Andy Dirks LF/RF DET 17 Hrs
Andy Dirks underwent successful microdiscectomy surgery on his back Monday.
Dirks will rest for three weeks before beginning physical therapy. The outfielder is expected to be sidelined for 12 weeks all told, putting likely return sometime in June. Rajai Davis will be the Tigers' primary left fielder while Dirks is on the shelf.
Neftali Feliz RP TEX 17 Hrs
Neftali Feliz tossed a scoreless ninth inning against the Reds in Monday's 8-2 victory.
Feliz is battling Joakim Soria to close out games for the Rangers. He got into some one-out trouble, allowing back-to-back singles, but got consecutive fly outs to end the ballgame.
Samuel Deduno SP MIN 17 Hrs
Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports that Samuel Deduno "appears to be the slight favorite" to land the final spot in the Twins' rotation.
He has a fight on his hands, though, with Vance Worley, Scott Diamond and Kyle Gibson all in the running for the spot. Deduno has the leg up after posting a 3.83 ERA last year with Twins, and he has only helped himself this spring with a 1.35 mark in Grapefruit League action. Fantasy owners would like to see Gibson get a shot, as he has the highest upside of the group. However, he's also the least experienced and has options left.
Jeff Francis P CIN 17 Hrs
Jeff Francis got the loss on Monday against the Rangers, allowing two unearned runs in two innings.
Francis was one pitch away from escaping trouble, but Elvis Andrus drove in two runs with a single up the middle in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Reds have no room for Francis in the rotation, so the lefty will report to Triple-A when the season starts and serve as insurance.
Rafael Betancourt RP COL 17 Hrs
Rafael Betancourt (elbow) will work out at the Rockies' spring training complex for the next 10 days.
Betancourt remains a free agent, but the Rockies have given him permission to work out in their camp. The veteran reliever has professed a desire to pitch for the Rockies and no one else, so he seems likely to wind up back in Denver eventually provided that his rehab from Tommy John surgery goes well. Betancourt will throw 25 times from 90 feet on three occasions before expanding to 125 feet next week.
Jurickson Profar 2B/SS TEX 17 Hrs
Jurickson Profar, in the DH spot once again, went 1-for-4 with a home run on Monday against the Reds.
Profar hit a solo home run off of Homer Bailey in the third inning, his second of the spring. The Rangers hope to have Profar start at second base soon, but are playing it safe as their top prospect has been dealing with a shoulder problem.
Jonathan Sanchez SP CHC 17 Hrs
Jonathan Sanchez got the save in Monday's 3-2 win over the Giants.
Sanchez retired the Giants in order in the ninth, though two of the outs were on line drives. The left-hander, a non-roster invitee, is trying to earn a spot in the Cubs' bullpen, but he hasn't had a great spring. He has allowed five runs in 4 2/3 innings in the Cactus League.
Omar Infante 2B KC 17 Hrs
Omar Infante (shoulder) admitted Monday that he's still "not 100 percent."
Infante made his first spring start at second base Monday, but he's still not getting as much on his throws as he'd like due to shoulder inflammation. "I'm not 100 percent," he said. "But I'm almost there." The shoulder shouldn't be an issue by the time Opening Day rolls around.