1B | Albert Pujols | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols (knee) is unlikely to play in the field for another week to 10 days. Manager Mike Scioscia is hoping Pujols will serve as the designated hitter and run for himself again Thursday, March 14.
1B | Brett Pill | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 1B Brett Pill (knee) will have surgery on his knee and will be out at least three weeks.
1B | Aubrey Huff | free agent | Free Agents
The New York Yankees are not reaching out to free-agent 1B Aubrey Huff (Giants) with 1B Mark Teixeira (wrist) out for the first month of the season.
2B | Jedd Gyorko | San Diego Padres | Fantasy
San Diego Padres 2B Jedd Gyorko is on the verge of winning the second base job. He hasn't officially been named as the team's starter, but management appears satisfied he can adequately make the switch from third base.
2B | Bill Hall | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim INF Bill Hall (calf, quadriceps) experienced tightness in his right calf Wednesday, March 13.
2B | Daniel Murphy | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets manager Terry Collins thinks 2B Daniel Murphy (intercostal) will return to spring action this weekend, possibly in a minor league game.
2B | Anderson Hernandez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Pittsburgh Pirates reassigned Ps Victor Black, Stolmy Pimentel, Hunter Strickland, Duke Welker, Erik Cordier and Jameson Taillon, 1B Matt Hague, OF Darren Ford and 2B Anderson Hernandez to minor league camp Wednesday, March 13.
SS | Stephen Drew | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SS Stephen Drew (concussion) is still battling post-concussion syndrome. He'll undergo mandatory testing Thursday, March 14.
SS | Jurickson Profar | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers SS Jurickson Profar has been added to the roster for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic.
SS | Starlin Castro | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro (hamstring) is back in the lineup Wednesday, March 13, for the first time since injuring his hamstring Feb. 27.
3B | Anthony Rendon | Washington Nationals | Transaction
The Washington Nationals reassigned 3B Anthony Rendon, P Nathan Karns, 1B Matthew Skole and RP Pat McCoy to minor league camp.
3B | Aramis Ramirez | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez (knee) tested his sprained right knee Wednesday, March 13, and he said he is hopeful of returning to game action either Friday, March 15, or Saturday, March 16.
3B | Juan Francisco | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
The Atlanta Braves' third base competition between 3Bs Chris D. Johnson and Juan Francisco is too close to call statistically this spring. Francisco is 10-for-34 (.294) with two doubles, two home runs, five RBIs and a .529 slugging percentage in 12 games and Johnson is 11-for-35 (.314) with a double, two homers, six RBIs and a .514 slugging percentage in 13 games. The team hasn't indicated if one player has the edge over the other. "Because that makes it a hard decision for us," he said. "If one's hitting .400 and one's hitting .050 then it's an easy decision. If it's a competitive nature, it's going to be one of those meetings for five hours to come up with the best solution. But I don't see any downside – we can platoon them, or if somebody wins the job (outright) that means that guy is doing a good job…," manager Fredi Gonzalez said.
3B | Mike Moustakas | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals 3B Mike Moustakas (foot) returned to the lineup Wednesday, March 13, after missing the game with a bruised right foot Tuesday, March 12. SS Alcides Escobar (back) should return by the weekend.
3B | Jeff Keppinger | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura said 3B Jeff Keppinger (shoulder) could get a look at second base this weekend. Ventura said Keppinger is in no danger of missing opening day.
3B | Joe Leonard | Atlanta Braves | Transaction,
The Atlanta Braves reassigned Ps Cory Rasmus, Juan Jaime, Aaron Northcraft, Ryan Buchter, Yohan Flande and Gus Schlosser, Cs Luis De La Cruz, Braeden Schlehuber and Jose Yepez and 3B Joe Leonard to minor league camp Tuesday, March 12.
C | Travis d'Arnaud | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets C Travis d'Arnaud's days in spring camp may be numbered, as the team must send out prospects on the 40-man roster by Friday, March 15, or they will earn major league service time and pay.
C | Wilson Ramos | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals C Wilson Ramos (knee) will catch again Thursday, March 14, for the first time he's played in back-to-back games this spring.
OF | Matt Holliday | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Matt Holliday (illness) returned to the lineup Thursday, March 14.
OF | Eury Perez | Washington Nationals | Transaction
The Washington Nationals optioned OF Eury Perez to Triple-A Syracuse.
OF | Delmon Young | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Delmon Young (ankle) has picked up his rehab a bit this week, but there is no change to his timetable. He is still expected back between mid-April and May 1.
OF | Casper Wells | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Casper Wells (neck) missed his fourth straight Cactus League spring game Wednesday, March 13, as he slowly recovers from a stiff neck.
OF | Logan Schafer | Milwaukee Brewers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin talked to OF Logan Schafer, telling him not to be discouraged despite the fact OF Carlos Gomez signed a three-year contract extension Wednesday, March 13. That means all three outfielders, OF Ryan Braun, Gomez and OF Norichika Aoki are under contract through 2016. "Logan is a really good player. Somewhere along the line, he will get his chance to play every day," Melvin said.
OF | Brennan Boesch | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Yankees don't appear to be too interested in free-agent OF Brennan Boesch (Tigers).
OF | Cameron Maybin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Cameron Maybin (back) took part in drills Wednesday, March 13, and could play Thursday, March 14, or Friday, March 15. OF Carlos Quentin (knee) took batting practice for the second time in as many days Wednesday, but there is no timetable for his return. 2B Logan Forsythe (foot) could have his protective boot removed soon, and he would need two to three days of therapy before returning to games. OF Will Venable (side) could return to games soon.
OF | Nick Markakis | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Nick Markakis (neck) is optimistic that he'll be ready for opening day after dealing with a small herniated disc in his neck. A spine specialist suggested that he rest two to three weeks to let the inflammation and pain subside. "It's already been a week, so we will see where we are at in seven to 10 days," Markakis said. "But he also told me it could be eight to 12 weeks before I'm completely symptom free. We're looking on the positive side. We are going in the right direction with getting all the inflammation and pain out right now."
OF | Billy Hamilton | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Billy Hamilton (hamstring) injured his left hamstring while stealing a base last week and hasn't played in the last few days. "He's not ready. Not ready," manager Dusty Baker said. "For a guy who depends on his legs, you don't want to take a chance with this being a chronic thing all year. Guys who run that fast are usually going to have something." Hamilton worked out Wednesday, March 13, and said his injury isn't serious.
OF | Jerry Sands | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction, Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates reassigned 1B Clint Robinson and OF Jerry Sands to minor league camp Wednesday, March 13.
SP | Zack Greinke | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Zack Greinke (elbow) will throw a bullpen session Friday, March 15.
SP | Kyle Gibson | Minnesota Twins | Transaction, Fantasy
The Minnesota Twins optioned SP Kyle Gibson and P Caleb Thielbar to Triple-A Rochester and reassigned P Anthony Slama, SS James Beresford and C Kyle Knudson to minor league camp.
SP | Danny Hultzen | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners P Danny Hultzen (hip) tossed a scoreless inning of relief Wednesday, March 13, in his return to Cactus League game action after missing two weeks with a hip strain.
SP | Roy Halladay | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies pitching coach Rich Dubee repeatedly says SP Roy Halladay is "fine," despite his struggles during the spring. He said the same thing last year, but knew he wasn't being truthful. "He had issues last year," Dubee said Wednesday, March 13. This season, Dubee said Halladay changes the arm slot and delivery when he attempts to throw certain cutters. That causes it to float over the heart of the plate. No injury is to blame, Dubee insists.
SP | Kris Medlen | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Kris Medlen (arm) left the game early after being hit by a line drive twice in his right arm Wednesday, March 13. Medlen only allowed two hits in 4 2/3 innings.
SP | Ervin Santana | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals SP Ervin Santana struck out seven and gave up one run and two hits in four innings Wednesday, March 13, while throwing 35 of his 53 pitches for strikes. He finished the day off in the bullpen and got up to 60 pitches.
SP | Wade Davis | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals SP Wade Davis (shoulder) will make a start in a minor league game this weekend.
SP | Casey Kelly | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy,
San Diego Padres SP Casey Kelly (elbow) may be looking at facing Tommy John surgery. "That's the part of the elbow we're concerned about," manager Bud Black said.
SP | Jorge De La Rosa | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Jorge De La Rosa struck out six hitters in four shutout innings Wednesday, March 13, and he was pain-free during the outing. "It's easy to feel comfortable when you don't feel pain," De La Rosa said. "I feel like myself again." De La Rosa is now hitting his glove as he raises his right leg in his delivery, which creates a timing mechanism that will let him get the ball into the right arm slot. He's also using relaxation techniques while on the mound.
SP | Chris Tillman | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Chris Tillman (abdominal) is making progress from abdominal soreness and will throw a simulated game or bullpen session Friday, March 15. "I feel much better," said Tillman. "I came in yesterday, threw long toss, threw a little flat ground. It went good, and hopefully tomorrow (I'm) going to get on the mound."
SP | Johan Santana | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets manager Terry Collins said SP Johan Santana (shoulder) is "not too close" to getting back on a mound. "Each and every day we'll see how he feels," Collins said. "When he thinks his arm - the strength - is there to get on the mound and throw a bullpen, he'll do it. But he's the only source we have as to how he feels. We checked with him this morning and found out what he was going to do today. And tomorrow, we'll leave tomorrow until when I see him tomorrow and see where we stand."
SP | Aroldis Chapman | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
The Cincinnati Reds have yet to make a final decision on whether SP Aroldis Chapman will be a starter or reliever this year, but manager Dusty Baker is hoping to make the decision soon. "I'd like to decide soon and get my team together," Baker said. "I don't like having guys in the middle, because that's a bad situation when you're in the middle of anything, an unknown. Then everyone else is in an unknown situation. I don't think that's fair to him or us." Baker prefers Chapman as his closer, but the decision isn't Baker's alone to make. Chapman is still competing with SP Mike Leake for a rotation spot.
SP | Matt Garza | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Matt Garza (lat) threw from 45 feet and also made 10 throws from 60 feet Wednesday, March 13.
SP | Scott Baker | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago Cubs SP Scott Baker (elbow) is set to make his spring debut Wednesday, March 13.
SP | Jordan Zimmermann | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Jordan Zimmermann (arm) said he felt much better Wednesday, March 13, and his dead arm is a thing of the past.
SP | Jose Fernandez | Miami Marlins | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Miami Marlins assigned SP Jose Fernandez and OF Jake Marisnick to minor league camp. P Chris Hatcher was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans.
SP | Jeremy Hefner | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Johan Santana (shoulder) is unlikely to be ready to start the season on time, and SP Jeremy Hefner is being stretched out to fill Santana's void in the opening day rotation. "As you get older, you have to work more. There's no question about it. But you have to know yourself very well. That's what I do. I'm listening to my body the whole time. When you need time, you take time to make sure you move forward. You don't want a step back," Santana said.
SP | Jarred Cosart | Houston Astros | Transaction,
The Houston Astros reassigned SPs Jose Cisneros, Jarred Cosart, Brett Oberholtzer and Ross Seaton to minor league camp Wednesday, March 13.
SP | John Lamb | Kansas City Royals | Transaction,
The Kansas City Royals reassigned Ps Chris Dwyer, Justin Marks and John Lamb to minor league camp Tuesday, March 12.
SP | Jake Odorizzi | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Tampa Bay Rays reassigned SPs Alexander Torres, Jake Odorizzi and Chris Archer to minor league camp Tuesday, March 12.
SP | C.J. Wilson | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP C.J. Wilson tossed four innings against mostly minor leaguers on his off day Tuesday, March 12, and he struck out seven while allowing two runs. He had given up three runs and 10 hits in 4 2/3 spring innings in his previous outings.
SP | Luke Hochevar | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals SP Luke Hochevar is being placed in the bullpen.
SP | Guillermo Moscoso | free agent | Transaction
The Kansas City Royals released SP Guillermo Moscoso.
RP | Jordan Walden | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves RP Jordan Walden (back) threw a 20-pitch bullpen session Tuesday, March 12, and felt fine afterward. He'll throw another bullpen in one or two days.
RP | Jesse Crain | Chicago White Sox | Injury,
Chicago White Sox RP Jesse Crain (shoulder) said he continues to feel better, but he's not ready to pitch in a minor league game after throwing on the side Wednesday, March 13.
RP | Ryan Madson | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Ryan Madson (elbow) will throw his first bullpen session Wednesday, March 13, and he'll likely throw around 20 pitches.
RP | Frank Herrmann | Cleveland Indians | Injury,
Cleveland Indians RP Frank Herrmann (elbow) underwent Tommy John surgery Wednesday, March 13, and will miss the entire season. He'll need 12 to 18 months of recovery time.
RP | Aaron Poreda | free agent | Transaction, Free Agents,
The Pittsburgh Pirates released RP Aaron Poreda Tuesday, March 12.
RP | Fautino De Los Santos | San Diego Padres | Transaction,
The San Diego Padres sent RP Fautino De Los Santos to the minors Tuesday, March 12.
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