03/06/14 - 7:20PM ETCameron Maybin
: (Biceps) 4-6 Week Timetable May Be In Play
Padres general manager Josh Byrnes said Thursday that Maybin (biceps), who will not undergo surgery, may be able to return in four-to-six weeks, MLB.com reports. "Our doctors saw his diagnostics and talked to Cam and decided [recovery] will be healing and the rehab route before we get him back to activity," Byrnes said. "But the strong consensus was no surgery."
Maybin was facing a timetable of 2-3 months while surgery was still on the table, but the timeline may move up now that his ruptured biceps is expected to heal with rest. It's important to note that 4-6 weeks is strictly an early estimate, as the Padres haven't established a new timetable for Maybin, who can presumably still be ruled out for first week or two of the regular season.
03/06/14 - 5:46PM ETCameron Maybin
: No Surgery, May Return Before 2-3 Months
Maybin (biceps) and the Padres have opted against surgery to repair the outfielder's ruptured left biceps tendon, and Maybin may now be able to return sooner than his timetable of two-to-three months indicates, MLB.com's Corey Brock reports.
Good news for current and prospective fantasy owners, as Maybin will allow the injury to heal with rest. He doesn't figure to be ready by Opening Day, but a return before the end of April may now be in play. Of course, if the injury doesn't properly heal with rest, Maybin may end up right back where he started, but at a later date. It's probably a risk worth taking for the outfielder, given that he missed almost all of the 2013 season.
03/06/14 - 4:51PM ETZack Greinke
: Close To Facing Live Batters
Greinke (calf) may be ready to throw to batters by Saturday or Sunday, True Blue LA's Eric Stephen reports.
Greinke seems to be progressing as expected and will likely be ready by the start of April. Assuming he faces live batters over the weekend, a return to Cactus League action would likely be the next step. Greinke is not expected to travel to Australia with the Dodgers for the team's March 22-23 two-game series against the Diamondbacks. He could, however, be an option for the Dodgers' stateside opener against the Padres on March 30.
Though he has a trainer-imposed limit of 85 mph, Billingsley (elbow) is rumored to have topped out at 91 mph during Wednesday's bullpen session. The right-hander is feeling better and "appears to be on track for a May return," according to the Dodgers' official website reports. "My arm feels better than it did a week ago when I started throwing breaking balls," said Billingsley. "I think throwing harder has helped me get extension and loosened up the flexor muscles."
Billingsley, who underwent Tommy John surgery in April 2013, was previously said to be targeting a June 1 return. His rehab seems to be coming along a bit better than expected, but a May debut still cannot be assumed. Given the Dodgers' excellent pitching depth, it's unclear where the right-hander will fit in once he's healthy. Injuries and ineffectiveness could provide some clarity once the season begins, but things look muddled for now.
Kershaw will likely pitch one of the two games in the Dodgers' season-opening series in Sydney, Australia, the team's official website reports.
It was previously reported that the Dodgers might hold Kershaw out until their stateside opener, but with Zach Greinke (calf) and Josh Beckett not expected to make the trip, Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu will likely start the two games in Australia. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has made it clear that he doesn't want to overwork his superstar left-hander early in the season, so Kershaw may be on a pitch limit in his debut and probably won't be an option to start the Dodgers' stateside opener March 30.
Ramirez left Thursday's Cactus League game early after being hit by a pitch on his left elbow/forearm area, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.
Ramirez took his base initially after being hit, but ultimately left the game. Fortunately, the pitch that hit him was an off-speed offering, and the injury is not considered significant. Though Ramirez has had some back luck recently with HBPs, this doesn't figure to jeopardize his status for Opening Day.
GM Alex Anthopoulos said that Happ's back has flared up on him twice already this spring, and suggested the injury could threaten the left-hander's rotation spot. Manager John Gibbons first mentioned Happ's back issues Tuesday, after Happ allowed four runs on two hits and four walks in less than an inning of work against the Twins.
Grandal (knee) must build up his stamina, before the green light will be given for an appearance in spring training, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
Grandal remains an option to start at catcher on Opening Day, but every day that goes by without an appearance places greater doubt in his availability for that tilt. If he's unable to make the necessary progress in his recovery from a torn right ACL, Nick Hundley will hold down the fort at catcher, with Rene Rivera and, potentially, prospect Austin Hedges factoring into the mix behind the plate.
Parnell (neck) pitched a scoreless inning in Thursday's intrasquad "B" game, the New York Post reports. "Everything felt good," Parnell said. "Coming into it my routine was good and my arm was strong. I felt like I came out there throwing strikes, so I'm happy with it."
Parnell took a significant step forward Thursday, because while the scrimmage wasn't an actual spring game, it still represents his first game action since last July. The right-hander is working himself back from surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck, and has been dealing with a tight quad of late. If Parnell progresses without a setback from here, he should be ready to open the year as the Mets' closer.
Rios is considered day-to-day with a mild right oblique strain, Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
It's not what you want to hear with Opening Day just over three weeks away, but the day-to-day designation suggests Rios is not in danger of missing the start of the season. He could be held out for a week or more, however, so it's at least something to keep an eye on.
Beltran was a late scratch from the lineup Thursday, according to Newsday's David Lennon.
Beltran was probably scratched due to the weather and not because of any injury. He's going to love hitting in Yankee Stadium with that short right field porch as it can only help his numbers come Hall of Fame time.
03/06/14 - 12:41PM ETJonny Venters
: (Elbow) Felt Good After Bullpen Wednesday
Venters (elbow) said he felt good after throwing his first bullpen session Wednesday, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The lefty is back on elevated ground, and can now focus on slowly building up strength with an eye toward returning by late May or early June. Venters underwent a second career Tommy John surgery last May, and while the Braves could use him as soon as possible, they'll be smart about it.
Greinke (calf) threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Thursday, MLB.com reports.
Greinke returned to a mound Wednesday and got right back at it Thursday, firing 20 pitches out of the stretch and five out of the windup. Manager Don Mattingly said Greinke might soon advance to facing live hitters, which puts an exhibition start next week within the realm of possibility. The right-hander is still not expected to travel to Australia for the team's opening two-game set against the Diamondbacks.
03/06/14 - 10:12AM ETMike Minor
: (Shoulder) Completes Bullpen Session
Minor (shoulder) made it through his first bullpen session of the spring Wednesday without issue, MLB.com reports.
Upon reporting to camp, Minor immediately felt the lingering effects of a month-long stretch of inactivity that was necessitated by a urinary tract procedure Dec. 31. His left shoulder was "cranky," but he's finally improved to the point where he can throw off a mound. From here, Minor will attempt to throw off a mound every other day, with an eye toward joining the rotation near the end of the season's second week.
03/06/14 - 10:03AM ETJon Niese
: (Shoulder) No Pain After Pitching In Scrimmage
Niese tossed throw two innings against Mets' minor leaguers on Thursday as scheduled and said afterwards that he had no pain in his pitching shoulder, ESPN New York reports.
Niese felt weakness and pinching in the shoulder two weeks ago and underwent an MRI that showed no issues with the rotator cuff. He was prescribed exercises to strengthen the weak muscles in the scapula behind the shoulder, which were neglected as he rehabbed the rotator cuff tear had had during last season. Niese is expected to get back to his regular routine, which means starting on Tuesday against the Cardinal, giving him about three weeks to try and be ready to start Opening Day on March 31.
Taveras (ankle) could play as soon as Friday, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Manager Mike Matheny said recently that he wouldn't put Taveras, who underwent ankle surgery last August and has shown a reluctance to trust the ankle this spring, into a game "until he's 100 percent and not holding back." It seems Taveras may have shown enough in full-speed baserunning drills Thursday to get the green light. Widely considered one of the top prospects in all of baseball, Taveras' short-term future is uncertain, but Matheny said the team is at the point where they have to "make a decision" on the outfielder.
Walker (shoulder) played catch for a few minutes Thursday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
As expected, Walker was able to resume his throwing program Thursday after being shut down for a week with shoulder inflammation. His session was said to be very short, but it's still a positive step forward for the 21-year-old. The injury is expected to force Walker to the DL to begin the year, and it's uncertain whether he'll be able to contribute at all in April.
03/06/14 - 9:03AM ETBartolo Colon
: (Calf) Expects To Make First Spring Appearance Monday
Colon (calf) threw 54 pitches in a scrimmage Thursday and expects to make his first Grapefruit League appearance Monday, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.
The Mets wanted to see Colon in a controlled environment before returning him to game action, after the 40-year-old hurt his calf late last month. It seems Colon is confident he's shown enough to get the green light to pitch in spring games, and if he stays healthy, the right-hander should have enough time to build up his pitch count for the start of the year.
03/06/14 - 8:45AM ETJhoulys Chacin
: (Shoulder) Playing Catch Thursday
Chacin (shoulder) will play catch Thursday, the Denver Post reports.
Chacin's shoulder has responded well to strengthening exercises and he's now set to test himself in a light throwing session. He's expected to make only 10 to 12 tosses. If Chacin continues to progress without a setback, he could miss only the first two or three weeks of the season.
Cuddyer (hand) expects to return to action in "a couple of days," the Denver Post reports.
The reigning NL batting champion was hit by a Jeff Samardzija pitch Wednesday, but it seems he escaped with just a bruise. Cuddyer said he couldn't even lift his arm initially, but he's able to do that now and is just "really sore." It sounds like he could be back before the end of the week.
Hamels (biceps) suffered a setback Thursday, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
Though he has no pain in his shoulder, Hamels' arm is "fatigued out" as a result of pushing himself too hard, too fast. Hamels is hoping to throw off a mound again sometime within the next week but wouldn't say whether he'd be ready to pitch in April. It's a tough blow to a Phillies team already thin on starting pitching depth.
03/06/14 - 8:06AM ETYasiel Puig
: (Back) Playing Thursday
Puig (back) is in the lineup for Thursday's Cactus League game against the Angels.
Puig left Wednesday's exhibition due to back soreness, but it seems his removal was strictly precautionary. He'll be back atop the order Thursday, and while Puig has also dealt with some shoulder issues this spring, the 23-year-old appears to be in pretty good health for the most part.
Puig left Wednesday's exhibition game against the Reds with back soreness, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Puig has had some shoulder issues in the spring and was again spotted with ice on both shoulders after he left the game. He had two at-bats in the game and also said he expects to be able to play as soon as Thursday.
Bourjos has been held out of the last few games with tightness in his right leg, Mike Axisa of CBS Sports reports.
Bourjos told the team after the Cardinals' exhibition game Sunday that he was dealing with some tightness in the leg and the team has held him out as a precaution. He is expected to be out Thursday, but could return Friday.
Arroyo (back) has been diagnosed with a slight bulging disc, according to MLB.com.
This is the same disc that he had issues with three years ago. The plan is for the veteran right-hander to limit physical activity for the next week or so. He got an epidural Wednesday and the team feels like that, along with rest, should keep him off the disabled list out of the spring. His first start may be in jeopardy of being pushed back.
Teixeira (wrist) has been unhappy with the way the Yankees have handled him so far in spring training, according to ESPN's Andrew Marchand.
Teixeira was only allowed to take three swings in live batting practice Monday, none Tuesday, and five Wednesday. He may have a point here as this doesn't seem the best way to bring a batter along. He is still scheduled at this point to play in his first spring training game Thursday.
Amador (personal) is expected to play his first Grapefruit League game Saturday, Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Amador hit .361/.409/.655 with 36 home runs and 123 RBI over 114 games between the Mexican League and Triple-A Oklahoma City (10 games) last year. The right-handed hitting first baseman will likely return to Triple-A to begin 2014, but the chance remains that a big spring could persuade the Astros to give him a starting job out of camp.
03/05/14 - 5:13PM ETJenrry Mejia
: (Elbow) Pain-Free Spring Training Debut
Mejia allowed one unearned run in two innings in his spring training debut, but more important, he said his elbow, which had bone chips removed on August 28, was pain free for the first time since 2012, ESPN New York reports.
Mejia is still in contention for the fifth starter spot, though Daisuke Matsuzaka, primary, and John Lannan, secondary, look to be the favorites to earn that spot. If he fails to earn the job, he could pitch in the pen as he did in 2010, though the other option is to have him open the season as a starter at Triple-A and be ready in case of injury.
Bogaerts went deep in Wednesday's exhibition game against St. Louis.
Bogaerts addressed some timing issues earlier in camp and has hit the ball hard with little to show for his efforts until Wednesday's long ball. He'll open the season in the lower third of the batting order, but if delivers as a mature and impact hitter, he could move up to a more prominent spot.
Konerko (stomach) returned to the lineup for Wednesday's exhibition game against the Padres.
Konerko started the game at first base and went 1-for-2 in the Cactus League contest. He was scratched from Sunday's lineup with stomach issues, but appears to have turned the corner and is back in action for the White Sox.
03/05/14 - 2:56PM ETMat Latos
: Feels Good After Bullpen Session
Latos (knee) said he felt good after throwing a bullpen session Wednesday, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. "No stiffness, no pinch," Latos said. "The knee and the elbow were fine."
Latos was back on a mound Wednesday, as expected, for the first time since undergoing meniscus repair surgery Feb. 14. The right-hander also made it clear that his elbow, which he had scoped back in October, didn't present any problems either. It's a great sign, but it's still uncertain whether Latos will be able build up his pitch count for the start of the season.
03/05/14 - 2:28PM ETZach Lee
: (Lat) Throws Bullpen Session
Lee (lat) threw a bullpen session and could make his Cactus League debut this week, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles News Group reports.
The Dodgers prospect suffered a lat strain in January, and may be ready by the start of the season. The Dodgers earlier reported the 22 year-old Lee could crack the starting rotation at some point this season.
03/05/14 - 2:27PM ETStryker Trahan
: Moving From Catcher To Left Field
Trahan will permanently change positions from catcher to left field, the Arizona Republic reports.
The 2012 first-round pick initially thought the move was brought up as a joke, but now fully embraces the switch. "I was on board with it from the beginning of the conversation, once I realized it was real Â and that I had a great opportunity," Trahan said. "I've heard nothing but good things that can come out of this."
Greinke (calf) threw a bullpen session Wednesday, his first since suffering a slight calf strain in his first spring start, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Just three pitches into Greinke's first outing last Thursday, he was forced off the hill due to a mild calf strain. He's resumed mound work less than a week later, but with the Dodgers kicking off the season early (March 22 in Australia), Greinke's not expected to be ready for the official start of the 2014 campaign. That said, it does sound like he still has a chance to be ready for the March 30 stateside opener in San Diego.
Cuddyer left Wednesday's game against the Cubs after being hit by a pitch on his left hand, the Denver Post reports.
Cuddyer tried to get out of the way of a Jeff Samardzija slider but was unable to avoid the pitch entirely, and ended up being plunked on his hand. Though he stayed in the game initially, Cuddyer left shortly thereafter and was clearly favoring his hand as he walked to the clubhouse. Fortunately, early indications are that Cuddyer did not suffer a fracture, but the team will have him examined later Wednesday to determine the exact nature and severity of the injury.
03/05/14 - 11:31AM ETMike Olt
: (Shoulder) Feeling Confident This Spring
Olt (shoulder) hit his first home run of the spring Tuesday and is feeling more and more confident after last year's struggles, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports. "I've been feeling good at the plate the last couple days and as long as I'm feeling comfortable, I think good things will come," he said.
Olt is still not playing in the field due to a sore shoulder, but he could still win the third base job in Chicago. Now that he's put his 2013 vision problems behind him, the former top prospect is expected to bounce back.
03/05/14 - 11:17AM ETSean Marshall
: (Shoulder) Yet To Throw From A Mound
Marshall (shoulder) is throwing, but not yet from a mound. "He's got a lot of tightness in his shoulder, just muscular stuff," manager Byran Price said. "We've done all the tests and stuff on it and don't see any reason to be concerned."
More variations on a theme here - the Reds are being cautious, but Marshall does not appear especially close to game action.
Lindstrom (oblique) suffered a setback Tuesday, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
The plan was for Lindstrom to throw a bullpen session Tuesday, but he reportedly felt a sharp pain in his left oblique during long toss. In describing the pain, Lindstrom said it felt "like somebody shoving a knife in there." His progression will be put on hold for the time being, and depending on the severity of this setback, there's a chance his availability for Opening Day could be threatened.
Fowler was scratched from Wednesday's lineup with neck stiffness, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
The Astros are calling the scratch precautionary, and while Fowler does come with injury concerns, he has no known history of neck issues. Assuming Fowler returns in short order and stays healthy, he'll open the 2014 season as the starting center fielder for Houston.
03/05/14 - 9:26AM ETHuston Street
: (Groin) Plays Catch Wednesday
Street (groin) played catch Wednesday, Corey Brock of MLB.com reports.
It's an encouraging, if small, step forward for Street, who was forced to shut it down for a few days due to a slight groin pull. The Padres are saying the ailment is not serious, but Street has fought the injury bug in the past and it's not something that should be completely brushed aside. If Street can get back onto a mound soon, he'll likely be fine to open the year as the team's closer, but Joaquin Benoit is likely the next to close.
03/05/14 - 9:17AM ETChase Headley
: (Calf) Taking BP from Both Sides
Headley (calf) is now taking batting practice from both sides of the plate, Corey Brock of MLB.com reports.
The Padres have restricted Headley to the left side of the plate to this point, but apparently the calf has improved enough to where he can start taking hacks from the right side. Handed a 2-to-3 week timetable, after being diagnosed with a Grade 1 calf strain on Feb. 25, Headley may be cutting it close for Opening Day.
03/05/14 - 8:50AM ETJake Arrieta
: (Shoulder) Returns To Mound
Arrieta (shoulder) threw 10 pitches off a mound Tuesday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports. "It felt awesome," Arrieta said.
While not a heavy workload, it's still a significant step forward for Arrieta, as it was his first time throwing off a mound this spring. Shoulder tightness put Arrieta well behind schedule, and team officials have said they don't expect the right-hander for Opening Day, but he'll look to ramp up from here and get ready to contribute early in the season.
Hochevar has a sprained UCL and will be shut down for at least two weeks, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.
After feeling a twinge in the elbow Monday, Hochevar was taken for testing and later diagnosed with a UCL sprain. The Royals are saying a best-case scenario for Hochevar's return would be late May, but if rest and rehab fails to heal the injury, there's always a chance the right-hander could require Tommy John surgery. Kansas City will have to start looking at candidates to fill the long-relief role.
Andrus (arm) is back in the Rangers' lineup Wednesday, Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
As expected, Andrus is back after missing several days with flexor tendinitis in his right arm. It seems the Rangers were just playing it safe, and they could leave the training wheels on a bit longer as to not push things. Andrus has also dealt with a back issue recently.
Sizemore (knees) executed a variety of baseball tasks in third preseason game Tuesday, WEEI.com reports. "I'm happy with how things are feeling from a body standpoint," Sizemore said. "Just not noticing anything out there. Not having any pain. Not coming in feeling worse the next day. So it's as good as I could have hoped for."
Sizemore went 0-for-2 with a walk in Tuesday's game against the Rays. He appears to have no hesitation on the basepaths or in the field and has responded positively to the workload. One of the last hurdles is attempting a stolen base. Manager John Farrell said they're holding off on that right now, preferring to gradually work up to Sizmore's running game.
03/04/14 - 3:03PM ETRoss Stripling
: Needs Tommy John Surgery
Stripling (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery Wednesday, Ken Gurnick of the Dodgers' official site reports.
It's a devastating blow for the 24-year-old right-hander, as he'll likely miss a full calendar year following reconstructive elbow surgery. Stripling, a fifth-round pick out of Texas A&M in 2012, posted a 2.82 ERA and a 3.9 K/BB in 27 appearances (22 starts) between High-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Chattanooga in his first full professional season.
Saunders will sign with the Rangers, the Dallas Morning News reports.
The Rangers are desperate for another arm with Derek Holland (knee) and Matt Harrison (back) expected to open the season on the DL, so they'll bring in the 32-year-old right-hander on a major league deal to compete for a spot in the rotation. Last season with the Mariners, Saunders went 11-16 with a 5.26 ERA, but he did post a career-best 51.2 percent groundball rate. Colby Lewis (hip), Tommy Hanson, Michael Kirkman, Nick Tepesch, Robbie Ross and Tanner Scheppers are all being considered as possible rotation options.
03/04/14 - 2:22PM ETJayson Werth
: (Bicep) Scheduled to Play Wednesday
Werth (bicep) is scheduled to play Wednesday against the Mets, MLB.com reports.
Manager Matt Williams said Werth's inclusion in the lineup will depend on how he does in a full workout Tuesday, but the 34-year-old is currently penciled in to take the field after missing Sunday's tilt. His injury was first described as minor biceps discomfort, but it's now being called a strained right bicep.
03/04/14 - 2:04PM ETIke Davis
: (Calf) Won't Play Until Friday
Davis (calf) will not play until Friday, Newsday's Marc Carig reports.
Davis was removed from Monday's game as a precaution after experiencing some calf tightness, and the team will take additional measures to ensure his health for the start of the year. The Mets have nothing to gain by rushing him back.
Tejada (hamstring) will not play until Friday, Newsday's Marc Carig reports.
There was some hope Tejada would be able to return to action Tuesday, but the Mets will play it safe and hold him out a few more days. Assuming he puts this hamstring behind him in relatively short order, Tejada should be fine to open the year as the starting shortstop.
03/04/14 - 1:15PM ETAndy Dirks
: (Back) Expected To Miss 12 Weeks
Dirks will undergo back surgery and is expected to miss 12 weeks, Chris Iott of MLive.com reports.
Dirks will be forced under the knife, not due to any specific recent incident, but to correct an issue that's bothered him since high school. The 28-year-old won't be able to resume baseball activities for six weeks, and he'll need another six weeks from there to get ready for game action. Speedster Rajai Davis is the obvious benefactor, but GM Dave Dombrowski said the team will focus on internal candidates to fill the vacated outfield spot to begin the season, so a platoon may still be an option.
An MRI on Castro's hamstring revealed "nothing bad," Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
The Cubs sent Castro for an MRI after the 23-year-old hurt his hamstring Sunday, and it seems the exam confirmed the initial diagnosis of a mild strain. Castro's stiffness has reportedly subsided, and he's set to walk in a pool Tuesday, but the expectation is still that he'll miss around 7-to-10 days. Top prospect Javier Baez will likely serve as the primary shortstop in the interim.
03/04/14 - 10:53AM ETAramis Ramirez
: Could Return To Action This Weekend
Ramirez (knee) could make his spring debut by this weekend, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports.
Ramirez's recovery from surgery to remove a polyps from his colon appears to be going well, as he resumed working out with the team over a week ago and there have been issues reported since. Assuming his knees hold up this spring, Ramirez figures to be ready to open the year at third base for Milwaukee, likely batting cleanup behind Ryan Braun.
Butler is expected to see a significant increase in playing time at first base this season, the Kansas City Star reports.
When Butler first reported to camp, he was told by manager Ned Yost that he should spend more time than usual practicing at first base. Yost wants to increase the team's position flexibility and opening up the DH spot is obviously the easiest way to do it. If Yost's plan comes to fruition, this will be a nice boost to Butler's value as he appeared in just seven games at first in 2013 which caused him to lose his eligibility there in most leagues this season. A return to the 20-home run range and a quick 10 games at first early this season would certainly put the sizzle back into the Country Breakfast.
Hamilton (calf) took batting practice and played catch Tuesday, but has not yet been cleared to run, MLB.com reports.
Hamilton seems to be making steady progress after straining his calf during baserunning drills last week, but there is still no timetable for his return, as he has not been cleared to run yet.
03/04/14 - 10:15AM ETJohan Santana
: (Shoulder) Targeting June Debut
Orioles GM Dan Duquette said Tuesday that a "reasonable time frame" for Santana to pitch in the majors is June 1, Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports.
Pen was put to paper Tuesday morning, making Santana's minor league contract with the Orioles official. Coming off a second shoulder surgery, Santana is expected to miss the first couple months of the season while rehabilitating, but is still expected to contribute in the first half. Initial reports suggested the Orioles saw Santana as a possible bullpen option, but his contract includes incentives for games started.
03/04/14 - 10:10AM ETMiguel Sano
: Tommy John Scheduled for March 12
Sano's Tommy John surgery is scheduled for March 12, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Rest and rehabilitation failed to heal Sano's strained UCL, which initially popped up in the Dominican Winter League, and after feeling something in his elbow during an intrasquad game last week, it was decided he needed Tommy John surgery. The surgery will delay the top prospect's development, but he could swing a bat in four months and the Twins aren't ruling out using him as a DH late in the season. He'll have to wait until 2015 to compete for the starting third base job.
03/04/14 - 9:53AM ETAlex Guerrero
: Appears Likely To Open In Minors
Guerrero appears likely to open the season in the minors, according to Ken Gurnick of the Dodgers' official site.
It should be noted that Gurnick is basing this assertion on the fact that Guerrero hasn't started at second base in three of the Dodgers' last four spring games, and that the Dodgers haven't said as much. Still, it does seems Dee Gordon is the frontrunner for the starting job, though a platoon may still be an option, as manager Don Mattingly suggested last month. Guerrero's pop makes him an interesting option at second base in fantasy, but owners may want to start making alternative plans, at least to start the year.
Gray threw two scoreless innings in his spring training debut Monday against the Mariners. He scattered two hits and a walk and struck out two batters.
The Rockies' top prospect has been as good as advertised in the early stages of his first big league camp, with Mariners hitters proving incapable of catching up to his fastball in Monday's outing. Although his control was slightly below par throughout the afternoon, Gray still possesses all the skills to become a frontline starter for the Rockies perhaps as soon as next season.
Walker (shoulder) is scheduled to resume his throwing program Thursday, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Walker came into camp a little behind due to shoulder tightness, and while the team returned to him to a mound Feb. 17, it seems they rushed him a bit. The 21-year-old was forced to shut it down after the shoulder flared up, but apparently the inflammation has died down enough to where he can resume some light throwing. Manager Lloyd McClendon admitted over the weekend that Walker will likely open the season on the DL, but once healthy, he should easily earn a spot in the rotation.
03/04/14 - 9:19AM ETJhoulys Chacin
: (Shoulder) Likely To Miss First Two Weeks
Chacin (shoulder) appears likely to miss the first two or three weeks of the season, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.
The right-hander plans to begin playing catch this week, but it appears safe to conclude that he won't be recovered in time to make his first couple of starts of the season. The injury has already begun to deflate Chacin's position in drafts, but if he recovers in a timely manner as expected, he still carries plenty of value at a low cost of investment. He posted a 14-10 record and 3.47 ERA over 197.1 innings last season.
03/04/14 - 9:16AM ETOmar Infante
: (Shoulder) Still Sore, May DH Wednesday
Infante (shoulder) is still feeling soreness but manager Ned Yost hopes he can DH on Wednesday, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.
The Royals have held Infante out since Saturday due to a minor shoulder issue, but the 32-year-old said he'd "absolutely" be playing if it were the regular season. After inking a four-year, $28.25 million contract with Kansas City in the offseason, Infante is set to man second while likely batting second in the lineup.
03/04/14 - 9:04AM ETJeff Locke
: Scratched from Wednesday's Start
Locke has been scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday due to tightness in his right side, Tom Singer of MLB.com reports.
An incredible first half to the 2013 season earned Locke his first All-Star selection, but he went on to post a 6.12 ERA over 57.1 innings after the break. GM Neal Huntington gave Locke a vote of confidence after the season, however, saying the lefty would likely be a big part of the 2014 rotation. That said, Locke could lose ground to Edinson Volquez for the final rotation spot, depending on the severity of this issue.
03/04/14 - 8:59AM ETCesar Ramos
: Could Make Rays' Rotation
Rays manager Joe Maddon confirmed Tuesday that Ramos is being considered for the No. 5 starter job, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The 29-year-old southpaw posted rather underwhelming numbers out of the Rays' bullpen last season (4.14 ERA, 7.1 K/9), but it seems the Rays think he could be a fit in the rotation. Considering his splits last season (lefties hit .272/.325/.369 against him), he's likely not cut out for a specialist's role, and he had some success as a starter in the minors. He'll start Wednesday but will need to outperform the likes of Jake Odorizzi, Erik Bedard, Alex Colome and Enny Romero to earn the job.
Duda is not in Tuesday's lineup due to left hamstring tightness, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.
Initially deemed leg stiffness, the ailment that forced Duda from Monday's game has been specified as hamstring tightness. It's uncertain when he'll be able to return to action, but there's been nothing to suggest he'll be out for an extended period. Duda's top competitor for the first base job, Ike Davis (calf), is nursing an injury of his own.
03/04/14 - 8:38AM ETElvis Andrus
: (Arm) Expected To Play Wednesday
Andrus (arm) said he'll be back in the lineup Wednesday, Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Flexor tendinitis in his right arm cost Andrus several days, but he resumed playing catch Monday and is evidently on the verge of returning to spring games. The 25-year-old has also dealt with back issues recently but he's appeared in 145-plus games in each of his first five seasons, so there doesn't seem to be cause for concern.
03/04/14 - 8:17AM ETJake Peavy
: (Finger) Expected To Throw A Bullpen Wednesday
Peavy (finger) is expected to throw a bullpen session Wednesday, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports.
Assuming all goes well for Peavy during long toss Tuesday, he'll step back onto a mound Wednesday. The right-hander cut the index finger on his left (non-throwing) hand with a fishing knife over the weekend, but won't wear a glove on the hand during the bullpen. It seems Peavy still has a pretty good chance to be ready for the start of the year.
03/04/14 - 8:06AM ETMatt Harvey
: (Elbow) Throws on Back-to-Back Days
Harvey (elbow) threw again Tuesday, marking his first time throwing on back-to-back days since undergoing Tommy John surgery in October, Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal reports.
As expected, the right-hander was able to throw Tuesday, and will now look ahead to another back-to-back set of 20 throws from 60 feet Thursday and Friday. Harvey's still in the initial stages of his rehabilitation and figures to miss the entire 2014 season, though he has said he hopes to be ready to pitch by September.
The Reds are "optimistic" that Latos (knee) will throw his first bullpen session of the spring Wednesday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Less than three weeks removed from arthroscopic knee surgery, Latos is on the verge of returning to a mound. He's been playing catch for nearly two weeks already, but it remains to be seen whether he'll be able to build up his pitch count for the start of the year. If he avoids a setback, however, it seems likely he'd only miss a couple starts at the most.
Santana (shoulder) has officially signed a minor league contract with the Orioles, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports.
Word of a deal between Santana and the Orioles leaked Monday, and the team is expected to make an official announcement Tuesday. The two-time Cy Young winner is recovering from a second shoulder surgery and topped out at 81 mph in a recent throwing session, so he won't be available until May or June at the earliest. Baltimore reportedly sees the left-hander as a potential bullpen option.
Affeldt (groin) threw 20 pitches (13 strikes), allowing no hits and a walk during one inning of work versus the Cubs on Monday.
This was a positive outing for Affeldt, as the veteran left-hander is working himself back into shape after undergoing a groin operation back in September. Entering his 12th MLB season, Affeldt is a big part of the Giants' bullpen depth. The 34 year old holds a combined 2.86 ERA over the last five seasons in San Francisco.
03/04/14 - 6:17AM ETNeftali Feliz
: Unconcerned With Reduced Velocity
Feliz isn't concerned with his reduced velocity early this spring, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Reports over the winter had Feliz throwing 95 mph in the Dominican Winter Leagues, so it does appear that his velocity wasn't left on the operating table. He's scheduled for a bullpen session Tuesday and another appearance in exhibition play on Thursday.