Jose Abreu went 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI as the White Sox topped the Dodgers 2-1 in Cactus League action on Tuesday.
Abreu has been on an absolute tear all spring, hitting .519 (27-for-52) with a homer and eight RBI. It's scary to think that he could be even better than the .317/.383/.581 he slashed with 36 bombs and 107 RBI in his first season stateside in 2014. He shouldn't last past the middle of the first round in all fantasy drafts.
Carlos Rodon delivered another strong Cactus League outing on Tuesday, limiting the Dodgers to one run on four hits over 5 1/3 innings.
The uber-prospect walked a pair and struck out two on the afternoon. The only damage against him came on a solo blast off the bat of Chris Heisey in the fifth inning. While he has been extremely impressive this spring, the White Sox have already clarified that he'll begin the season in the rotation at Triple-A Charlotte. He should be mixed league relevant as soon as he joins the big league club, which could happen within the first few months of the regular season.
Chris Heisey blasted his second home run of the Cactus League season, accounting for all of the Dodgers' offense in a loss to the White Sox.
It wasn't a cheap home run either, and came off White Sox top prospect Carlos Rodon. He's having a rough go of it at the plate this spring, hitting just .111 (5-for-44) with two homers and seven RBI. He's still expected to earn a bench spot on the team's Opening Day roster.
Joe Wieland pitched decently in a losing effort against the White Sox on Tuesday, surrendering two runs on nine hits over his five innings.
Wieland whiffed one and didn't issue a walk in the ballgame. The 25-year-old is currently the leading candidate to open the season in Hyun-Jin Ryu's rotation spot, and this start shouldn't do anything to dissuade that thinking. He boasts a 1.93 ERA and 10/3 K/BB ratio across 14 innings on the spring and should be a worthwhile addition in mixed leagues until Ryu returns.
Rockies manager Walt Weiss said that he's mapped out a throwing schedule that could have John Axford (personal) ready for Opening Day.
However, Weiss added that he wants to make sure the pitcher is "in the right frame of mind." Axford is currently away from the club after his son, Jameson, was bitten twice by a rattlesnake.
Corey Dickerson (back) was scratched from Tuesday's lineup.
It's a precautionary move, as Dickerson has been nursing some lower back tightness since Saturday. He should be back out there in a day or two and is not in any danger of missing Opening Day unless he has a setback.
MLB.com's Todd Zolecki reports that Sean O'Sullivan "is the in-house favorite" to be the Phillies' No. 5 starter.
O'Sullivan was sent to minor league camp a couple weeks ago but is now back with the big leaguers, allowing four runs over four innings in a start versus the Blue Jays Tuesday. Many figure the Phils will find someone outside the organization, although general manager Ruben Amaro was being coy Tuesday, saying he didn't have interest in any of the recently released pitchers. O'Sullivan has a career 5.91 ERA over 231 1/3 frames in the majors and would be a candidate for worst starter in the big leagues should he make the rotation. Philly hopes to get Chad Billingsley (elbow) back by the end of April, so they might not need a No. 5 starter for more than a couple turns.
Blue Jays optioned C Josh Thole to Triple-A Buffalo; re-assigned LHP Jeff Francis and INF Munenori Kawasaki to minor league camp.
That means Russell Martin will catch knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Thole could eventually get a shot as Martin's backup if the Jays ever trade Dioner Navarro.