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Padres | Yonder Alonso could bat second
Sat, 28 Mar 2015 17:27:24 -0700

San Diego Padres 1B Yonder Alonso hit second in the lineup Thursday, March 26, and Friday, March 27, going 5-for-5 with a walk, and manager Bud Black said he could bat Alonso in the No. 2 spot against right-handed pitching this season.


Rockies | Corey Dickerson exits with back issue
Sat, 28 Mar 2015 15:32:29 -0700

Colorado Rockies OF Corey Dickerson (back) left the game Saturday, March 28, with lower back tightness.


Nationals | Ryan Zimmerman out a couple days
Sat, 28 Mar 2015 14:13:12 -0700

Washington Nationals 1B Ryan Zimmerman (shoulder) is likely to miss the next two or three days after jamming his left shoulder/upper back area diving for a ball Friday, March 27. No MRI will be taken, and he said he feels better already.


Cardinals | Carlos Martinez has door wide open
Sat, 28 Mar 2015 14:05:55 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Carlos Martinez is likely to be named the No. 5 starter after SP Jaime Garcia (shoulder) was scratched from his start Sunday, March 29.


Cardinals | Jaime Garcia suffers setback
Sat, 28 Mar 2015 14:05:08 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Jaime Garcia (shoulder) was scratched from his start Sunday, March 29, before of discomfort in his problematic left shoulder.


Rockies | Carlos Gonzalez bothered by sore knee
Sat, 28 Mar 2015 11:55:57 -0700

Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez (knee) was removed from a Cactus League game against the San Diego Padres Friday, March 27, because of soreness in his surgically-repaired left knee. He began experiencing pain after catching a fly ball off the bat of 3B Will Middlebrooks in the third inning but remained in the game for his next at-bat before leaving. Gonzalez claimed the injury was "nothing major," although he is scheduled to be re-evaluated Saturday, March 28.


Nationals | Jayson Werth to swing Saturday
Sat, 28 Mar 2015 08:13:45 -0700

Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth (shoulder) is scheduled to take swings against a batting practice pitcher Saturday, March 28. He said he is feeling soreness in his shoulder because he is building up strength in the shoulder. Werth is still not ruling out opening day even though he knows he is running out of time.


Cubs | Jorge Soler goes yard
Sat, 28 Mar 2015 06:51:40 -0700

Chicago Cubs OF Jorge Soler hit his third home run of the spring Friday, March 27. He has six runs, nine RBI and a .333/.370/.619 slash line through 46 plate appearances.


Dodgers | Brandon League to miss two months
Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:11:25 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers RP Brandon League (shoulder) will miss at least two months with a right shoulder injury.


Pirates | Jung-ho Kang will make club
Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:00:45 -0700

Pittsburgh Pirates SS Jung-ho Kang will break camp with the parent club despite a .111 spring average. General manager Neal Huntington told reporters the club had seen some good things from Kang.


Reds | Homer Bailey faces minor leaguers
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:52:15 -0700

Cincinnati Reds SP Homer Bailey (elbow) allowed a run and three hits in three innings of work against minor leaguers Friday, March 27, and he walked two and struck out four. It was Bailey's second spring outing after coming back from elbow surgery last September. Bailey is focused on getting ready for the regular season, and he is feeling really good. He threw all of his pitches in the outing Friday. The Reds expect Bailey to miss one or two starts in April.


Cardinals | Carlos Martinez with strong start
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:17:26 -0700

St. Louis Cardinals SP Carlos Martinez allowed a run on five hits and two walks while fanning six in five innings against the Washington Nationals Friday, March 27. Martinez lowered his spring ERA to 3.94.


Nationals | Extension unlikely for Jordan Zimmermann
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:41:19 -0700

Washington Nationals SP Jordan Zimmermann, who said he won't talk contract extension during the regular season, said it doesn't look good for him to reach a long-term deal with the team before now and opening day. It's believed that there haven't been substantive contract talks between the two sides to this point. Zimmermann is eligible for free agency this winter, and the team may have moved on after the signed SP Max Scherzer to a team-record $210 million deal this offseason.


Nationals | Ryan Zimmerman taken out of game
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:24:28 -0700

Washington Nationals 1B Ryan Zimmerman (side) left the spring game early Friday, March 27, after having "banged himself" on the left side while making a diving stop in the first inning, according to manager Matt Williams. Zimmerman didn't ask to be taken out, though, and Williams insisted the move was precautionary. "He's good," Williams said following his team's 1-1 tie with the St. Louis Cardinals. "He's played three in a row. He's fine. He dove for that ball, banged himself a little bit. But he's good. No worries."


Mets | Opener unlikely for Daniel Murphy?
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:19:51 -0700

New York Mets 2B Daniel Murphy (hamstring) may have a tough time making it back in time for opening day, and the team is starting to sound pessimistic about his chances. Murphy will only play in minor league games next week if he can.


Braves | Julio Teheran to start on OD
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:08:23 -0700

Atlanta Braves SP Julio Teheran will start on opening day April 6 against the Miami Marlins on the road, according to manager Fredi Gonzalez.


Mets | Matt Harvey dominant again
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:05:19 -0700

New York Mets SP Matt Harvey lost his 9 2/3-inning spring scoreless streak against the St. Louis Cardinals Friday, March 27, but he finished with three hits, one run and five strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. Harvey's Grapefruit League ERA is no2 1.45 after the 80-pitch effort, and his fastball ranged between 95-98 mph. He didn't allow a walk and has walked just one hitter in 18 2/3 innings.


Cubs | Kris Bryant needs more seasoning?
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:38:30 -0700

Chicago Cubs 3B Kris Bryant says that he is ready to start the 2015 season in the major leagues, but team president Theo Epstein said the team is still evaluating the youngster, and he might need more seasoning in the minors before he makes his major league debut. Bryant currently leads all of baseball with nine home runs this spring and his batting .406 with 15 RBI. "I've never put a guy on an opening day roster who hadn't played in the big leagues previously. In 13 years, I've never done it," Epstein said. The Cubs can prevent Bryant from becoming a free agent until 2021 if he doesn't make his debut until at least mid-April.


Dodgers | Joc Pederson proving he's for real
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:17:32 -0700

Los Angeles Dodgers OF Joc Pederson is hitting .415 this spring and has proven to be a dynamic presence in center field in the absence of OF Matt Kemp, who was traded away in the offseason.


Marlins | Dee Gordon playing well
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:12:16 -0700

Miami Marlins 2B Dee Gordon has six stolen bases and a .400 on-base percentage in spring training, as he has picked up right where he left off in 2014.


Nationals | No timetable for Anthony Rendon
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:50:11 -0700

Washington Nationals 3B Anthony Rendon (knee) has no timetable for his return to baseball activities, according to manager Matt Williams. Rendon had a second MRI exam Wednesday, March 25, that came back clean. Rendon was feeling better than he has recently, though.


Nationals | Bryce Harper returns Friday
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:33:31 -0700

Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper (illness) returned to the lineup Friday, March 27.


Nationals | Stephen Strasburg to pitch Saturday
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:31:17 -0700

Washington Nationals SP Stephen Strasburg (ankle) is set to start Saturday, March 28, after missing two starts with an ingrown toenail and a sprained ankle.


Nationals | Drew Storen set to go Friday
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:30:41 -0700

Washington Nationals RP Drew Storen (hand) is scheduled to pitch Friday, March 27, for the first time since having surgery to remove the hamate bone from his left hand.


Braves | Jace Peterson likely to win at 2B
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 06:44:29 -0700

Atlanta Braves 2B Jace Peterson is expected to win the starting second base job. He could receive occasional days off against lefties, though.


Marlins | Jarred Cosart investigated for betting
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 04:38:22 -0700

Miami Marlins SP Jarred Cosart is being looked at for gambling-related claims on Twitter, according to a report in the Miami New Times. Cosart is cooperating with Major League Baseball and told reporters that a Twitter account with his name on it was not created by him.


Braves | John Buck retires
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 04:32:51 -0700

Atlanta Braves C John Buck announced his retirement on Thursday, March 26. Buck hit 134 home runs over an 11-year career.