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    A good spring could help Brewers' Morris in getting back on track
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (2:16 pm ET) Brewers first baseman Hunter Morris is trying to re-establish himself this spring after he was removed from the 40-man roster in the offseason. It wasn't long ago that Morris was considered the Brewers' top prospect.

    “I don’t feel any pressure to make this team right away,” Morris said, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I’m still confident in my ability and I firmly believe I’m going to play in the big leagues.

    "My goal is go out and force the Brewers’ hand and not give them any choice but to have me in the big leagues.”

    Morris was named the Brewers' minor-league player of the year in 2012 after he hit .303 with 28 home runs, 40 doubles and 113 RBI at Double-A. While he totaled 24 home runs the following year, he hit just .247. He ran into more offensive struggles in 2014, and he also missed time due to a wrist injury.

    “It was frustrating, the way everything played out,” Morris said.

    Now, the 26-year-old first baseman must prove to the Brewers he still has a future in the majors, and it starts this spring.

    “He needs to have a good year this year, get back on that right track,” manager Ron Roenicke said. “He hasn’t performed well in spring trainings for us. That’s the hard part, that we don’t get to see him when he’s really good.

    “All I get is what I see in the spring, and he hasn’t had good springs. It’s really hard for me to get a good read.”


    Royals' Hochevar (elbow) emerges unscathed after BP session
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (1:52 pm ET) Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar threw his first batting-practice session of the spring Tuesday and emerged from the outing without any issues, per MLB.com.

    "Everything was fine this morning," Yost said. "He felt great."

    Yost liked how Hochevar, who is coming off Tommy John surgery, threw in batting practice.

    "A good live fastball," Yost said. "Good curve. He looked really good. Just a normal progression for him."


    Angels' Roberto Baldoquin could join club this weekend
    by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
    (1:21 pm ET) Angels manager Mike Scioscia told reporters that Roberto Baldoquin could be with team as early as this weekend, according to the Orange County Register. Baldoquin, who has been dealing with visa issues, agreed to an $8 million bonus in November and is expected to work with the minor-league squad before starting the season in Class A.

    Orioles' J.P. Arencibia making strides working with bench coach
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (1:16 pm ET) Orioles catcher J.P. Arencibia has made a favorable impression on manager Buck Showalter, per MASNsports.com. Arencibia, who is in camp on a minor-league deal, has been working with bench coach and catching instructor John Russell on improving his defense.

    "He and John are working on a couple of things," Showalter said. "I've seen John do some things with guys that I didn't think was possible. I keep a real open mind about anything with a catcher here. I think John very quietly is one of the best I've ever been around, but he doesn't make everybody do it exactly the same. We'll see how it plays out.

    "He's very engaged. He knows what the job description requires and he's trying to bring it. I think we all know offensively he's capable of better, but his damage has always good."


    Angels' Garrett Richards begins light fielding drills
    by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
    (1:15 pm ET) Along with completing his sixth bullpen session of the spring, Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards began light fielding drills on Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Times. Richards is roughly six months removed from left knee surgery, and is not expected to be ready for opening day.

    Indians' Kluber (illness) could have Cactus League debut pushed back
    by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
    (1:12 pm ET) Indians pitcher Corey Kluber is dealing with flu-like symptoms, and manager Terry Francona is unsure if he'll have his Cactus League debut pushed back, per the Northeast Ohio Media Group. Kluber, who is coming off his AL Cy Young campaign in 2014, is penciled in for Saturday.

    Report: Jace Peterson may have outside shot to win 2B job
    by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
    (1:04 pm ET) Because of he reported to camp in exceptional condition and Alberto Callaspo did not, Jace Peterson may have an outside shot at the Braves' second base job, per the Atlanta Journal Constitution on Wednesday.

    Callaspo signed with the Braves as a free agent in December was penciled in as the starter while top prospect Jose Peraza works his way through the minors. However, if Callaspo doesn't play his way into game shape over the next month, Peterson, along with Phil Gosselin could have a crack at the position.

    Peterson was traded to the Braves from the Padres in a deal that involved Justin Upton in late December. Last week, manager Fredi Gonzalez confirmed to reporters that the second base gig is "wide open."


    Cubs taking wait-and-see approach on Welington Castillo's future
    by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
    (12:49 pm ET) Although Cubs catcher Welington Castillo is on the trade block and could be dealt before opening day, manager Joe Maddon told reporters that he's going to let the Castillo rumors play out before he decides whether he'll break camp with three catchers, per Comcast SportsNet Chicago.

    "Let's just play it (out)," Maddon said. "Let's get him ready. He's really good. I really mean it. I like Castillo a lot. He's really opened up also in talking to guys and among the group, which is really nice to hear. There's a lot of good stuff going on there."


    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.


     
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