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  • Alonso reaches base four times in a tie game
    Yonder Alonso singled three times and walked in four plate appearances on Thursday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Alonso brought his Cactus League average up to .300 (12-for-40) with the effort, but he's only shown a modicum of power this spring with three doubles and a home run. Considering his position, Alonso's bat leaves much to be desired as he's yet to cross the 10-homer threshold over parts of five major league seasons.
    Yesterday, 4:44 pm
  • Davis hits grand slam in drubbing of Mariners
    Khris Davis walked and hit a grand slam in four trips to the plate Thursday against the Mariners.

    Advice: Davis cleared the bases with a grand slam to left field off of Roenis Elias in the first inning. Though it was his first homer of the spring, Davis has been hitting extremely well in Cactus League play, batting .389 (14-for-36) with 12 RBI. Davis will get regular at-bats out of left field and could improve on last year's numbers, when he finished with 22 home runs and 69 RBI in 549 plate appearances.
    Yesterday, 4:29 pm
  • Fiers limits Mariners to a run over 3 2/3 IP
    Mike Fiers limited the Mariners to one run over 3 2/3 innings in Thursday's Cactus League start.

    Advice: Fiers had missed his previously-scheduled start due to weakness in his throwing shoulder, but looked fine facing the Mariners. He held them to three hits and a walk, though he didn't register a strikeout. The shoulder problem is a little concerning heading into the season and is worth keeping an eye on. Fiers is hoping to pick up where he left off last season, with a 2.13 ERA and a 76/17 K/BB ratio over 71 2/3 innings.
    Yesterday, 4:23 pm
  • Detwiler wins fourth spot in Texas rotation
    Ross Detwiler has secured the fourth spot in the Rangers' starting rotation.

    Advice: Meanwhile, the fifth spot remains up for grabs. Detwiler, who was acquired from the Nationals over the winter, owns a a 3.55 ERA in 364 2/3 innings since the beginning of the 2011 season and should have some relevance in AL-only leagues.
    Yesterday, 2:55 pm
  • Giancarlo Stanton homers to lead Marlins
    Giancarlo Stanton delivered a homer and a double off Adam Wainwright as the Marlins beat the Cardinals 5-3 on Sunday.

    Advice: Some were nervous about how Stanton would fare after having his season ended by a beanball last September, but he isn't showing any fear at the plate. He's currently batting .294 with two homers and four doubles in 34 at-bats.
    Yesterday, 2:46 pm
  • Edwin Encarnacion reaches twice in return
    Edwin Encarnacion went 0-for-1 with two walks in his return to Toronto's lineup on Thursday.

    Advice: Encarnacion hadn't played since March 8 because of back soreness. He started hitting in minor league games Tuesday.
    Yesterday, 2:24 pm
  • Rusney Castillo hits walkoff home run
    Rusney Castillo hit a walkoff homer Thursday as the Red Sox edged the Twins 5-4.

    Advice: Castillo got a hold of a slider from Twins relief prospect Jake Reed, hitting it out. He has two homers and a triple in 10 at-bats since returning from a strained oblique. Still, he's Triple-A bound unless something changes in Boston. There's no room for him on a bench that includes Allen Craig, Daniel Nava, Brock Holt and Ryan Hanigan, so it'd take a Shane Victorino injury or trade to get him a spot.
    Yesterday, 1:53 pm
  • Tommy Milone gives up three runs
    Tommy Milone surrendered three runs in five innings Thursday in a no-decision versus the Red Sox.

    Advice: It sounds as though the Twins are far from committed to Mike Pelfrey in the rotation, which could lead to Milone getting the gig. He has a 4.50 ERA and an 8/4 K/BB ratio in 14 innings this spring, so he's not exactly running away with the gig.
    Yesterday, 1:48 pm
  • Oswaldo Arcia goes 2-for-3, triples
    Oswaldo Arcia went 2-for-3 with an RBI triple against the Red Sox on Thursday.

    Advice: Arcia thought the triple was a homer and was caught admiring it, though it didn't prevent him from getting to third, at least. There's been a little talk about the Twins sending Arcia down, though that seems just crazy. He's a bad defensive outfielder, but that's not news to anyone, and if the Twins were worried about playing bad defensive outfielders, they wouldn't have signed Torii Hunter. At age 23, Arcia was just as productive of a hitter as Hunter last year, and he should be the better of the two this season.
    Yesterday, 1:47 pm
  • Jonny Gomes hits first home run
    Jonny Gomes went 2-for-4 and delivered a homer off the Pirates' Clayton Richard on Thursday.

    Advice: Gomes was hitting .175/.227/.200 in 40 at-bats this spring. Ideally, he'd get all of his starts against left-handed pitching this season. However, it appears that he'll be something close to a fixture against righties, too, at least until Melvin Upton Jr. returns. Even if he's OK offensively, which is always possible, he'll give it right back with the glove.
    Yesterday, 1:30 pm
  • David Price strikes out seven Orioles
    David Price yielded three runs in 6 2/3 innings Thursday against the Orioles.

    Advice: Price struck out seven and walked none. He allowed three hits, but they were bunched together, resulting in three runs in the fourth inning.
    Yesterday, 12:56 pm
  • Padres place Federowicz on 60-day DL
    Padres placed C Tim Federowicz on the 60-day disabled list with a right knee injury.

    Advice: Federowicz could miss up to six months after completely tearing the meniscus in his right knee in early March. Wil Nieves will back up Derek Norris in San Diego.
    Yesterday, 11:24 am
  • Reds get 1B Dan Johnson from the Astros
    Reds acquired 1B Dan Johnson from the Astros for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

    Advice: Johnson, 35, was batting .158 in 25 plate appearances this spring with the Astros. He'll head to the minor league side of Reds camp and won't be in consideration for the Opening Day roster.
    Yesterday, 11:13 am
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  • Cueto returned to Reds camp Thursday
    Johnny Cueto returned to Reds camp Thursday.

    Advice: Cueto flew home to the Dominican Republic late last week to handle a private family matter. The absence will not affect his status for Opening Day. He'll get the Pirates at home in his first regular-season start.
    Yesterday, 10:34 am
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 9:47 am
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  • Indians reassign Roth, others to minors
    Indians reassigned LHP Michael Roth, SS Francisco Lindor, C Adam Moore, RHP Dustin Molleken, INF Destin Hood, and RHP Bryan Price to minor league camp.

    Advice: Roth pitched pretty well this spring, but he was never really in the running for an Opening Day bullpen spot. He'll be emergency lefty relief depth for the Tribe.
    Yesterday, 9:31 am
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  • 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
  • Brewers option Shane Peterson to Triple-A
    Brewers optioned OF/1B Shane Peterson to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Advice: Peterson posted an impressive .308/.381/.460 batting line in 137 games last season for the A's Triple-A affiliate. The former second-round pick of the Cardinals is pretty well buried on the Brewers' depth chart, but he could get a look at some point if there are few injuries on the major league roster.
    Yesterday, 8:57 am
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  • Alex Rios out a few days with jammed thumb
    Alex Rios will get the next two or three days off after jamming his thumb.

    Advice: Rios jammed the same thumb last season, so the Royals are going to play it safe. The 34-year-old outfielder is batting .308 with three home runs and a .940 OPS in 40 plate appearances this spring in the Cactus League. He's had a rollercoaster career production-wise, but his fantasy ceiling is always pretty high.
    Yesterday, 8:43 am
  • Lough (back) expects to resume activity Fri.
    David Lough (back) expects to resume activities Friday.

    Advice: Lough has been shut down for the past couple of days with back spasms. "It's a lot better than when it first happened," he said Thursday. The backup outfielder should be ready for the start of the season.
    Yesterday, 8:30 am
  • Blue Jays option Steve Delabar to Triple-A
    Blue Jays optioned RHP Steve Delabar to Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: Delabar pitched pretty well this spring in the Grapefruit League, but he wasn't able make the cut for the Jays' Opening Day bullpen. The 31-year-old right-hander registered a disappointing 4.91 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 25 2/3 innings last season for Toronto after being named an American League All-Star in 2013. He was pretty upset about Thursday's demotion.
    Yesterday, 6:29 am
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  • Red Sox released right-hander Mitchell Boggs
    Red Sox released RHP Mitchell Boggs.

    Advice: Boggs allowed five walks, two hits, and four earned runs in four innings this spring. He hasn't been an effective major league reliever since the 2012 season.
    Yesterday, 6:20 am
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  • 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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  • Hollands getting second opinion on elbow
    Mario Hollands is getting a second opinion on his injured elbow from Dr. James Andrews.

    Advice: Dr. Michael Ciccotti, the Phillies' team physician, has recommended that Hollands undergo surgery to repair the common flexor tendon strain in his left elbow. It would put him out for the entire 2015 season.
    Yesterday, 5:32 am
  • Cueto expected back in Reds camp Thursday
    Reds manager Bryan Price said he expects Johnny Cueto to be back in Reds camp by Thursday.

    Advice: Cueto was expected to be arriving in Arizona late Wednesday after leaving to address a family issue in the Dominican Republic. Cueto still has time to make two starts in advance of Opening Day, so he's not a risk to miss a regular season start due to the absence.
    Wednesday, 4:06 pm
  • Tigers, Price had preliminary extension talks
    David Price said Wednesday that his agent and the Tigers have had preliminary extension talks.

    Advice: Price met with his agent on Tuesday night to discuss the situation and it doesn't appear as though anything is imminent, as the southpaw said that he "wouldn't even call it groundwork" on an extension. He's owed $19.75 million this season before hitting free agency.
    Wednesday, 7:02 am
  • Lough out with back spasms
    David Lough was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to back spasms.

    Advice: Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that Lough felt it after picking up a ball during tee work Tuesday morning. Consider him day-to-day.
    Tuesday, 9:52 am
  • Encarnacion (back) playing in minors game Tue
    Edwin Encarnacion (back) will play in a minor league game Tuesday.

    Advice: Encarnacion has been sidelined for about two weeks with back soreness, but he's doing much better now. The plan calls for him to return to Grapefruit League action on Thursday, which should give him plenty of time to get tuned up for the season.
    Tuesday, 8:18 am
  • Lough scratched from Tuesday's lineup
    David Lough was scratched from Tuesday's Grapefruit League lineup.

    Advice: No word on the reason for the change. The Orioles should pass along an update soon.
    Tuesday, 7:56 am
  • Fiers (shoulder) to make Cactus start Thurs.
    Mike Fiers (shoulder) is expected to pitch in a Cactus League game on Thursday.

    Advice: Fiers had to be scratched from his last turn in the Brewers' spring rotation due to some shoulder weakness, but he felt fine after pitching three innings in a minor league game on Sunday. He's likely to start the Brewers' fourth game of the regular season on April 10 against the Pirates. Fiers posted a remarkable 2.13 ERA and 76/17 K/BB ratio in 71 2/3 innings last year.
    Monday, 11:36 am
  • Hollands likely to require surgery on elbow
    Mario Hollands is likely to need elbow surgery.

    Advice: Hollands was diagnosed Sunday with a common flexor tendon strain -- the same injury that is threatening the career of Cliff Lee. Hollands will be evaluated this week by team physician Dr. Michael Ciccotti. Surgery would likely cost him the entire 2015 season.
    Monday, 7:22 am
  • Rios has double, RBI, and SB in win vs. SF
    Alex Rios went 2-for-3 with an RBI single, a double, and a stolen base in Sunday's 4-2 Cactus League win over the Giants.

    Advice: Rios singled in Eric Hosmer to break a scoreless tie, then stole second base but was stranded. He also doubled in the sixth inning before he was replaced with a pinch-runner. Rios, 34, is having a terrific spring, batting .306 (11-for-36) with three doubles, three home runs, eight RBI, and two stolen bases.
    Sunday, 4:03 pm
  • Hollands (elbow) diagnosed with flexor strain
    Mario Hollands (elbow) has been diagnosed with a common flexor tendon strain.

    Advice: The injury is the same as the one plaguing Cliff Lee, a bad sign for the 26-year-old. Hollands will be evaluated and his MRI findings will be reviewed before a plan of action is determined. It appears as though Hollands will spend some time on the disabled list as a result of the injury.
    Sunday, 7:28 am
  • David Price gives up two runs to Mets
    David Price allowed two runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings Saturday against the Mets.

    Advice: Kind of like his starts with the Tigers last year, Price racked up the strikeouts -- seven in all -- but still gave up a bunch of hits in the process. He has a 4.38 ERA this spring, even though he's struck out 17 in 12 1/3 innings. Of course, he didn't have Jose Iglesias behind him at shortstop today.
    Saturday, 2:30 pm
  • Steve Delabar strikes out the side for Jays
    Steve Delabar struck out the side in the ninth for a save against the Phillies on Satursday.

    Advice: As unsettled as the Jays' closer situation is, Delabar is shaping up as a sleeper this year, even after the team essentially wrote him off last season. Troubled by leg issues, he was wild throughout 2014. He's stronger physically now, and he might well prove to be the Jays' best right-handed reliever.
    Saturday, 2:18 pm
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  • Rusney Castillo goes 2-for-3, triples
    Rusney Castillo went 2-for-3 with a triple in his first start of the spring Saturday against the Pirates.

    Advice: The triple was a wind-aided fly to right field that Jose Tabata should have caught. Still, Castillo has impressed with the bat since debuting with a homer off the bench Friday. If he keeps it up, he's going to force the Red Sox into some tough decisions. Mookie Betts has to start somewhere, and Shane Victorino is expected to be in right field. Castillo, though, might offer both more offense and defense than Victorino.
    Saturday, 1:27 pm
  • Tommy Milone gives up four runs to Orioles
    Tommy Milone surrendered four runs through four innings in his start Saturday against the Orioles.

    Advice: Milone had pitched five scoreless innings this spring before his odd day today. The guess right now is that Milone will make the Twins as a middle reliever, with Mike Pelfrey claiming the fifth spot in the rotation. It's not set in stone, though. Neither Milone nor Pelfrey is very interesting for fantasy purposes. Especially not Pelfrey.
    Saturday, 1:21 pm
  • Mario Hollands (elbow) to undergo MRI exam
    Mario Hollands is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his sore left elbow on Saturday.

    Advice: The 26-year-old southpaw has been dealing with soreness in his pitching elbow in recent days, and though they don't believe it's a major issue the Phillies want to take every precaution to make sure.
    Saturday, 8:36 am
  • 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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  • David Lough slumping this spring
    David Lough went 0-for-3 on Friday and is 4-for-24 this spring.

    Advice: Lough isn't a bad use of a bench spot for a major league team, but can the Orioles' carry a left-handed-hitting reserve outfielder when their starting corner outfielders (Alejandro De Aza and Travis Snider) are left-handed hitters? It'll certainly be a tight fit, but at the same time, it'd be hard to give up Lough's defense.
    Friday, 1:53 pm
  • Rusney Castillo homers in spring debut
    In his first at-bat of the spring, Rusney Castillo hit a three-run homer off the Orioles' Steve Johnson on Friday.

    Advice: It was his only at-bat after taking over for Mookie Betts in center field today. Castillo had been out with a strained oblique. It's rather hard to see him breaking camp with the Red Sox given the missed time and the crowded outfield situation, but if he homers in every at-bat going forward, it might sway management.
    Friday, 1:51 pm
  • Mario Hollands surrenders three runs
    Mario Hollands gave up a homer to Pedro Alvarez and three runs in his one-third of an inning Friday against the Pirates.

    Advice: Hollands entered camp with a pretty good chance of winning a bullpen spot, but he's hurt the cause with an 11.81 ERA. Giving up a homer to Alvarez is a big blow, considering that Hollands is a lefty and Alvarez has a history of not hitting lefties.
    Friday, 1:36 pm
  • Johnny Cueto heads home for family issue
    Johnny Cueto has gone home to his native Dominican Republic to deal with a family issue.

    Advice: It's not clear how long Cueto will be away, but he'll be able to work out at the Reds' complex there and manager Bryan Price said the righty's status for Opening Day shouldn't be affected. The veteran right-hander has allowed three runs over nine innings this spring.
    Friday, 12:33 pm
  • Fiers (shoulder) not expected to need DL time
    Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Friday that he doesn't expect Mike Fiers (shoulder) to need a stint on the disabled list.

    Advice: The skipper said it's possible Fiers could be moved back or skipped if need be, but he doesn't think the righty will be sidelined long. Fiers is dealing with some weakness in his pitching shoulder but will appear either in a Cactus League game or minor league game this weekend.
    Friday, 11:03 am
  • Castillo (oblique) to make spring debut Fri.
    Rusney Castillo (oblique) will make his Grapefruit League debut on Friday.

    Advice: Castillo will come off the bench Friday before being in the lineup Saturday. He was cleared to return to Grapefruit League action after getting through minor league games on Wednesday and Thursday without incident. Castillo has missed most of the month with an oblique strain and might not have time to get in enough at-bats before Opening Day. Even if he does, Mookie Betts has become the clear leader for the center field job.
    Friday, 7:19 am
  • Tigers name David Price Opening Day starter
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus on Friday named David Price the team's Opening Day starter.

    Advice: Justin Verlander would have been the sentimental choice given that he's started seven straight Opening Days for Detroit, but Price is the right guy. The left-hander is coming off a season where he held a 3.26 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 271/38 K/BB ratio in 248 1/3 innings between the Rays and Tigers. He's slated for free agency next winter after earning $19.75 million in 2015.
    Friday, 7:13 am
  • Rusney Castillo (oblique) nears spring debut
    Rusney Castillo (oblique) could make his Grapefruit League debut Saturday.

    Advice: Castillo has missed most of the month with an oblique strain, but he played in minor league games on Wednesday and Thursday without incident. Red Sox manager John Farrell plans to give him playing time in center field and right field once he's ready for Grapefruit League action. He'll only have a brief window to push Mookie Betts for the starting center field job.
    Thursday, 2:46 pm
  • Mike Fiers experiencing 'shoulder weakness'
    Brewers manager Ron Roenicke acknowledged that Mike Fiers is experiencing "shoulder weakness."

    Advice: Fiers had to be scratched from his scheduled Cactus League start on Thursday and "shoulder weakness" sounds ominous for a pitcher, but Roenicke doesn't think it's a big deal. Fiers is aiming to return to Cactus League action on Saturday. He will throw a side session Thursday to test his right shoulder.
    Thursday, 10:24 am
  • Fiers (fatigue) scratched from start Thursday
    Mike Fiers was scratched from his scheduled Cactus League start on Thursday.

    Advice: Tyler Thornburg pitched instead. Fiers said he didn't feel right in his last bullpen session, though he thinks it's routine spring training fatigue. "Just kind of tired," Fiers said. "I couldn't get a good feel in my bullpen." The right-hander is aiming to pitch Saturday, but this is a situation to watch. Fiers had a a 2.13 ERA and 76/17 K/BB ratio in 71 2/3 innings last season.
    Thursday, 9:40 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
  • Davis doubles twice with 3 RBI vs. the Royals
    Khris Davis went 2-for-3 with two doubles and three RBI versus the Royals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Davis put the Brewers on the board early with a two-run double in the first inning, then added another run in the fifth with his second double to push his team's lead to 7-1 at the time. Davis is now hitting .350 (7-for-20) with five doubles and five RBI on the spring. He is the favorite over Gerardo Parra to start in left field to begin the season.
    Wednesday, 4:46 pm
  • Giancarlo Stanton goes 3-for-3, homers
    Giancarlo Stanton went 3-for-3 with his first homer and a double Wednesday to lead the Marlins to a 5-4 win over the Nationals.

    Advice: Stanton had been 3-for-18 this spring. His March performance is more notable than it might otherwise be, given that he's coming off a season-ending beaning that left him with facial fractures. It doesn't appear that he's changed his approach at all, though.
    Wednesday, 1:27 pm
  • Castillo (oblique) feels good in minors game
    Rusney Castillo (oblique) said he felt good in Wednesday's minor league game.

    Advice: Castillo has missed most of the month with an oblique strain, but he still thinks he can get enough at-bats to be ready for the start of the season and possibly push Mookie Betts for the starting center field job. However, he's also aware that his absence makes the task tougher and that he could begin the season in the minors.
    Wednesday, 12:18 pm
  • Castillo (oblique) hitless in minors game
    Rusney Castillo (oblique) went 0-for-2 in a minor league game Wednesday.

    Advice: Castillo, who has been sidelined for most of the month with an oblique strain, also played center field in his return to game action. Assuming no issues, he'll play again on the minor league side before moving over to Grapefruit League games. Castillo still has a chance to push Mookie Betts for the starting center field job, but time is running out.
    Wednesday, 11:24 am
  • Encarnacion (back) to hit off tee Wednesday
    Edwin Encarnacion (back) will hit off a tee on Wednesday and take batting practice Thursday.

    Advice: Encarnacion has been sidelined for about a week with back soreness, but he's slowly increasing baseball activities. The hope is that he could be ready to return to game action at some point next week.
    Wednesday, 8:41 am
  • Castillo (oblique) to play in minors game Wed
    Rusney Castillo (oblique) will get a couple of at-bats and play center field in a minor league game Wednesday.

    Advice: Castillo suffered a left oblique strain two weeks ago, but he's ready to get back into game action. He's expected to play on the minor league side again Thursday before moving to Grapefruit League games. Castillo is competing with Mookie Betts for the starting center field job this spring, but the lost time isn't helping his chances. Of course, there could be room for both of them if Shane Victorino is traded.
    Wednesday, 6:52 am
  • Encarnacion (back) a week away from games
    The Blue Jays hope to have Edwin Encarnacion ready to return to Grapefruit League action in seven days.

    Advice: Encarnacion hit off a tee Tuesday and will take batting practice later this week. The Blue Jays remain confident that the slugger will be fine by the time Opening Day rolls around, though he could be given a little extra rest early in the season. "Feeling better; I talked to him before the off-day and he's not concerned at all," general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. "I said, 'No concern on your end about being ready for Opening Day?' And he said 'Absolutely not.' He'll be ready to go. The MRI was clean, just a little bit of inflammation. He's absolutely confident he's going to be fine. I think he's supposed to hit here this week and we'll get him going soon."
    Tuesday, 7:53 pm
  • Castillo (oblique) to play in minors games
    Rusney Castillo (oblique) will play in games on the minor league side of Red Sox camp Wednesday and Thursday.

    Advice: There was talk that Castillo might make his Grapefruit League debut on Wednesday, but the Red Sox are going to let him get his feet wet first against some lesser competition. Castillo should be cleared to play against major leaguers by the weekend. He is battling Mookie Betts for Boston's starting center field gig.
    Tuesday, 1:59 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
  • Castillo (oblique) nearing spring debut
    Rusney Castillo (oblique) remains on track to make his Grapefruit League debut Wednesday.

    Advice: Castillo has been dealing with a left oblique strain for the past two weeks, but he'll finally be cleared for game action assuming he gets through a full workout Tuesday with no issues. He'll have to make up for lost time to beat out Mookie Betts for the starting center field job.
    Tuesday, 7:09 am
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