Chris Heisey blasted his second home run of the Cactus League season, accounting for all of the Dodgers' offense in a loss to the White Sox.
It wasn't a cheap home run either, and came off White Sox top prospect Carlos Rodon. He's having a rough go of it at the plate this spring, hitting just .111 (5-for-44) with two homers and seven RBI. He's still expected to earn a bench spot on the team's Opening Day roster.
Joe Wieland pitched decently in a losing effort against the White Sox on Tuesday, surrendering two runs on nine hits over his five innings.
Wieland whiffed one and didn't issue a walk in the ballgame. The 25-year-old is currently the leading candidate to open the season in Hyun-Jin Ryu's rotation spot, and this start shouldn't do anything to dissuade that thinking. He boasts a 1.93 ERA and 10/3 K/BB ratio across 14 innings on the spring and should be a worthwhile addition in mixed leagues until Ryu returns.
Rockies manager Walt Weiss said that he's mapped out a throwing schedule that could have John Axford (personal) ready for Opening Day.
However, Weiss added that he wants to make sure the pitcher is "in the right frame of mind." Axford is currently away from the club after his son, Jameson, was bitten twice by a rattlesnake.
Corey Dickerson (back) was scratched from Tuesday's lineup.
It's a precautionary move, as Dickerson has been nursing some lower back tightness since Saturday. He should be back out there in a day or two and is not in any danger of missing Opening Day unless he has a setback.
MLB.com's Todd Zolecki reports that Sean O'Sullivan "is the in-house favorite" to be the Phillies' No. 5 starter.
O'Sullivan was sent to minor league camp a couple weeks ago but is now back with the big leaguers, allowing four runs over four innings in a start versus the Blue Jays Tuesday. Many figure the Phils will find someone outside the organization, although general manager Ruben Amaro was being coy Tuesday, saying he didn't have interest in any of the recently released pitchers. O'Sullivan has a career 5.91 ERA over 231 1/3 frames in the majors and would be a candidate for worst starter in the big leagues should he make the rotation. Philly hopes to get Chad Billingsley (elbow) back by the end of April, so they might not need a No. 5 starter for more than a couple turns.
Blue Jays optioned C Josh Thole to Triple-A Buffalo; re-assigned LHP Jeff Francis and INF Munenori Kawasaki to minor league camp.
That means Russell Martin will catch knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Thole could eventually get a shot as Martin's backup if the Jays ever trade Dioner Navarro.
The Blue Jays have named Drew Hutchison their Opening Day starter.
R.A. Dickey and Mark Buehrle have a big experience edge on Hutchison, but the young right-hander is the easy choice here. Hutchison posted a 4.48 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP, and a 184/60 K/BB ratio for the Jays last season and could take another step forward in 2015.
Coco Crisp (elbow) is likely to begin the season on the disabled list after feeling soreness in his right elbow while batting in a minor league game Tuesday.
Crisp had experienced improvement after being given a cortisone injection a week ago, but he hit another bump in the road Tuesday. He hasn't played in a Cactus League game since March 23, so the A's can backdate a disabled list stint. There's no guarantee he'll be ready to go when his 15 days are up, however. Oakland is now expected to be without both of their corner outfielders on Opening Day, as Josh Reddick is sidelined with a strained oblique.