ST Daily: Bird Is The Word

ST Daily: Bird Is The Word
Nate Grimm discusses Greg Bird's new title, Carlos Martinez's Opening Day honor and a US win in the WBC in Thursday's Spring Training Daily.
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Andrew Susac has flown to Milwaukee to undergo additional tests on his neck and back.

There is expected to be an update from the Brewers on Friday morning. Susac has been bothered for weeks by discomfort around his trapezius muscle, and it's simply not getting any better. Manny Pina and Jett Bandy figure to open the 2017 season as the Brewers' two active catchers.
Mar 23 - 1:05 PM

Rick Porcello pitched in a minor league game Thursday.

The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner gave up five runs over four innings in his last Grapefruit League start, pushing his spring ERA to 8.10. Ian Browne of MLB.com says Porcello looked "free and easy" with "sharp downward movement" on his two-seamer Thursday. Porcello will start on Opening Day for Boston.
Mar 23 - 12:58 PM

Manny Pina was told Thursday that he has made the Brewers' Opening Day roster.

It'll be the first Opening Day at the MLB level for the 29-year-old catcher. Pina is putting up big numbers in the Cactus League and could get a decent share of starts behind the plate in Milwaukee, but we still can't recommend drafting him in a standard fantasy league. Jett Bandy and Andrew Susac (trapezius) are also in the mix for playing time at catcher with the Brewers.
Mar 23 - 12:38 PM

Jaff Decker (oblique) is aiming to play in a minor league game Saturday.

Decker came down with some oblique soreness late last week, but he took 60 swings in a batting cage Thursday without issue and he hopes to participate in live batting practice on Friday. The 27-year-old outfielder is trying to win a spot on the Athletics' bench.
Mar 23 - 12:27 PM

Raisel Iglesias revealed Thursday that he injured his right elbow and hips when he fell in the shower three weeks ago.

That explains why Iglesias hasn't appeared in a Cactus League game since March 14, and why he underwent an MRI on the elbow of his throwing arm earlier this week. The results of that MRI came back negative, but Iglesias is questionable-to-doubtful for the beginning of the 2017 regular season. Michael Lorenzen, Tony Cingrani, and Drew Storen could all be in line for save opportunities out of the gate in Cincinnati. Reds manager Bryan Price spoke this winter about wanting to use a matchups-based approach at closer in 2017, and this Iglesias injury -- even if it's minor -- gives Price all the more reason to follow through with that plan.

Ben Zobrist (neck) is out of the Cubs' Cactus League lineup again on Thursday.

Zobrist was scratched from the lineup Wednesday after complaining of some minor neck stiffness. It doesn't sound like something that will affect the veteran's readiness for the opening of the 2017 regular season.
Mar 23 - 11:54 AM

Rays reassigned 1B Casey Gillaspie, OF/1B Jake Bauers, OF Johnny Field, INF Jake Hager, INF/OF Patrick Leonard, OF Dayron Varona, RHP Andrew Kittredge, and RHP Neil Wagner to minor league camp.

A big round of cuts from Rays camp. Gillaspie is on track to make his MLB debut at some point in 2017 after batting .284/.388/.479 with 18 home runs and 64 RBI in 132 games last season between Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham. The 24-year-old first base prospect was selected 20th overall by the Rays in the 2014 MLB June Amateur Draft.
Mar 23 - 11:13 AM

Rays released RHP Jeff Walters.

Walters allowed five runs -- four earned -- in 4 2/3 innings this spring in the Grapefruit League. The 29-year-old right-hander has never appeared in a major league game.
Mar 23 - 11:05 AM
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