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Rays recalled LHP Alex Torres from Triple-A Durham.

Torres struck out way over a batter per inning at Triple-A this season but also walked nearly a batter per frame. Control has been an ongoing issue for him throughout his pro career.
Fri, Oct 5, 2012 12:45:00 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Giants don't appear interested in trying to acquire Allen Craig from the Red Sox.

With Hunter Pence sidelined until May 1, the Giants could be in the market for corner outfielder or first baseman to upgrade their lineup in the interim. Heyman reports that the only way they would have been interested in Craig is if the price was very low, which isn't the case. Barring a trade, expect Gregor Blanco to see everyday action in left field while Pence is sidelined.
Mar 7 - 12:03 AM

Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that Cuban infielder Hector Olivera has been declared a free agent by Major League Baseball and is free to sign with any club.

There have been conflicting reports in recent days that Olivera may or may not be dealing with damage to his ulnar collateral ligament, though he's believed to have passed all four physicals that he has taken for MLB teams without any issues. The Dodgers, Braves, Padres, Athletics and Giants are among the many teams that have expressed interest in his services. It's believed he will command a contract in the range of $50-$70 million.
Mar 6 - 11:40 PM

Carlos Rodon dazzled in his Cactus League debut against the Padres on Friday, striking out four and allowing just one hit over two shutout innings of work.

The 22-year-old top prospect is getting a chance to show White Sox management what he's capable of while Chris Sale is sidelined with a fractured foot. While he's unlikely to crack the Opening Day rotation, a strong showing this spring could speed up his arrival.
Mar 6 - 6:06 PM

Brett Cecil didn't pitch as scheduled on Friday due to left shoulder soreness.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons indicated that he didn't think it was a major issue. "His shoulder is a little tender," the skipper said. "We don’t think it’s a big deal." Cecil is currently projected to close for the Jays, so we'll keep a close eye on his situation.
Mar 6 - 5:23 PM

Lucas Duda (oblique) hopes to be game-ready early next week.

As it turns out, Duda just hit off a tee and took some soft tosses Friday and didn't take batting practice as originally reported. It's nonetheless a nice step as the slugger works his way back from an oblique strain. Duda will have plenty of time to get ready for Opening Day as long as he doesn't have a setback.
Mar 6 - 3:36 PM

Daniel Murphy will undergo X-rays on his right hand.

The Mets announced that Murphy had a bruise after he was removed from Friday's game following a hit by pitch, but apparently that was just a preliminary diagnosis. For what it's worth, Murphy noted that he's not overly concerned even though his hand was noticeably swollen. An update on his status should be available later Friday.
Mar 6 - 3:22 PM

Matt Harvey touched 99 mph while throwing two perfect innings Friday against the Nationals.

Harvey struck out three, and he showed good break on his curveball to go along with the blazing heater. It was a terrific sight. The plan is for Harvey to start the Mets' third game of the season on April 9.
Mar 6 - 2:01 PM

Rangers signed LHP Joe Beimel to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.

It's a major league deal, but Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News notes that it's not guaranteed. He can earn more through incentives. After not appearing the majors for two seasons, Beimel posted a 2.20 ERA over 56 appearances in 2014 for the Mariners (though he struck out only 25 across 45 innings). It's a solid late signing by the Rangers, as they needed left-handed relief help.
Mar 6 - 1:46 PM

Jonathan Lucroy (hamstring) could be ready for Cactus League game sooner than expected.

Lucroy is just over three weeks into his projected 4-6 week timetable for a right hamstring strain. It's not clear when he might be ready to play in games, but it doesn't sound like it will be too long. Lucroy is on pace to be ready for Opening Day, assuming he continues to progress without hitting any bumps in the road.
Mar 6 - 12:45 PM

Josh Reddick was scratched from Friday's lineup due to a right oblique strain.

Oblique strains can be troublesome, but Reddick has enough time to be ready for Opening Day as long as he doesn't suffer a setback. Billy Burns took his spot in the lineup Friday. Reddick batted .264/.316/.446 with 12 longballs for Oakland last season.
Mar 6 - 12:32 PM

Gavin Floyd had to halt a live batting practice session on Wednesday after seven pitches due to "general soreness."

Floyd isn't concerned, but his next step has yet to be determined. Indians manager Terry Francona noted that the soreness the righty is experiencing is in a different spot than was operated on last June. If Floyd were get a late start to the season, Danny Salazar and T.J. House could both be penciled into the Indians' rotation.
Mar 6 - 11:14 AM




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