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Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that the Reds are working on a long-term contract extension with Homer Bailey.

Reds general manager Walt Jocketty announced the news on Friday when discussing the arbitration figures that the two sides exchanged. He admitted that even though they couldn't get a deal done before Friday's deadline, he remains optimistic on an extension getting completed before heading to an arbitration hearing.
Source: MLB.com
Sat, Jan 18, 2014 09:07:00 AM

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

Carlos Gomez (shoulder) doesn't expect to miss much time.

Gomez exited Tuesday's Cactus League game after jamming his left shoulder, but it doesn't sound like a major concern. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Mar 22 - 11:33 AM

Carlos Martinez has been named the Cardinals' Opening Day starter.

Adam Wainwright has received the last four Opening Day assignments, so he has passed the torch here. Martinez deserves it, as he's now the unquestioned ace of the staff. The 25-year-old posted a 3.04 ERA and 174/70 K/BB ratio over 195 1/3 innings last season.
Mar 22 - 11:02 AM

Yankees manager Joe Girardi has named Greg Bird as the starting first baseman.

Well, duh. There were actually some questions about the situation coming into camp, as Bird is coming back from labrum surgery and the club signed Chris Carter just before spring training, but the 24-year-old has proved his health by batting .421 with four homers and a 1.447 OPS over 16 games this spring. He's an appealing late-round pick in mixed fantasy leagues.
Mar 22 - 10:02 AM

Jose Bautista is set to return to Grapefruit League action on Friday.

Bautista dealt with some back stiffness coming out of the World Baseball Classic, so the Blue Jays didn't want to push things. He should be back in action following Thursday's off-day.
Mar 22 - 9:57 AM

Tanner Roark tossed four shutout innings and the bullpen held Japan to one run over the next five frames in the United States' 2-1 World Baseball Classic semifinal win Tuesday.

Roark struck out just one batter, but he also yielded only two singles and one walk. Nate Jones served up a solo home run to Ryosuke Kikuchi in the sixth which knotted things up, but the bullpen held serve the rest of the way. The United States notched just six hits and two runs but took advantage of a couple defensive miscues by the Japanese. The U.S. has advanced to the WBC final for the first time, as they'll meet Puerto Rico on Wednesday.
Mar 22 - 12:26 AM

Trevor May will undergo Tommy John surgery on Wednesday.

May received a second opinion on his torn ulnar collateral ligament Tuesday and made the announcement himself via Twitter that he would be going under the knife. It's a bummer for a guy who would have been one of the more talented guys on the Twins' staff, whether it was as a starter or reliever. He'll miss all of 2017 and might get a bit of a late start to 2018.
Mar 21 - 10:09 PM




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