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Snake Bytes 3/23: A Long Week Left

It’s time to put Spring Training out of its misery.

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White Sox 3, Diamondbacks 1

Taijuan Walker pitched acceptably. I’m not going to pretend to care about anything else, other than being a game free of injury. Spring training is great if you’re a casual fan, particularly an out-of-town fan escaping cold weather, and you want to enjoy some cold beer with friends and just hang out and relax. Kids might even get an autograph. Might be good if you are baseball obsessed to the point of having no other life. Guys like me? Please, for the love of God, let’s get on with it.

Souza Sidelined Until May with Strained Pectoral

Turns out to not be devastating according to the doctors reading the MRI. After seeing him in so much agonizing pain, I will take it. Some reports claim that it might even be only two weeks, although he will start the season on the DL. Souza even apologized to Lovullo, which while unnecessary, does show some character. The Diamondbacks have enough depth to handle it for now. It just means we have to wait to see him play.

Related: Diamondbacks’ Souza Out a ‘Couple of Weeks’

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