the out I don’t know if the third baseman and the best winter acquisition Anthony Rendon will be ready when they open their season on Friday, says MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger. Rendon, a former Nationals star who the Angels signed on a seven-year, $ 245 million free agency contract, has been facing sidelong pain since last week. If he is not able to take the land in a few days, the angels should use David Fletcher and Matt Thaiss at the hot corner, by Bollinger. The inner field of angels might also be missing Luis Rengifo, who Bollinger writes has a “high chance” of passing the opener due to hamstring pain.
- Astros second baseman José Altuve left the team’s preseason game against the Royals on Tuesday with a contusion to his left leg, reports MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart. It is now questionable whether the former MVP will be healthy enough to leave at the start of the Astros’ season. “We hope it will be ready on Friday,” said director Dusty Baker. “We will analyze it tomorrow and see where it is in the morning. Usually the next day you are quite sore.
- “It’ll take a while” left-handed front Cole Hamels debuts in 2020, Braves Manager Brian Snitker said on Tuesday (via MLB.com’s Mark Bowman). Hamels faced shoulder inflammation during spring training and recently battled triceps tendonitis, preventing him from dealing with live hitters in recent months. Considering the short duration of this season, the Braves might struggle to get their money’s worth with Hamels. They signed a one-year, $ 18 million contract over the winter. That guarantee turned into roughly $ 7 million on a pro-rata basis when the season went from 162 games to 60.
- Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, who has struggled with rib and back problems, seems to be making progress. Manager David Ross said on Tuesday (via Jordan Bastian of MLB.com) that he “ looks like all thumbs up from todayAs far as Rizzo is concerned. The team’s exhibition game against Minnesota is scheduled to begin on Wednesday. Meanwhile, left-handed Jose Quintana – who had left thumb surgery three weeks ago – posted an encouraging update on his status (by Chicago Tribune’s Mark Gonzales), saying he was not feeling any pain. It’s unclear when he’ll be able to take the mound this season, however.
- Orioles gaucher John means will miss opening day due to arm fatigue, Joe Trezza of MLB.com tweets. As a result, signing off-season minor league and left-handed comrade Tommy Milone begins the Orioles opener against Boston on Friday. It’s unclear when Means can debut in 2020, but the Orioles are surely hoping it will be sooner rather than later. Means, 27, was one of the few bright spots on Baltimore’s private talent roster last season, after all, as he recorded a 3.60 / 4.41 FIP ERA with 7.03 K / 9 and 2.21 BB / 9 in 155 innings.