Adrian Beltre exits game with tight quad
, 3B, TEX
Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre was forced out
of Thursday's Cactus League game against the Giants with tightness in his left quad muscle, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
. Kevin Kouzmanoff replaced Beltre to start the fifth inning.
Beltre went 0 for 2 in his first two at-bats before leaving the game. He is hitting .238/.273/.286 with two RBI over his first 21 at-bats.
Miguel Sano won't be able to swing bat for five months
, 3B, MIN
Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said Thursday third baseman Miguel Sano
(elbow) is expected to need five months of rehab
before he can start swinging a bat, per MLB.com. Sano is recovering after undergoing successful Tommy John surgery
Two days after having his second four-RBI game of the spring, Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos
added two more RBI Wednesday against the Yankees to extend his Grapefruit League-leading RBI total to 13.
Castellanos doubled twice Wednesday, which was also the second time this spring he had two doubles in a game. Castellanos is batting .400 (12 for 30) with a .733 slugging percentage, 1.158 OPS, two home runs, four doubles, six runs and 13 RBI in 10 games. He also has two stolen bases and two walks.
Mike Moustakas smacks fourth spring homer Wednesday
, 3B, KC
Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas
added to his fantastic spring numbers by going 3 for 3 with a double and his fourth home run in his team's 3-1 win over the A's Wednesday.
Moustakas as a fair case to be labeled the hottest hitter in the league this spring, as the 3-for-3 performance lifts his line to .500/.581/1.077 with four home runs and 13 RBI through 26 at-bats.
Lonnie Chisenhall hits first spring home run Tuesday
, 3B, CLE
Indians third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall
went 2 for 4 and hit his first home run of the spring in Tuesday's 7-1 win over the Diamondbacks.
Chisenhall is trying to establish himself as the team's regular third baseman as catcher Carlos Santana attempts to transition to the position this spring. The Indians' incumbent is 6 for 22 with three walks, but Tuesday's homer was his first extra-base hit.
Angels re-assign four to minor-league camp
, 3B, LAA
The Angels re-assigned four players to minor-league camp Monday, including catcher Jett Bandy
and infielders Kaleb Cowart
, Eric Stamets
and Alex Yarbrough
Cowart, who is one of the top prospects in the organization, went 1 for 7 with one walk this spring. Bandy went 1 for 3 with a home run, Stamets went hitless in three at-bats and Yarbrough went 2 for 5 and scored a run.
David Freese back in lineup after sitting out two days
, 3B, LAA
Angels third baseman David Freese
returned to the lineup Tuesday against the Mariners after sitting out two days with a blister on his foot
. Freese was the team's DH Tuesday.
Freese is batting .091 (1 for 11) with three walks in five spring games.
Conor Gillaspie leading third-base competition for ChiSox
, 3B, CHW
If the season were to start tomorrow, it appears the White Sox would go with Conor Gillaspie
as the starting third baseman
over challengers Matt Davidson
, Marcus Semien
and Jeff Keppinger
Gillaspie entered play Monday batting .278 (5 for 18) with a .500 slugging percentage, one double, one home run and three RBI in seven games.
"To me, he’s just in a better spot this year confidence-wise, knowledge-wise on what he needs to do to play, offensively, defensively," manager Robin Ventura told reporters in Arizona, per ESPN. "He actually had one game that wasn’t very good, but everybody has those and you have to be able to get over that and still have the confidence, and he’s done that."
Manny Machado to begin sliding next week
, 3B, BAL
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado
(knee) expects to start sliding next week
before his next doctor's appointment, per MLB.com. Machado said his biggest tests will be sliding and base running.
Report: Josh Donaldson renewed at league minimum
, 3B, OAK
Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson has been renewed
at the major league minimum of $500,000, per CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.
Donaldson could be in line for quite a payday if he continues to rake like he did in 2013, when he led Oakland starters with a .301 batting average, 93 RBI and .499 slugging percentage while slugging 26 home runs.