Adam Warren RP NYY 3 hours ago
Warren has a 3.09 ERA and six strikeouts in four appearances (three starts) in Grapefruit League action.
The Yankees appear to have a wide open competition for the final two spots in the rotation, as none of the candidates have created much separation this spring. Warren has actually fared among the best of the group, but New York has shown a tendency in the past of preferring to use the versatile 29-year-old in more of a swing role, which could result in the righty heading to the bullpen regardless of his Grapefruit League performance.
Ian Kinsler 2B DET 3 hours ago
Kinsler is expected to rejoin Tigers camp Friday and play in a spring training game Sunday, Scott DeCamp of MLive.com reports.
Kinsler played a pivotal role in Team USA's World Baseball Classic championship, hitting a two-run home run in the title game against Puerto Rico. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Kinsler will get in a few workout days before returning to Detroit's lineup on Sunday.
Devon Travis 2B TOR 3 hours ago
Travis (knee) is in the Grapefruit League lineup for the first time this spring Friday, playing second base and batting seventh, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.
The keystone defender likely will play the field for approximately five innings after doing the same Wednesday during his stretch of minor league tests. If Travis does enough in the coming days to prove he can handle the physical workload of close to a full outing, the late-round lotto ticket in mixed leagues could exceed expectations and start the season on time.
Giovanny Urshela 3B CLE 3 hours ago
Urshela's chances of making the Opening Day roster have been increased due to the injury of Jason Kipnis (shoulder), MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports.
Jose Ramirez, the team's starting third baseman, may be headed over to temporarily fill Kipnis' shoes. If that proves to be the case, an extra glove at the hot corner will be needed on the 25-man roster. Urshela is among a handful of players vying for the gig that include Erik Gonzalez, Richie Shaffer and Yandy Diaz. Although Urshela's offensive capabilities are substandard to his competitors, the 25-year-old has one of the better gloves of the group (if not the best) and that may be manager Terry Francona's most-desired attribute for whoever fills in at third.
Josh Donaldson 3B/DH TOR 3 hours ago
Donaldson is back in the Grapefruit League lineup Friday, batting third and returning to third base, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.
The slugger returned to spring action earlier this week and played his first reps at third base Wednesday, so it's a plus that Donaldson got back out there for Toronto's second straight game. Return him safely to first-round consideration in most mixed fantasy leagues as long as he makes it through the coming days of exhibition action unscathed.
Jose Bautista RF/DH TOR 3 hours ago
Bautista (back) is in the Blue Jays' Grapefruit League lineup Friday hitting second, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.
The 36-year-old recently said he wasn't concerned with the lower-back issue that forced him to miss the World Baseball Classic semifinals contest for the Dominican Republic. Luckily, Toronto had Thursday off, so he received a welcomed rest, either way. After the brief break, the 2017 fantasy rebound candidate will look to get some hacks in before the season starts in about a week.
OUTJason Kipnis 2B CLE 3 hours ago
Kipnis is expected to open the season on the 10-day disabled list, and could be sidelined until mid-April, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports.
The mid-April timeline has yet to be set in stone, and with Kipnis having experienced shoulder issues in the past, it wouldn't be a surprise if the team decides to err on the side of caution and delay his debut. If Kipnis' recovery goes smoothly, the earliest he'd be eligible to return from the 10-day DL would be on April 13 at home against the White Sox.
Yandy Diaz 3B CLE 3 hours ago
Diaz has been working on the back fields at the Indians' complex with third-base coach and infield instructor Mike Sarbaugh, like a student cramming for an exam, to earn an Opening Day roster spot as a third baseman, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports.
With Jason Kipnis (shoulder) likely to miss the beginning of the season, starting third baseman Jose Ramirez may be pushed across the diamond to fill the hole. Diaz is looking to capitalize on the opening at the hot corner to ensure his place on the 25-man roster. As a member of the Rockies' organization in 2015, the 25-year-old played 126 minor-league games at third base. However, Diaz played a majority of his 103 games last year (at Triple-A) in the outfield. It's widely believed that the Cuban native can hold his own in the box against MLB pitchers -- he owns a career .307/.403/.410 slash line while displaying good plate discipline over 1222 at-bats in the minors -- but the Tribe have other options to temporarily hold down third base if Diaz proves to be a defensive liability.
OUTT.J. House RP CLE 4 hours ago
Manager John Gibbons said House, who was struck in the head by a line drive on March 10, is recovering nicely and should return to game action soon, MLB.com's Paul Hagen reports.
House started 18 games in 2014 for Cleveland, but he's logged just 15.2 innings over the past two seasons. The southpaw's ability to sit down left-handed hitters, combined with a fine 2.84 career FIP bodes well for a specialist role out of the Jays' bullpen later this season. Look for House to reappear on the MLB stage by mid-summer.
Josh Donaldson 3B/DH TOR 4 hours ago
Donaldson (calf) made his first defensive appearance of the spring and went 0-for-1 with a walk in Thursday's exhibition contest against the Tigers.
The big news Monday was Donaldson logging four innings as the team's third baseman. The crowd at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium let out a roar when Toronto's star handled a routine grounder in the top of the second inning, his first assist of the spring. Bench coach DeMarlo Hale told MLB.com , "He had a good pregame where he had some movement, and threw the ball across the diamond. So it's a good sign and a good feeling to see him over there, for sure." It was certainly a relief to see Donaldson on the field, but owners should continue to closely monitor how his body responds as he ramps up his activity level.