RHP Scott Feldman, who is likely to be the Astros' Opening Day
starter, will report to Osceola County Stadium on Tuesday to pitch
in an intrasquad minor league game on what otherwise is a day off
for the minor league club. Feldman, 30, pitched two scoreless
innings in his lone Grapefruit League outing to date.
Houston Astros: Cruz, Luis L.
LHP Luis Cruz, who was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday,
definitely left a great impression during his first major league
camp. "There is absolutely no fear whatsoever," manager Bo Porter
said of Cruz's mound presence. "It doesn't matter who is in the box,
he's a confident kid. And if I had his stuff, I'd be confident, too.
It's a fastball with late life."
Houston Astros: Castro, Jason
C Jason Castro, who earned his first All-Star bid last year, hit his
first home run of spring training March 9 against the Toronto Blue
Jays. "It's always good to get the first one kind of off your back,"
Houston Astros: Foltynewicz, Mike
RHP Mike Foltynewicz, the top prospect who routinely hits 100 mph on
his fastball, trimmed his long hair short after it was gently
recommended by the organization. "In my mind, I was like, 'OK, I'll
get it cleaned up a little bit,'" he said. "But it was kind of my
personality at the time, long hair, goatee and all that stuff. But
they told me to clean it up because they want me to look
Houston Astros: Stassi, Max
C Max Stassi, the slugger who made his major league debut last
August straight from Double-A, made a solid impression in camp this
spring. However, it wasn't enough to earn him a spot on the Opening
Day roster. Stassi was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday.
Stassi's first major league stint was soured in his second game in
late August when he was beaned in the face. He suffered a concussion
that kept him on the disabled list until the final week of the
In six Grapefruit League games this spring, Stassi went 2-for-9 with
a double. "I think we definitely got a good enough look to where we
see him as a guy who can be an everyday catcher," manager Bo Porter
said. "Again, that was kind of reiterated to him. That's why we want
him to get down there (to the minors) and get on a regular turn and
catching every day and calling games.
Oakland Athletics: Gentry, Craig
OF Craig Gentry has yet to begin baseball activity after incurring a
lower back strain the first week of camp. Gentry did some running on
the field on May 8, but his status for the Opening Day roster is a
big question mark.
Oakland Athletics: Rodriguez, Fernando
RHP Fernando Rodriguez, who is one year removed from Tommy John
surgery, threw two simulated games in camp, and the team is
encouraged by his progress. It is unlikely that Rodriguez, who is
out of options, will pitch in a big-league spring game, however. He
is expected to open the season on the disabled list and go on a
minor league rehab assignment.
Oakland Athletics: Barton, Daric
1B Daric Barton incurred a hamstring strain March 8, and he is
unlikely to play again before the weekend of March 14-16. Barton,
who is out of options, is a strong bet to make Oakland's Opening Day
roster. He was batting .444 with four walks, and a 1.310 OPS at the
time of his injury.
Oakland Athletics: Norris, Derek
C Derek Norris has missed four games with lower back tightness, and
he won't be in action again until Wednesday at the earliest. The
team is being cautious with Norris, who had his back lock up on him
last year in Toronto after he tried to play through some discomfort.
Oakland Athletics: Russell, Addison
SS Addison Russell strained his right hamstring in the eighth inning
Monday, but the severity of the injury was not immediately know.
Russell, the organization's top overall prospect, is not expected to
break camp with the A's, but he is the team's likely Opening Day
shortstop in 2015.
Oakland Athletics: Cook, Ryan
RHP Ryan Cook (right shoulder tightness) was throwing bullpen
sessions as of March 10, and he could appear in a game before the
end of Cactus League play. The A's, with a deep bullpen, will be
cautious with the setup man, however.
Houston Astros: Fowler, Dexter
CF Dexter Fowler doesn't expect any lingering effects after
Nationals LHP Gio Gonzalez's pitch hit him on the side of his left
foot in the second inning March 10. "It should be fine," Fowler
said. "It's a little sore, a little tight. Hopefully it doesn't
swell up too much."
Houston Astros: Harrell, Lucas
RHP Lucas Harrell pitched four strong innings March 10, holding the
Nationals to one run and two hits with one walk and one strikeout.
"The sinker was really good," he said. "I threw some really good
curveballs to get ground balls, which was definitely a plus."
Los Angeles Angels: Lyon, Brandon
RHP Brandon Lyon, who pitched a perfect inning March 10, had retired
12 of the 13 batters he faced in four spring outings. The
34-year-old veteran is a dark-horse candidate to make the Angels'
bullpen as a non-roster invitee.
Los Angeles Angels: Skaggs, Tyler
LHP Tyler Skaggs pitched four strong scoreless innings in his second
spring start, walking Reds 1B Joey Votto twice but otherwise
demonstrating solid control. "You couldn't ask for anything more,"
manager Mike Scioscia said. Skaggs, likely to begin the season as
the Angels' fifth starter, pitched only two innings in his first
Los Angeles Angels: Blanton, Joe
RHP Joe Blanton is a candidate to make the Angels' Opening Day
roster as a potential eighth reliever, manager Mike Scioscia said.
Blanton appears to be the team's sixth starting pitcher, next in
line for a rotation slot if one of the incumbents gets hurt, but he
has little experience pitching in relief.
Los Angeles Angels: Green, Grant
INF Grant Green received starts at shortstop and third base in early
March as the Angels assess his readiness for a potential utility
role on the major league roster. Green played second base nearly
exclusively last season but was a college shortstop. He was earning
positive reviews on his defense.
Los Angeles Angels: De La Rosa, Anderson
C Anderson De La Rosa remains a no-show in Angels camp because the
political unrest in his homeland of Venezuela is preventing him from
getting papers permitting him to leave. The team is not expecting
the non-roster invitee in camp until the minor league season begins
in early April.
Los Angeles Angels: Burnett, Sean
LHP Sean Burnett (left elbow surgery in August 2013) threw off a
mound March 10 for the first time in 10 months. It is possible he
could be ready for Opening Day, but the Angels are very hopeful he
will be healthy by mid-April.
Los Angeles Angels: Hamilton, Josh
LF Josh Hamilton (left calf strain) could resume playing in spring
training games in a matter of days. He has been out since he was
injured during baserunning drills on Feb. 25.
Seattle Mariners: Miller, Brad
SS Brad Miller's role as the incumbent might give him an inside
track on the job, especially when considering his success as a
leadoff hitter for stretches last season. Nick Franklin does not fit
the profile of a typical leadoff man — he is shown more power than
speed — but is a switch hitter, which could be a bonus on a team
heavy with left-handed hitters like Miller.
Through the first two weeks of the spring, neither of the
challengers had taken hold of the job. Franklin was hitting .333
with a home run and four RBIs, while Miller had two homers and five
RBIs to go with a respectable .263 average — including a 2-for-3
performance Sunday. Neither had been charged with an error.
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Seattle Mariners: Paxton, James
LHP James Paxton is looking more and more like the Mariners' No. 2
starter to open the season. The 24-year-old southpaw did not allow a
run over his first two starts, giving up just two hits over five
total innings of work. His stuff has been even more impressive than
it was during a late-season call-up last summer, and Seattle is
looking for someone to put behind ace Felix Hernandez while RHP
Hisashi Iwakuma recovers from an injury to a tendon in the middle
finger of his right hand.
Seattle Mariners: Ramirez, Erasmo
RHP Erasmo Ramirez put together three consecutive solid starts this
spring, and they came at a good time for a team desperate for
starting pitching. Ramirez was 2-0 with a 1.04 ERA through his first
three starts of the spring. Even more important, he showed the
command (seven strikeouts and just one walk) that eluded him at
times last season.
Mariners: Rodney, Fernando
RHP Fernando Rodney made his Mariners spring debut March 6 when he
gave up two hits and a run in an inning. Seattle's likely closer,
Rodney got touched up for two hits and two runs in 2/3 of an inning
in his next outing — leaving a bit of a question as to how much the
soon-to-be-37-year-old has left in his tank. Seattle has two other
relievers with closing experience in Danny Farquhar and Tom
Wilhelmsen, but it is Rodney's job for as long as the veteran closer
can run with it.
Seattle Mariners: Ackley, Dustin
OF Dustin Ackley came into spring training with an inside track on
the Mariners' starting job in left field, and he has done nothing to
disprove that notion. Over his first eight games of the spring,
Ackley hit .468 with a home run and a team-high nine RBIs. The only
question with Ackley seems to be whether he will challenge Michael
Saunders for the starting job in center field.
Seattle Mariners: Hernandez, Felix
RHP Felix Hernandez did not seem to concerned about a four-hit,
four-run, 2 1/3-inning performance in his March 9 start. "I was
(mad) because I want to throw zeros out there," he told MLB.com
after the outing, "but it's spring training so I don't care too
Seattle Mariners: Walker, Taijuan
RHP Taijuan Walker is back throwing after being shut down for a week
to rest soreness in his throwing shoulder. However, the Tacoma News
Tribune reported that Walker, the team's top prospect and a leading
candidate for the starting rotation, probably will not be ready to
make his season debut until mid-April.
Seattle Mariners: Peterson, D.J.
3B D.J. Peterson, who is coming off a nasty injury after having his
jaw broken as a rookie late last summer, got off to a hot start by
hitting safely in four of his first seven at-bats of the spring. The
Mariners' first-round pick in last June's draft, Peterson appears to
be back on track after the injury.
Seattle Mariners: Montero, Jesus
1B Jesus Montero took his first step toward getting out of the
organization's doghouse during the weekend of March 8-9, when he
turned in a two-homer performance while raising his spring batting
average to .350. Montero showed up for the spring out of shape but
seems to be making strides. "He was better the last few days. We'll
see how it goes," manager Lloyd McClendon told MLB.com. "He's doing
better. He knows what he's got to do. The ball's in his court and
he's starting to play a little better."
New York Mets: Davis, Ike
1B Ike Davis, who has been out for a week with right calf tightness,
is in a walking boot, according to the Bergen County (N.J.) Record.
Davis is competing for the starting first base job. Last year, he
batted just .205 with nine home runs and 33 RBIs in 317 at-bats. He
was shut down at the end of August when he strained his right
oblique. Lucas Duda is also in the running for the starting job. He
recently was bothered by hamstring issues.
Texas Rangers: Lewis, Colby
RHP Colby Lewis (Tommy John surgery in July 2012, right hip surgery
in August 2013) showed great improvement in his second Cactus League
start March 9 when he needed 23 pitches to throw two shutout innings
against the Seattle Mariners. Five days earlier, he lasted just
two-thirds of an inning against the Cleveland Indians, throwing 32
pitches. "I got back to being myself," Lewis said of his performance
against the Mariners that Rangers manager Ron Washington called
Lewis is part of a six-man competition for the final two spots in
the rotation along with LHPs Robbie Ross and Joe Saunders and RHPs
Tommy Hanson, Nick Tepesch and Tanner Scheppers.
Texas Rangers: Beltre, Adrian
3B Adrian Beltre will continue to bat cleanup for the Rangers this
season despite the acquisition of 1B Prince Fielder from the Detroit
Tigers in an offseason trade for 2B Ian Kinsler. Beltre has hit .312
in his three seasons with the Rangers while averaging 33 home runs
and 100 RBIs a year and led the American League with 199 hits in
2013. Fielder will bat third, just in front of Beltre, after hitting
.279 with 25 home runs and 106 RBIs last season while playing all
Texas Rangers: Profar, Jurickson
2B Jurickson Profar is expected to play his first game in the field
sometime during the latter part of the week of March 10-16 as he
continues to recover from right shoulder tendinitis. Profar has been
limited to designated hitter duty so far in Cactus League play. He
started off the spring by going 10-for-33 (.303) with three home
runs and 11 RBIs in 11 games.
Texas Rangers: Tepesch, Nick
RHP Nick Tepesch allowed three runs and 10 hits in five innings in
his first two spring appearances after being bothered by back
soreness in the early part of camp. He had yet to strike out a
batter and allowed one walk in his bid to win a spot in the starting
rotation. Tepesch went 4-6 with a 4.84 ERA in 19 games, including 17
starts, last season as a rookie.
Texas Rangers: Ross, Robbie
LHP Robbie Ross is trying to become a starter this spring after
making 123 relief appearances during the first two seasons of his
career. He has pitched twice in Cactus League games, giving up two
runs and four hits in 4 2/3 innings with two walks and two
strikeouts. Last season, Ross was 4-2 with a 3.03 ERA in 65 games.
Texas Rangers: Scheppers, Tanner
RHP Tanner Scheppers has made a good early impression in his bid to
earn a starting job after having a stellar season in relief a year
ago. In his first two outings of the spring, Scheppers gave up one
run on three hits in 4 2/3 innings with one walk and three
strikeouts. He pitched in 76 games last year, going 6-2 with one
save and a 1.88 ERA.
Texas Rangers: Rios, Alex
RF Alex Rios (strained right oblique) missed his seventh consecutive
game March 10. The Rangers listed him as day-to-day.
Texas Rangers: Soto, Geovany
C Geovany Soto (arthroscopic left foot surgery in February 2014) is
tentatively scheduled to see his first game action March 15. He is
expected to be ready for the start of the season.
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