Rangers reassign Ed Lucas, Carlos Peguero to minor-league camp
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The Rangers reassigned infielder Ed Lucas
and outfielder Carlos Peguero
to minor-league camp
Wednesday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Lucas hit .300/.356/.375 in 40 spring at-bats but also struck out 14 times. Peguero hit .340/.415/.511 while striking out 18 times in 47 at-bats.
Rafael Betancourt, Rafael Ynoa land spots on Rockies
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The Rockies purchased the contract of pitcher Rafael Betancourt
while also informing infielder Rafael Ynoa
that he has made the team's Opening Day roster
Wednesday, MLB.com reports.
Betancourt, who turns 40 in late April, didn't pitch last season while recovering from an elbow injury, but he was able to land a spot in the Rockies bullpen by giving up just one earned run in 7 2/3 innings while striking out nine and walking one. He'll join closer LaTroy Hawkins, 42, in giving the Rockies' bullpen a pair of the league's eldest statesmen.
Ynoa earned his spot by hitting .309/.333/.364 in 55 spring at-bats.
Yankees acquire INF Gregorio Petit from Astros
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The Yankees have acquired
infielder Gregorio Petit
from the Astros for a player to be named later or cash considerations, the Astros announced Wednesday.
Petit was reassigned to minor-league camp Sunday after failing to win a major-league roster spot with the Astros. He hit .310/.375/.414 in 29 at-bats this spring.
Giants 2B Joe Panik (ankle) returns Wednesday
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Giants second baseman Joe Panik
returned to the lineup Wednesday, going 1 for 4 and scoring a run in his team's 5-2 win over the Indians.
Panik was scratched from Tuesday's game due to a minor ankle issue but was able to get back into the action just one day later. He has hit .222/.279/.444 with three home runs in 63 spring at-bats.
Yankees still considering Robert Refsnyder for Opening Day roster
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Yankees second baseman Robert Refsnyder
is still being considered for an Opening Day roster spot
after shortstop Brendan Ryan went down with a calf injury Wednesday, reports The Journal News
"The young man, I think, has continually improved," manager Joe Girardi said. "He's a name that I'm sure is going to fly around a lot today."
Refsnyder is hitting .333 with five RBI in 39 plate appearances this spring.
"Things can happen quick," Girardi said. "I think a lot of clubs hold their breath this time of year that you leave camp the way you are. Sometimes it doesn't happen and you've got to deal with it. … Didi and Drew are healthy, so we're going to have to look at probably more of a second baseman in a sense. You could look at a second baseman more than a shortstop because you have two shortstops."
Yankees' Stephen Drew could see time at SS on Thursday
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Yankees infielder Rob Refsnyder revealed that Stephen Drew will play some shortstop
on Thursday in one of New York's split-squad games against the Tigers or Pirates, according to the New York Daily News
. Manager Joe Girardi would not confirm if Drew would see any time at shortstop.
Phillies' Chase Utley has second straight two-homer game
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Phillies second baseman Chase Utley
continued his power surge Wednesday against the Braves, belting two home runs for a second straight game.
Utley hit a three-run homer off Julio Teheran in the first inning before adding a solo home run off Teheran in the third inning. Utley had two home runs off Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez on Sunday.
Utley, who was limited to DH duties early in the spring due to a sprained ankle, is batting .448 (13 for 29) with two doubles, four home runs and nine RBI in 11 spring games.
Report: Mets 2B Daniel Murphy will likely be ready for Opening Day
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Despite suffering from a hamstring injury, Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy
appears likely to make
the Opening Day roster, a source told the New York Daily News
Murphy is recovering from a hamstring injury. If he's not ready by Opening Day, the team will turn to Danny Muno over Matt Reynolds as Murphy's replacement.
Royals bring back veteran INF Rafael Furcal
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The Royals have re-signed
infielder Rafael Furcal
on Wednesday, according to the Kansas City Star
. The move comes just one day after the team released him. Furcal, 37, has yet appear in a spring.
Delino DeShields Jr. beats out Carlos Peguero for final roster spot
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Rangers outfielder Carlos Peguero
will start the season in Triple-A, which means Delino DeShields
Jr. has earned the final spot
on the 25-man active roster, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
DeShields, a Rule 5 draft choice, is hitting .235/.278/.382 with one RBI this spring. Peguero is hitting .350/.435/.500 over 40 at-bats in Cactus League.