Matt Wieters said he managed to cut his left wrist severely by breaking a five-gallon glass water container in his garage on Nov. 1, delaying his off-season preparation — and, he thinks, his chance to find a deal in free agency.
“It's tough finding a team when you can't do anything baseball-related,” Wieters said Friday, when the catcher took batting practice and ran conditioning sprints at spring training with the Washington Nationals after his signing was announced. “They told me I was very lucky that it wasn't worse than it was.”
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Wieters agreed to a $21-million, two-year deal worth $10.5 million annually, one that gives...
A baseball umpire trainee runs toward first base to get into position to make a call during an instructional camp session at Compton Community College. The umpire camp is operated by Major League Baseball and includes on-field and classroom instruction.