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Wei-Yin Chen (oblique) will begin a rehab assignment on Saturday.

It's not clear which Orioles' affiliate he'll be assigned to, but Chen is slated to go 5-6 innings and could need just the one rehab start before being activated. Manager Buck Showalter said he plans to initially give Chen some extra rest in between starts after he returns.
Tue, Jun 25, 2013 07:53:00 PM

Ben Revere scored twice, stole a base and reached in all four of his plate appearances Wednesday in the Angels’ Cactus League win over the Mariners.

Revere provided two singles, a walk and (wait for it) a three-run homer in the second inning. You heard us right. Ben Revere, he of six career homers, hit a ball to Souvenir City. Revere has been impossibly hot this spring, hitting .421 with six RBI and four thefts. He’s expected to platoon in left field with Cameron Maybin this year.
Mar 22 - 8:23 PM

Danny Salazar was out of sorts on Wednesday, allowing seven runs, eight hits and one walk over five innings in the Indians’ Cactus League loss to the Rockies.

He finished the afternoon with five strikeouts. The second inning was Salazar’s undoing. He began the frame with back-to-back strikeouts before allowing the next five men to reach. All of them scored including two on a home run by Charlie Blackmon. Salazar ran into a buzz-saw on Wednesday but has otherwise had a solid spring. Along with Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco, Salazar will be a key cog in one of the league’s best rotations.
Mar 22 - 8:17 PM

Nathan Karns delivered a stellar outing Wednesday in the Royals’ Cactus League win over the Padres, giving up just four hits over six shutout frames.

He struck out nine and didn’t walk anyone. Karns was razor-blade sharp in this one, retiring the first nine batters he faced before finally yielding a leadoff single to Travis Jankowski in the fourth inning. Cory Spangenberg’s fifth-inning double was the only hit he allowed that went for extra bases. Wednesday’s gem lowered Karns’ spring ERA from 7.36 to 4.76. The right-hander has already been tapped as Kansas City’s fifth starter.
Mar 22 - 8:09 PM

Jered Weaver had a disastrous outing Wednesday in the Padres’ Cactus League loss to the Royals, letting up four runs, three hits and hitting two batters in only 2/3 of an inning.

For the glass half-full audience, Weaver did record two strikeouts before exiting. Weaver recently complained of a dead arm, which is pretty common this time of year. The right-hander had planned to pitch through it, but the Padres have to be second-guessing that decision after Wednesday's meltdown. Weaver’s fastball was so slow (he topped out at 83.9 mph) that the pitch tracker on MLB.com classified it as a changeup. There was some thought that relocating to pitcher-friendly Petco Park might resurrect Weaver’s career, but those hopes are quickly fading. At this point in his career, Weaver is hanging on for dear life.
Mar 22 - 8:07 PM

Luis Valbuena was taken out of Wednesday's split-squad Cactus League game against the Rangers due to left hamstring soreness.

Hamstring injuries -- especially at this time of the year -- are troublesome enough in their own right, but in the case of Valbuena, soreness could be of particular concern. The veteran first baseman underwent season-ending hamstring surgery last August. He will be reevaluated in the coming days. Should this injury force him to miss games at the start of the regular season, C.J. Cron would be in line to see additional playing time.
Mar 22 - 7:57 PM

An MRI on Raisel Iglesias' injured right elbow revealed no structural damage.

Iglesias last worked in a spring game on March 14. He has been shut down with elbow and back concerns ever since. With his MRI coming back clean, the 27-year-old right-hander will begin a throwing program on Sunday. Iglesias' availability for Opening Day is looking less and less likely, but it sounds like he won't out for too long after assuming he is able to progress through his throwing program without setback.
Mar 22 - 7:44 PM

Will Smith (elbow) will seek a second opinion from Dr. Neal El-Attrache.

An MRI taken earlier this week confirmed that Smith has a sprain and strain in his left elbow. Tommy John surgery is a very real possibility, but before Smith makes the decision to undergo the serious procedure, he is keeping his options open. His check-up with Dr. El-Attrache should help clarify what course of action the reliever will take moving forward. Prior to being diagnosed with the elbow injury, Smith was expected to act as a setup man to Mark Melancon.
Mar 22 - 7:04 PM

Ben Zobrist has been scratched from the lineup for Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Reds due to a stiff neck.

This does not appear to be anything major, but with the season rapidly approaching, the Cubs figure to play it safe with any minor spring aches and pains when it comes to their core players such as Zobrist. Consider him day-to-day moving forward.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 22 - 6:35 PM

Devon Travis (knee) is slated to make his Grapefruit League debut on Friday.

Travis, who is coming back from knee surgery, is slated to play five innings at second base. It's the natural next step for him after he has been playing in minor league games this week. Travis progressed a little slower than originally expected, but he's rounding into shape just in time for Opening Day.
Mar 22 - 3:49 PM

Miguel Cabrera (back) will be held out of action until Friday as a precaution.

Cabrera left a game in the World Baseball Classic last Thursday with some back tightness. It's not a major concern, but the Tigers can afford to play things safer with their star slugger.
Mar 22 - 12:28 PM

Salvador Perez (elbow) will return to Cactus League action as the designated hitter on Wednesday.

As expected. Salvador hyperextended his elbow in a home plate collision during the World Baseball Classic, but he's feeling better now. The plan calls for him to catch around six innings on Friday or Saturday. He'll be fine for the start of the season.
Mar 22 - 12:18 PM




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