A-Rod Returns

A-Rod Returns
D.J. Short recaps A-Rod's return to action and provides updates on Mike Minor and Josh Hamilton in Thursday's ST Daily.
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Royals general manager Dayton Moore said Thursday that the club has yet to make a decision on Brandon Finnegan's role for the 2015 season.

Just a couple weeks ago, Moore indicated that Finnegan would develop in the minors as a starter. That could still be what the Royals end up doing, but the lefty being used in relief in the majors as he was down the stretch last season is apparently an option still being considered. "It's not a decision we have to make right now," Moore said. "We'll just have to see how it all plays out."
Mar 5 - 9:11 PM

Hank Conger (wrist) will start Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Yankees.

Conger missed a couple days with a sore left wrist, but he's fine. He's slated to back up Jason Castro this season.
Mar 5 - 9:06 PM

Jesse Crain (biceps, shoulder) is scheduled to throw live batting practice early next week.

Crain will throw his seventh bullpen session of the spring on Friday and he'll then be ready to face hitters. The veteran right-hander is coming off a missed season due to biceps and shoulder ailments but is aiming to be ready for Opening Day. "It's exciting and I've been feeling really well, but in the meantime, I'm not going to get too high until I get out there," said Crain.
Mar 5 - 8:56 PM

Mariners designated 1B Ji-Man Choi for assignment.

They needed to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for the return of Edgar Olmos. Choi suffered a fractured right fibula on Wednesday and will be sidelined 4-6 month, so he could clear waivers.
Mar 5 - 8:37 PM

Baseball America's Ben Badler was told by Hector Olivera's camp that a report saying their client has damage to his ulnar collateral ligament is "absolutely not true."

Both MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez and now Badler have both been told the report from Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports is not true. Badler adds that Olivera's camp says their client has taken four physicals and passed them all. Sanchez was also told by a team linked to the infielder that they were unaware of any structural damage to Olivera's elbow. We should know soon who has the correct information. Olivera has not yet been declared a free agent by Major League Baseball.
Mar 5 - 8:32 PM

White Sox released OF Tony Campana.

Campana signed a minor league deal back in November but tore his ACL last month. The White Sox have to pay for his surgery and rehab but went ahead and officially released him.
Mar 5 - 8:02 PM

Travis Wood struck out a pair over two perfect innings in Thursday's tie against the Athletics.

It's a nice beginning to his Cactus League schedule as Wood attempts to nail down the fifth spot in the Cubs' rotation. The left-hander put up a disappointing 5.03 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in 31 starts last season but is good enough to bounce back to be a solid back-end starter.
Mar 5 - 7:47 PM

Barry Zito yielded two runs on two hits over two innings of work against the Cubs on Thursday.

Zito struck out a pair and didn't walk anyone, but he was burned by a two-run shot delivered by Mike Olt in the second inning. The veteran left-hander is trying to return to the majors in 2015 after sitting out 2014, but he's facing an uphill battle to crack Oakland's Opening Day roster.
Mar 5 - 7:40 PM
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