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Here is the latest news from around the NL West.
Hopefully the MLB is learning from the NFL's dealing with concussions.
Still, catchers are the biggest at-risk group and baseball must take the lead in attempting to alleviate the problem. They don’t necessarily need to eliminate it entirely though that would be nice, but increasing the understanding of the role the mask plays in catcher concussions and going after similar information would do a lot to make playing catcher and baseball a lot safer.
Concussions aren’t automobile accidents and they aren’t solvable with airbags, but the commonality here is that, like the leg injuries that were there all along, concussions are kind of a new thing even though they were always here. The NFL is, through a combination of their own incompetence and craven selfishness, highlighting this fact. Baseball should be paying attention, and if they’re not acting already, then as the NFL has shown, they better get to it, because the time to begin was yesterday.
The Braves added Eric O'Flaherty back into the mix, acquiring the lefty from Pittsburgh in exchange for cash.
Here is the MLB Week-in-Review.
Is it possible for Diamondbacks shortstop Jean Segura to sustain his scorching spring start? Randy Holt of Beyond the Box Score explores.
That's not to immediately dismiss what Jean Segura has done this spring, even if putting too much stock into a player's exhibition performance is often a fool's errand. He looks to have taken advantage of that change of scenery and is hitting the ball hard. As a player with speed, he should be a valuable presence at the top of the lineup for Arizona. But with his penchant for hacking at a fairly consistent rate, the increasing trend of swinging at softer pitches, and the quality of pitching likely to improve, don't count on him being quite as dominant as he's been thus far in March.
Not that anyone would be. Hitting over .500 in a month is a tough act to follow. But at some point, he's going to regress back in the direction of the player that his approach forces him to be. For the sake of the Arizona Diamondbacks, one hopes that that's still a level above where he's been in the last two years.
Here is the MLB blog review for this past week.
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