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Steve Johnson (lat) threw a 35-pitch bullpen session Friday.

Johnson is expected to begin a rehab assignment in the next 7-10 days. The Orioles will likely option him to Triple-A Norfolk when he's activated from the disabled list.
Sat, Apr 6, 2013 12:26:00 PM

Michael Saunders departed Friday's game against the Yankees after being hit on the right hand by a pitch.

Saunders went to first base after being plunked but was then removed. The Phillies should have an update on the outfielder before long, but Saunders will likely be sent for X-rays.
Mar 24 - 2:37 PM

Yahoo Sports' Tim Brown reports that Derek Norris is signing with the Rays.

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times says it will be a straight one-year contract, although Norris is arbitration-eligible in 2018 so the Rays will have two years of control. Robert Murray of FanRag Sports hears that it came down the Rays and Blue Jays and Norris picked the smaller contract because he thinks he'll have a better chance at playing time in Tampa. He should play pretty regularly with the Rays until Wilson Ramos (knee) is ready for catching duties, which probably won't be for a few months into the season. Norris has solid pop for a catcher but is coming off a season where he put up a hideous .186/.255/.328 batting line.
Mar 24 - 2:27 PM

Will Smith will undergo Tommy John surgery on his left elbow next week.

A pair of doctors recommended it, and Smith has decided to go under the knife now rather than risk a failed rehab attempt that could delay his start to 2018. Dr. Neal ElAttrache will perform the operation in Los Angeles. Smith is under team control through 2019.
Mar 24 - 2:25 PM

Jarrod Dyson remains out of game action due to soreness in his legs.

He's been dealing with fatigue in his legs for a week now, although the Mariners think he'll be ready to play by Sunday. It doesn't sound like a big deal but is obviously worth tracking given how much of Dyson's value is derived from his legs. For what it's worth, the speedster is 5-for-5 on stolen base attempts this spring.
Mar 24 - 2:02 PM

Jose Quintana has been named the White Sox' Opening Day starter.

That's assuming he's not traded before then. Quintana was the obvious choice to take the ball in the opener, of course, following the team's offseason trade of Chris Sale. The left-hander boasts a 3.35 ERA over the last four seasons and has made at least 32 starts each of those years.
Mar 24 - 1:35 PM

Khris Davis will be held out of game action until at least Sunday because of a minor quad injury.

It sounds like the Athletics are just being cautious with their slugger here. Davis is batting .250 this spring and has yet to homer after going deep 42 times in his first season in Oakland.
Mar 24 - 1:25 PM

Sportsnet's Arash Madani reports that Marco Estrada is expected to be the Blue Jays' Opening Day starter.

He'll be followed by J.A. Happ, Marcus Stroman, Francisco Liriano and Aaron Sanchez. Estrada has earned the Opening Day assignment after putting up a 3.30 ERA across 63 appearances -- 57 starts -- for the Blue Jays over the last two seasons.
Mar 24 - 1:19 PM

Adrian Gonzalez (elbow) is back in the Dodgers' lineup Friday.

Gonzalez has dealt with an elbow issue on and off during camp, but he's feeling well enough to give it a go again. The first baseman has been limited to just 10 Cactus League plate appearances this spring, but he also got 12 at-bats during the World Baseball Classic.
Mar 24 - 12:46 PM

Carlos Rodon was scratched from Friday's start and will undergo an MRI due to tightness in his left biceps.

Uh oh. The White Sox don't seem to think Rodon has any structural damage, but he's probably going to miss the first couple starts of the season, anyway. The left-hander was already being eased into things this spring as he was prepped for an increased workload in 2017, so he's not totally built up yet. Obviously, more will be known once the exam results are revealed.
Mar 24 - 12:44 PM

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny indicated Friday that Jhonny Peralta will be the team's starting third baseman and Jedd Gyroko will be a utility infielder.

It's been the expectation since the beginning of camp. It ultimately probably doesn't matter much which of the two is the "starter" at third base, as both Peralta and Gyorko are going to play a lot. Gyorko, who led the Cards with 30 homers last season, figures to handle second base versus lefties.
Mar 24 - 11:31 AM

Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Friday that it's looking more and more likely that Collin McHugh (arm) will get a late start to the season.

McHugh has been battling through a "dead arm" phase and hasn't made any Grapefruit League appearances this spring. He pitched in a minor league game Wednesday and is set to throw in another one Monday, so the Astros would be able to backdate a disabled list stint. The right-hander should be ready to rejoin the rotation sometime in April.
Mar 24 - 11:21 AM




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