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John Jaso went 2-for-3 and homered in the Pirates' 3-1 victory over the Twins on Wednesday.

With first base likely being usurped by Josh Bell, Jaso is working at some new positions this spring. As much as his skill set duplicates Bell's, the ideal for the Pirates would be to trade Jaso. However, while Jaso is a nice part-timer, especially in the AL, the lousy market for first basemen would seem to make a deal unlikely.
Mar 1 - 4:35 PM

Kyle Gibson surrendered two runs and six hits in 1 2/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Pirates.

Gibson has reworked his delivery, but not the results, at least not in this one. He walked one and struck out none against a lineup that included two regulars and three quality part-timers. Gibson rates as a pretty borderline AL-only pitcher at this point.
Mar 1 - 4:33 PM

James McCann went 2-for-2 with a double and two RBI as a Tigers split-squad edged the Blue Jays 5-4 on Wednesday.

McCann had a big spring in 2016 that didn't carry over, so no one is going to get very excited about him opening this spring 4-for-7. Last year, he had eight extra-base hits in 46 spring at-bats and just 22 extra-base hits in 344 regular season at-bats.
Mar 1 - 4:25 PM

Warwick Saupold struck out four in two hitless innings of relief Wednesday against the Blue Jays.

Saupold reached the majors last year, but he made the wrong kind of headlines while back in the minors at the end of August, getting arrested for assault after an incident at a bar. Primarily a starter in the minors, he projects as a reliever in the majors, if he makes it in the majors at all.
Mar 1 - 4:22 PM

Dixon Machado finished 3-for-3 with an RBI against the Blue Jays on Wednesday.

Machado is one of a few out-of-options prospects competing to make the Tigers this spring. He seems like quite the long shot, since he mostly has defense to offer and Andrew Romine has that pretty well covered. Maybe he'll wind up with a utility gig elsewhere if he impresses with the bat in Grapefruit League play.
Mar 1 - 4:19 PM

Dalton Pompey homered and walked in two plate appearances Wednesday in his spring debut.

Pompey was quite a disappointment in hitting .270/.349/.353 in Triple-A last year, putting his future as a regular in doubt. More power would be nice; he had a .152 isolated slugging percentage in the minors in 2014 before tumbling to .114 in 2015 and .083 last year. He's almost certain to return to Buffalo to begin this year.
Mar 1 - 4:16 PM

Randal Grichuk had a three-run homer and an RBI double in the Cardinals' 6-1 win over the Mets on Wednesday.

Even though the Cardinals signed Dexter Fowler for center, Grichuk can feel a little better about his job security now than he did at this time last year. He's still going to be hitting low in the order, which will hurt his fantasy value, but he's a 30-homer threat.
Mar 1 - 4:10 PM

Carlos Martinez tossed three scoreless frames Wednesday in a victory over the Mets.

It's the one and only start Martinez was due before joining the Dominican team for the World Baseball Classic. He allowed one hit, walked one and struck out one.
Mar 1 - 4:08 PM

Amed Rosario delivered a pair of singles in three at-bats Wednesday against the Cardinals.

Rosario is 4-for-11 this spring. We probably won't see as much of the Mets' No. 1 prospect this spring as we would have had Asdrubal Cabrera been picked for Venezuela's WBC team, but perhaps he'll survive the first round of cuts before eventually being optioned out to Double-A.
Mar 1 - 4:07 PM

Todd Frazier (oblique) took swings in the batting cage and fielded grounders on Wednesday.

Frazier said that he felt good with the work that he had done. He initially suffered a minor oblique injury near the end of February. There is no immediate need for the White Sox to jump him back into action, but he should be healthy enough for it relatively soon. Barring a setback, this oblique issue does not figure to be a true hurdle to Opening Day availability.
Mar 1 - 4:03 PM

Luke Weaver was lifted from Wednesday's Grapefruit League outing against the Mets due to lower back spasms.

A trainer came out to attend to Weaver before he exited stage left. No timetable has been given for Weaver's return at this early juncture, but given the sometimes delicate nature of back injuries, the Cardinals figure to take it slow with the 23-year-old right-hander. Expect his readiness for Opening Day to clarify in the coming days and weeks, once the severity of this back issue and a potential timetable is determined.
Mar 1 - 3:55 PM

Hyun-Jin Ryu (adductor) will throw a bullpen on Wednesday and face live hitters on Saturday.

Per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Ryu is dealing with "left side adductor discomfort," essentially a lower body or groin strain. He had been scheduled to throw a simulated game on Wednesday. That has been downgraded to a more simple bullpen. Live hitters to come on Saturday. Ryu has dealt with a slew of injuries during his career and any bumps in the spring training road on the health front could be cause for concern.
Mar 1 - 3:48 PM

Corey Seager (shin) said that he plans on playing on Friday.

Seager fouled a ball off his right shin above his protective guard earlier this week, but there is no major concern, here. The reigning NL Rookie of the Year will be back at it come Friday as he continues to prep for the regular season.
Mar 1 - 3:35 PM

Luke Weaver exited Wednesday's Grapefruit League outing against the Mets due to an apparent injury.

A trainer came out to look at Weaver, who then left the game. It is not clear as of yet as to the exact nature or severity of the injury. The Cardinals should pass along word in the coming hours. Weaver is fighting it out to earn the fifth spot in the Cards' rotation.
Mar 1 - 3:24 PM

Kenley Jansen will make his Cactus League debut on Thursday.

Jansen was originally expected to make his debut on Wednesday. He has been shifted back a day, but there is no injury concern here. The flame-throwing closer re-upped with Dodgers on a five-year, $80 million contract in early January after registering a 2016 campaign in which he put up a 1.83 ERA, 0.67 WHIP and 104/11 K/BB ratio over the course of 68 2/3 frames. He notched saves in 47-of-53 opportunities last season.
Mar 1 - 3:14 PM



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