Reds manager Bryan Price said Sunday that it's very unlikely Devin Mesoraco (hip, shoulder) will be ready for Opening Day.
It's been the expectation for a while now, as Mesoraco simply hasn't had enough work this spring with just 14 at-bats and zero full games under his belt. He would seem to have a chance to be ready sometime in April, although the Reds will ease him into action once he's on the active roster. Cincy is slated to open the year with Tucker Barnhart and Rule 5 pick Stuart Turner at catcher.
Joey Gallo (hamstring) will go through hitting and defensive drills Sunday and is working on ramping up his conditioning.
Gallo tweaked his left hamstring a week ago and also had issues with the same hamstring during winter ball. It seems doubtful he'll be game-ready in a week, but he's slated to begin the season in the minors, anyway.
Yankees released LHP Jon Niese.
Niese got a late start to spring training while working his way back from knee surgery, which kept him from ever being under real consideration for one of the open spots in the Yankees' rotation. The club is open to the left-hander sticking around as depth at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as he builds up stamina, although it's unclear whether Niese is considering that.
Tanner Scheppers (abdomen) reported improvement Sunday and hasn't been ruled out for Opening Day.
Scheppers exited an appearance Friday with a left abdominal strain, but it appears the ailment is relatively minor. It's unclear when he might try to throw again.
Hanser Alberto underwent an MRI after having a setback with his ailing right shoulder.
The results aren't available yet. Even if they reveal relatively good news, you'd have to think there's still a decent chance Alberto opens the season on the disabled list.
Twins released OF Drew Stubbs; re-assigned Drew Rucinski to minor league camp.
Stubbs exercised the opt-out clause in his minor league contract after being told he would not make the Opening Day roster. The speedy outfielder will not try to catch on elsewhere quickly before Opening Day, although there's a good chance he'll have to go to the minors first.
Kennys Vargas (foot) is no longer using crutches and will not undergo further testing.
However, his left foot remains sore. Between injury and his World Baseball Classic participation, Vargas has received only 15 Grapefruit League at-bats (and gotten just one hit). It's looking like ByungHo Park will probably open the season as the Twins' primary designated hitter.
Eduardo Nunez (shoulder) is back in the Giants' lineup Sunday.
Nunez has been dealing with soreness in his right shoulder all camp and had a cortisone shot Wednesday. He's in the designated hitter spot Sunday but hopefully should be ready to resume third base duties soon. Nunez is optimistic he'll be ready to go on Opening Day, but it probably can't be considered a given.