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Jayson Werth (hamstring) will not be ready for activation from the disabled list on Friday and could be sidelined for as much as two more weeks.

Nationals manager Davey Johnson said he received an "alarming" report on Werth Monday, which obviously doesn't sound good. The outfielder experienced a setback with his hamstring during a rehab game last week and has yet to return to game action. He was slated to see a specialist over the weekend and evidently didn't receive good news. Roger Bernadina and Tyler Moore will continue to be the primary fill-ins for Werth.
Mon, May 20, 2013 08:38:00 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor indicated Monday that Byron Buxton could hit his way into the leadoff spot this spring.

It came up when Molitor was asked where Joe Mauer would bat this season. "How Buxton comes along, how that’s going to affect (Brian) Dozier in some regard, there’s just a trickle-down there in where people could go," Molitor said. "I still like Joe up there somewhere, against right-handed pitching in particular." Buxton has spent nearly all of his time with the Twins at the bottom of the batting order, although he did hit leadoff in last year's season finale (he homered and doubled). The former top prospect finished with a .287/.357/.653 line and nine homers last September and certainly has breakout potential in 2017. Hitting leadoff would obviously boost his fantasy appeal, and he could wind up there eventually even if he starts the year hitting low in the order.
Feb 27 - 5:47 PM

Josh Hamilton underwent surgery Monday to repair torn cartilage in his left knee.

That is the fourth procedure on Hamilton's left knee over the last 15 months. He will go through six weeks of rest and rehab before he can resume running. The veteran slugger shouldn't be counted on for much in 2017, and it's very possible that his days as a major leaguer are over. Hamilton signed a minor league contract with Texas in mid-January. He turns 36 years old in May.
Feb 27 - 2:53 PM

Tim Tebow hit nine home runs over a span of four batting practice rounds Monday during his first workout at Mets camp.

They were all to either left field or right-center, per Mark Saxon of ESPN.com. It was an impressive power show from Tebow -- who reworked his swing over the winter between college football broadcasting duties -- but it's still difficult to see this baseball experiment progressing beyond Low-A ball. Tebow, 29, batted .194/.296/.242 with 20 strikeouts over 62 at-bats in the 2016 Arizona Fall League.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 27 - 2:18 PM

Giants GM Bobby Evans said Monday that he expects Johnny Cueto to arrive in camp later this week.

Evans told reporters that Cueto has nearly settled the visa/passport issues that will allow his ill father to travel with him from the Dominican Republic to where the Giants train in Arizona. It's not clear whether Cueto is still going to pitch for Team Dominica in the first round of the World Baseball Classic. We'd probably bet against it at this point.
Feb 27 - 1:37 PM

Collin McHugh said he's going through a "general dead arm" phase.

McHugh has not yet faced live hitters, but he told reporters Monday that he's confident he'll be ready for the beginning of the 2017 regular season. It's something to watch. McHugh, 29, struggled to a 4.34 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 33 starts last year with Houston.
Feb 27 - 12:13 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Adrian Gonzalez (elbow) could resume swinging off a tee in the next few days.

Gonzalez showed up to Dodgers camp with a case of tennis elbow and has been easing into baseball activities. He said last week that he is already pain-free, but the veteran first baseman might not appear in a Cactus League game before he has to report to duty for Team Mexico in the World Baseball Classic.
Source: True Blue LA
Feb 27 - 11:59 AM

Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins reiterated Monday that Josh Donaldson (calf) is expected to be ready for Opening Day.

Donaldson strained his right calf during the Blue Jays' first team workout of the spring, but he's been taking swings in the cage for the last few days and is apparently close to resuming full baseball activities. "We anticipate no problems at all in his recovery," Atkins told reporters Monday morning in Dunedin, Florida.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 27 - 11:24 AM

Adrian Beltre (calf) said Monday that he is unsure about his status for the World Baseball Classic.

Beltre suffered a Grade 1 strain of his left calf shortly after arriving at Rangers camp and he still hasn't tried to run at full speed. The Dominican third baseman will have to make a decision about the first round of the WBC by Thursday. Texas' medical staff would probably prefer he remain in Arizona all spring.
Feb 27 - 10:43 AM

Anthony DeSclafani (elbow) has been scratched from his scheduled Cactus League start Tuesday against the White Sox.

DeSclafani felt some tenderness in his right elbow after a recent live batting practice session, so the Reds will play it safe and push him back. It was supposed to be his Cactus League debut. Obviously this is something that will warrant close monitoring, though manager Bryan Price told reporters Monday morning that he doesn't believe it's anything serious.
Feb 27 - 10:36 AM

Aaron Nola (elbow) is scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut Thursday against the Blue Jays.

It will be his first live appearance since last July 28. Nola got off to a terrific start in 2016 before being diagnosed with a low-grade sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow and a flexor sprain in his forearm. The young right-hander says he feels 100 percent now.
Feb 27 - 9:57 AM

Hanley Ramirez is dealing with some minor shoulder soreness.

The soreness affects his throwing ability, which is why he has only played DH (and not first base) so far in Grapefruit League games. DH is where he will get most of his starts this year anyway, assuming all goes according to plan. Hanley holds a shiny .331/.381/.634 career batting line in that role.
Feb 27 - 9:46 AM




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