Astros on World Series hangover: ‘We’re not the Cubs’

“That’s a great question,” Matheny said. “I don’t think anything has changed really in our mindset. We’ll have to see how he’s doing all the way around. The shoulder is always something that we’re concerned about. He’s trying to get his back right; he’s also been trying to get his shoulder to a really good place. There might be something that would push him more toward first base than third.”

Carpenter played through the sore shoulder last season but the problem wasn’t so much managed as endured, according to this week’s reports. In 145 games, he batted .241/.384/.451, his OBP up over his career mark but his batting average more than 30 points lower.

Offseason rest helped the shoulder, but now Carpenter’s back is an issue.

Only Thursday he advanced to taking batting practice in the cage and, notably, grounders at first base, but he expects to return with two weeks of spring games remaining to get his needed at-bats for opening day.

Cleveland’s pitcher had a few thoughts about that message from the league as he wrote, “I find it disingenuous that @mlb commissioners office would encourage this when they’ve specifically tried to censor me for sharing my opinion on the matter.”

Just had a meeting encouraging all players to take a stance and be leaders politically. Here’s my stance. I find it disingenuous that @mlb commissioners office would encourage this when they’ve specifically tried to censor me for sharing my opinion on the matter.

One fan replied to Bauer’s comment asking, “Are they also the reason you have been more quiet on Twitter this off season? Or have you just been focusing on training?”

While Bauer didn’t directly answer the question, he did leave many to speculate whether the league or his team restricted him from social media. He wrote, “Almost like I wasn’t allowed access to my twitter account for a while.”

UZR grades Seager and Cabrera as above-average defenders in 2017, and Turner as well below average, but DRS says the opposite. Clearly, there’s a big disagreement here.

There are several factors attributing to the disagreement, but perhaps s the biggest difference is that UZR uses larger “buckets” than DRS.seahawks_036_fd50e176c43b4124-180x180