OUTChris Tillman SP BAL 1 hour ago
Tillman (shoulder) is tentatively scheduled to pitch in an extended spring training game April 11, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
The Orioles remain hopeful that Tillman can return to the rotation April 15 - the first day they would need a fifth starter, so the tentative date would give him just three days of rest between appearances. The right-hander is scheduled to throw bullpen sessions Saturday, Monday, and next Wednesday before a batting practice on April 8. Depending on how he progresses, the club's return date could very well occur as planned.
Manny Margot CF SD 2 hours ago
Margot went 1-for-3 with a double in Monday's spring loss to the Dodgers.
The talented outfielder has gone 4-for-13 (.308) since returning from a minor knee injury on March 23. He did attempt a steal -- albeit unsuccessfully -- in that span, which is a good sign that his knee is fully healed. Margot appears slated to begin the year as the Padres' starting centerfielder, but the club could keep him in the minors for 24 days to gain an extra year of team control. San Diego hasn't announced any plans to do that, but it remains a possibility until they officially name the 22-year-old to their Opening Day roster.
Rafael Ynoa 3B COL 2 hours ago
Ynoa was reassigned to minor league camp Monday, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
The 29-year-old bashed a pair of home runs in his case for a major league roster spot, but it was all for naught as he never was much of a threat to the others competing for a roster spot. Ynoa will likely serve as organizational depth moving forward, but don't be surprised if reappears in Denver later in the season like he has the past few seasons.
Daniel Castro 2B/SS ATL 2 hours ago
Castro was reassigned to minor league camp Monday, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
The 24-year-old infielder didn't pose much of a threat to claim a roster spot, especially after batting just .235 and walking once in 35 spring plate appearances. Castro will likely serve as an organizational depth piece moving forward, but his positional versatility could land him a spot in Denver later in the season if he picks things up at the plate during his time in the minors.
DTDJoey Wendle 2B OAK 2 hours ago
Wendle (shoulder) will begin the 2017 in extended spring training, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
The 26-year-old is set to receive a cortisone shot in his ailing shoulder this week, a treatment likely to sideline him for a few days at the minimum. Wendle appeared in just seven games this spring before being shut down and will likely report to Double-A Midland or Triple-A Nashville upon his return to action.
DTDRandal Grichuk CF STL 2 hours ago
Grichuk was removed from Wednesday's Grapefruit League game after being hit in the hand by a pitch.
It's unclear how severe the injury is, but given the proximity to Opening Day, the Cardinals were quick to give their young outfielder the hook. Grichuk's status should become clearer once he's examined by team doctors. Consider him day-to-day for the time being.
Scott Oberg RP COL 2 hours ago
Oberg will likely begin the season with Triple-A Albuquerque, Nick Groke of The Denver Post reports.
The right-hander pitched well this spring, posting a 2.16 ERA and an 8:2 K:BB in 8.1 innings pitched, but ultimately there were just too many other arms clamoring for the same spots. That being said, Oberg has consistently dominated Triple-A hitters over the past few years, so he seems like a logical option to return to the big league bullpen if someone else gets hurt or falters.
DTDDaniel Norris SP DET 2 hours ago
Manger Brad Ausmus said Norris (arm) felt fine after playing catch Tuesday, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.
Norris, slated to be the Tigers' third starter this season, says he experienced the ailment while allowing nine runs in Monday's game. It appears he's on track to return to action before Opening Day, however, barring any unforeseen setbacks.
DTDChad Qualls RP COL 2 hours ago
Qualls (forearm) will not be ready for the regular season, Nick Groke of The Denver Post reports.
The right-hander was initially hoping to return to game action prior to the conclusion of spring training, and although that isn't completely out of the question, he still won't be at a point where he'll be able to comfortably appear in regular season games. Qualls struggled significantly last season in his first year of a two-year contract, and he'll need to prove his worth once he's healthy if he wants to be used in anything beyond a middle relief role this season.
Jordan Lyles P COL 2 hours ago
Lyles seems likely to break camp as a member of the Rockies bullpen, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
The right-hander has experienced his fair share of struggles this spring (6.55 ERA, four walks in 11 innings pitched), but the myriad of injuries plaguing the Rockies seem to have opened up a spot in the bullpen for Lyles. The fact that he's out of options may have also played a role, but a roster spot is a good sign for him nonetheless. That being said, his fantasy value will be severely limited for much of the season, as his low strikeout rates won't garner much value in a middle-relief role.