Kolten Wong went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI versus the Red Sox on Monday.
Wong has been one of the Grapefruit League's more impressive hitters, with a .394/.459/.727 line in 33 at-bats. It's hard to believe this is the same guy who often looked overmatched after arriving in St. Louis last year, but then, his minor league numbers suggested he'd hit.
Alex Wood tossed a rare spring training shutout in a rain-shortened game against the Astros on Monday.
Wood struck out six over five innings before the game was called. He would have been done at that point anyway, but since play was halted and never resumed, he gets credit for the shutout. Wood has definitely earned a spot in Atlanta's rotation to begin the season, with the caveat that he could still be bumped to the pen once Gavin Floyd returns. On merit, we expect Wood to do more than enough to keep his rotation spot. However, the Braves will probably want to limit his innings and sending him to the pen for a month or two at some point would help with that.
Kevin Chapman surrendered three runs and five hits in his inning of relief versus the Braves on Monday.
The bad day comes as Chapman appeared close to locking up a spot in Houston's pen. It could have been even worse had he not picked Jordan Schafer off first base. Prior to today, Chapman had allowed one hit in 4 1/3 scoreless innings this spring. If he finishes strong from here, he will get his bullpen spot and he might even be in the mix for saves if none of the right-handers set themselves apart.
Dan Uggla hit his third homer and tripled in his two at-bats against the Astros on Monday.
Uggla, staying very busy this spring, is hitting .273 with a 13/9 K/BB ratio through 33 at-bats. He's not going to hit for average in the regular season, but if the homers and walks are there, the Braves will keep playing him regularly.
Jesus Guzman went 0-for-2 on Monday and is 3-for-23 so far this spring.
The Astros probably won't be cutting Guzman after acquiring him from the Padres in December, but he's not off to the kind of start that would lead to much playing time against righties to begin the season.
Scott Kazmir was scratched from Monday's start due to left triceps tightness.
It's been a rough few days for A's pitchers with Jarrod Parker (elbow) out for the season and A.J. Griffin (elbow) shut down for three weeks. The good news is that Oakland assistant general manager David Forst says Kazmir's ailment is very minor and the lefty could have pitched Monday. He could start as soon as Tuesday.
Jarrod Parker will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on March 25.
Terrible news for the A's and Parker, who will be having the operation for the second time. He'll obviously miss all of the 2014 campaign but should have a shot to be ready early on in 2015. With A.J. Griffin (elbow) also on the shelf, Jesse Chavez and Tommy Milone are expected to fill the final two spots in Oakland's rotation.
FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Tigers inquired about Chris Owings, "but talks did not progress very far."
It's no surprise, of course, given that Owings is looking like the favorite to start at shortstop for the Diamondbacks. The Tigers at this point plan to use internal options to fill in for Jose Iglesias (shins) at shortstop, but it's obvious that they're also keeping their finger on the pulse of the trade market.