Jeff Samardzija, making his final spring training start, gave up five runs in four innings versus the Padres on Wednesday.
The Padres racked up six hits against the right-hander, including a three-run Jedd Gyorko home run which capped off a five-run first inning. Samardzija walked none and struck out three. He would have liked to post better spring results, as he owns an 8.44 ERA over 22 1/3 innings, but he'll have to live with it. Samardzija will start on Opening Day on Monday against Royals' right-hander Yordano Ventura.
Robbie Ray fired three scoreless innings in Wednesday's 3-0 Cactus League win against the Reds.
Ray allowed one hit, walked two, and struck out three. The lefty has had a rough spring, losing out on a chance to join the starting rotation, but he reportedly remains in the running along with Archie Bradley for the final spot in the Diamondbacks' bullpen.
Yasmany Tomas was responsible for all three runs scored in Wednesday's Cactus League match-up against the Reds.
Tomas cleared the bases with a fourth-inning double off of Johnny Cueto, the only scoring that occurred on the afternoon. After a slow start to the spring, Tomas has brought his numbers back to respectability, batting .274 (17-for-62) with 11 RBI. However, the Diamondbacks are reportedly considering having Tomas begin the season in the minor leagues with the aim of using him both at third base and in left field.
Brendan Ryan is likely to begin the season on the disabled list after suffering a calf strain Wednesday.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he would be "very surprised" if Ryan is ready for the season opener after being helped off the field in the sixth inning of Wednesday's Grapefruit League game. Ryan will undergo an MRI to determine the severity of the strain. He was slated to be the primary backup to shortstop Didi Gregorius, so while the injury affects the Yankees it doesn't have much bearing on fantasy.
Archie Bradley went six scoreless innings in his final start of the spring Wednesday against the Reds.
Bradley walked three, but allowed only one hit and struck out two. The young right-hander lowers his ERA to 1.61 over 22 1/3 spring innings. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks are considering using Bradley or Robbie Ray out of the bullpen to start the season. Bradley enters the season as a consensus top-25 prospect.
Johnny Cueto served up three runs over five innings of work Wednesday against the Diamondbacks.
The right-hander allowed three hits, walked two, and struck out seven. All three runs scored in his final inning. Cueto ends the spring having allowed six earned runs in 14 innings with a 13/5 K/BB ratio. Cueto will now look forward to Monday's Opening Day start opposite Pirates lefty Francisco Liriano.
Miguel Castro has made the Blue Jays' Opening Day bullpen.
Castro, 20, was a longshot to break camp with the club, but the right-hander had a 2.38 ERA and 10/0 K/BB ratio in 11 1/3 spring innings. He'll be a middle reliever with a chance to pitch himself into more high-leverage roles.
Brett Eibner clubbed a pair of home runs in Wednesday's 4-4 Cactus League tie with the Dodgers.
The Royals appeared headed towards a loss until Eibner entered the game. In the seventh inning, he hit a solo home run to center field off of Zach Lee, then took his second plate appearance of the game in the ninth and hit a two-run home run to center off of Lee to tie the game. Eibner, 26, will open up the season at Triple-A, but his strong spring showing should work in his favor if the Royals need to reach down for a bat during the season.