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Nationals | Jayson Werth dealing with soreness
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:50:38 -0700

Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth (shoulder) is dealing with soreness in his surgically repaired shoulder when he tries to hit, according to manager Matt Williams. Werth has been cleared to swing a regular bat but is not cleared for full batting practice.


Mets | Jon Niese working on mechanics
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:31:21 -0700

New York Mets SP Jon Niese pitched in a simulated game Thursday, March 26, in order to fix his mechanics. Niese noticed during his last bullpen session that he was stepping more toward the first base side when he landed, which fatigued his left shoulder. Niese used the simulated game to step toward the home plate and said his shoulder felt much better.


Brewers | MIL still has faith in Jimmy Nelson
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:30:00 -0700

Milwaukee Brewers SP Jimmy Nelson has struggled this spring, but he remains on track to be the No. 5 starter for the team this season, according to manager Ron Roenicke. Nelson has a 6.23 ERA in four outings during spring training and is allowing batters to hit .304 off him. The Brewers believe Nelson has the stuff to be successful in the major leagues.


Nationals | Bryce Harper has stomach virus
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:36:18 -0700

Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper (illness) is dealing with a stomach virus, according to manager Matt Williams. The team is hoping that he can return to action Friday, March 27.


Braves | Christian Bethancourt returns
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:35:40 -0700

Atlanta Braves C Christian Bethancourt (illness) returned to the lineup Thursday, March 26.


Phillies | J.P. Crawford out 4-6 weeks
Thu, 26 Mar 2015 05:44:06 -0700

Philadelphia Phillies SS J.P. Crawford (oblique) will miss four to six weeks with a strained left oblique.


Giants | Angel Pagan to the three-hole?
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:46:35 -0700

San Francisco Giants OF Angel Pagan might be used in the third spot of the batting order for manager Bruce Bochy. It appears OF Norichika Aoki is working his way into the leadoff spot, and 2B Joe Panik will be the two-hole hitter with Pagan sliding down the order. "Hopefully this works. I think it could work with the way Aoki grinds at-bats and finds ways to get on base, and I like Angel in the three-hole. But we'll see how it goes in the next nine to 10 days," Bochy said Wednesday, March 25.


Giants | Joe Panik could take more pitches
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 18:45:51 -0700

San Francisco Giants 2B Joe Panik appears to be set to serve as the team's No. 2 hitter, and he might be asked to take more pitches to allow potential leadoff man OF Norichika Aoki more opportunities to steal a base. The team haven't discussed the situation, but Aoki said he will talk to Panik if the two are officially penciled in as the one and two hitters. Aoki is hopeful of stealing more bases in his return to the National League.


Giants | Norichika Aoki could hit leadoff for SF
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:14:18 -0700

San Francisco Giants OF Norichika Aoki is a candidate to hit leadoff. Manager Bruce Bochy voiced a desire for Aoki to work as the leadoff hitter so OF Angel Pagan (back) can be dropped to third in the order. Aoki has hit leadoff in 336 of his 384 big leagues starts. He hopes to be more aggressive now that he's back in the National League. Aoki stole 50 bases in two season with the Milwaukee Brewers before stealing only 17 with the Kansas City Royals last year.


Giants | Tim Hudson still building arm strength
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 17:08:14 -0700

San Francisco Giants SP Tim Hudson (ankle) threw a spring-high 78 pitches Wednesday, March 25, completing six innings, giving up three runs on six hits. Hudson is still trying to build up arm strength as he recovers from right ankle surgery. He's likely lined up to be the fourth starter for the Giants.


Giants | Buster Posey pulled after five innings
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:51:33 -0700

San Francisco Giants C Buster Posey (shoulder) was pulled after five innings Wednesday, March 25, with minor scapula discomfort. Posey had trouble loosening his shoulder, but the Giants don't consider it a big deal. He'll play first base Thursday, March 26, instead of catching.


Reds | Johnny Cueto still has time to be ready for OD
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:22:07 -0700

Cincinnati Reds SP Johnny Cueto still has time to return, get two starts and be ready for opening day, according to manager Bryan Price.


Reds | Homer Bailey should be back in April
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:20:52 -0700

Cincinnati Reds SP Homer Bailey (elbow) is on track to return by late April, according to manager Bryan Price.


Cardinals | Michael Wacha not walking hitters
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:41:23 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Michael Wacha admitted that he is happy about his lack of walks this spring. He issued his first walk Wednesday, March 25, after opening with 13 2/3 walk-free innings in spring training. "That's been one of the things coming into spring training -- filling up the zone, and not just with strikes, but with quality strikes," Wacha said. "I've been pretty happy with my ability to throw strikes so far this spring. I'm just going to continue to work on it and continue to pound the zone."


Cardinals | Matt Carpenter removed as precaution
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:40:44 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals 3B Matt Carpenter (quadriceps) left the game early because of a right quadriceps contusion Wednesday, March 25, when he was hit by a pitch. Manager Mike Matheny said Carpenter was removed as a precaution.


Cubs | Starlin Castro 100% healthy
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:08:18 -0700

Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro (groin) said he is 100% healthy and has no problems with his groin Wednesday, March 25.

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