Daily Distractions: Presing pause on Eliezer Alfonzo Watch; Matt Wallach up, plus links.

Eliezer Alfonzo

The press corps in Glendale hit “pause” Thursday on Eliezer Alfonzo Watch 2013 when the catcher was revealed to be suffering from dengue virus in his native Venezuela. He cannot travel for five to seven days. A non-roster invitee on a minor-league contract with the Dodgers, Alfonzo will report to the minor-league side when he gets here.

Alfonzo was the only player who had yet to report since pitchers and catchers were scheduled to arrive last week.

Matt Wallach hopped over from the Dodgers’ minor-league camp to fill out the major-league catching corps. The 27-year-old, the son of Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach, has spent the past three seasons at Double-A.

Alfonzo was one of several veterans expected to push rookie Tim Federowicz for the open backup catcher’s job in spring. Wilkin Castillo, Jesus Flores and Ramon Castro are still around as non-roster invitees. Before camp opened, I stated that the biggest question surrounding Alfonzo was whether he could stay clean; now the question is if he can get healthy.

The disease can be life-threatening but for the majority of sufferers, it’s just no fun.

The skies cleared over Phoenix today after it rained, hailed, and apparently even snowed in parts of the valley Wednesday. A handful of bullet points to brighten your day:

• Shia LeBeouf is a plagiarist and doesn’t like Mark McGwire.

• I posed this question to a friend last night, and again today to the masses on Twitter: Who is the musical equivalent of Sandy Koufax?

• MinorLeagueBall.com compares Yasiel Puig to fellow Cubans Leonys Martin and Jorge Soler.

• Southern California native Giancarlo Stanton was hit in the head yesterday by a pitch from Jose Fernandez, a Marlins prospect, at an intersquad game. Here’s the video.

• My only hope for the “Harlem Shake” trend is that many of you will mistakenly stumble upon the “Harlem Shuffle.”

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