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After examining Allen Craig Friday, Dr. Robert Anderson found that the outfielder's left foot injury is not related to last season's Lisfranc fracture.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said that the Lisfranc injury was "still seen" in an MRI, but Dr. Anderson doesn't feel "that there were any chronic changes to what was viewed last year." Craig, who injured the foot in his first game with the Red Sox, will begin increasing the intensity of his workouts over the coming days and could be activated on August 17 when first eligible. "Our approach is to get him playing and we’ll see if there’s adverse effect to more aggressive play," Farrell added.
Source: Boston Globe
Sun, Aug 10, 2014 09:11:00 AM

Carlos Rodon dazzled in his Cactus League debut against the Padres on Friday, striking out four and allowing just one hit over two shutout innings of work.

The 22-year-old top prospect is getting a chance to show White Sox management what he's capable of while Chris Sale is sidelined with a fractured foot. While he's unlikely to crack the Opening Day rotation, a strong showing this spring could speed up his arrival.
Mar 6 - 6:06 PM

Brett Cecil didn't pitch as scheduled on Friday due to left shoulder soreness.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons indicated that he didn't think it was a major issue. "His shoulder is a little tender," the skipper said. "We don’t think it’s a big deal." Cecil is currently projected to close for the Jays, so we'll keep a close eye on his situation.
Mar 6 - 5:23 PM

Lucas Duda (oblique) hopes to be game-ready early next week.

As it turns out, Duda just hit off a tee and took some soft tosses Friday and didn't take batting practice as originally reported. It's nonetheless a nice step as the slugger works his way back from an oblique strain. Duda will have plenty of time to get ready for Opening Day as long as he doesn't have a setback.
Mar 6 - 3:36 PM

Daniel Murphy will undergo X-rays on his right hand.

The Mets announced that Murphy had a bruise after he was removed from Friday's game following a hit by pitch, but apparently that was just a preliminary diagnosis. For what it's worth, Murphy noted that he's not overly concerned even though his hand was noticeably swollen. An update on his status should be available later Friday.
Mar 6 - 3:22 PM

Matt Harvey touched 99 mph while throwing two perfect innings Friday against the Nationals.

Harvey struck out three, and he showed good break on his curveball to go along with the blazing heater. It was a terrific sight. The plan is for Harvey to start the Mets' third game of the season on April 9.
Mar 6 - 2:01 PM

Rangers signed LHP Joe Beimel to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.

It's a major league deal, but Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News notes that it's not guaranteed. He can earn more through incentives. After not appearing the majors for two seasons, Beimel posted a 2.20 ERA over 56 appearances in 2014 for the Mariners (though he struck out only 25 across 45 innings). It's a solid late signing by the Rangers, as they needed left-handed relief help.
Mar 6 - 1:46 PM

Jonathan Lucroy (hamstring) could be ready for Cactus League game sooner than expected.

Lucroy is just over three weeks into his projected 4-6 week timetable for a right hamstring strain. It's not clear when he might be ready to play in games, but it doesn't sound like it will be too long. Lucroy is on pace to be ready for Opening Day, assuming he continues to progress without hitting any bumps in the road.
Mar 6 - 12:45 PM

Josh Reddick was scratched from Friday's lineup due to a right oblique strain.

Oblique strains can be troublesome, but Reddick has enough time to be ready for Opening Day as long as he doesn't suffer a setback. Billy Burns took his spot in the lineup Friday. Reddick batted .264/.316/.446 with 12 longballs for Oakland last season.
Mar 6 - 12:32 PM

Gavin Floyd had to halt a live batting practice session on Wednesday after seven pitches due to "general soreness."

Floyd isn't concerned, but his next step has yet to be determined. Indians manager Terry Francona noted that the soreness the righty is experiencing is in a different spot than was operated on last June. If Floyd were get a late start to the season, Danny Salazar and T.J. House could both be penciled into the Indians' rotation.
Mar 6 - 11:14 AM

Jorge De La Rosa was scratched from Saturday's scheduled outing due to left groin tightness.

It's just a precautionary move, as De La Rosa will play catch Friday, throw off the mound Saturday and plans to make his next scheduled start next week. As long as he doesn't have a setback, the veteran left-hander will be fine for Opening Day.
Mar 6 - 11:05 AM

Yu Darvish (triceps) will undergo an MRI on Friday.

Darvish had to exit Thursday's Cactus League appearance due to right triceps tightness. He reported improvement Friday and the Rangers don't seem to be worried, but it's protocol for them to order an MRI just in case. Even if the MRI comes back clean, he would figure to rest a bit as a precaution. The results will be in on Saturday.
Mar 6 - 10:45 AM

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