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Storylines: Angels infielder Luis Valbuena out for 4-6 with with hamstring injury

Angels free agent pickup Luis Valbuena will be shelved for the first month or so of the season with a hamstring injury. The IBI's Daniel Sherriff discusses that along with all the other news and notes from around baseball on Thursday...

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- Veteran infielder Luis Valbuena will not be ready for Opening Day for the Los Angeles Angels.  The slugger is down for four to six weeks due a grade 1 right hamstring strain per Pedro Moura of The Los Angeles Times.  The Angels will certainly miss his left-handed power in their lineup as most of their power comes from the right side of the plate in Albert Pujols and Mike Trout.  Valbuena was expected to share time at first with fellow slugger C.J. Cron but Cron will take over first full time now and Jefry Marte will most likely crack the roster and become the everyday third baseman for now until Valbuena returns.  He is expected to miss at least a month of action before being able to take the field.

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- The San Francisco Giants have released veteran infielder Gordon Beckham at his request per MLBTraderumors.com.  The Giants had a logjam at the infield position and Beckham was the odd man out thus why he asked to be let go.  He will now search for another opportunity to be added as infield depth at the major league level.

- The Texas Rangers have reportedly increased their offer to second baseman Roughned Odor per Jon Heyman of FanRag.  Despite the high offer, it is reportedly not high enough for the second baseman to accept.  The Rangers want to extend him after a career year in 2016 but it looks like talks are at an impasse.

- Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera has reportedly admitted he may not be ready for Opening Day per Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press.  He originally hurt his back during the World Baseball Classic and has now tweaked his left side by trying to compensate for the injury.  Losing Cabrera for an extended time will be a tough blow for the Tigers given the tall task they already face at overtaking the Cleveland Indians for the AL Central Division.

- The Colorado Rockies are showing interest in free agent catcher Derek Norris per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.  The Rockies are undermanned at catcher with Tom Murphy out for the foreseeable future so Norris makes sense as a potential upgrade at the position compared to their in-house options.


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