3/25/2013 | Minor feels good despite recent results
Kris Medlen and Mike Minor ranked first and second among National League pitchers in ERA after June 30 last year. Over the course of the past week, the two Braves pitchers have provided the reminder that Spring Training results do not serve as an indication of what to expect during the regular season.
3/25/2013 | If Walden is ready, Braves might move 'pen arm
Despite the fact that Jordan Walden missed a month of the Grapefruit League season because of a bulging disk in his back, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has repeatedly said the right-handed reliever could be in his bullpen during Monday's Opening Day game against the Phillies.
3/25/2013 | Red-hot Bradley comes off bench, keeps on hitting
Jackie Bradley Jr. sat around for the first six innings of Monday's game, but the idle time did not cool off his bat. The prospect, who is still strongly in the mix to land a roster spot for Opening Day, aided his cause yet again, delivering a pinch-hit, two-run single up the middle and banging a triple off the wall in right.
3/25/2013 | Baker makes roster after strong spring
Jeff Baker was told by manager Ron Washington on Monday morning he is going to be on the Opening Day roster. Baker, in camp on a Minor League contract, won a job as a utility player after hitting .423 in his first 24 games of the spring.
3/25/2013 | Nathan logs inning at Minor League camp
Rangers closer Joe Nathan pitched an inning in a Minor League camp on Monday. The outing came after Nathan pitched a scoreless inning against the Reds on Sunday, striking out two of the three batters faced.
3/25/2013 | Den Dekker tweets he won't need surgery
Matt den Dekker will not need surgery on his broken right wrist, the outfield prospect tweeted on Monday, in what he called the "best possible news."
3/25/2013 | After slow start, everything clicking for Gee
Apparently, Dillon Gee was not exaggerating when he said something "clicked" in his final inning against the Astros last week.
3/25/2013 | Porcello enjoying spring command performances
Even amidst a remarkable spring -- command-wise, at least -- Rick Porcello is finding things to fine-tune. The right-hander has now gone all six outings without walking a batter following Monday's start in a 6-3 win over the Marlins.
3/25/2013 | Indians keep Giambi with DL move on busy day
The Indians purchased Jason Giambi's contract from Triple-A Columbus on Monday and promptly placed him on the 15-day disabled list, giving him the regular season's first week to rest a lower back strain.
3/25/2013 | Mesoraco embracing competition for roster spot
Unlike last spring, Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco knew his roster status during camp this year was not a stone-cold lock.
3/25/2013 | Rogers likely to begin season on DL
The Brewers were developing a plan Monday to place right-hander Mark Rogers on the 15-day disabled list, giving him time to build arm strength.
3/25/2013 | Arroyo on track for final spring start Friday
Even Bronson Arroyo couldn't believe it. One day after being clocked on his pitching hand by a line drive, the Reds starting pitcher felt no pain.
3/25/2013 | Donald making strides toward return to action
Reds infielder Jason Donald, who has been out since Thursday's game with a sore right knee, has made progress toward returning.
3/25/2013 | Minor reward: Farmhands get big league glimpse
Minor League infielder Adam Buschini and outfielder Mallex Smith got the fortunate opportunity of suiting up for the Padres, joining the Major League squad for an afternoon as extra players.
3/25/2013 | Saga over, Lohse can help Crew contend in NL
The Brewers are a team that can contend in the National League Central, and that statement is a bit easier to believe now that Kyle Lohse is aboard.
3/25/2013 | Betemit has MRI, diagnosed with right PCL tear
Orioles designated hitter Wilson Betemit exited Monday's game against the Red Sox in the bottom of the fifth inning with what was initially diagnosed as a sprained right knee ligament. He later underwent an MRI and was diagnosed with a Grade 2/3 posterior cruciate ligament tear with associated injuries.
3/25/2013 | Rays complete swap with Tigers to get Casali
Tampa Bay and Detroit completed a Minor League deal Monday, when the Rays acquired catcher Curt Casali for left-hander Kyle Lobstein.
3/25/2013 | Baker receives good news on elbow rehab
Cubs pitcher Scott Baker was relieved to find out there was nothing structurally wrong with his right elbow, and all he needs to do is rest and let the muscle strain heal.
3/25/2013 | Farrell hopeful Ellsbury will return Wednesday
Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury was predictably sore Monday, a day after leaving the game with a jammed right heel. However, this injury is not expected to linger and manager John Farrell expressed hope that Ellsbury will be right back in the leadoff spot on Wednesday against the Marlins.
3/25/2013 | Cards gain Draft pick as Lohse signs with Crew
Kyle Lohse agreed to a three-year, $33 million deal with the Brewers on Monday, pending a physcial. The right-hander turned down a $13.3 million qualifying offer from the Cardinals in November.
3/25/2013 | Overbay plays waiting game as Red Sox mull his fate
As much as Lyle Overbay tried to downplay it, Monday was more than just another day for him in the grind of Spring Training. Not only did he make the start at first base against the Orioles, but it was likely his final appearance before the Red Sox decide his fate.
3/25/2013 | Madson increases intensity during bullpen session
Angels reliever Ryan Madson threw a 30-pitch bullpen session on Monday, ramping up the intensity to an estimated 70-80 percent.
3/25/2013 | Rios scratched from Monday's lineup with back issue
Alex Rios missed a third straight day of Cactus League action Monday, getting scratched from the lineup against the Angels with continued lower back stiffness. The White Sox right fielder first felt something in his back while lifting weights on Saturday, and he left the Camelback Ranch complex Monday morning to get it checked out.
3/25/2013 | Astros add nine to Opening Day roster
On Monday, Astros manager Bo Porter, general manager Jeff Luhnow and assistant general manager David Stearns brought nine players into an upstairs conference room inside the Astros' clubhouse at Osceola County Stadium and informed them that they were making an Opening Day roster for the first time.
3/25/2013 | Arencibia will get Opening Day start at catcher
J.P. Arencibia's wish was granted on Monday morning when the Blue Jays announced that he will be the starting catcher on Opening Day.
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