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Brewers test out Gerardo Parra at first, Luis Jimenez at catcher


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5:19 pm ET) Brewers manager Ron Roenicke is checking out his options around the field defensively this spring, reports MLB.com. Regular outfielder Gerardo Parra is getting some work at first base and third baseman Luis Jimenez is being looked at as an emergency catcher.

"Trying to figure out what can happen during ball games," Roenicke said. "If [Parra's] really good at it and Lind's down for a couple days, you just don't know. He looks great. He works at it all the time. Getting him more experience with all the situations that can come up in a ball game."

Jimenez caught a bullpen session Sunday and is competing for a bench role.

"If he's going to be on our squad, it's nice to have somebody who can do that job," Roenicke said. "He's been going out and warming up pitchers between innings. He's pretty good at it."


Rockies' Corey Dickerson on back: 'I'm good to go'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5:02 pm ET) Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson did not make the trip for Sunday's split-squad game as scheduled but said that his back is fine, the Denver Post reports.

"It feels good, I’m good to go," Dickerson said. "Actually, it feels good to get a little break before the (regular) season starts."

Dickerson came out of Saturday's game with a tight back, but it doesn't appear the injury will affect his availability for the regular season. He has hit .289/.333/.489 in 45 spring at-bats.


Phillies likely to open with Ben Revere in LF, Odubel Herrera in CF


(4:15 pm ET) Phillies manager Ryan Sandberg said Ben Revere will most likely remain in left field and Odubel Herrera will be in center on opening day, reports The News Journal.

Revere and Herrera were shifted to their respective outfield positions less than two weeks ago and it appears the move will carry over into the regular season.

For the spring, Revere his hitting .170 with in 53 at-bats while Herrera is hitting .346 in 52 at-bats.


Joe Benson has good chance to make Braves' roster


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4:00 pm ET) Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said that outfielder Joe Benson has a good shot to make the team's Opening Day roster. 

Gonzalez praised Benson's "energy and passion", per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"We are looking for a right-handed outfielder that can play a little bit of center, and he comes over and he keeps doing something good," Gonzalez said. “I got on the phone yesterday with (assistant GM John Coppolella) and said 'I’d like to see Benson more.' It doesn’t cost us anything, and you can bring him back and forth anytime we want. So Benson’s here and we get a chance to play him."


Pirates' Jaff Decker exits game with calf discomfort


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3:10 pm ET) Pirates outfielder Jaff Decker was removed from Sunday's game due to discomfort in his left calf, the team announced.

Decker was 0 for 3 at the plate before exiting. He had hit .278/.350/.444 with one home run and two stolen bases in 36 spring at-bats coming into the game.


Andrew Susac among Giants' spring cuts Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1:04 pm ET) The Giants optioned catcher Andrew Susac, first baseman Adam Duvall, pitcher Hunter Strickland and outfielders Gary Brown and Juan Perez to Triple-A Sacramento Sunday.

Susac was the favorite to open the season as the team's No. 2 catcher behind Buster Posey, but Hector Sanchez won the competition, leaving Susac to open the season as the team's starter in Triple-A.

The Giants also reassigned catcher Guillermo Quiroz, second baseman Brandon Hicks and pitchers Brett Bochy, Steven Okert and Juan Gutierrez to minor-league camp.


Reds' Brennan Boesch wrapping up strong spring


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(11:33 am ET) Outfielder Brennan Boesch has been one of the surprises for the Reds in spring training. 

Boesch is hitting .372 with three home runs and 10 RBI. He's also earned praise for his baserunning and defense in center field. 

It appears that Boesch has earned a spot on the Reds' roster, but he'll likely start the season on the bench in a reserve role, per the Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay.


Ryan Zimmerman taking BP, returning to Nationals' lineup Monday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(10:08 am ET) Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman should play on Monday, manager Matt Williams said. 

Zimmerman left Friday's game after injuring his shoulder and back on a diving play and was expected to be shut down for two-to-three days.

He took batting practice and went through pregame warmups on Sunday and will return to the lineup on Monday, Williams said, per the Washington Post's James Wagner

Zimmerman told CSN's Mark Zuckerman that he had no problems during batting practice and confirmed he'd be in Monday's lineup.


Jayson Werth 'a stretch' to be ready by Nationals' opener


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(10:04 am ET) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth took batting practice on Saturday, for the first time since the shoulder surgery that has kept him out this spring. 

Manager Matt Williams said the hitting went well, but Werth won't hit in a minor league game on Sunday. The team still hopes Werth will be ready by Opening Day, but Williams said that was "a stretch", per James Wagner of the Washington Post.


Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson continues to make his case


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson still doesn't know what his role will be when Opening Day rolls around, but he's showing he belongs on the roster, reports MLB.com.

"There's always stuff I need to work on, and I need to continue to impress," Pederson said after launching his fifth home run of the spring Saturday, boosting his batting average to .373.

Manager Don Mattingly remains quiet on what he will do when the decision has to be made, but Pederson is doing what he can to impress.

"[Opening Day] is out of my control," Pederson said. "It's something you dream about as a kid, playing in the big leagues, and you do anything you can to make that dream come true."


Rockies OF Corey Dickerson leaves game due to back tightness


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson left Saturday's game after the third inning due to lower back tightness, according to the Denver Post.

His exit was said to be precautionary and he should be back in action soon. Dickerson told the media that his scheduled play on Sunday is now a "maybe." He added that if this was the regular season he would have played through it.

The 25-year-old is batting .273 with twelve hits, one triple, one home run, four doubles and six RBI in 15 games played this spring.


Nationals OF Bryce Harper is fine after slipping on warning track


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper remained in the game after slipping on the warning track while fielding a ball on Saturday, according to masnsports.com.

The same report stated that Harper was flexing his right hand after bracing his fall while tracking down a ball. Manager Matt Williams said that Harper is fine.

Harper, 22, is hitting .233 this spring with two homers and nine strikeouts.


Joe Maddon considering OF Jorge Soler for Cubs' No. 2 spot


(3/28/2015) With the No. 2 spot still undecided in the Cubs' lineup, manager Joe Maddon said outfielder Jorge Soler could be the man for the job, according to MLB.com.

“He’s a really interesting baseball player,” Maddon said. “I’d heard good things, but his impression on me has been really strong.”

Outfielder Chris Coghlan has been the frontrunner for the role but Maddon likes Soler's plate discipline.

“With [Soler], it goes beyond his power. This guy looks over a baseball now. This guy has great decision-making ability at the plate," Maddon said. That bleeds into either you’re driving in the second leadoff hitter plus one, or he’s setting up somebody after him because the guy is going to take his walks."

Soler is hitting .333 this spring with three home runs, eight doubles and 20 RBI.


Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez says knee problem just fatigue


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) After leaving Friday's game with left knee soreness, Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez pronounced himself okay on Saturday. 

Gonzalez said it was "more fatigue than anything" per MLB.com's Thomas Harding.

As a precaution, Gonzalez wasn't in the Rockies' starting lineup on Saturday.  


Nationals OF Denard Span throws long toss on Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Nationals outfielder Denard Span threw long toss with distances up to 150 feet on Saturday, according to MLB.com. Span ,who underwent core muscle surgery in early March, was also able to swing a bat for the first time since the procedure on Friday. He's targeting a return to the Nationals in May.

Andre Ethier, Joc Pederson still battling for Dodgers' CF job


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Dodgers manager Don Mattingly still hasn't awarded the center field job to anyone. 

With a week to go in spring training, Andre Ethier and Joc Pederson are still vying for the starting role. Mattingly said he hasn't made a decision, "Because I don't have to yet," per MLB.com's Ken Gurnick

Pederson is hitting .375 with nine RBI this spring. Ethier is at .333, also with nine RBI. 


Nationals' Jayson Werth will play defense only minor-league game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth took some swings off a batting tee and is scheduled to play defense only in a minor-league game on Saturday, according to MLB.com. Werth is working his way back from January shoulder surgery, and has yet to make his spring debut. Once he's cleared to face pitchers, he'll start seeing game action. 

Nationals' Ryan Zimmerman (shoulder, back) will rest for 2-3 days


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman told reporters he jammed the back of his left shoulder and upper back region on a diving play Friday. The team decided to shut him down for two-to-three days as a precaution, according to Comcast SportsNet Washington.

Zimmerman said no MRI was needed, and added that he's confident he'll play on Opening Day.

"I feel really good right now," Zimmerman said.


Alex Castellanos, Chasen Bradford sent to minor-league camp


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) The Mets reassigned Alex Castellanos and Chasen Bradford to minor-league camp on Saturday, per ESPN.

Brewers to decide leadoff hitter Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Brewers manager Ron Roenicke plans to decide between Scooter Gennett and Carlos Gomez for the leadoff spot in the lineup by Monday, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Gennett hit .289 with 54 RBI and 55 runs scored in 440 plate appearances last season while Gomez hit.284 with 23 home runs and 73 RBI in 574 plate appearances.


Carlos Gonzalez leaves Rockies' game with sore knee


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez left Friday's game in the fourth inning with a sore left knee. 

That's the same knee that Gonzalez had season-ending patella tendon surgery on last August. 

His knee began bothering him after he caught a fly ball in the fourth inning. He was removed from the game. 

Gonzalez is hitting .360 this spring. 


Denard Span takes swings for Nationals


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Nationals outfielder Denard Span was able to swing a back for the first time since abdominal surgery on March 9. 

Span had a procedure to fix a small tear in his right abdomen. 

Span was able to swing a fungo bat in the batting cage, per MLB.com's Jamal Collier.

"It's good progress," manager Matt Williams said. "It's part of the rehab progression. Of course, yeah, we want him back as quickly as possible, keeping in mind that he's just coming off of surgery. So any time you have to go in there, you have to take time to get well again. But yeah, it's encouraging."


Nationals INF Ryan Zimmerman (side) exits spring game early


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman was pulled from Friday's game against the Cardinals with a minor injury to his side, according to the Washington Post. Manager Matt Williams told reporters Zimmerman because he has played three consecutive days and dove on his side. He was replaced by Mike Carp at first base in the third inning.

"He's fine. No issues," Williams said.


Phillies OF Domonic Brown takes BP, remains unsure for opener


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown tested his sore Achilles on Friday with a round of batting practice. It was his first batting practice since suffering the injury last week. Brown is expected to run the bases Saturday, along with batting practice. If he clears those hurdles, he'll be inserted into minor-league games for extra at-bats, per the News Journal.

Brown believes he'll be ready for Opening Day.

"I've been doing a lot of conditioning, but that stop and start, that’s going to be the big test," Brown said. "Just been running kind of long distances and I sprinted [Friday] and it felt good.

"I'm excited because I was scared last week, I'm not going to lie to you."

However, manager Ryne Sandberg revealed that Opening Day "could be unlikely" for Brown, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.


Brewers' Khris Davis crushes grand slam to continue torrid spring


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Brewers outfielder Khris Davis made a statement with his first home run of the spring Thursday against the Mariners, connecting for a grand slam off Roenis Elias in the first inning.

Although it took Davis 14 games to connect for his first spring home run, it's not like he is having a poor spring at the plate. Davis is batting .389 (14 for 36) with six doubles, seven runs and 12 RBI.

“He’s driving the ball; he’s having great at-bats,” manager Ron Roenicke said, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I love what he’s doing right now. I couldn’t care less about home runs. If he continues this through the season, he’s going to have some big numbers.”

Davis has been working with hitting coach Darnell Coles this spring on making adjustments at the plate.

“I think last year I tended to get away from pulling my hands in but I can’t really explain it,” Davis said. (The change) is something that makes me more comfortable. It’s helping me be more consistent.

“I feel pretty lucky right now with a lot of broken-bat base hits and flashes of some hard-hit balls. I feel like I’m still 20 or 30 ABs from being where I’m ready for the season. I still want to do some things up there. Right now, I’m in the right place at the right time (to get ready for the season).”


 
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