Wired: Top NBA Pickups Week 23

Wired: Top NBA Pickups Week 23
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J.A. Happ was once again obliterated in a losing effort against the Padres on Sunday, surrendering six runs (five earned) on 11 hits over his five innings.

Happ issued a pair of walks and struck out three on the afternoon. He now owns a troublesome 7.90 ERA and 1.98 WHIP in 13 2/3 spring innings. The Mariners brass has to be considering if they'd be better off with Roenis Elias in the rotation instead of Happ at this point.
Mar 29 - 9:59 PM

Rangers released OF Ryan Ludwick.

Ludwick was informed earlier in the week that he would not make the team's Opening Day roster, and apparently has elected to seek a better opportunity. The 36-year-old batted just .200/.188/.300 with a homer and three RBI in 30 Cactus League at-bats.
Mar 29 - 9:52 PM

Dan Pfeiffer of MLBlogs.com reports that Yankees prospect Domingo German could require Tommy John surgery.

German, who was acquired over the winter as part of the Martin Prado deal, posted the news on his Instagram account on Sunday. The Yankees have yet to confirm the report, saying that they'll seek a second opinion before determining a course of action. Expect an update on his status in the next few days.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Mar 29 - 9:49 PM

Billy Butler clubbed his fourth Cactus League home run as the Athletics topped the Brewers 7-0 on Sunday.

He finished the day 1-for-3 plus a walk, with his solo blast coming off Tyler Thornburg in the seventh inning. The 28-year-old hit just nine home runs during the 2014 season, so the power outburst this spring is certainly a welcomed sight. He's now hitting .250 with four homers and 11 RBI on the spring season.
Mar 29 - 9:38 PM

Kendall Graveman was outstanding in Sunday's Cactus League victory over the Brewers, hurling 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball.

The 24-year-old allowed just three hits on the afternoon while punching out three. He has had an unbelievable spring, registering a 0.42 ERA and 11/4 K/BB ratio in 21 1/3 innings. While nothing has been made official, he's considered a favorite to land one of the final spots in the Athletics' Opening Day rotation and a very intriguing target in the late rounds of mixed league drafts.
Mar 29 - 9:35 PM

Jonathan Lucroy went 1-for-3 and swiped his first base of the spring as the Brewers fell to the Athletics in Cactus League play on Sunday.

He was one of the few bright spots for the Brewers offense who were shutout on just four hits on the day. It's especially encouraging to see Lucroy active on the bases after being sidelined early in camp with a hamstring injury. He's having a monster spring, hitting .414 with three homers and eight RBI in 26 at-bats.
Mar 29 - 9:15 PM

Tyler Thornburg struggled in Sunday's Cactus League outing against the Athletics, surrendering three runs on four hits over 1 2/3 innings.

Thornburg walked one and struck out one on the day. He's considered a favorite to land a spot in the Brewers' Opening Day bullpen where he's expected to work in middle relief.
Mar 29 - 9:13 PM

Rays manager Kevin Cash admitted Sunday that Brad Boxberger is expected to be the Rays primary fill-in at closer while Jake McGee is sidelined.

Cash elaborated, "With some other guys, but for what Box did last year and the confidence we have in him, I would definitely anticipate him pitching in those leverage situations." While it's unclear if he has any chance of holding the job once McGee is up and running, Boxberger should have plenty of mixed league value for the first month-plus of the season.
Mar 29 - 9:08 PM
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