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.
Banuelos made his spring training debut Saturday versus the Astros.
There was good and bad to be taken from the outing. The good was that he was clocked throwing his fastball anywhere from 91-94 MPH. An encouraging sign in his first appearance since undergoing Tommy John surgery. The bad was that he allowed three runs in 2/3 inning. Banuelos has an outside shot at earning a spot in the Yankees bullpen but is more than likely ticketed for AAA. He could be the heir apparent to Hiroki Kuroda should Kuroda decided to retire after this season.
Tanaka will throw a simulated game Tuesday, according to Newsday.
The Yankees play the Nationals on Tuesday in Viera, a 2 1/2 trip. The Yankees would seem to prefer not to have him take that long bus ride although CC Sabathia is going to start in place of him. They reversed roles for this past Thursday's game in Clearwater against the Phillies. Tanaka has looked like the real deal this Spring and could give the Yankees rotation a much needed lift this season.
Teixeira got his first hit of spring training Saturday versus the Astros.
Tex went 1-2 with a long double to left-center while batting right-handed. He is reporting no problems with his surgically repaired wrist and seems to be on pace to open the season as the Yankees starting first baseman once again.
Gausman retired nine of ten batters he faced in Saturday's spring training game against the Red Sox.
Gausman has been impressive so far this spring, allowing one run on three hits in five innings with five strikeouts. The problem for Gausman is that Bud Norris also turned in a good performance Saturday and the Orioles are now rumored to be negotiating with free agent Ervin Santana. Gausman should get a chance at some point this season, but it looks a bit less likely at this point that he will be the fifth starter at the beginning of the season.
Syndergaard struggled in his second spring start Saturday, allowing two runs on a pair of hits and two walks with three strikeouts.
Syndergaard's control issues - as he surrendered both walks - resulted in both runs scoring in the second. The experience he gains this spring will benefit him at Triple-A Las Vegas, where he will start the season, and ultimately when he gets called back up to the majors.
Schoop is 6-for-12 with a home run and two doubles in seven spring training games through Saturday.
The Orioles have said Schoop is competing for the starting spot at second base and he has had a very good camp so far. It is important to note that he has five strikeouts so far, meaning he has an .857 BABIP in the small sample size. The extra base hits show he is squaring up, however, so he is in a good spot. Ryan Flaherty also has good numbers, but Jemile Weeks is just 2-for-13. That is good news for Schoop, who is expected to claim the job at some point during the season anyway.
03/08/14 - 3:46PM ETMatt Kemp
: (Ankle) Getting Closer to Playing
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Saturday that Kemp (ankle) is getting close to playing in a Cactus League game, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
Kemp went through baserunning simulations Saturday morning, marking the latest step in his recovery. He hasn't been ruled out for the Dodgers' season-opening series in Australia on March 22-23 but doesn't seem like a great bet to be ready. The Dodgers' March 30 stateside opener represents a more conservative target date for the veteran outfielder, though there's no guarantee that he'll be ready by then, either.
Victorino (wrist) said that he is still a switch-hitter but is considering strictly batting from the right side, the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo reports.
Victorino has always been a better hitter from the right side, and he posted a .300/.386/.510 slash line in 115 plate appearances as a right-handed batter against right-hander pitching last season. He hit six home runs in those 115 PAs but also had an ugly 25:3 K:BB ratio. The 33-year-old outfielder was decent from the left side against right-handed pitching last year, posting a .274/.317/.389 slash line over 229 plate appearances. It's unclear whether a full-time switch to the right side would benefit Victorino, which explains why he still hasn't made a decision.
03/08/14 - 1:38PM ET
Bourjos (hamstring) is scheduled to return to the lineup Sunday, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
Bourjos never figured to be out long and remains on track for Opening Day. He'll likely have to fend off Jon Jay, who could cut into Bourjos' playing time against right-handed pitching. Also worth watching is the progress of top prospect Oscar Taveras, who is expected to open the season with Triple-A Memphis but may be too good to keep in the minors for long.
03/08/14 - 1:29PM ETRyan Cook
: Shoulder Feeling Good
Cook (shoulder) threw at maximum velocity during Saturday's bullpen session and said afterward that his shoulder feels fine, the Bay Area News Group's Carl Stewar reports.
While his availability for Opening Day remains uncertain, Cook is clearly moving in the right direction and all the recent reports have been positive. If Jim Johnson struggles with injuries or ineffectiveness this season, Cook would likely be next in line for closing duties, although Luke Gregerson and Sean Doolittle would also be viable options.
Zobrist was scratched from Saturday's lineup due to stiffness in his neck, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Zobrist seems to be dealing with another minor ailment, after a stiff back slightly delayed his Grapefruit League debut. There could be some concern if the two issues are related, but Zobrist will likely just be day-to-day.
03/08/14 - 12:58PM ETDaric Barton
: (Foot) Left Game In Second Inning Saturday
Barton was taken out of Saturday's game in the second inning, after fouling a ball off his foot in the first inning, MLB.com's Jane Lee reports.
Barton took the field for the bottom of the first inning but didn't come back out for the second frame. He's competing for playing time at first base and DH, with the distinct possibility that he will open the season at Triple-A Sacramento, where he posted a .297/.423/.430 slash line in 488 plate appearances last season. Barton has repeatedly proven that he can reach base in the majors (career .360 OBP), but he only plays first base and has just 30 home runs in 2,021 career plate appearances.
Quintana has been diagnosed with a left shin contusion, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.
The injury was suffered on a comebacker in Saturday's start against the D-Backs. Quintana is considered day-to-day, and it does not appear as though he'll miss his next turn in the rotation at this time.
Carson cleared waivers and has been outrighted off the 40-man roster to Triple-A Salt Lake.
Carson was a long shot to make the Opening Day roster, but he could join the Halos' bullpen at some point this season, if injuries or poor performance create a few openings. The 25-year-old left-hander doesn't have a particularly encouraging track record, and he posted an 8.24 ERA in 19.2 innings with the Mets last season.
Adams (shoulder, sports hernia) threw off a mound Saturday and pronounced himself ready to face hitters in live batting practice afterward, the Phillies' official site reports.
Adams, who is working his way back from shoulder surgery, is expected to face hitters Thursday. He said he feels good thus far and has only experienced normal soreness after throwing. He will open the year on the disabled list, but should join the Phillies at some point in April.
03/08/14 - 9:48AM ETTaijuan Walker
: (Shoulder) Feels Good After Playing Catch
Walker (shoulder) has shown no renewed issues with his arm after playing catch on consecutive days, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
It's expected that Walker will increase the distance of his throwing session next time out. Walker is likely to begin the season on the disabled list, but he may only a miss a couple of weeks if his throwing progression continues without setback.
03/08/14 - 9:32AM ETJosh Hamilton
: (Calf) Should Be Ready For Game Action Soon
Manager Mike Scioscia said Saturday that Hamilton (calf) should be ready to play in his first Cactus League game "within a week," the Los Angeles Times reports.
Hamilton has been steadily progressing since straining his calf in late February, and is expected to take batting practice on the field Sunday. Given the nature of his progress, it seems likely that Hamilton should play in his first spring game soon, with about three weeks to play in exhibition games to prepare himself for Opening Day.
03/08/14 - 9:02AM ETZack Greinke
: (Calf) Will Throw Simulated Game Saturday
Greinke (calf) is scheduled to throw 35 pitches in a simulated game setting Saturday, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.
While Greinke isn't expected to be ready to pitching in the Dodgers' two-game series with the D-Backs in Australia, his progress thus far is encouraging as far as his chances of being ready for the first full week of the regular season back in the States.
03/08/14 - 8:33AM ETAlex Rios
: (Oblique) Remains Out Saturday
Rios (oblique) remained sidelined for the fifth consecutive game Saturday, the Dallas Morning News reports.
While assistant general manager Thad Levine indicated the team is being cautious with Rios and that he would try to play through the injury if this were the regular season, it's a situation worth monitoring throughout the rest of spring training to see if he's deployed more judiciously than a typical healthy veteran player in March.
Carpenter has signed a six-year extension with the Cardinals worth an estimated $52 million, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports.
The deal will conclude with an $18.5 million team option for a seventh year ($2 million buyout) and is yet another signing that helps the Cards lock up one of its core players, as Carpenter joins Adam Wainwright, Yadier Molina, Matt Holliday, Allen Craig and Jhonny Peralta under contract through at least 2017, according to Joel Sherman of the NY Post.
Peavy (finger) will throw an extended bullpen session Saturday, the Boston Herald reports. They'll simulate game conditions by having him throw, sit down and then throw again.
Peavy has a cut on his left (non-throwing) index finger and will wear a special glove on his left hand. It's still too soon for him to catch a hard hit or thrown ball.
03/08/14 - 4:34AM ETCole Hamels
: (Biceps) Hoping To Pitch in April
GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said in a radio interview Friday that he is hopeful Hamels (biceps) will be pitching sometime in April, CSNPhilly.com reports.
Amaro did caution that the team hasn't put any timeline on Hamels' return. If Hamels is able to return in April, it is likely to be toward the end of the month. He suffered a setback this week and is currently shut down due to arm fatigue.
Salazar will make his official spring debut Monday, after an encouraging outing in a "B" game Friday, MLB.com reports. "He was really good. That's what we wanted. We wanted him to ease into what he's got going on right now. He should be ready for two innings in a real game now," pitching coach Mickey Callaway said.
Salazar threw 21 pitches in his brief appearances, as the Indians continue to bring him along slowly this spring. He's a lock to start the season in the starting rotation but may not start until Apr. 8, if the Indians decide to take advantage of some early off days.
03/08/14 - 4:17AM ETCarlos Santana
: Getting Comfortable at Third Base
Santana has looked comfortable at third base so far this spring, and the Indians will map out a plan for the rest of spring in the next few days, MLB.com reports. "I would say in the next three or four days, we're going to sit down and talk through it," manager Terry Francona said. "It's a little bit of uncharted waters. You don't see anybody playing third and catching in the big leagues, but if he's able to do it, it opens up a lot of different things. The first thing we're going to do is sit and talk."
Santana's shown enough so far to not have pulled the plug on the experiment, but we should have a clearer picture of things in about a week.