Alexi Casilla says he's good enough to play
"I feel good to play," Casilla said. "I know in the past I’ve played with worse." Casilla was scratched from Sunday's game with knee swelling. The team is likely being safe with Casilla, as he's dealt with injuries throughout camp. He should be able to get back into games shortly.
Alexi Casilla scratched with knee issue Sunday
Jonathan Schoop will shift over to shortstop to replace Casilla. It's been a frustrating spring for Casilla. He's been dealing with a hamstring injury throughout most of camp, and has now been diagnosed with a knee issue.
Casilla hit .214 in 112 at-bats last year.
Tyler Austin hoping to play this week
Austin is planning to take batting practice on the field Monday. He's been dealing with a wrist injury during camp, but is starting to feel better. If he can get through batting practice, he should try and play in a game later in the week.
Twins trim roster to 40
The team sent
Nick Markakis hoping to play Monday
Markakis has been dealing with tendinitis recently, but said it was just a normal spring injury. He's coming off a season in which he hit .271/.329/.356 in 634 at-bats last year.
Manny Machado hoping to run in the next few days
Machado had some scar tissue flare up during camp, and hasn't run the past couple of days due to the issue. He had knee surgery during the offseason. Machado said he's still hoping to play opening day. He expects to have his knee checked out soon. He added that his setback was "no big deal."
Machado hit .283/.314/.432 in 667 at-bats last year.
Jesse Crain hoping to get on mound in two weeks
Crain is recovering after biceps tendinitis surgery, but feels like he's getting closer to a return. Crain was expected to compete for the closer role, but the injury should put him behind at the start of the year. Crain posted a 0.74 ERA in 36 2/3 innings last year. He dealt with a shoulder injury, which limited his innings.
Onelki Garcia placed on disabled list
Garcia had elbow surgery last November, and hasn't progressed all that much during camp. The team placed him on the 60-day disabled list, but backdated to move to March 14. Garcia tossed 1 1/3 innings in the majors last year.
Francisco Peguero able to hit off a tee Saturday
Peguero has been dealing with a wrist injury throughout camp, but the injury has improved. He's had MRIs on the injury, but they've come back clean. Peguero hit .207 in 29 at-bats last year.
Jose Abreu planning to play through ankle soreness
Abreu stressed that the injury was nothing big, and that he wanted to play. "If I knew it was something worse than that, I probably would sit," Abreu said through a translator. "It's nothing but soreness." Abreu was able to play against the Dodgers Saturday night despite the injury.
March 13, 2014
Fantasy Baseball Today: Spring News & Notes (3/13) (7:13)