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Eduardo Nunez (shoulder) had a cortisone shot and is expected to be out for the next 2-3 days.

Nunez has been bothered by right shoulder soreness throughout the spring. That has not alleviated yet. The 29-year-old infielder will take a little time to try to rest up before the final stretch run of spring training. Should this issue continue to linger, it could put Opening Day at risk. For now, rest.
Mar 22 - 7:09 PM

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

Shea Simmons (forearm) played catch on Wednesday.

Simmons likewise played catch on Tuesday. He is working his way back from a right forearm strain diagnosed in mid-March. With the season just around the bend, the 26-year-old right-hander will likely be placed on the disabled list to start unless he makes a quantum leap in his recovery over the next week-and-a-half.
Source: MLB.com
Mar 22 - 6:49 PM

Tony Zych (biceps) will pitch in a minor league game on Thursday.

Zych underwent bicep tendon transfer surgery in October. Thursday's minor league game will be his first action on the mound since undergoing that surgery. Assuming that appearance goes well, the 26-year-old right-hander could make his Cactus League debut in a few days. Should he need a little additional work before he joins the Mariners' pen, a disabled list stint to open the season is not out of the question.
Source: MLB.com
Mar 22 - 6:44 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

Alexi Amarista told the Denver Post's Patrick Saunders that he was fine after being plunked above the left elbow in Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Indians.

Amarista was lifted from Wednesday's contest after being hit by a Boone Logan pitch. He was checked out in the clubhouse sans issue. The Rockies could opt to give him a day or two off from spring work if they feel that he needs a little extra rest, but as matters currently stand, he looks like he will be fine moving forward.
Mar 22 - 6:22 PM

United States manager Jim Leyland said that Nate Jones will not be available for Wednesday's World Baseball Classic final against Puerto Rico.

Jones threw 19 pitches in Tuesday's 2-1 win over Japan. While he will not be available for Wednesday's championship tilt, Leyland said that all other bullpen hands will be ready to rock 'n' roll as the United States tries to secure its first win in the finals of the spring tournament. The game is set to begin at 9:00 EST.
Mar 22 - 6:16 PM

Alexi Amarista exited Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Indians after being hit by a Boone Logan pitch on the left wrist/forearm.

Per the Denver Post's Patrick Saunders, after leaving the game, Amarista was walking around the dugout and did not seem to be in pain. This would appear to indicate that there is no major injury at play, here. The Rockies figure to clarify his status one way or another in the coming hours. Amarista signed with the club on a one-year, $1.25 million contract in mid-January.
Mar 22 - 6:10 PM

Reds optioned 1B/OF Christian Walker to Triple-A Louisville.

Walker has had himself a busy few weeks of late, as the Orioles designated him for assignment on February 21, after which he was claimed off waivers from the Braves on February 25. Atlanta subsequently designated him for assignment only for the Reds to pick the 25-year-old up off waivers on March 6. Plying his trade for Triple-A Norfolk in the Orioles' system last season, he slashed .264/.321/.437 with 18 homers and 64 RBI across 131 games played.
Mar 22 - 6:04 PM

Reds optioned OF Phillip Ervin to Triple-A Louisville; reassigned RHP Alejandro Chacin, RHP Evan Mitchell, C Chad Wallach, C Shawn Zarraga and INF Zach Vincej to minor league camp.

Ervin, 24, has yet to make his major league debut. That could come later this season if he impresses down on the farm. The former first-round pick spent the whole of the 2016 campaign at Double-A Pensacola, where he hit .239/.362/.399 with 13 homers, 45 RBI and 36 steals across 419 at-bats.
Mar 22 - 6:00 PM

Cardinals optioned RHP Sam Tuivailala to Triple-A Memphis.

Tuivailala received a 12-appearance cup of coffee with the Cardinals last season. He failed to do much with the opportunity, surrendering six runs on 12 hits over nine innings. The 24-year-old right-hander could see additional work with the big league club as the season unfolds, but for now will return to Triple-A. Pitching at the lower level in 2016, he registered an unappealing 5.21 ERA and 1.47 WHIP, but also boasted a strong 72 strikeouts in just 46 2/3 innings.
Mar 22 - 5:50 PM

Jered Weaver said that he has been working through a dead arm since his last bullpen session.

Weaver has come down with dead-arm in springs past and unless word surfaces to the contrary, this does not appear to be a serious concern. The Padres signed the veteran right-hander to a one-year, $3 million contract in mid-February. Weaver is looking to bounce back from a 2016 season in which he posted a 5.06 ERA in 31 starts.
Mar 22 - 5:43 PM

Seth Lugo has been green-lighted to throw up to 95 pitches in Wednesday's World Baseball Classic final against the United States.

In what turned out to be a sneak preview of Wednesday night's game, Lugo pitched against the United States on Friday. He surrendered three runs on five hits over 5 2/3 innings in that one, but picked up the win nonetheless. Lugo will be opposed by Marcus Stroman in Wednesday's spring championship game.
Mar 22 - 5:31 PM

Hector Santiago will not be available to pitch in Puerto Rico's showdown with the United States in Wednesday's World Baseball Classic final.

This is understandable enough, as Santiago put forth a Herculean effort in Monday's 11-inning semifinal win over the Netherlands. In that contest, the southpaw threw a whopping 63 pitches over 3 1/3 innings. Outside of Santiago, though, everybody else in the Puerto Rico bullpen will be available for Wednesday's grand finale.
Mar 22 - 5:26 PM

Shawn O'Malley is back in camp after undergoing a successful appendectomy.

O'Malley's surgery took place on Tuesday. There is no current timetable for his recovery, but Opening Day is looking like a longshot. Said manager Scott Servais, "The surgery went fine. He should recover and it won't be an issue. But obviously anytime you have a little surgery, it's going to take a little time to get him back." Prior to this unfortunately-timed surgery, the 29-year-old infielder was competing with Taylor Motter to serve as a utility bench piece for the Mariners during the coming campaign.
Source: MLB.com
Mar 22 - 5:19 PM



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