Derek Holland SP TEX 20 Hrs
Holland's first spring start will be pushed back a day due to shoulder soreness, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Holland was insistent to reporters that the shoulder wasn't a big deal, but you can't ever be too careful when it comes to a pitcher's shoulder and also Derek Holland. The 28-year-old has hit the DL twice in his career with shoulder problems and will carry the title of injury-prone until he strings together a few healthy seasons.
Tyler Moore 1B WAS 21 Hrs
Despite being out of options, Moore could be a bit behind Mike Carp in the spring battle for a bench spot given the Nationals' need for left-handed hitters, the Washington Post reports.
If Moore doesn't make the 25-man roster, he's unlikely to clear waivers, complicating the roster decisions for the Nats. Given the injury history of first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, whoever wins the job backing him up could have more fantasy value than expected in deeper NL-only leagues.
Mike Carp 1B/LF WAS 21 Hrs
The Nationals' right-handed-heavy starting lineup could give Carp an edge on Tyler Moore in the spring battle for a bench spot, the Washington Post reports.
Moore is out of options, however, which could complicate the roster decisions for the Nats. Given the injury history of first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, whoever wins the job backing him up could have more fantasy value than expected in deeper NL-only leagues.
Matt Harvey SP NYM 1 Day
Harvey threw 43 pitches in batting practice Friday, his first such effort since his October 2013 Tommy John surgery, the NY Daily News reports.
Harvey threw two sessions with David Wright, Michael Cuddyer, Curtis Granderson and Daniel Murphy standing in to see pitches. His fastball topped out around 94-95 mph, a bit higher than expected but it did not look as if he was overthrowing. Harvey is slated to throw one batting practice session before making his first spring start Friday against the Tigers.
Coco Crisp CF/DH OAK 1 Day
Crisp will likely miss the start of the Cactus League season due a to case of pinkeye, reports John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group.
Crisp suffered from pinkeye in September of 2012 and amazingly has contracted it again. The few days should not affect Coco being ready for the start of the regular season in any way. The A's were already planning on limiting Crisp's appearances in center field early in the spring in order to keep him fresh.
Barry Zito RP OAK 1 Day
Zito will start the A's Cactus League game on Thursday, reports Jane Lee of MLB.com.
Zito is attempting a comeback after taking 2014 off from baseball. The A's have a couple of rotation spots open and Zito has been mentioned as one of several candidates for one of them, but would likely have to show the team a lot in spring to win one of the spots. Zito pitched for the Giants in 2013, posting a 5.74 ERA over 133.1 innings.
Joe Kelly SP BOS 1 Day
Kelly needs to refine his command overall and become more efficient, according to Red Sox manager John Farrell, who wants to see the right-hander go deeper into games, the Providence Journal reports.
Kelly walked nearly four batters per nine innings last season for St. Louis and Boston, with that number increasing to 4.7 per nine while with the Red Sox. In order to get more innings, limiting walks is important, but so is managing counts -- throwing first-pitch strikes and getting ahead in counts.
Alen Hanson SS PIT 1 Day
Hanson expects to play mostly at second base over shortstop in 2015. "I'm working more at second base (because) the opportunity may be more open for me there," Hanson said. "I feel comfortable there. But if they need me at shortstop, I can play there, too," the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.
There's been talk of Jung Ho Kang taking over for Neil Walker at second base as soon as next season, but Hanson is a strong contender for the potential spot, too. Hanson, who is still just 22 years of age, batted .280 with 11 homers, 25 stolen bases and a .768 OPS in 482 at-bats for Double-A Altoona in 2014. If he can prove he's past the maturity issues which saw him benched on separate occasions last year, then he could make his MLB debut at some point this summer should injuries strike.
Nick Swisher 1B/DH CLE 1 Day
Swisher (knee) was able to take live batting practice Saturday for the first time since he underwent knee surgery last August, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
The Indians are hopeful that Swisher will be ready for exhibition games by the middle of March with an eye towards towards being ready for Opening Day but won't hesitate to back off that plan if necessary.
Clayton Richard SP PIT 1 Day
The Pirates are working with Richard to break the bad habits he developed while pitching with thoracic outlet syndrome, the team's official website reports.
Pitching coach Ray Searage is looking for Richard to smooth out and consistently repeat his delivery. "He's strong as an ox. Just got to work on a couple things," Searage said. "He's in protection mode. He knows that old feeling of when he felt the pain, the body goes into 9-1-1." Richard will likely start the season at Triple-A, but injuries to the pitching staff could earn him a shot at the rotation. The lefty has tossed on 86 professional innings since 2012 due to injury.