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Lucas Duda (oblique) hopes to be game-ready early next week.

As it turns out, Duda just hit off a tee and took some soft tosses Friday and didn't take batting practice as originally reported. It's nonetheless a nice step as the slugger works his way back from an oblique strain. Duda will have plenty of time to get ready for Opening Day as long as he doesn't have a setback.
Mar 6 - 3:36 PM

Alex Castellanos exited Friday's game versus the Tigers after being hit by a pitch on the right elbow.

Castellanos immediately crumpled to the ground after being plunked by the Luke Putkonen offering. The non-roster invitee will surely be sent for X-rays.
Mar 6 - 3:34 PM

Daniel Murphy will undergo X-rays on his right hand.

The Mets announced that Murphy had a bruise after he was removed from Friday's game following a hit by pitch, but apparently that was just a preliminary diagnosis. For what it's worth, Murphy noted that he's not overly concerned even though his hand was noticeably swollen. An update on his status should be available later Friday.
Mar 6 - 3:22 PM

Giants optioned RHP Ray Black to Double-A Richmond; re-assigned RHP Clayton Blackburn and LHP Nik Turley to minor league camp.

That the cuts came so early is a surprise, but none of the three were expected to make the team. Black can hit 100 mph regularly when he's healthy, but he's had a hard time staying on the field. Still, the 24-year-old could debut at some point in 2015 even though he's yet to appear above A-ball.
Mar 6 - 3:14 PM

Yankees signed INF Mat Gamel to a minor league contract.

Gamel hasn't played the last two seasons after back-to-back ACL tears. He's still just 29, but obviously he'll need to show he can stay healthy before being of any use to the Yankees.
Mar 6 - 3:06 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) has yet to resume throwing.

Doolittle remains relegated to strengthening exercises as he rehabs a slight tear in his left rotator cuff. The A's are hoping their closer will be ready at some point in April, but obviously the longer it is until he resumes throwing, the less likely it will be that he's available that soon.
Source: CSN Bay Area
Mar 6 - 3:04 PM

Dodgers signed C Ali Solis to a minor league contract.

Solis agreed to terms with the Dodgers in January but saw the deal fall apart due to a contractual issue. Obviously the two sides worked out whatever that problem was. The 27-year-old will serve as organizational depth.
Mar 6 - 3:00 PM

Royals signed 1B Casey Kotchman to a minor league contract.

Kotchman, 32, sat out last season after going hitless in 20 at-bats for the Marlins in 2013. The veteran first baseman was a starter not that long ago, but he's merely organizational depth at this point.
Mar 6 - 2:57 PM

Reds signed RHP Chris Carpenter to a minor league contract.

Carpenter, 29, spent last season in Japan. He last appeared in the majors in 2012 with the Red Sox.
Mar 6 - 2:45 PM

Red Sox signed INF/OF Joe Thurston to a minor league contract.

Thurston, 35, spent the last two seasons in independent ball and the Mexican League. He last appeared in the majors in 2011.
Mar 6 - 2:43 PM

Daniel Murphy has been diagnosed with a bruised right hand.

Murphy had to leave Friday's game after being hit by a pitch. It's not clear whether he required X-rays, but either way it appears he dodged a bullet. Murphy could sit out a day or two while the swelling subsides.
Mar 6 - 2:41 PM

Jose Iglesias left Friday's game against the Mets with a right shin contusion.

It sounds bad given that he missed last season with stress fractures in both shins, but it appears this is unrelated. Iglesias was injured when hit the base awkwardly on a stolen base attempt. "I slid too late and hit it in the wrong spot, but I'll be fine," he said.
Mar 6 - 2:37 PM

Orioles signed RHP Elih Villanueva to a minor league contract.

Villanueva, 28, spent last season at Triple-A with the Marlins, posting a 4.47 ERA over 28 starts. He's coming off a successful stint in the Venezuelan Winter League, having held a 2.63 ERA. Villanueva hasn't appeared in the majors since 2011.
Mar 6 - 2:34 PM

Cliff Pennington was scratched from Friday's lineup due to a personal issue.

There's no word yet on how long he might be away. Nick Ahmed took Pennington's spot in the lineup.
Mar 6 - 2:21 PM

Jose Bautista was scratched from Friday's game due to right hamstring tightness.

There were rainy conditions in Florida, so the Blue Jays were likely just playing things cautiously here. Bautista should be back in action before long. Caleb Gindl took Joey Bats' spot in right field Friday.
Mar 6 - 2:17 PM



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