Angels third base prospect Kaleb Cowart has resumed switch-hitting.
Cowart had tried batting just left-handed for a while, but the experiment didn't work. The former top prospect's stock has fallen rapidly the last couple years to the point that the Angels have discussed making him into a pitcher if his hitting doesn't improve.
Padres manager Bud Black said Monday that he would "possibly" consider using Wil Myers some at first base during the season.
Myers played three innings at the position Sunday and also played two games at first base last season with the Rays. "Possibly," Black said when asked about using Myers at first during the season. "The versatility that Wil has shown in his entire professional career is something not to ignore." It seems unlikely that Myers will play a whole lot at first, but we could see it some against lefties, allowing the Padres to bench the left-handed hitting Yonder Alonso and put Cameron Maybin in center field.
Terrance Gore (jaw) could resume playing in minor league games soon.
Gore suffered a fractured jaw when he was hit by a pitch last week. The jaw did not need to be wired shut, though, shortening the length of his absence. "I think he's OK," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "The last time I checked, they said he would 'play to tolerance' [of the pain]. He got hit on one side of his face, but the fracture was on other side." The speedy Gore will begin the season in High- or Double-A.
Taijuan Walker was again terrific, limiting the Angels to one run in seven innings as the Mariners won 5-3 on Monday.
The run, which came on a second-inning Matt Joyce home run, was the first run Walker had allowed all spring. The Angels were only able to scratch across two other hits, and the right-hander struck out five while walking none. Now with the fifth spot in the Mariners' rotation secured, he's carrying a 0.36 ERA with a 24/4 K/BB ratio in 25 innings in Cactus League action.
Nick Tropeano allowed four runs in six innings in Monday's start against the Mariners.
The right-hander yielded seven hits (including a home run to Mike Zunino) and a walk while striking out three. Tropeano was battling Andrew Heaney for the fifth spot in the starting rotation, but the Angels appear likely to open the season with a four-man rotation. He still remains an option when the Angels do need a fifth starter, however.
Robinson Cano hit his first home run of the spring, finishing 2-for-4 Monday afternoon versus the Angels.
Cano homered in the bottom of the eighth off of Joe Smith. He hit no home runs in Cactus League play last spring, so there's that. He's otherwise been hitting well, carrying a .364 average (16-for-44). After hitting at least 25 home runs from 2009-13, Cano hit only 14 last year, so the Mariners are hoping for a bit more pop from the second baseman in 2015.
Bruce Rondon (neck) didn't make a scheduled appearance on Monday.
Rondon has now been scratched from two straight appearances due to a neck injury. The ailment appears to be minor, but Tigers manager Brad Ausmus wouldn't commit to using Rondon on Tuesday. The big righty is running out of time as he tries to cement a spot in the Opening Day bullpen.
Mike Zunino went 2-for-3 with a two-run double and a solo home run in Monday's Cactus League match-up with the Angels.
Zunino knocked in two as part of a three-run fourth inning, then swatted a solo homer in the seventh inning. The catcher now sits by himself in second place with seven spring home runs behind Kris Bryant with nine. Zunino has had a terrific spring and hopes to translate his early success into the regular season.