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White Sox claimed RHP Zach Stewart off waivers from the Pirates.

Stewart was DFA'd by the Bucs last week and is now back with team he pitched for during the first few months of 2012. He has a disappointing 6.82 ERA over 103 career major league innings and won't be guaranteed a big league roster spot for the start of the 2013 season.
Thu, Jan 24, 2013 03:16:00 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

Lucas Duda (oblique) took batting practice on Friday.

It's the first time he's faced live pitching since he strained his oblique just over a week ago. Duda was given a cortisone injection for the ailment and it appears it has helped speed along the healing process. It's not clear when he might be game-ready, but Duda should have plenty of time to get ready for Opening Day as long as he doesn't have a setback.
Mar 6 - 11:47 AM

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

Jorge De La Rosa was scratched from Saturday's scheduled outing due to left groin tightness.

It's just a precautionary move, as De La Rosa will play catch Friday, throw off the mound Saturday and plans to make his next scheduled start next week. As long as he doesn't have a setback, the veteran left-hander will be fine for Opening Day.
Mar 6 - 11:05 AM

Yu Darvish (triceps) will undergo an MRI on Friday.

Darvish had to exit Thursday's Cactus League appearance due to right triceps tightness. He reported improvement Friday and the Rangers don't seem to be worried, but it's protocol for them to order an MRI just in case. Even if the MRI comes back clean, he would figure to rest a bit as a precaution. The results will be in on Saturday.
Mar 6 - 10:45 AM

Omar Infante was scratched from Friday's lineup due to ongoing soreness in his right elbow.

Infante, who has dealt with soreness in his throwing elbow since the beginning of camp, had been slated to serve as the designated hitter. The Royals are hoping he'll be ready to serve as DH on Saturday, but he's set to undergo an MRI on Friday just in case.
Mar 6 - 10:31 AM

An MRI of Tim Collins' left elbow has shown damage to his ulnar collateral ligament.

Collins will get a second opinion, but it appears that he's headed for Tommy John surgery. The diminutive left-hander was injured during his first Cactus League appearance on Wednesday. Collins is set to earn $1.475 million this season in his second year of arbitration eligibility.
Mar 6 - 10:22 AM

Joey Votto (quad) will make his Cactus League debut on Saturday.

Votto was held back a bit as he returns from last season's quad/knee issue, but he's feeling good and now is ready to play in games. The 31-year-old first baseman will be in the No. 2 spot in the lineup Saturday versus the Royals. Votto stands a good chance to bounce back in 2015 if he can remain healthy.
Mar 6 - 10:16 AM

Royals general manager Dayton Moore said Thursday that the club has yet to make a decision on Brandon Finnegan's role for the 2015 season.

Just a couple weeks ago, Moore indicated that Finnegan would develop in the minors as a starter. That could still be what the Royals end up doing, but the lefty being used in relief in the majors as he was down the stretch last season is apparently an option still being considered. "It's not a decision we have to make right now," Moore said. "We'll just have to see how it all plays out."
Mar 5 - 9:11 PM

Baseball America's Ben Badler was told by Hector Olivera's camp that a report saying their client has damage to his ulnar collateral ligament is "absolutely not true."

Both MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez and now Badler have both been told the report from Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports is not true. Badler adds that Olivera's camp says their client has taken four physicals and passed them all. Sanchez was also told by a team linked to the infielder that they were unaware of any structural damage to Olivera's elbow. We should know soon who has the correct information. Olivera has not yet been declared a free agent by Major League Baseball.
Mar 5 - 8:32 PM

Hunter Pence will be sidelined 6-8 weeks after an X-ray confirmed he has a non-displaced fracture in his left forearm.

Pence suffered the break when he was hit by a pitch just above his wrist during a Cactus League game Thursday. With a 6-8 week timetable, you would have to figure there's a good chance he'll be sidelined for the entire month of April. Pence has played in a major league-leading 383 consecutive games, as he's yet to miss a game since joining the Giants. Obviously that streak will come to an end. Gregor Blanco should be in line to see the bulk of the at-bats during Pence's absence.
Mar 5 - 7:07 PM




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