Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki
will sit out the next few days
in order to let the inflammation go down in bruised left calf, according to the Denver Post
Tulowitzki was hit in the leg by a pitch Wednesday and taken out of the game. He has just 13 at-bats in exhibition play this spring with three hits, but all were for extra bases. He has two home runs and a double.
Ryne Sandberg smooths over Jimmy Rollins controversy
, SS, PHI
Ryne Sandberg indicated Thursday that the problem he had with Phillies veteran Jimmy Rollins
is now behind him
and that it started when the shortstop replied "Who cares?" when asked by the media about his offensive struggles.
"Jimmy cares," Sandberg told the Philadelphia Daily News.
Sandberg added that he regretted saying "no comment" when asked about Rollins' energy and positive influence on the team. He said that his benching of Rollins the last four games was based only on a desire to get Freddie Galvis more playing time. Rollins is slated to return to the lineup on Friday.
Illness follows injury for Ian Desmond
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Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond
has not had a pleasant last two days. He cut his pinkie finger during warmups on Wednesday and was sent home sick
on Thursday. The finger injury would have precluded him from playing the exhibition game against the Mets anyway.
The Nationals hope the setback doesn't slow his momentum. Desmond is batting .286 in spring training and is tied for the team lead in home runs with two.
Javier Baez hits third spring home run Wednesday
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Cubs shortstop prospect Javier Baez
survived his team's latest round of camp cuts then hit his third home run of the season in Wednesday's game against the Mariners.
The home run was part of a 1-for-3 performance for Baez, who is 7 for 21 with three solo homers to his credit this spring. The highly-touted prospect won't break camp with the team, but he's certainly doing nothing to temper expectations down the road.
Ronny Cedeno still hitless since return from back issue
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Phillies infielder Ronny Cedeno
went 0 for 1 with a walk in Wednesday's 6-5 win over the Orioles.
Cedeno recently missed about a week with back tightness but returned Sunday, and he's 0 for 5 at the plate in his three appearances since rejoining the lineup. He's just 2 for 9 with one walk this spring as he competes for a roster spot.
Report: Mets continue to monitor shortstop market
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Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada
's shaky play this spring has renewed concerns for management he will not be able to handle the starting shortstop job. Therefore, the Mets are continuing to monitor the shortstop market
, according to the New York Daily News
A team source said Tuesday the Mets continue to scout Mariners infielder Nick Franklin, as they decide whether or not Franklin can play shortstop well enough to justify his offensive potential and giving up a starting pitcher prospect for him.
Also, a source for another team told the Daily News the Mets are also monitoring the Diamondbacks' shortstop competition, and "could jump in" to make a trade for Didi Gregorius or Chris Owings before spring training ends. Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers said recently he would consider trading one of his young shortstops, ideally for a top catching prospect, which would likely be Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki.
There is also free-agent shortstop Stephen Drew, but there is no indication from Drew's agent, Scott Boras, that his client would be willing to sign a bargain-type contract.
Ryan Jackson in the running for bench role with Padres
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The Padres are taking a long look at infielder Ryan Jackson
as a potential bench bat this season, MLB.com reports.
Jackson has shown versatility in the infield this spring, playing second base, third base and shortstop, and has been impressive defensively. While he isn't a major threat with his bat, he did go 2 for 3 with a triple and a home run in his previous two games heading into Tuesday's action.
Jackson made a brief, seven-game appearance with the Cardinals last season while hitting .278/.352/.346 in 442 at-bats at Triple-A Memphis.
Injuries to Rafael Furcal, Jeff Baker considered minor
, SS, MIA
Marlins manager Mike Redmond believes the injuries sustained Monday by second baseman Rafael Furcal
(hamstring) and infielder Jeff Baker
(quadriceps) are minor
, per The Miami Herald
"I think they both came in feeling better than anticipated so that's good for us," Redmond said. "They're going to be day to day. We'll get them the out there moving around the next couple days. We'll see how they progress."
Mets make several roster moves Monday
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Dee Gordon ahead of Alex Guerrero for starting job?
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MLB.com Dodgers beat writer Ken Gurnick seems to think Dee Gordon
has the inside track
to be the primary second baseman for Los Angeles to begin the season. Gordon was teamed with shortstop Hanley Ramirez for Monday's spring game, while Alexander Guerrero
-- who is also considered a strong candidate for the starting job -- was playing in an intrasquad game.