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Rangers SS Elvis Andrus targeting Cactus League action next week


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12:55 pm ET) Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus, who is working his way back from a mild patella tendinitis in his left knee, is targeting game action at some point next week, per the Star-Telegram. Although he's scheduled to miss at least Texas' first four spring games, Andrus has been taking batting practice and working on his fielding.

"I'm still doing everything, still hitting," Andrus said. "It's a long spring training.

"I feel better," Andrus said. "If I keep feeling this way I think I'll be ready to play next week. I don't think missing four or five games is going to do something good or bad to me."


Yankees might not have room on roster for Pirela as bench option


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11:39 am ET) Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he is curious about keeping Jose Pirela on the roster as a bench player, according to The Journal News. However, there is no clear path right now for Pirela, and it might take an injury for him to get on the roster.

“We’re going to move him around because that flexibility is nice to have,” Girardi said. “In the limited time that he was up last year, he did a really good time for us. And you could put him in the outfield as well. I don’t know how much we’ll put him in the outfield in spring, but I’m comfortable putting him out there anywhere. You never know how things are going to shake out in camp.”


White Sox SS Tim Anderson looking to become long-term solution


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) White Sox prospect Tim Anderson is on a mission in spring training this year. He wants to prove that he belongs in the majors with the big boys.

"Just show them I can stay at short and my defense has come a long way and it's going to get better," Anderson said. "I want to be a shortstop for a long time. I'm going to be a shortstop. I'm going to work hard to stay there."

Anderson is currently considered Chicago's No. 2 prospect and could be just the prospect the White Sox are looking for. In his 2015 debut, Anderson smacked a two-run single.

"I'm just staying calm and trying not to do too much and just doing what I've been doing to be here," Anderson said. "It has been exciting to get in here and work with all the big leaguers and get my reps in and see how they go in the daily routine."


Tigers SS Jose Iglesias ran full bore on Wednesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias (shins) told reporters he ran full bore for the first time this spring in Wednesday's Grapefruit League contest against Baltimore, according to Detroit Free Press. He went without a hit in his first two at-bats and left one runner on base in a 5-4 victory.

"I was really happy with the way I ran," Iglesias said.


Angels' Roberto Baldoquin could join club this weekend


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) 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.

McClendon on Mariners' Marte: 'He's a very talented individual'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) 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.


Orioles' Janish still aiming to make spring debut March 20-21


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Orioles shortstop Paul Janish fielded grounders for 20-25 minutes Tuesday and still intends to throw for the first time this weekend since undergoing elbow surgery in February, per MASNsports.com.

Janish is still aiming to play in a spring game either March 20 or March 21.

"It went really well," Janish said. "I was moving around and relubricating everything, so to speak. It's not just the ground balls, it's the legs and getting everything going, getting the body moving in those ways again. It went as well as it could, to be honest.

"Now it's getting on a consistent schedule of doing that stuff so I can get back into baseball shape and hopefully this weekend I'll have the opportunity to start throwing.

"As far as hitting, that's not as big of a deal. I can actually swing right now, hit off a tee and stuff. But in terms of getting in BP groups and start hitting live, that's probably going to be accordance with throwing, so I'd imagine this weekend."


Rangers' Andrus not expected to play in first four spring games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus was held out of Wednesday's spring opener against the Royals due to mild patella tendinitis in his left knee. He is not scheduled to play in the first four Cactus League games, per MLB.com.

Angels' Scioscia weighing second-base options


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Angels manager Mike Scioscia is weighing how much emphasis to put on spring-training performance as he decides how to approach the second-base position this season, MLB.com reports.

"A lot of it is to see what the best fit is for your group of guys, what your lineup needs are," Scioscia said. "There's an absolute to people winning jobs at spring training. Probably not at the analysis you're looking at -- 'Oh, he hit .340 in spring training' -- but there are a lot of things we're looking at as to how a guy fits in our lineup. You can make the team in spring, for sure, with the things that you show."

Scioscia hasn't ruled out the option of using multiple players at the position as the situation dictates.

"That's one of the options," he said. "There are guys that have the ability to go out there and do what we need to do on the defensive end and the offensive end, and we'll see who emerges and who gives us the best look."

Josh Rutledge highlights a second-base competition that also includes Grant Green, Johnny Giavotella and Taylor Featherston.


Tigers' Jose Iglesias to see action on Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias will play on Wednesday against the Orioles, according to MLB.com.

Iglesias missed the entire 2014 season due to a shin injury. He'll be eased into action this spring in order to make sure he can handle the workload of regular playing time. Iglesias is expected to play three innings on Wednesday. Iglesias was able to play one inning on Monday.

While he wants to receive a lot of playing time, Iglesias understands the situation. "I would love to play in every single game," he said, "but I've got to be smart about it and take it step by step."

The 25-year-old hit .303 over 350 at-bats back in 2013. 


Rays' Franklin confident he'll win competition to be starting shortstop


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Rays infielder Nick Franklin will be battling for the starting job at shortstop this spring, and he has no doubts he can play the position at the major-league level.

"Absolutely," Franklin said, per the Tampa Bay Times. "Absolutely. 100 percent. I've grown up playing shortstop. Even at the big-league level, playing short just seems natural to me. I enjoy it. I'm really comfortable there. … It's been in my blood for a long time.

"I wouldn't say I need any work. Honestly, I think over these past years I've improved a significant amount at shortstop. … I've been practicing all offseason at short. And there's really no weakness."

The Rays plan to take most of the spring to decide who will be the team's starting shortstop, but Franklin seems pretty confident he will emerge as the victor in the competition.

"I'm going to be out there at short," he said. "There's not a doubt in my mind that I'm not."


Rangers' Andrus feeling better, but unlikely to play in spring opener


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus said his left knee felt better Tuesday, but he is unlikely to play in Wednesday's spring opener against the Royals, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Andrus added the injury is not considered serious.

Tigers' Jose Iglesias: It's a great feeling to be back in the lineup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias, who missed the 2014 season due to fractures in both of his shins, played in a game Monday for the first time in just over a year. He played one inning and grounded out in his only at-bat in a 12-2 win over Florida Southern College, per MLive.com.

"It's fun," Iglesias said. "It's baseball. Eventually I'm going to get my rhythm back when I get some more games in, but otherwise it's a great feeling to be back out there. Just to be in the uniform is amazing."


Rangers SS Elvis Andrus dealing with sore left knee


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus met with Dr. Keith Meister after leaving Sunday's workout due to a sore left knee, general manager Jon Daniels said Monday. Although, the diagnosis seems positive, as Dr. Meister doesn't think Andrus' injury is anything serious, per Daniels.

Andrus won't play in Monday's intrasquad game, but he will hit in the batting cages. Andrus could also be ready to play in Wednesday's spring opener against the Royals.


Yankees' Brendan Ryan 'progressing nicely'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Yankees infielder Brendan Ryan said Monday that his recovery from a mid-back muscle strain is "progressing nicely," the Star-Ledger reports.

Ryan, who hurt his back doing bicep curls, said he's targeting a late-week return from the issue. He also missed much of last year's spring training with an unrelated back injury.


Orioles' Janish not likely to make spring debut until late March


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Orioles infielder Paul Janish, who underwent surgery in February to remove bone chips from his right elbow, will field grounders Tuesday for the first time since surgery and throw this weekend, per MASNsports.com.

Janish is aming to play in his first spring game either March 20 or March 21.

"Relatively speaking, it feels about as well as it can up to this point. Probably a little bit ahead of schedule, which is a difficult thing to kind of expedite on the training room side of it," Janish said. "I'm getting a little restless, but they are allowing me to start taking ground balls tomorrow. I don't start throwing until probably this weekend, so from then on it will be 10 days to two weeks of a throwing program, which will be abbreviated for me, not being a pitcher or anything of that nature. It's a completely different kind of program.

"Fortunately, I haven't had any problems at all. Everything up to this point has been really smooth, not having any residual soreness or pain or anything of that nature. It's all individual. Some people just don't react the same. Fortunately for me, it's been good up to this point, so hopefully we continue going down the right path."


Tigers' Jose Iglesias runs 'extremely well' Sunday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias was able to run the bases Sunday and manager Brad Ausmus said Iglesias ran 'extremely well,' reports the Detroit Free Press.

Ausmus added that Iglesias has shown no side effects from his leg injury. Iglesias missed the entire 2014 season with fractures in his shins.


Orioles' Paul Janish hopes to begin throwing by end of the week


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) After having surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow, Orioles shortstop Paul Janish hopes to begin throwing by the end of the week, reports CSNBaltimore.com.

Janish had the surgery in mid-February and was expected to miss six-to-eight weeks.


Yankees' Brendan Ryan (back) making progress


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) Yankees infielder Brendan Ryan is making progress in his recovery from a strained back muscle, he told MLB.com Saturday.

"It's no big deal," Ryan said. "I've had a lot more serious issues in my back before. I wasn't too concerned. It being February, let's just make sure."

Ryan is taking treatment and expects to resume baseball activities next week.

"I don't know what they're going to allow me to do," Ryan said. "If not batting practice, maybe some baseball stuff. I imagine they might baby-step me into it. We always want to jump right back into it. I'd imagine some dry swings or hit off the tee. We'll see.

"I don't want to speak for them. That's how I get in trouble."


Yankees' Cashman to Didi Gregorius: Don't try to be Derek Jeter


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) Yankees general manager Brian Cashman isn't concerned about Didi Gregorius replacing Derek Jeter heading into the 2015 year, reports the New York Daily News.

"I personally can't worry about a shadow of Derek's somehow affecting the next guy," Cashman said. "All you can do is tell the next guy, 'You're not Derek, so don't even waste your time trying to be. Just be the best you can be.’ It’s going to fall short of anything Derek did, because he’s one of the greatest players of all-time."

The 25-year-old hit .226 with six home runs and 27 RBI in 270 plate appearances in 2014 and Cashman likes what's he's seeing.

"He's a developing guy," Cashman said. "He's definitely not a finished product. He's got a big ceiling. We'll see if we can together reach that ceiling."


Jose Reyes on Mets' Ruben Tejada: 'Something is wrong'


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) When asked about former Mets teammate Ruben Tejada, Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes shook his head and said "something is wrong," per Newsday.

Reyes revealed that during his final season with the Mets he tried to pass the torch to Tejada to become his replacement. Reyes landed in Miami in the offseason, and Tejada was destined to be his permanent replacement. Now entering spring training, Wilmer Flores is viewed as the favorite to win the starting job at shortstop for the Mets.

"Every time I talk to him I try to give him some advice," Reyes said. "What can I do? I try to push him to do stuff. I don't know if he gets it or not...He had the opportunity to be the everyday shortstop for a long time there in New York. You have to work, man. When you're younger, you think you have everything there for you. But if you do something wrong, it's going to go away. Quick.

"When I was there, I always give a lot of advice to him. We were always together. My last year there, every time I talk to him: 'This is going to be your position for a long time. Don't let it go away.' See what happened now? It's 2015 and he doesn't have a position to play. When they talk about who is going to play every day, they don't talk about Tejada. They talk about Flores."


Royals' Yost: We're going to give Raul Mondesi a 'good look' in camp


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) Royals manager Ned Yost told reporters he's going to give shortstop prospect Raul Mondesi a "good look" during spring training, per MLB.com.

"We are just here to give him a good look, let him play and get some experience and let him enjoy big league Spring Training," Yost said. "Everything jumps out. He's that kind of guy. He just stands out a little bit. He's going to be a special player."

Mondesi, the son of Raul Mondesi Sr. and the youngest player in camp at 19, is the top prospect in the organization, after signing for $2 million as an international free agent in 2011, according to MLB.com. He hit .211/.256/.354 over 435 at-bats in the Carolina League in 2014. He could be in line for a Double-A promotion in 2015.


Tigers SS Jose Iglesias does some on-field work Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias, who used an Alter-G anti-gravity treadmill on Tuesday, finally took to the field on Friday for some baserunning and other workouts, per MLive.com. The 25-year-old shortstop missed all of last season due to fractures in both of his shins.

"We ran bases today, then he took grounders, did the fundamental and he hit," manager Brad Ausmus said. "When he got done hitting, I sent him inside. I didn't want him standing out in the outfield shagging. I don't want to say that's going to be the straw that breaks the camel's back, but any little bit of time we can get him off his feet early helps. So I sent him in about 10 minutes early."


Angels could use combination of players at 2B


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) Angels manager Mike Scioscia hinted that the second base job is wide open, and did not close the door on the possibility of using a combination of players, including Josh Rutledge, Grant Green, Johnny Giavotella and Taylor Featherston for the position, per the Orange County Register.

"If it's a combination, it's a combination," Scioscia said. "If it's one guy, it's one guy."


Yankees' Brendan Ryan to miss five days of camp with back strain


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) Yankees infielder Brendan Ryan underwent a precautionary MRI on his back which revealed a mid-back strain, the team announced. The injury occurred while lifting weights in the days leading up to the start of spring training, and it will keep him sidelined from on-field activities for approximately five days.

Ryan, who is seeking more playing time this season, hit .167 over 114 at-bats in 2014.


 
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