Francisco Liriano SP PIT 16 Mins
Liriano allowed two hits and a walk in two scoreless innings Thursday against the Yankees.
The lefty, who signed a three-year, $39 million deal in the offseason, will form a tag team with Gerrit Cole atop Pittsburgh's rotation. Injuries will likely sideline Liriano at some point in 2015, but he's more than capable of putting up good numbers when healthy.
Steve Johnson SP BAL 31 Mins
Johnson (finger, shoulder) took Thursday off and is expected to pitch in a game Friday or Saturday, MASN Sports reports.
Johnson threw Wednesday and took one day of full rest Thursday. The timeline for his return has been pushed back just a bit, but it is still early in spring training and Johnson has a chance to pitch in plenty of games the rest of the way.
Suk-Min Yoon SP BAL 36 Mins
The Orioles released Yoon Thursday and he signed with a Korean team, MASN Sports reports.
Yoon was one of the top Korean pitchers before signing a three-year deal with the Orioles last year. He was abominable at Triple-A , with a 5.74 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in 23 appearances. The Orioles had moved on and Yoon was not thought of as having any shot at making the big league roster. Yoon wanted to return to South Korea and the Orioles will save a nice chunk of change - $4.3 million - in the process.
Asher Wojciechowski SP HOU 52 Mins
Wojciechowski allowed a hit and a walk over two scoreless frames Thursday in the Astros' Grapefruit League opener against the Phillies.
Wojciechowski missed all of spring training last year with a strained lat muscle, but he's healthy entering 2015 and made a solid first impression in his bid to break camp as the Astros' No. 5 starter. The 26-year-old went 4-4 with a 4.74 ERA in 15 games (14 starts) at Triple-A last season.
Ji-Man Choi 1B SEA 2 Hrs
Choi (leg) was designated for assignment by the Mariners on Thursday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
This move comes on the same day that Choi underwent surgery to repair his broken right leg, suffered during Wednesday's Cactus League game. Choi is expected to miss 4-to-6 months as a result of the injury. Edgar Olmos (shoulder) took his place on the 40-man roster.
Collin McHugh SP HOU 2 Hrs
McHugh breezed through two scoreless frames Thursday in the Astros' Grapefruit League opener, striking out three while walking one against the Phillies.
"In terms of just kind of mental space, it's different because I've never been here, never broken camp with a team before," McHugh said. "It's different, but I'm excited because I'm honored to be called one of the five guys who gets the ball." The 27-year-old right-hander is likely to open 2015 as Houston's No. 2 starter behind Dallas Keuchel.
Edgar Olmos SP TEX 2 Hrs
Olmos was added back onto the Mariners' 40-man roster Thursday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
The 24-year-old was designated for assignment by Seattle late last month and was subsequently claimed by Texas, but the Rangers' claim was reversed by MLB due to concerns over the health of Olmos' shoulder. He is now back on the M's 40-man, with Ji-Man Choi (leg) DFA'd to make room, but Olmos is no lock to open the season on schedule given the time lost to the shoulder issue.
Cliff Lee SP PHI 2 Hrs
Lee (elbow) went two innings in his spring training debut Thursday. He allowed a couple of singles and threw 16 of his 22 pitches for strikes.
Lee was making his first start since July 31 when he left that game with pain in his left elbow. He was working around 87-88 mph with his fastball Thursday, which is down from his typical velocity, but it is early in camp. He needs time to build up arm strength. The good news is that Lee said his elbow has felt normal thus far this spring. The Phillies are hoping to trade him at some point this season.
Josh Rutledge 2B/SS LAA 3 Hrs
Rutledge got the start at second base in the Cactus League opener against the Brewers on Thursday, going 1-for-2 with an RBI single in the contest.
Rutledge got the first chance at what is set to be a four-man audition at the keystone to replace Howie Kendrick. While the fact that he got first dibs doesn't necessarily mean he has a leg up on the competition, it is worth noting that Rutledge has the most experience of all the candidates, and could provide some power in what is traditionally a light-hitting position, as he carries a career ISO of .144.
Hector Santiago SP LAA 3 Hrs
Santiago threw two innings of work in the Cactus League opener against the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday, allowing a hit and a walk while striking out one.
The first tuneup of the spring likely doesn't mean much, but throwing two scoreless frames is a good start for Santiago as he attempts to fill one of the two vacant spots in the rotation to open the season. Santiago really improved in the latter half of 2014, tallying a 2.98 ERA in 15 appearances (12 starts) but his ever-decreasing velocity, along with manager Mike Scoscia's tendency to limit his starts to six innings or less last season, could make him more of a matchup play if he cracks the rotation.