Yoenis Cespedes was scratched from the Tigers' Grapefruit League game Wednesday afternoon against the Braves due to tightness in his lower back.
Steven Moya got the nod instead. A missed game in early March is nothing to worry about with Cespedes, who slugged a grand slam against the Orioles on Tuesday. He'll be in left field for the Tigers on Opening Day.
Jason Kipnis (finger) is scheduled to make his 2015 Cactus League debut on Saturday.
Kipnis needed surgery in December to repair tendon damage in his left ring finger, but he is expected to be 100 percent by the beginning of the regular season. The 27-year-old second baseman was a disappointment in 2014, but that just makes him a better value in drafts for the 2015 campaign. There's huge fantasy upside here.
Hyun-Jin Ryu (back) will throw batting practice Saturday.
If the workout goes smoothly, Ryu will pitch in a Cactus League game five days later. He was slowed in late February by a tweaked back muscle but has plenty of time to get where he needs to be before the start of the 2015 regular season. Ryu, 27, boasts a 3.17 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 293/78 K/BB ratio in 344 major league innings.
Zack Greinke (elbow) is scheduled to throw live batting practice Friday in Dodgers camp.
If it goes well, he will make his Cactus League debut five days later. Greinke received a lubricating injection in his throwing elbow on February 19 and has been free of discomfort since. The right-hander should start the Dodgers' second regular-season game.
Corey Hart (foot) took grounders Thursday morning.
Hart had to be shut down for a couple of days after slicing his foot while getting into a hot tub this weekend at the Pirates' spring training complex. He should be ready for Grapefruit League action early next week and will then begin to work his way into a first-base platoon with the left-handed-hitting Pedro Alvarez.
Reds manager Bryan Price indicated Thursday that Joey Votto's Cactus League debut is imminent.
"You won't have to hold your breath, I promise you, you won't have to hold your breath for this," Price said. "Just to reiterate, we just went too far into the rehab and made a commitment to do an extensive rehab to do anything before we feel he's ready. I think he's very close and he's champing at the bit to get in there." Votto missed 100 games last season because of a distal quad strain. The 31-year-old first baseman is an excellent bounceback candidate for 2015.
Major League Baseball's decision on a punishment for Josh Hamilton could come as early as next week, per Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
The report states that MLB officials believe Hamilton should be suspended for admitting to his offseason cocaine relapse, and are determining whether that would be a 25-game sentence (the recommended length for a first-time offender) or a year-long suspension (designed for fourth-time offenders). The players' union is arguing for only 15 games. Also to be determined is whether Hamilton will be placed into drug rehab, a decision which carries big financial implications. If he is suspended and not in rehab, Hamilton will not be paid. Anaheim owes the 33-year-old slugger $25.4 million in 2015, $32.4 million in 2016, and another $32.4 million in 2017.
Nate Freiman has been diagnosed with a strained back muscle and could be out for two weeks.
That's not gonna help his cause for the A's Opening Day roster. Mark Canha, a Rule 5 Draft pick this past December, probably already had the edge on Freiman anyway.