"It's no big deal," Ryan said. "I've had a lot more serious issues in my back before. I wasn't too concerned. It being February, let's just make sure."
Ryan is taking treatment and expects to resume baseball activities next week.
"I don't know what they're going to allow me to do," Ryan said. "If not batting practice, maybe some baseball stuff. I imagine they might baby-step me into it. We always want to jump right back into it. I'd imagine some dry swings or hit off the tee. We'll see.
"I don't want to speak for them. That's how I get in trouble."Analysis:
"I personally can't worry about a shadow of Derek's somehow affecting the next guy," Cashman said. "All you can do is tell the next guy, 'You're not Derek, so don't even waste your time trying to be. Just be the best you can be.’ It’s going to fall short of anything Derek did, because he’s one of the greatest players of all-time."
The 25-year-old hit .226 with six home runs and 27 RBI in 270 plate appearances in 2014 and Cashman likes what's he's seeing.
"He's a developing guy," Cashman said. "He's definitely not a finished product. He's got a big ceiling. We'll see if we can together reach that ceiling."Analysis:
"We are just here to give him a good look, let him play and get some experience and let him enjoy big league Spring Training," Yost said. "Everything jumps out. He's that kind of guy. He just stands out a little bit. He's going to be a special player."
Mondesi, the son of Raul Mondesi Sr. and the youngest player in camp at 19, is the top prospect in the organization, after signing for $2 million as an international free agent in 2011, according to MLB.com. He hit .211/.256/.354 over 435 at-bats in the Carolina League in 2014. He could be in line for a Double-A promotion in 2015.Analysis:
"We ran bases today, then he took grounders, did the fundamental and he hit," manager Brad Ausmus said. "When he got done hitting, I sent him inside. I didn't want him standing out in the outfield shagging. I don't want to say that's going to be the straw that breaks the camel's back, but any little bit of time we can get him off his feet early helps. So I sent him in about 10 minutes early."Analysis:
“Yeah, a little bit -- going really bad for two months, I mean extremely bad,” Bogaerts said of losing confidence, per WEEI.com. “Trying to have confidence everyday coming to the park was pretty tough. This year is a new year, I feel much better. I feel much more confident in myself so, it’s something I definitely learned, no matter how tough the situation is it’s just keep your head up.”
Bogaerts said the experiences he learned last season should help him well moving forward.
“It’s a really tough game,” Bogaerts said. “Especially in the Boston market — a lot of media attention, especially after winning the World Series, a lot of eyes were on us. I think this year will probably be the same because of all the new acquisitions that we have. You just have to have a lot of confidence in yourself. You go through your ups and downs. It’s definitely easy to lose your confidence.”Analysis:
“They both saw significant time last year and only one of them can play short as this team shapes up,” McClendon said, per MLB.com. “I like both guys. They both bring a lot to the table. I think Chris is probably a little bit ahead of the game defensively and Brad is probably ahead of the game offensively. It’s a nice combination and let’s see what happens. … If we don’t have injuries, I doubt that we can take them both.”Analysis:
“It was a prerequisite,” manager Buck Showalter said of Cabrera resolving his legal problems before signing with the Orioles, per MLB.com. “That’s why it took as long as it did [after word leaked of an agreement]. It wasn’t going to happen until it did and we felt comfortable with it.”
Cabrera was expected to go to trial in April for resisting arrest after he was arrested by the California Highway Patrol on Sept. 3 on suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana. He was later charged with resisting arrest.
He was cited for possession of marijuana in a car, which is a vehicle code infraction that carries a fine of up to $100. No DUI charges were filed, per U-T San Diego.Analysis:
"I really want to work on base running," Correa said. "I got hurt on it, so I want to work on it and regain my confidence on it."
Correa, considered the second-best prospect in baseball behind Twins outfielder Byron Buxton, is expected to open the season at Double-A.Analysis:
"He just never slows down," manager Ned Yost said, per MLB.com. "Fortunately, he has the body to do that. He just doesn't seem to wear down."
Playing every day last season didn't seem to bother Escobar, who hit .320 with a .763 OPS in September.
"I just love to play baseball," Escobar said. "It's really all I want to do."
Escobar apparently also loves hitting atop the lineup. When Escobar moved to the leadoff spot in mid-September last season, he hit .362 with a .397 on-base percentage and .478 slugging percentage in 16 games. Yost has indicated he plans to keep Escobar in the leadoff spot.
"I like it up there," Escobar said. "I'm still trying to learn, trying to find ways to get on base and take more pitches."