DTDTaylor Motter RF SEA 8 hours ago
Motter is dealing with a sore back and won't play for a couple of days, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
Despite the hindrance, Motter is still hitting and working on the field, so it doesn't seem to be a major concern. The 27-year-old is competing for a utility role on the Seattle roster after being acquired in a trade from the Rays this offseason. Motter, who hit just .188 in 34 games last year, likely needs to impress in spring games to earn the spot over veteran incumbent Shawn O'Malley.
DTDTommy La Stella 3B CHC 9 hours ago
La Stella is dealing with left hamstring tightness and running under supervision, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
It doesn't appear to be anything very serious at this point, but La Stella may be limited in workouts for a few days. The 28-year-old infielder hit .270/.357/.405 for the Cubs last season and is expected to compete for a bench role this coming season. Consider him day-to-day going forward.
DTDClayton Richard P SD 9 hours ago
Richard (finger) threw a bullpen session Saturday, his first since fouling a ball off his finger, Bill Center of MLB.com reports.
X-rays came back negative after the incident and Richards will likely return to normal pitching activities this coming week. It's good news nonetheless for the Padres, as Richard is set to take a top spot in the starting rotation this season. Expect additional updates as his recovery progresses.
OUTAlex Dickerson LF SD 9 hours ago
Manager Andy Green says Dickerson (back) will not see game action this week, Bill Center of MLB.com reports.
Green cautioned that the injury is a "little bit of a slow process" so there's still no definite timetable for his return. However, the Padres likely won't rush the young slugger back into activities until he feels completely healthy. Dickerson emerged as a power threat for San Diego last season, finishing the year with a .455 slugging percentage and a .788 OPS.
DTDJohnny Cueto SP SF 9 hours ago
Cueto is not expected to arrive in camp this weekend as he attempts to obtain a visa for his father, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports.
Cueto has been working out in the Dominican Republic through the entirety of spring camp as he takes care of his ill father, a trend which will continue indefinitely. There's no concern the All-Star pitcher will be ready for Opening Day, though he may not be available for the World Baseball Classic, which begins March 9. His return to the U.S. is still up in the air for now.
Mike Clevinger SP CLE 9 hours ago
Manager Terry Francona says Clevinger is not in the mix for a bullpen role and that his development as a starter is more important, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Francona had said earlier that Clevinger was a candidate for the bullpen, but more likely to open 2017 as a starter with Triple-A Columbus. Nonetheless, it appears the 26-year-old righty will be exclusively developed as a starter this spring and serve as rotation depth going forward. Cleveland has a strong rotation heading into the season, but any injury could open the door for Clevinger, who went 1-3 with a 5.93 ERA in ten major league starts last year.
Brett Gardner LF NYY 9 hours ago
Gardner will make an effort to be more aggressive on the base paths in the upcoming season, Brandon Kuty of NJ.com reports.
After swiping 47 bags in 2010 and then a personal-best 49 bases in 2011, Gardner hasn't even reached half of that mark in a single season in the five years since, and he was limited to just five stolen bases (seven attempts) in the second half of 2016. Being able to regain that weapon would be a huge plus for the 33-year-old, as there otherwise isn't much there from a fantasy perspective following a 2016 campaign that resulted in just seven home runs and a .261/.351/.362 slash line.
Didi Gregorius SS NYY 9 hours ago
Gregorius will leave the Yankees' spring training facility Tuesday in order to join Team Netherlands in advance of the World Baseball Classic, Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports.
Gregorius' role with the team as the starting shortstop is secure, so provided the 27-year-old is able to stay healthy, his departure from the team in the spring shouldn't have much of an impact. He broke out last season with career bests in home runs (20), RBI (70), and batting average (.276), and while that still isn't in the upper echelon of the young shortstop talent that's emerged in recent years, Gregorius should provide a solid option up the middle for fantasy owners.
Hyun-Jin Ryu SP LAD 9 hours ago
Ryu will throw another live batting practice session as his next assignment, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Ryu was impressive in throwing batting practice Friday and there was speculation he would return to game action as the next step in his training regimen. Evidently, it appears the Dodgers are being cautious with the young southpaw as he makes his way back from a litany of injuries over the past two seasons.
DTDMarcell Ozuna LF/CF MIA 9 hours ago
Ozuna (shoulder) is expected to play Sunday against the Cardinals, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.
The Marlins still have plenty of time to scratch Ozuna if his shoulder acts up over the next 24 hours, but it looks like the issue won't significantly delay the start of his Grapefruit League campaign.