Ronald Acuña Jr. had a comparatively disappointing displaying on the plate in 2022, coming off his season-ending proper ACL tear in July 2021, however the dynamic three-time All-Star believes he will probably be again at full power main into 2023. “I’m feeling one hundred pc and I’m prepared to return to regular, and I undoubtedly do not wish to play DH anymore,” Acuña informed Justin Toscano of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution pleased saturday
Acuña delivered a mixed .925 OPS in his first 1,764 main league plate appearances between 2018-2021 earlier than sinking to a .764 OPS in 533 plate appearances final yr. He made 27 begins at DH for the Braves in 2022, after logging — or requiring? — just one complete DH begin throughout his complete 4 earlier MLB seasons. In normal, he averaged 38 dwelling runs and 34 stolen bases for each 162 video games performed as a giant leaguer. Last yr: 15 homers, 29 steals in 119 video games. As he strikes additional and additional away from that knee harm, the reigning NL East champs ought to turn into all of the extra harmful.
Acuña goes to DH within the Venezuelan Winter League finals, by Toscano, and he has additionally acknowledged a need to signify his native nation within the Winter Baseball Classic. But the 25-year-old outfielder famous to David O’Brien of The Athletic that the Braves’ medical workers is unlikely to clear him to play within the upcoming WBC as a result of it’s extra of a time and bodily dedication than the Winter League. Essentially, they only actually need him to remain in camp.
- Mike Clevinger signed a one-year, $12MM contract with the White Sox earlier this winter. Soon after, he acquired a platelet-rich plasma injection to assist within the therapeutic of a knee harm that hampered him down the stretch with the Padres final season and led to a disappointing total 4.33 ERA. With his knee on the mend, and his November 2020 Tommy John surgical procedure totally within the rearview, the White Sox consider the 32-year-old right-hander can get again to being his outdated top-of-the-rotation self. “We broke down some biomechanics stuff after we signed him to form of present him the variations,” pitching coach Ethan Katz informed James Fegan of The Athletic. “Where he was totally different in all elements of his supply, which was in all probability in correlation to the knee… Now that he’s wholesome, he’s engaged on it. His bullpens and the movies that I’ve seen, there’s been no form of restrictions or something that is slowed him down from having the ability to be aggressive on that again leg.”
- Ryan Rolison, the Rockies’ prime choice within the 2018 MLB Draft and maybe a giant rotation piece for his or her future, is alleged to be one hundred pc recovered from the left shoulder surgical procedure that knocked his professional profession off monitor final season. He didn’t pitch in MLB-affiliated ball in any respect in 2022 and finally went underneath the knife in June. “We are higher than we had been a yr in the past,” Rockies GM Bill Schmidt stated to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post in a current chat, making word of Rolison’s rebounded well being. “We have created some competitors for some guys,” Schmidt added. “And, total, our organizational depth is healthier.” German Marquez, Kyle Freelandand many others Jose Ureña would appear to be locked into the highest three rotation spots for Colorado. Rolison may maybe battle with Austin Gomber and Connor Seabold on the again finish. Peter Lambert (elbow) can be anticipated to be wholesome heading into camp and would possibly get one other search for MLB begins in some unspecified time in the future in 2023.