Braves' Melvin Upton expecting to shed protective boot on Friday
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Braves outfielder Melvin Upton
Jr. is expecting to receive medical clearance
on Friday to shed the protective boot on his injured left foot, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Upton has been sidelined all spring with the injury. He had the hard cast removed from his injured left foot last week, and is expected to start the season on the 15-day disabled list.
"I've thrown a couple of times, lifting weights. Just waiting to get it off," he said. "It'll probably take a week to actually start really working on it again -- get in the shoe, start walking on it again. There's no timetable, but it'll probably be (when he's ready)."
Corey Dickerson scratched from Rockies lineup on Tuesday
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Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson
was scratched from the lineup on Tuesday, per MLB.com
Dickerson was benched as a precautionary measure, due to back tightness. Dickerson is hitting .289 this spring.
Dodgers' Andre Ethier exits after HBP on right elbow
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Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier was forced out
of Tuesday's Cactus League game against the White Sox after he took a Carlos Rodon pitch to his right elbow, according to the Los Angeles Times
Chris Heisey took over for Ethier in the bottom of the second inning. Ethier is hitting .313 this spring. He was sent for X-rays after leaving the game. The team will likely provide an update on the extent of his injury after the game.
J.B. Shuck earns fourth OF spot with White Sox
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News: J.B. Shuck
made the White Sox roster as the fourth outfielder, manager Robin Ventura confirmed on Tuesday, per CSN Chicago
Shuck hit .360 in 50 spring at bats.
Jacoby Ellsbury says he'll be fine for Yankees' Opening Day
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News: Jacoby Ellsbury
has been sidelined by an oblique injury since March 15, but he's nearing a return to the Yankees.
Ellsbury told MLB.com's Brendan Kuty that he is feeling much better and expects to play in a Major League spring game in the final week of spring training. Ellsbury said he would be fine for Opening Day.
Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp unsure for Opening Day
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Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp
is still battling to get back
on the field from an elbow injury and is uncertain for Opening Day next week, reports MLB.com.
"I don't know," Crisp said when asked.
Crisp was cleared to play in a minor-league game for Tuesday after missing a week with the injury. The veteran is just 2 for 15 during spring training.
Brewers' Ron Roenicke: Ryan Braun's thumb not a concenr
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Brewers manager Ron Roenicke reiterated that outfielder Ryan Braun
's thumb is no longer a concern
. He told reporters that all systems are go with Braun heading into the start of the season, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Braun is hitting .323 with two homers and six RBI this spring.
Angels' Josh Hamilton still not progressing from shoulder injury
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Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton was able to hit off a tee
Tuesday, but hasn't progressed to any significant baseball activities, manager Mike Scioscia said Tuesday per the L.A. Times
Hamilton, who is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, has taken light batting practice during spring training, but has not been able to play in a spring training game yet this season.
Mariners release Chavez; sign Gutierrez, Saunders to Triple-A deals
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The Mariners announced Tuesday outfielder Endy Chavez
opted out of his minor-league deal and was released
, per MLB.com.
Outfielder Franklin Gutierrez and pitcher Joe Saunders were also released, but then signed to Triple-A contracts.
Nationals OF Jayson Werth unsure of next step in rehab
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Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth
went 1 for 2 in his first minor-league game swinging. Werth had surgery on his shoulder which has kept him out this spring. He remains unsure of the next step his recovery process
, per Comcast SportsNet Washington.
"I felt like it was the first game of spring training," Werth said. "So if I had a month left, I'd be right where I needed to be. But I've got six days, five now. We're gonna do all the work we can and we're going to do everything we can to get there. I just don't know if it'll be enough. Again, that's not my decision anyway."