Andre Ethier (back) won't resume baseball activities until the first week of April.
The decision was made after Ethier met with a back specialist on Saturday. Ethier will obviously open the year on the disabled list but manager Dave Roberts said he doesn't anticipate the injury being a "6-8 week thing." The injury-prone Ethier was limited to just 16 games last season and is now facing another extended absence.
Jesse Hahn had nothing in Saturday's Cactus League game against the Dodgers, surrendering seven runs (five earned) on eight hits over 3 1/3 innings.
Ouch, just ouch. This makes two consecutive starts in which Hahn has surrendered seven runs. Five of those seven runs on Saturday touched home in a nightmare fourth inning which saw Hahn cough up a grand slam to Andrew Toles and a subsequent solo home run to Justin Turner. In 15 1/3 frames (five appearances) this spring, he is the owner of a dreadful 8.80 ERA.
Brewers released OF Malik Collymore.
2B Chris McFarland, RHP David Lucroy, LHP Steve Peterson, RHP Santos Saldivar and LHP Clint Terry were also released on Saturday. Collymore spent a year and a half in the Brewers' farm system after being acquired from St. Louis at the 2015 trade deadline. He spent all of last season with High-A Brevard County, hitting just .167 with 84 strikeouts over 192 at-bats.
Mark Reynolds went 2-for-2 with a two-run double in Saturday's Cactus League win over the Cubs.
Reynolds came through with a two-run double off Wade Davis in the fifth inning. That hit helped to spark a four-run frame for the Rockies. The veteran first baseman found a home with Colorado via a minor league contract at the beginning of February. As Ian Desmond is not expected to return from his hand injury until some time in April, Reynolds could see extended at-bats during the opening weeks of the 2017 season.
Jason Heyward went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the Rockies.
Heyward rocked German Marquez for a two-run home run with one out in the sixth inning. It was his second dinger of the spring. Heyward has adjusted his swing in the hopes of generating more consistency during the coming season, but until he offers proof of concept -- he has largely struggled in Cactus League play -- he will remain nothing more than a filler outfield option for fantasy purposes.
German Marquez turned in a quality start against the Cubs in Saturday's Cactus League game, yielding two runs on five hits over six innings.
Strong work from Marquez, who finished his afternoon having struck out six. Jason Heyward took him deep for a two-run home run in the sixth inning to account for the pair of runs on his line. The 22-year-old holds a 6.00 ERA in five games this spring. While he could still potentially crack the Opening Day rotation, the more likely outcome for Marquez to start the season will be a minor league assignment.
Brett Anderson turned in a respectable outing in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the Rockies, surrendering one earned run over four innings.
Anderson did allow six hits, but mostly managed to stay out of trouble. He struck out two and walked one in the outing. The 29-year-old southpaw will be working as the fifth starter in the Cubs' rotation this coming season. There is little fantasy appeal, here. Anderson has thrown more than 100 innings just once in the last six campaigns.
Robbie Grossman (groin) could return to the Twins' lineup on Monday or Tuesday.
Grossman has been sidelined for the past week while nursing groin tightness but seems to be feeling much better. Barring a setback, he'll be fine for Opening Day. The 27-year-old is in line to be the Twins' fourth outfielder.