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|D'Backs option Ender Inciarte to Triple-A||03-09-2014|
|Ender Inciarte CF ARZ|
|Diamondbacks optioned OF Ender Inciarte to Triple-A Reno.||The 23-year-old outfielder spent the 2013 season at Double-A Mobile, where he slashed .281/.327/.362 with five homers, 25 RBI and 43 stolen bases. He's unlikely to make an impact in fantasy leagues during the 2014 season.|
|D'Backs option De La Rosa to Triple-A||03-09-2014|
|Eury De La Rosa P ARZ|
|Diamondbacks optioned LHP Eury de la Rosa to Triple-A Reno.||The 24-year-old southpaw appeared in 19 games with the D'Backs in 2013, posting a 7.36 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 16/5 K/BB ratio over 14 2/3 innings. He'll begin the year serving as organizational bullpen depth, but should get a chance with the big club at some point during the season.|
|Stephen Strasburg earns win after shaky start||03-09-2014|
|Stephen Strasburg P WAS|
|Stephen Strasburg picked up a win in an 11-1 drubbing of the Cardinals after allowing one run in three innings Sunday.||Strasburg said afterwards that he came out too strong today, and he was shaky initially, walking the first two batters he faced and then giving up an RBI single. He settled down from there, allowing just one more hit and walking none. The run is the only one he's allowed in five innings this spring.|
|Joe Kelly lit up for five runs by Nationals||03-09-2014|
|Joe Kelly P STL|
|Joe Kelly yielded five runs and seven hits in 2 1/3 innings Sunday against the Nationals.||With Carlos Martinez off to a strong start, Kelly has turned into a clear underdog in the competition for a rotation spot. Something still could change, but he might again find himself in middle relief to start the year.|
|Ryan Sweeney leaves early due to injury||03-09-2014|
|Ryan Sweeney CF CHC|
Ryan Sweeney was forced to leave Sunday's Cactus League contest against the Brewers in the second inning due to an undisclosed injury.
Mark Gonzales on Twitter
|Sweeney walked off the field under his own power with the team trainer. The Cubs should provide an update on his status shortly.|
|Anthony Rendon hits first spring homer||03-09-2014|
|Anthony Rendon 2B WAS|
|Anthony Rendon went 2-for-3 and hit his first homer Sunday against the Cardinals.||It came off Joe Kelly. Rendon is 5-for-16 so far as he attempts to hold off Danny Espinosa (4-for-17) for the starting job at second base. Rendon figures to win the job and hit for a nice average this season, but his fantasy value still might be fairly limited from the bottom of the Nationals order.|
|Wei-Yin Chen goes three scoreless in win||03-09-2014|
|Wei-Yin Chen P BAL|
|Wei-Yin Chen tossed three scoreless innings for the victory as the Orioles routed a Pirates split-squad 9-2 on Sunday.||He allowed one hit, walked none and struck out two. Chen has nothing to worry about even if the Orioles sign Ervin Santana. He figures to be a solid AL-only starter once again.|
|Edinson Volquez gives up six runs to Orioles||03-09-2014|
|Edinson Volquez P PIT|
|Edinson Volquez was lit up for six runs in 2 2/3 innings by the Orioles on Sunday.||The Pirates have Volquez $5 million in December, so it's not as if they can just move on if he struggles all spring. However, based on the way he's pitched this last year, he's no better than their sixth or seventh starter. He's surrendered nine runs in 5 2/3 innings this spring.|
|Chris Davis goes 3-for-3, homers||03-09-2014|
|Chris Davis 1B BAL|
|Chris Davis went 3-for-3 with a homer, a double and three RBI against the Pirates on Sunday.||The Orioles are crushing the ball this spring, with Davis again leading the way. He's 8-for-15 with two homes and seven RBI so far.|
|J.J. Hardy hits first spring homer||03-09-2014|
|J.J. Hardy SS BAL|
|J.J. Hardy's first spring homer was a three-run shot off Edinson Volquez on Sunday.||Interestingly, Hardy hasn't hit second this spring even with Manny Machado yet to play. It is for the best, though. Hardy will likely open the year batting sixth or seventh. That's quite a luxury to be able to put a 25-homer guy that low in the lineup, but since Hardy's best OBP the last three years is a .310 mark, it is where he belongs.|
|Mike Pelfrey goes three hitless for Twins||03-09-2014|
|Mike Pelfrey P MIN|
|Mike Pelfrey held the Phillies hitless for three innings Sunday in a game that ended up being a 1-1 tie in nine innings.||Well, technically it was the Phillies, though they only brought their two youngest regulars (Cody Asche and Ben Revere) and filled out their lineup with retreads. Pelfrey has given up two runs in 7 2/3 innings this spring.|
|Samuel Deduno goes three scoreless||03-09-2014|
|Samuel Deduno P MIN|
|Samuel Deduno pitched three scoreless innings in relief Sunday against the Phillies.||Deduno has pitched in relief all three times out, though he's still being built up like a starter (he's allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings). Given that he was the Twins' most effective starter last year, he shouldn't still be having to sweat rumors. However, this latest one connecting Ervin Santana to the Twins could result in the team having no room for Deduno in the rotation.|
|Tigers not interested in trading Porcello||03-09-2014|
|Rick Porcello P DET|
Despite reports to the contrary, Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said Sunday that the team has not had any discussions about trading right-hander Rick Porcello.
|Dombrowski also said that the team has no interest in trading any of their starting pitchers at this time. The 25-year-old hurler took a big step forward in 2013 and will be counted on to carry an even bigger load this season after the departure of Doug Fister.|
|Bobby Abreu starts off 2-for-18||03-09-2014|
|Bobby Abreu LF LAD|
|Bobby Abreu is just 2-for-18 this spring after going 0-for-3 against the Twins on Sunday.||Abreu has walked five times, but he's going to have to hit for average and power to have a chance of making the Phillies. It's not looking good right now.|
|Ian Krol pitches perfect frame||03-09-2014|
|Ian Krol P DET|
|Ian Krol was credit with a win after pitching a perfect inning as the Tigers beat the Marlins 3-1 on Sunday.||Krol, a product of the Doug Fister trade with the Nationals, has allowed just one hit while striking out four in four scoreless innings this spring. He'll likely be counted on as more than a lefty specialist in the Tigers pen.|
|Ian Kinsler fans three times||03-09-2014|
|Ian Kinsler 2B DET|
|Ian Kinsler struck out all three times up as the Tigers' leadoff hitter Sunday.||Kinsler is likely going to open the season as the Tigers' leadoff man simply because he doesn't strike out as much as Austin Jackson, though that seems like a crummy reason to us. He's 3-for-17 so far this spring.|
|Twins offered three-year deal to Santana||03-09-2014|
|Ervin Santana P KC|
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Twins offered Ervin Santana a three-year deal.
Jon Heyman on Twitter
|According to Heyman, Santana now prefers to take a one-year deal, unless he can get a four-year pact at his original asking price of nearly $50 million. The Blue Jays and Orioles remain the frontrunners to secure his services. He's expected to sign within a few days.|
|Tom Koehler goes four scoreless||03-09-2014|
|Tom Koehler P MIA|
|Tom Koehler allowed just one hit in four scoreless innings and struck out four against the Tigers on Sunday.||It doesn't look like Koehler intends to cede the fifth spot in the Marlins rotation to prospect Andrew Heaney without a fight. He's allowed one run in seven innings this spring.|
|Giancarlo Stanton hits first spring homer||03-09-2014|
|Giancarlo Stanton RF MIA|
|Giancarlo Stanton went 2-for-3 and hit his first spring homer Sunday against the Tigers.||Stanton is 7-for-19 with just a couple of strikeouts this spring. Even with half of his starts coming in a canyon, he's the favorite to lead the NL in homers this year.|
|Clay Buchholz goes three hitless in win||03-09-2014|
|Clay Buchholz P BOS|
|Clay Buchholz pitched three hitless innings Sunday as the Red Sox topped a Pirates split-squad 4-1.||The Red Sox took a no-hitter into the seventh before Rubby De La Rosa gave up four hits and the lone run. Buchholz was shaky in his debut last Tuesday, but he looked strong today, throwing 89-91 mph with movement and pretty good command. It was the kind of performance that should make fantasy leaguers feel better about drafting him.|
|Francisco Cordero records second save||03-09-2014|
|Francisco Cordero P HOU|
|Francisco Cordero notches his second save of the spring with a hitless ninth Sunday against the Pirates.||Cordero is still a long shot to crack the Red Sox roster, but he's helped his chances by striking out six in four scoreless innings this spring. Realistically, he's probably going to need to spend April in Triple-A working to regain arm strength.|
|Mike Carp goes 2-for-3, homers||03-09-2014|
|Mike Carp LF BOS|
|Mike Carp went 2-for-3 with his second homer of the spring Sunday versus the Pirates.||Both homers for Carp have come against a Pirates team that's looking for a lefty swinging first baseman. The Red Sox like him, but they'd have more flexibility with their roster if they traded him to a team that would allow him to start.|
|Andrew Lambo hitting .100 this spring||03-09-2014|
|Andrew Lambo RF PIT|
|Starting at firset base, Andrew Lambo went 0-for-2 on Sunday and is 2-for-20 with no extra-base hits this spring.||The Pirates are giving Lambo a look to see if he might be an answer as a first baseman against righties, but he's not hitting yet. Last year, he had 32 homers and 99 RBI in 120 games between Double- and Triple-A.|
|Quintana (shin) sore, says he'll be fine||03-09-2014|
|Jose Quintana P CWS|
Jose Quintana said he felt sore on Sunday after taking a line drive off the shin from Gerardo Parra during Saturday's Cactus League game.
Scott Merkin on Twitter
|Quintana said he expects that to be fine on Monday and should be ready to make his next scheduled start. The 25-year-old hurler is coming off a promising 2013 campaign but has allowed four runs in his three innings of work so far this spring.|
|Kris Medlen diagnosed with forarm strain||03-09-2014|
|Kris Medlen P ATL|
Kris Medlen has been diagnosed with a mild forearm strain after being removed early from Sunday's Grapefruit League outing against the Mets.
Adam Rubin on Twitter
|Medlen was in noticeable discomfort after throwing his second-to-last pitch, then was seen looking at his elbow while walking off after his final delivery. He will be re-evaluated by team doctors on Monday, but it appears initially that Medlen avoided any serious injury. It appears likely that he'll begin the season on the disabled list.|
|Jorge De La Rosa tabbed for Opening Day||03-09-2014|
|Jorge De La Rosa P COL|
Rockies manager Walt Weiss officially announced Sunday that Jorge De La Rosa will start on Opening Day.
|The veteran southpaw earns the honor after a fine 2013 campaign in which he compiled a 3.49 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 112/62 K/BB ratio while winning 16 games for the Rockies. He remains best utilized as a streaming option in mixed leagues for his starts away from Coors Field.|
|Bradley to travel with D'Backs to Australia||03-09-2014|
|Archie Bradley P ARZ|
Archie Bradley will travel with the Diamondbacks to Australia to pitch in an exhibition against Team Australia.
Steve Gilbert on Twitter
|Barring injury, he remains a long-shot to crack the Diamondbacks Opening Day rotation. He has dazzled thus far in Cactus League play, fanning nine over 6 1/3 scoreless innings. He'll debut in Arizona at some point during the 2014 season.|
|Grandal likely to make spring debut this week||03-09-2014|
|Yasmani Grandal C SD|
Yasmani Grandal (knee) felt good after catching three innings in a simulated game on Saturday, and is likely to make his Cactus League debut within the next few days.
Corey Brock on Twitter
|The 25-year-old catcher who missed most of the 2013 season due to surgery to repair a torn ACL, looks like he could be ready to go for Opening Day. He has always possessed a strong offensive skillset, and makes for a nice late-round target in two-catcher formats.|
|Kyle Seager could see more rest in 2014||03-09-2014|
|Kyle Seager 3B SEA|
Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon indicated Sunday that Kyle Seager could be rested more in 2014 than he has been in recent seasons.
Bob Dutton on Twitter
|The 26-year-old has played 155 and 160 games respectively the past two seasons. McClendon said the idea would be that he'd be stronger and fresher by the end of the seasons. He remains a solid mid-tier option at third base.|
|Kris Medlen leaves with undisclosed injury||03-09-2014|
|Kris Medlen P ATL|
Kris Medlen was removed from his Grapefruit League start on Sunday with an undisclosed injury.
Adam Rubin on Twitter
|Medlen was in obvious discomfort as he walked off the field. The Mets reportedly spotted Medlen looking at his elbow as he walked off the field, but it's too early to speculate on what type of injury occurred. The Braves should provide an update on his status shortly.|
|Arcia (stomach virus) takes BP on Sunday||03-09-2014|
|Oswaldo Arcia LF MIN|
Oswaldo Arcia (stomach virus) took a successful round of batting practice on Sunday and is expected to return to the Twins lineup on Tuesday.
Mike Berardino on Twitter
|Arcia noted that he's feeling significantly better. The Twins have a scheduled day off on Monday which is why his return is pushed back an extra day. The 22-year-old outfielder exhibited plus power during his 97 games with the Twins in 2013, smacking 14 homers and driving home 43 runs. With everyday at-bats in the middle of the Twins lineup, he makes for a very intriguing option in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts.|
|Clayton Kershaw to start Dodgers opener||03-09-2014|
|Clayton Kershaw P LAD|
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly announced Sunday that Clayton Kershaw will indeed get the call to start the Dodgers opener against the Diamondbacks in Australia on March 22.
|There had been speculation early in camp that they would keep Kershaw back from that trip to start the Sunday night opener in the states, but with Zack Greinke dealing with a calf injury the decision was made to throw Kershaw and Ryu for the first two games.|
|Hyun-Jin Ryu to start game in Australia||03-09-2014|
|Hyun-jin Ryu P LAD|
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly announced Sunday that Hyun-Jin Ryu would start the second game of the Dodgers opening series against the Diamondbacks in Australia.
|He'll receive an extra day of rest before his final Cactus League start on Sunday in order to keep him on his normal schedule for that assignment. Clayton Kershaw will start the opener for the Dodgers.|
|Arroyo (back) hoping to return on Friday||03-09-2014|
|Bronson Arroyo P ARZ|
Bronson Arroyo (back) is hoping to return to Cactus League action on Friday.
Nick Piecoro on Twitter
|Arroyo admitted to not feeling that great while playing catch Saturday but reported improvement Sunday. He was given an epidural for the bulging disc in his back last week and thinks he still has time to get ready for Opening Day. Arroyo inked a two-year deal with the D'Backs in February.|
|David Freese dealing with foot blister||03-09-2014|
|David Freese 3B LAA|
David Freese is not in Sunday's lineup due to a blood blister under his foot.
Mike DiGiovanna on Twitter
|He's hoping to be back in there on Monday. Freese is looking to bounce back in his first season in Anaheim after a disappointing .262/.340/.381 batting line with nine homers last year in St. Louis.|
|Chris Marrero among Orioles' cuts||03-09-2014|
|Chris Marrero 1B BAL|
|Orioles reassigned 1B Chris Marrero, RHPs Mike Wright and Fabio Castillo to minor league camp.||Marrero has yet to appear in Grapefruit League action due to a strained oblique. None of these three cuts ever had a real chance to crack the Opening Day roster.|
|Ryan Raburn (knee) could play Monday||03-09-2014|
|Ryan Raburn RF CLE|
Ryan Raburn (knee) could return to action on Monday.
Jordan Bastian on Twitter
|Raburn suffered a left knee contusion Friday when he crashed into the right field wall. He has six hits -- including two homers -- in 10 at-bats this spring.|
|Profar expected to play in field next week||03-09-2014|
|Jurickson Profar 2B TEX|
Jurickson Profar (shoulder) could begin playing the field next week.
Dallas Morning News
|Profar, who has been limited to designated hitter duty, fielded grounders and made some throws from second base prior to Sunday's game. The Rangers want to see him make more difficult throws before allowing him to play second in a game. "That's the estimate we're looking at," Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said of getting Profar on the field next week. "There are things we want to see him do first, which is making those out-of-the-ordinary plays."|
|Jordan Pacheco not ready for games yet||03-09-2014|
|Jordan Pacheco C COL|
Jordan Pacheco (shoulder) has been cleared to resume hitting but isn't ready to play in games yet.
|Pacheco still has time to get ready for Opening Day but will obviously need to see some game action before long. "I don't want to go out there at 80 percent. I want to be 100 percent for my pitchers," Pacheco said.|
|Boone Logan (elbow) throws bullpen session||03-09-2014|
|Boone Logan P COL|
Boone Logan (elbow) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Saturday.
|He'll throw another 'pen session Tuesday. Coming back from offseason surgery to remove bone chips in his pitching elbow, Logan still has time to get ready for Opening Day. "I am hopeful he will be ready," Rockies pitching coach Jim Wright said Saturday. "He wanted to go longer today, but there was no reason to."|
|Matt Capps to play catch Monday||03-09-2014|
|Matt Capps P CLE|
Matt Capps (shoulder) will resume playing catch on Monday.
Cleveland Plain Dealer
|If all goes well, he could be throwing off a mound in a week. Capps is nursing a shoulder strain and will not make the Opening Day roster, but he'll be an option for the Tribe's bullpen at some point if healthy.|
|Hunter Pence expects to return Monday||03-09-2014|
|Hunter Pence RF SF|
Hunter Pence (shoulder) expects to return to the lineup Monday.
John Shea on Twitter
|Pence also revealed that his ailment concerns his left shoulder, not left elbow as previously reported. Regardless, it's not a big deal and he'll be back in there soon.|
|Iglesias a question mark for Opening Day?||03-09-2014|
|Jose Iglesias SS DET|
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Sunday that the team "will have to make a decision" about Jose Iglesias (shins) soon.
Lynn Henning on Twitter
|Iglesias is feeling better, but Ausmus said the shortstop is "gonna hit that point where he won't have enough at-bats." It's possible that the shortstop will make his Grapefruit League debut later this week. If Iglesias isn't ready at the start of the season, the Tigers are likely to carry Hernan Perez as their shortstop.|
|Garcia 'very excited' about how he feels||03-09-2014|
|Jaime Garcia P STL|
Jaime Garcia (shoulder) said Sunday that he's "very excited the way I feel right now."
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
|Garcia will undergo two days of tests at Dr. James Andrews' Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center starting on Monday and could be cleared to resume throwing later this week. "I'm very positive about where I am and, as soon as the trainers give the green light -- Wednesday, Thursday -- I'm ready to start throwing," Garcia said. "This is something good, to get things rolling."|
|Michael Morse nursing sore calf||03-09-2014|
|Michael Morse RF SF|
Michael Morse is currently nursing a sore right calf.
John Shea on Twitter
|Morse said "it's nothing" when asked about the calf Sunday and then proceeded to job out of the clubhouse. He should be back in there in a day or two.|
|Mat Latos (knee) shooting for April 6 start||03-09-2014|
|Mat Latos P CIN|
Reds manager Bryan Price said Sunday that Mat Latos (knee) isn't an option for Opening Day but could be ready for a start on April 6.
John Fay on Twitter
|That's the first time the club will need a No. 5 starter. Latos is throwing off the mound again as he works his way back from knee surgery, but he won't have quite enough time to get ready by Opening Day. Ultimately, though, him just missing a few days is no big deal. The Reds will go with either Johnny Cueto or Homer Bailey on Opening Day.|
|Niese (shoulder) making Grapefruit debut Tue.||03-09-2014|
|Jonathon Niese P NYM|
Jon Niese (shoulder) will make his Grapefruit League debut on Tuesday.
Adam Rubin on Twitter
|The left-hander was slowed in late February by a pinching sensation in his throwing shoulder, but he's been progressing well since then. Niese remains hopeful of being ready to start on Opening Day, and he should have enough time to get ready.|
|Dusty Brown undergoes shoulder surgery||03-09-2014|
|Dusty Brown C TEX|
Dusty Brown will be sidelined for six weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder Friday.
San Francisco Chronicle
|He'll be ready by the end of May, at which point he's expected to be assigned to Triple-A Sacramento. Brown was in A's camp as a non-roster invite.|
|Marco Gonzales nursing forearm tightness||03-09-2014|
|Marco Gonzales P STL|
Cardinals pitching prospect Marco Gonzales is dealing with some tightness in his left forearm.
Jenifer Langosch on Twitter
|Last year's first-round pick is headed to minor league camp after making one Grapefruit League appearance. The forearm tightness doesn't appear to be a major concern at this point, but the Cards will proceed cautiously with the young southpaw.|
|Oscar Taveras out with hamstring tightness||03-09-2014|
|Oscar Taveras RF STL|
Oscar Taveras will sit out the next couple days due to right hamstring tightness.
Jenifer Langosch on Twitter
|Taveras finally made his Grapefruit League debut Friday after coming back from ankle surgery, but now he's on the sidelines again. It's not a long-term issue, but it hurts the top prospect's already dwindling chances of cracking the Opening Day roster.|
|Mariners, White Sox have talked Viciedo deal||03-09-2014|
|Dayan Viciedo LF CWS|
Bruce Levine of CBSChicago.com reports that the Mariners and White Sox have had discussions about a trade revolving around Dayan Viciedo.
|Levine says the Sox are not shopping Viciedo but are willing to listen. The club is also listening to offers for Alejandro De Aza, so there would seem to be a decent chance one of them is moved prior to Opening Day. Viciedo, 25, has intriguing power potential but is coming off a disappointing season that saw him bat just .265/.304/.426 with 14 home runs and 56 RBI over 124 games.|
|Matt Barnes (shoulder) won't pitch this week||03-09-2014|
|Matt Barnes P BOS|
Matt Barnes (shoulder) will not appear in Grapefruit League action this week.
Pete Abraham on Twitter
|Barnes has already been shut down for nearly a week due to shoulder inflammation. The Red Sox aren't overly concerned, but there's no reason to push the top prospect. He'll begin the year at Triple-A.|
|Miguel Gonzalez (leg) might not pitch Tuesday||03-09-2014|
|Miguel Gonzalez P BAL|
Miguel Gonzalez (leg) could be scratched from his scheduled appearance on Tuesday.
Dan Connolly on Twitter
|Gonzalez is still sore after being hit on the left leg by a comebacker Friday. It's not a long-term concern, but the Orioles could choose to push him back. He'll be fine by Opening Day.|
|Manny Machado to start sliding next week||03-09-2014|
|Manny Machado 3B BAL|
Manny Machado (knee) will do some sliding drills next week before getting a checkup with Dr. Neal ElAttrache on March 18.
Brittany Ghiroli on Twitter
|The sliding and running the bases will be the biggest tests for Machado's surgically-repaired left knee. The third baseman is hoping to receive clearance for all baseball activities when he visits Dr. ElAttrache. Machado remains hopeful of being ready for Opening Day, but it wouldn't be a surprise if the Orioles play it safe and start him on the DL.|
|Twins make first round of cuts||03-09-2014|
|Brooks Raley P MIN|
|Twins optioned LHPs Brooks Raley, Logan Darnell and Edgar Ibarra, 1B Kenny Vargas, RHP Trevor May, OF Max Kepler and 2B Jorge Polanco to Triple-A Rochester; reassigned OFs Byron Buxton and Chris Rahl, 3B Miguel Sano, RHPs Alex Meyer, Lester Oliveros and Yohan Pino and Cs Kyle Knudson, Matt Koch and Stuart Turner to minor league camp.||There are obviously some big names in this group, most notably top prospects Buxton, Sano and Meyer, but none of the cuts are surprising. Buxton could possibly make his major league debut by the end of the season, while Sano will miss the year following Tommy John surgery. Meyer could begin the season at Triple-A.|
|Twins 'have some interest' in OF De Aza||03-09-2014|
|Alejandro De Aza CF CWS|
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Twins "have some interest" in Alejandro De Aza.
|De Aza could be a fourth outfielder this season if the White Sox decide to play Dayan Viciedo every day in left field, so they're gauging interest from teams. The 29-year-old would make some sense for the Twins, as he'd be an upgrade over Alex Presley in center field. De Aza hit .264/.323/.405 with 17 homers and 20 stolen bases last season for Chicago.|
|Teams scouting Orioles' Zach Britton||03-09-2014|
|Zach Britton P BAL|
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that scouts are watching Zach Britton "closely."
|Britton is out of options, but the Orioles don't have room in their rotation and might not in their bullpen, either. They could wind up trading the left-hander this spring, and Cafardo says that Britton is "still a pitcher scouts think they can salvage." The 26-year-old holds a 4.77 ERA over 254 2/3 career major league innings.|
|Suk-Min Yoon hopes to report Thursday||03-09-2014|
|Suk-min Yoon P BAL|
Suk-Min Yoon is hoping to report to Orioles' camp on Thursday after getting his work visa.
Eduardo A. Encina on Twitter
|Yoon has a visa appointment Monday and will report to camp a couple days after that assuming he has no issues. He's missed enough time at this point where it seems unlikely that he'll have a shot to crack the Opening Day roster. Yoon could begin the year in extended spring training before going to Triple-A.|
|Brian Jeroloman still has concussion symptoms||03-09-2014|
|Brian Jeroloman C TOR|
Brian Jeroloman is still dealing with post-concussion symptoms as a result of a home plate collision in last year's Eastern League playoffs.
Dan Kolko on Twitter
|It's not clear how much activity Jeroloman has been allowed to do in Nationals' camp. Provided he's healthy, the veteran backstop will function as minor league depth this season.|
|Doug Fister's elbow soreness improving||03-09-2014|
|Doug Fister P WAS|
Nationals manager Matt Williams said Sunday that the inflammation in Doug Fister's right elbow is "starting to get out of there."
Dan Kolko on Twitter
|Fister and the club have downplayed the issue, confident that he's just going through routine spring training soreness. However, they're still going to be careful, having yet to put a timetable on the right-hander's return. At this point, there isn't any concern that Fister won't be ready for Opening Day.|
|Pedro Florimon a week away from game action||03-09-2014|
|Pedro Florimon SS MIN|
Pedro Florimon (appendectomy) hopes to make his Grapefruit League debut in a week.
|Florimon has been going through fielding drills and taking batting practice with no issues. He'll be able to get in about two weeks' worth of spring at-bats, which should be enough to prepare him for Opening Day. "I think 25, 30 at-bats, and I think I would be ready," he said.|
|Daniel Murphy (shin) held out of action||03-09-2014|
|Daniel Murphy 2B NYM|
Daniel Murphy (shin) is not in the Mets' lineup Sunday.
|He actually didn't even stretch with the club, either. Murphy was scraped on the shin after an over-aggressive slide Friday and is still feeling the after-effects. However, manager Terry Collins insists it's no big deal. "He could have actually played," Collins said. "I said no."|
|Brendan Ryan (oblique) expects to play Wed.||03-09-2014|
|Brendan Ryan SS NYY|
Brendan Ryan (oblique) expects to return to Grapefruit League action on Wednesday.
Meredith Marakovits on Twitter
|Ryan underwent a precautionary MRI due to an oblique issue, but he says he's fine. The slick fielder will serve as a utility infielder for the Yankees this season.|
|Nationals make round of cuts||03-09-2014|
|Tyler Robertson P WAS|
|Nationals reassigned LHP Tyler Robertson, INF Matt Skole, C Jeff Howell and RHP Gabriel Alfaro to minor league camp.||There are no surprise cuts in this bunch. Robertson is the only one with big league experience, having appeared in 42 games over the last two seasons with the Twins. He'll give the Nationals some Triple-A depth.|
|Jake Peavy cleared for first spring start||03-09-2014|
|Jake Peavy P BOS|
Jake Peavy (finger) will make his Grapefruit League debut on Thursday.
|Peavy was cleared after getting through a 50-pitch bullpen session Saturday with no issues. The veteran right-hander has been behind schedule due to a laceration on his left index finger, but he has time to catch up.|
|Craig Breslow yet to throw off mound||03-09-2014|
|Craig Breslow P BOS|
Craig Breslow has yet to throw off a mound in Red Sox' camp.
|Breslow dealt with a sore shoulder in spring training last season and began the year on the disabled list, so the club is taking it slowly with him this year. Red Sox manager John Farrell said the reliever has thrown long-toss on back-to-back days with "increased intensity" and is close to throwing off a mound. "Things are moving in the right direction," Farrell said.|
|Paul Clemens optioned to Triple-A||03-09-2014|
|Paul Clemens P HOU|
|Astros optioned RHP Paul Clemens to Triple-A Oklahoma City; reassigned RHPs Jake Buchanan, Bobby Doran, Nick Tropeano and Jason Stoffel, C Ryan McGurdy, OFs Preston Tucker and Leonardo Heras, INFs Jonathan Meyer and Ronald Torreyes to minor league camp.||Clemens spent most of last season with the big club but is among the Astros' early cuts this spring. He'll be up at some point this season. None of the other cuts are a surprise.|
|Jesus Montero belts two homers to power M's||03-09-2014|
|Jesus Montero C SEA|
|Jesus Montero continued his torrid Cactus League hitting on Saturday, belting a pair of homers to lead the Mariners to an 8-5 victory over the Dodgers.||Montero finished the night 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored and three RBI. He took Josh Beckett deep for a solo shot in the second inning and added a two-run blast off Chris Withrow in the eighth The most impressive thing about his evening may have been that each of his bombs were of the opposite field variety. Perhaps it's too soon to write him off.|
|Blake Beavan pitches well in win over Dodgers||03-09-2014|
|Blake Beavan P SEA|
|Blake Beavan pitched well in Saturday's Cactus League victory over the Dodgers, allowing three runs (one earned) on three hits over his three frames.||Beavan walked one and struck out a pair on the night. The 25-year-old had a very disappointing 2013 season, but with the dearth of injuries to the Mariners rotation has a shot to crack the Opening Day roster with a strong showing in Arizona.|
|Dee Gordon swipes a pair of bases in loss||03-09-2014|
|Dee Gordon SS LAD|
|Dee Gordon put his blazing speed on display again in Saturday's loss to the Mariners, swiping another pair of bases.||He finished the night 2-for-4 with a run scored. That's seven steals this spring for the speedy infielder, who is making a strong case to open the season as the Dodgers starting second baseman. If he secures that job, he immediately becomes a very relevant player in all mixed leagues.|
|Josh Beckett hammered in loss to Mariners||03-09-2014|
|Josh Beckett P LAD|
|Josh Beckett was hammered in a losing effort against the Mariners on Saturday, allowing five runs on six hits over his three innings.||The veteran right-hander walked one and didn't record a strikeout in the game. Most of the damage against him stemmed from his inability to keep the ball in the yard, with Justin Smoak, Jesus Montero and Stefen Romero each taking him over the boards. As long as he makes it through the spring healthy, he appears locked into the final spot in the Dodgers rotation.|