Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Friday that Josh Ravin aggravated his right groin strain and will be sidelined for the next several weeks.
Ravin had hoped to return to the mound on Sunday. He had been a candidate to win one of the final spots in the club's Opening Day bullpen, but instead he'll now open the year on the 10-day disabled list.
Angels reassigned RHP Alex Meyer, OF Ryan LaMarre, INF Nolan Fontana and C Francisco Arcia to minor league camp.
Meyer, a former top prospect, was competing for a spot in the Halo's Opening Day rotation. The 27-year-old hurler registered a 7.20 ERA and 2.20 WHIP across 10 innings in Cactus League competition. He'll open the season as rotation depth at Triple-A Salt Lake.
Brandon Belt socked a three-run homer off Jon Gray in a 6-5 win over the Rockies in Cactus League action on Friday.
It was his third homer of the spring. The 28-year-old has never hit more than 18 homers in a season before and it’s tough to forecast a major improvement given where he plays half of his games, but his strong on-base ability still offers considerable value. He was fifth in the majors in walk percentage and ninth in on-base percentage last season.
Jeff Samardzija gave up two hits over four scoreless innings against the Rockies on Friday.
It was a big improvement from his most recent outings. Samardzjia was efficient, throwing 31 out of 47 pitches for strikes while striking out three and walking none. He got some extra work in the bullpen after leaving the game. The 32-year-old compiled a 3.81 ERA and 1.20 WHIP over 32 starts during his first season with the Giants and should continue to be a useful fantasy starter in that environment.
Nolan Arenado delivered an RBI double in his return to the Rockies on Friday.
It was his first game back after playing for Team USA during the World Baseball Classic. He mostly struggled during the tournament, but there shouldn’t be any worries going into the season. With Coors Field on his side, he should be off the board by the middle of the first round in mixed fantasy leagues.
Elvis Andrus connected for a two-run homer in the Rangers’ 4-3 win over the Padres on Friday.
It was his first homer of the spring and ended up being the difference in the ballgame. While it didn’t get a lot of attention, Andrus had the best season of his career with the bat last year while batting .302/.362/.439 with eight homers, 69 RBI, and 24 steals over 147 games. The infusion of youth at the shortstop position has pushed him down the board, but he’s still useful to have around in fantasy leagues.
Martin Perez blanked the Padres over five innings on Friday in Cactus League action.
In his first start back after a stint with Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic, Perez limited the Padres to just three hits while fanning six and walking none. The 25-year-old southpaw is poised to open the season behind Yu Darvish and Cole Hamels in the Rangers’ rotation, though his fantasy upside is minimal. He struck out just 103 batters in 198 2/3 innings last season. No qualifiied starter had a lower strikeout percentage.
Jhoulys Chacin allowed two runs (one earned) over 4 1/3 innings Friday against the Rangers.
Both runs scored in his final inning of work. Chacin gave up four hits and walked four while striking out six batters, so he was at 91 pitches when he got pulled. After finishing strong with the Angels last season, Chacin increasingly looks like the frontrunner to start Opening Day for the Padres. It’s going to be a long year in San Diego.