Luke Hochevar RP KC 1 hour ago
Hochevar (elbow) will start the season on the disabled list and may be out until at least May, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports.
The news doesn't come as much of a surprise as manager Ned Yost had already mentioned Hochevar was likely to begin the year on the DL, but it was confirmed Tuesday. While it's possible the 31-year-old will rejoin the team at some point in April, Yost indicated he was more hopeful for a return some time around the start of May.
Roberto Osuna SP TOR 1 hour ago
Osuna will begin the season in the major leagues, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports.
Osuna, at 20 years old, will officially become the youngest Blue Jay pitcher to ever appear in a major league game when he debuts. The righty had an impressive spring as he worked to a 0.90 ERA with nine strikeouts in 10 innings of work and figures to begin the year as an earlier inning bullpen option.
Jose Mijares RP CIN 1 hour ago
Mijares was suspended 50 games for using a drug of abuse, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Mijares is currently a free agent after being released by the Reds last week and has not appeared in a major league game since 2013. The suspension will likely hinder the 30-year-old's ability to land a spot on a big league roster somewhere but he should be able to find a spot in some facility as a minor leaguer.
Mark Hendrickson RP BAL 1 hour ago
Hendrickson announced his retirement Tuesday, CSN Mid-Atlantic's Rich Dubroff reports.
Released by the Orioles in mid-March, the 40-year-old Hendrickson has decided to call it quits. He last played in the majors leagues in 2011, and he'll retire with a 5.03 career ERA over 1,169 innings. He actually had some decent seasons as a starter in the early-to-mid 2000s, back when an an ERA around 5.00 was acceptable for a pitcher in the AL East.
Melvin Upton CF ATL 2 hours ago
Upton (foot) expects to receive clearance Friday to shed his protective boot, That Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
Upton has been confined to the boot for the last five weeks while recovering from sesamoiditis in his left foot. He still needs to slowly ramp up his activity level in the comings weeks, making it highly unlikely that he joins the Braves any sooner than May. Even mid-to-early May would probably be pushing it, as Upton missed nearly all of spring training.
Andre Ethier OF LAD 2 hours ago
Ethier was pulled from Tuesday's spring training game after a pitch hit him in the right arm, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.
The early reports don't indicate that Ethier was in terrible pain, so it's possible the Dodgers are just being cautious. The team should provide an update by the end of Tuesday's game or shortly thereafter. With Joc Pederson ticketed to serve as the starting center fielder, Ethier will be stuck in a part-time role to open the season.
Adam Wainwright SP STL 2 hours ago
Wainwright will face the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Opening Day, MLB.com's Jennifer Langosch reports.
Opening Day for the Cardinals will actually be April 5, as they're scheduled to face Jon Lester and the Cubs in the first game of the 2015 MLB season. There was never any doubt Wainwright would get the nod, as there haven't been any reports of issues with his abdomen since mid-March.
Munenori Kawasaki 2B/3B TOR 2 hours ago
Kawasaki was optioned to minor-league camp Tuesday, John Lott of the National Post reports.
Kawasaki has found a comfortable role with the Blue Jays the past two seasons, going back and forth between Triple-A Buffalo and the big-league club. The Jays once again have shaky depth in the middle infield and an unproven starter at second base, so it wouldn't be surprising to see a repeat in 2015.
Ken Giles RP PHI 2 hours ago
Giles was pulled from Tuesday's spring training game because of pain in his mid-to-lower back, Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said Giles has been complaining of minimal back pain the past few days, but it apparently wasn't deemed serious by either the team or pitcher. Giles reportedly reached 95 miles per hour during Tuesday's game, and Sandberg said afterward that it was as fast as the right-hander has thrown all spring. Despite struggling with his control throughout March, Giles was expected to open the season as the top setup man in front of Jonathan Papelbon. The 24-year-old flame-thrower may now be in danger of missing Opening Day, as he only has six days to get healthy before the season begins. For what it's worth, Giles said he feels fine and is not at all concerned about missing Opening Day, according to Ryan Lawrence of the Philadelphia Daily News. While the initial optimism is a good sign, it shouldn't be assumed that Giles will be ready.
Mike Moustakas 3B KC 2 hours ago
Moustakas went 1-for-3 with a grand slam home run in Monday's Cactus League game against the Rangers.
Moustakas continues to ride the momentum he generated last postseason, collecting two long balls and an .852 OPS over 50 spring at-bats. If he can carry this into the regular season, the 26-year-old could represent an excellent bounceback candidate in 2015. Following a career-low .632 OPS last season, the price tag for Moustakas will surely be low on draft day.