Pitcher Mark Hendickson announces retirement from baseball
Hendrickson was released by the
Geovany Soto, Matt Albers win spots on White Sox
Soto hit .286/.444/.500 with one home run in 28 spring at-bats. Albers posted a 5.14 ERA and 9:3 K:BB ratio in seven innings.
Cubs 3B Mike Olt feeling rejuvenated heading into 2015 season
"It feels a lot different," Olt said of this season versus last year, per MLB.com. "I was able to go up there last year and learned a lot of things. I feel I'm back to the player who can really compete instead of the player who you hope is ready and you hope the swing is there. It's a lot different feeling, a lot less stressful."
Olt is having a decent spring at the plate, batting .279 with a .392 on-base percentage, .558 slugging percentage and .950 OPS in 19 games. It's a nice turnaround after batting .160 in 89 games in the majors last season.
"I had two crazy years and a lot of things happened to me," said Olt of some injury issues. "Now I feel it's in the past, and I have a new outlook on baseball and a new outlook on my career. I used to be one of those [top prospects like Bryant] -- and you forget about that. I feel myself becoming that guy again, and it makes baseball fun again."
Padres' Black on Gyorko: 'He's a very confident hitter'
"His intent is to hit," Black said. "He’s a very confident hitter, and when you think you can hit, you swing."
Pitchers exploited Gyorko's aggressiveness last season, and he struck out 100 times in 400 at-bats while hitting .210/.280/.333 with 10 home runs and 51 RBI. He hit better after spending nearly two months on the disabled list due to a plantar fasciitis. He focused on adding muscle this offseason.
"I went a little lighter last year in an attempt to get a little more flexibility," he said. "Obviously, it didn’t work, so I tried to beef back up. I tried to get as strong as I could coming into camp."
The team added plenty of offensive talent this offseason, and the team won't be forced to rely upon Gyorko to be a rock in the heart of the lineup this season.
"Unfairly, we probably put a lot of pressure on Jedd to be a guy in the middle of the order," Black said. “And I think he’ll eventually be a solid run producer there … I think another year of experience, being in amongst a group of (Justin) Upton and (Matt) Kemp, (Carlos) Quentin, whoever might be in the lineup, there will be a little bit of pressure off him to be the guy. I think guys like pressure. Guys want expectations. That’s what makes guys tick … Jedd has that. But when you have good players around you, it does put your mind at ease."
White Sox 1B Adam LaRoche not panicking over spring numbers
“My swing is one where it seems to take me the full spring training and some years past that to get it dialed in,’’ LaRoche said, per the Chicago Sun-Times. “I can remember only two or three springs where with a week left I felt really good.
“The good news is I’ve been there a lot, so there is no need to panic. It comes and goes here for a while. But I’ll be good.’’
Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright named Opening Day starter
Wainwright, who finished his final spring training start Tuesday, posted a 20-9 record in 2014 with a 2.38 ERA and 179 strikeouts in 227 innings. Wainwright dealt with a slight abdominal strain early in camp, capping him at just three starts in spring training.
Braves' Melvin Upton expecting to shed protective boot on Friday
Upton has been sidelined all spring with the injury. He had the hard cast removed from his injured left foot last week, and is expected to start the season on the 15-day disabled list.
"I've thrown a couple of times, lifting weights. Just waiting to get it off," he said. "It'll probably take a week to actually start really working on it again -- get in the shoe, start walking on it again. There's no timetable, but it'll probably be (when he's ready)."
Report: Blue Jays pay Johan Santana $100,000 retention bonus
Manager John Gibbons said recently that Santana could be ready to return to the mound in mid-April. He's working his way back from shoulder and Achilles issues.
Wade Miley confirms he'll start fourth game for Red Sox
Miley told the media he would make his first start of the regular season against the Yankees. That series starts after three games against the Phillies.
That would indicate that
Corey Dickerson scratched from Rockies lineup on Tuesday
Dickerson was benched as a precautionary measure, due to back tightness. Dickerson is hitting .289 this spring.
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