03/11/14 - 3:23PM ETTrevor Cahill
: Jams Right Knee, Listed As Day-To-Day
Cahill jammed his right knee in Tuesday's Cactus League game, Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona reports.
Cahill suffered the injury while covering first base and trying the avoid Jason Kipnis running down the line. The Diamondbacks will monitor how is knee feels over the next few days to determine whether or not he will have to miss his next scheduled start. The injury doesn't appear to be overly serious, however.
03/11/14 - 2:22PM ETCorey Hart
: Scratched With Forearm Tenderness
Hart was scratched from the Mariners' lineup Tuesday with forearm tenderness, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
Hart's troublesome knees have held up reasonably well so far this spring, but he's now dealing with a forearm injury. The 31-year-old has looked rusty thus, as he has just two hits in 18 at-bats (.111 average), but that was to be expected after a year-long layoff. If healthy, Hart should open the year in right field, with starts at DH likely when his knees need a rest.
03/11/14 - 1:51PM ETOmar Infante
: (Shoulder) Returns To Field Monday
Infante (shoulder) returned to the field for the first time in 11 days and while the reports were positive, Infante said that he still doesn't feel 100-percent, the Kansas City Star reports. He said he felt no pain, but is still searching for strength. "I need more power," Infante said.
Infante played five innings in the field and fielded a pair of grounders. The Star said that he, "flicked his throws, which resembled something between a lob and a rocket," but the bottom line is that he's back out there and getting healthier. He'll be fine for Opening Day and while he may not hit for much power or steal many bases, he should hit for a decent average and have a strong runs-scored total while batting second in the lineup. Should you choose to wait on the position come draft day, he makes for a good late-round pick-up.
Beachy (biceps) will miss at least his next spring start, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The Braves are reportedly going to pass on an MRI for Beachy, but manager Fredi Gonzalez said the right-hander will undergo additional testing on his arm. It comes as no surprise, as Beachy experienced several setbacks in his recovery from Tommy John surgery last season and had the elbow scoped in September. The team is hopeful he's just dealing with normal soreness, but Beachy appears iffy, at best, to be ready for the start of the regular season.
Verlander (abdomen) allowed one hit and walked two over 3.2 scoreless innings against the Blue Jays on Tuesday in his first start of the spring. He struck out two.
After throwing 52 pitches in his first Grapefruit League outing of 2014, Verlander appears to be officially on track to open the regular season on time. The right-hander underwent core muscle repair surgery in January, and his first scheduled spring start was rained out, but barring an unforeseen setback, Verlander will likely toe the rubber either March 31 or Apr. 2 against Kansas City.
03/11/14 - 1:27PM ETMatt Wieters
: Leaves Tuesday After Rolling Ankle
Wieters left Tuesday's Grapefruit League game early after rolling his right ankle, Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.
The Orioles quickly deemed his removal precautionary, and Wieters suggested he would have kept playing if it were the regular season. It's reassuring, but Wieters will be listed as day-to-day with the injury and could miss several exhibition games. Steve Clevenger, who appeared in just 12 major league games last season, is the top backup behind Wieters.
Escobar was scratched from Tuesday's lineup with minor shoulder soreness, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports.
Apparently, this is just a minor ailment, so Escobar's regular-season availability does not appear to be in jeopardy. That said, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Royals play it safe and hold him out for a few days. Escobar has played in just three games so far this spring, but this is the first word of any sort of injury.
03/11/14 - 1:07PM ETDoug Fister
: (Elbow) Plays Catch Tuesday
Manager Matt Williams said Tuesday that Fister (elbow) should be able to make his first start of the regular season if all goes as planned, Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports.
With Fister's elbow inflammation clearing up, the Nats OK'd him to resume throwing Tuesday. The right-hander played catch and everything went well, and if he can play catch again Thursday without issue, he may get the green light to return to a mound. This is a great sign that Fister won't miss much, if any, regular season time.
The Mariners are still interested in signing Morales, Sportspress NW reports.
Morales rejected the Mariners' $14.1 million qualifying offer back in November to become an unrestricted free agent, but has not seen any real interest since being on the market. Because of his designations, any team that signs him would have to give their first round pick to the Mariners, and most teams do not think he is worth that. That leaves the Mariners as the favorite to bring him back. With Corey Hart and Logan Morrison both having injury troubles last year, Morales would offer the Mariners depth at first base and DH, as well as giving them a switch hitter to balance a left-handed-heavy lineup.
Grandal (knee) belted a single in his first spring at-bat Monday versus the Rockies, which he followed up by gunning out an attempted basestealer. While he emerged from the outing unscathed, manager Bud Black would not commit to the catcher playing on Opening Night, MLB.com reports. "It's still a process with Yazzy; he still has to build his stamina and endurance back," stated Black.
Grandal took over behind the plate for Rene Rivera in the seventh, going 1-for-2 and setting down likely minor leaguer Rosell Herrera by several feet at second base. However, Grandal will likely have to prove he can handle more than three innings in the crouch, as well as back-to-back outings without a setback, before Black will consider a return imminent. Don't expect a decision to come down in the near future.
Arroyo (back) was sore after playing catch Monday, MLB.com reports.
Monday marked the third straight day Arroyo played catch, but it seems the bulging disk in his back has not responded well. Arroyo is still holding out hope that he can throw a bullpen session Wednesday, and if so, he'd be on track to open the regular season on time. If not, however, the right-hander could be in danger of missing a start (and possibly several) due to injury for the first time in his career.
Taveras (hamstring) is now a long shot to make the Opening Day roster according to manager Mike Matheny, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Matheny said, "It's not possible - without him being healthy." Taveras needed a healthy and very productive spring to crack the Opening Day roster, and with ankle and hamstring injuries keeping him out of games it looks like he'll start the season in the minor leagues once again. Owners should still be hopeful for a call-up this summer.
03/11/14 - 10:07AM ETJosh Hamilton
: (Calf) Won't Play Before Sunday
Hamilton (calf) will not be ready to play before Sunday, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
There was some hope Hamilton could make his Cactus League debut as early as Thursday, but the Angels are setting Sunday as a best-case scenario for him to play in games. The 32-year-old suffered the calf injury exactly two weeks ago, and while his Opening Day status is not set in stone, the team is keeping its fingers crossed that he'll be ready.
Walker (shoulder) is expected to throw a bullpen session Thursday, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
After throwing from 120 feet without issue Sunday, Walker is now set to step back onto a mound for the first time in several weeks. Manager Lloyd McClendon has already said that he expects Walker to open the season on the disabled list, but if he progresses without a setback from here, a late-April return seems entirely possible.
Choo is nursing a sore left elbow and is not in the Rangers' lineup Tuesday, but he does expect to play Wednesday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
The 31-year-old continues to downplay the issue, saying the soreness is something he typically deals with this time of year. Choo has been battling the soreness for over a week now, but he's expected back Wednesday and there doesn't seem to be any concern about his Opening Day availability. He's 3-for-17 with one extra-base hit and one walk so far this spring.
03/11/14 - 9:20AM ETGavin Floyd
: Hopes To Be Ready In May
Floyd (elbow) is hoping to be ready by early May, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
Floyd is looking like an increasingly important piece of the puzzle for Atlanta, as three of the club's rotation members are currently sidelined. Kris Medlen damaged his elbow ligament Sunday and could miss extended time, Mike Minor (shoulder) isn't expected back until late in the second week, and Brandon Beachy is nursing some biceps soreness. Floyd is working himself back from Tommy John surgery, and he's no lock to be ready by early May, but once healthy he'll likely be relied on to toe the rubber every fifth day.
The Braves are not planning to send Beachy (biceps) for an MRI, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
A day after Kris Medlen suffered what appeared to be a serious arm injury, Beachy's Grapefruit League outing was cut short by biceps soreness. The Braves believe Beachy's just dealing with the normal soreness that comes after elbow surgery, but this isn't a great sign for the right-hander's ability to hold up throughout the season. Beachy dealt with the soreness in his first two spring starts but it worsened for him Monday.
Chacin said his shoulder felt "way better, way different" after making 75 throws from 90 feet Tuesday, Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports.
Chacin has been slowly increasing his distance and number of throws in long toss, with an eye toward eventually getting back onto elevated ground. There's still no timetable for him to return to a mound, but he does appear to be progressing as expected. A best-case scenario for Chacin's return is likely mid-April.
Mulder (Achilles) was released by the Angels on Tuesday.
Mulder was signed to a minor league deal in January with the hope of resurrecting his career, but he ruptured his Achilles tendon during agility drills in February, which has forced him to shelve his comeback attempt for at least one more year. Mulder has not yet decided if he will attempt to pitch in the major leagues after his recovery.
03/11/14 - 8:37AM ETJonathan Broxton
: (Elbow) Will Throw Batting Practice Tuesday
Broxton (elbow) will throw live batting practice Tuesday, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
This generally represents the final step a pitcher must take before returning to game action. Broxton underwent surgery in August to repair a torn flexor mass in his right forearm, but if he can avoid a setback from here, he'll likely open the year as the Reds' top right-handed setup man.
Perez (hand) is expected to return to the lineup Wednesday, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.
A foul tip struck Perez in the hand during Monday's game, but X-rays and fluoroscope tests confirmed that he merely suffered a bruise. Assuming he remains healthy, Perez should see another heavy workload behind the plate in 2014.
Braves GM Frank Wren said Tuesday that the MRI on Medlen's elbow showed an injury to the ligament, but the team doesn't know the extent of the injury yet.
MRIs on players who have previously had Tommy John surgery can sometimes be inconclusive, and the team is not yet willing to offer up a diagnosis for Medlen's injury. Wren said the right-hander will undergo further testing and the team is expected to seek the opinion of Dr. James Andrews, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Nothing's certain, but it seems Medlen may be looking at an extended absence, with the worst-case scenario being another reconstructive elbow surgery. The Braves' rotation is in rough shape at the moment, with Mike Minor (shoulder) and Brandon Beachy (biceps) both ailing as well.
Verlander (abdomen) will make his first start of the spring Tuesday against the Blue Jays, MLive.com reports.
Verlander was penciled in to start last Thursday but the game was rained out, though he was able to fire 45 pitches in a side session to stay on schedule. He'll finally make his Grapefruit League debut Tuesday, and while manager Brad Ausmus left some wiggle room in regard to the right-hander's workload, he said he expects Verlander to throw around 50-55 pitches. Verlander said recently that his core muscle injuries, which were surgically-repaired in January, may have affected his mechanics last season.
Zobrist (neck) is expected to be the DH in the Rays' lineup on Wednesday, reports the Tampa Bay Times.
Zobrist was scratched from last Saturday's game due to being bothered by a stiff neck. It appears that a few days rest has resolved the issue however, as the versatile veteran plans to be in the lineup for four at-bats on Wednesday afternoon.
03/11/14 - 6:52AM ETCarson Kelly
: Reassigned to Minor League Camp
Kelly was reassigned to minor-league camp Monday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Kelly has a bright future for the Cardinals as they are hoping he'll succeed at catcher, a new position for him as of this past fall, and someday step in to the gaping hole that will be left behind by Yadier Molina.
Soto (foot) has been hitting and is expected to catch live batting practice on Tuesday.
Aiming to get in the lineup as soon as Saturday, Soto (foot) seems to be making great progress in his recovery from the arthroscopic surgery he underwent two weeks ago. The 31-year-old backstop slugged .466 and belted nine home runs over 54 games for the Rangers last season. Soto is in line for more playing time in 2014 and looks like he will be ready for opening day.
Lindstrom (oblique) played catch and ratcheted up his workout regimen on Monday.
This is a positive step for Lindstrom after being shutdown for nearly a week due a strained oblique. However, the veteran reliever is still questionable for the start of the season and any outside shot of earning the closer role for the White Sox seems unlikely at this point.
03/11/14 - 3:41AM ETMitch Walding
: Surgery to Remove Rib
Walding will have surgery to remove a rib, the Shore Sports Network reports.
Walding, a 5th round pick in 2011, is expected to miss at least six weeks. He originally suffered a broken rib last August and it has continued to bother him.
Taillon's blister is not thought to be a serious setback as he seeks to make his major league debut in 2014, the Pirates' website reports.
"Jameson's progress and how he handles himself and his process is what will dictate his time frame to the Major Leagues," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington stressed. "If he's doing the things he needs to do, he'll be in a good spot to come up and help us this summer." Taillon is knocking on the door for a June promotion.
Moreland started in right field for the third time this spring Monday, the Rangers' official website reports.
Moreland played one-third of an inning in right field last season and started 28 games at the position back in 2011. He'll see most of his playing time at first base and designated hitter this season, but it won't be shocking if he adds outfield eligibility in some formats.
03/10/14 - 7:44PM ETMatt Harrison
: (Back) Scheduled To Pitch Tuesday
Harrison (back) is scheduled to pitch in Tuesday's B-squad game against the Royals, the Rangers' official website reports.
Assuming he goes through with the plan, Harrison will pitch in a game for the first time since Apr. 6, 2013. He'll likely open the season on the 15-day disabled list, but he seems to be making progress and could join the Rangers' starting rotation early in the year.
Quintana (shin) threw a bullpen session Monday, and he remains on track to start Thursday against the Angels, the White Sox's official site reports.
Quintana took a hard liner off his lower leg in the first inning of Satrday's game, but the end result was nothing more than a bad bruise. He remains on track to fill the second or third spot in the White Sox's rotation.
03/10/14 - 5:25PM ETMatt Kemp
: (Ankle) Plays In Another Intrasquad Game
Kemp played in an intrasquad game for the second day in a row Monday, and he did not feel any pain in his surgically-repaired left ankle, the Dodgers' official website reports.
Kemp isn't expected to travel to Australia, but he could make his Cactus League debut soon and may be ready for the Dodgers' March 30 stateside opener against the Padres.
03/10/14 - 5:03PM ETGrady Sizemore
: (Knees) Solid In First Of Back-To-Back Games
Sizemore (knees) played in the first of back-to-back games Monday, going 1-for-3 in an exhibition game against Tampa Bay.
Of particular note, Sizemore lined up with many of Boston's presumed starting position players Monday. It's actually looking like he might wrestle the starting center field job from Jackie Bradley. All continues to go well for Sizemore, though the big test comes Tuesday when he plays on back-to-back days. He's expected to play four or five innings in the field and get a couple of at-bats Tuesday.
03/10/14 - 4:50PM ETJon Lester
: Impressive In Debut
Lester pitched three scoreless innings, striking out four, walking one and allowing one hit in an exhibition game against Tampa Bay.
This was Lester's debut against major-league hitters after the left-hander pitched a simulated game against minor leaguers last week. March 10 is a little later than usual for Lester to be debuting, but Boston manager John Farrell is taking a conservative path with his ace, who threw a career high in innings last season. Lester is on schedule to start Opening Day.
03/10/14 - 4:21PM ETMatt Long
: Opening Eyes With Big Spring
Long went 4-for-5 and was a home run short of the cycle in a Cactus League game against the Indians on Monday
Long was impressive in 2013, notching an OPS of .842 between Double-A Arkansas and Triple-A Salt Lake, but with the number of outfielders currently in the Angels' system, the 26-year-old may not have an opportunity to advance on the depth chart, short of putting up breathtaking numbers in the minors in 2014.
03/10/14 - 3:59PM ETJered Weaver
: Struggles In Second Straight Outing
Weaver got hit hard in a Cactus League start against the Indians on Monday, as he gave up three runs on five hits in 4.1 innings pitched.
Weaver did manage to strike out five in the contest, but has now given up five runs (four earned) in his last two spring starts. Spring numbers don't count for much, of course, but the Angels would probably like to see Weaver put forth a better outing in his next start.
03/10/14 - 3:29PM ETRyan Howard
: Moved Out Of Cleanup Spot
Howard batted in the fifth spot in the Phillies' lineup Monday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. "It was just something to try today in spring training," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "Separate the left-handed bats and see what that looks like."
Sandberg had Marlon Byrd hit cleanup to separate lefties Chase Utley and Howard. It was the first time Howard had hit anywhere other than cleanup since 2008. Sandberg may not be willing to commit to batting Howard lower in the order right now, but he is likely to experiment with the middle of the Phillies' lineup more than former manager Charlie Manuel ever did. Howard is off to a slow start this spring with just four hits in 22 at-bats.
Hamels (biceps) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Wednesday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Hamels suffered a setback involving arm fatigue last Thursday, but the fact that he is nearing a return to the mound is definitely a good sign. Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. remains hopeful that Hamels will be able to pitch at some point in April, although a May return seems more realistic at the moment. He'll have to avoid any further setbacks in order for early May to be an attainable goal.
03/10/14 - 2:06PM ETBartolo Colon
: (Calf): Made Spring Debut Monday
Colon (calf) allowed three runs in four innings in his spring debut Monday against the Marlins, ESPN New York reports.
Colon allowed all three runs in the fourth inning and threw in the game as he would during the regular season, meaning he pitched off his fastball, adding and subtracting velocity.
Beachy left Monday's exhibition game with soreness in his biceps, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Beachy had been bothered by this soreness over his past two spring starts, but this worsened enough to the point where he had to exit Monday's game. The good news is that he claims his not concerned about the injury, and that the soreness is completely different from the injuries that limited him the past two seasons. With the current uncertainty surrounding Kris Medlen's Sunday elbow injury, the Braves need to exercise caution with Beachy, as losing yet another starter could put the team in a very tough spot for 2014.
03/10/14 - 11:20AM ETZack Greinke
: (Calf ) Could Pitch This Week
Greinke (calf) could appear in a spring game as soon as Wednesday, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
Greinke threw a bullpen session Monday, so he could appear in his first spring game since Feb. 27 this week barring any abnormal soreness over the next few days. It does not appear Greinke will pitch when the Dodgers take on the Diamondbacks in Australia later in March, but he is on track to be ready for the Dodgers' first series back in the U.S.
03/10/14 - 11:05AM ETChris Sale
: Named Opening Day Starter
Manager Robin Ventura announced Monday that Sale will be the White Sox' Opening Day starter, CSN's Dan Hayes
There wasn't much doubt that Sale would get the Opening Day nod, but Ventura finally confirmed that Sale will be on the mound when the White Sox kick off their season Mar. 31.
03/10/14 - 10:36AM ETStarlin Castro
: (Hamstring) May Sit For Another Week
Though Castro (hamstring) hopes to resume playing in games this weekend, the Cubs are currently planning to hold him out of action until sometime next week, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Castro wants to get back on the field as soon as possible, but the Cubs want to make sure he is healthy to begin the season, so it is likely that he will spend the weekend working on a running plan rather than suiting up for any spring games. Though it appears Castro will be out longer than his initial 7-to-10 expected absence, he still has a few weeks to recover and prepare before the regular season begins.
03/10/14 - 10:02AM ETAramis Ramirez
: (Knee) Will Play Every Other Day
Ramirez (knee) will play every other day for a week after making his spring debut Saturday.
Ramirez went 2-for-2 in his spring debut Saturday and reported no issues afterward, but the Brewers want to ease him into action to make sure he is 100 percent come opening day. Ramirez will be reevaluated by team doctors next week, at which point he expects to be cleared for more regular playing time.
Headley (calf) didn't participate in a simulated game Saturday, Corey Brock of MLB.com reports, but the third baseman did take some cuts in batting practice Sunday.
An appearance in the simulated game would have intimated that Headley was approaching his Cactus League debut. However, after he was cleared for field work and jogging last Friday, he's progressing in his recovery from a Grade 1 calf strain, which he sustained on Feb. 22. No matter, there exists no timetable for an appearance in a game.
03/10/14 - 9:37AM ETHuston Street
: (Groin) Getting Closer to Spring Debut
Street (groin) tossed a bullpen session Saturday and is expected to throw another, before making his debut in this year's Cactus League, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
If he emerges from his next side session without suffering a setback, Street could find himself back in the fold by week's end, but potential owners should note that the closer doesn't have a timetable for an appearance in a spring contest. In any case, he appears poised to be ready for Opening Night on his current pace.
Hamilton (calf) participated in agility drills Sunday, and is expected to run sprints Monday, MLB.com reports.
Hamilton has been sidelined with a calf strain since late February, but may be able to play in a Cactus League game as soon as Thursday, as he has been cleared to run for the first time since the injury.
Burnett (elbow) felt good after throwing 30 pitches off a mound Sunday, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Burnett has been steadily progressing this spring after having season-ending elbow surgery in August, and took a major step forward Sunday, reporting no pain after his first work off a mound in about seven months. Burnett is still hopeful to be ready for Opening Day, and sounds like he may be slightly ahead of his original timetable, which called for him to begin throwing off a mound in mid-March.
03/10/14 - 9:03AM ETStarlin Castro
: (Hamstring) Could Play By Weekend
Castro (hamstring) could resume playing in Cactus League games by this weekend, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.
Castro has been sidelined since injuring his hamstring March 2, but he is planning to run and hit off a tee Tuesday; and if all goes well, he is hoping to take ground balls Wednesday. Barring any setbacks over the next couple days, Castro should return to the lineup sometime during the latter portion of this week, which would give him around two weeks to finish his preparation for the regular season.
03/10/14 - 9:02AM ETCasey Kelly
: (Elbow) Progressing Nicely
Kelly (elbow) threw his fifth bullpen session Sunday, which including 50 pitches at an estimated 90 percent, MLB.com reports. "I'm excited," he said. "I feel good...And it feels good to go out there and throw all of my pitches."
So far during spring training, Kelly has been fitting in a bullpen session every three days, just 11 months removed from Tommy John surgery. His secondary pitches are predictably rusty, but in his previous session Thursday, he mixed in 33 fastballs, 10 changeups, and his first two curveballs off a mound in a year, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. He may toss just one more bullpen, before facing live hitters -- either on the field or in a simulated game -- but no timetable exists for his initial game action. Expect him to start the season at extended spring training, with his personal aim for a major league appearance sometime in April.
03/10/14 - 8:40AM ETTaijuan Walker
: (Shoulder) No Issues After Throwing Session Sunday
Walker (shoulder) threw from 120 feet Sunday and reported no issues afterward, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.
While it's still likely that Walker will begin the season on the disabled list, the good news is that he has not had any setbacks in his recovery. With Walker extending his throwing sessions over the last few days, he should resume throwing from a mound again shortly.
Bradley had a hit and two RBI in an exhibition game against the Pirates on Sunday. He also made a couple of nice running catches while playing center field.
Bradley's hitting just .190 this spring, but remains the lead candidate to start in center field. Until we see Grady Sizemore playing on consecutive days, Bradley should be considered the favorite to open the season in center.
Logan (elbow) threw his first bullpen session of the spring Saturday, the Denver Post's Troy Renck reports.
Logan threw 25 pitches during the session and is set to do the same again Tuesday, as he looks to demonstrate that he's sufficiently healthy following an elbow procedure over the winter. Pitching coach Jim Wright said that the Rockies are hopeful the lefty reliever will be ready for Opening Day, giving the bullpen some more options for matchup purposes in the late innings.
Grandal (knee) could return to action as soon as Monday, according to manager Bud Black, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Grandal caught three innings of a simulated game Saturday, and his knees felt well enough on Sunday to make a Monday return in the realm of possibility. If the 25-year-old's knees stay strong after his first live action, it would be relatively safe to assume Grandal will begin 2014 as the Padres' top catching option, starting on Opening Day.
03/09/14 - 1:23PM ETIke Davis
: (Calf) Not Close To Returning
Manager Terry Collins said Sunday that Davis (calf) is not close to returning, Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports.
The calf injury has kept Davis out for close to a week already, and apparently he's still a ways away from returning to game action. Collins said Davis' calf is "pretty bruised," and at this point, it seems fair to begin questioning Davis' Opening Day availability. With Lucas Duda (hamstring) still ailing, Josh Satin remains the top healthy option at first base for the Mets.
Rosenthal hit triple-digits on the radar gun in his final pitch Saturday.
Rosenthal looked excellent in his first appearance this spring and feels his arm is already regular-season ready. He has the stuff and the situation to be a top-level fantasy closer this year.
03/09/14 - 1:02PM ETJaime Garcia
: (Shoulder) Hoping To Speed Up Recovery
Garcia will visit Dr. James Andrews' clinic in Alabama on Monday but not because he's had any setbacks, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Garcia said he'll undergo two days of tests to see what he can add to his program in an attempt to speed up his recovery. "This is the opposite of a setback," Garcia noted.
03/09/14 - 12:55PM ETMatt Kemp
: Plays In Minor League Intrasquad Game
Kemp (ankle) logged seven at-bats in a minor league intrasquad game Sunday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Kemp's surgically-repaired ankle held up just fine, but the report notes that the 29-year-old still needs to build up his leg strength. Manager Don Mattingly said Saturday that Kemp is getting close to playing in Cactus League games, and while it seems unrealistic to think he could be ready for the March 22 opener in Australia, it does appear Kemp could be ready to contribute early in the season.
Grandal (knee) said his knee felt good Sunday after catching three innings in a simulated game Saturday, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Grandal has been catching bullpen sessions for weeks now, but he's just recently been cleared to catch in simulated games and it's uncertain when he may get the green light to play in actual spring games. Though Grandal hasn't been ruled out for Opening Day, it's looking like Nick Hundley and Rene Rivera could open the year as the top options behind the plate for San Diego.
03/09/14 - 12:22PM ETKris Medlen
: Right Forearm Strain
Medlen suffered a right forearm strain in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets, MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports. He will be reevaluated on Monday.
Monday's examination by team doctors should provide further details on the severity of the injury, but it isn't looking good for Medlen at the moment. As a pitcher who's already had Tommy John surgery once, it's clearly not good news when he understands an immediate need to remove himself from the game. The hope is that he can bounce back with rest and rehab, but we'll have to wait until Monday for an exact diagnosis. Tread lightly here if drafting Sunday night.
Arroyo (back) is hoping to pitch in Friday's Cactus League game, Nick Piecoro of AZCentral.com reports.
Arroyo received an epidural to treat the bulging disk in his back earlier in the week and was able to resume throwing Saturday. The right-hander said he didn't feel great while actually playing catch, but said his back felt "way better" Sunday. It's an encouraging sign, and considering Arroyo hasn't missed a scheduled start since 2006, there's reason for optimism regarding his status for the team's first stateside series.
03/09/14 - 11:39AM ETKris Medlen
: Leaves Sunday With Possible Elbow Injury
Medlen left Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets with an apparent elbow injury, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Medlen skipped off the mound in a hurry after throwing a pitch with two outs in the fourth inning, and he appeared to grab at his elbow just prior to that pitch. The Braves haven't said anything yet, but for a player who already had Tommy John surgery once in his career, this is not something that should be taken lightly.
03/09/14 - 11:34AM ETOswaldo Arcia
: (Illness) Expected To Play Tuesday
Arcia (illness) is expected to play Tuesday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
A bout of the flu has sidelined Arcia in recent days, but he was able to take batting practice Sunday and said afterward that he feels much better. Health permitting, the 22-year-old will likely open the year as the Twins' primary right fielder, and he could move up to a more prominent spot in the lineup if he produces at the dish.
03/09/14 - 11:14AM ETHyun-Jin Ryu
: Will Start 2nd Aussie Game
Ryu will start the team's second game in Australia, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
This has been widely assumed ever since Zack Greinke went down with a calf injury, but the Dodgers made it official Sunday. Ryu will follow Clayton Kershaw against Arizona in just under two weeks.
03/09/14 - 11:12AM ETJose Quintana
: (Leg) Expects To Make Next Start
Quintana (shin) said Sunday that he feels much better and expects to make his next start, Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports.
During Saturday's start, Quintana was struck in the shin by a comebacker but was fortunate enough to escape with just a bruise. While he doesn't have tremendously overpowering stuff (7.4 K/9 last season), Quintana did throw 200 innings in 2013 with decent ratios and should not be forgotten on draft day.
Kershaw has been named the Dodgers' Opening Day starter, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Like the Dodgers would go with anyone other than their $215 million man. Kershaw, last year's NL Cy Young winner, will take the hill in Australia in less than two weeks (Mar. 22 against Arizona), and will be followed by Hyun-Jin Ryu. Zack Greinke (calf) is not expected to travel with the team.
Diaz has signed a major league deal with the Cardinals and will report to camp Monday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
Major League Baseball suspended Diaz for falsifying his age when he initially applied for free agency after defecting from Cuba, but he's finally under contract. The 23-year-old is said to have the ability to hit for average and power, and while Jhonny Peralta is locked in at short for now, Diaz will likely be next in line if there is an injury. He could also be an option at second if Kolten Wong falters.
Freese will not play Sunday due to a blood blister under his foot, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
The injury sounds rather painful, but Freese is hoping to play Monday. While the former World Series MVP is coming off a down year (.262/.340/.381), Freese doesn't have to worry about playing time with his new team so long as he's healthy.
03/09/14 - 10:25AM ETRyan Raburn
: (Knee) May Be Cleared Monday
Raburn (knee) could be cleared to play Monday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Manager Terry Francona was quick to add that it's subject to change, but this just further confirms that the knee injury Raburn suffered Friday is minor. He crashed into the outfield wall hard, but if healthy, Raburn figures to open the year in a platoon with David Murphy in right.
03/09/14 - 10:13AM ETJurickson Profar
: (Shoulder) Could Play The Field Next Week
Profar (shoulder) could play the field within the next week, the Dallas Morning News reports.
Profar has been limited to DH duty for the past week as he continues to work himself back from shoulder tendinitis, but he was able to field grounders and make routine, no-stress throws from second prior to the team's trip to Peoria for Sunday's game. Assistant GM Thad Levine said the team wants to see Profar make more difficult throws before playing him at second in a game.
Nationals manager Matt Williams said Sunday that the inflammation in Fister's elbow is "starting to get out of there," Dan Kolko of MASNsports.com reports.
The Nationals scratched Fister from his scheduled start Friday due to elbow inflammation, and quickly sent him for an MRI to assess the true severity of the issue. Fortunately, that exam came back clean, and Fister is already said to be improving. Still, there is no timetable for his return, and the team will wait until the inflammation is completely gone before allowing Fister to throw on the side.
03/09/14 - 8:49AM ETMat Latos
: Won't Pitch Opening Day
Latos (knee) will not pitch Opening Day for the Reds, but still could pitch as early as April 6, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Latos still hasn't pitched in game action in spring training, so this announcement wasn't unexpected.
Pierzynski (ankle) returned to game action in Saturday's exhibition game against Baltimore.
Pierzynski rolled his ankle earlier this week and has not played since. He went 0-for-2 and had a passed ball Saturday.
03/09/14 - 8:33AM ETJon Niese
: (Shoulder) Will Make Spring Debut Tuesday
Niese (shoulder) confirmed that he will make his spring debut Tuesday against the Cardinals, Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports.
As expected, Niese will make his Grapefruit League debut Tuesday after making it through a scrimmage against minor leaguers Thursday. The lefty will officially be back on his regular routine after making it through the outing, and if he avoids a setback, he should be ready to toe the rubber March 31 against Washington.
03/09/14 - 8:17AM ETOscar Taveras
: Out Sunday With Sore Hamstring
Taveras will not play Sunday due to a sore hamstring, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Although Taveras was still able to shag fly balls Sunday morning, this is obviously a troubling sign for the 21-year-old. He was lifted for a pinch hitter late in Saturday's game, just his second game of the spring. The Cards had been hesitant to return Taveras to game action, as the outfielder appeared reluctant to cut loose on his surgically-repaired ankle, but he finally made his debut Friday after getting through full-speed baserunning drills without issue. The severity of this hamstring injury is uncertain, but it wouldn't be surprising to see the team hold him out for several days.
Machado (knee) expects to start sliding next week, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports.
Machado was cleared for side-to-side movement earlier in the week and took part in running drills Friday, but his biggest tests, namely sliding and baserunning, still await. His checkup on the knee is looming March 18, and he's long said he hopes to be cleared to play at that time or shortly thereafter. If so, Machado could be ready to play in early April.
03/09/14 - 7:51AM ETJeremy Guthrie
: Named Starter For April 4 Home Opener
Guthrie was been named the Royals starter for their home opener against the White Sox on April 4, the Kansas City Star reports.
Manager Ned Yost shuffled up his rotation a bit to bestow the honor on Guthrie. James Shields will handle Opening Day with left Jason Vargas taking Game 2 of the season. Bruce Chen will take either the third or the fifth game of the season depending on who wins the battle for the fifth spot in the rotation.
03/09/14 - 7:39AM ETByron Buxton
: Reassigned To Minor League Camp
Buxton was reassigned to minor league camp Sunday, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
The Blue Jays' Drew Hutchison got a look at the future Saturday, as Buxton smacked a no-doubter off the right-hander for his first home run of the spring. It seems like a good way for Buxton to end his first spring with the big club, and the 20-year-old will now transition to minor league camp with an eye toward opening the year at Double-A New Britain. The Twins won't rush his development, but Buxton, the second overall pick in the 2012 amateur draft, could be up in September.
Shields has been named the Royals Opening Day starter by manager Ned Yost, the Kansas City Star reports.
This was a no-brainer as Shields is the ace of the Kansas City staff. The rest of the rotation was laid out a little differently with Jeremy Guthrie drawing the home opener and Jason Vargas starting Game 2. Yost has yet to decide who will pitch the third or the fifth game of the season. One will be Bruce Chen, but which game will be decided by who wins the job for the fifth starter's spot.
03/09/14 - 7:21AM ETOmar Infante
: (Shoulder) Possible Return Monday
Infante (shoulder) says that he "feels better" after not having played the field all week and is hoping to return to action Monday, the Kansas City Star reports.
The word is that it is just inflammation and there is no structural damage at all. The Royals have been cautious with the injury all week and manager Ned Yost said the plan was to give Infante all that time off to begin with once he first reported the issue to the training staff. It doesn't sound like anything too troubling, but now we know why Danny Valencia was going to be getting so many looks at second base.