Martinez is still rehabbing from a knee injury and has yet to be cleared to participate in baseball activities. The 36-year-old hit .335/.409/.565 over 561 at-bats last year.Analysis:
Manager Brad Ausmus said he'd be shocked if Avila is not practicing Sunday.Analysis:
Rays president of baseball operations Matthew Silverman said Belisario was injured getting out of a swimming pool a few weeks ago and won't be ready for the start of the season.
Belisario posted a 4-8 record with eight saves in 2014 with a 5.56 ERA in 66 1/3 innings pitched.Analysis:
Saunders was initially expected to miss half the season while recovering from a meniscus tear. He had 60 percent of the meniscus removed from his left knee Friday, MLB.com reports. The cartilage was unable to be repaired, which would have resulted in a longer recovery time for the outfielder.
On his new timetable, Saunders could be back in action by early-to-mid April if the team chooses not to have him open the season on the disabled list.Analysis:
"We don't have a progression. It's just day by day," Gordon said. "After we swung it today, we talked about how we are going to approach it [Saturday], and I think that's how we are doing it right now. If it was during the season, obviously it would be pushing it forward a lot quicker, but we are just taking it slow and trying to be smart about it."
Gordon has taken the next step in his rehab after hitting off a tee Thursday and Friday.
"I had about 20 or 30 swings, and it felt great," Gordon said. "As long as it doesn't come back with any pain or suffering tonight, I'll probably have a little soft-toss. It's pretty exciting. Honestly, it is. That's not a joke.
"I turned it loose the last 10 swings [Friday], and it almost felt like the more I turned it loose, the better it got. That's a good sign that most of the discomfort, if there is any, comes from lack of swings and being stiff."Analysis:
Hamilton met with MLB officials on Wednesday and confessed to going on a binge that involved cocaine and alcohol a couple of months ago. Hamilton will meet with a four-doctor panel where they will determine the best course of action for the embattled slugger. The case could then go to an arbitrator, following by the commissioner.
"We have a lot of things on our plate that we have to take care of," manager Mike Scioscia said. "(The Hamilton case) is going to happen in it's own time, and we can't let it affect us."
Hamilton was already expected to miss the beginning of the season due to a shoulder surgery. It's unclear how much longer he'll be out due to a suspension.Analysis:
This likely has more to do with cross-training Davis just in case he's needed to step in at right field during the regular season. Davis hasn't played in right field the previous two years but did play the position some in 2012.
Davis has made 39 starts in right field during his MLB career.Analysis:
Ryan, who is seeking more playing time this season, hit .167 over 114 at-bats in 2014.Analysis:
"Everything's good," Infante said on Thursday. "I'm trying to take it a little slow, but right now it all feels fine.
"The shoulder is fine now. I don't really feel anything with [the elbow] either, maybe just a little bit. Not worried."Analysis: