Mets RP Vic Black could be ready in time for Opening Day
Rays' Cash: Drew Smyly 'all good' after bullpen session on Thursday
"Smyly was all good," manager Kevin Cash told reporters.
Smyly is working his way back from shoulder tendinitis. At this point, it remains unlikely that he'll pitch in a game this spring.
Wilmer Flores (foot) returns to Mets' Grapefruit League lineup
Brewers' Roenicke continues to back Nelson despite rough spring
However, despite poor spring numbers, manager Ron Roenicke has not lost faith in Nelson.
“He was the most dominant pitcher in Triple-A,” Roenicke said, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “That tells you if we can get back to that guy, then we have a really good major-league starter.
“(The struggles) are because he doesn’t command the ball. When he was in Triple-A, he commanded the ball better, for whatever reason. Maybe it was the confidence he had there. He’s got overpowering stuff but there’s not too many guys who can overpower a major-league hitter if you don’t put it in the right spot. The difference is he’s facing guys that are really good hitters.
“It’s not that he doesn’t throw strikes. When I talk about commanding the ball, that doesn’t mean it’s not a strike. It means when you want to throw it inside, you can throw it inside instead of being outside for a strike. Or if you want to throw it down and you miss up for a strike, that’s not commanding the ball. Commanding it is throwing it in an area you want to throw it, and repeating an offspeed pitch.”
Tigers' Victor Martinez running with a hitch in his step
"Thinking back, he sort of ran that way last year," Ausmus said. "He's always had, I don't want to call in a gimp, but he always had a little hitch in his step when he ran. Even a year ago. That may be a result of the first knee surgery."
Martinez told Ausmus he feels fine, and Ausmus said he'll trust his designated hitter moving forward.
"(Martinez) says he feels good. I talked to him (Wednesday)," Ausmus said. "At least he says he feels good. So I'm gonna trust him on that."
Nationals OF Jayson Werth not ready to hit in spring game
Nationals OF Bryce Harper sidelined Thursday due to illness
Dodgers P Adam Liberatore (groin) scratched from Thursday's game
A slight groin injury caused
The move was made as a precaution. Liberatore will instead throw a bullpen session Thursday and he is set to throw in Saturday's game.
Padres catcher Tim Federowicz moved to 60-day DL
Padres claim pitcher Jandel Gustave off waivers from Royals
The Royals placed Gustave on waivers earlier this week.
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