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Jonathan Lucroy hit a three-run double in the sixth on Friday, finishing 2-for-4 in the win over the Cardinals.

Lucroy's bases-clearing double knocked Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright out of the game and ended up being the final margin, as the Brewers won 7-4. In addition to the three runs knocked in, Lucroy also scored twice. The fourth year player is having a fantastic season, especially for a catcher. July wasn't a kind month to Lucroy, as he slashed .207/.271/.414, but even if he continues to cool off from his current overall line of .308/.376/.495, he's still giving you production that rivals almost any catcher in the bigs.
Sat, Aug 2, 2014 02:17:00 AM

Rusney Castillo will miss at least one week with a left oblique strain.

Castillo felt some pain in his side during Tuesday's game and was examined by team doctors Wednesday morning. He appeared relieved at the diagnosis, but he'll still have to miss some time. Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley, Jr. will get most of the playing time in center field for now.
Mar 4 - 12:07 PM

The Athletics have decided to move Coco Crisp to left field.

The move is designed at keeping Crisp healthy. The 35-year-old has appeared in 232 games in left field during his career, most recently in 2012. The A's plan to platoon Sam Fuld and Craig Gentry in center field.
Mar 4 - 11:31 AM

Derek Holland (shoulder) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Thursday.

Holland was scratched from Thursday's intrasquad game due to discomfort in his left shoulder, but the Rangers were mostly just being cautious. Assuming that all goes well Thursday, he could pitch in a game this weekend.
Mar 4 - 11:14 AM

Jayson Werth (shoulder) hit off a tee Wednesday.

It wasn't much -- he only took 10 swings -- but it was a step in the right direction for Werth, who underwent surgery in early January to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder. The veteran outfield has some hurdles to cross, but he remains hopeful of being ready for the season.
Mar 4 - 10:57 AM

Matt Wieters (elbow) will serve as the DH in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers.

Wieters, who is making his way back from Tommy John surgery, is expected to remain in the DH spot until around March 17. The hope is he'll make enough progress with his catching and throwing drills to get back behind the plate by then. As of now, the Orioles expect him to be ready for Opening Day.
Mar 4 - 10:14 AM

Nick Castellanos (hand) is in Wednesday's lineup against the Orioles.

Castellanos left Tuesday's Grapefruit League game after suffering a left hand contusion on a hit-by-pitch, but X-rays came back negative. It sounds like the Tigers aren't too worried about it. Castellanos, who turns 23 on Wednesday, hit .259 with 11 home runs and a .700 OPS across 148 games as a rookie last year and should be poised to take another step forward in 2015.
Mar 4 - 8:58 AM

Alex Cobb will start Opening Day against the Orioles on April 6.

It will be the first Opening Day start of his career. It was a logical choice, as Cobb is now the staff ace with David Price out of the picture. The 27-year-old posted a 2.87 ERA and 149/47 K/BB ratio across 166 1/3 innings last season.
Mar 4 - 8:28 AM

Joel Hanrahan will undergo a second Tommy John surgery.

Terrible news. Hanrahan previously had Tommy John surgery in May of 2013, but hasn't been able to make it back to the majors. He visited a specialist this week after soreness in his elbow lingered and now he's headed for another surgery. The veteran reliever can now be ruled out through the early part of the 2016 season. He'll turn 34 this October.
Mar 4 - 8:22 AM

Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that Chad Billingsley (elbow) is not expected to be game-ready for the Phillies until late April.

Billingsley is behind the other pitchers in camp after being limited to just two starts over the last two seasons following Tommy John and flexor tendon surgeries. He'll be a part of the rotation once healthy, but the Phillies will need one of David Buchanan or Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez to hold down a spot for a few weeks.
Mar 3 - 9:26 PM

Marcus Semien homered twice and drove in four runs in Tuesday's Cactus League win over the Giants.

Not a bad way to kick off his Oakland career. Semien took World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner deep to center field in the first inning, singled in a run in the second and again went deep to center field in the fifth. He also tried to steal a base but was thrown out. Some scouts question whether Semien will be able to hit at the big league level, but there's no doubt he possesses an intriguing power/speed combo.
Mar 3 - 6:51 PM

Ryan Howard said Tuesday that he cut sugar from his diet over the winter and has lost 15-20 pounds.

This comes a few days after Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said that Howard showed up to camp in the best shape "since I've known him." It's no secret that the Phillies would like to move on from him, so it appears that he has used the constant speculation about his future as motivation. It might not result in better numbers at the plate, but it's something. As of now, Howard still projects to get most of the playing time at first base for the Phillies this season.
Mar 3 - 3:03 PM




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