Just like his team, Atlanta Braves right-hander Ervin Santana got off to a strong start. Those feel-good days, though, have been few and far between for both parties over the last month.
Rafael Furcal will try to make his comeback from elbow surgery with the Miami Marlins.
Spring training is in full swing across the Grapefruit League and that means it’s the season of optimism, even for some of the worst teams in Major League Baseball.
The calendar may still read February, but spring training is getting underway across Florida and in Arizona. Almost every team has had pitchers and catchers report, though the Miami Marlins, Chicago White Sox, and Texas Rangers will report Wednesday.
Major league baseball teams started coming to Florida for spring training almost a century ago, traveling by rail from the often still-frozen North to get in shape and play some exhibition games in the sun.