Josh Hamilton (torn ligament in left thumb) is expected to begin taking batting practice Friday at the Angels’ extended spring training facility in Arizona while the team begins a six-game trip in Toronto.
Ah, the moment we've been waiting for. Up until now, Hamilton has been taking one-handed swings, but if he can return to the cage for a few cuts this weekend, then he should easily be on-track for a late-May/early-June return, barring any setbacks of course.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Phillies recalled Cody Asche from Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
The Phillies seem ready to commit to Asche as their new starting left fielder which certainly gums up the outfield configuration for veterans like Ben Revere, Grady Sizemore and Jeff Francoeur. It also displaces Darin Ruf. While they may be happy with the defensive work he did down in the minors, Asche's bat never really heated up, so the team is still going to have some serious offensive woes. This plan may have looked good on paper, but it should be re-visited in a couple of weeks to see how things are panning out. Analysis: Howard Bender