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  • Abreu goes 3-for-3 in a loss to the Dodgers
    Jose Abreu singled three times in as many at-bats as the White Sox fell 9-6 to the Dodgers on Thursday.

    Advice: Abreu hit his first spring home run on Tuesday, which might have given one the impression he was having a slow spring. That is certainly not the case, as Thursday's effort brings his Cactus League average up to .488 (21-for-43). The lack of power -- two doubles, one triple, one homer -- shouldn't be concerning unless it persists into May.
    Yesterday, 5:00 pm
  • Jake Petricka nursing some arm soreness
    White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Thursday that Jake Petricka is dealing with some soreness in his throwing arm.

    Advice: The skipper indicated that it's merely "normal spring training soreness" and that he expects the setup man to be fine. "We have a few guys that are doing that right now," Ventura said. "When they are ready to go, they are ready to go. I don't think it's anything that's going to make them miss the start of the season." Closer David Robertson is also nursing minor soreness in his forearm, so it's possible ninth-inning duties could fall to Zach Putnam should Robertson and Petricka recover more slowly than expected. At this point, though, the White Sox don't seem to be worried.
    Yesterday, 4:12 pm
  • Hernandez effective over 6 innings vs. Royals
    Felix Hernandez tossed six effective innings, holding the Royals to one run on Thursday.

    Advice: It was the first time this spring Hernandez had completed even the third inning, let alone six frames. No matter, though, as the Mariners have been carefully managing the right-hander's workload. Hernandez, soon to be 29 years old, has logged 200-plus innings in each of the last seven seasons.
    Yesterday, 3:33 pm
  • Johnson has moderate ab strain
    Erik Johnson was diagnosed with a moderate abdominal strain.

    Advice: The initial report stated that Johnson suffered an oblique strain. Either way, he's not expected to be ready for the season and will begin the year in the minors when he does.
    Yesterday, 3:04 pm
  • A's Doolittle (shoulder) to play catch Friday
    Sean Doolittle (shoulder) is set to begin playing catch Friday.

    Advice: It will be a big step for Doolittle, who was diagnosed with a slight tear in his rotator cuff back about two months ago. If he continues to make progress, a return in early May is realistic.
    Yesterday, 2:46 pm
  • Steve Tolleson hits three-run homer
    Steve Tolleson hit a three-run homer off Ken Giles to lead the Jays past the Phillies 4-1 on Thursday.

    Advice: With Devon Travis looking probable for the second base job, it'll probably be between Tolleson and Ryan Goins for a utility gig, with Tolleson having the advantage of being out of options. Tolleson is hitting .259/.310/.556 in 27 at-bats this spring.
    Yesterday, 2:33 pm
  • Cole Hamels goes five scoreless
    Cole Hamels finally had a strong outing Thursday, going five scoreless against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Hamels entered with a 7.59 ERA in four starts, but we didn't think it was anything to worry about at all. What we are concerned about is the Phillies' ability to provide him with any run support at all.
    Yesterday, 2:32 pm
  • Vazquez (elbow) restricted in throwing
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said Thursday that Christian Vazquez (elbow) is still "restricted" in his throwing.

    Advice: Vazquez threw to bases Thursday, but not at full-intensity and Farrell said that he's not game-ready at this point. Still, the 24-year-old backstop is confident that he'll be ready for Opening Day.
    Yesterday, 1:10 pm
  • Vazquez (elbow) expects to be ready for OD
    Christian Vazquez (elbow) expressed confidence Thursday that he will be ready for the season-opener.

    Advice: Vazquez has appeared in just one game since March 13 due to elbow soreness, but he threw to bases Thursday in Red Sox camp and felt good. Boston's young starting catcher will play in a minor league game Friday.
    Yesterday, 12:15 pm
  • League getting second opinion on shoulder
    Brandon League will get a second opinion about his right shoulder Friday from Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

    Advice: League underwent an MRI on the shoulder Wednesday, but the Dodgers haven't revealed the results. The 32-year-old right-hander has been dealing with shoulder discomfort for much of March and obviously won't be ready for Opening Day. He's owed $8.5 million in 2015.
    Yesterday, 9:53 am
  • Bethancourt (flu) back in Braves' lineup Thu.
    Christian Bethancourt (flu) is back in the Braves' Grapefruit League lineup on Thursday.

    Advice: Bethancourt missed a week -- and lost six pounds -- due to a bad case of the flu. But he should have just enough time to get back in shape before the Braves open their regular-season schedule on April 6.
    Yesterday, 9:08 am
  • Asche out Thursday with back tightness
    Cody Asche has been scratched from the Phillies' lineup Thursday due to back tightness.

    Advice: Asche felt the discomfort during pre-game stretching. It doesn't sound like anything to be concerned about. The 24-year-old will open the 2015 season as the Phillies' starting third baseman, though top prospect Maikel Franco is hot on his tail. Asche could eventually move to the outfield.
    Yesterday, 8:24 am
  • Flores (foot) back in Mets' lineup Thursday
    Wilmer Flores (foot) is back in the Mets' Grapefruit League lineup on Thursday afternoon.

    Advice: And it's a road game. Flores fouled a ball off his foot last Sunday and was left with some bruising and some soreness, but X-rays came back negative and the young shortstop will be fine for the beginning of the 2015 regular season.
    Yesterday, 7:53 am
  • Pinto (concussion) to hit in cage on Thursday
    Josmil Pinto (concussion) is planning to hit in a batting cage Thursday in Twins camp.

    Advice: Pinto suffered a concussion last Saturday when he was hit in the head by a backswing. He's hoping to get back into Grapefruit League action over the weekend and he should be fine for the start of the season.
    Yesterday, 7:23 am
  • Vazquez (elbow) to play minors game Friday
    Christian Vazquez (elbow) is scheduled to catch in another minor league game Friday.

    Advice: Vazquez has appeared in just one Grapefruit League game since March 13 due to soreness in his throwing elbow. He said he should have a "more clear read" on his status for Opening Day by this weekend. The minor league game Friday will be a big test.
    Yesterday, 6:50 am
  • Blue Jays reassign Ezequiel Carrera to minors
    Blue Jays reassigned OF Ezequiel Carrera to minor league camp.

    Advice: Carrera only had an outside shot at an Opening Day roster spot and managed just two hits in 38 plate appearances this spring. He'll be organizational outfield depth.
    Yesterday, 5:50 am
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  • Tigers option Buck Farmer to AAA Toledo
    Tigers optioned RHP Buck Farmer to Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: Farmer gave up eight hits, five walks, and five earned runs in 8 2/3 innings this spring in the Grapefruit League. The 24-year-old right-hander was a fifth-round pick in 2013 out of Georgia Tech and has registered some intriguing minor league numbers. He may get a few spot starts later this year.
    Yesterday, 5:42 am
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  • Erik Johnson diagnosed with oblique strain
    Erik Johnson has been diagnosed with an oblique strain.

    Advice: Johnson suffered the injury over a week ago. White Sox manager Robin Ventura called it a "moderate" strain Wednesday, but the right-hander is doubtful to be ready for the start of the regular season. He wasn't in the mix for the Opening Day roster anyway.
    Wednesday, 2:07 pm
  • Doolittle (shoulder) could play catch soon
    Sean Doolittle (shoulder) could begin playing catch by the end of this week.

    Advice: Doolittle is rehabbing a slight tear in his rotator cuff and has been focused on sock throws in recent days. The A's are pleased with his progress and he appears on track to return around the start of May.
    Wednesday, 9:39 am
  • Brandon League to go for MRI on shoulder
    Brandon League will undergo an MRI on his right shoulder Wednesday.

    Advice: It's a troubling development for the Dodgers. League has been dealing with shoulder soreness this spring and didn't feel right during his bullpen session Tuesday. He now appears likely to begin the year on the disabled list.
    Wednesday, 8:54 am
  • Pinto (concussion) ready for limited activity
    Josmil Pinto (concussion) has been cleared to resume limited baseball activity.

    Advice: Pinto suffered a concussion when he was hit in the head by a backswing on Saturday, but he plans to hit in the cage Wednesday and perhaps even do some catching work. The Twins will surely keep an eye on him to see how he responds, but it sounds like he won't miss much time.
    Wednesday, 6:40 am
  • Jose Abreu blasts first spring homer Tuesday
    Jose Abreu blasted his first Cactus League home run in a losing effort against the Rockies on Tuesday.

    Advice: The reigning American Rookie of the Year launched a solo shot off Jairo Diaz in the fifth inning. While it was his first time leaving the yard, he has been hammering the ball all over the field in Cactus League play, hitting .459 (17-for-37) with seven RBI. He looks like a very strong pick in the opening round of fantasy drafts.
    Tuesday, 5:37 pm
  • Flores (foot) could return to action Thursday
    Wilmer Flores (foot) could return to Grapefruit League action on Thursday.

    Advice: Flores made it through a range of drills Tuesday in Mets camp without experiencing significant discomfort in his bruised left foot. X-rays taken Sunday came back negative. He'll be fine for Opening Day.
    Tuesday, 1:12 pm
  • Pinto (concussion) feeling improvement
    Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Tuesday that Josmil Pinto (concussion) is doing better.

    Advice: Pinto suffered a concussion when he was hit in the head by Adam Jones' backswing on Saturday. He has resumed riding a bike, but it's unclear when he'll be ready for baseball activities. Obviously the Twins will handle the situation with care.
    Tuesday, 10:09 am
  • Flores (foot) to try activity Tuesday
    Wilmer Flores (foot) plans to throw, stretch, and hit Tuesday.

    Advice: Flores fouled a ball off his foot during Sunday's game, but X-rays came back negative and he only had to wear a walking boot for less than 24 hours. He's not ready to run yet, but it's not expected to be a long-term issue.
    Tuesday, 6:05 am
  • Abreu extends hitting streak to nine games
    Jose Abreu went 1-for-3 with a walk in Monday's 10-1 loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Abreu extended his Cactus League hitting streak to nine games with an eighth-inning single. The slugger has been on fire this spring, now hitting .471 (16-for-34) with two doubles and a triple. He has yet to homer, though.
    Monday, 4:10 pm
  • Wilmer Flores removes walking boot
    Wilmer Flores removed the walking boot from his left foot Monday morning.

    Advice: It was just a day ago that Flores left a game after fouling a ball off the foot. X-rays came back clean, though, and he fully expects to be fine come Opening Day. "It was bad yesterday -- I couldn't even walk on it," Flores said. "It's a little bit swollen. I'm having a problem walking right now. I'm just going to go day by day and we'll see how it goes."
    Monday, 4:02 pm
  • Doolittle (shoulder) did sock throws Monday
    Sean Doolittle (shoulder) did sock throws Monday.

    Advice: It's a light range-of-motion exercise and Doolittle reported no issues during or after the workout. The left-handed closer is rehabbing a slight tear in his rotator cuff. He's expected to join the Athletics' bullpen around the beginning of May.
    Monday, 9:24 am
  • Wilmer Flores diagnosed with bruised foot
    Wilmer Flores was diagnosed with a bruised foot after X-rays came back negative on Sunday.

    Advice: Flores sustained the injury when he fouled a ball off his foot during Sunday's Grapefruit League game. The Mets sent him for precautionary X-rays to rule out a fracture and have to be thrilled with the diagnosis. He should return to action in a few days.
    Sunday, 6:54 pm
  • Wilmer Flores heading for X-rays on foot
    Wilmer Flores is heading for X-rays after fouling a ball off his left foot during Sunday's Grapefruit League game.

    Advice: Flores is in a walking boot for the time being and noted being in a lot of pain. The Mets should have an update on his status shortly. If he is looking at an extended absence, Ruben Tejada could be forced into the primary shortstop role once again.
    Sunday, 1:25 pm
  • League (shoulder) could pitch Thursday
    Brandon League (shoulder) could pitch in a Cactus League game as early as Thursday.

    Advice: League threw a 15-pitch bullpen session Sunday with no ill effects. He'll throw another bullpen Tuesday before getting into a game. League has been dealing with some soreness in the shoulder, but he expects to be ready for the start of the season.
    Sunday, 12:00 pm
  • Pinto (concussion) to be held out 4-5 days
    Josmil Pinto will be held out of baseball activities for 4-5 days due to a concussion.

    Advice: Pinto's teammate Eduardo Escobar told reporters Pinto didn't sustain a concussion in Saturday's game, but that was obviously uninformed opinion. A CT scan came back negative, but Pinto reported feeling dizzy Saturday, Twins manager Paul Molitor said. Concussions are notoriously fickle, so it's tough to say how long Pinto may be sidelined.
    Sunday, 8:21 am
  • Pinto avoids concussion after rough day
    Josmil Pinto did not suffer a concussion as a result of being hit in the head by Adam Jones' backswing Saturday, teammate Eduardo Escobar said.

    Advice: Pinto was actually hit by Jones' backswing three times, according to St. Paul Pioneer Press reporter Mike Berardino. The backstop was evaluated for a concussion Saturday, but Escobar said his teammate is "OK" and that he's feeling better. Pinto didn't travel with the Twins for their Sunday Grapefruit League game, and the team should give a clearer picture of his status shortly.
    Sunday, 5:09 am
  • King Felix crushed by the Cubs' bat in a loss
    Felix Hernandez was hit hard by the Cubs in Saturday's start, as he was on the hook for six runs over 2 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Hernandez served up home runs to Kris Bryant and Addison Russell, two of the Cubs' best prospects, so there's certainly no shame there. On the afternoon, the right-hander allowed six hits and a walk while striking out two. The Mariners had Hernandez, who has only logged 4 2/3 innings so far, make a late start to the spring just to manage his workload. He led the league with a 2.14 ERA in 236 innings last season and should be counted on to be among the elite again in 2015.
    Saturday, 4:50 pm
  • Cole Hamels gives up two homers to Jays
    Cole Hamels allowed two runs in 3 2/3 innings and struck out five against the Blue Jays on Saturday.

    Advice: Hamels gave up homers to Jose Reyes and Jose Bautista in the first inning, but he improved after that and he ended up lowering his spring ERA to 7.59. We still have no concerns at all about his poor showing this month.
    Saturday, 2:16 pm
  • Josmil Pinto being evaluated for concussion
    Josmil Pinto is being evaluated for a concussion after being hit in the head by the backswing of Adam Jones during Friday's Grapefruit League contest.

    Advice: Pinto has already missed time this spring with a quad injury. He's expected to open the season as the primary backup behind Kurt Suzuki, though any missed time at this stage could put those plans in jeopardy. The Twins should have an update on his status shortly.
    Saturday, 11:52 am
  • Rangers still talking to Phils about Hamels
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Rangers and Phillies "continue to remain in contact" regarding Cole Hamels.

    Advice: Heyman cautions that the two sides are "said to be still far apart" and "weren't necessarily expressing great optimism the gap could be closed," but they also "aren't closing the door, either." The report adds that the Phillies "have been said to be seeking three good prospects, with one top-flight one" in a deal involving Hamels. The Rangers have a big need for pitching and the prospects to get something done if they want, but thus far they've balked at taking on Hamels' contract and also giving up a bevy of prospects.
    Friday, 2:28 pm
  • Ezequiel Carrera reaches four times
    Ezequiel Carrera, who had been 0-for-28 this spring, went 2-for-2 with a triple and two walks as the Blue Jays' center fielder on Friday.

    Advice: It's too little, too late for Carrera, but at least he's no longer 0-for-28. His chances of making the Jays are really slim with Dalton Pompey playing well and Michael Saunders now a possibility for the Opening Day roster.
    Friday, 2:24 pm
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  • Cody Asche hits second homer
    Cody Asche hit his second homer of the spring Friday against the Pirates.

    Advice: With Maikel Franco struggling, Asche appears set to have third base all to himself once the season starts. He got off to a slow start last season, but he was adequate from May onward. We're not expecting a real breakthrough this year, but... well, adequacy isn't such a bad thing.
    Friday, 1:35 pm
  • Brandon League to throw off mound Sunday
    Brandon League (shoulder) is slated to throw a bullpen session on Sunday.

    Advice: League received the go-ahead for mound work after playing catch with no issues. The reliever has been dogged by a shoulder issue for a week, but an anti-inflammatory injection and he expects to be ready for Opening Day. League could be in the mix for saves while Kenley Jansen (foot) is out.
    Friday, 10:40 am
  • Wilmer Flores hits second spring homer
    Wilmer Flores had a homer and a sac fly against the Cardinals on Thursday.

    Advice: Flores' homer came off Jaime Garcia. He's batting a cool .406 in 32 at-bats this spring. If he can just keep that up during the regular season, he'll match Ted Williams.
    Thursday, 2:51 pm
  • League (shoulder) expects to be ready
    Brandon League (shoulder) expects to be ready for the beginning of the regular season.

    Advice: League has been shut down for several days due to shoulder soreness, but he got an anti-inflammatory injection on Monday and will resume throwing Thursday. League will likely work in middle relief for the Dodgers this season, but this is a bullpen without clearly defined roles at the top. Kenley Jansen (foot) may miss all of April.
    Thursday, 9:24 am
  • Bethancourt out Thursday due to the flu
    Christian Bethancourt was scratched from the Braves' lineup Thursday due to flu-like symptoms.

    Advice: The young catcher should be fine in a couple of days. He is off to a 9-for-25 (.360) start this spring.
    Thursday, 8:23 am
  • Steve Tolleson hits two-run homer
    Steve Tolleson went 2-for-4 and hit a two-run homer Wednesday against the Rays.

    Advice: Tolleson would seem to be a big beneficiary of Ramon Santiago's broken collarbone, but even so, his chances of winning a utility job might hinge on Maicer Izturis being named the starter at second base. Izturis is going to be on the roster either way, but Ryan Goins and Devon Travis can both be sent down if they don't start at second base.
    Wednesday, 1:48 pm
  • Vazquez (elbow) plays in minor league game
    Christian Vazquez (elbow) went 0-for-4 in a minor league game Wednesday.

    Advice: Vazquez is dealing with a sore right throwing elbow, but he should be back in Grapefruit League action soon. Blake Swihart isn't far off from the majors, but the 24-year-old Vazquez is expected to be the primary catcher for Boston this season.
    Wednesday, 11:28 am
  • League (shoulder) could play catch soon
    Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is hopeful that Brandon League (shoulder) will be able to play catch on Thursday.

    Advice: League has been bothered by shoulder soreness of late and recently received an anti-inflammatory injection to address his symptoms. The Dodgers will see how he feels Thursday before deciding the next step. There's a lot of uncertainty in this bullpen right now.
    Wednesday, 9:56 am
  • Doolittle to throw ragballs next week
    Sean Doolittle (shoulder) will begin throwing ragballs next week.

    Advice: He’s been throwing weighted balls to a trampoline in the Athletics’ training room to this point. Doolittle hasn’t had any setbacks as he rehabs a slight tear in his rotator cuff, but he doesn’t appear close to throwing off a mound. The A’s are hopeful that he’ll be ready at the beginning of May.
    Tuesday, 7:46 pm
  • Christian Bethancourt doubles twice in rout
    Christian Bethancourt went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles as the Braves crushed the Red Sox 11-3 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Both doubles were legit, and it's nice to see his power starting to show up. In 113 major league at-bats last season, he had all of three doubles and no homers. He's without a homer this spring, but he already has six doubles in 25 at-bats.
    Tuesday, 1:55 pm
  • Doolittle (shoulder) close to throwing
    Sean Doolittle (shoulder) said Tuesday that he's getting closer to throwing.

    Advice: Doolittle was diagnosed in January with a slight tear in his rotator cuff as well as inflammation and irritation in his throwing shoulder. He received a PRP injection at the time and is currently focused on strengthening exercises. The A's are hopeful he'll be ready at some point in April, but it all depends on how he progresses.
    Tuesday, 9:31 am
  • Christian Vazquez dealing with elbow soreness
    Christian Vazquez is dealing with a sore right (throwing) elbow.

    Advice: Vazquez hasn't played since last Friday. The plan calls for him to get some at-bats in a minor league game Thursday, so it doesn't sound too serious.
    Tuesday, 6:58 am
  • Cole Hamels gets lit up by Orioles
    Cole Hamels was tagged for five runs in two innings by the Orioles on Monday.

    Advice: Helps gave up a three-run homer to Chris Davis and three doubles. He also walked two and threw a wild pitch. Still, there were no indications afterwards of any physical problems at all. It was just a bad day, apparently.
    Monday, 2:18 pm
  • League (shoulder) given anti-inflammatory
    Brandon League was given an anti-inflammatory injection Monday for his sore right shoulder.

    Advice: The shot will sideline him for several more days, but the Dodgers are hoping that it will help League get past his routine spring shoulder soreness. His status for Opening Day is sort of up in the air at this point.
    Monday, 9:36 am
  • 'Nothing has changed' between Sox, Hamels
    According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, "nothing has changed" in Boston's pursuit of Cole Hamels.

    Advice: Which essentially means the Red Sox still aren't willing to cough up top catching prospect Blake Swihart. Lauber says the Boston front office is also concerned about committing to a pitcher through the 2019 season, which could be the case with Hamels if he demands that his option gets picked up. This could all be posturing, of course, in what seems to be an ongoing dance between the two organizations. There were several Phillies executives sitting behind home plate at a recent Red Sox spring game.
    Monday, 6:13 am
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