Player Notes

  • Drawing Cactus League start Monday
    Spence, a Rule 5 pick this winter, will start Monday's Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks in place of Ross Stripling (finger), MLB.com reports.

    Advice: The right-hander, who logged 39 starts over the last two minor-league seasons with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the Yankees organization, will be evaluated in game action sooner than expected thanks to the cut on Stripling's right index finger. Spence posted an 11-10 mark with a 4.26 ERA and 1.31 WHIP across the 215.1 innings covering the aforementioned sample, but his best chance of sticking on the Athletics' roster is likely as a reliever. Rotowire.com Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • First spring turn pushed back
    Stripling, who was due to start Monday's Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks, will see his turn pushed back at least "a couple of days" due to a minor cut on his right index finger, MLB.com reports.

    Advice: Manager Mark Kotsay didn't imply the issue was too serious, and the fact Stripling is expected to make his delayed debut later in the week seems to bear that out. Mitch Spence, a Rule 5 pick this winter, will slide into Stripling's starting spot for Monday's game. Rotowire.com Yesterday, 9:28 pm
  • Fans five in spring debut
    Heaney allowed one hit and one walk while striking out five over two scoreless innings in Sunday's spring start against the Giants.

    Advice: Heaney's Cactus League debut got off to a rocky start, as the left-hander walked the first batter on four pitches then hit a batter. He settled in after that, striking out two before inducing a groundout to avoid any damage. Heaney is expected to slot in third in the Rangers' rotation. Rotowire.com Yesterday, 7:52 pm
  • Unveils two new pitches
    Greene allowed one hit and two walks while striking out four over 1.2 innings in a spring start Sunday against the Angels.

    Advice: Greene busted out a curveball and split-finger fastball during the outing, adding two new offerings he worked on during the offseason to an arsenal that includes a four-seam fastball, slider and a rarely used changeup, per Mark Sheldon of MLB.com. "I tried to keep it simple," Greene said. "I feel like I had a good feel for everything. Curveball was a little iffy, but as far as spring I will continue to work on it." The right-hander was exuberant about the state of the new split and will continue to hone it for Opening Day and beyond. He had been scheduled to pitch two innings but reached his pitch limit thanks to a long first inning that included two walks and three strikeouts. Rotowire.com Yesterday, 7:08 pm
  • Looks to go deeper into games
    Cecconi walked one and struck out four over two hitless and scoreless innings in Sunday's spring start against the White Sox.

    Advice: Cecconi, who made his spring debut, pitched as well as Tommy Henry and Ryne Nelson -- his main competitors for the final rotation spot -- did Friday and Saturday, respectively. Cecconi's main offseason focus was to refine his secondary offerings, which Arizona manager Torey Lovullo believes could lengthen the 24-year-old's outings. The right-hander appeared in seven games, four as a starter, for the Diamondbacks in 2023 and rarely faced batters a third time through. "Last year, I was very slider heavy," Cecconi said. "A lot of fastball/slider and the huge goal this offseason was to really develop a four pitch-mix," Cecconi said. Henry and Nelson are considered the leaders for the final rotation spot. Rotowire.com Yesterday, 6:55 pm
  • Faces batters Sunday
    Gallen tossed a live batting-practice session Sunday, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports.

    Advice: This was the first time facing batters this spring for Gallen, who is prepping for his scheduled Cactus League debut Friday. "I felt all right," the right-hander said. "I mean, I still feel a little rushed, but that's just a timing thing. I think that just comes with time of getting used to seeing hitters again." Gallen, who threw a career-high 243.2 innings combined between the regular season and playoffs in 2023, is being brought along slowly this spring but should be Arizona's Opening Day starter. Rotowire.com Yesterday, 6:35 pm
  • Breaks out new slider
    Giolito waked one and struck out one over two hitless and scoreless innings in Sunday's spring start against the Twins.

    Advice: Giolito made his spring debut and broke out a new grip on a slider he's been working on since the start of camp, per Ian Browne of MLB.com. "About a week ago, I started working on that, and I was pleased with how it was coming out," the right-hander said. "Still continuing to hone that in, but throwing the slider in like the mid-to-high 80s I think is a better move for me." Giolito, who threw 27 pitches (16 strikes), said he still plans to use the changeup as a go-to offspeed offering. An up-and-coming starter with the White Sox between 2019 and 2021, Giolito had a difficult 2023, when he pitched for three teams and allowed 41 home runs. Rotowire.com Yesterday, 6:20 pm
  • Has uneven spring debut
    Faedo allowed two runs on four hits across two innings in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Rays. He struck out three.

    Advice: The strikeouts were nice, but Faedo was also too hittable, with the key blow being a home run by Yu Chang. Faedo appeared in 15 games for the Tigers in 2023, with 12 starts, but he's likely been pushed out of a rotation spot due to the offseason additions of Kenta Maeda and Jack Flaherty, and several other pitchers have gotten healthy. Faedo will instead look to snag a bullpen role coming out of spring training. The righty won't be on the fantasy radar as a middle reliever. Rotowire.com Yesterday, 6:08 pm
  • Shohei Ohtani to make Dodgers’ debut on Tuesday
    Shohei Ohtani will make his highly-anticipated Dodgers’ debut in Tuesday’s Cactus League contest against the White Sox.

    Advice: Ohtani has been taking live batting practice without issue and is now ready to test out his surgically-repaired right elbow in game action. It’ll also be the first time that we see Ohtani in the lineup together with Mookie Betts and Freddie Freeman, which will finally show how the Dodgers plan to align their superstars for the regular season. All eyes will be on Camelback Ranch in Arizona on Tuesday afternoon. Rotoworld Yesterday, 4:59 pm