Matt Cain (elbow) threw 42 pitches in an extended spring training game Wednesday and afterward said he felt good.
Cain continues to work his way back from a strained flexor tendon suffered at the season's outset. There remains no timetable for his return to the Giants, but at least he's moving in the right direction.
A source tells Matt Ehalt of the North Jersey Record that the Mets have interest in Athletics shortstop Ben Zobrist.
Zobrist would represent an upgrade at shortstop for the Mets, who have been linked to a number of names since last season. Zobrist hasn't been much of an upgrade for anyone this year, batting just .237/.298/.408 with two homers and 14 RBI in 22 games. The 34-year-old will be a free agent after the 2015 season.
Diamondbacks acquired INF Jack Reinheimer, C Welington Castillo, RHP Dominic Leone and OF Gabby Guerrero from the Mariners for OF Mark Trumbo and LHP Vidal Nuno.
Reinheimer was the Mariners' fifth-round pick in the 2013 MLB Draft. The 22-year-old stole 39 bases in the minors in 2014, and he had already ascended to the Mariners' Double-A affiliate prior to the trade. He's a middle infield prospect for the future for the D'backs.
Diamondbacks acquired OF Gabby Guerrero, C Welington Castillo, RHP Dominic Leone and INF Jack Reinheimer from the Mariners for OF Mark Trumbo and LHP Vidal Nuno.
Guerrero is the nephew of the great Vladimir Guerrero, but Gabby isn't quite to his uncle's caliber. Like his uncle, Guerrero swings and misses a lot -- he's already struck out 48 times in 48 games with Double-A Jackson this season -- but he's also got a lot of power. Just 21 years old, Guerrero likely won't see the majors for at least another few years.
Diamondbacks acquired RHP Dominic Leone, C Welington Castillo, INF Jack Reinheimer and OF Gabby Guerrero from the Mariners for OF Mark Trumbo and LHP Vidal Nuno.
Leone has had a rough start to 2015, but the right-hander posted a 2.17 ERA and 70/25 K/BB ratio over 66 1/3 innings last season with the Mariners. Still just 23 years old, Leone could immediately join the mix for the closer job in the Diamondbacks' beleaguered bullpen.
Diamondbacks acquired C Welington Castillo, RHP Dominic Leone, INF Jack Reinheimer and OF Gabby Guerrero from the Mariners for OF Mark Trumbo and LHP Vidal Nuno.
Castillo should step in and start right away after the loss of Tuffy Gosewisch in Arizona. The Diamondbacks expressed some interest in the 28-year-old this offseason before the Cubs dealt him to the Mariners last month. Castillo has had a slow start at the dish but should be added in NL-only and deep two-catcher leagues for his decent bat.
Mariners acquired LHP Vidal Nuno and OF Mark Trumbo from the Diamondbacks for C Welington Castillo, RHP Dominic Leone, INF Jack Reinheimer and OF Gabby Guerrero.
Nuno has appeared in just three games with the Diamondbacks this season but posted a 3.76 ERA in 14 starts down the stretch in 2014. It's unclear in what role the Mariners foresee using the southpaw, but he should provide some rotation depth at the least.
Mariners acquired OF Mark Trumbo and LHP Vidal Nuno from the Diamondbacks for C Welington Castillo, RHP Dominic Leone, INF Jack Reinheimer and OF Gabby Guerrero.
The big name moving in this deal is Trumbo, who has 118 homers in 594 games in the major leagues. The 29-year-old is hitting just. 259/.299/.506 this season but brings some thump to a struggling Mariners club. The M's will have control of Trumbo through the 2016 season.