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Angels manager Mike Scioscia hopes that Kole Calhoun (triceps) will be able to return to action on Friday.

Calhoun had to exit Thursday's contest after being hit in the right triceps with a pitch, but he was diagnosed only with a bruise and will be fine. The outfielder is batting .293 during Cactus League play.
Mar 26 - 10:15 PM

MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez writes of Johnny Giavotella that the Angels' second base job is "pretty much his, for now."

Josh Rutledge entered camp as as the presumed favorite for the gig, but Giavotella has outplayed him this spring by batting .343 to this point. The former Royals' prospect has always hit in the minors but has been dinged for his defense and was never given a real shot in Kansas City. He could have some AL-only league value.
Mar 26 - 8:39 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Major League Baseball is expected to make a decision regarding Josh Hamilton's situation prior to Opening Day.

Heyman notes that "a suspension of some length" is expected following Hamilton's relapse, but "it isn't known what the resolution will be." The feeling is that it could potentially range from 25 games to a full season, although the MLBPA is arguably for only a 15-game ban. Hamilton is already slated to miss the beginning of the season while recording from surgery in early February to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder.
Mar 26 - 8:27 PM

Kole Calhoun has been diagnosed with a bruised right triceps.

Calhoun suffered the injury when he was hit by a pitch during Thursday's game versus the Cubs. He initially remained in the game, suggesting his removal was merely precautionary. Until we hear otherwise, it's probably safe to assume this is just a day-to-day situation.
Mar 26 - 8:19 PM

Matt Stites underwent an MRI on his right elbow Thursday.

Stites has dealt with elbow issues off and on since the beginning of camp and it locked up on him during a batting practice session last weekend. The results of the exam won't be available until Thursday, but it's possible he could require an extended absence.
Mar 26 - 8:05 PM

Jose Abreu singled three times in as many at-bats as the White Sox fell 9-6 to the Dodgers on Thursday.

Abreu hit his first spring home run on Tuesday, which might have given one the impression he was having a slow spring. That is certainly not the case, as Thursday's effort brings his Cactus League average up to .488 (21-for-43). The lack of power -- two doubles, one triple, one homer -- shouldn't be concerning unless it persists into May.
Mar 26 - 8:00 PM

Clayton Kershaw yielded just one run over six innings in Thursday's start versus the White Sox.

The White Sox scored early on Kershaw thanks to an Adam LaRoche RBI double, but the lefty was able to settle down from there. Overall, he gave up four hits and a walk while striking out eight. His spring results have been about what you'd expect: a 1.86 ERA over 19 1/3 innings with a 20/5 K/BB ratio. Kershaw will attempt to win his third consecutive Cy Young award with a strong 2015 season.
Mar 26 - 7:57 PM

Jimmy Rollins had a big game against the White Sox on Thursday, batting 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, and 4 RBI.

Rollins knocked in his first run with a second-inning ground out, doubled in a run in the fourth, then hit a two-run home run off of Daniel Webb in the sixth. The veteran shortstop has shown good power this spring, now with five doubles, a pair of doubles, and one home run.
Mar 26 - 7:54 PM

Yasiel Puig homered in his third consecutive game, finishing 1-for-4 on Thursday facing the White Sox.

Puig now has five homers on the spring along with a .263 average (10-for-38) and 12 RBI. The Cuban superstar had also homered on Sunday against the Indians and Wednesday against the Padres, now giving him three in as many games. Puig looks like he's ready to begin the regular season.
Mar 26 - 7:51 PM

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Thursday that he could shorten Kevin Gausman's appearances in the final two weeks of camp to prepare him to possibly be used as a reliever.

Gausman threw one inning in Thursday's game and it appears he may continue to be used in short spurts rather than be stretched out more. "Until everything shakes out, I want him to be ready to do both things," Showalter said of Gausman. It's really disappointing news, as this is the first we've heard of the possibility of Gausman potentially not being a part of the rotation. He's out-pitched Ubaldo Jimenez this spring, but it sounds like the latter might beat him out for a rotation spot, anyway. Gausman is a potential breakout fantasy performer if he's given a starting job, so keep close tabs on this one.
Mar 26 - 7:50 PM

Paul Goldschmidt went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in Thursday's 3-3 Cactus League tie with the Padres.

Goldschmidt hasn't registered a hit since March 20, a span of four hitless games. The first baseman missed a large chunk of last season with a fractured hand, but still should be held in extremely high regard as he was in 2013, when he led the league in home runs, RBI, slugging percentage, and OPS.
Mar 26 - 7:48 PM

Yonder Alonso singled three times and walked in four plate appearances on Thursday against the Diamondbacks.

Alonso brought his Cactus League average up to .300 (12-for-40) with the effort, but he's only shown a modicum of power this spring with three doubles and a home run. Considering his position, Alonso's bat leaves much to be desired as he's yet to cross the 10-homer threshold over parts of five major league seasons.
Mar 26 - 7:44 PM

Chad Gaudin will be examined after feeling tingling in his fingers due to the ongoing nerve issues in his neck.

Gaudin had surgery a couple years ago but has never been able to totally shake the nerve problems, as this is the second time in the last week he's had issues. He's been shut down and will be sent for an exam before the next course of action is determined.
Mar 26 - 7:41 PM

Odrisamer Despaigne held the Diamondbacks to one run over five innings in Thursday's Cactus League start.

Despaigne allowed seven hits and two walks, but was able to dance out of trouble for the most part. He racked up four strikeouts in the effort. The right-hander is battling Brandon Morrow for the No. 5 spot in the Padres' starting rotation. He owns a 2.12 ERA with an 11/6 K/BB ratio over 17 innings this spring, out-pitching Morrow thus far.
Mar 26 - 7:40 PM

Chase Anderson pitched well in Thursday's start versus the Diamondbacks, allowing one run over six innings.

The right-hander yielded six hits and walked two while striking out four, lowering his Cactus League ERA to 1.84 in the process. With how well he has pitched this spring, it's difficult to envision a scenario in which Anderson hasn't already earned a spot in the Diamondbacks' rotation, but nothing has been made official yet. Trevor Cahill and Daniel Hudson are Anderson's remaining competitors, according to MLB.com's Steve Gilbert.
Mar 26 - 7:37 PM



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