AL East Notes: Rays, Franco, Pink Sox, Benintendi, Cora, Pedroia

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By TC Zencka | November 26, 2020 at 9:29am CDTRays prime prospect Wander Franco is on his method again to the US for precautionary checks on the bicep damage that compelled him out of the lineup within the Winter League, in response to John Romano of the Tampa Bay Occasions (through Twitter). The Dominican League reported information of Franco’s discomfort final week, however it appeared like a minor damage on the time. Coming again stateside actually provides a word of concern, however that’s nonetheless not a lot to go on. In the meanwhile, it’s secure to presume the perfect. Whereas we await additional updates, let’s verify in on the Rays division rival…
There’s some concern that Andrew Benintendi gained’t be capable to regain the shape that made him a prime prospect earlier than his debut in 2016, writes Alex Speier of the Boston Globe. Boston’s left fielder slashed .290/.366/.465, good for 4.5 bWAR as a 23-year-old in 2018. He’s backslid since then, culminating in an injury-marred 2020. Greater than the .103/.314/.128 line he posted in simply 14 video games this season, the priority is that Benintendi now not registers the dash pace he booked early in his profession. Speier supplies some disquieting quotes from expertise evaluators who don’t see Benintendi creating into the star many anticipated. There’s not a lot probability of Boston exploring a commerce along with his worth at an all-time low. For now, the 26-year-old ought to have loads of leash to construct again his worth in 2021.
Earlier than he was the supervisor of the Boston Pink Sox, Alex Cora mentored Dustin Pedroia within the early phases of the second baseman’s profession. Now, as that profession seems to be nearing an finish, Cora is once more close by to lend an ear, writes Chris Cotillo of Masslive.com. Cora gained’t reveal something about Pedroia’s plans for the long run, however he did communicate glowingly in regards to the influence he has continued to have on the group, even when he hasn’t been wholesome sufficient to contribute on the diamond. It’s largely anticipated that Pedroia will announce his retirement earlier than the 2021 season, however nothing has been made official.

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