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Dodgers recalled RHP Chris Withrow from Triple-A Albuquerque.

Withrow was only in the minors for a handful of days. He has a cool 3.38 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 28/8 K/BB ratio in 24 innings this season with Los Angeles.
Tue, Sep 3, 2013 05:13:00 PM

Khris Davis (quad) is playing in a minor league game Sunday.

Davis has dealt with a sore quad for a few days, but the A's have insisted that it's a minor injury. Assuming all goes well Sunday, he should be cleared to return to Cactus League games this week. Davis is coming off a breakout power season for Oakland that saw him pop 42 longballs.
Mar 26 - 1:23 PM

Raisel Iglesias (elbow, hips) played catch Saturday and is expected to resume throwing off a mound soon.

Iglesias fell in the shower a few weeks ago and has dealt with a sore pitching elbow and hips since, but he's making nice progress. Reds manager Bryan Price indicated Sunday that the reliever has a shot to be ready for Opening Day. Iglesias is first in line for saves if healthy, although the Reds aren't planning to name a set closer.
Mar 26 - 11:58 AM

Reds manager Bryan Price said Sunday that it's very unlikely Devin Mesoraco (hip, shoulder) will be ready for Opening Day.

That has been the expectation for a while now, as Mesoraco simply hasn't gotten enough work this spring with just 14 at-bats and zero full games under his belt. He would seem to have a chance to be ready sometime in April, although the Reds will ease him into action once he's on the active roster. Cincy is slated to open the year with Tucker Barnhart and Rule 5 pick Stuart Turner at catcher.
Mar 26 - 11:55 AM

Yankees released LHP Jon Niese.

Niese got a late start to spring training while working his way back from knee surgery, which kept him from ever being under real consideration for one of the open spots in the Yankees' rotation. The club is open to the left-hander sticking around as depth at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as he builds up stamina, although it's unclear whether Niese is considering that.
Mar 26 - 11:48 AM

Eduardo Nunez (shoulder) is back in the Giants' lineup Sunday.

Nunez has been dealing with soreness in his right shoulder all camp and had a cortisone shot Wednesday. He's in the designated hitter spot Sunday but hopefully should be ready to resume third base duties soon. Nunez is optimistic he'll be ready to go on Opening Day, but it probably can't be considered a given.
Mar 26 - 11:32 AM

Alex Cobb was scratched from a scheduled start in a minor league game Sunday due to lower back tightness.

It's obviously not ideal this close to Opening Day, although Cobb doesn't think it will affect his ability to start the third game of the season as scheduled. Cobb holds a 3.95 ERA over four starts this spring.
Mar 26 - 11:08 AM

Stephen Strasburg has been named the Nationals' Opening Day starter.

It's a no-brainer with Max Scherzer not quite ready for the opener (Scherzer is in line to start the Nats' third game). Strasburg will be making his fourth Opening Day start. He posted a 3.60 ERA and 183/44 K/BB ratio over 147 2/3 innings for the Nationals last season.
Mar 26 - 10:26 AM

Steven Matz will not make his next scheduled Grapefruit League start due to irritation in his left elbow.

The Mets are adamant that Matz doesn't have anything structurally wrong, but general manager Sandy Alderson admitted that "it's worrisome that he continues to be injured." Matz had surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow last October and also had Tommy John surgery a few years back. The left-hander won't undergo an MRI, and he's slated to play catch on Monday. Even if Matz progresses well over the next week, a disabled list stint would seem to be a distinct possibility. It would free up a spot in the Mets' rotation for Seth Lugo.
Mar 26 - 9:37 AM

Tigers released RHP Mark Lowe.

Lowe signed a two-year, $11 million contract with the Tigers last winter but won't make it to the end of the deal (although the Tigers will still pay him). The veteran reliever struck out a batter per inning for Detroit last season but also posted an ugly 7.11 ERA over 54 appearances. He's put up a 5.19 ERA over nine appearances this spring. Lowe should be able to catch on elsewhere pretty quickly now that he can be had at the veteran minimum.
Mar 26 - 9:01 AM

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




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