José Alvarado RP TB 3 hours ago
Alvarado fired a scoreless sixth inning in which he also recorded
a strikeout during a Grapefruit League win over the Pirates on Friday.
Alvarado has been sparsely utilized by manager Kevin Cash this spring, with Friday's outing only his second appearance of the exhibition slate. The 23-year-old southpaw has thrown just 13 total pitches but recorded three strikeouts, and he remains on track to see the bulk of save opportunities despite the Rays not officially designating him as a full-time closer.
Wilmer Font P TB 3 hours ago
Font was credited with the victory in a Grapefruit League win over the Pirates on Friday, firing 1.2 scoreless innings in which he allowed two hits and recorded two strikeouts.
Font has exactly been sharp while trying to make a case for what's likely the Rays' final bullpen role, as his spring ERA remains an unsightly 9.39 ERA even after Friday's outing. However, he helped his cause with the brief but scoreless effort, and he'll now await a decision from manager Kevin Cash in the coming days on whether he's done enough to open the season on the big-league roster.
Yadier Molina C STL 3 hours ago
Molina went 2-for-4 with a single, a ground-rule double, three total RBI, two runs and a walk in a 15-5 Grapefruit League win over the Mets on Friday.
The veteran backstop has scuffled at the plate overall this spring (7-for-30), but his extensive track record with the bat essentially renders any spring struggles meaningless. Moreover, Molina continues to have the full trust of the pitching staff, and his well-established durability seemingly makes him a lock for at least 120 starts, a mark he's eclipsed in four straight seasons and 10 of the last 11 overall.
Marcell Ozuna LF STL 3 hours ago
Ozuna went 1-for-2 with a solo home run, a sacrifice fly, a walk and two runs in a 15-5 Grapefruit League win over the Mets on Friday.
Ozuna's second homer of spring opened the scoring in the eighth for the Cardinals in the rout. The veteran outfielder is reportedly as healthy as he's been years following shoulder surgery this offseason, and he's been working on getting his timing down at the plate after a late start to spring.
Kolten Wong 2B STL 3 hours ago
Wong went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk a sacrifice fly and two runs in a 15-5 Grapefruit League win over the Mets on Friday.
It was just the latest installment of Wong's solid spring, one that's seen him hit .278 with two doubles, a home run and four RBI over 36 at-bats. The veteran second baseman is looking to bounce back after seeing a downturn across his slash line (.249/.332/.388) last season compared to his career-best 2017 production (.285/.376/.412). Wong will once again open the season manning the keystone for the Cardinals, and his above-average defense should continue helping him weather the storm of any offensive slumps he should endure.
Joey Wendle 2B/SS/3B/LF TB 3 hours ago
Wendle will be one of three players filling in at third base during Matt Duffy's (hamstring) stay on the injured list, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
The 28-year-old Wendle complemented above-average work at the plate in 2018 with a diverse defensive resume, and his versatility will come into play early during the coming season. Wendle, Daniel Robertson and Yandy Diaz are expected to form a three-man rotation at the hot corner while Duffy is sidelined, an absence that will persist through at least the first seven games of the season. Although the majority of his time (101 games) was spent at second base last season, Wendle did log 20 appearances at third.
Daniel Robertson 2B/SS/3B TB 3 hours ago
Robertson will be one of three players filling in at third base during Matt Duffy's (hamstring) stay on the injured list, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Duffy will miss at least the first seven games of the season, and Robertson will team with Yandy Diaz and Joey Wendle to help man the hot corner in his absence. Robertson's value is greatly based on his positional versatility, so Duffy's situation is one the 25-year-old is well suited to help alleviate. Robertson spent time at all four infield positions last season, including 19 games at third base.
Yandy Díaz DH TB 3 hours ago
Diaz will be one of three players filling in at third base during Matt Duffy's (hamstring) stay on the injured list, Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports.
Duffy will miss at least the first seven games of the season as a result of his troublesome hamstring injury. Diaz and the versatile duo of Daniel Robertson and Joey Wendle are all slated to help man the hot corner during his absence. Given the nature of soft-tissue injuries and the fits and starts Duffy has already endured with the hamstring this spring, there's also a chance the veteran infielder is sidelined for more than just the minimum time. Whenever Diaz does shift across the infield from first base, Ji-Man Choi or Brandon Lowe will likely slot into the latter position.
Franklin Barreto 2B OAK 3 hours ago
Barreto is slated to occasionally fill in at second base when Jurickson Profar shifts over to first during Matt Olson's (hand) absence, Chris Haft of MLB.com reports.
Barreto logged time at second base, shortstop and designated hitter in 2018, but the keystone is where he spent the most time. Therefore, he's a natural fill-in for Profar on occasions the latter mans the corner infield spot, although manager Bob Melvin also indicated Saturday that Chad Pinder would slot in at second base periodically during Olson's projected multi-week absence.
Jurickson Profar IF OAK 3 hours ago
Profar is slated to draw starts at first base against right-handed pitching in the wake of Matt Olson's hand injury, Chris Haft of MLB.com reports.
Profar will shift over from the keystone for those assignments, with manager Bob Melvin relying on the infielder's 43-game resume of error-free ball at first base over the last three seasons with the Rangers as proof Profar is up to the task. According to Melvin, the switch-hitting 26-year-old won't necessarily be used in a strict platoon with Mark Canha, who's slated to often slot into the lineup against southpaws during Olson's absence. Chad Pinder and Franklin Barreto will fill in for Profar at second base in any games where the latter switches positions.