confirmed it was in fact a lat strain.

If Street is unable to pitch on Opening Day, right-hander Andrew Bailey could become the team's closer to start the season - a spot he's familiar with after converting six saves for the Angels last year in Street's absence.

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New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes' natural build was already impressively intimidating, but if his recent training regimen is any indication, the 31-year-old is going to be mashing a ton of home runs in 2017.

Fresh off a four-year, $110-million deal to return to the Big Apple, Cespedes has been taking part in a high intensity weight training program that has reportedly led to him bear squatting 1,000 pounds in the Mets' weight room, according to members of the organization, per ESPN's Buster Olney.

"Unbelievable," Mets hitting coach Kevin Long said. "Incredible.

"He does that no problem. Like it’s nothing."

To shed a light on how powerful that is, 1,000 pounds maxes out the machine. Cespedes' new-found adherence to training comes a year after he arrived to camp in decent shape, but was reportedly a little chubby.

At the time, Bartolo "Big Sexy" Colon started to poke fun at Cespedes over his gut. While it's fair to assume Colon's witticisms weren't the sole reason for Cespedes pumping iron in the offseason, he enters 2017 stronger than ever.

The primary influence appears to be the new contract, Olney notes citing a high-ranking baseball official, which has left Cespedes with peace of mind. On top of hitting the weight room more frequently, Cespedes has also been focused on leadership and being more vocal in the Mets' clubhouse.

Since joining the Mets through trade in 2015, Cespedes has hit .282/.348/.554 with 48 home runs, 130 RBIs, and 5.2 WAR. His new deal was the largest awarded to a position player this offseason.

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Before the calendar year flips from 2017 to 2018, the Miami Marlins will apparently have a new owner.

Current owner Jeffrey Loria, who reportedly had a "handshake agreement" in place to sell the club for $1.6 billion at the beginning of February, will sell the team before the end of the year, according to sources of Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

Loria has reportedly decided "it's time to move on from baseball," and barring any unforeseen circumstances, will sell before 2018 begins according to Jackson, who writes the Marlins are actively engaged in discussions with four groups and have had additional discussions with two others.

Jackson reports Major League Baseball is aware of the potential suitors, which consists of local and out-of-town investors, and mentions the Marlins would like a deal in place to sell the club within a few months, as well as wrap-up all negotiations before the year's end.

Loria purchased the Marlins for $158 million in 2002.

Since then, the franchise won the World Series in 2003, re-branded from the Florida Marlins to the Miami Marlins in 2011, moved into a new stadium at Marlins Park in 2012, and signed Giancarlo Stanton to the most lucrative contract in baseball history (13 years, $325 million) in 2014.

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