1B | Albert Pujols | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols (knee) will be the designated hitter Tuesday, March 5. He's well ahead of schedule in his recovery from offseason knee surgery.
1B | James Loney | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 1B James Loney, who is suffering from allergies, was sent home Monday, March 4, to rest since he was not scheduled to play against the Boston Red Sox. Maddon said he expects Loney to make his start Tuesday, March 5, against the Minnesota Twins.
1B | Allen Craig | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals are close to deals that would renew all players' contracts under club control, but the team is taking a little extra time determining a salary for OF Allen Craig. The team uses the minimum salary of $490,000 and tacks on incentives based on production. An announcement is expected later this week.
1B | Keon Barnum | Chicago White Sox | Injury
Chicago White Sox 1B Keon Barnum (hand) underwent surgery to remove the hamate bone in his right hand Monday, March 4, and he's expected to miss six weeks.
1B | Joey Votto | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 1B Joey Votto (knee) will play for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic. Votto said he is ready to go. "I was very clear to everyone that I needed the games to make sure my knee was healthy and heading in the right direction," said Votto. "I feel confident in it and confident in my commitment. I feel I can comfortably play. I've never been hurt before, and I wanted a little more of a grace period before the tournament to make sure I'm ready for my primary commitment to the Cincinnati Reds." Votto and Minnesota Twins 1B Justin Morneau are expected to split first base and designated hitter duties.
2B | Robinson Cano | New York Yankees | Fantasy
Jose Cano, the father of New York Yankees 2B Robinson Cano, thinks the team will wind up signing his son to a six- or seven-year deal to remain with the club. Cano can become a free agent after the 2013 season.
2B | Elliot Johnson | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 2B Elliot Johnson (knee) will return to the lineup Tuesday, March 5, after dealing with a bruised left knee.
SS | Rafael Furcal | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SS Rafael Furcal (elbow) is a long shot to be ready for opening day after he'll receive a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews Wednesday, March 6, according to general manager John Mozeliak. The team isn't second guessing the decision to avoid surgery on Furcal's elbow at the end of last year.
SS | Brandon Crawford | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said he could hit SS Brandon Crawford second in the lineup instead of eighth on days that 2B Marco Scutaro has the day off.
3B | Nolan Arenado | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado hit his fourth home run of the spring and third in as many days Monday, March 4. He also doubled to raise his spring average to .412.
3B | Michael Young | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 3B Michael Young tweaked his swing mechanics at the end of last season with the Texas Rangers in order to help him get set at the plate and recognize pitches earlier. He's hitting just .211 in his first 21 plate appearances this spring, but he said he's feeling good and hasn't gotten enough at-bats yet.
3B | David Freese | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals 3B David Freese (undisclosed) was removed from the game early for precautionary reasons Monday, March 4, after he fell into the stands trying to catch a fly ball.
3B | Adrian Beltre | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre (calf) still plans on representing the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic if the team advances to the second round. Beltre is expected to hit cleanup this year, with 1B Lance Berkman likely hitting third and OFs Nelson Cruz and David Murphy alternating in the fifth spot.
C | Jarrod Saltalamacchia | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox C Jarrod Saltalamacchia (back) doubled in his return to the spring lineup Monday, March 4, and is hitting .400 this spring.
OF | Ben Revere | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Ben Revere is hitting .346 (9-for-26) this spring.
OF | Delmon Young | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous items, Philadelphia Phillies OF Delmon Young (ankle) is scheduled to see a Los Angeles doctor on the status of his rehabbing right ankle. Young had microfracture surgery in November and hasn't participated in practices, let alone games, since arriving in camp over two weeks ago. Assistant general manager Scott Proefrock said it wouldn't be fair to place a timetable on when Young could get on the field this spring until Young gets evaluated. "It really depends on what the doctor says and how he progresses once he is cleared for baseball activities," Proefrock said. "To guess, it would just be a pure guess."
OF | Kirk Nieuwenhuis | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis (knee) is "really sore," and he'll probably be out three to five days.
OF | Marlon Byrd | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Marlon Byrd had an RBI and a sacrifice fly Monday, March 4, and the veteran outfielder is hitting .400 this spring. Manager Terry Collins thinks Byrd benefitted from playing winter ball in Mexico this offseason.
OF | Shin-Soo Choo | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Shin-Soo Choo (quadriceps) was scratched from the lineup again Monday, March 4.
OF | Cody Ross | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Cody Ross (leg) underwent an MRI exam Monday, March 4, which revealed lower left leg tightness.
OF | Jason Michaels | Washington Nationals | Transaction
The Washington Nationals re-signed OF Jason Michaels to a minor league deal Sunday, March 3.
OF | Moises Sierra | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction
Toronto Blue Jays OF Moises Sierra was sent to minor league camp Monday, March 4.
SP | Carlos Carrasco | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians SP Carlos Carrasco (head) checked out fine Tuesday, March 5, a day after being struck in the head by a batted ball. He had no signs of a concussion.
SP | Johan Santana | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
The New York Mets expect SP Johan Santana (shoulder) to begin the season on the disabled list.
SP | Phil Hughes | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating previous items, New York Yankees SP Phil Hughes (back) threw for the second day in a row without reporting any discomfort from a bulging disc in his lower back. "We amped up the intensity a bit and doubled the throws,'' Hughes said following a 50-toss outing on flat ground at 60 feet at George M. Steinbrenner Field. "I didn't feel anything. I felt like I lost a tick of arm strength. Hopefully that comes back quick, it's only been two weeks. Hopefully I get that back and go from there.''
SP | John Danks | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP John Danks threw over two innings Monday, March 4, in his first game action since May of 2012. Danks gave up two hits but threw 27 of his 35 pitches for strikes in a 6-2 win over the San Francisco Giants.
SP | Adam Wainwright | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
Talks between the St. Louis Cardinals and SP Adam Wainwright could begin again soon. Wainwright's agent just returned from an overseas trip and is available to continue talks.
SP | Zack Wheeler | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Zack Wheeler (oblique) will play catch this week and hopes to throw a bullpen session Thursday, March 7. He strained his right oblique Feb. 28. The team is being cautious with Wheeler, especially since he won't make the opening day roster.
SP | Shaun Marcum | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Shaun Marcum will pitch in a B game Thursday, March 7, after missing a turn in the rotation to focus on an arm-strengthening program.
SP | Johnny Cueto | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Cincinnati Reds SP Johnny Cueto, who has been working on a cut fastball since last midseason, plans to use it much more this season. "I taught it to myself," said Cueto. "I'll be using it more this year." Cueto reported to camp this year at 207 pounds, down from 214 pounds last season, but he says he plans to get back to 214 pounds before the season.
SP | Rick Porcello | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy,
The Texas Rangers have inquired about Detroit Tigers SP Rick Porcello after the injury to SP Martin Perez (arm), according to a source. Perez will be sidelined for at least four weeks with a fractured ulna.
SP | Chris Sale | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP Chris Sale is expected to start the team's opening day game.
SP | Tim Lincecum | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants SP Tim Lincecum (finger) said he is "working toward" making his next spring start Thursday, March 7.
SP | R.A. Dickey | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP R.A. Dickey will start Team USA's World Baseball Classic opener against Mexico Friday, March 8.
SP | Kyle Lohse | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Texas Rangers are expected to have increased interest in free-agent SP Kyle Lohse (Cardinals) after the injury to SP Martin Perez (arm).
SP | Aaron Harang | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
The Milwaukee Brewers and Baltimore Orioles were watching Los Angeles Dodgers SP Aaron Harang pitch in a spring game Monday, March 4. Harang is a trade candidate given the Dodgers' surplus of starting pitching.
SP | Matt Purke | Washington Nationals | Injury,
Washington Nationals SP Matt Purke (shoulder) is limited to two bullpen sessions a week, and his throwing program is restricted to 50 percent velocity as he recovers from shoulder surgery. He won't face live hitters until after camp ends, and the team hopes he can throw around 100 innings in the minors this season.
SP | Scott Baker | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Scott Baker (elbow) threw his third live batting practice session Monday, March 4, and he didn't have any setbacks. His next step will be a simulated game sometime this week.
SP | Robbie Ross | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SPs Robbie Ross and Randy Wells are the top-two candidates for the No. 5 rotation spot to begin the season. SP Nate Robertson could be the mystery underdog candidate for the position after pitching three scoreless frames in relief this spring.
SP | Danny Hultzen | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SP Danny Hultzen (hip) was scratched from his start Monday, March 4, due to a mild right hip flexor strain. He's expected to miss a week.
RP | Jonathan Papelbon | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies CL Jonathan Papelbon (illness) was scratched from his appearance Tuesday, March 5, due to illness.
RP | Jake McGee | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays RP Jake McGee's velocity has been down this spring, yet neither he nor manager Joe Maddon is concerned. The lack of pop is attributed to McGee holding back on his fastball and throwing more sliders. "I'm kind of breaking it in. I don't usually see how hard I'm throwing in spring training. It's more feel," McGee said. "I threw my slider or cutter a lot more than I would in the season."
RP | Sam Freeman | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals RP Sam Freeman (shoulder) is expected to have an MRI taken of his left shoulder and arm as early as Tuesday, March 5, to explore the cause of pain in his arm and shoulder. The discomfort is similar to what Freeman experienced in the Arizona Fall League last year and why his turn there ended.
RP | Marc Rzepczynski | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals RP Marc Rzepczynski (biceps) returned to the field for a game of catch after a couple of days to rest a sore left biceps. Rzepczynski described his discomfort as "fatigue" and "mild irritation." He was able to throw 120 feet without pain or difficulty Monday, March 4, and he could return to the mound this week.
RP | Bruce Rondon | Detroit Tigers | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Detroit Tigers have benched RP Bruce Rondon so he can work on mechanics and improve his control before his next exhibition assignment. Rondon was groomed by management to close games this spring but appears to be out of that role. No firm replacement was named, although manager Jim Leyland ruled out a return of CL Jose Valverde to the role.
RP | Sean Burnett | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
After throwing a bullpen session Sunday, March 3, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Sean Burnett (back) said his back is no longer an issue. He'll likely throw another bullpen Tuesday, March 5, before moving to game action later in the week.
RP | Grant Balfour | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics RP Grant Balfour (knee) threw 35 to 40 pitches during a bullpen session Monday, March 4, and will throw another session Wednesday, March 6.
RP | Hiroyuki Kobayashi | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim released RP Hiroyuki Kobayashi Monday, March 4.
RP | Steven Geltz | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim optioned RP Steven Geltz to Triple-A Salt Lake Monday, March 4.
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