Johnny Cueto SP CIN 16 Hrs
Cueto (personal) will start Friday's game against the Dodgers' minor league team, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Managar Bryan Price recently said he thinks Cueto will be ready for Opening Day, as the right-hander only missed a couple of starts while dealing with a family matter in the Dominican Republic. Assuming Friday's outing goes off without a hitch, Cueto should be ready to take the hill Apr. 6 against Francisco Liriano and the Pirates.
Matt Stites RP ARI 16 Hrs
Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said the MRI of Stites' elbow looked pretty clean, MLB.com's Steve Gilbert reports.
Stites also had an MRI earlier in the month, and while he seems to have avoided structural damage, he may not be ready for Opening Day. It's possible Stites could open his season with Triple-A Reno, but he's expected to contribute to the big-league bullpen this season.
J. J. Hardy SS BAL 16 Hrs
Hardy suffered a left shoulder injury during Friday's Grapefruit League game, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports.
O's manager Buck Showalter said he should have more information Saturday but does not think the injury is serious. Hardy echoed that sentiment, and while he won't play Saturday, the shortstop has not been ruled out beyond the one game.
David Freese 3B/DH LAA 17 Hrs
Freese (elbow) will likely return to Cactus League action Saturday, MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports.
The same goes for outfielder Kole Calhoun, who is dealing with a minor triceps bruise. Neither player seems to be in any danger of missing Opening Day.
Kole Calhoun RF LAA 17 Hrs
Calhoun (Triceps) could return Saturday in the Cactus League game against the Dodgers, Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports.
Calhoun won't take the field Friday against the Diamondbacks after taking some bumps Thursday, but the fact that he appears ready to return is a good sign that the injury will not cloud his status ahead of Opening Day.
Justin Verlander SP DET 17 Hrs
Verlander left Friday's start with a cramp in his right triceps, and he is not expected to miss his next outing, Lynn G. Henning of The Detroit News reports.
While the initial diagnosis is favorable, the Tigers will further evaluate Verlander on Saturday. If it's confirmed to be nothing more than a cramp, the veteran right-hander should be ready for Opening Day. Verlander called for a trainer in the third inning of Friday's game, after covering first base on a ground ball.
Tyler Ladendorf 2B OAK 17 Hrs
A's manager Bob Melvin hinted Friday that Ladendorf could make the Opening Day Roster, MLB.com's Jane Lee reports.
With Josh Reddick (oblique) expected to miss the first few games of the season, Oakland wants a versatile player to temporarily step in. Of course, even if he does make the Opening Day roster, Ladendorf probably won't see regular at-bats and might only stay for a few days. While he posted a .297/.376/.407 slash line for Triple-A Sacramento last season, Ladendorf benefited from a .361 BABIP, and he served a 50-game suspension for PEDs. He also had just two home runs and three stolen bases in 78 games.
Eric Sogard 2B/SS OAK 17 Hrs
With Josh Reddick (oblique) likely starting his season on the disabled list, Sogard is in line to temporarily work as the A's primary second baseman, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Ben Zobrist will replace Reddick in right field, leaving second base open for Sogard. There isn't much to be gained beyond the season's first week, as Josh Reddick may make his debut on the A's season-opening homestand.
Justin Verlander SP DET 17 Hrs
Verlander left Friday's Grapefruit League game in the third inning with an apparent arm injury, MLive.com reports.
Verlander signaled for trainers after covering first base on a ground ball. The team has yet to provide an update, but Tom Gage of FOX Sports Detroit said Verlander didn't seem to be favoring anything when he ran from the dugout to the clubhouse. Reports from earlier in the day had Verlander's fastball consistently in the mid-90s.
Josh Reddick RF OAK 17 Hrs
A's manager Bob Melvin said Friday that Reddick (oblique) probably won't be ready for Opening Day but could make his debut before the end of the team's season-opening homestand, MLB.com's Jane Lee reports.
The homestand lasts seven games from Apr. 6 to Apr. 12. Reddick expects to play in games this upcoming weekend, but it sounds as if he won't quite have enough time to prepare for Opening Day. The A's thus expect to start the season with Ben Zobrist in right field and Eric Sogard at second base, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.