David Lough expected to start season on DL
David Lough | BAL
(March 29, 2015 11:16 PM EDT)
David Lough (back, hamstring) is expected to begin the season on the disabled list.
He had been expected to return to game action on Monday, though he has already been ruled out due to a sore hamstring. If placed on the disabled list, Lough wouldn't be eligible to join the Orioles until April 11 at the earliest.
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Jaime Garcia slated to begin season on DL
Jaime Garcia | STL
(March 29, 2015 10:44 PM EDT)
Jaime Garcia (shoulder) is expected to begin the season on the disabled list as he continues to battle arm soreness and fatigue.
The good news, is that a visit with the team physician on Sunday revealed no new injury for Garcia. Historically, it has proven difficult to fully return from thoracic outlet surgery. He'll continue to work in extended spring training and then would progress to minor league starts before he would be a candidate to join the Cardinals rotation. Unless he can be stashed in a DL spot, the veteran left-hander is a difficult stash in mixed leagues.
Morneau homers as Rockies top D'Backs
Justin Morneau | COL
(March 29, 2015 10:36 PM EDT)
Justin Morneau clobbered his second home run of the Cactus League season, helping to power the Rockies to a 2-1 victory over the Diamondbacks on Sunday.
He and teammate Daniel Descalso each contributed solo homers, combining for all of the Rockies offense on the afternoon. Morneau finished the game 2-for-3, raising his spring average to .167 (5-for-30). While he's unlikely to replicate his terrific 2014 season, he should continue to provide plenty of value hitting in the hitter-friendly confines of Coors Field.
Jordan Lyles excels again in win over D'Backs
Jordan Lyles | COL
(March 29, 2015 10:31 PM EDT)
Jordan Lyles excelled again in Sunday's Cactus League victory over the Diamondbacks, surrendering just one run on three hits over six innings.
The 24-year-old right-hander fanned four while issuing just one free pass. He has been electric all spring, registering a 0.86 ERA and 13/7 K/BB ratio over 21 innings. While his upside is capped by pitching half of his games at Coors Field, he could be worth a look in the later rounds of mixed league drafts.
Laird drives in lone run in loss to Rockies
Gerald Laird | ARZ
(March 29, 2015 10:27 PM EDT)
Gerald Laird plated the Diamondbacks' lone run with a sacrifice fly in Sunday's loss to the Rockies.
The veteran backstop had an opportunity to seize the team's starting job behind the plate this spring, but has hit just .200 (5-for-25) with four RBI. He's expected to begin the season as a backup to Tuffy Gosewisch, combining to form the worst catching combination in Major League Baseball.
Daniel Hudson pitches well against Rockies
Daniel Hudson | ARZ
(March 29, 2015 10:24 PM EDT)
Daniel Hudson pitched well in Sunday's Cactus League start against the Rockies, scattering three hits and two walks over 3 2/3 scoreless innings.
The 28-year-old hurler struck out four in the ballgame. While he has already been informed that he'll make the team's Opening Day roster, it's still up in the air whether he'll function as a starter or reliever. While he's difficult to trust coming off of a second Tommy John surgery, he'd be an interesting name to watch in mixed leagues if he indeed lands a starting job.
Jedd Gyorko plates two as Padres top Mariners
Jedd Gyorko | SD
(March 29, 2015 10:14 PM EDT)
Jedd Gyorko went 2-for-3 and drove home a pair of runs on Sunday as the Padres bested the Mariners 8-5 in Cactus League action.
Gyorko plated a run with an RBI single in the first inning then repeated the process again in the third. The two-hit effort raises his spring average to .250 (12-for-48), though he has just one homer and three RBI. He's looking to rebound from a dreadful 2014 season where he hit just .210/.280/.333 with 10 long balls in 111 games.
Cashner whiffs six in victory over Mariners
Andrew Cashner | SD
(March 29, 2015 10:11 PM EDT)
Andrew Cashner was in mid-season form in Sunday's Cactus League victory over the Mariners, racking up six strikeouts over 6 1/3 innings.
Cashner allowed just one run on four hits and a walk in the contest, that lone run coming on a solo blast off the bat of Jabari Henry. While he's no longer considered the ace of the Padres staff, he has certainly pitched like one this spring, compiling a 2.45 ERA and 14/4 K/BB ratio over 18 1/3 frames.
Dustin Ackley swats first Cactus League homer
Dustin Ackley | SEA
(March 29, 2015 10:06 PM EDT)
Dustin Ackley swatted his first Cactus League home run as the Mariners fell to the Padres on Sunday.
Ackley victimized Chris Rearick for the two-run shot in the seventh inning, pulling the M's to within three runs at 6-3. He also added a double, finishing the day 2-for-3. Set to serve as the M's primary left fielder, Ackley has had a terrific spring, hitting .366 (15-for-41) with 10 RBI.
J.A. Happ obliterated again in loss to Padres
J.A. Happ | SEA
(March 29, 2015 9:59 PM EDT)
J.A. Happ was once again obliterated in a losing effort against the Padres on Sunday, surrendering six runs (five earned) on 11 hits over his five innings.
Happ issued a pair of walks and struck out three on the afternoon. He now owns a troublesome 7.90 ERA and 1.98 WHIP in 13 2/3 spring innings. The Mariners brass has to be considering if they'd be better off with Roenis Elias in the rotation instead of Happ at this point.