Orioles comfortable with Everth Cabrera at short
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Orioles GM Dan Duquette gave Everth Cabrera a vote of confidence on Monday. 

With expected starting shortstop J.J. Hardy missing the start of the season with a strained muscle in his shoulder, Duquette was asked if the team was in the market to acquire a shortstop. 

"We signed one just before camp opened," Duquette said, per MASN Sports. Cabrera signed with the team as a free agent in late February. 

Cabrera has hit .238 this spring. 


No vote of confidence from Yankees on Didi Gregorius
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) In his career, Didi Gregorius has hit 34 points lower against left-handed pitchers, but the Yankees were confident he'd be able to hit southpaws well enough to be an every-day player. 

General manager Brian Cashman didn't seem as confident on Monday. Asked by MLB.com's Bryan Hoch if Gregorius had shown enough in camp to play against left-handers, Cashman said, "It’s something we could consider but (Brendan) Ryan’s also here for a reason."

Gregorius is hitting .300 this spring. Brendan Ryan is hitting .200. Over his career, Ryan hits 15 points higher against southpaws than against right-handers. 


Cardinals' Dean Anna to work at three infield positions in minors
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Cardinals infielder Dean Anna , sent to the minor leagues on Sunday, will work at second base, third base and shortstop at Triple-A Memphis, manager Mike Matheny said, per MLB.com.

Anna hit .200 in 20 spring at bats with the Cards. 


Orioles' J.J. Hardy likely to miss Opening Day with shoulder injury
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) The Orioles are not expected to have shortstop J.J. Hardy for Opening Day next week due to his shoulder injury, according to MASNsports.com. 

Hardy received an enhanced MRI on Monday, which revealed his shoulder's inflammation will need more time to recover. He has been diagnosed with a subscapularis strain. Orioles manager Buck Showalter was previously hopeful that Hardy could return to the lineup by Friday. 

Now it's possible that Hardy could begin the season on the disabled list. Results of an arthrogram place an estimated return date for April 11. He will not be able to participate in baseball activities for 10 days. 

"It's nothing serious," Showalter said, via MLB.com. "It could be a DL, but nothing that will reach into May. What they expected to find there, they found. It was just a matter of how long they thought it would be prudent to wait to clear it all the way up.

"That's some pretty good news, all things considered. We're still optimistic. What would be un-optimistic would be something that required surgery or was longer than the time frame we're thinking."


Red Sox plan to bat Hanley Ramirez in cleanup spot
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Red Sox manager John Farrell said Monday the plan is to have left fielder Hanley Ramirez bat cleanup as much as possible. 

"I don't know if I've ever seen a guy hit the ball hard than him, consistently," Farrell said.

Ramirez has hit cleanup in 136 games in his career. He has a .309/.364/.530/.894 slash line batting cleanup. He also has 25 home runs and 105 RBI.


Orioles hoping SS J.J. Hardy (shoulder) returns by Friday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Monday that he'd like to see shortstop J.J. Hardy (shoulder) back in the lineup no later than Friday, MLB.com reports.

"Friday at the latest," Showalter said. "Figure a couple days to quiet down from this, Thursday being a work day and then Friday. He could play two games. Let's just get the report first, [but two games is] enough. He'll get a game or two under his belt. He was having as good a spring as you could possibly have."

Hardy is awating the results of Monday's enhanced MRI. He injured his shoulder diving for a ground ball Friday.


Allen Webster among Diamondbacks cuts Monday
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) The Diamondbacks optioned pitcher Matt Reynolds, pitcher A.J. Schugel and pitcher Allen Webster to Triple-A Reno. They also reassigned outfielder Nick Buss, infielder Walter Ibarra and pitcher Dan Runzler to minor-league camp Monday.

Cubs option Javier Baez, reassign Kris Bryant, Addison Russell
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) The Cubs cut three of their key young players from major-league camp Monday, optioning infielder Javier Baez to Triple-A Iowa and reassigning third baseman Kris Bryant and shortstop Addison Russell to minor-league camp.

“I have a feeling they’ll be back at the right time and help us win a lot of games over the next many years," Cubs president Theo Epstein said, per CSNChicago.com.

Baez was initially expected to open the season as the team's starting second baseman after racking up 213 at-bats in his rookie season in 2014. He hit just .169/.227/.324 with nine home runs, 20 RBI and five stolen bases last season but also struck out 95 times. Baez struggled to make an impact at the plate this spring, collecting just nine hits in 52 at-bats while striking out 20 times.

"He’s so close to getting it figured out in the batter’s box. But we just feel like Triple-A is the right forum for him," Epstein said. "We all agree that Javy is an extremely talented player, who’s going to be a big part of this organization for a long time."

Bryant has been one of the best hitters in either spring-training league in 2015, going 17 for 40 with nine home runs and 15 RBI. He is expected to make his major-league debut during 2015. Russell, the biggest name from the trade that sent Jeff Samardzija to Oakland last season, hit .324/.359/.486 with one home run in 37 spring at-bats.

"We’re more likely to get (Bryant) sooner than later at this point with how he’s playing and how close he showed (he is to majors)," Epstein said. "He’s really close to being not just in the big leagues, but to playing an important role on the team."

With Baez and Bryant out of the picture, the Cubs will likely choose between Arismendy Alcantara, Mike Olt and Tommy La Stella for playing time at second base and third base.


Reds announce cuts Monday, release veteran Paul Maholm
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) The Reds made another rounds of cuts Monday, which included the release of veteran pitcher Paul Maholm, who was competing for a spot on the pitching staff this spring.

Other moves Monday included optioning pitcher Pedro Villarreal to Triple-A Louisville, as well as reassigning pitcher Nate Adock, infielder Ivan De Jesus Jr., infielder Irving Falu and catcher Kyle Skipworth to minor-league camp.


Rangers SS Elvis Andrus (back) scratched from lineup Monday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus has been scratched from Monday's starting lineup due to stiffness in his lower back, the team announced.

Andrus has been in the midst of a fine spring, hitting .389/.410/.639 with one home run, two doubles and two triples in 36 at-bats.


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