Rangers' Alexander Claudio hoping to earn a role
Claudio is one of three lefties in camp competing for the job. He performed well in his first taste of spring training, retiring two lefties during his inning of work. He allowed one hit, and struck out two batters. While Claudio's fastball barely registers on the radar gun, manager Jeff Banister still came away impressed.
"I like the secondary stuff," Banister said. "He's accepted the type of pitcher he is and is willing to be that guy. He’s really intriguing with the kind of deception he brings."
Claudio posted a 2.92 ERA over 12 1/3 innings last season.
Former Phillies infielder Placido Polanco is '90 percent' retired
Polanco did not play in the majors or the minors in 2014. His last game action came with the Marlins in 2013. He says he's keeping his options open just in case the right team calls. Polanco said the Tigers, Marlins and Phillies would interest him. He played for all three clubs during his career.
Polanco added that he's open to joining a team as a coach or manager in the future. The 16-year veteran owns a career .297/.343/.397 slash line.
Dodgers' Erik Bedard willing to go to Triple-A
Bedard allowed one run over two innings in his first taste of spring action on Wednesday. The veteran said he knows that if the Dodgers five starters are healthy, he'll be sent to the minors. "I know where I stand," Bedard said. "The game is still fun. I like to play baseball."
Bedard posted a 4.76 ERA over 75 2/3 innings last season.
Dodgers' Alex Guerrero willing to play third base
Guerrero is in a bit of a unique position. With Howie Kendrick entrenched at second, Guerrero doesn't really have a spot in the team's infield. Due to his contract, however, the team can't just send him to the minors. Guerrero can block the move, and has already said he plans to do so if the team tries to send him down. If he can play third well, that may not be a problem.
For what it's worth, manager Don Mattingly believes Guerrero has looked better this spring. "I really do think the second year [in camp] he looks a lot different as far as being relaxed," Mattingly said. "He's swinging the bat well and he keeps improving."
The 28-year-old hit .333/.371/.621 over three minor-league levels last season.
Twins' Byron Buxton doubles twice on Wednesday
Buxton came into last season ranked as one of the best prospects in the minors. He had injury issues, which ended his season early. While Buxton is still considered the Twins top prospect, he was passed by other players in the overall prospect rankings due to the injuries.
Buxton seemed to be 100 percent on Wednesday, doubling twice during the contest. He scored one run and drove in one RBI. The 21-year-old should open the season in the minors, but could debut as early as this season depending on his performance.
Twins' Jose Berrios strikes out four on Wednesday
Berrios took on the University of Minnesota, and turned in a good showing. While Berrios is a minor-leaguer, he's only 20, and was taking on players his age. Berrios allowed one hit and one unearned run over two innings of work. He struck out four batters.
Berrios is the team's third-best prospect according to Baseball America. He's expected to begin the year in the minors, but could move quickly based on how well he performs.
Diamondbacks pitcher Braden Shipley makes debut Wednesday
"I was a little nervous going in, but that was expected," Shipley said. "I think it was more excitement for me. That was really fun."
Manager Chip Hale said he expects Shipley to make starts in his next few appearances this spring.
Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson faces batters for first time this spring
Anderson was only able to pitch 43 1/3 innings in 2014 with a 1-3 record and 2.91 ERA after suffering the back injury that cut his season short.
White Sox SS Tim Anderson looking to become long-term solution
"Just show them I can stay at short and my defense has come a long way and it's going to get better," Anderson said. "I want to be a shortstop for a long time. I'm going to be a shortstop. I'm going to work hard to stay there."
Anderson is currently considered Chicago's No. 2 prospect and could be just the prospect the White Sox are looking for. In his 2015 debut, Anderson smacked a two-run single.
"I'm just staying calm and trying not to do too much and just doing what I've been doing to be here," Anderson said. "It has been exciting to get in here and work with all the big leaguers and get my reps in and see how they go in the daily routine."
Reds' Kevin Gregg hoping to win a spot in the bullpen
Gregg may be 36-years-old, but understands he still needs to prove himself. "I don't mind coming in and earning a spot," he said. "I'm coming off elbow surgery. At this point in my career, it's something I need to do."
Gregg had bone chips removed from his elbow in August, but was able to hit 92 mph in a showcase in February. He believes his velocity has improved since then.
Manager Bryan Price had good things to say about Gregg thus far. "He looks great. He looks durable," Price said. "He's got hand speed. He's crisp with his location. I've been extremely impressed with Kevin to this point."
The 36-year-old tossed just nine innings in the majors last year.
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