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    Orioles' Chris Davis open to more reps at right field
    by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
    (3:44 pm ET) Orioles' Chris Davis told reporters that he's prepared for more reps at right field this spring, according to Comcast SportsNet Baltimore on Wednesday. Davis has not played the outfield since 2012, and has only 39 starts in right field during his MLB career.

    "The way our team is constructed here you're always on your toes," Davis said. "With the way we run the DH, you know that there's an opportunity for me to play somewhere else, so you try and stay prepared. I think the biggest thing for me going from the infield to the outfield is just the reps. I haven’t had a lot of reps in right field."


    Diamondbacks' Inciarte ready to compete for roster spot
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (3:39 pm ET) Outfielder Ender Inciarte was one of the Diamondbacks' top performers in the second half last season, but even a strong finish to the year couldn't secure him a starting job this season. Therefore, Inciarte will be competing for a spot on the roster this spring.

    "There's a lot of competition here, but you only control what you can control," Inciarte said, per The Arizona Republic. "I know I can play defense. I know I can run. And I know I can hit. I've just got to do my job. I want to have a chance to play, but I'm ready to take any opportunity they give me or any role.

    "I know whatever happens is going to be the best thing for me. I know if I go to Triple-A, I'm going to do my best and find my way back."

    Inciarte shouldn't be talking about Triple-A just yet, especially not when you are on the manager's radar.

    "He's the type of player you like to have because he can do so many different things," manager Chip Hale said. "He's kind of a throwback to when we played and being able to use all those different tools in a game instead of just waiting for the big home run."


    Mets' Wilmer Flores exits spring game after HBP on wrist/forearm
    by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
    (3:09 pm ET) Mets infielder Wilmer Flores was forced out of Thursday's spring training game after being hit by a pitch on the wrist/forearm region, reports MLB.com. The team has yet to provide an update on his status moving forward.

    Flores is viewed as the favorite to win the shortstop job after he hit .251 in 78 games and had a .979 fielding percentage at shortstop in 2014.


    Mets' Gee: I don't care what's going on, just trying to get ready for season
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (3:07 pm ET) Mets pitcher Dillon Gee took the hill Wednesday for his spring debut against the Braves amid speculation of whether he will be with the team come opening day. Gee allowed two runs on two hits and two walks in two innings. He didn't record a strikeout.

    "In the end it doesn't matter, wherever that is," Gee said, per NJ.com. "Whatever role, whatever team.

    "I don't care what's going on. I'm just trying to get myself ready for the season."


    Head of MLPA Tony Clark: I hope Josh Hamilton gets 'support'
    by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
    (2:57 pm ET) Tony Clark, the head of the MLBPA, told the Orange County Register on Wednesday that he's not sure how quickly the Josh Hamilton case will be resolved, but does hope that the embattled Angels slugger receives "support" from the people around his circle.

    "There are always baseball concerns, but more important are life concerns," Clark said. "We have a process and protocols in place to handle the baseball issues. But I'm hopeful that anybody that is part of baseball family, if a player finds himself in a tough spot, he is more interested in the support he's getting as an individual than the baseball part."

    Hamilton confessed to going on a binge that involved cocaine and alcohol a couple of months ago. A four-doctor panel will evaluate his case before an arbitrator makes a ruling. A verdict on a suspension could come in a few weeks.

    "The process needs to play itself out, and then we'll have a decision," Clark said.


    Pirates INF Josh Harrison exits spring game with left ankle issue
    by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
    (2:41 pm ET) Pirates infielder Josh Harrison exited Wednesday's spring training game because of left ankle discomfort, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Harrison was replaced by Brent Morel at the start of the second inning. At this point, it remains to be seen how long Harrison will be sidelined for. He'll likely be re-evaluated before their next spring game.

    Mets' Collins fine with how Parnell handled Syndergaard situation
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (2:33 pm ET) Mets reliever Bobby Parnell said he wasn't trying to embarrass starting pitcher prospect Noah Syndergaard when he threw out his lunch plate in the clubhouse Tuesday in an effort to inform the highly touted prospect he needed to be in the dugout for an intrasquad game. Third baseman David Wright also talked to Syndergaard about being in the clubhouse.

    "We try to keep those things behind closed doors, but the media was there and saw it," Parnell said in a statement released by the team, per NJ.com. "But it wasn't about embarrassing anyone. Again, it goes back to creating that culture on and off the field."

    Parnell said he talked with Syndergaard since the incident became public.

    "It's a clubhouse issue that needed to be handled," Parnell said. "We are trying to create a winning culture around here and that what's the whole situation was about."

    Mets manager Terry Collins said he has no issue with how Parnell handled the matter.

    "I think it's the perfect way he dealt with it," Collins told NJ.com. "Perfect. I think Bobby did what I would do and a number of other guys would've have done. The captain made a statement and it wasn't really adhered to and Bobby said, 'Maybe he didn't hear it'."


    Rockies' Blackmon held out Wednesday with abdominal injury
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (2:23 pm ET) Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon was not in Wednesday's spring lineup against the Diamondbacks due to an abdominal injury, per MLB.com. However, Blackmon planned to take batting practice Wednesday.

    Orioles limiting pitcher Kevin Gausman early in spring training
    by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
    (2:20 pm ET) The Orioles are taking things slow with relief pitcher Kevin Gausman. He pitched just one scoreless inning on 14 pitches in Wednesday's game, but it's a part of the plan, reports MLB.com.

    "Every year is a little bit different," said Gausman. "My first year I wanted to come into camp and show what I had and possibly be an option for later in the year, knowing I wasn't going to make the team. But pitched well. Last year came to camp, felt I had a good chance of making the rotation and then we signed Ubaldo [Jimenez]. So, it’s one of those things. Every spring is going to be different."

    Gausman went 7-7 in 2014 with a 3.57 ERA and 88 strikeouts in 113 1/3 innings pitched.

    "That's one thing that's different this year is they kind of held me back. [The Orioles] told me don't throw any bullpens before you get to camp. Normally I throw 7 or 8 bullpens before camp."


    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.”


     
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