The Atlanta Braves will be without promising reliever Shae Simmons after the team confirmed on Thursday that he had undergone successful Tommy John surgery. Simmons pitched effectively in his short stint in the majors last season before shutting it down early due to shoulder soreness. If healthy, the hope was he could play a key role in the team's bullpen this season. Now he will face a year of rehab with an eye on the 2016 season.
The Braves added yet another reliever to the mix on Thursday in 34-year old free agent Todd Coffey. Atlanta inked him to a minor league deal that includes an invitation to spring training. Coffey pitched well in the minor leagues last season compiling a 1.93 ERA in 37 innings at the Triple-A level. He has not pitched in the majors since the 2012 season.
There will be plenty of new faces at spring training for the Atlanta Braves this season and MLB.com's Mark Bowman previews 12 newcomers that could play a big part in the 2015 season.
Major League Baseball is reportedly considering making changes to the strike zone in an effort to improve what has become sagging offensive numbers for teams around the league.
Adjusting the rules surrounding the strike zone is the latest in a pair of attempts to increase offense. MLB is toying with the idea of instituting a pitch clock, going as far as to test the idea in Double-A and Triple-A during the upcoming season. Of course, changing the definition of a strike could nullify the benefit of a pitch clock in one way. Shrinking the zone could result in more walks, which in turn, might keep games from shortening up to the league's liking.
The Detroit Tigers are hoping for good news on Tuesday when slugger Miguel Cabrera has what the team hopes is his final checkup after offseason surgery to his ankle and foot. Cabrera is out of his walking boot and has progressed to light cardio and full upper body weight training. If given the green light on Tuesday, there is a good chance that Cabrera could be ready in time for opening day.