Aaron Sanchez popped a blister on a finger on his pitching hand during Monday's start against the Phillies.
It helps explain why Sanchez issued three walks and gave up five runs -- four earned -- over 3 1/3 innings. The Blue Jays are hoping that the blister doesn't become an issue for the right-hander, but they'll just have to wait and see how it heals. Sanchez hasn't been good this spring with an 8.44 ERA, 2.06 WHIP and 8/9 K/BB ratio over 10 2/3 innings.
Cardinals optioned RHP Mike Mayers to Triple-A Memphis; re-assigned OF Adolis Garcia and 3B Patrick Wisdom to minor league camp.
Mayers had a rough debut with the Cards last season but fared well this spring with a 1.64 ERA over seven appearances. He'll be part of Memphis' rotation.
Cardinals optioned C Carson Kelly to Triple-A Memphis.
Considered by many to be the top catching prospect in baseball, Kelly had a rough spring at the plate with a .182/.300/.182 line. The 22-year-old will get some more seasoning at Memphis while Yadier Molina and Eric Fryer handle the catching duties for the Cards.
Michael Brantley (shoulder) is scheduled to play in three straight Cactus League games beginning on Tuesday.
It looks to be the last test to see whether Brantley will be ready to play on Opening Day. Things have gone well to this point as Brantley ramps things up. He slugged his first Cactus League home run on Sunday and his surgically-repaired right shoulder has held up. However, the outfielder has ran into problems previously with the shoulder when he played in multiple games in a row. We'll know in a few days whether Brantley will be on the Opening Day roster or will need a little more rehab time. Even if he cracks the roster, fantasy owners should count on him being rested a lot early on.
Billy Witz of the New York Times reports that Jeurys Familia's domestic violence suspension is "almost certain" to be less than the 30 games Aroldis Chapman received.
Familia was arrested in November on a domestic abuse charge in New Jersey after police responded to a call and found Familia's wife, Bianca Rivas, with a scratch on her chest and a bruise on her right cheek. The charge was eventually dismissed. Most assumptions have been that Familia's suspension would likely fall right in line with Chapman's, but Witz writes that Rivas and Familia have cooperated with police and baseball investigators and Rivas has denied that her injuries came from an altercation with Familia. Familila met with Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred on Monday and a suspension is expected to be handed down this week. Addison Reed will handle closing duties for the Mets while Familia is away.
Jabari Blash socked his seventh homer of the spring in Monday’s 12-2 victory over the Mariners.
Wil Myers, Ryan Schimpf, and Luis Sardinas also went deep for San Diego. Only Bryce Harper (eight) has hit more home runs than Blash this spring. Greg Bird of the Yankees and Peter O’Brien, who was sent down by the Royals on Monday, have also hit seven. With Alex Dickerson (back) sidelined, Blash should see at least part-time at-bats in left field to begin the season.
Wil Myers stayed hot on Monday by slugging a two-run homer against the Mariners.
It was his third homer of the spring. While the Padres could be the worst team in the majors this year, Myers appears primed for another big season. He's hitting .385/.492/.692 with three homers and three steals over 20 games during Cactus League action. He’s aiming for a 40-40 season, but fantasy owners would be thrilled with anything close to that.
Carter Capps (elbow) struggled in his Cactus League debut Monday against the Mariners, retiring just one batter while giving up one run on two hits and two walks.
Capps threw just 10 out of his 23 pitches for strikes. He walked in a run before being pulled from the game. Capps has the potential to be an impact late-inning arm for San Diego this season, but he might need some more seasoning as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery.