Shea Simmons (forearm) played catch on Wednesday.
Simmons likewise played catch on Tuesday. He is working his way back from a right forearm strain diagnosed in mid-March. With the season just around the bend, the 26-year-old right-hander will likely be placed on the disabled list to start unless he makes a quantum leap in his recovery over the next week-and-a-half.
Tony Zych (biceps) will pitch in a minor league game on Thursday.
Zych underwent bicep tendon transfer surgery in October. Thursday's minor league game will be his first action on the mound since undergoing that surgery. Assuming that appearance goes well, the 26-year-old right-hander could make his Cactus League debut in a few days. Should he need a little additional work before he joins the Mariners' pen, a disabled list stint to open the season is not out of the question.
Ben Zobrist has been scratched from the lineup for Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Reds due to a stiff neck.
This does not appear to be anything major, but with the season rapidly approaching, the Cubs figure to play it safe with any minor spring aches and pains when it comes to their core players such as Zobrist. Consider him day-to-day moving forward.
Alexi Amarista told the Denver Post's Patrick Saunders that he was fine after being plunked above the left elbow in Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Indians.
Amarista was lifted from Wednesday's contest after being hit by a Boone Logan pitch. He was checked out in the clubhouse sans issue. The Rockies could opt to give him a day or two off from spring work if they feel that he needs a little extra rest, but as matters currently stand, he looks like he will be fine moving forward.
United States manager Jim Leyland said that Nate Jones will not be available for Wednesday's World Baseball Classic final against Puerto Rico.
Jones threw 19 pitches in Tuesday's 2-1 win over Japan. While he will not be available for Wednesday's championship tilt, Leyland said that all other bullpen hands will be ready to rock 'n' roll as the United States tries to secure its first win in the finals of the spring tournament. The game is set to begin at 9:00 EST.
Alexi Amarista exited Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Indians after being hit by a Boone Logan pitch on the left wrist/forearm.
Per the Denver Post's Patrick Saunders, after leaving the game, Amarista was walking around the dugout and did not seem to be in pain. This would appear to indicate that there is no major injury at play, here. The Rockies figure to clarify his status one way or another in the coming hours. Amarista signed with the club on a one-year, $1.25 million contract in mid-January.
Reds optioned 1B/OF Christian Walker to Triple-A Louisville.
Walker has had himself a busy few weeks of late, as the Orioles designated him for assignment on February 21, after which he was claimed off waivers from the Braves on February 25. Atlanta subsequently designated him for assignment only for the Reds to pick the 25-year-old up off waivers on March 6. Plying his trade for Triple-A Norfolk in the Orioles' system last season, he slashed .264/.321/.437 with 18 homers and 64 RBI across 131 games played.
Reds optioned OF Phillip Ervin to Triple-A Louisville; reassigned RHP Alejandro Chacin, RHP Evan Mitchell, C Chad Wallach, C Shawn Zarraga and INF Zach Vincej to minor league camp.
Ervin, 24, has yet to make his major league debut. That could come later this season if he impresses down on the farm. The former first-round pick spent the whole of the 2016 campaign at Double-A Pensacola, where he hit .239/.362/.399 with 13 homers, 45 RBI and 36 steals across 419 at-bats.