Sean Rodriguez
Pirates' Sean Rodriguez 'challenges' Phillies' Kevin Slowey to fight
Sean Rodriguez, 2B, PIT
6:01 PM
News: The Pirates torched  Phillies pitcher Kevin Slowey Monday for six runs Monday, but one player was still frustrated with how Slowey acted on the mound.

Left fielder Sean Rodriguez stepped into the batter's box in the fifth inning and believed Slowey quick pitched him, leading to a strikeout, reports

Rodriguez was visibly displeased with the move and yelled at Slowey as he walked off the field, who was staring right back at him. Rodriguez continued to jaw at Slowey in the fifth, leading to both benches clearing.

 "It surprises me to be that upset, and challenging somebody to a physical altercation hardly seems like the best way to resolve your frustrations," Slowey said. "I was kind of taken by surprise at his animosity after his at-bat. I know the kind of guy that he purports to be. That surprised me that that would be his choice of words and reaction. I guess I understand the frustration of a singular failure. It's a game of failures. But to react that way to me was very surprising."

Manager Clint Hurdle remained neutral on the topic after the game.

"The umpires don't have to give you time. I'm not here to be judge or jury. We'll talk about it internally, about how we can do better job of not letting it happen again, or what we'll do if it does happen again."


Odubel Herrera
Phillies' Amaro confirms Herrera will open season as starting CF
Odubel Herrera, 2B, PHI
1:32 PM
News: Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. confirmed Monday that Rule 5 pick Odubel Herrera will open the season as the team's starting center fielder, per

“He kind of fits the bill of what we were trying to do,” Amaro said. “We were trying to get younger, a little more athletic. He’s got good energy, he’s got a decent package. Is he going to be a .300 hitter toward the top of our lineup or wherever (Ryne Sandberg) puts him? I don’t know. We’re going to give him a shot. That’s what this season is about.”


Javier Baez
Cubs option Javier Baez, reassign Kris Bryant, Addison Russell
Javier Baez, 2B, CHC
12:59 PM
News: The Cubs cut three of their key young players from major-league camp Monday, optioning infielder Javier Baez to Triple-A Iowa and reassigning third baseman Kris Bryant and shortstop Addison Russell to minor-league camp.

“I have a feeling they’ll be back at the right time and help us win a lot of games over the next many years," Cubs president Theo Epstein said, per

Baez was initially expected to open the season as the team's starting second baseman after racking up 213 at-bats in his rookie season in 2014. He hit just .169/.227/.324 with nine home runs, 20 RBI and five stolen bases last season but also struck out 95 times. Baez struggled to make an impact at the plate this spring, collecting just nine hits in 52 at-bats while striking out 20 times.

"He’s so close to getting it figured out in the batter’s box. But we just feel like Triple-A is the right forum for him," Epstein said. "We all agree that Javy is an extremely talented player, who’s going to be a big part of this organization for a long time."

Bryant has been one of the best hitters in either spring-training league in 2015, going 17 for 40 with nine home runs and 15 RBI. He is expected to make his major-league debut during 2015. Russell, the biggest name from the trade that sent Jeff Samardzija to Oakland last season, hit .324/.359/.486 with one home run in 37 spring at-bats.

"We’re more likely to get (Bryant) sooner than later at this point with how he’s playing and how close he showed (he is to majors)," Epstein said. "He’s really close to being not just in the big leagues, but to playing an important role on the team."

With Baez and Bryant out of the picture, the Cubs will likely choose between Arismendy Alcantara, Mike Olt and Tommy La Stella for playing time at second base and third base.


Daniel Murphy
Report: Mets likely to keep Muno over Reynolds, if Murphy goes on DL
Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM
12:15 PM
News: If Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy begins the season on the disabled list due to a hamstring injury, the team is more likely to choose Danny Muno over prospect Matt Reynolds to replace him on the roster, a team source told ESPN.

If Murphy is out, the Mets prefer to have Muno and Ruben Tejada play at second base, with Reynolds being sent to Triple-A to start at shortstop.

One of the reasons the Mets are considering sending Reynolds to the minors is because the team doesn't want to avoid a dilemma in case Reynolds thrives in Murphy's absence and manager Terry Collins wants to keep him around as a bench option. They do not want to start his MLB service time for a backup role.


Chase Utley
Phillies' Chase Utley homers twice Sunday
Chase Utley, 2B, PHI
News: Phillies second baseman Chase Utley went 2 for 2 with a walk and two home runs in Sunday's 4-4 tie with the Tigers.

Utley has been dealing with an ankle sprain this spring but has looked excellent at the plate, going 9 for 24 heading into Sunday's game before smacking his first two home runs of Grapefruit League play.


Dan Uggla
Dan Uggla not interested in being bench player for Nationals
Dan Uggla, 2B, WAS
News: Infielder Dan Uggla has had a strong spring and has a good chance of making the Nationals' roster. That's not enough for him, though. 

Uggla had a procedure to improve his vision in the offseason, and he's hitting .278 with .922 OPS this spring. 

"The way I’ve been feeling probably the last 20 at-bats or so, I’ve felt just as good, maybe even better than I’ve ever felt," he said, per Nats Insider's Mark Zuckerman. "I just want to keep working in that direction and keep doing what I’m doing and get better every day. I’m really, really happy with the way I’ve been feeling."

But the Nationals have a need for bench depth, and Uggla isn't interested in that role.
"I’d have to say no," he said. "I’ve never done it before. It’s not where I feel like I’m at in my career. That’s not what I’m looking to do."

Aaron Hill
Report: Diamondbacks getting trade calls for Aaron Hill
Aaron Hill, 2B, ARI
News: Diamondbacks infielder Aaron Hill is in demand, according to a report from MLB Daily Rumors, citing "a source". 

The D-Backs have reportedly received calls from "a few teams" expressing interest in trading for Hill. The Diamondbacks are in no hurry to deal him, however. 


Cutter Dykstra
Nationals reassign six players to minor-league camp
Cutter Dykstra, 2B, WAS
News: The Nationals announced Friday they reassigned infielder Cutter Dykstra, infielder Emmanuel Burriss, catcher Steven Lerud, infielder/outfielder Kila Ka'aihue, outfielder Derrick Robinson and pitcher Manny Delcarmen to minor-league camp.

Alberto Callaspo
Report: Peterson in line to beat out Callaspo for Braves' 2B gig
Alberto Callaspo, 2B, ATL
News: Braves infielder Jace Peterson could be in line to beat out Alberto Callaspo for the second base job, according to Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Friday.

Peterson, 24, is hitting .341/.442/.386 with one RBI in 44 at-bats this spring. Callaspo has slashed .216/.212/.216 with four RBI over 51 at-bats in Grapefruit League play.


Joe Panik
Giants' Bochy: Joe Panik pressing, remains starter at second base
Joe Panik, 2B, SF
News: Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday that while infielder Joe Panik might be pressing, he remains the team's starter at second base without reservations, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Panik is just 8 for 50 this spring after going hitless in four at-bats Thursday, though he has delivered three doubles and two home runs. He's looking for a strong follow-up to an impressive rookie season in which he hit .305/.343/.368 in 269 at-bats.


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