Athletics reassign three players to minors Sunday
by Brandon Wise |
(3/29/2015) The Athletics decided to reassign three players Sunday including: shortstop Andy Parrino, catcher Luke Carlin and first baseman Max Muncy, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.

Carlin git .273 with six RBI in 22 plate appearances this spring while Muncy hit .375 in 32 at-bats with two home runs and 10 RBI. Parrino hit just .196 with four doubles and 11 strikeouts in 46 at-bats.

Carlin is likely to be back with the team Tuesday to catch for Barry Zito, according to the report.

Orioles reassign three players to minor league camp Sunday
by Brandon Wise |
(3/29/2015) The Orioles made another wave of cuts Sunday, reassigning outfielder Dariel Alvarez, utility man Chris Parmelee and pitcher Chaz Roe to minor league camp, reports

Alvarez hit .343 in 35 spring training at-bats with two home runs and seven RBI. Parmelee hit .241 in 29 plate appearances with one double and two RBI. Roe posted a 5.91 ERA in seven appearances in 10 2/3 innings with 10 strikeouts.

Yankees' Mark Teixeira diagnosed with right knee contusion
by Jason Butt |
(3/29/2015) Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira has been diagnosed with a right knee contusion after being hit by a pitch in minor-league action Sunday, reports.

Teixeira is icing the knee and not scheduled to undergo any further tests. He has hit .261/.306/.391 with one home run in 46 spring at-bats.

Manager Joe Girardi said after Sunday's game that Teixeira was not scheduled to play Monday or Tuesday even before the injury, and he expects the first baseman to be back in the lineup Wednesday, the New York Daily News reports.

Yankees' Mark Teixeira (knee) exits game Sunday
by R.J. White |
(3/29/2015) Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira was removed from a minor-league game Sunday after being hit on the knee by a pitch.

Teixeira had a noticeable limp as he left the field after being hit. He has hit .261/.306/.391 with one home run in 46 at-bats this spring.

Angels' Marc Krauss (back) struggling since return
by R.J. White |
(3/29/2015) Angels first baseman Marc Krauss has played in two games since missing time with a back injury but has struck out in all three of his at-bats.

Krauss was 9 for 18 with five walks before suffering back spasms early last week. He was able to return to action Friday but has not been able to replicate his success from earlier in the spring. Krauss is in the mix for a bench role this spring.

Tigers optimistic Cabrera, Martinez will be ready for Opening Day
by Brandon Wise |
(3/28/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus expressed optimism he will have both first baseman Miguel Cabrera and designated hitter Victor Martinez available for Opening Day, reports

"I'd say, as of right now, I'm optimistic that we can have them both ready for Opening Day," Ausmus said. "But I'm probably more optimistic that at this point that Miggy will be ready to play."

Cabrera, who hit his second home run of spring training Saturday, missed nearly a month after surgery to remove bone spurs in his right ankle while Martinez underwent surgery in early February for a torn meniscus in his left knee.

Indians' impressed by Nick Swisher's minor-league appearance
by Igor Mello |
(3/28/2015) Indians manager Terry Francona told reporters Nick Swisher, who is working back from double-knee surgery, took "a good first step" in Friday's minor-league game, according to

"He had a base hit and ran through a stop sign at third, because he wanted to see how it felt," Francona said. "He got thrown out at the plate, but it's a good first step for him. Usually, the way it's been with Swish is, every time he's tried to do something, the next time he does it, he does it better."

Swisher, who is expected to land on the disabled list at the start of the season, will meet with a medical staff in the near future to map out a plan for the upcoming weeks.

Joe Mauer hits first spring homer for Twins
by Shawn Krest |
(3/28/2015) Twins first baseman Joe Mauer hit his first home run of the spring on Saturday. 

Maurer's two-run shot in the fourth was the highlight of a two for three performance. He lifted his spring average to .229. 

Miguel Cabrera homers for second straight day for Tigers
by Shawn Krest |
(3/28/2015) Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run home run for the Tigers on Saturday, the second straight game in which he's homered. 

Cabrera went one for three and brought his spring average to .385.

Manager Brad Ausmus said he'd be "a little surprised" if Cabrera was not in the Tigers' lineup on opening day. 

Victor Martinez, also returning from injury, has also begun playing in Tigers' spring games. Ausmus said he was optimistic Martinez would also be ready for Opening Day, but he wasn't as optimistic as he was for Cabrera. 

Athletics' Nate Freiman will start season at extended spring training
by Igor Mello |
(3/28/2015) Athletics first baseman Nate Freiman (back) is expected to join Josh Reddick, Jarrod Parker (elbow), A.J. Griffin (elbow), Sean Nolin (hernia) and Taylor Thompson (shoulder) at extended spring training to start the season, according to the San Francisco Chronicle on Saturday. 

Freiman told reporters his back is feeling better lately after some aggressive treatment on his back. He has yet to be cleared for baseball activities.

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