Robinson Cano isn't in Friday's lineup after having a root canal on Wednesday.
He'll be fine in a day or two. Cano is 6-for-12 at the plate so far in Cactus League action.
Ross Ohlendorf reported improvement Friday and the feeling is that he has no structural issues with his back.
Ohlendorf left Thursday's game after four batters due to back spasms, but it sounds like it won't be a long-term issue. The 31-year-old projects to serve as a long reliever for the Nats this season.
Shane Victorino (core) is scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut early next week.
The Red Sox have been focused on strengthening Victorino's core this spring after last year's back and hamstring problems. He's been going through normal drills and is nearly ready to test things out in a game.
Omar Infante said Friday that his sore right shoulder is feeling "better."
Infante thinks he'll be ready to play the field on Monday, which is what the Royals had planned after they scratched him from Friday's appearance. It's possible the second baseman could serve as a designated hitter over the weekend.
Doug Fister was scratched from Friday's appearance due to inflammation in his pitching elbow.
There's always concern when the elbow is involved, but Nationals manager Matt Williams said that Fister has already had an MRI, which came back clean. At this point, there's isn't any worry on the Nats' part, but we'll have to see how the righty progresses. Fister will be shut down for a few days before being re-evaluated.
J.A. Happ will be given a few days of rest to nurse a sore back.
Happ has been battered for six earned runs in just 1 1/3 innings in his two Grapefruit League appearances but has obviously been compromised physically. He still has time to get ready for the season, but the left-hander can't take his rotation spot for granted. Marcus Stroman is among the intriguing options that could swoop in an grab a spot.
Jake Peavy (finger) will be cleared to make his Grapefruit League debut on March 13 if an extended bullpen session Saturday goes well.
Peavy has been unable to catch return throws due to a laceration on his left index finger. However, it seems likely that he'll be cleared to do so Saturday if that's the last step before game action. While the veteran right-hander is a little behind, things are looking good for him to be ready for the start of the season.
John Danks was clocked at 90-91 mph during his three scoreless innings in his Cactus League debut Thursday.
It's a tick harder than what he was throwing last season, when his velocity dipped to a career-low 89.3 mph, according to FanGraphs. Danks was also pleased with his cutter, which is his best pitch when he's right. "It’s just strengthening, being able to get my arm where it needs to be and have enough behind [the cutter] to spin it right and make it move,’’ Danks said. "Last year, I had trouble spinning it, and it was backing up on me and getting hit. This year, I’m able to drive the ball where I want, and that was proved by being able to throw it to both sides of the plate with the sharp break on it.’’ Now one and a half years removed from shoulder surgery, Danks is a bounce-back candidate after last season's 4.75 ERA.