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A four-person panel is split on whether Josh Hamilton should have to enter a rehabilitation program for drug abuse, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The panel, which consists of two attorneys and two physicians, is at a deadlock. As a result, an arbitrator will join the group to break the tie. A source also said officials are determining whether to classify Hamilton as a fourth-time offender, a penalty that normally carries at least a one-year suspension. New commissioner Rob Manfred would have the final say on a potential suspension's length, though. A decision wasn't expected much before Opening Day, and it's unclear at this point how long the process will take with the extra steps now involved. Stay tuned.
Mar 4 - 9:22 PM

Matt Reynolds has been sidelined by a sore right oblique.

Reynolds missed throwing a batting practice session Wednesday due to the ailment. It's another setback for the southpaw, who's still recovering from Tommy John surgery in September 2013. Reynolds' elbow isn't giving him problems, though, and he said he expects to be back on the mound sooner than later. The 30-year-old has a shot at winning a bullpen job with the D'backs if he can stay healthy.
Mar 4 - 8:49 PM

Rays signed RHP Jim Miller to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Miller had a good year with the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate in 2014 and now joins the fight over the final few spots in the Rays' bullpen. The 32-year-old right-hander posted a 3.30 ERA and 60/20 K/BB ratio over 57 1/3 minor league innings last season for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Mar 4 - 8:06 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish said reliever Jim Miller is expected to sign somewhere soon.

Cotillo said Miller will almost certainly get a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Miller had a 3.30 ERA and 60/20 K/BB ratio over 57 1/3 innings in the Yankees' minor league system last season, but he hasn't been able to find a team this winter. As pitchers start to get injured, though, the 32-year-old should find a home sooner than later.
Mar 4 - 8:02 PM

MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports Huston Street and the Angels are expected to exchange offers on a potential contract extension soon.

The sides had exploratory talks over the winter but broke off their discussions when pitchers and catchers reported to Arizona. Street, who represents himself, is said to be looking for a contract between Andrew Miller's four-year, $36 million contract and David Robertson's four-year, $46 million contract. He's set to make $7 million in the final year of his deal before hitting the free agent market this fall.
Mar 4 - 7:04 PM

Marcus Semien stayed hot Wednesday, going 2-for-2 with a walk and three RBI in a Cactus League win over the Giants.

Semien is now 5-for-5 with a walk and six RBI in six plate appearances this spring. The 24-year-old shortstop was one of the focal points for the Athletics in the Jeff Samardzija trade, and he's showing why early in camp. Semien is penciled in as the Athletics' starting shortstop and he should be on AL-only fantasy radars -- if not as a flier in deep mixed leagues -- this draft season.
Mar 4 - 6:58 PM

Jesse Chavez allowed two hits and a walk over two scoreless innings in a win over the Giants in the Cactus League Wednesday.

Chavez struck out one batter on the afternoon. The 31-year-old thrived as a starter in the first half of 2014, posting a 3.14 ERA in 19 starts, but he faded down the stretch, was removed from the rotation after July and was scarcely used in September. Chavez has a chance to win a rotation spot this month, and in a young A's staff his starting experience could give him an edge.
Mar 4 - 6:52 PM

Casey McGehee went 2-for-2 in the Giants' Cactus League loss to the Athletics Wednesday.

The Giants acquired McGehee from the Marlins this winter to fill the void left by Pablo Sandoval. The third baseman batted .287/.355/.357 with the Fish last year, and he'll look to continue that career resurgence in San Francisco.
Mar 4 - 6:47 PM

Jake Peavy allowed two runs on four hits in one inning of work Wednesday in a Cactus League loss to the Athletics.

Too much shouldn't be gleaned from anything this early, but it's certainly not the start Peavy wanted. The 33-year-old will be a mid-rotation starter this year after re-signing with the Giants in December on a two-year deal. Peavy owned a 3.73 ERA over 202 2/3 innings last season.
Mar 4 - 6:44 PM

Matt Kemp was hitless in three at-bats in Wednesday's 4-3 Cactus League loss to the Mariners.

Kemp struck out once and also grounded into a double-play. The 30-year-old outfielder was quite productive in a bounce-back season for the Dodgers last year, finishing with a .287 average, 25 home runs, and 89 RBI. The Padres are hoping he comes close to replicating those numbers in a more pitcher-friendly home ballpark.
Mar 4 - 6:42 PM

Jesus Montero singled twice in two at-bats in his spring debut on Wednesday against the Padres.

Montero, who showed up to camp 45 pounds lighter, is hoping to make an impression after years of failing to live up to his hype as a top prospect. It's difficult to see him opening the season in the majors with the Mariners, but a hot spring from Montero may make manager Lloyd McClendon rethink some things about his bench.
Mar 4 - 6:39 PM

Taijuan Walker began his spring with a pair of scoreless innings on Wednesday against the Padres.

The right-hander struck out two, walked none, and allowed one hit. Walker is competing with Roenis Elias and Erasmo Ramirez for the last spot in the Mariners' starting rotation, so he has plenty of incentive to show his best stuff this spring. The 22-year-old battled shoulder issues last year and accrued only 38 innings in the big leagues en route to a 2.61 ERA.
Mar 4 - 6:35 PM

D.J. LeMahieu went 2-for-2 in Wednesday's Cactus League loss to the Diamondbacks.

LeMahieu won a Gold Glove at second base last season so his job is pretty safe, but a good spring would ease some minds after he hit .267/.315/.348 last year. The 26-year-old was a good hitter in the minors, and he holds some NL-only value if he can keep the position locked down all year.
Mar 4 - 6:33 PM

Justin Upton went 1-for-3 with a solo home run to begin Cactus League action on Wednesday.

That's one way to kick things off with a new team. Upton homered in the seventh inning against Forrest Snow, which is a little less impressive. With Upton as well as Matt Kemp and Wil Myers, the Padres revamped their entire outfield and Upton is expected to put up big numbers once again. He bashed 29 home runs with 102 RBI last season with the Braves.
Mar 4 - 6:32 PM

Jordan Lyles struck out two over two scoreless innings in his Cactus League debut against the Diamondbacks Wednesday.

Lyles didn't allow a hit while walking one in his first start of the spring. He also hit a batter in the outing. Lyles had his moments last year en route to a 4.33 ERA over 126 2/3 innings of work, and he's a surefire member of the rotation this season. Unfortunately for him, Lyles still pitches in Colorado, marginalizing any fantasy value he might have had.
Mar 4 - 6:28 PM



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