The spring has officially started as games are underway. The Brewers have yet to come up on the winning side of things through the first week, but there have been plenty of stories surrounding the team.
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At first base, Adam Lind has yet to see a game at first base due to a back injury. The battle for the fifth outfield spot is underway, as Matt Long looks to fight his way into a roster spot. And Brooks Hall was sent to AAA with the impending arrival of Francisco Rodriguez. Here is a look at some of the biggest stories around the NL Central:
Pittsburgh Pirates starter, Charlie Morton returned to the mound on Thursday, but he faces a future filled with questions in the Pirates’ rotation.
While Pedro Alvarez has great power, he has never been know for his glove. Moving to first this season, he could be a defensive liability.
Can Pedro Alvarez’ Defense Hurt the Pirates?–Rum Bunter
Jaime Garcia returned to the mound for the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night. He looks to prove he is healthy and work his way back into a rotation spot.
With questions surrounding the Cardinals about their fifth spot in the rotation, Carlos Martinez had an awesome spring debut. If he can develop as a starter he would be a scary arm to face every five days.
Carlos Martinez Strong for St. Louis Cardinals–Red Bird Rants
The Cincinnati Reds got a huge boost to their lineup on Saturday as Joey Votto returned. After missing much of last season, Votto’s health will be the key to any Reds’ success the Reds have in the Central in 2015.
Cincinnati Reds Fall in Joey Votto’s Return–Blog Red Machine
After trading away much their rotation this winter, 36-year-old Jason Marquis is battling for a rotation spot. He missed all of 2014, so betting on Marquis could be a risky move in Cincinnati.
Jason Marquis Gets First Crack at Cincinnati Reds Rotation–Blog Red Machine
The Chicago Cubs are ready to compete in the Central and Tobey Johnson, of Cubbies Crib discussed a possible return of Jeff Samardzija in 2016. Bringing back the team’s former ace would make the young team a favorite for years to come.
There is going to be a lot of news surrounding the Cubs young stars. Saturday, Kris Bryant launched his first home run of the spring. He will be a bat to fear in the Central all year long.