Casey Kelly tosses another bullpen session Sunday
Kelly was able to get through a 50-pitch session at about 90 percent. He said his secondary pitches remain a work in progress, but he's happy he's been able to throw everything. Kelly still needs to face live hitters, and throw a few simulated games, but believes he can return in April.
Ryan Sweeney leaves game Sunday
Sweeney left after fielding a ball in the second inning. Trainers came to check on him, and it was determined he would leave the game. He was replaced by Aaron Cunningham in right. The team hasn't announced the injury at this time.
Three injured Rays players could be back early this week
"They're all good," Maddon said, per MLB.com. "There's nothing serious with any of them. I have not heard anything. If there was anything really bad, [head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield] would have called me by now. All three of them should be back in action early this week. I don't see anything horrible."
Maddon said Zobrist is scheduled to play Monday and "could have played yesterday" if he was needed.
"He's not bad," Maddon said. "Peralta, when he reached for the ball [hit back at the mound], it wasn't a throw it was a reach that caused the moment. And Ronnie assured me yesterday that DeJesus was going to be fine by the beginning of this week, too."
Competition for final spot in Rays' rotation down to four pitchers
The competition for the final spot in the
"You look at each one individually," manager Joe Maddon said, per MLB.com. "Let's say Odorizzi. Here's a guy vying for a job and he's out there working on a new pitch (changeup). It's a beautiful thing. And now he's made some progress with that.
"Karns had a little bit of a setback the other day [general soreness]. He came back and was throwing the ball well, kept the ball down. And Bedard had a nice outing his last time out. Bedard's velocity came up a little bit. Odorizzi's developing this other pitch. And Karns is just kind of interesting the way he throws the ball hard and down. That's what I've focused on with all three."
Tony Sanchez blames himself for Edinson Volquez's poor start
Volquez gave up six earned runs in just 2 2/3 innings against the Orioles. Sanchez said it was the first time he had ever caught Volquez, and could tell the pitcher was uncomfortable for most of the start. It's Volquez's first season with the club, and he'll have to get on track with his catchers. Russell Martin is expected to be the team's primary catcher during the regular season.
Yankees make a pair of roster moves Sunday
Ike Davis not close to returning
Manager Terry Collins said Davis' injured calf is "still pretty bruised," and that he would need more time before he returns. Davis is expected to be in a competition with Lucas Duda for the first base job. Davis hit .205/.326/.334 in 317 at-bats last year.
Jason Castro beginning to pick up pace offensively
Castro was 2 for 3 against Toronto. He is batting .231 (3 for 13) with four RBI in five spring games. All four RBI have come in his last two games.
Report: Twins made three-year offer to Ervin Santana
Jorge De La Rosa expected to be named opening day starter
With Jhoulys Chacin sidelined by an injury, De La Rosa is the starter with the most experience. Based on his current pitching schedule, De La Rosa is in line for the start. Last season, De La Rosa posted a 3.49 ERA in 167 2/3 innings.
March 6, 2014
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