Daniel Robertson SS TB 5 hours ago
Robertson has a chance to make the team as a utility infielder, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The 23-year-old shortstop prospect is hitting only .220 over 41 at-bats but Matt Duffy's extended recovery from heel surgery has potentially opened up a spot for him to start the season. Robertson's right-handed bat renders him particularly valuable in the short term and he could be competing with Michael McKenry or Nick Franklin for a roster spot as spring training heads into its stretch run.
Alex Cobb SP TB 5 hours ago
Cobb gave up three earned runs on six hits, a walk and a wlid pitch over 5.1 innings in Tuesday's 5-4 Grapefruit League loss to the Pirates.
The right-hander improved as the game went on, overcoming the first-inning home run he gave up to John Jaso and the wild pitch that allowed Jose Usuna to score in the fourth. Cobb described himself as starting off "a little timid" and "too mechanical" before settling in. The 29-year-old was able to demonstrate improved command of his fastball and got his typical assortment of groundball outs with his changeup as the game went on. Cobb also worked on his curveball early in counts as he continues to refine his mechanics in anticipation of serving as the team's No. 3 starter.
Matt Garza SP MIL 5 hours ago
Garza owns a 6.57 ERA, 2.11 WHIP, and 5:6 K:BB in 12.1 innings over five appearances this spring.
Garza has hardly had a productive spring, but he is due $12.5 million in 2017, so he still has a shot to break camp with a spot in the starting rotation. He is coming off his best outing of the spring, one in which he gave up just one earned run over 3.2 innings, but he did allow the opponent to average over two baserunners per inning for the fourth straight outing.
Jake Buchanan RP CHC 6 hours ago
Buchanan (illness) gave up four runs in two innings of work his last time out, allowing six hits while striking out two batters.
Buchanan is now sporting a 7.56 ERA across 8.1 innings through spring. With the Cubs' offseason bullpen acquisitions, it seems Buchanan will spend the year in Triple-A, although he could see some major league innings if injuries take toll on Chicago's bullpen.
Alex Bregman 3B HOU 6 hours ago
Bregman will return to training camp after the World Baseball Classic ends and is expected to play in a Grapefruit League game Friday, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Bregman has barely played in the WBC and really needs to get some at-bats in game action before the regular season hits. That's why he'll hit the ground running in Houston while Carlos Correa and Carlos Beltran will resume spring training Saturday.
Jett Bandy C MIL 6 hours ago
Bandy went 1-for-17 over his last six spring games and now owns just a .519 OPS during the exhibition season.
Bandy got off to a good start this spring, but his recent stretch has done quite a bit of damage to his statistics. His slump is not doing him any favors in the competition for playing time behind the plate with the big league club -- particularly because it coincides with a hot stretch for fellow backstop Manny Pina -- but he is still seemingly the favorite to open the season as the Brewers' top catcher ahead of Pina and Andrew Susac.
Dallas Keuchel SP HOU 6 hours ago
Keuchel allowed two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out three over five innings in Wednesday's game against Minnesota, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
Other than a lengthy third inning, Keuchel pitched well during his third Grapefruit League start. Overall, the left-hander was pleased that he was able to escape hitter's counts and induce weak contact in the form of nine groundball outs. All signs point to Keuchel taking the ball Opening Day at home against Seattle on April 3.
DTDBilly Hamilton CF CIN 6 hours ago
Hamilton hasn't played in a spring training game since Saturday because of a sore Achilles' tendon, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
The Reds suggested that Hamilton could have played through a regular season game with this malady, but it wasn't worth pushing through a spring training game. He's still expected to play in exhibition games in Las Vegas this weekend.
Corey Knebel RP MIL 6 hours ago
Knebel has thrown the ball well this spring, posting an 11:1 K:BB over six innings and allowing just two earned runs, and has caught the attention of manager Craig Counsell, who noted Wednesday that Knebel's "innings have been dominant, almost," according to MLB.com's Adam McCalvy.
Knebel was tentatively on track to open the year as the Brewers' closer early in the offseason, but the team's signing of Neftali Feliz means he will not begin the new campaign in that role. Still, his impressive spring has likely earned him a prominent spot in the pecking order behind Feliz, and he may even slot in as the team's setup man. While Knebel will not be closing games out of the gate, he is likely the next best option for Brewers' saves should Feliz cede the ninth-inning duties for any reason.
DTDRaisel Iglesias P CIN 6 hours ago
Iglesias (elbow) will begin a throwing program on Sunday, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Contrary to an earlier update, there is some chance that Iglesias won't be ready for Opening Day. Missing Opening Day or even the first week or two isn't all bad news - after all, it's just a starting line. The concern of course is whether this will affect his performance when he's out on the mound, or whether the risk of recurrence is high.