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Snake Bytes 2/23: The Sun Comes Out

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THe first two days of spring training games were anything but bright and sunny. That changes today, the same day the Diamondbacks take to the field. Coincidence?

Diamondbacks News

Greinke Throws, Koch Scratched

Zack Greinke threw to non-swinging hitters on Friday to begin his spring training. Matt Koch was slow to recover from live batting practice. This led to the team deciding to scratch him from starting the spring opener. Rule 5 selection, Nick Green will take the ball instead.

Shoulder Soreness not an Issue for Greinke

Zack Greinke would prefer if nothing was made of the fact that he claims to have pitched through some shoulder discomfort over the past few season.

It’s just a fact that something bothers me usually every outing (but) that also happens to almost every pitcher in baseball and every hitter so that’s why guys don’t talk about it probably because it’s pointless to talk about which will end up be what’s happening now.

Around MLB

MLB Implements Pitching CLock for Spring Training Games

MLB has officially announced that a 20-second pitching clock will be used during spring training games as a test for instituting it as part of the upcoming regular season.

15 Mid-season Trade Candidates

Look for these 15 names to be the embers from which trade speculation fires are stoked.

Mike Trout Has Been Better than Harper and Machado Combined

For all the talk of how Machado and Harper are deserving of mega-deals because of thir combination of age and excellence, neither one can claim that they have been perennial stars that have set the world afire. Mike Trout, on the other hand, should be salivating at free agency if Harper is able to set a free agent contract record. Mike Trout is the best player of his generation and the numbers aren’t even close.

Jeff Sullivan Moving On

One of the primary contributors to Fangraphs is moving on. Jeff Sullivan has accepted a job with a major league organization. He says goodbye to his readers in this final post.