Tony Sipp was scratched from his scheduled appearance on Saturday because of back stiffness.
Astros manager A.J. Hinch said he suffered the injury after throwing on Friday. He has just nine days to get healthy before Houston's season opener against Seattle. Sipp is coming off a down year in 2016 (4.95 ERA over 60 appearances) but has a proven track record as a lefty specialist.
Jake Barrett (shoulder) won't be ready for Opening Day.
However, Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said he's making good progress as he works his way back from a shoulder injury. The 25-year-old enjoyed a brief stint as the team's closer in 2016 but is expected to occupy a setup role this year.
Adam Warren surrendered four earned runs in 3 1/3 innings of work against the Blue Jays on Saturday.
He gave up four hits and two walks while striking out four. A pair of home runs were the primary culprits. The poor outing puts a dent in his hopes to snare the fifth and final slot in the Yankees' starting rotation. He has a 4.80 ERA with 10 strikeouts in 15 innings. He registered a 4.68 ERA in 65 1/3 innings with the Cubs and Yankees in 2016.
Lance McCullers endured a rough start versus the Nationals on Saturday, giving up four runs on six hits in 3 1/3 innnings.
The bad day boosted his spring ERA up to 6.00 in 12 innings. He has been focused on improving his changeup in recent games and that could account for some of his struggles. Despite the sketchy results his rotation slot is not in jeopardy. The 23-year-old turned in a 3.22 ERA with a whopping 106 strikeouts in 81 innings last year before his season ended early due to an elbow sprain.
ESPN Red Sox reporter Scott Lauber confirms David Price (elbow) will likely be out until May.
It's the clearest timeline we've gotten on Price, who remains out indefinitely after hurting his elbow early on in camp. Price finally resumed throwing on Saturday, getting in a light game of catch. The Red Sox rotation will feature Rick Porcello, Chris Sale, Steven Wright, Eduardo Rodriguez and Drew Pomeranz to begin the year.
Daniel Murphy went 2-for-4 while scoring a run and driving in two versus the Astros on Saturday.
He smacked a two-run double to right field in the fourth inning. He is returning to Grapefruit League action after helping the USA win the championship of the World Baseball Classic. The two hits today raised his batting average from .176 to .238 in 21 at-bats. He had a monster fantasy season last year, nearly winning the NL batting title with a .347 batting average, 25 home runs, 88 runs scored, 104 RBI and five stolen bases in 142 games.
Tyler Lyons (knee) will begin the year on the disabled list.
Lyons threw 12 pitches in his Cactus League debut on March 19 but hasn't appeared in a game since. It's unclear if he suffered a setback or if the Cardinals are just limiting his workload coming off knee surgery. With Lyons out to begin the season, Matt Bowman and Miguel Socolovich are both assured spots in the Cardinals' bullpen.
Tanner Roark allowed just one run on three hits in 5 1/3 innings during Saturday's 4-1 win over the Astros.
He fanned five without walking a batter. Roark spent much of the spring with the United States team in the World Baseball Classic and this was his first start since returning to Nationals' camp. It was his third official Grapefruit League start. He now holds a sterling 0.73 ERA in 12 1/3 innings. His fantasy owners hope he can repeat the 16-10 record with a 2.83 ERA in 210 innings he put in the books in 2016.