Red Sox's Rusney Castillo wouldn't alter plan if sent down
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12:06 am ET) Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo won't be upset if he winds up being sent down to the minors, according to the WEEI.

That's not a likely outcome, but with his recent oblique injury, there's a chance Castillo could fall behind the other outfielders on the roster. "To me it wouldn’t be anything that would alter my plan, or my attitude, or my perspective," he said. "If that’s what it’s got to be, that’s what it’s got to be. I’m just worrying playing and continuing to get reps and reps wherever they may come."

Castillo did note that he's feeling a lot better, and is expected to return in about a week. Castillo hit .333 over 36 at-bats in the majors last year. 


Red Sox's Jackie Bradley Jr. showing off new swing
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(3/5/2015) Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is showing off his new swing this spring, according to the Boston Herald

Bradley started working out at the team's facility in November, and started hitting in January. He worked with assistant hitting coach Victor Rodriguez for a good portion of the offseason. "Jackie was dedicated," Rodriguez said. "He listened, too. He was open to what we talked about."

Manager John Farrell has noticed the change in Bradley's approach. "In BP, to me, it seems like there’s more of a willingness to stay in the middle of the field and not look to lift a ball too much," Farrell said. "I think it’s more of his natural swing, which he was drafted with."

Bradley said his swing has been a "work in progress." While it doesn't appear Bradley has a starting role, his defense should make him a useful major-league asset.

The 24-year-old hit .198/.265/.266 over 384 at-bats last year. 

 


White Sox release Tony Campana
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) The White Sox have released outfielder Tony Campana on Thursday, according to MILB.com.

Campana signed a minor-league contract with the club in the offseason, but tore his ACL while training. He's expected to miss the entire season while he recovers. The 28-year-old hit .187 over 75 at-bats last year. 


Indians OF Michael Brantley goes hitless in spring debut
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Indians outfielder Michael Brantley (back) went 0 for 3 in his spring debut Thursday against the Reds.

Manager Terry Francona said Monday that Brantley was expected to make his debut Thursday, and the outfielder was able to play after dealing with a sore lower back earlier this spring. He hit .327/.385/.506 with 20 home runs, 97 RBI and 23 stolen bases in 611 at-bats last season.


Angels' Mike Trout to be more aggressive early in count
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Angels outfielder Mike Trout said Thursday that he plans to be more aggressive early in the count this spring, the Los Angeles Times reports.

"Gonna be locked and loaded on the first pitch," Trout said.

Trout made contact on the first pitch 24 times last season, hitting six singles and a double and posting a .292/.286/.333 line. He hit .287/.377/.561 in 602 at-bats overall in 2014.


MLBPA on Josh Hamilton leaks: 'Cowardly'
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(3/5/2015) The Major League Baseball Players Association issued a statement about leaked information regarding Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton, MLB.com reports.

"It is regrettable that people who want to see Josh Hamilton hurt personally and professionally have started leaking information about the status of his treatment program and the confidential processes under our Joint Drug Agreement," the statement read. "These anonymous leaks are cowardly, undermine the integrity of our collectively bargained agreements and in some instances have been wholly inaccurate. The Major League Baseball Players Association will use every right we have under the collective bargaining agreement to make sure Josh gets the help he needs, and the fair and confidential process to which he is entitled."

The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday that an arbitrator would be needed to break the league's split on whether Hamilton should enter a rehab program for substance abuse. It was reported early Thursday that the decision on whether the league will suspend the outfielder could come as early as next week.


Red Sox OF Rusney Castillo's oblique injury improving
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Red Sox manager John Farrell said outfielder Rusney Castillo's oblique strain is "much better," according to The Boston Globe

The Red Sox are still expected to take a cautious approach with Castillo. 

His injury isn't considered serious though he's expected to miss about a week of spring training. Castillo is competing for the center fielder job. 


Indians OF Carlos Moncrief continues to swing hot bat in 'B' game
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Indians outfielder Carlos Moncrief, who went 4 for 4 on Wednesday, continued to swing a hot bat on Thursday. Moncrief, originally drafted as a pitcher out of Chipola College in 2008, walked, singled, doubled and homered in his four trips to the plate in a "B" game against the Reds.

"I've been waiting for spring training to come," Moncrief said, per the Northeast Media Group. "It's not like it snuck up on me. Inside, I was burning and waiting for it to come, so just to be able to express that on the field and it comes out, that's what feels good to me."


Rangers OF Shin-Soo Choo sent home from camp with illness
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was sent home from camp on Wednesday due to upper respiratory infection and flu-like symptoms, according to the Star-Telegram. Assistant general manager Thad Levine indicated that he sent Choo home to avoid getting other teammates in the clubhouse sick. 

Lower back tightness keeps Cespedes out of Tigers' lineup
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes was scratched from the lineup Thursday against Atlanta due to lower back tightness, according to the team's official website. Cespedes was acquired in an offseason trade with the Red Sox. He hit a grand slam in his first spring training at-bat in a Tigers uniform.

Cespedes will not be in the Tigers will face the Mets on Friday in Port St. Lucie. He's likely to return Saturday against Atlanta, per the Detroit Free Press.


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