Juan Nicasio struck out two in a perfect inning to maintain his flawless spring ERA Friday.
Nicasio was the breakout pitching star of last spring, striking out 24 in 15 scoreless innings to earn a spot in Pittsburgh's rotation. He's doing great again now -- he has a 9/0 K/BB in his six innings -- but no one cares, since he's no longer a threat to start. He still might be a nice $1 reliever in NL-only leagues.
Erasmo Ramirez pitched four innings and allowed three runs -- one earned -- in a loss to the Pirates on Friday.
Although he missed the first half of the spring with a hamstring injury, the Rays are still stretching Ramirez out as a rotation candidate. It's an encouraging development for him, though he has been mentioned as a trade candidate recently.
Albert Almora exited Friday's game versus the Indians with tightness in the left side of his neck.
Almora tweaked his neck when he dove for a ball. He's being evaluated by the training staff before it's determined whether this could be more than a day-to-day situation. Almora is slated to receive the bulk of the at-bats in center field for the Cubs this season.
Chase Whitley pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings, striking out two, Friday against the Pirates.
Whitley pitched four scoreless innings last time out, but the short outing today makes it seem as though he was officially ruled out of the rotation mix. He could still make the Rays as a reliever. He has a 4.91 ERA this spring, but he's coming on strong now.
Jon Gray left Friday's start against the Giants with an undisclosed injury.
Gray gave up seven consecutive hits and five runs to the Giants in the third inning before being pulled. For what it's worth, it didn't look to be anything arm-related based on how Gray was conversing with the trainer and Rockies manager Bud Black in the dugout. The club should have an update on their ace soon.
J.A. Happ struck out five while allowing two runs -- one earned -- over 5 1/3 innings Friday in defeating the Red Sox.
He walked none and allowed just three hits. Happ has a 1.59 ERA and an even more impressive 0.62 ERA in 11 1/3 innings.
Drew Pomeranz yielded three runs over four innings against the Blue Jays in his start Friday.
Pomeranz, who left his last start with triceps tightness, was very pleased afterwards, especially with how things came together after the first two innings (all of the runs scored then). Assuming he still feels good these next couple of days, he'll be penciled in as Boston's fifth starter.
Devon Travis got two at-bats and doubled in a run Friday against the Red Sox in his spring debut.
Travis is making his way back from knee surgery. If everything goes perfectly from here, he'll probably be in the Opening Day lineup, though perhaps not as an everyday player initially. If it's anything less than perfect, he could spend the first 7-10 days on the DL.