Hendricks done in by poor sixth inning vs. SF
Kyle Hendricks | CHC
(March 30, 2015 7:14 PM EDT)
Kyle Hendricks was great until the sixth inning, allowing five runs in 5 1/3 innings in Monday's start against the Giants.
Hendricks had blanked the Giants through five until they hung a five-spot in the sixth inning. After leading off the frame with a strikeout, Hendricks allowed a solo home run to Joe Panik followed by a single, a walk, another single, and a double before departing. All told, he gave up seven hits and a walk while striking out five. Last season, Hendricks succeeded despite a mediocre ability to miss bats, finishing with a 2.46 ERA and a 47/15 K/BB ratio in 80 1/3 innings.
Red Sox expected to hang on to Allen Craig
Allen Craig | BOS
(March 30, 2015 7:11 PM EDT)
Alex Speier of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are not expected to trade Allen Craig before the start of the season.
Speier says that "at least three teams" have inquired on Craig this spring, but those clubs "have treated him as a distressed asset" and the Red Sox aren't interested in selling low. The report adds that "evaluators have seen a different hitter this spring" after his struggles last year and the Red Sox have "been impressed with how Craig has handled a potentially challenging situation." Craig doesn't look to be in line for much playing time in 2015, but he could potentially take over at first base in 2016 if Mike Napoli departs as a free agent.
Boston Globe
Rollins doubles, scores in Dodgers' win
Jimmy Rollins | LA
(March 30, 2015 7:10 PM EDT)
Jimmy Rollins went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored as the Dodgers topped the Diamondbacks 4-2 on Monday.
Rollins maintains his .333 Cactus League average (18-for-54) with the effort. GHe now has seven doubles, two triples, and a home run this spring, showcasing his offensive potential for his new team. The 36-year-old can still provide plenty of value with his speed and power.
Adams allows two more runs vs. D'Backs
Mike Adams | LA
(March 30, 2015 7:08 PM EDT)
Mike Adams allowed two more runs in an inning of work facing the Diamondbacks on Monday.
Adams has allowed runs in three of his five appearances so far this spring. The Dodgers could use bullpen help, but the 36-year-old right-hander is coming off of a rotator cuff injury. The Dodgers have to tell him by noon EST on Tuesday if he's made the active roster, if he's been cut, or if he'll begin the season in the minors, per SB Nation's Eric Stephen.
True Blue LA
Josh Fields (groin) likely bound for DL
Josh Fields | HOU
(March 30, 2015 7:04 PM EDT)
Astros manager A.J. Hinch indicated Monday that Josh Fields (groin) is likely to begin the season on the disabled list.
Fields hasn't thrown off a mound in a week due to a groin malady and it's not clear when he'll be cleared to throw off the bump. "It's getting tough," Hinch said. "At some point, we're going to run out of time. Now that we're a week away from Opening Day and [Fields] hasn't been on the mound for a long time, it's getting dangerously close. At the same time, we have to make sure that there are no setbacks and no length into the season that he wouldn't be available."
Lopez struggles early, goes 4 innings vs. LAD
Yoan Lopez | ARZ
(March 30, 2015 7:03 PM EDT)
Yoan Lopez yielded three runs in four innings in Monday's start against the Dodgers.
The Dodgers pounced on Lopez early, scoring twice in the first inning. Overall, Lopez allowed four hits and walked two while striking out three. The Cuban right-hander, signed in January, has mostly struggled this spring and will open up the season in the minor leagues. Lopez has given up 12 runs in 13 2/3 innings this spring.
Anderson blanks D'Backs over six innings
Brett Anderson | LA
(March 30, 2015 6:59 PM EDT)
Brett Anderson fired six scoreless innings in Monday's Cactus League start against the Diamondbacks.
The lefty only gave up four hits and a walk while fanning two on the afternoon. Anderson has racked up only 12 2/3 innings over four spring starts, but has allowed exactly zero runs in three of them. The Dodgers are happy to see the oft-injured veteran throwing well, as they are suffering from thin starting depth.
Domingo German to undergo Tommy John surgery
Domingo German | NYY
(March 30, 2015 6:58 PM EDT)
Yankees pitching prospect Domingo German will undergo Tommy John surgery.
It was reported Sunday that German could need the procedure, and the pitcher posted on his Instagram account Monday that he'll indeed go under the knife. Acquired over the offseason from the Marlins in the Nathan Eovaldi deal, German will now likely be out until around midseason next year.
Kaleb Cowart switch-hitting again
Kaleb Cowart | ANA
(March 30, 2015 6:55 PM EDT)
Angels third base prospect Kaleb Cowart has resumed switch-hitting.
Cowart had tried batting just left-handed for a while, but the experiment didn't work. The former top prospect's stock has fallen rapidly the last couple years to the point that the Angels have discussed making him into a pitcher if his hitting doesn't improve.
Orange County Register
Padres could 'possibly' use Myers some at 1B
Wil Myers | SD
(March 30, 2015 6:46 PM EDT)
Padres manager Bud Black said Monday that he would "possibly" consider using Wil Myers some at first base during the season.
Myers played three innings at the position Sunday and also played two games at first base last season with the Rays. "Possibly," Black said when asked about using Myers at first during the season. "The versatility that Wil has shown in his entire professional career is something not to ignore." It seems unlikely that Myers will play a whole lot at first, but we could see it some against lefties, allowing the Padres to bench the left-handed hitting Yonder Alonso and put Cameron Maybin in center field.