Matt Purke (elbow) is hoping to throw off a mound within the next couple weeks.
Purke is currently limited to long-tossing as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery. The injury-prone left-hander will be out until around midseason and is no longer on the Nats' 40-man roster.
Jose Tabata re-worked his swing with the help of Marlon Byrd over the offseason.
The Pirates encouraged Tabata to seek out Byrd, who has had a power surge late in his career. Byrd said the most important lesson he taught Tabata was "transferring the energy of your swing to the ball." Pittsburgh removed Tabata from their 40-man roster twice last season, and he's in camp now as a non-roster invitee. While it will be interesting to see whether the new swing takes hold, Tabata has little chance of breaking through with the Pirates given their loaded outfield.
Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports that "there are no signs of any progress" in trade talks involving the Red Sox and Cole Hamels.
Mastrodonato's report says that Charley Kerfeld, a special assistant to the general manager in Philly, was at the Red Sox' spring training complex Monday talking to Red Sox coaches and watching live batting practice. However, Mastrodonato was told by two sources that it's not a sign trade talks between the two clubs are heating up. The Red Sox want Hamels, but the Phillies aren't backing down from demanding Blake Swihart or Mookie Betts in return.
Red Sox manager John Farrell said Sunday that Rusney Castillo and Mookie Betts are "going to get equal playing time" during spring training.
Farrell has already promised right field to Shane Victorino as long as he's healthy (admittedly a pretty iffy proposition), so that leaves Castillo and Betts to battle for the center field job. "Like we said at the outset of camp, we'll take all of camp to determine that," said Farrell. "They're going to get equal playing time. But I think it's important they both get comfortable with the combination of the guys on the flank because of communication, the responsibilities for balls in the gap, fly ball communication and those priorities." Castillo got a $72.5 million contract last August and then batted .333/.400/.528 in a late-season cup of coffee. Betts was also terrific and did it over a bigger sample size, but he's five years younger than Castillo and probably likelier to open the year in the minors. It will be one of the major battles to watch this spring.
Indians manager Terry Francona indicated on Monday that Nick Swisher (knees) is likely a couple weeks away from game action.
Brandon Moss (hip) is slated to make his Grapefruit League debut in mid-March, and Francona noted that he "might be a little ahead" of Swisher. "I don't want those guys to feel like there's a deadline, because there's not," the skipper added. Swisher is coming back from surgery on both knees, and while he's been able to hit with no issues, he's not yet running at nearly 100 percent. The veteran should still have enough time to be ready for Opening Day as long as he doesn't have setbacks.
Michael Kirkman (shoulder) is not yet symptom-free and remains limited to flat-ground work.
Kirkman is dealing with an impingement in his left shoulder. That he's able to do any throwing at all is obviously positive, but the Rangers will feel better about his status once he's able to throw from the bump again with no problems.
Luis Cruz (hand) will resume throwing off a mound on Tuesday.
Cruz jammed his hand trying to field a ground ball during pitcher's fielding practice on Friday, forcing him to miss a few days of work. He'll be fine, but the lefty is not expected to crack the Opening Day roster.
Jose Iglesias (shins) played one inning in the field Monday in the Tigers' exhibition game against Florida Southern.
Iglesias, who missed the entire 2014 season with stress fractures in both of his shins recorded one put-out on a pop-up and grounded out in his lone at-bat. It wasn't much, but he was thrilled. "I was really excited to get back on the field," said Iglesias. "Really happy." He's not feeling any soreness so far, but the Tigers plan to take it easy with him early in the spring. He's slated to return to the lineup Wednesday against the Orioles.