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    Giants' Brandon Crawford to play on Monday or Tuesday
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (7:08 pm ET) Giants infielder Brandon Crawford should play the field on Monday or Tuesday, according to CSN.

    Crawford is dealing with a sore shoulder, but was able to get through a full workout on Friday. He played during Friday's game, but was used as the designated hitter. Crawford, 28, hit .246/.324/.389 over 491 at-bats last season. 


    Royals' Yordano Ventura knocked around on Friday
    by Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer
    (7:02 pm ET) Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura was knocked around in his spring debut against the Indians.

    Ventura allowed four runs on four hits in just one inning of work. He issued two walks, and struck out one during the appearance. After a breakout season in 2014, Ventura is pretty much guaranteed a rotation spot, so there's no real reason to panic about the performance.

    The 23-year-old posted a 3.20 ERA over 183 innings last season. 


    Tigers' Alex Avila to return on Saturday
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (6:54 pm ET) Tigers catcher Alex Avila is set to return to the club on Saturday, according to MLB.com.

    Avila missed the past three days while on paternity leave. His wife gave birth to the couple's second daughter on Wednesday. Avila will return to the lineup once he arrives at camp. Manager Brad Ausmus confirmed that Avila will be in the lineup on Saturday.

    The 28-year-old Avila hit .219/.327/.359 over 390 at-bats last season. 


    Reds' Homer Bailey tosses third bullpen session
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (6:50 pm ET) Reds pitcher Homer Bailey was able to toss his third bullpen session on Thursday, according to MLB.com.

    While he's made progress following offseason arm surgery, there's still no timetable for Bailey to face hitters. "Before he gets too far into the live BP, we'll probably want to start to integrate a few breaking balls and make sure his recovery is good," Reds manager Bryan Price said. He added that Bailey's recovery has been "so far, so good." 

    Bailey, 28, posted a 3.71 ERA over 145 2/3 innings last season. 


    Royals' Kendrys Morales looking slimmer this spring
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (6:34 pm ET) Royals designated hitter Kendrys Morales is looking slimmer this spring, according to MLB.com.

    Morales lost about 12 pounds during the offseason after revamping his diet. Morales wouldn't reveal the specifics of his diet, just saying he consumed "less food" during the offseason. Morales added that he was happy with his current weight, and doesn't plan to lose any more.

    The 31-year-old hit .218/.274/.338 over 367 at-bats last season. 


    Astros' Brett Oberholtzer goes two strong innings in debut
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (6:25 pm ET) Astros pitcher Brett Oberholtzer tossed two innings in his spring debut.

    Oberholtzer gave up four hits and one unearned run during the appearance. He struck out two, but did not issue any walks. Oberholtzer is competing for a spot in the team's rotation this spring. The 25-year-old posted a 4.39 ERA over 143 2/3 innings last season. 


    White Sox's Jesse Crain to face hitters next week
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (6:16 pm ET) White Sox reliever Jesse Crain will face hitters next week, according to MLB.com.

    Crain is working his way back from shoulder issues, but has been able to participate in bullpen sessions. He threw his third session on Friday, and was cleared for live batting practice next week. 

    Pitching coach Don Cooper seemed happy with Crain's progress. "He's doing nothing but climbing," he said. "It's visible. We're excited." 

    Crain is hoping to pitch during spring training, but said he won't rush himself back to the mound. He said his familiarity with the White Sox led him to re-sign with the club in the offseason. "They know what I can do and know what I need to be ready."

    Crain sat out the entire 2014 season due to arm issues. 


    Red Sox's Rusney Castillo able to work out on Friday
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (5:58 pm ET) Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo was able to get in a light workout on Friday, according to MLB.com.

    Castillo is dealing with an oblique injury, but isn't expected to miss much time. Manager John Farrell confirmed that Castillo was able to get some work done on Friday. "Yeah, he did some work in the pool today, in addition to the elliptical," Farrell said. "He's starting to gain a little rotational movement. We may even put a ball in his hand tomorrow to do some light throwing." After that, Castillo will progress to running. 

    Castillo is expected to open the season as the club's starter in center. He hit .333 in 36 at-bats last year.


    Angels' Josh Rutledge viewed as the favorite at second
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (5:45 pm ET) Angels infielder Josh Rutledge is considered the favorite for the second base job, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

    Rutledge is competing with a number of players, including Grant Green and Johnny Giavotella, this spring. Rutledge has the most experience of the group, which could give him the edge.

    The 25-year-old hit .269/.323/.405 over 309 at-bats last season. 


    Blue Jays' Brett Cecil scratched with shoulder issue
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (5:40 pm ET) Blue Jays reliever Brett Cecil did not pitch on Friday due to a shoulder injury, according to MLB.com.

    Cecil's shoulder is a bit tender, and the team didn't want to take any chances. Manager John Gibbons did not seem concerned about the injury, saying "we don’t think it’s a big deal."

    The 28-year-old Cecil posted a 2.70 ERA over 53 1/3 innings last season. He's competing for the closer role this spring. 


     
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