Kennys Vargas (foot) went 0-for-3 in minor league action on Wednesday.
After taking his hacks, Vargas indicated that there had been no increase of swelling in his injured left foot and that he felt good. The 26-year-old initially suffered the injury after fouling a ball off his hoof on March 24. His availability for Opening Day has not yet been determined.
Josh Bell went 0-for-4 on Wednesday, dropping his spring average to .103.
There hasn't been anything to suggest the Pirates will consider sending down Bell for the first few weeks, but they do have that option with John Jaso and Jose Osuna having great springs. We think Bell is the Pirates' best option at first base, but since he's coming off knee surgery and he hasn't gotten it going yet, an April stint in Triple-A wouldn't be the worst thing.
Aason Judge went 2-for-3 with an RBI in the Yankees' 3-1 win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday.
While he hasn't matched Greg Bird bomb for bomb, Judge has certainly done what he needed to do this spring to solidify a starting job that seemed to be his to lose. Still, the Yankees have hinted that they might send him to the minors anyway. If so, they'd be bypassing him in favor of someone in Aaron Hicks who was terrible last year and who hasn't quite matched him in the OPS department this spring (.975 to .889).
Twins manager Paul Molitor expressed confidence that Robbie Grossman (groin) will be ready for Opening Day.
Grossman has been working his way back from a groin injury suffered in mid-March. He went through a full workout on Monday and will serve as designated hitter in Grapefruit League action on Thursday. Unless word surfaces to the contrary, he should be available when the Twins take on the Royals in their regular-season opener on Monday.
Jordan Montgomery held the Blue Jays to one run in five innings on Wednesday.
Montgomery did nothing to hurt his case for a rotation spot today. The Yankees will name a fourth starter within the next day or two. They don't intend to pick a No. 5 until they need one in mid-April. Montgomery could get either spot, and if he does, he'll be worth trying in AL-only leagues.
J.A. Happ pitched four innings of one-run ball Wednesday against the Yankees.
Happ allowed two hits, walked none and struck out two to finish the spring with a 1.76 ERA. His season debut will come next Wednesday against the Orioles.
Dodgers signed RHP Jair Jurrjens to a minor league contract.
Jurrjens is coming off a spring stint with the Netherlands team in the World Baseball Classic. The veteran right-hander last pitched in the bigs back in 2014, when he was with the Rockies. During that brief stint, he surrendered 11 runs on 20 hits in just 9 1/3 innings. He was out a professional job this past season.
Melvin Upton Jr. went 0-for-3 as the Blue Jays' leadoff hitter Wednesday against the Yankees.
Upton is 6-for-32 with two homers and a 9/1 K/BB ratio this spring, so he hasn't done anything to earn himself extra playing time in left field. The Jays will probably keep him and use him against left-handers, but that's not going to lead to much value, even in AL-only leagues.