Tim Hudson wasn't very sharp on Monday, serving up four runs on 10 hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings against the Cubs.
All told, it could have been much worse. The Cubs scored once in each of the first four innings. Hudson has mostly pitched well this spring and looks regular season-ready in what may be the 39-year-old's final season. He compiled a 3.57 ERA and a 120/34 K/BB ratio in 189 1/3 innings for the Giants last season.
Coco Crisp (elbow) will not play the field during an appearance in a minor league game Tuesday.
The A's are protecting Crisp's elbow, so they'll only have him take some at-bats so he doesn't have to do any throwing. The club is still hoping to have him ready for Opening Day, but they're playing Crisp in minor league contests just in case they have to make a backdated disabled list move.
An MRI on Travis Ishikawa's back came back negative.
Ishikawa had to be lifted from Sunday's game after his back tightened up on him, but it appears he'll be fine. He's expected to return to game action on Thursday.
Joe Panik went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's Cactus League matinee with the Cubs.
Panik sparked a rally, as his solo shot off of Kyle Hendricks sparked a five-run outburst against the Cubs. The young second baseman has not hit much this spring, but has back-to-back multi-hit games which has pushed his Cactus League average up to .220 (13-for-59).
Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said Monday that Archie Bradley is in the mix for the team's final bullpen spot.
It's hard to believe it would happen. The Diamondbacks are poised for a rebuilding year and Bradley needs to be in a rotation somewhere as he tries to revive his stock a bit after a disappointing, injury-shortened 2014. We'd be very surprised if he's not in the Triple-A rotation to start 2015, but he's a good bet to debut at some point this season.
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.
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.
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.