Jose Quintana shut out the Reds for seven innings as he led the White Sox to a 4-2 victory on Thursday.
He looked to be in mid-season form as he mowed down the Reds' batters. He allowed just two hits and no walks while striking out three. This was only his second official start on the Cactus League circuit as he spent time pitching well for Team Columbia in the World Baseball Classic. He has a 1.00 ERA in nine spring innings. Trade rumors continue to swirl around Quintana and there seems to be a strong chance he could go north for the regular season in another uniform.
Red Sox manager John Farrell said if the season started today, Sandy Leon would be the starting catcher.
Farrell acknowledged that Christian Vazquez will see time there as well but it looks like Leon will enter 2017 as the Red Sox's starter. Leon enjoyed a breakout season last year, slashing .310/.476/.845 over 252 at-bats. Leon and Vazquez are both plus defenders but Vazquez has struggled to hit against big-league pitching (.233 career average).
Antonio Senzatela endured a rough start in which he coughed up six runs -- four earned -- in 5 1/3 innings during a loss to the Indians on Thursday.
He was tagged for 10 hits, issued a base-on-balls and fanned just two batters. The poor outing comes at an inopportune time for the 22-year-old right-hander. He is in the running for the last spot in the Rockies' rotation. He reached Double-A last year and turned in a 1.82 ERA in 34 2/3 innings before his season was cut short by shoulder woes.
Corey Kluber allowed three runs -- one earned -- while striking out eight across seven innings of work in an 8-3 win over the Rockies.
None of the Rockies' regular season starters took the field today but it was still a strong effort from the Indians' ace. He gave up five hits and one walk to go with the eight punchouts. It hasn't been the best of spring trainings for Kluber as he owns a 5.40 ERA in 18 1/3 innings in his four starts, but the shaky results shouldn't worry his fantasy owners. The fact they let him go eight innings is a good sign he is healthy and ready for the season to begin in less than two weeks.
Steven Wright struck out three over 4 1/3 frames of shutout ball against the Pirates on Thursday.
He gave up just two hits and one walk along the way. Wright's recovery from an injury to his left (non-throwing) shoulder took way longer than expected, but he's now gone out and fired 9 1/3 shutout innings this spring. He looks healthy and needs to be taken seriously as a fantasy commodity again.
An MRI on Eduardo Nunez's right shoulder determined that surgery won't be necessary.
Nunez's right shoulder has bothered him all spring but at least he won't need surgery. He had a cortisone shot on Wednesday, which should dull the pain, at least temporarily. Nunez's goal is to be ready for Opening Day against the Diamondbacks on April 2. That gives him 10 days to get healthy.
Drew Hutchison was roughed up for six runs on 10 hits and two walks over 4 2/3 frames versus the Red Sox on Thursday.
Seven of the 10 hits were singles, but that's not really comforting. Hutchison looked good in his first three starts this spring but has now been pummeled for six runs each of the last two times out, allowing a whopping 23 baserunners along the way. He'll have to shape up in a hurry if he wants a spot in the Pirates' rotation.
Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-3 with a pair of runs scored on Thursday against the Pirates.
He also drew a walk, reaching base in all four of his trips to the plate. Pedroia had knee surgery last October but certainly looks healthy this spring, hitting an even .500 across his 26 at-bats. He'll be the Red Sox' leadoff hitter this season.