Thursday, February 23, 2012

Darvish Throws Left-handed?

No - I didn't alter the photo...but this is Yu Darvish throwing left handed during the opening week of Spring Training with the Texas Rangers.    The Rangers off-season international acquisition apparently takes to throwing with his left hand in order to keep his non-throwing arm strong and his body balanced.  

Ryan Howard has been taking some batting practice.  The Phillies first baseman has been recovering from surgery to repair his torn left Achilles tendon.  The Phillies are looking for Howard to rebound from his poor 2011 season.  Howard has lost quite a bit of value as a fantasy player over the last two seasons.  

Bobby Abreu has requested a trade from the Los Angeles Angels if he is not going to be an every day player for the Angels this season.  The Angels have a crowded OF corp, that might even see highly touted prospect Mike Trout not make the major league roster come opening day.   With the return of Kendry Morales to the fold, the OF becomes even more crowded.  The Angels need to find room for Trout, Abreu, Vernon Wells, Morales, Tori Hunter and Peter Bourjos.    Abreu will likely be moved...but where?

Roy Oswalt continues to look for a new home.  Oswalt has spoke with the Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers about his services this off season but has yet to sign on with a MLB club.

More updates to come as Spring Training gets into high gear....


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