Rickie Weeks 2B MIL 16 Hrs
Rickie Weeks felt a pop in his left hamstring while running the bases Wednesday but clarified after the game that it was just scar tissue breaking free.
"It's a great thing, for sure," Weeks said. "Now I'm good. . Now that I've had that release, I can keep strengthening it more and more, and just keep working through it." Weeks had season-ending surgery on the same hamstring last August, and he left Wednesday's game shortly after feeling the pop. The incident scared him at first, but there won't be any residual effects from the scar tissue releasing. The 31-year-old is batting .368 this spring and is looking to regain the starting second base job from Scooter Gennett.
Carlos Santana C/1B/DH CLE 16 Hrs
Carlos Santana went 1-for-3 with a home run and two RBI on Wednesday against the Padres.
Santana, playing at third base again, hit a two-run home run off of Tyson Ross in the first inning. He also made a nifty defensive play at the hot corner after recent reports slagged his performance there. As long as Santana is in the lineup, he'll hit regardless of what position he plays.
Xavier Nady 1B SD 16 Hrs
Xavier Nady went 2-for-3 with a double and a solo home run on Wednesday against the Indians.
Nady, a non-roster invitee, is trying to prolong his career with a solid spring. The 35-year-old entered Wednesday hitting .316 in 19 at-bats, but with no extra-base hits. Nady doubled in the fourth off of Corey Kluber and homered off of Mark Rzepczynski in the sixth.
David Freese 3B LAA 16 Hrs
David Freese busted out of his Cactus League slump, going 3-for-3 with two RBI against the Brewers on Wednesday.
Freese was hitting .071 in 14 at-bats entering Wednesday's action. He singled three times, driving in a run in the first and second innings. The Angels acquired him in a trade with the Cardinals over the winter, betting on a bounce-back season after struggling in 2013.
Jimmy Rollins SS PHI 16 Hrs
Jimmy Rollins is not in Thursday's lineup for the fourth consecutive day.
It will be the third straight day a healthy Rollins will be absent from the lineup. That in itself wouldn't be terribly concerning -- Rollins dealt with flu-like symptoms early in the week -- but Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said Rollins is "fine." Most damningly, Sandberg praised Freddy Galvis, who has started in place of Rollins at shortstop in recent days, after Wednesday's game and, when asked about Rollins, he replied, "No comment." The 35-year-old has been an unquestioned starter for most of his major league career, but those days may soon be coming to an end.
Albert Pujols 1B/DH LAA 16 Hrs
Albert Pujols went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI against the Brewers on Wednesday.
Pujols is starting to heat up, bringing his average up to .250 with his effort Wednesday. The Angels' first baseman posted career lows across the board last season due to plantar fasciitis. The 34-year-old still has plenty left in the tank, though.
Cliff Pennington 2B/SS ARI 16 Hrs
Cliff Pennington had a big day at the plate against the Dodgers on Wednesday, going 3-for-3 with two runs batted in.
Pennington finished a homer short of the cycle. He drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the second and tripled home a run in the sixth. Pennington is hoping to make the team as a back-up infielder. He doesn't offer much for fantasy purposes when he's not playing every day.
Alejandro De Aza LF/CF CWS 16 Hrs
Alejandro De Aza went 1-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored on Wednesday against the Giants.
De Aza got the White Sox on the board in the fifth inning with an RBI single. He also stole a base. De Aza's spring average is up to .400, which is good news for the White Sox as De Aza has been garnering some trade interest.
Joe Blanton P LAA 16 Hrs
Joe Blanton pitched well in Wednesday's start against the Rangers, holding them scoreless over five innings.
Blanton allowed only one hit and struck out five. It's a remarkable improvement over his previous two Cactus League appearances in which he allowed nine runs in 5 2/3 innings. Blanton is still fighting for a spot at the back of the Angels' rotation but his chances aren't great. The Angels could still trade or release him by the end of spring training.
Mike Moustakas 3B KC 16 Hrs
Mike Moustakas went 3-for-3 with a home run against the Athletics on Wednesday.
Moustakas hit his fourth home run of the spring, a solo shot off of Sean Doolittle in the sixth inning. He also singled and doubled off of Scott Kazmir, bumping his average up to .500 in 26 Cactus League at-bats. He could very well be a fantastic buy-low candidate late in the draft.