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  • Letting opportunity slip
    Bethancourt has only two hits in 14 at-bats during Grapefruit League play.

    Advice: Bethancourt has a roster spot locked up, but his portion of playing time is undetermined. Francisco Mejia is the other half of the duo behind the plate for the Rays, and he has also struggled this spring. The result could be an even split of playing time between Mejia and Bethancourt to begin the regular season. Yesterday, 7:26 pm
  • Hits not coming
    Mejia has only three hits across 18 at-bats in Grapefruit League action.

    Advice: Mejia also played for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, though he managed only one hit in seven at-bats at the tournament. His slow spring performance won't jeopardize his spot on the Rays' roster, and Christian Bethancourt -- Mejia's primary competition for playing time -- has also struggled this spring. The duo could equally split time behind the dish to begin the regular season as a result. Yesterday, 7:03 pm
  • Seby Zavala swats solo homer Thursday vs. Giants
    Seby Zavala belted a solo homer on Thursday in the White Sox' 6-3 loss in Cactus League play against a Giants split-squad.

    Advice: Zavala took lefty Sean Manea deep in the third inning for his fourth round-tripper of the spring. It was his lone hit in three at-bats. The 29-year-old backstop is likely to open the regular season as the White Sox' primary backup to starting catcher Yasmani Grandal. Yesterday, 6:47 pm
  • Sent to minor-league camp
    Nottingham was reassigned to minor-league camp Thursday.

    Advice: Nottingham was in Seattle's camp on a minor-league deal, and he was always a longshot to make the Opening Day roster. He played the entire 2022 season at Triple-A Norfolk in the Orioles' organization and is likely to serve as minor-league depth for a club again in 2023. Yesterday, 5:26 pm
  • Jorge Alfaro homers in Boston's victory
    Jorge Alfaro hit a two-run homer against the Pirates in Thursday's win for the Red Sox.

    Advice: Connor Wong is ready to resume competing for a job after missing time with a hamstring injury, but Alfaro continues to make a very strong case for the second catcher spot on Boston's roster. He's 11-for-21 with two homers and three doubles in eight games, Yesterday, 5:23 pm
  • Twins reassign Greiner, five more to minors camp
    Twins reassigned C Grayson Greiner and David Bañuelos, RHP Oliver Ortega, INF's Elliot Soto and Tyler White and OF Ryan LaMarre to minor league camp.

    Advice: No real surprises in the latest round of cuts for Minnesota as they trim their camp roster to just 39 player. Greiner and Ortega are the most likely to appear for the Twins this season. Yesterday, 4:23 pm
  • Yankees sign José Godoy to minor league contract
    Yankees signed C José Godoy to a minor league contract.

    Advice: With top catching prospect Austin Wells and Ben Rortvedt out with injuries, the Yankees desperately needed to add some catching depth for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Godoy was released by the Angels earlier this month and has quickly found a new opportunity. The 28-year-old backstop got into 22 games last year between the Pirates and Twins. Yesterday, 4:14 pm
  • Tom Murphy (forearm) returns to Mariners' lineup
    Tom Murphy (forearm) is back in the Mariners' lineup for Thursday's Cactus League game against the Reds.

    Advice: Murphy has been out a few days for precautionary reasons after experiencing some left forearm tightness. The 31-year-old catcher will open the regular season as starter Cal Raleigh's primary backup. Yesterday, 4:07 pm
  • Plawecki won't make Pirates' roster
    Kevin Plawecki won't make the Pirates' Opening Day roster. 

    Advice: Plawecki's locker was empty at Pirates' camp on Thursday. The 31-year-old has an out-clause in his contract if he's not on the roster by Saturday and might prefer to look for a more appealing situation. Tyler Heineman and Jason Delay are the top candidates for the backup catcher job in Pittsburgh behind Austin Hedges. Yesterday, 4:06 pm