Jason Hammel was effective over five innings against the Brewers on Wednesday, allowing just one run in his final Cactus League start.
Hammel gave up six hits, walked none, and struck out five. He ends spring training with a 3.24 ERA and a terrific 22/3 K/BB ratio in 25 innings. Last season with the Cubs, he posted a 2.98 ERA with a 104/23 K/BB ratio in 108 2/3 innings before a trade to the Athletics. A return to the Windy City, in the DH-less National League, bodes well for his fantasy value.
Jose Abreu went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in a win over the Mariners on Wednesday.
The two-hit afternoon raised the first baseman's Cactus League average to .518. Abreu doubled off Mariners starter James Paxton and also singled in the game. The regular season can't get here soon enough for the red hot slugger.
James Paxton was knocked around by the White Sox Wednesday, allowing 10 hits and seven runs in a loss.
The good news is that the numbers don't count, but that's about all the good that can be gleaned from the start. Paxton didn't allow a home run, but three of the 10 hits were doubles from White Sox batters. The southpaw struck out three while walking one. Paxton hasn't been overly impressive in spring, but getting to the regular season healthy is the most important thing for the 26-year-old.
Scott Carroll pitched well again Wednesday, limiting the Mariners to two hits and one run in 2 2/3 innings of work.
Carroll has been good all spring, as his outing left his Cactus League ERA at 1.59. The right-hander didn't walk or strike out a batter. Carroll isn't a consideration for a rotation spot, but he might have won himself a bullpen job with the good showing.
Travis Ishikawa (back) will likely start the season on the disabled list.
"He’s still pretty sore," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "The DL is a possibility, no question. This has put him behind and we’ll leave him behind so if he can get at-bats, he’ll do it here (in minor league games)." An MRI on Ishikawa's back showed nothing serious, but it just appears to be a time crunch at this point. He shouldn't be sidelined for long.
Colby Lewis was hit hard on Wednesday, allowing four runs via three home runs over three innings as the Rangers lost 10-4.
Thankfully for Lewis, two of the home runs were of the solo variety. He allowed seven hits in total along with a walk while striking out two. The right-hander wraps up Cactus League play with a 9.75 ERA and a 6/5 K/BB ratio in 12 innings. Given his age (35), injury history, and recent performance, Lewis is a risky fantasy bet in all formats.
Christian Vazquez will undergo Tommy John surgery Thursday.
It's a tough break for the 24-year-old, as he was set to be the starting catcher for the Red Sox this season. He'll likely be sidelined all of 2015, although position players generally come back faster from the surgery than pitchers. The Sox will make due with Ryan Hanigan and Sandy Leon in Vazquez' absence.
Kyle Kendrick yielded four runs (three earned) in five innings, making his final spring start versus the Rangers on Wednesday.
Kendrick allowed a run in each of his first four innings, giving up five hits and a walk in total while striking out four. The right-hander ends Cactus League play with a 3.98 ERA and a 12/5 K/BB ratio in 20 1/3 innings. Next up on the calendar: an Opening Day start against Brewers right-hander Kyle Lohse on Monday.