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Robert Osuna bounced back from Saturday's poor showing to strike out the side in his inning Tuesday against the Phillies.

Osuna could have put his roster spot in jeopardy with a poor final week, but the Blue Jays clearly want to bring him north, even though he's a 20-year-old who has never pitched higher than A ball. He has a 12/3 K/BB ratio in 11 innings this spring.
Mar 31 - 5:03 PM

Mark Hendrickson has retired from baseball.

Hendrickson was released by the Orioles in mid-March and apparently didn't find much interest on the open market (or didn't want to purse any of the other opportunities presented to him). The 40-year-old left-hander spent the 2014 season with the York Revolution of the independent Atlantic League.
Mar 31 - 4:59 PM

Grady Sizemore got the start in right field Tuesday and went 3-for-4 against the Blue Jays.

The Phillies didn't initially include Sizemore when talking about the right-field mix to replace Domonic Brown, mostly because he doesn't have the arm for the spot, but it looks like they might have softened on their stance, probably after taking a harder look at their other options. Certainly, the decision to shove Ben Revere to left was bad news for Sizemore -- he appeared in line to get plenty of time there before Odubel Herrera impressed in center -- and Sizemore will need to get starts in right every once in a while if he's going to have much of a role for the Phillies. He's just a fringe NL-only guy at the moment.
Mar 31 - 4:58 PM

Melvin Upton is hoping to shed the protective walking boot from his left foot Friday.

Upton has been in the walking boot for the last five weeks. He has a checkup with a doctor Friday. The center fielder isn't expected to be ready to play in games for the Braves until sometime in May.
Mar 31 - 4:54 PM

Jon Niese blanked the Nationals for six innings in the Mets' 2-0 victory Tuesday.

Niese's shoulder just isn't trustworthy, but he seems to find a way to put up solid numbers anyway. He's 3-0 with a 1.65 ERA this spring, even though he admitted to fatigue in the area last week. He'll probably miss at least a few weeks over the course of the year, but he should have some NL-only value anyway.
Mar 31 - 4:53 PM

Danny Espinosa went 0-for-3 on Tuesday, lowering his spring average to .137.

Espinosa, now exclusively a right-handed hitter after giving up switch-hitting, has looked so bad this spring that he probably won't be a part of the starting lineup even with Anthony Rendon bound for the disabled list. Most likely, he'll back up Dan Uggla at second and Yunel Escobar at third.
Mar 31 - 4:46 PM

Andre Ethier was pulled from Tuesday's Cactus League game after getting hit by a pitch on his arm.

The ball got him near his right wrist and he looked to be in a good amount of pain. Ethier was sent for X-rays and there should be an update out of Dodgers camp within the next hour.
Mar 31 - 4:43 PM

Eduardo Escobar homered and doubled to lead the Twins to a 3-1 defeat of the Yankees on Tuesday.

Escobar isn't making things easy for the Twins. The team wants to take a long look at Danny Santana at shortstop, but Escobar was just fine as a starter there last year and he's kept hitting this spring, with four homers in 54 at-bats. There seems little doubt that the Twins would be better for the short-term by starting Escobar at short and Santana in center field. However, it is in the franchise's best interests to see if Santana can cut it at short, particularly since Byron Buxton is lined up as the center fielder of the future.
Mar 31 - 4:41 PM
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