"I just worked out, worked on my body," Colon said Friday. "I just continued to hit and take ground balls. I've lost about 10 pounds and gained some good weight. I'm able to move around better, and that's all I was looking for."
Colon made his major-league debut in 2014 and went 15 for 45 with the Royals. He also hit .311/.366/.433 with eight home runs, 47 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 344 at-bats with Triple-A Omaha.Analysis:
"He definitely is in the competition for playing time," La Russa said. "That's just front office talking, remember that, because [manager] Chip [Hale] makes out the lineup. I'm just echoing what Chip has seen. I'm sure he would say the same thing to you."Analysis:
Gennett spent last season in a platoon with Rickie Weeks, but with Weeks gone, he'll assume the full-time role. Gennett said he feels far less stressed about his position on the team this spring. "Seeing as I'm pretty much the everyday guy, that eliminated the stress, or whatever you want to call it, off my back," he said.
"Just not having to worry about stuff out of my control. I've put myself in this position where I've earned the job, I've shown them what I can do, and now it's about consistently doing it," he added.
Manager Ron Roenicke has already said he'll give Gennett plenty of opportunities to prove himself against left-handers.
Gennett, 24, hit .289/.320/.434 over 440 at-bats last season.Analysis:
"Everything's good," Infante said on Thursday. "I'm trying to take it a little slow, but right now it all feels fine.
"The shoulder is fine now. I don't really feel anything with [the elbow] either, maybe just a little bit. Not worried."Analysis:
"No goal," Gordon said. "I just want to score runs. That's it. I scored a lot of runs last year, and I don't think nobody realizes that. Whatever [stolen bases] I get is what I get. Whatever is going to make me score is what I want to do."
Gordon led MLB last season with 64 stolen bags. His 92 runs were tied with then-teammate Yasiel Puig for eighth most in the National League. He hit .289/.326/.378 over 609 at-bats last season.Analysis:
"It's wide open," Gonzalez said. "It's all depending on how we want to work second base, the infield and even the bench."Analysis:
Beckham, selected first overall in the 2008 draft, tore his right ACL and underwent sugery on Dec. 17, 2013. He was able to make it back late last season and contribute to a playoff push by Triple-A Durham, hitting .258/.281/.290 in 62 at-bats.
"Coming back and playing last year, playing that month and a half, producing and helping the team out a lot," Beckham said. "And we went pretty far in the playoffs. So that brought a lot of confidence back my way. Just sliding, jumping, those are big hurdles. Just doing stuff you don't do every day off the baseball field. I wouldn't be sliding if I wasn't in a game. So that month and a half was big for me."
Beckham also said the past "not anything I think about," adding, "That's not anything I want to think about right now. I'm here, I'm healthy, and I'll take it one day at a time. Just to be able to be out there with the guys, laughing and taking ground balls, swinging, that's what the game's about, having fun. That's what we started out doing as kids. This is the game we love."
Prior to his ACL injury, Beckham hit .276/.342/.387 with four home runs, 51 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 460 at-bats with Durham in 2013. If he makes the team this spring, the infielder could see time at second base and shortstop.Analysis:
La Stella began to take reps at third base after the Cubs indicated he needed to be able to play more than second base to make the roster following his acquisition from Atlanta.
"It takes a second to get used to, but luckily they gave me the heads up, so I've been able to work out over there for several months," he said.Analysis:
"As of right now I'm a Met for this year, for sure, love to be here in the future," Murphy said, per NJ.com. "But that is way in the future. I got too much anxiety about today to worry about what happens in November.
"I've always been open to an extension. I've never approached the blessing of playing in the big leagues with thinking I need to maximize every single dollar I can get out of this game. I've made a whole bunch of money already. I think that it's something that we've always been willing to discuss. I think maybe both sides just haven't come and discussed it, from my understanding."
It appears Murphy could be headed toward free agency after the season since a team source told ESPN no in-season contract talks are planned. The source added while it is not 100 percent certainty Murphy won't be with the Mets next season, the expectation is the team will let him test free agency.
The source added the Mets are deep with upper-level middle-infield prospects and the team could have a viable successor.Analysis:
"It was definitely time," the 37-year-old Ellis said. "My kids are getting older and I kind of realized it was time to do something else." Ellis spent 12 years in the majors, nine of which came with the Athletics. He was a member of the Cardinals in 2014, but was limited to just 73 games due to an oblique injury.
Athletics general manager Billy Beane said Ellis was a "consummate professional" when he played, and has a job waiting for him if he ever wants to return to the game. "After some deserved time with Sarah and his children, I’m hopeful, when he is ready, Mark will continue his baseball career with the A’s," Beane said.
Ellis compiled a career .262/.327/.384 over 5,117 at-bats.Analysis: