Brandon Snyder has signed with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the independent Atlantic League.
A former-first round pick the Orioles, the 28-year-old Snyder batted .206/.284/.444 with eight home runs in 141 plate appearances at Triple-A with the Red Sox last year. He owns a .243/.287/.399 batting line over 158 plate appearances in the majors.
Jayson Werth (shoulder) hit off a tee Wednesday.
It wasn't much -- he only took 10 swings -- but it was a step in the right direction for Werth, who underwent surgery in early January to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder. The veteran outfield has some hurdles to cross, but he remains hopeful of being ready for the season.
Billy Butler was scratched from Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Giants due to a stomach bug.
Hopefully he didn't have a bad country breakfast. Either way, it's not a long-term concern. He should be back in the lineup in the next day or so.
Felix Hernandez is scheduled to throw live batting practice Wednesday.
The Mariners will decide after whether King Felix will throw another BP session or progress to live game action. Hernandez posted a fantastic 2.14 ERA with a 248/46 K/BB ratio across 236 innings last season and will likely be the second starting pitcher off the board in most mixed fantasy leagues this spring.
Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Wednesday that Danny Hultzen (shoulder) should see game action by the end of the week.
Hultzen threw 28 pitches Tuesday in his first batting practice session of the spring and came out of it feeling great. This is promising news for someone who missed all of last season following rotator cuff and labrum surgery. The 25-year-old has a lot of work to do, but he could work his way to the majors at some point later this year.
James Paxton (forearm) will throw his first bullpen session of the spring on Friday.
Paxton injured both of his forearms in an awkward fall during an agility drill in mid-February, but it was never a major concern and he's feeling better now. While he's a bit behind the other pitchers in camp, he should still have enough time to get ready for the season. The southpaw posted a 3.04 ERA with 59/29 K/BB ratio in 74 innings across 13 starts last season and makes for an interesting late-round target in mixed fantasy leagues.
Matt Wieters (elbow) will serve as the DH in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers.
Wieters, who is making his way back from Tommy John surgery, is expected to remain in the DH spot until around March 17. The hope is he'll make enough progress with his catching and throwing drills to get back behind the plate by then. As of now, the Orioles expect him to be ready for Opening Day.
Brandon Drury will start at second base in Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Rockies.
It's an interesting note, as Drury has mostly played second base in the minors. The 22-year-old batted .299/.362/.510 with 23 home runs and 95 RBI across 136 games between High-A and Double-A last season and is considered one of the Diamondbacks' top position prospects.