Clint Barmes
Clint Barmes shaking off slow spring start
Clint Barmes, SS, SD
News: Padres infielder Clint Barmes is heating up as spring training closes. 

After getting just four hits in his first 23 at bats, Barmes is four for his last 10. Barmes had no extra base hits in his first 23 at bats, he has a double and a solo homer in the last 10. 

"It's just continuing to work on timing and get my legs underneath me, especially early on in the spring," Barmes said, per U-T San Diego. "Once I felt like, a couple weeks in, I started to get my legs underneath me, then it's just been a process of getting the timing down, defensively as much as offensively."


Xander Bogaerts
Xander Bogaerts not comfortable at plate for Red Sox
Xander Bogaerts, SS, BOS
News: Red Sox infielder Xander Bogaerts is struggling to find a comfortable stance at the plate, this spring. 

Bogaerts struggled through a slump last season, when he hit .240. He's hitting .243 this spring, and manager John Farrell said he looks "jumpy" at bat, per the Providence Journal.  

"It’s just some stuff I’d been doing a lot last year, and it’s carrying over this year," Bogaerts said. "I’m diving to the ball. I have to stay more square to the ball."


Daniel Robertson
Rays' Daniel Robertson smacks two home runs Tuesday
Daniel Robertson, SS, TB
News: Rays shortstop Daniel Robertson went 2 for 2 with two home runs and five RBI in Tuesday's 11-8 loss to the Red Sox.

Roberston had taken just four at-bats with the major-league team this spring and none since March 11 before drawing the start Tuesday and homering in the second and sixth innings. He joined the Rays this offseason in the deal that shipped Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar to Oakland.


Willie Bloomquist
Mariners' McClendon: Bloomquist 'a go' after passing all tests
Willie Bloomquist, SS, SEA
News: Mariners utility player Willie Bloomquist has said he is fully recovered coming off microfracture knee surgery in August. On Tuesday, manager Lloyd McClendon told reporters he has seen enough from Bloomquist to agree with his assessment.

“He’s fine,” McClendon said. “He’s passed all the tests. In my mind, he’s a go.”


Elvis Andrus
Rangers' Andrus (back) set to resume baseball activities Wed.
Elvis Andrus, SS, TEX
News: Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus, who was scratched from the lineup Monday due to lower back stiffness, said Tuesday he will resume baseball activities Wednesday, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

"There's nothing to worry about," he said.

Andrus is having a pretty good performance at the plate this spring, batting .389 (14 for 36) with one home run, two triples, two doubles, six RBI and four runs in 13 spring games.


J.J. Hardy
Orioles SS J.J. Hardy disappointed he will begin year on DL
J.J. Hardy, SS, BAL
News: Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy expressed his disappointment Tuesday on having to open the start of the season on the disabled list. Hardy was diagnosed with a strained muscle in his left shoulder after undergoing an MRI.

"I think they found exactly what they thought it was," Hardy said, per "I didn't know it was going to take 10 days or whatever they're saying to get all the swelling out and get the strength back, so that's a little disappointing, but I guess it could have been a lot worse.

"I feel better today than I did yesterday. At this rate, who knows how long it's going to be? I'm getting better quick, so I have no idea."

Hardy cannot participate in baseball activities for at least 10 days.

"I don't know how they can make these timetables," he said. "I feel better. That's kind of what I'm going off of, so if I'm feeling better, then who knows how long it will be?

"I'm getting range of motion back. I think there's still swelling in there and I think that's what we need to get rid of, and then once the swelling is gone, we can start strengthen it and go from there.

"I don't think it will be full inactivity. I think I'll be able to move around and do stuff, and then it'll just be a matter of swinging the bat full speed."


Everth Cabrera
Orioles comfortable with Everth Cabrera at short
Everth Cabrera, SS, BAL
News: Orioles GM Dan Duquette gave Everth Cabrera a vote of confidence on Monday. 

With expected starting shortstop J.J. Hardy missing the start of the season with a strained muscle in his shoulder, Duquette was asked if the team was in the market to acquire a shortstop. 

"We signed one just before camp opened," Duquette said, per MASN Sports. Cabrera signed with the team as a free agent in late February. 

Cabrera has hit .238 this spring. 


Didi Gregorius
No vote of confidence from Yankees on Didi Gregorius
Didi Gregorius, SS, NYY
News: In his career, Didi Gregorius has hit 34 points lower against left-handed pitchers, but the Yankees were confident he'd be able to hit southpaws well enough to be an every-day player. 

General manager Brian Cashman didn't seem as confident on Monday. Asked by's Bryan Hoch if Gregorius had shown enough in camp to play against left-handers, Cashman said, "It’s something we could consider but (Brendan) Ryan’s also here for a reason."

Gregorius is hitting .300 this spring. Brendan Ryan is hitting .200. Over his career, Ryan hits 15 points higher against southpaws than against right-handers. 


Dean Anna
Cardinals' Dean Anna to work at three infield positions in minors
Dean Anna, SS, STL
News: Cardinals infielder Dean Anna , sent to the minor leagues on Sunday, will work at second base, third base and shortstop at Triple-A Memphis, manager Mike Matheny said, per

Anna hit .200 in 20 spring at bats with the Cards. 


Hanley Ramirez
Red Sox plan to bat Hanley Ramirez in cleanup spot
Hanley Ramirez, SS, BOS
News: Red Sox manager John Farrell said Monday the plan is to have left fielder Hanley Ramirez bat cleanup as much as possible. 

"I don't know if I've ever seen a guy hit the ball hard than him, consistently," Farrell said.

Ramirez has hit cleanup in 136 games in his career. He has a .309/.364/.530/.894 slash line batting cleanup. He also has 25 home runs and 105 RBI.


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