Alex Gordon
Royals' Yost on Alex Gordon: 'He's still getting his timing down'
Alex Gordon, LF, KC
6:08 PM
News: Royals manager Ned Yost said Monday he's not concerned with the slow spring start of outfielder Alex Gordon, MLB.com reports.

"He's still getting his timing down," Yost said. "He'll be fine. The big thing is he's not hurting. He's sore a little sometimes, but generally OK."

Gordon is working his way back from December surgery on his right wrist. He's a candidate to receive at least a few off-days during the first month of the season in order to give the wrist time to properly recover.

"We'll have to go day to day with him and see how he feels," Yost said. "We do have two off-days the first two weeks. And we'll just see after that. I know one day he came in real sore recently and I thought about banging him [from the lineup] but he went to the cage and it loosened up, and we put him in. It's been kind of like that."

Gordon is just 3 for 24 this spring.

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Seth Smith
Mariners scratch OF Seth Smith (ankle) Monday
Seth Smith, LF, SEA
3:26 PM
News: Mariners outfielder Seth Smith has been scratched from Monday's lineup due to soreness in his ankle, the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Smith rolled his ankle Saturday and was held out of Sunday's action, but he was initially scheduled to return to the lineup Monday before being scratched. He has hit .222/.326/.389 with one home run in 36 spring at-bats.

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Grant Green
Angels' Green surprised he is playing multiple positions this spring
Grant Green, LF, LAA
3:16 PM
News: While Grant Green is still in the mix for the starting job at second base for the Angels, he has actually seen more time this spring in left field (24 innings), per The Orange County Register. He has also played 14 innings at shortstop, nine at third base and six at first base to go along with 19 innings at second base.

“It’s definitely surprising,” Green said of the way he’s been used. “I thought it would be a lot more innings (at second), but there is a reason why they are doing what they are doing. Hopefully it works out best for me and this club.”

Manager Mike Scioscia said Green is still in the running to "win some at-bats at second base," but added the team is trying to get him acclimated to other positions.

"Versatility never hurt any player. It could help him," Scioscia said.

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Jake Marisnick
Astros' Springer OK with Marisnick starting in center field
Jake Marisnick, RF, HOU
2:40 PM
News: Astros outfielder George Springer has started 15 times in right field this spring and has yet to play an inning in center field. It appears the Astros are going to name Jake Marisnick the starter in center field, and that's fine with Springer, according to the Houston Chronicle.

“I’m going to go out there and I’m going to play the only way I know how," Springer said of starting in right field. “He obviously is extremely skilled. He’s extremely fast. I understand his range, he understands mine, and I think this spring has been good just because he’s so aggressive. I understand that and I’ m just going to let him run. He’s there when I need him to be and it’s the same way for him.”

Still, in the long run, Springer sees himself as a center fielder.

“I think I consider myself a center fielder playing right field, but I think anybody who has some speed considers that,” Springer said. “I’ve obviously had more repetitions there and kind of more game experience now (this spring). So it’s kind of one of those things where I can kind of also slow myself down more."

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Terrance Gore
Royals' Terrance Gore won't need jaw wired shut
Terrance Gore, LF, KC
2:02 PM
News: Royals manager Ned Yost said Monday that outfielder Terrance Gore (jaw) is doing better and will "play to tolerance" of the pain, MLB.com reports.

Gore was hit in the face by a pitch Friday, suffering a broken jaw. Yost added that the outfielder will not need to have his jaw wired shut. A key pinch runner for the Royals during last year's postseason run, Gore was optioned to the minors earlier in March.

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Jerry Sands
Indians reassign Jerry Sands to minor-league camp
Jerry Sands, RF, CLE
1:12 PM
News: The Indians have sent outfielder Jerry Sands to minor-league camp, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports.

Sands has done a fine job this season, hitting .316/.381/.421 with one home run in 38 at-bats, but has lost out on the competition for a bench spot.

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Tyler Holt
Indians option OF Tyler Holt to Triple-A Columbus
Tyler Holt, RF, CLE
12:47 PM
News: The Indians have optioned outfielder Tyler Holt to Triple-A Columbus, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports.

Holt made his major-league debut last season and went on to hit .268/.307/.296 while also striking out 25 times in 71 at-bats. He was 11 for 42 with one double, one triple and three stolen bases this spring before being sent down.

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Dariel Alvarez
Orioles reassign three players to minor league camp Sunday
Dariel Alvarez, RF, BAL
3/29/2015
News: The Orioles made another wave of cuts Sunday, reassigning outfielder Dariel Alvarez, utility man Chris Parmelee and pitcher Chaz Roe to minor league camp, reports MASN.com.

Alvarez hit .343 in 35 spring training at-bats with two home runs and seven RBI. Parmelee hit .241 in 29 plate appearances with one double and two RBI. Roe posted a 5.91 ERA in seven appearances in 10 2/3 innings with 10 strikeouts.

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Jake Smolinski
Rangers' Jake Smolinski could be unexpected Opening Day left fielder
Jake Smolinski, LF, TEX
3/29/2015
News: Prior to spring training Jake Smolinski was not on anybody's radar, but a strong camp has put the outfielder in strong contention to be the Rangers' Opening Day left fielder, according to MLB.com.

Smolinski is hitting .333 this spring, with a home run, four doubles and a triple in 39 at-bats.

"I had some setbacks early in my career, some serious injuries," Smolinski said. "I battled back, struggled in the minors but just stuck with it and continued to get better."

Smolinski did get a Double-A call up last season, hitting .389 in 11 games, but broke a bone fouling a pitch off his left foot and missed two months.

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Rusney Castillo
Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo shows defensive prowess Sunday
Rusney Castillo, CF, BOS
3/29/2015
News: Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo continues to show manager John Farrell why he should be in consideration for a starting job this season. Castillo made two outstanding plays in right field Sunday, reaching foul territory to make a catch and catching a runner at home with a strike from the outfield, reports MLB.com.

"It turned out to be a good play," said Castillo. "I'm always kind of anticipating that kind of thing to happen. When you have a man on third in a big situation, you hope you can make a play like that and execute it. Fortunately it went our way."

Castillo provides Farrell exactly what he needs in the outfield: flexibility.

"I don't know that you can make a play better than the one he made -- diving play in foul territory, he gets up, sets his feet, and then he throws a 150-foot strike," said Farrell. "A dynamic player, when you consider the skill set that he has. If there was any question on whether he could play right field, he's certainly answering those for us in camp here."

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