Jimmy's Down, But Tony's Here

Jimmy's Down, But Tony's Here
Ethan Norof looks at Tony Snell's road ahead with Jimmy Butler (elbow) sidelined for the next several weeks.
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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.
Mar 2 - 7:07 PM

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.
Mar 2 - 6:35 PM

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.
Mar 2 - 6:27 PM

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.
Mar 2 - 6:20 PM

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.
Mar 2 - 5:56 PM

Carlos Martinez will start the Cardinals' Grapefruit League opener Thursday against the Marlins.

Martinez is expected to throw around 40 pitches, which the Cardinals hope will be enough for him to finish two innings. The 23-year-old right-hander aims to secure the fifth spot in the starting rotation this spring and should be relevant in mixed fantasy leagues if he gets it. He'll hope to get off on the right foot Thursday.
Mar 2 - 5:45 PM

Yankees assistant general manager Billy Eppler said Monday that the team is still gathering information regarding a shoulder injury to prospect catcher Luis Torrens.

Some reports have suggested that Torrens could miss the entire 2015 season, but Eppler isn't ready to go that far yet. The 18-year-old missed two months last season with a shoulder issue. He's very young, but a significant absence would be a tough blow for his development. Torrens owns a .249/.338/.347 batting line over his first 109 games in pro ball and has thrown out 41 percent of attempted basestealers. He was recently ranked as the organization's No. 9 prospect by Baseball America.
Mar 2 - 5:13 PM

Alex Rodriguez will make his Grapefruit League debut Wednesday against the Phillies.

The Yankees will open their exhibition schedule on Tuesday against the Phillies in Clearwater, but A-Rod won't make the trip. He's expected to be the designated hitter on Wednesday and receive two or three at-bats. It will be his first game action since September of 2013.
Mar 2 - 4:54 PM
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