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According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets have placed Cesar Puello on outright waivers.

Puello wasn't going to make the Mets' Opening Day roster and he is out of minor league options, so the move is not surprising. The 24-year-old outfielder batted just .252/.355/.393 with seven home runs and 37 RBI in 105 games last season at Triple-A Las Vegas.
Apr 1 - 5:28 PM

Carlos Martinez blanked the Mets for six innings, allowing just three hits, in the Cardinals' 5-4 win Wednesday.

Martinez also legged out an infield single after Wilmer Flores chose to hang back on his bouncer to shortstop. Martinez, named the Cardinals' fifth starter Monday, is 2-0 with a 2.86 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 22 innings this spring. Because of his upside, he shouldn't be left unowned in any mixed leagues.
Apr 1 - 5:27 PM

Kolten Wong delivered his second straight two-hit game and scored twice Wednesday against the Mets.

Finally getting it together in the final week of the spring, Wong has raised his average from .139 to .214 by going 4-for-6 the last two days.
Apr 1 - 5:26 PM

Matt Reynolds drove in three of the Mets' four runs with a double and a single off the bench on Wednesday.

The Mets will probably carry Danny Muno instead of Reynolds if Daniel Murphy goes on the DL, but that's not a reflection on Reynolds' abilities; he's really impressed the team this spring. Come 2016, Reynolds could be the Mets' shortstop, with Wilmer Flores moving to second base.
Apr 1 - 5:23 PM

Homer Bailey (elbow) threw five innings Wednesday in a minor league game.

Bailey was shelled for five earned runs on six hits and a walk, but the most important thing is that his surgically-repaired elbow felt fine. He struck out eight. Bailey is scheduled to pitch in another minor league game on April 6 and should be cleared for a rehab assignment when the regular season opens. He's expected to join the Reds' starting rotation by the end of April.
Source: MLBlogs
Apr 1 - 4:27 PM

Chase Utley homered twice off Julio Teheran as the Phillies smoked the Braves 9-2 on Wednesday.

Utley also homered twice Sunday before taking Monday off. It's quite an outburst from a guy who mustered 11 homers in 589 at-bats last year and hasn't reached 20 since way back in 2009. Of course, Utley remains one of the NL's top second basemen when healthy. It just doesn't result in nearly as much fantasy value as it used to.
Apr 1 - 4:19 PM

Cole Hamels yielded two runs -- one earned -- over six innings Wednesday against the Braves.

Hamels rebounded from a poor start to his spring with a couple of strong outings to close it out, leaving him with a 4.15 ERA. He'll face the Red Sox on Opening Day.
Apr 1 - 4:16 PM

Julio Teheran was pounded for seven runs in four innings by the Phillies on Wednesday.

According to the AJC's Dave O'Brien, Teheran said afterwards that it's the best he's felt all spring. We're not sure if that's supposed to be comforting or not. He gave up four homers on a day in which the wind wasn't all that much of a factor. For the spring, he has an 8.00 ERA in 18 innings, giving up 25 hits, walking eight and striking out 15. We're still not particularly worried about him, but with run support likely to be a major issue, he's not quite a top-10 NL-only pitcher for us.
Apr 1 - 4:14 PM

Corey Dickerson is out of the Rockies' Cactus League lineup again on Wednesday.

Dickerson was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to back tightness -- something that has been bothering him since the weekend -- but he told reporters Wednesday morning that he expects to be fine for Opening Day. The 25-year-old outfielder posted an excellent .312/.364/.567 batting line with 24 home runs and eight stolen bases in 131 games last season for Colorado.
Apr 1 - 4:13 PM

Joe Benson homered off Cole Hamels in Wednesday's loss to the Phillies.

The Braves don't have a real backup in center for Eric Young Jr. after sending Eury Perez down, so they're weighing keeping Benson, even though he was an afterthought until a few days ago (he had a total of nine spring plate appearances before getting six the last two days). Once a quality prospect in the Twins chain, Benson hasn't really showed much offensively since 2011. He shouldn't be an option in NL-only leagues even if he does make the Braves.
Apr 1 - 4:11 PM

Giancarlo Stanton had a two-run homer and a double as the Marlins shut out the Nationals 8-0 on Wednesday.

Stanton has four homers, three of them coming in his last five games. He's up to .313/.393/.688 in 48 at-bats for the spring. There should no longer be any concern about how he'd react after last season's beaning.
Apr 1 - 4:05 PM

Jarred Cosart limited the Nationals to one hit over six scoreless innings on Wednesday.

Cosart entered the day with an 8.49 ERA and a 7/8 K/BB ratio in 11 2/3 innings, so he needed this. The reported investigation into Cosart's possible gamble habits doesn't look like it will interfere with him opening the season as scheduled.
Apr 1 - 4:02 PM

Jordan Zimmermann was tagged for eight runs -- seven earned -- in four innings by the Marlins on Wednesday.

Zimmermann was having another brilliant spring, entering the day with a 1.37 ERA in five starts, so one poor outing isn't of any concern. He'll face the Mets next week in his first start of the season.
Apr 1 - 4:01 PM

Blake Treinen fanned two in a perfect inning Wednesday against the Nationals.

With Casey Janssen out of the mix for now, it should come down to Treinen or Aaron Barrett for eighth-inning duties in D.C. Treinen, who would have competed for a rotation spot on practically any other team this spring, has allowed three runs -- one earned -- in 10 1/3 innings out of the pen this spring.
Apr 1 - 3:59 PM

Nationals reassigned INF Ian Stewart to minor league camp.

Stewart was vying for a spot on the Nationals' bench and put up nice spring numbers, hitting .286/.348/.548. It wasn't enough to land him a utility role. Given that Anthony Rendon is currently dealing with a knee injury and Ryan Zimmerman deals with an injury of some kind almost every year, Stewart is likely to see some time with the Nationals this season.
Apr 1 - 3:55 PM



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