Chase Headley 3B SD 4 Hrs
Chase Headley (calf) is hoping to make his Cactus League debut on Thursday.
Headley faced live pitching over the weekend and felt fine. It's not clear how much, if any, running he's done, so he could be eased into game action in the designated hitter spot. The third baseman remains hopeful of getting ready in time for Opening Day.
Ross Detwiler SP WAS 4 Hrs
Ross Detwiler is scheduled to throw one inning in Wednesday's game, with Taylor Jordan getting the start.
All three of Detwiler's previous Grapefruit League appearances have been starts, so it could be a sign that he's being transitioned over to a bullpen role. There's been speculation that this could happen, as Jerry Blevins is the only established left-hander in the Nationals' bullpen. It looks like the Nats' fifth starter will either be Jordan or Tanner Roark.
Joe Wieland SP SD 5 Hrs
Padres manager Bud Black said Monday that the conversations he's had with Joe Wieland about his injury revolved more around the triceps area rather than the elbow.
Wieland dealt with triceps problems last year as he worked his way back from Tommy John surgery. Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan reported earlier Monday that the Padres had "significant concern" that Wieland might have re-tore his UCL, but it appears the issue involves another part of the arm. More will obviously be known when Wieland undergoes an MRI Monday.
Marco Scutaro 2B SF 5 Hrs
Marco Scutaro (back) is back in the Giants' lineup Monday.
"This is the time to get ready," Scutaro said. "And you get ready playing games." Things had been looking bleak for Scutaro's chances at being ready for Opening Day, but he's finally making some progress with his ailing back. Of course, he's had setbacks along the way and another one can occur at any time.
Brian Flynn SP MIA 5 Hrs
Marlins optioned LHP Brian Flynn, RHP Sam Dyson and C Rob Brantly to Triple-A New Orioles and LHP Edgar Olmos to Double-A Jacksonville.
Flynn was competing for the fifth starter job but didn't fare terribly well with a 5.40 ERA over 10 innings. There's no longer room for Brantly on the roster with Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Jeff Mathis handling the catching duties.
Jon Niese SP NYM 5 Hrs
Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that Jon Niese (elbow) will resume throwing on Wednesday after an MRI revealed that his ligament is "fully intact."
Niese was given a cortisone injection in the back of his left elbow in order to combat inflammation. The left-hander has nursed shoulder and elbow ailments this spring and is expected to begin the season on the disabled list, but the hope is that he'll be ready to go on April 6 when the Mets first need a fifth starter.
Joel Hanrahan RP BOS 5 Hrs
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Joel Hanrahan (elbow) is up to 90-92 mph in workouts and could sign with a team "fairly soon."
Hanrahan expressed last month a desire to catch on with someone before the end of spring training. The former closer is expected to be game-ready at some point in May. The Yankees, Mets, and Red Sox are known to have been monitoring Hanrahan.
Jeff Samardzija SP CHC 5 Hrs
Bruce Levine of WSCR-AM and 670thescore.com reports that the Diamondbacks "will look for a top starter" and the Jeff Samardzija trade talks "may be revisited."
The D'Backs talked to the Cubs about a deal for Samardzija at last year's trade deadline and rekindled the discussion over the offseason. It appears the injury to Patrick Corbin might prompt them to revisit the negotiations again. Samardzija will make $5.345 million this season and will be arbitration-eligible for a final time next winter. The Cubs have had extension talks with him but so far haven't gotten anywhere.
Mat Latos SP CIN 5 Hrs
Mat Latos (knee) could appear in a minor league game on Tuesday or Wednesday.
The Reds had been hoping he could make his Cactus League debut on Monday, but that's obviously not going to happen. Coming back from surgery to repair a tear of the meniscus in his left knee, Latos will begin the season on the disabled list but is hoping to be ready on April 6 when the club first needs a fifth starter.
Craig Gentry LF/CF OAK 6 Hrs
Craig Gentry (back) will take a full batting practice Monday.
It comes after he took some BP off coaches Sunday. Gentry is unlikely to be ready to play in games this week, but it shouldn't be far off. It will close as to whether he'll have time to get ready for Opening Day.