Marlins prospect LHP Adam Conley was shelled for four earned runs on four hits and walk in one inning on Sunday against the Yankees.
Conley, 23, was having a solid spring in major league camp and yet to allow an earned run through his first four outings (four innings total). However, the left-hander's forgettable appearance on Sunday bumped his ERA to 7.20 on the spring. Conley spent the entire 2013 season at Double-A Jacksonville, where he posted a 3.25 ERA and 129-37 K/BB ratio in 138.2 innings spanning 25 starts. He'll likely begin the upcoming season at Triple-A and could be ready for an audition in the major leagues later in the year.
Padres pitching prospect Max Fried (forearm) will play catch on Monday.
Fried was shut down after dealing with forearm soreness last month, but the move was viewed as precautionary. The Padres will bring the young lefty along slowly, so expect him to miss the beginning of the minor league season.
Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg on Monday named Cliff Lee the club's Opening Day starter.
With Roy Halladay retired and Cole Hamels (shoulder) injured, there weren't any other real options. He'll be followed in the rotation by A.J. Burnett and Kyle Kendrick. Lee, 35, holds a pristine 2.80 ERA in his three seasons in Philadelphia.
Yankees prospect C Gary Sanchez connected for his second home run of the spring, a two-run shot, on Sunday against the Marlins.
Sanchez, 21, was technically optioned to Double-A Trenton on March 12, but since then he's remained major league camp and appeared in three games. He's had a successful spring overall, batting .364 (4-for-11) with two home runs while appearing in eight games. In 2013, the Yankees' top prospect batted .253/.324/.412 with 15 home runs and 71 RBI in 117 games between High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton. However, with the off-season acquisition of catcher Brian McCann, Sanchez lacks a clear path to the major leagues and therefore could emerge as potential trade bait later this summer.
Jacoby Ellsbury (calf) is expected to miss a third straight game Tuesday.
Ellsbury was cleared to hit in the batting cage Monday, but the Yankees won't to hold him out of game action a little longer. All signs point to the outfielder's calf issue being minor.
Chris Stewart will visit Dr. James Andrews to have his right knee examined, with surgery seen as "probable."
It's not clear how long he'd be sidelined, but obviously even a minor operation would rule him out for Opening Day. That would clear room for Tony Sanchez to serve as Russell Martin's backup.
White Sox prospect C Adrian Nieto was 2-for-2 with two RBI and walk on Sunday against the Rangers.
The White Sox selected Nieto from the Nationals in December's Rule 5 draft, so he'll have to stick on the team's 25-man roster to avoid being returned to the Nationals. Prior to Sunday's game, the 24-year-old switch-hitter had gone 1-for-10 and received minimal playing time. However, the organization is likely to give him more looks moving forward with a need to start trimming its potential Opening Day roster. In 2013, Nieto batted .285/.373/.449 with 68 runs, 11 home runs and 53 RBI in 110 games at High-A Potomac. Keep in mind he'll be making the rare jump from High-A to the major leagues should he break camp with the White Sox.
Anibal Sanchez was scratched from Monday's start due to inflammation in his right shoulder.
Anything related to the shoulder is always a concern and is especially so with Sanchez's past shoulder issues. However, the Tigers think he'll be fine for his next start. You might recall that Sanchez was scratched from a start last season with a shoulder issue, was blasted in his first start back and then placed on the DL. Hopefully things will go better this time around.