Rusney Castillo's oblique feels 'much better'
Rusney Castillo | BOS
(March 5, 2015 3:09 PM EST)
Red Sox manager John Farrell said Thursday that Rusney Castillo's oblique injury feels "much better."
Castillo was diagnosed with a strained left oblique muscle Wednesday after leaving an exhibition game Tuesday night with some pain in his side. It's thought to be a minor strain, and it shouldn't affect his readiness for the beginning of the regular season. Castillo is battling Mookie Betts for the starting center field gig. The 27-year-old Cuban will carry big-time fantasy value if he's getting regular playing time.
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Sale not expected to be ready Opening Day
Chris Sale | CWS
(March 5, 2015 3:01 PM EST)
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports writes that "there isn't any suggestion" Chris Sale will be ready for Opening Day.
Heyman adds, however, that the White Sox expect Sale to be a full-go "not long after" the regular-season opener. Sale suffered an avulsion fracture in his right foot February 27 in an accident at his home. He's likely to remain shut down for another two weeks and will then restart an accelerated spring throwing program. The 25-year-old left-hander posted an incredible 2.17 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 208/39 K/BB ratio in 174 innings last season.
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Tim Hudson (ankle) throws to live hitters
Tim Hudson | SF
(March 5, 2015 2:28 PM EST)
Tim Hudson (ankle) threw to hitters Thursday morning in Giants camp and reported no issues.
He is one step closer to his 2015 Cactus League debut. Hudson underwent surgery in early January to remove bone spurs from his right ankle and is somewhat questionable for the beginning of the regular season. If he's not ready -- and the Giants won't rush him -- Ryan Vogelsong and Yusmeiro Petit are available as rotation insurance.
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Matt Cain (elbow, ankle) faces hitters
Matt Cain | SF
(March 5, 2015 2:26 PM EST)
Matt Cain (elbow, ankle) faced hitters Thursday.
It was a nice step in the right direction for the veteran right-hander, who is being eased along slowly in Giants camp this spring. Cain underwent surgery in August to remove painful bone chips and spurs from his right elbow and then needed a minor procedure in September on his right ankle. He's expected to be ready for the first week of the regular season.
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K-Rod has not passed physical for Brewers
Francisco Rodriguez | MLW
(March 5, 2015 2:21 PM EST)
According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, closer Francisco Rodriguez has not passed his pre-signing physical with the Brewers.
K-Rod can't take the physical until he gets to the Brewers' spring training complex in Arizona and he is still waiting for a visa in his native Venezuela. The 33-year-old right-hander agreed to a two-year, $13 million contract with Milwaukee on February 26. The deal also includes an option for the 2017 season. He should again hold big-time fantasy value as the ninth-inning stopper on a decent Brewers team.
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Waino (abdomen) to throw live BP on Sunday
Adam Wainwright | STL
(March 5, 2015 12:53 PM EST)
Adam Wainwright (abdomen) expects to throw live batting practice Sunday in Cardinals camp.
Wainwright made it through a high-intensity bullpen session on Thursday with no issues at all. He suffered an abdominal strain at the end of February while placing a 45 lb. weight back on a rack at the Cardinals' spring training complex, but the veteran right-hander has plenty of time to catch back up with the other St. Louis starters. Waino figures to get the nod on Opening Night at Wrigley Field.
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O's, Suk-min Yoon working on a settlement
Suk-min Yoon | BAL
(March 5, 2015 12:46 PM EST)
According to Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun, right-hander Suk-min Yoon is trying to work out a settlement with the Orioles that will get him out of his major league contract and allow him to play in Korea.
Yoon signed a three-year, $5.75 million deal with the O's last February after nine seasons in the Korea Baseball Organization. The 28-year-old starter posted an ugly 5.74 ERA and 1.58 WHIP in 95 2/3 innings last summer at the Triple-A level. He never made it to the majors, though he's young enough to give it another shot later in his career.
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Garrett Richards (knee) to face live hitters
Garrett Richards | ANA
(March 5, 2015 12:30 PM EST)
Garrett Richards (knee) is expected to throw to hitters in his next mound session.
It's a big step for the 26-year-old right-hander, who hasn't thrown a pitch with a batter in the box since tearing his left patellar tendon last August at Fenway Park. Richards is expected to join the Angels' starting rotation by the third week of April and carries big expectations into 2015 after posting a 2.61 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 164/51 K/BB ratio in 168 2/3 innings last season.
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Cespedes scratched with lower back tightness
Yoenis Cespedes | DET
(March 5, 2015 12:14 PM EST)
Yoenis Cespedes was scratched from the Tigers' Grapefruit League game Wednesday afternoon against the Braves due to tightness in his lower back.
Steven Moya got the nod instead. A missed game in early March is nothing to worry about with Cespedes, who slugged a grand slam against the Orioles on Tuesday. He'll be in left field for the Tigers on Opening Day.
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Kipnis (finger) to make Cactus debut on Sat.
Jason Kipnis | CLE
(March 5, 2015 11:49 AM EST)
Jason Kipnis (finger) is scheduled to make his 2015 Cactus League debut on Saturday.
Kipnis needed surgery in December to repair tendon damage in his left ring finger, but he is expected to be 100 percent by the beginning of the regular season. The 27-year-old second baseman was a disappointment in 2014, but that just makes him a better value in drafts for the 2015 campaign. There's huge fantasy upside here.
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