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Braves | Eric Young off to good start
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:44:41 -0800

Atlanta Braves OF Eric Young Jr. has gone 0-for-3 with three walks, a hit by pitch and two stolen bases in two spring training games. Young is expected to compete with OFs Todd Cunningham and Eury Perez for the starting center field job while Melvin Upton Jr. (foot) is out of the lineup. Young has not played much in center field but believes he can become a quality center fielder with hard work during the spring.

Giants | Norichika Aoki to have first crack at RF
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:31:58 -0800

San Francisco Giants OF Norichika Aoki will be given the first chance to win the right field job while OF Hunter Pence (forearm) is out of the lineup, according to manager Bruce Bochy.

Mets | Matt Harvey's mechanics sound in return
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 15:45:35 -0800

New York Mets SP Matt Harvey's (elbow) mechanics were not compromised by throwing his fastball as high as 99 mph Friday, March 6, according to pitching coach Dan Warthen. Warthen added he did not think Harvey overthrew, and Warthen was pleased Harvey only threw two sliders. Harvey will next pitch Wednesday, March 11.

Brewers | Adam Lind dealing with back issue
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 15:35:39 -0800

Milwaukee Brewers 1B Adam Lind (back) did not play Friday, March 6, because his back "flared up," according to manager Ron Roenicke.

Dodgers | Joc Pederson focused on the process
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 14:35:22 -0800

Los Angeles Dodgers OF Joc Pederson is stressing the process and not necessarily the results, and he is not concerning himself with a potential position battle. "That's out of my control," Pederson said. "I like to focus on the process and the stuff I can control. Whatever happens is going to happen, but all I can do is prepare myself best to be able to perform and help the team win."

Diamondbacks | Chris Owings taking hacks
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 14:14:01 -0800

Arizona Diamondbacks SS Chris Owings (shoulder) took his first swings of the spring Friday, March 6, after undergoing surgery to fix the labrum in his left shoulder last October. He took regular batting practice later in the day Friday and didn't have any issues with his shoulder. The Diamondbacks see Owings as a starter at either second base or shortstop in 2015 depending on the rest of the infield. He's expected to make his spring debut in mid-March, and he'll take batting practice again Saturday, March 8.

Padres | Wil Myers has chip on his shoulder
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 14:01:58 -0800

San Diego Padres OF Wil Myers is coming along fine playing center field in spring training, according to manager Bud Black. "Wil's doing great," Black said. "I'm very positive on him. Wil is moving in center. He has long strides, good routes, good angles. His hands are good. He sees the ball off the bat. And he has the desire to play center field. We've got another good center fielder in Cameron Maybin. We feel we have center field covered. Myers is going to be fine." Myers has had trouble taking direction, though, and may be a "work in progress," according to a source. Myers doesn't lack confidence, though, and the Tampa Bay Rays may have thought he was trending toward slightly cocky. Myers is taking his trade from Tampa Bay as a chance to prove them wrong, and he's playing with a chip on his shoulder.

Brewers | Jonathan Lucroy to see plenty of spring ABs
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 13:55:11 -0800

Updating a previous report, Milwaukee Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy (hamstring) is making great progress in his recovery from a right hamstring strain, and he'll receive plenty of at-bats in spring training before opening day. He underwent physical therapy and a platelet-rich plasma injection before spring training started. Lucroy hasn't had any pain, and the final step in his recovery will be running full speed. He isn't worried about not being ready for opening day.

Rockies | Troy Tulowitzki simulating game action
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 13:52:17 -0800

Colorado Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki (hip) is simulating game situations at the plate, on the field and on the bases to test his left hip in camp. "Every day I'm working on running out a base hit," said Tulowitzki, who suffered his injury July 19 in Pittsburgh while coming out of the batter's box. "Or it might be first-to-third, or first-to-home. I'll put myself in all those before I get into a game. You know how prepared and crazy I am about all that stuff. I think I'm ready for games, but it wouldn't be smart to put myself out there without it."

Mets | Lucas Duda return timeline
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 13:48:27 -0800

New York Mets 1B Lucas Duda (side) is expected to take batting practice Monday, March 9, and play in his first game of the spring Friday, March 13, according to manager Terry Collins.

Rockies | Jorge De La Rosa pushed back
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 13:23:51 -0800

Colorado Rockies SP Jorge De La Rosa (groin) will skip his first spring start Saturday, March 7, due to left groin tightness. De La Rosa will have his start pushed back to Thursday, March 12, against the Milwaukee Brewers. De La Rosa said the move is strictly precautionary. He went 14-11 with a 4.10 ERA in 2014, including 10-2 with a 3.08 ERA at Coors Field.

Dodgers | Zack Greinke has positive BP session
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 12:30:34 -0800

Los Angeles Dodgers SP Zack Greinke (elbow) looked sharp Friday, March 6, facing hitters during a bullpen session for the first time since a mid-February injection in his right elbow. He is on track to throw another bullpen session before making his spring debut Wednesday, March 11.

Cardinals | Jon Jay slowly progressing
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 12:22:51 -0800

St. Louis Cardinals OF Jon Jay (wrist) continues to build up the strength in his left wrist following an offseason procedure. He has not appeared in a spring training game yet, but maintains the goal remains returning for opening day.

Nationals | Yunel Escobar dealing with stiff back
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 12:19:46 -0800

Washington Nationals 2B Yunel Escobar (back) will be examined by a team doctor Friday, March 6, because he is experiencing back stiffness. "He's been working hard, extra stuff and taking all his BP and everything. We'll see what the doc says today. He's been a little delayed the last couple of days, but we'll get back today and see where he's at," manager Matt Williams said Friday.

Mets | Daniel Murphy has bruised hand
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 11:42:38 -0800

New York Mets 2B Daniel Murphy (hand) was removed from the spring game Friday, March 6, with a bruised right hand after being hit by a pitch.

Mets | Matt Harvey dazzles in spring debut
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 11:34:25 -0800

New York Mets SP Matt Harvey (elbow) retired all six of the Detroit Tigers hitters he faced Friday, March 6, and he topped out at 99 mph in his first game action in 18 months after undergoing Tommy John surgery. It was his first game since Aug. 24 of 2013. Harvey was consistently in the mid- to high-90s with his heater and shattered two bats during the outing. He threw a total of 25 pitches in the two-inning outing.

Brewers | Jimmy Nelson adds curve ball
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 11:20:41 -0800

Milwaukee Brewers SP Jimmy Nelson (hamstring) is throwing a curve ball this spring after he struggled to keep hitters off balance in 2014 with a reliable offspeed pitch. He'll continue to primarily use a fastball and sinker, his two best pitches, and mix in the curve ball. Nelson has yet to pitch in a spring game due to a tight hamstring, but he was impressive during live batting practice Friday, March 6. Nelson struggled using his changeup last year and command was also an issue as he went 2-9 with a 4.93 ERA in 14 outings (12 starts). The team hopes Nelson can pitch in a game early next week.

Braves | Mike Minor not too concerned
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 11:13:05 -0800

Atlanta Braves SP Mike Minor (shoulder) will visit with Dr. James Andrews about his sore left shoulder next week, but Minor isn't too concerned. "It would really surprise me if there was something majorly wrong. Last year there was a lot more pain than right now. I was throwing all year, trying to make every start. I could throw (now), I could pitch and potentially I don't think anybody would even notice if I didn't say anything," Minor said. Minor struggled through 2014 while pitching through shoulder pain for much of the year, and the Braves don't want to go down that road again. The worst-case scenario might be exploratory surgery to find out what is wrong in his shoulder.

Padres | Justin Upton under the weather
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 10:49:10 -0800

San Diego Padres OF Justin Upton (illness) is not feeling well and might miss a couple days, according to manager Bud Black.

Diamondbacks | Yasmany Tomas looks promising at 3B
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 10:28:59 -0800

Arizona Diamondbacks OF Yasmany Tomas looked promising while playing third base in a Cactus League game Thursday, March 5. Tomas had six balls hit to him in five innings against the Colorado Rockies, and he turned five of them into outs. "We were very encouraged by what we saw," manager Chip Hale said. Tomas downplayed his progress at the hot corner, though. He misplayed one ball while looking indecisive, and several of his throws needed to be dug out at first base. Tomas has gone 0-for-3 in each of his first two spring games.

Brewers | Jonathan Lucroy ahead of schedule
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 10:13:15 -0800

Milwaukee Brewers C Jonathan Lucroy (hamstring) is progressing nicely from his hamstring injury, and he might get into spring games earlier than expected.

Giants | Travis Ishikawa unlikely to play OF
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 09:09:37 -0800

San Francisco Giants 1B Travis Ishikawa is unlikely to play the outfield to start the season with OF Hunter Pence (forearm) sidelined. Ishikawa has just three regular season starts in left field, and the Giants have OFs Norichika Aoki, Gregor Blanco, Juan Perez and Justin Maxwell that they can mix and match with.

Reds | Joey Votto to play Saturday
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 07:44:36 -0800

Cincinnati Reds 1B Joey Votto (quadriceps) will make his spring debut Saturday, March 7.

Giants | Hunter Pence injury update
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 16:14:53 -0800

Updating previous reports, San Francisco Giants OF Hunter Pence (forearm) had X-rays confirming a non-displaced ulnar fracture. He's expected to miss six to eight weeks.

Giants | Hunter Pence out six to eight weeks?
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:46:34 -0800

Updating an ongoing story, San Francisco Giants OF Hunter Pence (forearm) feared he had sustained a fractured left forearm, when he was hit by a pitch Thursday, March 5. The typical recovery time for a non-displaced ulnar fracture is six to eight weeks, but the Giants will wait until they review the X-rays to announce a recovery timeline.

Phillies | Cliff Lee feels normal in outing
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:23:59 -0800

Philadelphia Phillies SP Cliff Lee (elbow) made 22 pitches (16 strikes) in his spring debut Thursday, March 5, and he said his arm "feels normal." It was Lee's first time facing hitters since straining his left elbow in the second half of 2014. He threw all fastballs Thursday with the exception of a curve and two cutters, but he was confident in the way he felt.

Giants | Bad news for Hunter Pence
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:19:28 -0800

Updating a previous report, San Francisco Giants OF Hunter Pence (forearm) likely has a broken bone in his forearm, according to manager Bruce Bochy.

Marlins | Giancarlo Stanton on track
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:16:37 -0800

Miami Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton (face) played four innings and had two at-bats in his first spring game Thursday, March 5, and he flied out twice and made two nice plays in the outfield. "It felt great," the slugger said. "I felt good in the box. We're right on track. But it was good to be in a game setting again." Any concerns about Stanton being hesitant at the plate were answered with St. Louis Cardinals SP Carlos Martinez humming heaters in at 95-96 mph. Stanton isn't being held back at all this spring, and he's in the process of getting his timing down at the plate. He feels mentally and physically ready, but he is wearing a wire attachment on his helmet as a precaution.

Giants | Hunter Pence headed for X-rays
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:55:14 -0800

San Francisco Giants OF Hunter Pence (hand) will undergo X-rays on his hand, after he was hit by a pitch Thursday, March 5, the team announced.

Cardinals | Jason Heyward slated for No. 2 spot?
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:44:29 -0800

St. Louis Cardinals OF Jason Heyward is expected to bat second this season, although manager Mike Matheny has not officially confirmed it.

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