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Jose Reyes (hamstring) is on track to be activated from the disabled list on Friday.

Reyes played in an extended spring training game Monday and will play two rehab games with High-A Dunedin starting on Tuesday. If he gets through those contests with no setbacks, he'll be back in the lineup on Friday in Cleveland. Reyes was injured in the first inning on Opening Day when he aggravated his left hamstring injury.
Tue, Apr 15, 2014 06:13:00 PM

Kendall Graveman has been named the Opening Day starter for the Athletics.

A's manager Bob Melvin made that announcement Thursday in camp, adding that Sean Manaea and Jharel Cotton will follow Graveman in the club's season-opening series against the Angels. The fourth and fifth spots are to be determined. Graveman, 26, posted a relatively underwhelming 4.11 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 108/47 K/BB ratio in 186 innings (31 starts) last season for Oakland. He'll make for a decent streaming option at times in standard fantasy leagues.
Mar 23 - 1:15 PM

Raisel Iglesias revealed Thursday that he injured his right elbow and hips when he fell in the shower three weeks ago.

That explains why Iglesias hasn't appeared in a Cactus League game since March 14, and why he underwent an MRI on the elbow of his throwing arm earlier this week. The results of that MRI came back negative, but Iglesias is questionable-to-doubtful for the beginning of the 2017 regular season. Michael Lorenzen, Tony Cingrani, and Drew Storen could all be in line for save opportunities out of the gate in Cincinnati. Reds manager Bryan Price spoke this winter about wanting to use a matchups-based approach at closer in 2017, and this Iglesias injury -- even if it's minor -- gives Price all the more reason to follow through with that plan.
Mar 23 - 12:02 PM

Ben Zobrist (neck) is out of the Cubs' Cactus League lineup again on Thursday.

Zobrist was scratched from the lineup Wednesday after complaining of some minor neck stiffness. It doesn't sound like something that will affect the veteran's readiness for the opening of the 2017 regular season.
Mar 23 - 11:54 AM

Brad Boxberger (lat) will take a week off from throwing and then build back up.

Boxberger has been bothered by a lat issue for much of spring training and still can't get over the hump with the injury. He'll try a different approach with the hope that one full week of rest might do the trick. The right-handed setup man is aiming to join the Rays' bullpen sometime in mid-to-late April. He will open the 2017 regular season on the 10-day disabled list.
Mar 23 - 9:45 AM

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington confirmed Thursday that Jung Ho Kang will not be ready for Opening Day.

That assumption could have been made without Huntington's help given that Opening Day is less than two weeks away and Kang still hasn't arrived at Pirates camp in Bradenton, Florida. The infielder is trying to secure a work visa in South Korea, but his latest criminal case is complicating matters. Kang was charged with his third DUI in seven years on December 2 in Seoul when he struck a guardrail with his car and fled the scene. He later tried to pin it on the person in the passenger seat but authorities quickly proved that false. There is no timetable for Kang's return to the Pirates' active roster.
Mar 23 - 9:00 AM

Stephen Strasburg is lined up to start on Opening Day for the Nationals.

The nod would have gone to reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, but he was slowed this spring by a stress fracture in his right ring finger and currently projects to start Washington's third regular-season game. Gio Gonzalez is in line for the second game of the season, and Tanner Roark likely will start the fourth. Granted, none of this is official yet.
Mar 23 - 8:30 AM

Ian Kinsler went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run as the United States defeated Puerto Rico in Wednesday's World Baseball Classic finals.

Kinsler made waves earlier in the day for saying that he did not appreciate the way that Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic celebrated passionately after big plays. Predictably, Kinsler would homer in Wednesday's WBC final. He proceeded to jog around the bases without emphasis. In addition to his no-fun home run, Kinsler also singled to lead off a two-run fifth inning for the States. Now onward to the regular season, where the veteran second baseman will try to match a 2016 campaign in which he slashed .288/.348/.484 while launching 28 homers, driving 83 runs and stealing 14 bases over the course of 153 games played. That .484 slugging percentage was his highest since 2009.
Mar 23 - 12:56 AM

Marcus Stroman was dominant in helping the United States to down Puerto Rico 8-0 in Wednesday's World Baseball Classic finals, allowing one hit over six-plus scoreless innings.

Working with a brutally heavy sinker, Stroman turned in a dominant performance in the WBC-clincher. He did not allow a hit through his first six innings of work. Angel Pagan finally snapped the no-no with a double to lead off the seventh, after which Stroman took a well-deserved ovation on his way to the dugout. He struck out three and walked one in the big spring victory, finishing the title-clincher having thrown 73 pitches (44 for strikes). As for the coming season, the 25-year-old right-hander will look to improve upon the 4.37 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 166/54 K/BB ratio he registered in 204 innings during the 2016 campaign.
Mar 23 - 12:54 AM

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




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