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Gordon Beckham (hand) tallied three hits Sunday in his second rehab game with Triple-A Charlotte.

Beckham went 2-for-4 on Saturday in his rehab debut and is looking ready to rejoin the White Sox. But since he's been out so long -- over five weeks -- the second baseman will likely remain on the farm until Friday.
Mon, May 20, 2013 08:15:00 AM

Todd Frazier doubled and connected for a solo homer in a 5-2 win over the Dodgers on Monday.

Frazier came into Monday’s action hitting just .161 (5-for-31) with zero homers this spring, so it was nice to see some of signs of life with Opening Day rapidly approaching. The 31-year-old is going to be a batting average risk unless he cuts down on the strikeouts, but he provides enough power and speed to be one of the first half-dozen third basemen off the board in fantasy leagues.
Mar 27 - 7:14 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu will be part of the team's rotation.

The Dodgers really had no idea what to expect from Ryu as they entered spring training after he missed virtually all of the last two seasons with shoulder and elbow injuries. However, he's gone out and posted a 2.57 ERA and 12/1 K/BB ratio across 14 Cactus League innings and, most importantly, feels great physically. Ryu obviously remains a big health risk, but the lefty put up a 3.17 ERA over 56 starts in his two healthy seasons with the Dodgers so he needs to be considered in mixed leagues. Brandon McCarthy and Alex Wood will battle for the final spot in the Dodgers' rotation.
Mar 27 - 7:14 PM

Jorge Soler has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 oblique strain and will be held out of baseball activities for a week.

It's the mildest of the strains, and the Royals haven't even officially made a decision on a disabled list stint for Soler yet even though Opening Day is in a week. Ultimately, a stay on the DL is virtually a given here, although it sounds like there's hope that he won't miss much time.
Mar 27 - 7:08 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona announced Monday that Carlos Carrasco will pitch the second game of the regular season.

Francona also confirmed that Corey Kluber would pitch Opening Day and that Carrasco would be followed by Danny Salazar, Josh Tomlin and Trevor Bauer. Carrasco underwent an MRI on his right elbow earlier this month after he experienced some swelling, but everything came back clean and he threw three scoreless frames in a Cactus League appearance last Friday. The righty has never thrown 200 innings in his career and that's why he doesn't qualify as a fantasy ace, but it doesn't appear the elbow is a concern at all as we approach Opening Day.
Mar 27 - 6:57 PM

Madison Bumgarner yielded two runs over seven innings Monday in a 14-2 victory over the Reds in Cactus League play.

Bumgarner gave up a sacrifice fly and a solo homer in the fifth inning, but otherwise he was on point. The Giants’ ace struck out nine and walked none and also went 1-for-2 with a single and a walk at the plate. Like pretty much everyone, he’s ready for the real games to begin
Mar 27 - 6:57 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Cardinals and Yadier Molina are "making progress" in extension talks and "may be getting closer to a deal."

There's been no word on the potential terms of the contract, although Heyman says Molina has reportedly been looking for a four-year extension, while St. Louis had been offering two years. He's currently set to make $14 million in 2017 before hitting free agency once a mutual option is declined. Molina turns 35 in July and the Cards have top catching prospect Carson Kelly almost ready, so it's possible he won't be an everyday player by the end of the deal. However, he remains one of the best defensive catchers in baseball and is coming off a season when he batted .307/.360/.427.
Mar 27 - 6:28 PM

Jarrod Dyson (hamstring) is hoping to return to Cactus League action on Wednesday.

Dyson has dealt with a right hamstring issue for over a week, although the Mariners have insisted that it's merely fatigue and not any kind of strain. The speedster said he had six hits -- including a home run -- in 10 at-bats in a minor league game Monday. There's been no indication that Dyson is in danger of missing Opening Day.
Mar 27 - 6:21 PM

Orioles released OF Michael Bourn.

Bourn fractured his right ring finger before Grapefruit League contests got underway and won't be game-ready until sometime in April, at least. He requested his release and is now free to sign elsewhere on what's sure to be a minor league contract. Bourn is nothing more than a bit player at this point in his career.
Mar 27 - 6:08 PM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons indicated Monday that Devon Travis (knee) is likely to be ready to play on Opening Day.

"It’s starting to look that way, but nothing definite yet," Gibbons said. Travis didn't make his Grapefruit League debut until last Friday, as he was slow to recover from last November's knee surgery. He figures to receive some extra days off early on in the season, but it sounds like the second baseman will be out their on April 3 in Baltimore.
Mar 27 - 4:25 PM

Royals optioned OF/DH Peter O'Brien to Triple-A Omaha.

O'Brien has been one of the best players in the Cactus League this spring, boasting a 1.127 OPS with seven home runs in 51 at-bats, but he was always a longshot to crack the Opening Day roster. If something goes wrong with Brandon Moss, or the veteran slugger isn't hitting left-handed pitching, look for O'Brien to get the call as DH help.
Mar 27 - 1:48 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed Monday that Scott Kazmir (hip) will open the season on the disabled list.

Kazmir again struggled with velocity and effectiveness in his return to Cactus League play Sunday versus the Rangers, yielding three earned runs on five walks and three hits over just three innings. "It's something with the hip," Roberts told the media on Monday morning. There is no timetable for Kazmir's 2017 debut.
Mar 27 - 1:09 PM




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