Cardinals' Wacha learning how to deal with success and adversity
"It has been a crazy last couple of years," Wacha said, per MLB.com. "Honestly, I couldn't have imagined everything that's happened since I've been drafted. Just making the big leagues, it's obviously a dream come true."
Having experienced the highs and lows of Major League Baseball, Wacha has his supporters in St. Louis, including manager Mike Matheny.
"Yeah, he's had some success and he's had some adversity," Matheny said about Wacha. "He's a young player, but from the first time he was here, he's got a presence to him that seems like he's been around a lot longer. He's responded really well, and everything we've thrown at him, he seems to be ready for."
Yankees' Luis Torrens out for the year with shoulder injury
Torrens has a torn labrum in his shoulder, and will need surgery to repair the issue. The 18-year-old hit. 256/.331/.383 over three levels of the minors last season.
Tigers' Joakim Soria throws live batting practice on Tuesday
Soria wasn't listed on the team's pitching schedule for the first five spring games, which caused some confusion. While Soria said he's fine, manager Brad Ausmus said Soria is slightly behind the other pitchers in camp by his own choice. Soria did receive positive reviews during his session. "By all accounts, Soria threw very well," Ausmus said.
The 30-year-old Soria posted a 3.25 ERA over 44 1/3 innings last year.
Tigers' Alex Avila to miss three days
Avila's wife is expected to give birth to their second daughter, so Avila will take a few days off. The 28-year-old hit .218/.327/.359 over 390 at-bats last year. He's expected to open the season as the team's starter behind the plate.
Pirates' Jung Ho Kang homers in first spring game
In his first spring game Tuesday, however, Kang -- who hit 40 home runs in Japan last season and slugged .504 in nine seasons -- got to silence some of his critics.
The 27-year-old infielder hit a solo home run in his second at-bat during an 8-7 win against the Blue Jays. Kang connected on a home run to center field in the top of the third inning off Marco Estrada. Kang finished 1 for 2 with one walk.
Diamondbacks impressed with Trevor Cahill early into camp
Blue Jays' Aaron Sanchez gets off on the wrong foot Tuesday
Sanchez gave up five runs, two earned, on four hits over 1 1/3 innings during the start. Sanchez was able to get the first two outs on the game with no issue, but gave up a two-out single to Gregory Polanco. The next batter reached on an error, and Sanchez proceeded to give up a three-run homer to Pedro Alvarez.
He ran into trouble again in the second. After a quick groundout, Sanchez allowed a walk, single and two-run double to the next three hitters. He was pulled from the game at that point.
The 22-year-old is competing for the fifth spot in the team's rotation this spring.
Dodgers SP Zack Greinke tosses another 'pen session
Yankees prospect Torrens to miss 2015 season with shoulder injury
He will undergo surgery Wednesday. The procedure will be performed by Dr. David Altchek.
The 18-year-old Torrens is considered the Yankees' ninth-best prospect by Baseball America. He has a .249/.338/.347/.685 slash line in 109 career minor-league games.
Dodgers' Joel Peralta scheduled for another bullpen Wednesday
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