Astros manager A.J. Hinch announced Wednesday that Alex Bregman will hit second to begin the year.
That's music to fantasy owners' ears. While Bregman started out slow after his call-up last year, he turned things around in dramatic fashion down the stretch and finished with a .791 OPS. He has serious breakout potential in 2017. The Astros are going with George Springer, Bregman, Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, and Carlos Beltran with the top five spots in the order.
David Price (elbow) will make about 30 throws from 75 to 90 feet on Wednesday.
While it's unclear when Price will be able to get back on a mound, he's continuing to make progress with his ailing elbow. As of now, the expectation is that the southpaw will miss at least the first month of the season, but it's hard to truly say how long his absence will be until he starts throwing with more intensity and tests himself in game action.
Josh Rutledge (hamstring) is expected to begin the season on the disabled list.
Rutledge went down Tuesday with a left hamstring strain and Red Sox manager John Farrell acknowledged that he will "need some time." Marco Hernandez and Steve Selsky are the candidates to take his spot on the Opening Day roster.
Mitch Moreland was scratched Wednesday because he's dealing with the flu.
Moreland won't travel with the team to Washington, D.C. and will head straight to Boston instead. He should have enough time to be ready to go for the season.
Yankees optioned C Kyle Higashioka from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre; reassigned INF Tyler Wade to minor league camp.
Gary Sanchez and Austin Romine will handle catching duties for the Yankees this season, but Higashioka could make his way to the majors if there's an injury. The 26-year-old was added to the 40-man roster in November after batting .276/.337/.511 with 21 homers and 81 RBI between Double- and Triple-A last year. Wade was mentioned as a possible fill-in option for Didi Gregorius (shoulder) at shortstop, but the Yankees now appear likely to lean on Ronald Torreyes.
Steven Wright pitched Tuesday with an elastic brace on his left knee and was wearing a larger metal brace when he arrived at the clubhouse on Wednesday.
It's not what you want to hear, but Wright said he's wearing the brace for precautionary reasons to address some occasional soreness over the past couple of weeks. He insists that the knee issues haven't impacted his pitching. While Wright entered the spring with some questions about his shoulder, he has put that to rest by posting a 0.68 ERA over 13 1/3 innings during Grapefruit League action.
Twins reassigned RHP Nick Tepesch to minor league camp.
Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune notes that this means Michael Tonkin and Justin Haley are both likely to make the Opening Day roster. Tepesch, a non-roster invitee, compiled a 4.41 ERA and 9/9 K/BB ratio over 16 1/3 innings this spring.
Twins reassigned RHP Alex Wimmers to minor league camp.
Wimmers allowed two runs over nine innings with an 8/4 K/BB ratio this spring as a non-roster player. The 2010 first-round pick made the full-time move to the bullpen last year and posted a 4.15 ERA over 16 appearances during his first taste of the bigs. He could earn his way back this year.