Beyond Busch: NL Central and MLB Notes – Spring Training Continues


This week Beyond Busch will switch to bullet style for each team. Notes on each Major League team are supplied after the break.

NL Central

Chicago Cubs – Ryan Dempster gets the Opening Day start

Cincinnati Reds – Ryan Madson still not ready, Aroldis Chapman likely headed to ‘pen

Houston Astros – Jimmy Paredes sent down to play second base

Milwaukee Brewers – Shaun Marcum makes first spring start

Pittsburgh Pirates – Erik Bedard will start Opening Day for Bucs

NL East

Atlanta BravesChipper Jones to call it a career

Miami MarlinsHanley Ramirez seems to be taking third base in stride

New York Mets – Settlement in Madoff mess likely allows Wilpons to remain owners

Philadelphia PhilliesRyan Howard gets protective boot removed and practices

Washington NationalsStephen Strasburg gets first of many Opening Day starts; the Nats hope

NL West

Arizona DiamonbacksChris Young; .438, 2 HR, 4 RBI in 38 PA this spring

Colorado RockiesJeremy Guthrie set to start Opening Day

Los Angeles DodgersClayton Kershaw looks ready for duplicate effort in 2012

San Diego Padres – Jeff Moorad steps down as Padres CEO

San Francisco Giants – Have I mentioned Brandon Belt is good?

AL East

Baltimore OriolesZach Britton receives platelet rich plasma treatment for shoulder

Boston Red SoxBobby Jenks arrested for DUI

New York Yankees – Joe Girardi pulls Yanks off field, irks Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine; feud begins

Tampa Bay RaysJames Shields gets Opening Day honors

Toronto Blue JaysBrett Lawrie hoping to be back at it soon

AL Central

Chicago White SoxAdam Dunn blasts two homers on Thursday; 4 HR, 12 RBI, .515 OBP for spring

Cleveland IndiansChris Perez on target for Opening Day

Detroit TigersMiguel Cabrera takes a grounder to the face fracturing orbital bone

Kansas City RoyalsJoakim Soria to have 2nd Tommy John surgery

Minnesota TwinsJustin Morneau is struggling to say the least

AL West

Los Angeles AngelsKendrys Morales back on the field for first time since 2010

Oakland A’s – Yoenis Cespedes to play center field against Mariners in Japan

Seattle MarinersIchiro Suzuki looking forward to playing at home

Texas RangersDerek Holland signs 5-year, $28 million extension through 2016, plus club options for ’17 & ’18

Check back next week as Beyond Busch will provide an in-depth look at each division with predictions sure to go wrong.

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