Nicaragua pitcher signs with MLB’s Tigers after one WBC inning Padres’ Bob Melvin ponders 6-man rotation, Opening Day starter

MIAMI. Duque Ebbert turned just one World Baseball Classic inning into a contract.

The 21-year-old Nicaraguan pitcher came into the game against the Dominican Republic on Monday in the ninth inning and cleared the ball. Juan SotoJulio Rodriguez and Raphael Devers.

This feat so impressed the Detroit Tigers that after the game, Hebbert was offered a minor league contract.

After eliminating Soto and Rodriguez to start the serve, Hebbert abandoned a double to Manny Machado, who also had a home run in the game. Immediately afterwards, Hebbert eliminated Devers from the game.

“Extraordinary,” said Nicaraguan manager Sandor Guido. “This is one of the positive aspects of the game. This young guy is not 23 years old. He showed what he was made of, when you have the will, when you have the heart, you can do very good things.

“He came and met with the best players on the team. … It is a good experience for him and he is going to improve.”

The Dominican Republic won the game 6-1, dropping Nicaragua to 0-3 in the WBC pool game.

The San Diego Padres are flirting with the idea of ​​kicking off the season with a six-man pitcher rotation.

However, picking a starting Opening Day may not be such an easy decision for manager Bob Melvin.

WITH Joe Musgrove suspended from a toe injury and Yu Darvish playing for Japan in the World Baseball Classic, Melvin is exploring options that could include Blake Snell or Michael Wacha.

Musgrove, who is on the mend after dropping weight on his left big toe, is about to throw the bullpen session.

And while he has made progress in his recovery since having his toenail removed, there’s no guarantee he’ll be ready for the March 30 opener against the Colorado Rockies.

However, if Musgrove doesn’t fail, there’s a chance he could be at the end of the proposed six-man rotation the Padres are considering because they have to start the season with a 24-game span in 25 days.

“It’s quite surprising to me, but since he had his nail removed, the pain has subsided. It’s going to be bullpen (Monday) and we’ll see where we go from there,” Melvin said.

“We don’t want to go too far and fail. If you’re talking to him or talking to us, it’s a slightly different story. He’ll be opening the opening envelope,” Melvin added. “I still don’t think it will happen. We want to make sure he doesn’t approve of this. He’s going to fly back to San Diego to make sure he’s okay and doesn’t approve of it.”

Darvish also has to work at the end of the rotation, because he plays for Japan in the WBC and could potentially start the decisive game on March 20.

“We are not sure what his schedule will be. It would be either one or the other (for Opening Day),” Melvin said. “His load is fine. We have no problem with this. Once you accept the fact that they represent their country, there are some issues that you can’t control.”

One day after recording their first hits for Padres since 2021 Fernando Tatis Jr. was not included. He had a bruised left knee, but the Padre was told that it was not serious and he could play.

capricious back

Yankee first baseman Anthony Rizzo didn’t make the two-hour drive south from Tampa, Florida to face the Red Sox in Fort Myers after being cut from the roster with back pain.

The defending AL East champions do not see the problem as serious and think that Rizzo will be able to play again in the next few days. The left-handed hitter has experienced occasional back problems throughout his career.

Rizzo, who had an epidural last season, admitted in early spring training that his back problems could continue.

“Anyone who’s had back pain kind of comes out of nowhere.” Rizzo said February 19th. “You just do the best you can. This off-season, I really focused on recovery and feeling good the next day. I would be crazy if I was sitting here and saying that this year I will not have a previous issue, because every year it seems like something pops up. But I definitely feel confident in my daily preparation.”

Rizzo hit .224 in 130 games last season, 41 points below his career average. He finished with 32 homers, 75 RBIs and a .338 base percentage.


feeding the New York Mets Brooks Reilly was excluded from Team USA at the World Baseball Classic due to a strain in his left hamstring. The left-hander returned to spring training in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

The Mets do not consider the injury serious, but there is no exact timeline for Rayleigh’s return.


The rule changes, which include a pitching timer, defensive switch restrictions and increased bases this year, continue to receive positive feedback from major league players who say the rules achieve their goal of accelerating the pace of games.

Entering Sunday’s Grapefruit and Cactus League game, 9-inning games averaged just over two hours and 36 minutes, up from 3:00.46 last spring.

Meanwhile, the teams collectively hit .262, up from .243 last season. The number of runs per game also increased from 4.28 to 5.44.

“I think it was good. More action. Games are shorter,” New York Yankees batter Giancarlo Stanton said. “I’m not a big fan of games that end in timing, but I think that will work out somehow.”


cincinnati Joey Votto played in his first Cactus League game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

On August 19, Votto underwent surgery to repair his bicep and rotator cuff on his left shoulder.

“I knew it was coming. I could tell by his mood. I didn’t know what day it was until yesterday,” Reds manager David Bell said. “He was alive at bats. It’s still one day at a time, but the fun part is we still have two weeks of spring training to go.”

Votto missed the last 46 games of last season.

“I played a couple of sim games, but there were no sim game options today,” Votto said. “I didn’t want to go two days in a row without a live performance at bat. It’s been about three years since I had a full camp. I feel like I’m better prepared than ever this year.”

Spring training ended early due to COVID-19 in 2020, Votto was out with COVID in 2021 during spring training and was cut last spring due to the CBA lockout.

“I need to stock up on some bats,” he said. “I’m not worried about one game (opening day). I need to think about 162 games. I want to go out and be healthy for as much of the season as possible. I’m not 100% in terms of game speed and good play, however I feel closer to good health.

“It was a difficult operation, and after it it is not so easy to recover. I was in such good hands with the surgeons and physiotherapists and strength trainers. I had fantastic support. I am grateful for this. This is part of the professional athlete experience. You will be hurt. I didn’t see it as a failure.”


Adrian Sampson The Cubs had a good start last season, but he’s realistic about where he fits into the team’s plans for this year.

Sampson started 25 games with the Cubs and finished with a 3.50 ERA in 138 2/3 innings. But the competition is heating up Markus Stroman, Hayden Wesnesky, Keegan Thompsonreturn Drew Smiley and newbie Jameson Tylon. And then there is Kyle Hendrixdue to return in May after rehabilitating an injured shoulder.

Sampson’s performance has been low this spring, but he was pleased after a four-inning game against Milwaukee in Mesa. Luke Voight And Bryce Turang hit straight homers in a second for the Brewers, but with Sampson giving up 10 runs in his first 4 1/3 innings in two starts this spring, he’ll take it.

“I was very happy,” Sampson said after allowing six hits in four innings. He walked none and struck out three.

“I want to keep going, throwing more pitches so my arm feels good and I’m ready to compete,” Sampson said.

He wasn’t worried about his status, believing that even after starting exclusively for the Cubs last year, he could easily switch to relief.

“I can’t control all these things,” Sampson said. “Lucky for me, I can do whatever they ask. I can get out of the bullpen, I can start whatever they want. Having a chance to win is the most important part.”


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