Abreu's brief absence will in all likelihood not heavily factor into his preparation for the season. The 30-year-old first baseman went 2-for-3 on Monday against the Cubs, which included hitting a long, "no-doubter" home run. He'll look to stay hot when he returns from his absence presumably on Wednesday.
As expected, the veteran outfielder had another procedure performed on his knee to try to right the ship and get him back into playing shape. The current timetable has Hamilton rehabbing for six weeks prior to running again, so it seems that any hopes of playing on Opening Day are out of the question. A firmer return date should come forth as he recovers from this operation.
Ramirez downplayed the severity of the soreness, chalking it up to tightness caused by heavy offseason lifting. The tightness has kept him from playing in the field yet this spring, although he dealt with a similar delay in throwing last spring. Right now, its pretty unclear what his status for the WBC will be, but the 33-year-old is expecting to sit down with manager John Farrell later this week to figure it out. "John told me we'll talk about it and what's the best thing for me and the team. So let's see what happens," Ramirez said. "We've got a good season ahead of us so I don't want to miss that. That's what we're here for."
The veteran slugger began experiencing elbow inflammation earlier in the month, but it seems like he's getting back into the swing of things without issue. This development paired with the extended length of spring training should help Gonzalez be ready for Opening Day, although he's still not expected to appear in a Cactus League game prior to the World Baseball Classic. His status should become clearer as he continues to ramp up his activity.
Morales wasted no time in getting the team and Jays' faithful excited about their headline acquisition from this offseason. He drove in a run with an infield single in his first at-bat, then sent a ball towering over the right-field fence in the third inning off Phillies' reliever Joaquin Benoit. Morales, who's entering his 11th MLB season at age 33, hit 30 homers and drove in 93 runs with a .795 OPS for Kansas City last season. The year before, he notched 106 RBI and crossed the plate himself 81 times while cracking 22 deep flies. He's booked as the team's DH and will hit from the middle of the Jays' potent lineup. Morales was signed to replace the production lost by Edwin Encarnacion's move to the Indians, and although he can't be expected to put up Encarnacion-type numbers, Morales should be a great source of production and a high draft pick across all leagues.
Canha brought home Eric Young, Jr. and Alejandro De Aza in the third with a double to left, drawing the A's even with the Angels at 1-1 at the time. The right fielder, who'll platoon with offseason acquisition Matt Joyce this season, hit out of the two-hole Sunday and has looked strong this spring after missing the majority of 2016 with a hip injury.
Hoskins has played in all three spring training games thus far and has gone 2-for-4 with a homer and two walks. He will open the year at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, but could get a look in Philly later this year if Tommy Joseph fails to build on his 2016 season. Hoskins hit .281/.377/.566 with 38 home runs in 498 at-bats last season at Double-A Reading.
The 24-year-old is vying to platoon with lefty masher Danny Valencia at first base this season, and got his spring off to a strong start with Saturday's effort. Vogelbach packs plenty of power on his 6-foot, 250-pound frame, and worked all offseason to sharpen his defensive skills in anticipation of his expected role in 2017.
The blast came off St. Louis closer Seung Hwan Oh, making for an impressive start to Bour's spring campaign. Injuries limited the 28-year-old to 90 games last season, but his .264/.349/.475 slash line was a step up from his rookie performance in 2015 thanks to an improved walk rate, and if he continues hitting behind Christian Yelich and Giancarlo Stanton during the regular season, he should be able to top his career high of 73 RBI.
This is tough news for the 35-year-old, who was looking to return to the majors after missing all of 2016 recovering from a torn ACL on the same left knee. It's unknown how serious it is, but there is a good chance Hamilton may never be healthy enough to play in the majors again.