Nick Swisher
Indians first baseman Nick Swisher goes 2 for 3 in spring debut
Nick Swisher, 1B, CLE
News: Indians first baseman Nick Swisher went 2-for-3 Wednesday in his first action since undergoing surgery on both knees this offseason, reports

"All I really wanted to do was go out there and have some fun again, man," Swisher said. "I feel like it's been Groundhog's Day for me. It's like the same thing every day. So, to be able to come out here and actually be able to compete at this level was great. It raised my spirits a little bit, for sure."

Manager Terry Francona was happy to get Swisher back in the lineup.

"I think it was really good to get him in a game," Francona said. "I think it was really good for him -- whether he got hits or not. It was nice to see him get on base a couple times. I think it's helpful to him. I think it probably gave him another little push in the right direction. I think he had fun and it makes it feel a little bit closer to the finish line."

He remains without a timetable to return for the regular season.

"I wish I could give you a timetable. I wish I could give you a day," Swisher said. "I'm just going to come back when I feel healthy. Do I feel like I could go and DH for this team and contribute right now? Sure, but that's not all I want to do. I want to make sure I'm able to go to the outfield. I want to make sure I'm able to go to first base and make sure all my movements are fluid and smooth."


Brendan Ryan
Yankees shortstop Brendan Ryan dealing with Grade 2 calf strain
Brendan Ryan, SS, NYY
News: Yankees shortstop Brendan Ryan has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 calf strain, the team announced Wednesday.

Ryan left Wednesday's game limping off the field with the injury and went for an MRI immediately. It is unknown how long the injury will keep him sidelined.


Christian Vazquez
Red Sox C Christian Vazquez to undergo Tommy John surgery
Christian Vazquez, C, BOS
News: The Red Sox announced Wednesday that catcher Christian Vazquez will undergo Tommy John surgery on his injured elbow Thursday, the Providence Journal reports.

Dr. James Andrews will perform the operation on Vazquez, who is without a timetable for return but will likely miss the entire 2015 season. He was placed on the 60-day disabled list Monday.


Josh Reddick
Athletics OF Josh Reddick feels fine after minor-league at-bats
Josh Reddick, RF, OAK
News: Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Wednesday that outfielder Josh Reddick took three at-bats in a minor-league game Tuesday and felt fine physically, reports.

Reddick is recovering from an oblique injury that will cause him to open the season on the 15-day disabled list, but he may be able to return soon after the season begins.


Coco Crisp
Athletics hoping Coco Crisp (elbow) can play Opening Day
Coco Crisp, CF, OAK
News: The Athletics remain hopeful that outfielder Coco Crisp (elbow) will be healthy enough to play Opening Day, reports.

"I think it depends on how he feels tomorrow," manager Bob Melvin said Wednesday. "I think it's going to be a pretty good indication on what we need to do."

Melvin said that Crisp was sore Wednesday, and the team will decide Thursday if he'll need to open the season on the disabled list. It's possible he'll play during the team's three-game Bay Bridge Series against the Giants, starting Thursday.

"He's really the one guy on our team that we're not worried too much about at-bats," Melvin said. "If he could play in the Bay Bridge Series, we'd be good with that. Whether he's not, I really don't know yet."

If Crisp does open the season on the disabled list, the Athletics will likely carry outfielder Billy Burns on the Opening Day roster.


David Lough
Orioles OF David Lough to join team for first home series
David Lough, LF, BAL
News: Orioles outfielder David Lough is scheduled to play in a Triple-A game on Friday, according to Lough, who is working his way back from a hamstring injury, is expected to start the season on the 15-day disabled list. He will be with the club for their home series against the Blue Jays starting on April 10.

Chris Sale
White Sox pitcher Chris Sale strikes out 13 in rehab start
Chris Sale, SP, CHW
News: White Sox pitcher Chris Sale threw six innings Wednesday, allowing one run on two hits with 13 strikeouts on 90 pitches against Class-A hitters.

"I felt really good. It was nice to get back on the mound and do what I am supposed to do, honestly," Sale told reporters after the outing, per "Stinks being on rehab the whole time so it was nice to be a pitcher again and be in a game situation. My breaking ball was kind of [lousy] today. I left it up a lot arm side, probably because I was rushing a little bit. But other than that, everything felt fine."

Sale is recovering from a foot injury suffered in late February and has thrown simulated games as a part of his rehab. He appears on track to make his regular-season debut April 12 and will make another start Monday in an attempt to throw about 100 pitches without issue.


Oswaldo Arcia
Twins' Oswaldo Arcia penciled in to play Thursday
Oswaldo Arcia, RF, MIN
News: Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia is penciled in to play Thursday against the Red Sox, according to the Star Tribune. Arcia was unable to play Wednesday because of a stomach illness. Manager Paul Molitor told reporters that it wasn't related to an earlier problem.

Arcia is hitting .295 in 14 Grapefruit League games.


Jose Pirela
Yankees' Jose Pirela still not cleared to swing a bat
Jose Pirela, SS, NYY
News: Yankees utility man Jose Pirela (concussion) has not yet received clearance to swing a bat, according to Pirela, who is not expected expected to break camp with the big-league club, has been sidelined since March 22 after colliding with the outfield wall in a spring game. He has been limited to work on the exercise bike.

Jake Petricka
White Sox pitcher Jake Petricka plays catch Wednesday
Jake Petricka, RP, CHW
News: White Sox pitcher Jake Petricka was able to play catch Wednesday after dealing with a forearm injury. Petricka is expected to begin the season on the disabled list with the injury, but said he feels like he's "on the right track," according to the Chicago Sun Times.

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