Anthony Ranaudo SP TEX 3 Hrs
Ranaudo was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Ranaudo was considered an underdog to take the final spot in the Rangers' rotation, and now his run has come to an end. He'll wind up in the minors to begin the season, but with a thin Rangers rotation heading into the season, he remains one of the top candidates to fill in should an injury occur.
Daniel Murphy 2B/3B NYM 3 Hrs
Murphy (hamstring) logged five at-bats in a minor league game Saturday, Matt Ehalt of MLB.com reports.
It's a positive step forward in Murphy's recovery from a pulled right hamstring, though the true extent of his activity in the game remains uncertain. As of Wednesday, Murphy was still limited in his baseball activity, and it seems likely his running was restricted at least a bit. The Mets figure to keep Murphy in minor league games for the rest of spring training in case they do indeed need to backdate a DL stint to begin the year.
Alex Colome SP TB 3 Hrs
Colome (illness) completed a 40-pitch bullpen session Saturday, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports.
The right-hander returned to mound work Monday, tossing 20 pitches at about 70 percent, and doubled his workload in his second of three scheduled bullpen sessions Saturday. Battling back from pneumonia, Colome will open the year on the DL, and it's expected he will remain out for a week or two beyond his earliest possible activation date of April 11.
Tsuyoshi Wada SP CHC 3 Hrs
Wada (groin) threw 42 pitches in a simulated game Saturday, as MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.
Supposedly everything went well...until Wada slipped on a concrete sidewalk after the appearance. He was likely headed to the DL to start the season anyway, but at least he's pitching again. The injury put Wada out of the running for a rotation spot, but he'd probably be first in line if the Cubs need an emergency starter later on this year.
Victor Martinez 1B/DH DET 3 Hrs
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Saturday that he'd be "a little surprised" if Miguel Cabrera (ankle) wasn't in the Opening Day lineup, and added that he wouldn't be as surprised if Martinez (knee) wasn't, James Schmehl of MLive.com reports.
By no means does this comment imply Martinez definitely will not be ready to start the year, but it's worth mentioning after Ausmus said Martinez's home run on Thursday "eliminates the baserunning concern." The 36-year-old Martinez admitted to feeling soreness in his knee Thursday after stretching to beat out a groundball at first base. He returned to action Saturday and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
Miguel Cabrera 1B/DH DET 4 Hrs
Manager Brad Ausmus indicated Saturday that he would be a bit surprised if Cabrera (ankle) isn't ready for Opening Day, James Schmehl of MLive Media Group reports.
Cabrera returned to first base last Wednesday after a short stint serving as the designated hitter. He's still finishing his recovery from offseason ankle surgery, but he's progressed well enough to be considered probable for Opening Day at this point.
Didi Gregorius 2B/SS NYY 4 Hrs
Gregorius underwent precautionary X-rays on his sprained left wrist Saturday and the results came back negative, Pete Caldera of The Record reports.
Gregorius was reportedly concerned about the issue initially, but said it felt pretty good later and could return to the field Wednesday. Assuming something more serious doesn't surface over the next few days, it's safe to assume he'll be ready for Opening Day.
Vic Black RP NYM 4 Hrs
Black (shoulder) seems like a long shot to available for Opening Day, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports.
Black threw a bullpen session Saturday, but manager Terry Collins indicated he would have to make a lot of progress in a short amount of time for him to be ready. The injury shouldn't hold him out too long into the regular season, but at this point the timetable remains cloudy.
Tyler Wilson SP BAL 4 Hrs
Wilson was optioned to Triple-A Norfolk on Saturday.
Wilson got one final taste of the big leagues Saturday with a start, but wasn't expected to make the rotation out of camp. That is indeed the case, as he'll return to the minors and await another opportunity.
Jesse Hahn SP OAK 4 Hrs
Hahn is expected to start the second game of the season for the A's, April 7 against the Rangers, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
After tossing 5.1 innings of one-run ball against Texas on Friday, Hahn deemed himself "season ready." Despite an underwhelming 11:5 K:BB in 17.2 spring innings, Hahn has posted a 3.06 ERA so far in Cactus League play, and it sounds like he'll enter the year with a fairly secure rotation spot, slotting in even ahead of Scott Kazmir. However, after tossing 115.2 innings last year, it's entirely possible he could transition to the bullpen at some point down the line.