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    Padres OF Justin Upton scratched Friday due to illness
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (12:15 pm ET) Padres outfielder Justin Upton was scratched from Friday's spring game against the White Sox due to illness, per U-T San Diego. He was replaced in the lineup by Rymer Liriano.

    Upton hit a solo home run during his spring debut Wednesday.


    Indians' Gavin Floyd sidelined due to soreness unrelated to elbow
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (12:04 pm ET) Indians starting pitcher Gavin Floyd said Friday his live batting practice session Wednesday was shut down after seven pitches due to "general soreness," per MLB.com. Manager Terry Francona said Floyd's general soreness is unrelated to the fractured elbow he suffered in June.

    Floyd said he is not concerned about a setback. Pitching coach Mickey Callaway said the next step in Floyd's progression is still to be determined

    Francona said he told Floyd not to focus on deadlines, such as opening day. Francona added it is important to have Floyd at 100 percent -- no matter the date.


    Mariners SP James Paxton feels good after 30-pitch bullpen session
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (11:57 am ET) Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton (forearm) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Friday. He reported no soreness and will throw another bullpen session in a few days, per the Tacoma News Tribune.

    Cubs' Olt on first spring HR: One of the best at-bats I've had in a while
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (11:52 am ET) Cubs third baseman Mike Olt clubbed a two-run homer off Athletics starting pitcher Barry Zito during Thursday's spring game. He connected on an 0-2 changeup.

    “It’s one of the best at-bats I’ve had in a while,” Olt said, per MLB.com. 

    Olt spent some time this offseason working on refining his swing.

    “I feel like it’s night and day,” Olt said of his swing now compared to last season. “Last year, I said I felt my swing was there, but secretly I knew in my head I was swinging at pitches I wasn’t supposed to. I’m feeling like I’m tracking the ball a lot better this year and a lot of the changes we’ve made to my swing are the reason why.”


    Red Sox ready to consider Matt Barnes as option for bullpen?
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (11:45 am ET) The Red Sox have maintained they consider prospect Matt Barnes a starting pitcher. However, his performance Thursday against the Twins has opened the door for Boston to potentially consider Barnes as a bullpen option.

    Barnes struck out three batters in two scoreless relief innings Thursday. His fastball reached 97 mph and he featured a tight breaking ball, per WEEI.com.

    The Red Sox likely have just two spots in the bullpen open, but Barnes could change their plans. Barnes did make five relief appearances for Boston last season.

    “If everyone was healthy, we probably viewed two spots in competition among a group of four or five,” manager John Farrell said. “Does an outing like last night increase the pool? I don’t know that we need to anoint that yet, but that was a really good outing to watch.

    “I don’??t have a whole lot of history with Matt Barnes, but that was a different guy than even what we saw in September. Sometimes you look for silver linings in an otherwise frustrating year and talking with Matt Barnes, he has a better understanding of who he is as a pitcher, what’??s required at the major-league level and the constant focus and concentration needed, all those were talked openly by him. And he went out last night and demonstrated some of the things he learned last year. Breaking balls much tighter. I’??ve never seen that kind of velocity from him. He was a different guy last night.”


    Blue Jays' Saunders amazed with how quick recovery from surgery is going
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (11:38 am ET) Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders, who underwent surgery last week to remove 60 percent of the cartilage from his left knee, threw from flat ground for a second straight day Friday, according to the National Post

    “When they told me I was going to walk out of surgery, I basically called B.S., considering the way I felt two days prior to it,” Saunders said. “But I walked out of surgery and I’ve felt amazed at the way my knee feels, considering everything. It’s an amazing thing.”

    Saunders expects to hit off a tee within a few days. He could also start running in about a week.

    “So far, so good,” he said. “The training staff are pushing me, but we’re pushing each other. At the end of the day, I’ve got to listen to my knee, but we’re headed in a good direction.”


    A's catcher Stephen Vogt getting closer to DHing in spring game
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (11:33 am ET) Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt, who is coming off foot surgery, will run the bases either Friday or Saturday, per MLB.com. If all goes well, he will soon get into a spring game as the DH.

    Nationals 1B Mike Carp scratched Friday due to toe injury
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (11:29 am ET) Nationals first baseman Mike Carp was scratched from Friday's spring lineup against the Braves after taking a pitch off his pinkie toe Thursday, per CSNwashington.com. His toe swelled up overnight.

    Rockies' Jorge De La Rosa to miss start due to groin tightness
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (11:10 am ET) Rockies starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa will miss his spring debut Saturday against the Cubs due to left groin tightness, per The Denver Post.

    He plans to play catch Friday and throw a bullpen Saturday. De La Rosa also expects to be ready for his next turn through the rotation.

    The left-handed pitcher has been one of the Rockies' best pitchers the last two seasons. He is 30-17 with a 3.81 ERA since 2013.


    Mariners trying to gauge playing status of Franklin Gutierrez
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (10:59 am ET) Mariners outfielder Franklin Gutierrez is slated to play consecutive spring games Friday and Saturday as the team gauges where he is at after sitting out last season due to health issues, per MLB.com.

    “We need to find out what he’s capable of doing,” manager Lloyd McClendon said. “He actually looks pretty good. He’s moving around pretty good, swinging the bat well. We all know he’s a very talented young man. His biggest problem is just staying on the field and we need to find out if he can do that.”


     
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