Texas Rangers: Lewis,
RHP Colby Lewis made his first appearance of the spring Monday,
starting against the Cleveland Indians and needing 32 pitches to get
just two outs before being lifted. He gave up two runs, two hits and
two walks and struck out one. Lewis sat out last season as he
underwent right hip surgery in August while recovering from Tommy
John reconstructive surgery on his right elbow.
Texas Rangers: Choo, Shin-Soo
LF Shin-Soo Choo returned to the lineup Monday after sitting out
Sunday with mild soreness in his left arm. Choo said he would have
played if it were a regular-season game and the Rangers had him miss
the game solely as a precaution.
Texas Rangers: Andrus, Elvis
SS Elvis Andrus began playing catch Monday, the first time he had
thrown since being diagnosed with mild tendinitis in the flexor
tendon of his right arm. Andrus was shut down for two days after
feeling pain in his arm while making a throw across the diamond on
Texas Rangers: Parrino, Andy
INF Andy Parrino was claimed off waivers from the Oakland Athletics
on Monday and will compete with INF Adam Rosales for the utility
infielder's job. Parrino, 28, played in 14 games with the Athletics
last season and batted just .118. In 108 games with Triple-A
Sacramento, he had a .210 batting average and four home runs.
Texas Rangers: Holland, Derek
LHP Derek Holland was placed on the 60-day disabled list on Monday
to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for INF Andy Parrino. Holland
underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee in January and is
expected to be out until at the least the All-Star break.
Seattle Mariners: Paxton, James
LHP James Paxton is off to a good start this spring. In his first
start of spring training, the rookie retired all six batters he
faced. Paxton is looking more and more like a lock for the Mariners'
starting rotation, especially when considering the lack of
left-handed options at Seattle's disposal. Paxton, 25, was 3-0 with
a 1.50 ERA after a September call-up last season, his first Major
Houston Astros: Cosart, Jarred
RHP Jarred Cosart, who had a breakthrough rookie season in 2013 and
is fighting for the No. 2 spot in the rotation, wasted no time
getting into a solid rhythm. Cosart needed only 27 pitches while
throwing two no-hit innings on Sunday against the Atlanta Braves. He
struck out one and walked one over the scoreless frames.
Houston Astros: Wojciechowski, Asher
RHP Asher Wojciechowski, who suffered a lat strain during a bullpen
session Feb. 1 at home, remains shut down from any throwing
activities. Wojciechowski traveled to Houston on Friday to be
examined. He took a PRP injection and rejoined the club Sunday in
Kissimmee, Fla. "We're not concerned about anything too significant
there," Luhnow said.
Houston Astros: Bass, Anthony
RHP Anthony Bass, who is fighting for a bullpen spot this spring,
earned some praise from Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow one day
after earning the save against the Atlanta Braves. He struck out two
batters over one perfect inning. "Anthony Bass was pitching in the
mid-90s and throwing strikes," he said. "That was a good outing for
him. Probably has the best relief outing of the group (Sunday)."
Houston Astros: Oberholtzer, Brett
LHP Brett Oberholtzer, who is expected to earn a spot in the Opening
Day rotation after a solid rookie season in 2013, showed up with a
refined curveball in his Grapefruit League debut Sunday. Although he
gave up one run over two innings, he took a step in the right
direction by using a pitch he vowed to improve over the winner.
"It's come along really well," pitching coach Brent Strom told the
Houston Astros: Keuchel, Dallas
LHP Dallas Keuchel, who is battling for the fifth spot in the
rotation or at least a bullpen spot as a long reliever, came out
firing. He needed only 17 pitches to throw two scoreless innings
Monday against the Miami Marlins.
Houston Astros: Krauss, Marc
1B-OF Marc Krauss, one of four contending for the open first base
job, drilled his first home run of the spring Monday. Krauss will
get plenty of at-bats to show what he can do this spring.
Houston Astros: Springer, George
OF George Springer, a top prospect who hit 37 home runs and stole 45
bases last year between Double A Corpus Christi and Triple A
Oklahoma City last year, showcased his patience Monday with four
walks. The plate discipline will be crucial because some have
wondered about his high strikeout ratio. He struck out 161 times in
590 at-bats last season while walking only 83 times.
Los Angeles Angels: Trout, Mike
CF Mike Trout signed a $1 million contract for the 2014 season, a
record amount for a pre-arbitration player. Ryan Howard and Albert
Pujols shared the previous record of $900K contracts in the position
that Trout is in now. The Angels continue to negotiate with him and
his agent, Craig Landis, about a long-term deal and could come to an
agreement over the next month.
Los Angeles Angels: Weaver, Jered
RHP Jered Weaver had a successful first spring start, throwing three
scoreless innings, which he attributed to more maintenance he did on
his aging body over the winter. The 31-year-old ace met multiple
times weekly with the Angels' team massage therapist and threw more
than he had in the past. Angels manager Mike Scioscia called it a
"more aggressive" regimen.
Los Angeles Angels: Jimenez, Luis
3B Luis Jimenez arrived at spring training several days late due to
visa issues traveling from his native Dominican Republic. He started
a month's worth of games at third base for the Angels in 2013 but
will need to prove his versatility at second and first in order to
break camp with the team this spring, per Angels manager Mike
Los Angeles Angels: Frieri, Ernesto
RHP Ernesto Frieri, the Angels' closer, left the team for two days
last week to be with his wife, Caroline, for the birth of their
second daughter, Veronica. She was born at a Phoenix hospital at 10
a.m. on Feb. 28, pushing back Frieri's first appearance to Monday.
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Los Angeles Angels: Wilson, C.J.
Angels starting pitcher C.J. Wilson made his spring debut Saturday against
the Mariners, just a few days after taking a line drive off his head
during batting practice.
Wilson, who has reported no lingering issues from the line drive, pitched
his schedule two innings in his first exhibition action. He was tagged
for three earned runs on three hits and a walk, but also struck out four
batters in a 5-3 loss.
Wilson got through the injury scare and should be fine moving forward. He
is looking to extend his streak of 200-inning seasons with an ERA below
4.00 to five in 2014, and remaining healthy will be key to that.
Seattle Mariners: Cano, Robinson
2B Robinson Cano is off to a good start this spring, not that it
matters to his status as the heart of the Mariners' batting order.
He went 5-for-9 with four RBIs through his first four games of the
spring, reminding Seattle fans why the Mariners made such a huge
financial commitment to get him. Cano made some noise over the
weekend by saying that the Mariners could use another bat, but the
more important thing this spring is that the one they added is
looking every bit the part.
Mariners: Iwakuma, Hisashi
RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (strained tendon in right middle finger) is not
expected to start throwing until mid-to-late March. It is
questionable whether he will be ready to pitch at the start of the
Seattle Mariners: Walker, Taijuan
RHP Taijuan Walker (shoulder soreness) first experienced the
soreness when he reported to camp, and a team doctor announced at
the end of February that now he will be shut down for seven to 10
days as a precaution.
Seattle Mariners: Maurer, Brandon
RHP Brandon Maurer (back stiffness) returned to the mound for a
bullpen session March 2 and will continue to be monitored.
Seattle Mariners: Seager, Kyle
3B Kyle Seager missed four days with a strained index finger, but
the Mariners expect him to be back for the March 4 game against the
Los Angeles Dodgers. Seager was one of Seattle's most consistent
offensive players for most of the 2013 season but faded down the
Seattle Mariners: Franklin, Nick
2B Nick Franklin continues to be mentioned in trade rumors, and his
start to the spring probably will not diminish the interest.
Franklin, who turned 23 on March 2, went 2-for-3 with a solo home
run in his first spring training game. He was expected to be
Seattle's second baseman of the future before the team added 2B
Robinson Cano in free agency. Now Franklin is left to battle Brad
Miller for the starting shortstop job, and it would not be a big
surprise if he gets dealt. The latest rumors have the New York Mets
offering young pitching for the switch-hitting infielder. Franklin
came out of the gates strong after a midseason call-up from Triple-A
last season, when he was actually in the discussion for American
League rookie of the year honors before falling into a prolonged
slump to close out the 2013 season.
Seattle Mariners: Smoak, Justin
1B Justin Smoak went 3-for-4 during his first two games of the
spring, and that's only half the story. All three of his hits came
from the right side of the plate, where the switch-hitting Smoak had
some struggles last season (he hit .192 with two home runs against
left-handed pitching last season; .260 with 18 home runs against
Oakland Athletics: Gentry, Craig
OF Craig Gentry, the Athletics' new backup outfielder, was declared
out for an additional week and a half. Gentry was expected to miss
only a few days after incurring a lower back strain the first week
of camp. Manager Bob Melvin said Gentry is still expected to be
ready for the start of the season.
Oakland Athletics: Cook, Ryan
RHP Ryan Cook (right shoulder tightness) is considered questionable
for the Opening Day roster, according to manager Bob Melvin. Cook is
scheduled to throw his first bullpen session of the spring on March
6, and he wouldn't appear in a spring game for at least a week or so
Oakland Athletics: Elmore, Jake
INF Jake Elmore was acquired by the A's from the White Sox in a cash
deal on Feb. 27. Elmore, 26, fits Oakland's versatility mode — he
played every position, including catcher and pitcher, for Houston
last year. He has two options left and is unlikely to be an
immediate big-league option for Oakland.
Oakland Athletics: Burns, Billy
OF Billy Burns, acquired from the Nationals for LHP Jerry Blevins in
December, is making a good impression in camp. The switch-hitting
speedster is not known for having a good arm, but he threw out two
runners in a game on March 2 and he hit .313 with five steals in his
first six spring games. Burns is a strong candidate to be a
September call-up, but he could be an option sooner in the event of
Texas Rangers: Wilson, Russell
2B Russell Wilson spent Monday training with the Rangers in
Surprise, Ariz., and the Seattle Seahawks quarterback refused to
rule out the possibility of playing baseball someday.
"You never say never," he said. "I've always had the dream of
playing two sports. If somehow it was a miracle that it could work
out, I'd consider it. At the same time, my focus is winning the
championship with the Seattle Seahawks and hope to be playing for a
In December, Texas selected the Super Bowl-bound quarterback from
the Colorado Rockies in the minor league portion of the Rule 5
San Diego Padres: Maybin, Cameron
CF Cameron Maybin ruptured his left biceps tendon March 2, and he
will be sidelined two to three months.
Last year, he was limited to 14 games due to injuries to his right
knee and right wrist.
Maybin was hurt while diving to make a catch during to make a catch
in an exhibition game against the Dodgers at Camelback Ranch in
Glendale, Ariz. He stayed in the game but had trouble fielding a
grounder later in the inning. An MRI exam March 3 found the biceps
damage, but it ruled out shoulder capsule or rotator cuff damage.
LHP Johan Santana, a two-time Cy Young Award winner, is close to
signing a minor league deal with the Orioles, multiple media outlets
reported March 3.
Santana, 34, recently worked out for seven teams and was reportedly
only hitting 77-78 mph with his fastball. He is shooting for a June
return after multiple shoulder surgeries in recent years.
He went 11-9 with a 2.98 ERA with the New York Mets in 2010. After
missing 2011 to recover from shoulder surgery, he pitched the first
no-hitter in Mets history on May 1, 2012. However, he finished 6-9
with a 4.85 ERA that year. He last pitched in a major league game on
Aug. 17, 2012.
Last April, he had surgery to repair a re-tear of the anterior
capsule muscle in his left shoulder.
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