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Charlie Blackmon is not in Wednesday's Cactus League lineup due to slight abdominal discomfort.

He's expected to take batting practice Wednesday, so it doesn't sound like something that will keep him out of the lineup for long. Blackmon is coming off a breakout season in which he batted .288/.335/.440 with 19 home runs and 28 stolen bases.
Mar 4 - 1:53 PM

Felix Hernandez will throw another live batting practice session before making his Cactus League debut.

Hernandez threw his first BP session of the spring on Wednesday. The Mariners' ace is completely fine, but just wants another tune-up before getting into game action.
Mar 4 - 1:01 PM

Elvis Andrus (knee) won't play in the Rangers' first four Cactus League games.

The Rangers don't consider Andrus' knee issue to be serious, but they are just taking extra precaution. The 26-year-old is coming off a disappointing season in which he batted just .263 with two homers and a .647 OPS while going 27-for-42 in stolen base attempts.
Mar 4 - 12:42 PM

Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) is likely to make his Grapefruit League debut on March 12 against the Braves.

The Yankees have yet to make an official announcement. Tanaka made it through another bullpen session Wednesday morning -- throwing about 30 pitches in all -- and hasn't reported any issues with his elbow. The Yankees expect him to begin the season in the rotation, but he remains a very risky investment in fantasy leagues.
Mar 4 - 12:37 PM

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said that Roberto Baldoquin could arrive in Angels camp this weekend.

Baldoquin's arrival to camp has been delayed due to a visa issue, but it's expected to be cleared up soon. The 20-year-old received an $8 million bonus from the Angels in December and is expected to work on the minor league side before beginning the year with Class A Inland Empire.
Mar 4 - 12:35 PM

Garrett Richards (knee) will begin light fielding drills Tuesday.

Richards, who is coming back from patella tendon surgery, is also slated to throw his sixth bullpen session of the spring. He's still holding out hope to be ready for Opening Day, but the Angels don't expect him to return until two or three weeks into the season.
Mar 4 - 12:20 PM

Corey Kluber is currently dealing with a case of the flu.

Kluber is currently scheduled to make his Cactus League debut Saturday, but Indians manager Terry Francona isn't sure if the illness will impact his schedule. Either way, it's not a long-term concern.
Mar 4 - 12:16 PM

Rusney Castillo will miss at least one week with a left oblique strain.

Castillo felt some pain in his side during Tuesday's game and was examined by team doctors Wednesday morning. He appeared relieved at the diagnosis, but he'll still have to miss some time. Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley, Jr. will get most of the playing time in center field for now.
Mar 4 - 12:07 PM

Steven Moya (back) is available off the bench Wednesday.

Moya was held out of the Tigers' Grapefruit League opener Tuesday due to back spasms, but he checked out fine Wednesday morning and is good to go. The 23-year-old is the Tigers' top position prospect, but figures to begin 2015 in the minors.
Mar 4 - 11:54 AM

Brandon Crawford is currently battling shoulder soreness.

Crawford also dealt with it last year and it's not believed to be serious. He's still healthy enough to DH, like he'll do on Wednesday, but the Giants don't plan to have him play in the field until next week.
Mar 4 - 11:51 AM

The Athletics have decided to move Coco Crisp to left field.

The move is designed at keeping Crisp healthy. The 35-year-old has appeared in 232 games in left field during his career, most recently in 2012. The A's plan to platoon Sam Fuld and Craig Gentry in center field.
Mar 4 - 11:31 AM

Roberto Hernandez received his visa and will fly to Florida on Wednesday night.

Hernandez, who signed a minor league deal with the Astros last month, is expected to take a physical tomorrow morning in Kissimmee. He's in the mix for the fifth starter job this spring, but the Astros could decide to keep him around as a long reliever.
Mar 4 - 11:23 AM

Derek Holland (shoulder) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Thursday.

Holland was scratched from Thursday's intrasquad game due to discomfort in his left shoulder, but the Rangers were mostly just being cautious. Assuming that all goes well Thursday, he could pitch in a game this weekend.
Mar 4 - 11:14 AM

Steve Johnson (finger) will not pitch in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game.

Johnson was originally scheduled to pitch Wednesday, but the Orioles want him to get one more day of work in before pitching in a game. The 27-year-old recently dealt with a jammed middle finger, but he's feeling better now.
Mar 4 - 11:12 AM

Brandon Snyder has signed with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the independent Atlantic League.

A former-first round pick the Orioles, the 28-year-old Snyder batted .206/.284/.444 with eight home runs in 141 plate appearances at Triple-A with the Red Sox last year. He owns a .243/.287/.399 batting line over 158 plate appearances in the majors.
Mar 4 - 11:06 AM



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