James Shields SP KC 3 Hrs
Royals manager Ned Yost announced Saturday that James Shields will get the ball on Opening Day for the Royals.
The announcement was a mere formality, as Shields is clearly the ace of the Royals staff. Jason Vargas will work in game two for the Royals, with Jeremy Guthrie tabbed for the homer opener in the fourth game of the regular season.
Wade Davis SP KC 3 Hrs
Royals manager Ned Yost announced Saturday that Wade Davis is no longer a candidate for the Royals starting rotation, and will work out of the backend of the bullpen.
The Royals are hoping that he can adapt to the bullpen as well as Luke Hochevar did in 2013. With the emergence of Yordano Ventura as a strong candidate for the rotation, coinciding with news that Hochevar would miss the entire season due to Tommy John surgery, it seems like a wise move for the Royals.
Danny Salazar SP CLE 3 Hrs
Danny Salazar is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut against the Angels on Monday.
The 24-year-old right-hander will start and work two innings in the game. He's been brought along slowly this spring in an effort to monitor his workload and conserve his strength for the regular season. Salazar logged a total of 145 innings in 2013 between the Tribe and the minor leagues.
James Russell RP CHC 3 Hrs
James Russell (arm) threw a successful bullpen session on Friday and could be ready for game action by the end of next week.
Russell has been battling arm fatigue early on in camp, but the issue isn't believed to be anything serious. The 28-year-old southpaw posted a 3.59 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 37/18 K/BB ratio in 52 2/3 innings for the Cubs in 2013.
Jack Hannahan 1B/3B CIN 3 Hrs
Reds manager Bryan Price indicated Saturday that Jack Hannahan (shoulder) remains questionable to be ready for Opening Day.
The veteran infielder underwent offseason shoulder surgery, and is currently throwing every other day from a distance of 90 feet. Price noted that if Hannahan isn't ready to go, the team does have other options who could fill his bench spot until he's fully healed.
Ronald Belisario RP CWS 3 Hrs
Ronald Belisario reported to White Sox camp on Saturday.
The 31-year-old hurler was delayed for several weeks due to visa issues. He could have been a darkhorse candidate for saves in the White Sox bullpen had he arrived to camp on time, but is still expected to work in a setup capacity once he gets up to speed.
David DeJesus LF/CF TB 4 Hrs
David DeJesus is dealing with minor soreness in his right side, and will be held out of game action until Monday or Tuesday.
The Rays don't believe the injury is anything to worry about, but they'll play things cautiously to be safe. The veteran outfielder is expected to function in a platoon role, leading off and playing left field against right-handed pitching.
Carlos Beltran RF NYY 4 Hrs
Carlos Beltran blasted a two-run homer off Anibal Sanchez, powering the Yankees to a 3-2 victory over the Tigers in Grapefruit League action on Friday.
The third-inning bomb was an absolute no-doubter to right field. The 36-year-old outfielder has remained relatively healthy over the past two seasons, and could see an even larger resurgence playing half of his games in the extremely hitter-friendly Yankee Stadium.
Hiroki Kuroda SP NYY 4 Hrs
Hiroki Kuroda delivered an impressive performance in Friday's Grapefruit League victory over the Tigers, striking out five in 2 2/3 scoreless innings of work.
The 39-year-old hurler walked one and allowed just one base hit. Already looking like he's in mid-season form, Kuroda has now notched 4 2/3 shutout innings this spring, while posting a tidy 7/0 K/BB ratio. He doesn't quite get the strikeouts of most upper-echelon fantasy starters, but makes for a fine third or fourth option in mixed leagues.