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Mets manager Terry Collins said Friday that Jon Niese (shoulder) has begun long-tossing in Florida.

Niese was cleared to resume throwing earlier this week after having his shoulder examined. The southpaw was diagnosed with a partial tear of his rotator cuff last month, so the Mets will see how he responds to the increased workload before sending him out on a minor league rehab assignment. He could be activated at some point in August if he can avoid setbacks.
Fri, Jul 12, 2013 06:43:00 PM

Andrew Toles rapped a grand slam off Jesse Hahn in Saturday's Cactus League win over the A's.

Toles came through for the granny against Hahn with the bases loaded and one out in the fourth inning. That well-timed home run was his first of the spring. He is set to start in left field for the Dodgers during the coming campaign. In a utility role last season, Toles slashed .314/.365/.505 with three homers and 19 RBI across 105 at-bats.
Mar 25 - 8:22 PM

Jason Kipnis (shoulder) took swings in the batting cage on Saturday.

He also did some light throwing. Despite the progress he's made, Kipnis is fully expected to begin the year on the disabled list and could miss an additional 3-4 weeks after that. With Kipnis on the shelf, Jose Ramirez will handle second base for the Tribe.
Mar 25 - 6:46 PM

Anibal Sanchez tossed six hitless, scoreless frames while striking out six batters but the Tigers still lost to the Pirates on Saturday.

He walked one batter and saw an error made behind him but was otherwise perfect. Sanchez was shelled in each of his first three games of the spring before making some mechanical adjustments. In three games since then he has been unscored upon. On March 9th his ERA was 17.47 and now it is down to 5.03 in 19 2/3 innings. He is battling Matt Boyd for the last rotation slot on the Tigers' staff. Sanchez turned in a rough 5.87 ERA with 135 strikeouts in 153 1/3 innings a year ago.
Mar 25 - 6:42 PM

Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports the Rangers have "tabled" extension talks with Jonathan Lucroy.

Wilson also had nothing to report on talks with Yu Darvish. Without extensions, both players will hit the market next winter. The two-time All-Star hit .267 while splitting time with Buster Posey behind the plate for Team USA at the World Baseball Classic. He'll earn $5.25 million in the last year of his deal.
Mar 25 - 6:15 PM

Kennys Vargas will undergo more testing on his bruised left foot.

Vargas fouled a ball off his left foot in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles. He's been getting around on crutches and still can't put any weight on his foot. "I can’t imagine him being ready here too quickly," said manager Paul Molitor. Vargas' availability for Opening Day looks to be in doubt.
Mar 25 - 6:03 PM

ESPN Red Sox reporter Scott Lauber confirms David Price (elbow) will likely be out until May.

It's the clearest timeline we've gotten on Price, who remains out indefinitely after hurting his elbow early on in camp. Price finally resumed throwing on Saturday, getting in a light game of catch. The Red Sox rotation will feature Rick Porcello, Chris Sale, Steven Wright, Eduardo Rodriguez and Drew Pomeranz to begin the year.
Mar 25 - 4:44 PM

Juan Lagares was forced to leave Saturday's Grapefruit League contest due to a left oblique strain.

Lagares was sidelined earlier in the spring due to back stiffness and now an oblique issue is likely to put his Opening Day in jeopardy. He was expected to serve as the club's fourth outfielder to start the season.
Mar 25 - 2:05 PM

The MRI on the left biceps of Carlos Rodon came back clean on Friday, indicating no structural issues.

The young southpaw will receive a second opinion on Monday, but felt reassured by the results of the MRI. Rodon was scratched from his scheduled start on Friday due to tightness in his biceps. The club will exercise caution with him going forward and he's likely to begin the season on the disabled list, but it doesn't sound like he'll miss a substantial amount of time.
Mar 25 - 12:57 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Rangers and Rougned Odor are in agreement on a six-year, $49.5 million contract extension.

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News had reported earlier that the two sides were close to a deal. Heyman also notes that the deal includes an option for a seventh season which could push the total of deal even higher. The 23-year-old was set to be eligible for arbitration in 2018 and a free agent in 2021.
Mar 25 - 11:16 AM

Gregory Polanco was scratched from Saturday's Grapefruit League lineup due to left shoulder discomfort.

While it doesn't sound like anything more than a minor issue, it's not the type of thing you want to be hearing so close to the start of the regular season, especially right in the thick of fantasy draft season. This shouldn't impact his availability for Opening Day, but could cause the risk-averse drafters to let him slide a few more picks.
Mar 25 - 10:45 AM

Colby Rasmus (hip) said Saturday that he expects to open the season on the disabled list.

The veteran outfielder, who has been serving as the designated hitter in Grapefruit League play, said he isn't yet comfortable playing in the outfield and that manager Kevin Cash said that's a prerequisite for making the active roster. Even if he starts the season on the DL, it should only be for a week or two.
Mar 25 - 9:26 AM




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