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    David Wright apologizes for scolding prospect in front of media
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (12:46 pm ET) Mets third baseman David Wright apologized to prospect Noah Syndergaard on Wednesday for scolding him Tuesday "within earshot" of the press, according to the New York Daily News.

    However, Wright was not apologetic about the message he delivered to the highly touted pitching prosect.

    "I talked to Noah yesterday, that's the thing I apologized to him for not realizing that obviously I choose to do it, so it's not the media's fault by any means, but I didn't notice the media was within earshot. So that's what I apologized to Noah for," Wright said.

    "Now he has to answer questions, I have to answer questions, (Mets manager) Terry (Collins) has to answer questions, that's not the way that I like to handle things. I wasn't aware of my surroundings. As far as the content of it, I think that's something that I think Noah did an excellent job understanding the situation, he was very remorseful of the situation."

    On Tuesday, Wright and reliever Bobby Parnell were upset Syndergaard went into the clubhouse to eat lunch while the Mets were in the middle of an intrasquad game. Wright told Syndergaard he needed to be on the bench during the game, but Parnell went one step further by throwing out the plate of food Syndergaard was eating.

    Syndergaard, who added staying in the clubhouse was "straight up" ignorance on his part, said Wright has spoken to him twice since the incident.

    "He wanted to make sure I knew that Bobby (Parnell) and he were not picking on me," Syndergaard said Wednesday. "He just wanted to make it clear, they care about me, they want me to be a part of the team, they think I can contribute in the future."

    McClendon on Mariners' Marte: 'He's a very talented individual'
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (12:43 pm ET) While Chris Taylor and Brad Miller will be competing for the starting shortstop job this spring for the Mariners, manager Lloyd McClendon said prospect Ketel Marte will also see time at shortstop this spring, per MLB.com.

    “He’s a very talented individual,” McClendon said. “He’s come quite a long way in a short period of time and I can see why. He’s got a lot of talent and is pretty poised for a kid who is 20 years old.”

    Marte hit .304 with a .335 on-base percentage, .411 slugging percentage and .746 OPS in 128 games between Double-A and Triple-A in 2014. He also had four home runs, six triples, 32 doubles, 55 RBI, 79 runs and 29 stolen bases.


    Mets' Jonathon Niese impressed by velocity after first intrasquad outing
    by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
    (12:40 pm ET) Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters he's impressed with Jonathon Niese's effort and health in Tuesday's intrasquad scrimmage, per the New York Post.

    "His arm angle is much better, more velocity with his arm speed," Collins said. "He spent all winter making sure he was healthy because he doesn't want to go through those shoulder issues, and it has really paid off."

    He tossed two shutout innings in his first outing of the spring. Niese, who had two MRI exams on his left arm in spring training last year, was impressed with his velocity this time around.

    "My intrasquad last year, I don't think I threw over 80 mph," Niese said. "My shoulder and elbow felt great and my body feels good."


    Tigers OF Steven Moya (back) cleared to play Wednesday
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (12:33 pm ET) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said outfielder Steven Moya will be available off the bench for Wednesday's spring game against the Orioles after sitting out Tuesday due to back spasms.

    Mets 1B Lucas Duda scheduled to swing a bat on Wednesday
    by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
    (12:30 pm ET) Mets first baseman Lucas Duda is scheduled to swing a bat on Wednesday for the first time in roughly three weeks, according to ESPN. Duda hasn't been able to pick up a bat since suffering an oblique injury in mid-February and receiving a cortisone shot last month.

    Duda registered a .830 OPS with a career-best 30 home runs and 92 RBI in 153 games in 2014.


    Giants' Crawford won't play in field until next week due to sore shoulder
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (12:25 pm ET) Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford will DH during Wednesday's spring game against the Athletics because of a sore right shoulder. He is not expected to play in the field until next week.

    Crawford said this injury is not serious and he had a similar issue last year. He plans to start throwing again Friday.

    Manager Bruce Bochy has talked about giving Crawford more time off in 2015, per SFGate.com.

    "He mentioned it last year, especially in the second half," Crawford said. "He said he played me a lot in the first half and in the second half he was going to try to find more days for me to get off. He said we're also trying to get to the playoffs and win the division."


    Red Sox's Castillo out at least a week with a strained oblique
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (12:14 pm ET) Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo is expected to miss at least a week with a strained left oblique, manager John Farrell said Wednesday.

    This is an unfortunate setback for Castillo, who is competing for the starting job in center field. Jackie Bradley and Mookie Betts will likely see most of the reps in center field with Castillo sidelined.

    Castillo told CSNNE.com on Wednesday morning that his injury wasn't serious and he was expecting to be available for Thursday's spring game against Minnesota.


    Orioles' Janish still aiming to make spring debut March 20-21
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (12:08 pm ET) Orioles shortstop Paul Janish fielded grounders for 20-25 minutes Tuesday and still intends to throw for the first time this weekend since undergoing elbow surgery in February, per MASNsports.com.

    Janish is still aiming to play in a spring game either March 20 or March 21.

    "It went really well," Janish said. "I was moving around and relubricating everything, so to speak. It's not just the ground balls, it's the legs and getting everything going, getting the body moving in those ways again. It went as well as it could, to be honest.

    "Now it's getting on a consistent schedule of doing that stuff so I can get back into baseball shape and hopefully this weekend I'll have the opportunity to start throwing.

    "As far as hitting, that's not as big of a deal. I can actually swing right now, hit off a tee and stuff. But in terms of getting in BP groups and start hitting live, that's probably going to be accordance with throwing, so I'd imagine this weekend."


    Orioles' Matusz on injured shoulder: 'It's almost 100 percent'
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (11:58 am ET) Orioles reliever Brian Matusz received a cortisone injection into his right shoulder Monday to alleviate the discomfort caused by a strained AC joint, according to MASNsports.com. Matusz said he sustained the injury about six weeks ago while working out.

    "It's something that hasn't affected anything on the baseball field, but in the weight room it's definitely limited things, so we decided to just go in there since it was the right shoulder and put a cortisone (injection) in there," Matusz said. "It's starting to feel better, almost 100 percent."

    Matusz threw a bullpen session Tuesday and is scheduled to pitch in a game against the Blue Jays on Thursday.

    "It was only done for the purposes of being able to get back in the weight room to continue my normal workout routines," he said.


    Astros' Hernandez on his way to camp after receiving work visa
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (11:44 am ET) Astros starting pitcher Roberto Hernandez, who will compete for a spot in the rotation this spring, has received his work visa and will travel from the Dominican Republic to the team's spring complex in Florida on Wednesday, per MLB.com. Hernandez will undergo a physical Thursday.

    Astros general manager Jeff Lunhow said Hernandez has been throwing at the Astros complex in the Dominican Republic. But he also added that Hernandez is behind after missing close to two weeks of camp.

    “You could argue this is the perfect way to do it, to show up on the first day of games,” Luhnow joked.


     
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