OUTChris Herrmann C ARI 20 hours ago
Herrmann (hand) took batting practice Thursday.
Before spring training arrived, the expectation had been that Herrmann would arrive in full health. While there's yet to be word saying that was the case, seeing him participate in BP is certainly promising. Over the course of spring training, Herrmann will look to establish himself as the club's starting catcher.
Glenn Sparkman SP TOR 22 hours ago
Sparkman is in the hunt for a long-relief role on the team's Opening Day roster, SB Nation reports.
There's a laundry list of right-handers vying for a few slots, but Sparkman's situation is unique. If the team decides to keep the Rule 5 addition, then Sparkman will need to remain on the roster all season or be waived. Toronto's Rule 5 pick from a year ago, Joe Biagini, turned into a gem, so the club may feel like rolling the dice again with its latest selection. The 24-year-old Sparkman has a career 2.68 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and an impressive 9.5 K/9 over 238 innings as a minor-leaguer.
OUTAdrian Gonzalez 1B LAD 22 hours ago
Gonzalez (elbow) is going to receive more scheduled days of rest in 2017, Eric Stephen of SB Nation reports.
This doesn't have anything to do with his current elbow inflammation, which isn't supposed to carry into the regular season, but it deals more-so with the Dodgers expecting to play late into October in 2017. Gonzalez has been an ironman, playing in at least 156 games during each of the past 11 seasons, and being one of only three players to surpass the 150 game mark in each of the last five seasons. With the Dodgers depth and their expectation to be playing late in the playoffs, manager Dave Roberts thinks it will benefit Gonzalez later in the season if he is afforded more scheduled rest days early. The 34-year-old slashed just .244/.293/.310 against lefties last season, so he'll likely be replaced by a right-handed bat when he is rested.
CC Sabathia SP NYY 22 hours ago
Sabathia reported his knee is "good, no problem at all" following offseason arthroscopic surgery in his right knee, George A. King of the New York Post reports.
The procedure was described as routine and minor in nature, so it appears the 36-year-old lefty is on schedule to move forward without any further restrictions. He'll pitch in two simulated games as part of his normal spring program before making an appearance in an exhibition game, as the veteran will look to build on last season's bounce-back campaign that featured his best ERA (3.91) since 2012 and a return to the 90 mph plateau on his fastball.
OUTCharles Tilson CF CWS 22 hours ago
Manager Rick Renteria said that Tilson (foot) could begin limited action Friday, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.
The outfield prospect was diagnosed with a stress reaction earlier in the week, but it seems like he's already on the up-and-up again. This is still speculation at this point given he hasn't actually performed any of the activities since incurring the injury, but Tilson appears to be on the verge of returning to spring action. His status should be clearer as he ramps up his workouts over the weekend.
Jefry Marte 1B/3B/LF LAA 22 hours ago
With the acquisition of Luis Valbuena, Marte has likely lost his spot on the 25-man roster, according to the Orange County Register.
This move would make sense considering Marte served as a backup infielder last season, and Valbuena can play both first and third base. He will turn 26 years old this season and showed a bit of life at the plate last season with a .252/.310/.481 slash line in 284 plate appearances. Marte's ability to play at the corners in both the infield and the outfield would make him the first man up should anyone go down to injury at those positions.
Adam Warren RP NYY 22 hours ago
Warren will get a chance to earn a rotation spot in the spring, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
With two rotation spots unaccounted for, Warren will compete with Luis Cessa, Chad Green, Bryan Mitchell, and Luis Severino. The 29-year-old has by far the most experience out of the bullpen among the five though, so the Yankees may be more comfortable deploying the righty in more of a swing role similar to the one he's occupied the past few seasons. Though he's proven to be a valuable piece for the club in that capacity in the past, there won't be much appeal from a fantasy perspective if Warren does indeed wind up back in the bullpen.
Chad Green SP NYY 22 hours ago
Green (elbow) is participating in spring training and will be in the running for a rotation spot, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
Green's 2016 campaign was cut short after suffering a UCL sprain and strained flexor tendon in the beginning of September, but he was able to avoid surgery with a combination of rest and rehab over the offseason. He's slated to compete with four other righties for the two final spots in the Yankees' rotation, and Green will get his first chance to prove his case in Monday's spring training game against the Orioles.
DTDTodd Frazier 3B CWS 22 hours ago
Manager Rick Renteria said that Frazier (oblique) is feeling much better today, but that they'll continue to take the cautious approach with his return to action.
Frazier incurred the injury while swinging on Monday, but this development is consistent with the club's thought that the issue is actually fairly minor. Oblique injuries are never something to scoff at given their notoriously lengthy recovery times, but it seems that the third baseman dodged a bullet in this instance. Nonetheless, he'll continue to take things slowly given the extended length of spring training, so don't be surprised if he sits out a bit longer just to avoid aggravating it further.
Luis Cessa P NYY 22 hours ago
Cessa is being considered for one of the final spots in the starting rotation, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
Heading into spring training, the top three spots in the Yankees' rotation appear to be sorted out, but behind that there's an open competition for the back-end spots. Cessa worked out of both the bullpen and the rotation in the Bronx last season, working to a 4.35 ERA (5.57 FIP) over 70.1 innings in the majors but he had much more success in the minors to the tune of a 3.03 ERA and 8.1 K/9 in 15 appearances (14 starts) with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The righty will turn 25 years old in the first month of the season, so if he does lose out on a rotation spot, the Yankees might elect to send Cessa back down to the minors to continue developing him as a starter going forward.