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  • Vazquez to undergo Tommy John surgery
    Christian Vazquez will undergo Tommy John surgery Thursday.

    Advice: It's a tough break for the 24-year-old, as he was set to be the starting catcher for the Red Sox this season. He'll likely be sidelined all of 2015, although position players generally come back faster from the surgery than pitchers. The Sox will make due with Ryan Hanigan and Sandy Leon in Vazquez' absence. Blake Swihart should be on the way soon. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:23 pm
  • Josh Thole optioned to Triple-A
    Blue Jays optioned C Josh Thole to Triple-A Buffalo; re-assigned LHP Jeff Francis and INF Munenori Kawasaki to minor league camp.

    Advice: That means Russell Martin will catch knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Thole could eventually get a shot as Martin's backup if the Jays ever trade Dioner Navarro. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:05 pm
     
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  • Blake Swihart goes 2-for-3, triples
    Blake Swihart went 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBI as the Red Sox scored nine runs in the top of the ninth to beat a Rays split-squad 11-8 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Sure, it was against a few pitchers who figure to play no role for the Rays this year, but it's not every day a team scores nine in the ninth to win. Swihart's triple was Boston's only extra-base hit of the game. He's hit .333 with a homer in 30 at-bats this spring. The Red Sox are making the right move in sending him down -- he had just a .659 OPS after moving up to Triple-A last year -- but it wouldn't be much of surprise to see him starting for the club come June or July. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:22 pm
     
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  • John Jaso reaches three times in win
    John Jaso went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored as a Rays split-squad edged the Orioles 4-3 on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Rays have been giving Jaso a look in left field this spring, but he hasn't been all that impressive. It's fine; he's set to DH most of the time anyway. He'll likely find himself in the leadoff spot against righties and on the bench versus lefties. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:26 pm
  • Francisco Cervelli hits fourth spring homer
    Francisco Cervelli had a two-run homer and an RBI single in the Pirates' 7-3 victory over the Tigers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Cervelli has four homers in 32 at-bats this spring after hitting just two in 146 at-bats for the Yankees last season. Then again, he has also had four homers in 37 at-bats last spring, so perhaps it's a good idea not to read very much into it. He should be a solid regular for the Pirates after being brought in to replace Russell Martin, but it's not likely to result in a whole lot of fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:09 pm
  • Laird signs five-day extension with D-backs
    According to Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona, Gerald Laird has signed a five-day extension with the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Laird had an opt-out in his contract that had to be exercised (or not) by Tuesday. He'll now remain in camp until Sunday. Arizona is desperate for catching options and despite a batting average of just .200 this spring, it's very likely that Laird will make the Opening Day roster. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:12 pm
     
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  • Brewers option Juan Centeno to Triple-A
    Brewers optioned C Juan Centeno to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Advice: Centeno has a solid glove, though he lacks much pop in his bat (.289/.342/.340 in the minors last season). He'll serve as organizational depth. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:08 pm
     
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  • Perez reportedly heading to Baltimore
    According to Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun, the Orioles have acquired C Audry Perez from the Rockies.

    Advice: No word yet as to who the Rockies will be receiving in return. Perez will start his journey with the Orioles in Triple-A. With starting catcher Matt Wieters on the DL, the Orioles are clearly looking at as many options as possible. Caleb Joseph is currently slated to start, with Steve Clevenger, Ryan Lavarnway and J.P. Arencibia among the other catchers who could see at-bats if Joseph struggles. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:26 am
     
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  • Humberto Quintero not opting out of contract
    Humberto Quintero will not be opting out of his minor league contract with the Red Sox.

    Advice: Manager John Farrell told Quintero that the team still had not settled on a second catcher. Quintero's struggled this spring, hitting only .188/.278/.250 in 16 at-bats, but he's apparently holding out hope that he could still make the big club. Ryan Hanigan is the team's projected starter, with Sandy Leon and Quintero acting as potential back-ups. Prospect Blake Swihart lurks in the background. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:06 am
     
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  • Zunino hits seventh spring homer vs. Angels
    Mike Zunino went 2-for-3 with a two-run double and a solo home run in Monday's Cactus League match-up with the Angels.

    Advice: Zunino knocked in two as part of a three-run fourth inning, then swatted a solo homer in the seventh inning. The catcher now sits by himself in second place with seven spring home runs behind Kris Bryant with nine. Zunino has had a terrific spring and hopes to translate his early success into the regular season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:21 pm
  • Pinto (concussion) set for minors game Tue
    Twins manager Paul Molitor said that Josmil Pinto (concussion) will likely play in another minor league game Tuesday.

    Advice: Pinto, who suffered a concussion earlier this month, caught three innings on Monday and went 0-for-1 with two walks. The Twins will keep him on the minor league side in case there's a setback, but he's making strides to be ready for Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:51 pm
  • Alex Avila goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Alex Avila went 0-for-4 on Monday, dropping his spring average to .184.

    Advice: Avila just doesn't hit singles these days, which is why it's curious that Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has penciled him into the seventh spot in between Yoenis Cespedes and Nick Castellanos. It's largely because Avila is a left-hander, but if Ausmus thinks Avila will outhit Castellanos against righties... well, that doesn't bode well for Castellanos. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:37 pm
  • Blake Swihart likely to begin season in AAA
    Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated Monday that prospect catcher Blake Swihart will begin the season with Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: In the wake of Christian Vazquez's elbow injury, some speculated that Swihart could be carried on the Opening Day roster, but he has limited experience above Double-A and figures to get at least a little more time in the minors before the Red Sox consider a call-up. Ryan Hanigan should begin the season as the primary catcher while the newly-acquired Sandy Leon and non-roster invitee Humberto Quintero are in the mix for the backup job. However, there's no question that Swihart could arrive sooner than originally anticipated. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:12 pm
     
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  • Pinto (concussion) catches in minors game
    Josmil Pinto (concussion) caught three innings Monday in a minor league game.

    Advice: Pinto also went 0-for-1 with two walks at the plate. He was shut down for eight days with a concussion but looks to be a go for the beginning of the season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:29 pm
  • O's reassign Arencibia to minor league camp
    Orioles reassigned C J.P. Arencibia to minor league camp.

    Advice: Arencibia is currently fighting through a flexor mass strain in his right arm. He wasn't expected to make the Orioles' Opening Day roster anyway and will presumably begin the 2015 season at Triple-A Norfolk. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:49 am
     
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  • Josmil Pinto (concussion) cleared for games
    Josmil Pinto (concussion) has been cleared for games.

    Advice: Pinto was shut down for over a week with a concussion. He passed his ImPACT test on Monday morning and is expected to play in a minor league game Monday afternoon. The 25-year-old should be fine for Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:22 am
  • Red Sox place C Vazquez on the 60-day DL
    Red Sox placed C Christian Vazquez on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow injury.

    Advice: This feels like confirmation that Vazquez is going to need season-ending Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. Boston acquired catcher Sandy Leon from the Nationals on Monday morning to back up Ryan Hanigan. And top prospect Blake Swihart may be put on the fast track. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:06 am
  • Arencibia gets cortisone for right arm
    J.P. Arencibia was given a cortisone injection Monday for his injured right arm.

    Advice: Arencibia has been diagnosed with a flexor mass strain and will remain shut down for the next several days. He is not going to be on the Orioles' active roster when the regular season opens next week. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:15 am
     
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  • Red Sox acquire C Sandy Leon from Nats
    Red Sox acquired C Sandy Leon from the Nationals for cash considerations.

    Advice: Leon was out of options and doubtful to make the Nationals' Opening Day roster. A much better opportunity awaits him in Boston, where he will serve as the backup to starting Red Sox catcher Ryan Hanigan. Christian Vazquez may be facing elbow surgery. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:57 am
  • Tigers option Bryan Holaday to AAA Toledo
    Tigers optioned C Bryan Holaday to Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: James McCann will open the 2015 regular season as the backup to starting catcher Alex Avila. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:39 am
     
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  • Laird drives in lone run in loss to Rockies
    Gerald Laird plated the Diamondbacks' lone run with a sacrifice fly in Sunday's loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: The veteran backstop had an opportunity to seize the team's starting job behind the plate this spring, but has hit just .200 (5-for-25) with four RBI. He's expected to begin the season as a backup to Tuffy Gosewisch, combining to form the worst catching combination in Major League Baseball. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:27 pm
     
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  • J.P. Arencibia scratched again on Sunday
    J.P. Arencibia was scratched from Sunday's game due to a flexor mass strain.

    Advice: The injury has kept the veteran backstop out of action since Thursday. At this point, it's very unlikely that he'll be ready for the start of the season, and probably wasn't going to crack the Orioles' Opening Day roster even if he had been completely healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:17 pm
     
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  • Red Sox could carry Blake Swihart on roster
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Red Sox will consider carrying Blake Swihart on the Opening Day roster if Christian Vazquez (elbow) needs Tommy John surgery.

    Advice: It had been reported previously that Swihart was under consideration for a roster spot, but Heyman is the first to reveal that Vazquez might need Tommy John surgery. The longer Vazquez would be out, the better you'd have to think the chances are of Swihart cracking the roster. Vazquez is being examined by Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday to see if he needs season-ending surgery. Swihart hit .293 with 13 home runs and 64 RBI between Double- and Triple-A last season. He'd figure to split playing time with Ryan Hanigan if on the roster. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:49 pm
     
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  • Vazquez could require Tommy John surgery
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Christian Vazquez could require Tommy John surgery after an MRI revealed damage to his right ulnar collateral ligament.

    Advice: The Red Sox haven't commented on the situation, but the fact that Vazquez is being sent to Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday for a second opinion isn't a good sign. Heyman has confirmed everyone's worst fear, as Vazquez would be knocked out for the season if an operation is required. Ryan Hanigan is perfectly capable of holding down the fort, but the Red Sox are reportedly considering keeping top prospect Blake Swihart on the roster. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:44 pm
  • Pinto (concussion) could play in game Mon.
    The Twins hope Josmil Pinto (concussion) will be cleared to play in a minor league game Monday.

    Advice: Pinto claims that he is no longer experiencing post-concussion symptoms, but he failed part of his concussion test on Friday. The results of a second test should be available Sunday, at which point he could be cleared for game action. The Twins hope Pinto will be ready for Opening Day, but if he's not they could potentially backdate a DL stint and he'd miss minimal time. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:31 am
  • Vazquez (elbow) to be examined by Andrews
    Christian Vazquez (elbow) will receive a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday.

    Advice: Vazquez said said Saturday that the first MRI "found something" in his right elbow. The Red Sox have offered no details, which probably isn't a good sign. We should find out after Wednesday's exam how serious the ailment is. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:07 am
  • Zunino homers twice in slugfest loss to SFG
    Mike Zunino swatted a pair of solo home runs in his three at-bats Saturday against the Giants.

    Advice: Zunino homered to left field off of Jake Peavy in the second inning, then skied a Jeremy Affeldt offering over the fence in left-center in the sixth. The catcher now has six spring homers along with a .310 average (13-for-42) and 10 RBI. Zunino broke out with 22 home runs last season, but hit just .199. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 4:31 pm
  • Josmil Pinto failed concussion test on Friday
    Josmil Pinto failed part of his concussion test on Friday and is scheduled to retake it again on Sunday.

    Advice: Pinto claims that he is no longer experiencing post-concussion symptoms, but the team isn't quite ready to clear him just yet. As long as he's cleared on Sunday, he should be ready in time for the start of the regular season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:21 am
  • Vazquez's MRI shows 'something' in elbow
    Christian Vazquez (elbow) said Saturday that his MRI "found something" but the team will get a second opinion before making a formal diagnosis.

    Advice: That certainly doesn't sound promising for his chances of suiting up on Opening Day. Vazquez has been battling a sore right elbow for the past week or so which prompted the exam. If he is unavailable for the start of the season, Ryan Hanigan could function as the team's primary catcher. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 5:59 am
  • Zunino draws pair of walks in loss on Friday
    Mike Zunino went 0-for-1 and drew a pair of walks as the Mariners fell to the Royals in Cactus League play on Friday.

    Advice: He was actually one of the lone bright spots for the Mariners offense in this one as they tallied just one hit against Yordano Ventura and company. The 24-year-old backstop is having a strong spring, hitting .282 (11-for-39) with four homers and eight RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:40 pm
  • Swihart could make roster if Vazquez needs DL
    Red Sox catching prospect Blake Swihart could be in the mix for an Opening Day roster spot if Christian Vazquez (elbow) needs a disabled list stint.

    Advice: Swihart has already been optioned to Triple-A, but the club can always bring him back to major league camp. It seems unlikely unless Vazquez, whose MRI results will be revealed Friday, is set for an extended absence. Humberto Quintero and Luke Montz are also options to fill in behind the plate. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:26 am
     
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  • Christian Vazquez (elbow) to undergo MRI
    Christian Vazquez (elbow) will undergo an MRI Friday.

    Advice: Vazquez has been dealing with a sore right elbow for over a week and has been unable to get over the hump. He'll catch in a minor league game Friday but won't be allowed to throw to bases. At this point there's been no worry that Opening Day will be affected, but we'll have to wait and see what the MRI says. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:33 am
  • Pinto (concussion) cleared for activities
    Josmil Pinto (concussion) has been cleared to resume all baseball activities.

    Advice: It's not clear when he'll play in a Grapefruit League game again, but Pinto is apparently no longer experiencing concussion-related symptoms. He's been on the shelf for a week of action. Pinto is expected to open the season as the Twins' primary backup behind Kurt Suzuki. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 5:46 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 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. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:15 pm
  • Arencibia scratched with strained flexor mass
    J.P. Arencibia was scratched from a minor league game Thursday with a strained flexor mass.

    Advice: That's typically a serious injury, but the Orioles aren't putting out many details. Arencibia is in O's camp this spring on a non-guaranteed minor league contract. He presumably will not be on the Opening Day roster. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:47 am
     
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 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. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:50 am
  • Bryan Holaday hits grand slam for Tigers
    Bryan Holaday went 2-for-3 and hit a grand slam to lead the Tigers to an 8-4 win over the Marlins on Tuesday.

    Advice: Holaday entered the day 3-for-22 with no extra-base hits this spring, while James McCann, the Tigers' other backup catcher option, was at .414 with two doubles in 29 at-bats. Still, even with that disparity, there was a good chance the Tigers were leaning towards sticking with Holaday as their backup, allowing McCann to continue to play regularly in the minors. That probably is the better option than letting McCann serve as a backup, but the Tigers should also look to the waiver wire and maybe grab a backup that way (the Yankees' Austin Romine being one possibility). Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:02 pm
     
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:40 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:09 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Mar 22, 8:21 am
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