He went 0 for 1 with two walks. Encarnacion has gone hitless in seven at-bats this spring. He has four walks in four games.Analysis:
In exchange for Johnson, the Astros will receive a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Johnson said he would welcomed the trade if it meant more playing time, reports the Houston Chronicle.
"I mean if the opportunity wasn't going to be here, then I'm probably thankful for it," Johnson said.Analysis:
"I feel good. I feel strong," he said, per The Denver Post. "My swing feels consistent, and I feel like I can wait for the pitch I want. I feel like I am going up there with the best version of myself, as opposed to somebody who's just patched together."
Morneau is not the only person expecting lofty expectations in 2015. Manager Walt Weiss predicts a banner year from Morneau, who has averaged 118 games over the last six seasons.
"Justin's showing no signs of age," Weiss said Wednesday. "He's not as old as maybe some people think he is. He missed some time there for a while, and missed some time coming back, so I think some people think he's 40 years old. He's not. Plus, he's in great shape."Analysis:
Krauss has been out since Sunday due to back spasms. He's 9 for 18 with five walks this spring as he competes for a spot on the major-league bench.Analysis:
McDade spent most of last season with Double-A New Hampshire, hitting .250/.307/.366 with seven home runs and 36 RBI in 276 at-bats. He was 0 for 1 in major-league camp with the Rangers.Analysis:
"I feel very good," Cabrera said after his debut in the field, per MLB.com. "I'm glad to be back at first and try to get in the rhythm, try to get in baseball shape. I was so happy to be out there at first base and try to play defense."
Cabrera made multiple tough plays in the field, giving his surgically-repaired ankle and foot a test.
"It feels very good," Cabrera said. "I try to make plays, and to make that play in that situation, I don't think about my ankle, my feet. Right now I'm focused on [trying to] go out there and play."
Cabrera is expected to be back at first base Thursday before receiving a day off Friday.Analysis:
"He's a very, very dangerous hitter, and he knows it, the other teams know it," he said. "He got off to a really hot start in the spring and continues to grind towards the roster spot that's becoming more and more debatable."
The team has the option of going with Chris Carter or Evan Gattis at first base if Singleton doesn't make the team, but he remains unworried about the potential roster crunch.
"I'm still out here playing ball and leaving it all on the field," he said. "I'm just trying to compete."
Singleton has hit .244/.295/.390 while striking out 14 times in 41 at-bats this spring.
"They adjusted to me last year," he said, per MASNsports.com. "There are constant adjustments. I never look back at it and say, 'That was an awesome year.' I felt like that is how I play. I never thought pitchers just grooved me fastballs because they knew who I was. I was still pitched pretty hard. If I play every day, I feel that is the way I can play."
Pearce, thus far, is showing his 2014 season might not be a fluke. He is batting .382 (13 for 34) with five home runs in 11 spring games.
"I am constantly working on things," Pearce said. "It is nice to be able to take it into games here and work on it knowing I have a spot on the team. In the past, it was like I gotta get a hit and you could press in spring. This year is a little less stressful, just can work on getting ready for the season."Analysis: