Matt Harrison SP TEX 22 Hrs
Harrison (back) has increased his throwing to 120 feet from flat ground but won't attempt to throw from the mound for at least a month, the team's web site reports.
Any sort of major setback could be career-ending for Harrison, so look for a cautious approach here as he attempts to return from spinal fusion surgery.
Leonys Martin CF TEX 22 Hrs
Martin reported to camp Wednesday expressing a desire to emerge as the leadoff hitter but new manager Jeff Bannister was non-committal according to the team's web site.
Martin was elevated to that role last season with Shin-Soo Choo sidelined due to injury, but continues to post poor on-base numbers. Watch the competition closely this spring, as Martin would likely slide all the way down to the #9 spot if Choo hits leadoff.
Yu Darvish SP TEX 22 Hrs
Darvish (elbow) threw live batting practice on Wednesday, the team's web site reports.
Darvish continues to progress as usual this spring despite missing the final two months of last season due to elbow inflammation. If you can manage to get him at a discount, don't hesitate to do so.
Jonathan Singleton 1B HOU 22 Hrs
Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow expressed confidence that Singleton will "do the things he needs to do to make this club," Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Singleton failed to make an impression during his rookie season with the Astros last year, hitting a mere .168/.285/.335 with 13 home runs in 95 games. While he's currently the favorite to open 2015 as the Astros' starting first baseman, don't be surprised if he ends up back in the minors if his struggles carry over from 2014.
Domonic Brown LF PHI 1 Day
The Phillies have Mike Schmidt, who is in camp as a guest hitting instructor, working with Brown to adjust his swing, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Schmidt wants Brown to focus on a line drive approach toward the middle of the field rather than using an uppercut swing. Brown hit just .235/.285/.349 with 10 home runs last year after an All-Star 2013 season. The Phillies will give him a chance to return to form this season as their starting right fielder.
Jeff Francoeur RF PHI 1 Day
The Phillies have Francoeur working on cutting down his swing this spring, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports."He's really buying into the simple approach that we're talking about - line drives and swinging down at the baseball," manager Ryne Sandberg said.
Francoeur signed a minor league contract with the Phillies this winter. He has been working with Charlie Manuel, who is in camp as a guest hitting instructor. Francoeur has a decent chance at earning a bench job with the Phillies thanks to his defense. It also does not hurt that he hits right handed, as the Phillies could use another righty on their roster.
Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez RP PHI 1 Day
GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said Gonzalez's salary does not guarantee him a spot on the Phillies' roster, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.
Gonzalez is due to make $3.67 million this season, which is the fifth highest of any pitcher on the Phillies' roster. He will compete for a rotation spot this spring, but could still earn a bullpen spot if he fails to win a starting job.
Rafael Montero SP NYM 1 Day
Montero may have a hard time breaking camp with the parent club as a reliever if Dillon Gee is not traded, ESPN New York reports.
The Opening Day bullpen should be Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia, Vic Black, Josh Edgin, Carlos Torres and Gee. The Mets may carry another lefty and with Bobby Parnell due back possibly by the end of the month, Montero could be the odd man out.
Jeurys Familia RP NYM 1 Day
Familia (hernia) will get extra work this spring throwing to the bases, ESPN New York reports.
Familia had major issues throwing to bases last year, especially when fielding bunts and trying to pick up the force at the lead base. After he pitches in Grapefruit League games, Familia will proceed to a back field while still warm to work on his throwing. If he can fix this problem, Famila's numbers could improve on last year's fine showing. In addition, he will work on throwing four-seam fastballs up in the zone to complement his sliders and sinkers and change the batter's eye level.
Matt Harvey SP NYM 1 Day
Harvey will throw batting practice Friday, the first time he has done so since his October 2013 Tommy John surgery, ESPN New York reports.
Harvey may just pitch to batters in the box, though they may not swing because it's so early in camp. Regardless, it's another step forward for Harvey in his recovery.