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    Angels 3B David Freese still dealing with elbow issue
    by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
    (3:51 pm ET) A hyperextened elbow will keep Angels third baseman David Freese out for a few more days, reports the Los Angeles Times.

    Freese suffered the injury Tuesday and was forced to exit the game. He is hitting .282 in 39 at-bats during spring training.


    Cubs' Lester says he has a 'normal day' during minor-league outing
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (3:49 pm ET) Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester threw 54 pitches in a minor-league game Thursday, per MLB.com. Lester gave up one hit and one walk, while striking out three of the 12 batters he faced.

    Thursday was the first time Lester pitched in a game since being scratched last week due to a tired arm. Lester is scheduled to make one more start before the season opener (April 5) against the Cardinals, but he doesn't know yet if it will be another minor-league game or he will pitch in a major-league spring game.

    “Today was good, today was a normal day,” Lester said. “[I’ll] come back tomorrow and go about work again.”


    Cardinals OF Matt Holliday looking to avoid another slow start
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (3:27 pm ET) By Matt Holliday's standards, the Cardinals outfielder's 2014 season didn't quite measure up to previous seasons. Although, the 35-year-old outfielder refuses to blame his decline in production on his age.

    "It was one of those things where I couldn't figure out what was going on in the first half," Holliday said, per MLB.com. "I couldn't get comfortable. I couldn't find the timing I wanted in my swing. You start questioning what you're doing with your swing and stuff like that. I got in a bad place."

    The numbers support Holliday's claim. He hit .265 with a .389 slugging percentage, .762 OPS, six home runs and 45 RBI in 93 first-half games before batting .281 with a .515 slugging percentage, .882 OPS, 14 home runs and 45 RBI in 63 games after the All-Star break.

    "After the break, I felt like I found it and was able to have a good second half," Holliday said. "I'm proud of that. But I'd like to do without the bad first half and have two good halves. That's where I want to be."

    Although he hasn't homered in 11 spring games, Holliday is batting .333 (8 for 24) with two doubles, two RBI and four walks.


    Yankees release pitcher Jared Burton from contract
    by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
    (3:27 pm ET) The Yankees announced the release of pitcher Jared Burton from his minor-league contract Thursday.

    Burton has been sidelined because of an oblique injury.


    White Sox's Ventura: Jake Petricka dealing with 'some soreness'
    by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
    (3:21 pm ET) White Sox manager Robin Ventura told reporters that pitcher Jake Petricka is experiencing some soreness, according to the Chicago Tribune on Thursday. Petricka has allowed two runs over 4 2/3 innings of work this spring. He has not pitched in a game since Monday.

    Mets RP Vic Black could be ready in time for Opening Day
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (3:08 pm ET) Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen said reliever Vic Black is "right on the cusp" of being ready for Opening Day, per NJ.com. Black has been sidelined since mid-March with a shoulder injury.

    Rays' Cash: Drew Smyly 'all good' after bullpen session on Thursday
    by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
    (3:04 pm ET) Rays starting pitcher Drew Smyly completed a bullpen session without any issues on Thursday, according to MLB.com.

    "Smyly was all good," manager Kevin Cash told reporters.

    Smyly is working his way back from shoulder tendinitis. At this point, it remains unlikely that he'll pitch in a game this spring.


    Wilmer Flores (foot) returns to Mets' Grapefruit League lineup
    by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
    (3:00 pm ET) Wilmer Flores returned to the Mets' lineup and will hit second Thursday night against the Yankees in Grapefruit League play, according to ESPN. Flores was sidelined since Sunday, after he fouled a pitch off his left foot. He is hitting .342/.350/.605 in 38 at-bats.

    Brewers' Roenicke continues to back Nelson despite rough spring
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (2:58 pm ET) Brewers starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson has not had a banner spring. The right-hander has allowed 12 runs (nine earned) on 17 hits and one walk in 13 innings (6.23 ERA).

    However, despite poor spring numbers, manager Ron Roenicke has not lost faith in Nelson.

    “He was the most dominant pitcher in Triple-A,” Roenicke said, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “That tells you if we can get back to that guy, then we have a really good major-league starter.

    “(The struggles) are because he doesn’t command the ball. When he was in Triple-A, he commanded the ball better, for whatever reason. Maybe it was the confidence he had there. He’s got overpowering stuff but there’s not too many guys who can overpower a major-league hitter if you don’t put it in the right spot. The difference is he’s facing guys that are really good hitters.

    “It’s not that he doesn’t throw strikes. When I talk about commanding the ball, that doesn’t mean it’s not a strike. It means when you want to throw it inside, you can throw it inside instead of being outside for a strike. Or if you want to throw it down and you miss up for a strike, that’s not commanding the ball. Commanding it is throwing it in an area you want to throw it, and repeating an offspeed pitch.”


    Tigers' Victor Martinez running with a hitch in his step
    by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
    (2:45 pm ET) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus told reporters that designated hitter Victor Martinez has been running gingerly, with a "hitch" in his step since Wednesday. Martinez made his first appearance of the spring on Sunday since undergoing knee surgery in February.

    "Thinking back, he sort of ran that way last year," Ausmus said. "He's always had, I don't want to call in a gimp, but he always had a little hitch in his step when he ran. Even a year ago. That may be a result of the first knee surgery."

    Martinez told Ausmus he feels fine, and Ausmus said he'll trust his designated hitter moving forward.

    "(Martinez) says he feels good. I talked to him (Wednesday)," Ausmus said. "At least he says he feels good. So I'm gonna trust him on that."


     
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