Luis Cruz was forced to take Saturday off from throwing due to swelling in his pitching hand.
Cruz sustained the injury on Friday when he jammed his hand trying to field a ground ball during pitcher's fielding practice. He's hopeful that he'll be able to play catch on Sunday and resume mound work shortly after.
Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Saturday that the team is working Alex Yarbrough out at third base, first base and left field this spring to "see if the versatility is there".
With increased versatility, the Angels could be considering him for a spot on the bench. Yarbrough, a fourth-round selection from the 2012 draft, is a second baseman by trade. He spent the entire 2014 season at Double-A Arkansas where he slashed .285/.321/.397 with five homers, 77 RBI and six stolen bases in 136 games.
Jason Kipnis (finger) could miss the first 2-3 Cactus League games as he continues to recover from December's surgery to repair tendon damage in his left ring finger.
The 27-year-old is progressing nicely in his recovery and should soon be hitting without any restrictions. He's looking to rebound from a tremendously disappointing 2014 campaign in which he slashed .240/.310/.330 with six homers and 41 RBI in 129 contests.
Colby Lewis will start the Rangers' Cactus League opener against the Royals on Wednesday.
The 35-year-old hurler is looking to rebound from a troublesome 2014 campaign where he compiled a 5.18 ERA and 1.52 WHIP over 170 1/3 innings while losing a league-worst 14 ballgames. Yovani Gallardo, Lisalverto Bonilla and Chi Chi Gonzalez are also scheduled to pitch for the Rangers on Wednesday.
Rangers signed RHP Jesus Pirela to a minor league contract.
The 25-year-old hurler spent the 2014 season in the Mexican League where he posted a 1.51 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and 61/18 K/BB ratio over 53 2/3 innings. He could be a surprise candidate to earn a spot in the Rangers bullpen.
Madison Bumgarner will start the Giants' Cactus League opener against the Athletics on Tuesday.
The World Series MVP will head back to work, looking to improve upon a terrific 2014 campaign where he posted an 18-10 record, 2.98 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 219/43 K/BB ratio over 217 1/3 innings. While the large workload that he shouldered in the postseason is mildly concerning, the 25-year-old hurler should still be one of the top seven starting pitchers selected in fantasy drafts.
Mike Pelfrey (elbow) threw to live hitters for the first time on Saturday since undergoing elbow surgery in May.
The veteran right-hander came away from the session feeling great and he was pleased with his overall ability to locate pitches. While he's in camp competing for a spot in the Twins' Opening Day rotation, he has indicated that he's also open to the idea of pitching out of the bullpen.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced Saturday that Matt Cain's Cactus League debut would be pushed back a couple of weeks.
That means Cain won't toe the slab in game action until at least March 10. There have been no setbacks in his recovery from elbow surgery, the Giants simply don't want to rush him. He remains on track to be ready for the start of the regular season.