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2015/03/04
OF
Ackley, Dustin
SEA
Seattle Mariners OF Dustin Ackley is expected to split time in left field with 2B Rickie Weeks, according to manager Lloyd McClendon. However, McClendon doesn't plan on using projected platoons in spring games. For example, Ackley will see playing time against left-handers in camp.
2015/03/04
SS
Andrus, Elvis
TEX
Texas Rangers SS Elvis Andrus said he's in the best shape of his life entering the 2015 season after hitting a career-low .263 in 2014. He said he has reported to camp in much better shape this year. "I really believe that," Andrus said. "This year I took it a thousand times (more) seriously than I did the year before. It's part of the growing part, knowing yourself, knowing your body a little bit more every year. I had a really good plan. Our bodies are our business. You have to take care of that year in and year out."
2015/03/04
C
Avila, Alex
DET
Detroit Tigers C Alex Avila is out of the lineup temporarily, as his wife is due to give birth to the couple's second child. Avila will miss a few games but plans to return by Saturday, March 7.
2015/03/03
OF
Buxton, Byron
MIN
Minnesota Twins OF Byron Buxton has a backer in general manager Terry Ryan, who said he hopes Buxton earns a callup later this season. Ryan also said he isn't sure if that is realistic.
2015/03/03
OF
Buxton, Byron
MIN
Minnesota Twins OF Byron Buxton (flu) is downplaying the two days he has missed in camp with the flu. He was back in action Tuesday, March 3, and said he felt fine. Buxton missed 31 combined games between High-Single-A Fort Myers and Double-A New Britain in 2014 with various injuries. After dealing with that, he has a better grasp on how to keep his body healthy this year. Manager Paul Molitor doesn't seem concerned over the time Buxton has missed due to injuries in the minors.
2015/03/03
3B
Castellanos, Nick
DET
Detroit Tigers 3B Nick Castellanos (hand) left the team's game against the Baltimore Orioles Tuesday, March 3, with a left hand contusion. X-rays were negative and he is day-to-day.
2015/03/03
OF
Castillo, Rusney
BOS
Boston Red Sox OF Rusney Castillo (side) is reporting some pain in his left side, and he'll be re-evaluated Wednesday, March 4.
2015/03/04
OF
Castillo, Rusney
BOS
Boston Red Sox OF Rusney Castillo (oblique) is dealing with a strained left oblique and will miss at least a week in camp.
2015/03/03
OF
Choo, Shin-Soo
TEX
Texas Rangers OF Shin-Soo Choo could hit in the second spot this season, with OF Leonys Martin being given every opportunity to stick in the leadoff spot this spring. A return to the No. 2 spot would allow Choo to hit in the more traditional "production" spot in Texas' lineup. However, if Martin ends up struggling against lefties, Choo could be considered for the top spot.
2015/03/04
SP
Cobb, Alex
TB
Tampa Bay Rays SP Alex Cobb was named the opening day starter Wednesday, March 4.
2015/03/04
OF
Crisp, Coco
OAK
Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp will be moved from center field to left field this year in an effort to keep him healthy as he ages. OFs Craig Gentry and Sam Fuld will form a platoon in center field. Crips played in just 126 games in 2014 due to a lingering neck issue that he suffered while crashing into the outfield wall, and he hasn't played in more than 136 games since 2007. Crisp has appeared in left field 232 times in his 13-year career, including 138 times in 2205. Manager Bob Melvin expects Crisp to remain exclusively in left field this spring.
2015/03/03
2B
Dozier, Brian
MIN
Minnesota Twins 2B Brian Dozier and the team are making progress on a contract extension. The deal is believed to be close, although no terms have been disclosed.
2015/03/03
OF
Ellsbury, Jacoby
NYY
New York Yankees OFs Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner could both sit atop the lineup this season, according to manager Joe Girardi. Injuries forced the Yanks to use Ellsbury more in the No. 3 spot last year, where they weren't able to showcase his elite on-base abilities. Girardi also wants to continue to see both Ellsbury and Gardner run on the bases and put pressure on opposing pitchers.
2015/03/03
RP
Frieri, Ernesto
TB
Tampa Bay Rays RP Ernesto Frieri said he signed with the team in order to work with pitching coach Jim Hickey, and Hickey said that Frieri has looked good so far in camp.
2015/03/04
OF
Fuld, Sam
OAK
Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp will be moved from center field to left field this year in an effort to keep him healthy as he ages. OFs Craig Gentry and Sam Fuld will form a platoon in center field. Crips played in just 126 games in 2014 due to a lingering neck issue that he suffered while crashing into the outfield wall, and he hasn't played in more than 136 games since 2007. Crisp has appeared in left field 232 times in his 13-year career, including 138 times in 2205. Manager Bob Melvin expects Crisp to remain exclusively in left field this spring.
2015/03/03
OF
Gardner, Brett
NYY
New York Yankees OFs Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner could both sit atop the lineup this season, according to manager Joe Girardi. Injuries forced the Yanks to use Ellsbury more in the No. 3 spot last year, where they weren't able to showcase his elite on-base abilities. Girardi also wants to continue to see both Ellsbury and Gardner run on the bases and put pressure on opposing pitchers.
2015/03/03
2B
Gennett, Scooter
MIL
Milwaukee Brewers 2B Scooter Gennett signed a contract for 2015 with the Brewers Tuesday, March 3. The Brewers set Tuesday as their deadline for players ineligible for arbitration to sign or have their contract renewed at a salary of the team's choosing.
2015/03/04
OF
Gentry, Craig
OAK
Oakland Athletics OF Coco Crisp will be moved from center field to left field this year in an effort to keep him healthy as he ages. OFs Craig Gentry and Sam Fuld will form a platoon in center field. Crips played in just 126 games in 2014 due to a lingering neck issue that he suffered while crashing into the outfield wall, and he hasn't played in more than 136 games since 2007. Crisp has appeared in left field 232 times in his 13-year career, including 138 times in 2205. Manager Bob Melvin expects Crisp to remain exclusively in left field this spring.
2015/03/03
SP
Greinke, Zack
LAD
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Zack Greinke (elbow) threw a bullpen session Tuesday, March 3, and manager Don Mattingly said Greinke has progressed steadily since receiving a precautionary elbow injection.
2015/03/04
RP
Hanrahan, Joel
FA
Detroit Tigers RP Joel Hanrahan (elbow) will have his second Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and likely miss the 2015 season.
2015/03/03
SP
Heaney, Andrew
LAA
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Andrew Heaney has a "legitimate shot" at cracking the starting rotation, according to manager Mike Scioscia. "We think he's ready for the challenge of the major leagues," Scioscia said. "(Making a team for the first time) is sometimes the toughest bridge for a player to cross."
2015/03/03
1B
Howard, Ryan
PHI
Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard said he cut sugar out of his diet starting back in November of last year, and he's lost 15 to 20 pounds as a result.
2015/03/03
SP
Hultzen, Danny
SEA
Seattle Mariners SP Danny Hultzen (shoulder) threw 28 pitches of live batting practice Tuesday, March 3, and he said he felt great once again.
2015/03/03
SS
Kang, Jung-Ho
PIT
Pittsburgh Pirates SS Jung-Ho Kang hit a home run in his second at-bat of the team's Grapefruit League opener Tuesday, March 3, against the Toronto Blue Jays. It was an impressive solo shot.
2015/03/03
OF
Martin, Leonys
TEX
Texas Rangers OF Shin-Soo Choo could hit in the second spot this season, with OF Leonys Martin being given every opportunity to stick in the leadoff spot this spring. A return to the No. 2 spot would allow Choo to hit in the more traditional "production" spot in Texas' lineup. However, if Martin ends up struggling against lefties, Choo could be considered for the top spot.
2015/03/03
DH
Martinez, Victor
DET
Detroit Tigers DH Victor Martinez (knee) appears to be on track to be ready for opening day. He took 50 total swings off a tee Monday, March 2, and he picked up the intensity while running on an anti-gravity treadmill. Martinez hasn't suffered from any additional swelling in his knee, and he hopes to return to game action and receive a decent amount of at-bats this spring. "You know what, in my whole career, I always take from 50 to 70," Martinez said, "but I'm the kind of guy I need a lot of repetitions to get going. We'll see. I think maybe two weeks playing maybe every day, it'll get me to that point."
2015/03/03
SP
Nelson, Jimmy
MIL
Milwaukee Brewers SP Jimmy Nelson dealt with control issues in the minors, and scouts have wondered if he's best suited for a bullpen role. As a result, his main objective this year if to develop his changeup and to keep his pitches down in the strike zone. Nelson went 2-9 with a 4.93 ERA in 14 outings with the Brewers in 2014.
2015/03/03
SP
Niese, Jon
NYM
New York Mets SP Jon Niese (shoulder) threw two innings in the team's intrasquad game Tuesday, March 3, and reported no shoulder discomfort following his work.
2015/03/03
SS
Peraza, Jose
ATL
Atlanta Braves SS Jose Peraza is creating debate among Braves coaches regarding his readiness to start the season in the majors. "Half of them say, 'he's ready to go,'" Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "Some say, 'give him a couple of months, he hasnít been any higher than Double-A.' Itís always a good discussion."
2015/03/04
OF
Pompey, Dalton
TOR
Toronto Blue Jays OF Dalton Pompey has help in spring camp, as former Blue Jays OF Vernon Wells was brought in to help Pompey deal with the mental side of the game.
2015/03/04
SP
Richards, Garrett
LAA
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Garrett Richards (knee) will throw his sixth bullpen session of the spring Wednesday, March 4, and manager Mike Scioscia said Richards will simulate coming off the mound to cover first base for the first time.
2015/03/03
RP
Rodriguez, Francisco
MIL
Milwaukee Brewers RP Francisco Rodriguez has begun the process of applying for a work visa, and it's unclear when he'll report to camp. Rodriguez's contract isn't finalized with the Brewers, but they've already cleared a 40-man roster spot in anticipation of adding him to their roster.
2015/03/03
GM
Ryan, Terry
MIN
Minnesota Twins OF Byron Buxton has a backer in general manager Terry Ryan, who said he hopes Buxton earns a callup later this season. Ryan also said he isn't sure if that is realistic.
2015/03/03
GM
Ryan, Terry
MIN
Minnesota Twins 3B Miguel Sano may be on track for a callup later this season, according to general manager Terry Ryan. Ryan did say later that he wasn't sure if a callup was realistic for 2015.
2015/03/03
3B
Sano, Miguel
MIN
Minnesota Twins 3B Miguel Sano may be on track for a callup later this season, according to general manager Terry Ryan. Ryan did say later that he wasn't sure if a callup was realistic for 2015.
2015/03/03
MAN
Scioscia, Mike
LAA
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Andrew Heaney has a "legitimate shot" at cracking the starting rotation, according to manager Mike Scioscia. "We think he's ready for the challenge of the major leagues," Scioscia said. "(Making a team for the first time) is sometimes the toughest bridge for a player to cross."
2015/03/03
SS
Segura, Jean
MIL
Milwaukee Brewers SS Jean Segura signed a contract for 2015 with the Brewers Tuesday, March 3. The Brewers set Tuesday as their deadline for players ineligible for arbitration to sign or have their contract renewed at a salary of the team's choosing.
2015/03/03
SS
Simmons, Andrelton
ATL
Updating a previous report, Atlanta Braves SS Andrelton Simmons (oblique) is expected to miss at least the first few spring training games.
2015/03/03
OF
Souza, Steven
TB
Tampa Bay Rays OF Steven Souza has impressed manager Kevin Cash early this spring. "Everything he does he does with a purpose, which has been impressive," Cash said. "He's very conscientious of his craft and how he goes about it. But as far as actually knowing him that well, it takes some time, like everybody else. But our conversations up to this point have gone really well."
2015/03/03
OF
Stanton, Giancarlo
MIA
Miami Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton is expected to play against the St. Louis Cardinals in Miami's Grapefruit League opener Thursday, March 5.
2015/03/03
SP
Tanaka, Masahiro
NYY
New York Yankees SP Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) tweaked his pitching mechanics, something he thinks contributed to his elbow injury in 2014. "I don't think they were solid," Tanaka said. "With the right mechanics, the right form, the right balance, you're able to throw a solid pitch. It's not about how much power you can put on the throw. It's more about the mechanics. That's what I believe." Most of the mechanical adjustments for Tanaka involve making sure his arm is in sync with the rest of his delivery.
2015/03/03
P
Urias, Julio
LAD
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Julio Urias is creating hysteria in spring camp this year, and he's drawing comparisons to SP Clayton Kershaw when he was just 20 years of age. "I've only seen him throw a bullpen, but obviously he's really talented," Kershaw said. "I wouldn't look at his results here too carefully." Urias will pitch in a split-squad game Friday, March 6, and management and media have been flocking to watch him pitch. The Dodgers plan to send Urias down to the minors when the season starts, though, regardless of how impressive he is in camp. However, nobody is ruling out a call-up this year, even though Urias is only 18 years old.
2015/03/04
2B
Weeks, Rickie
SEA
Seattle Mariners OF Dustin Ackley is expected to split time in left field with 2B Rickie Weeks, according to manager Lloyd McClendon. However, McClendon doesn't plan on using projected platoons in spring games. For example, Ackley will see playing time against left-handers in camp.
2015/03/04
OF
Wells, Vernon
FA
Toronto Blue Jays OF Dalton Pompey has help in spring camp, as former Blue Jays OF Vernon Wells was brought in to help Pompey deal with the mental side of the game.
2015/03/03
3B
Wright, David
NYM
New York Mets 3B David Wright (shoulder) took the field for an intrasquad game Tuesday, March 3, which marked the first time since his shoulder injury last season that he saw action.
2015/03/03
SP
Young, Chris R.
FA
Free-agent SP Chris R. Young (Mariners) is nearing a decision on a team, and he is expected to sign by the end of the week.