The National League East is shaping up to be one of the more competitive divisions in baseball. With the Washington Nationals looking to continue their reign as champs and the Atlanta Braves reloaded and ready to go, the division could have another fun two-team race. However, the Philadelphia Phillies intend to compete, and the New York Mets are working on continued improvement.
To prep you for the division rivalries, here are your NL East notes and updates:
- The Phillies are not concerned about Mike Adams' injury from last year despite news that Chris Carpenter relapsed from his injury and will not pitch this season. Adams underwent the same surgery as Carpenter did to correct Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Todd Zolecki of MLB.com confirmed the organization has considered the injury and is not worried about their new two-year signing.
- Despite his offseason surgery, Frank Francisco will be the New York Mets' closer. According to Kevin Kernan of the New York Post, manager Terry Collins has said that Francisco will be the team's closer this year. He underwent surgery on his elbow to remove bone spurs in December.
As spring training ramps up, there will be more injury updates to pass along. In the mean time, we can enjoy the fact that there are actually baseball players on baseball fields practicing the game we all love.