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Omar Infante will be given a chance to play some center field this spring.

Infante is 35 and has just 32 games of experience in center field, with none of them coming in the last seven years. However, the Tigers have a clear opening at the position and Infante realizes his best chance at a roster spot is probably to show that he could at least be competent in center. "I’m going to try to do that because I want to play," Infante said. "When you play infield, you handle a lot of situations. In the outfield, you just read the ball, that’s it."
Feb 19 - 1:56 PM

Anthony Santander (shoulder) might not bat right-handed early on in spring training.

The switch-hitter is coming back from shoulder surgery and is more affected when batting from the right side. Santander, a Rule 5 pick, is competing for a bench job in Orioles camp.
Feb 19 - 1:45 PM

T.J. McFarland dealt with some left shoulder soreness on Saturday.

He reported feeling better on Sunday, so it sounds like the southpaw should resume throwing shortly. McFarland is trying to win a bullpen job with the Orioles this spring.
Feb 19 - 1:42 PM

Logan Ondrusek may not pitch in an intrasquad game Wednesday after rolling his ankle Saturday.

It doesn't sound like anything that will keep him out long. Ondrusek is competing for a spot in the Orioles' bullpen this spring.
Feb 19 - 1:39 PM

Mallex Smith (oblique) will be held out of early spring training games.

Smith tweaked his oblique during winter ball, and the Rays just want to take things cautiously with him. He should be game-ready in relatively short order.
Feb 19 - 1:38 PM

Eric Gagne told MLB.com's Ken Gurnick that he's considering making a comeback.

Gagne is now 41 and hasn't pitched in the majors since 2008 or even been in a spring training camp since 2010. However, he's been throwing bullpen sessions as he prepares to pitch for Canada in the World Baseball Classic and says he's getting his fastball into the 90s and also featuring his trademark changeup. "I feel great. It's almost scary," Gagne said. The righty has had throwing sessions with the Padres and Diamondbacks. Obviously, it's a huge long shot that Gagne pitches again in the majors, let alone does it effectively. However, it will be something fun to track this spring.
Source: MLB.com
Feb 19 - 1:33 PM

Nathan Eovaldi (elbow) played catch Saturday for the first time since having Tommy John surgery.

Eovaldi will continue to play catch every other day for a while. The right-hander will miss the 2017 season while rehabbing but is hoping to contribute for the Rays in 2018. Tampa signed Eovaldi to a one-year contract with a club option last week.
Feb 19 - 1:04 PM

Albert Pujols (foot) said Sunday that his surgically-repaired right foot feels "really good" so far in early workouts.

Pujols has been hitting in the cage and doing agility drills, as well as running on an Ultra G treadmill. He can't run on the field yet and it will be a while before he's cleared for game action, but Pujols still has a good chance to be ready for Opening Day. "As long as you get your work, hitting and ground balls, that’s what gets you ready," Pujols said. "I don't think taking three or four at-bats in a game is what gets you ready. It’s the ground balls the first couple weeks and the extra hitting and when we do the sessions down around the (practice) field. Those are the things that get you ready. I'm more focused on the things I do in the cage than what I do in the game."
Feb 19 - 12:43 PM

Zack Wheeler (elbow) threw a 21-pitch bullpen session on Sunday.

Wheeler had some tenderness in his pitching elbow during a 'pen session last week, but he got through Sunday's session with no issues. It's obviously encouraging, but the righty isn't out of the woods yet after all of his arm problems the last two seasons. If he can stay healthy, Wheeler stands a good chance at capturing the final spot in the Mets' rotation.
Feb 19 - 12:38 PM

Evan Gattis (shoulder) played catch from up to 75 feet on Sunday.

He also caught a bullpen session but did not throw the ball back to the pitcher. Gattis was given an anti-inflammatory shot last Wednesday due to soreness in his right shoulder, but he's feeling better. "It felt better than it did yesterday, which is a good sign," Gattis said after throwing on Sunday. "Just kind of keep taking these small victories and not try to get away with whatever we can. Take it slow. I'm optimistic."
Feb 19 - 12:26 PM

Charlie Tilson won't run for 10 days after being diagnosed with a stress reaction in his right foot.

Tilson, who suffered the injury on Friday, will be re-evaluated after 10 days. The speedy outfielder entered camp as the favorite for the White Sox' center field job, but he's obviously going to have to stay healthy. Tilson suffered a torn hamstring which required surgery in his lone game with Chicago last season.
Feb 19 - 12:23 PM

Jason Stoffel is day-to-day with right shoulder discomfort.

It doesn't appear to be anything serious, but Stoffel's already-long shot chances of winning a bullpen spot just got longer. The 28-year-old held a 2.44 ERA between Double- and Triple-A in 2016 while in the Orioles organization.
Feb 19 - 12:16 PM

Padres placed RHP Colin Rea on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow injury.

The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the addition of Jered Weaver. Rea will miss all of 2017 while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.
Feb 19 - 12:15 PM

Padres signed RHP Jered Weaver to a one-year, $3 million contract.

The deal was first reported on Saturday and is now official. Weaver's velocity and results have tumbled in the wrong direction the last few years, as he posted a 5.06 ERA in 2016 while his fastball routinely sat in the low- to mid-80s. However, the Padres' projected rotation right now is laughably bad to the point that the veteran right-hander might be the favorite to start for them on Opening Day. Weaver's days as a fantasy contributor are surely over.
Feb 19 - 12:08 PM

Diamondbacks signed LHP Jorge De La Rosa to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic says that De La Rosa will make $2.25 million if in the majors and will compete for a spot in the D'Backs Opening Day bullpen. Just 12 of the left-hander's 235 appearances since 2007 have come as a reliever, but it's probably De La Rosa's best role at this point. The southpaw put up a 5.51 ERA across 134 innings for the Rockies last season and will turn 36 in April.
Feb 19 - 12:05 PM



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