Spring Training News & Notes, 3/30: Catching Up With Everyone

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Around NL East Spring Training, 3/30: The Ageless Jamie Moyer

Nationals: Garret Mock pitched poorly today, but the fifth starter job for the Nats is still up in the air, for lack of decent competition. J.D. Martin and Scott Olsen are both still in the running. How poorly have these three pitched? Livan Hernandez is the presumptive fourth starter...Jesus Flores isn't testing his surgically-repaired throwing shoulder yet...Cristian Guzman is working at second in preparation of losing his SS job to Ian Desmond. 

Mets: Kelvim Escobar expects to rehab through April...Jose Reyes played in a minor league game...Johan Santana and Oliver Perez combined for 14 runs allowed today...The Mets claimed Braves' reliever Manny Acosta off waivers. He will be sent to AAA Buffalo...RHP Pat Misch was waived...1B Daniel Murphy is receiving treatment for a bruised knee.

Phillies: Brad Lidge pitched one inning in an inter-squad game...Jayson Werth shaved his ridiculous beard, opting to stick with his familiar ridiculous goatee...Jamie Moyer was announced the team's fifth starter over Kyle Kendrick. Kendrick will remain in the bullpen for long-relief and spot-starts.

Braves: Jason Heyward (shins) took BP today and could be in the lineup as soon as tomorrow...Juan Abreu was outrighted to High-A

Marlins: The Marlins traded for Tigers' SP Nate Robertson today, likely relegating Clay Hensley to long-relief...Seth McClung was released...Tim Wood and Rick VandenHurk were optioned to AAA. Between these transactions and McClung's release, the Marlins may fill their last bullpen spot via waiver claim or trade...Cody Ross may miss opening day with a trained groin. 


Around AL East Spring Training, 3/30: Pie Named Orioles Starting Left Fielder

Blue Jays: The Jays sent three players to the minors today. Pitchers Jesse Carlson, David Purcey and outfielder Jeremy Reed were the unlucky ones to not break camp with the team. ... Bluebird Banter takes a look pitcher by pitcher at the Jays' potential rotation for 2010.

Orioles: Despite strong competition, Felix Pie was named the Orioles starting left fielder for the regular season on Tuesday. Pie is hitting .393 on the spring. ... The Orioles have also nailed down their starting rotation, giving David Hernandez the nod in the No. 5 spot. He beat out 21-year-old prospect Chris Tillman.

Rays: The Rays have nailed down their rotation as well, giving the No. 3 spot to Jeff Niemann and the No. 4 spot to David Price. The Rays' full rotation starts with James Shields and continues with Matt Garza, Niemann, Price and Wade Davis. ... The bullpen is almost in place for Tampa Bay. The Rays sent down Heath Rollins, leaving the final bullpen spot to either Joaquin Benoit or Mike Ekstrom.

Red Sox: The Red Sox have reportedly offered Josh Beckett a four-year contract extension that is "close," but Beckett says himself he has no idea of a pending deal. Beckett will start Opening Night for the Sox on Sunday. ... Pitching prospect Junichi Tazawa may need Tommy John surgery, according to Will Carroll. Tazawa was signed as an international free agent before the 2009 season.

Yankees: Everyone wanted to see ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte pitch on Tuesday and he didn't perform too well. Venditte allowed a run, a hit and a walk in 1.1 innings of work. ... Mark Teixeira has a bruised right elbow, but is expected to play on Thursday.


Around NL West Spring Training, 3/30: Tulowitzki for 2010 NL MVP?

Diamondbacks The fifth spot in the AZ rotation failed to clear up on Monday, after both Kevin Mulvey and Billy Buckner were used in an 11-3 loss to San Diego. Mulvey allowed eight runs in two innings (only three earned); Buckner gave up one hit in four innings, but it was a two-run homer. His spring ERA is significantly higher, but Mulvey’s peripherals are worse. It’s likely the roster won’t be finalized until Saturday.

Dodgers Looks like Los Angeles will have an 11-man pitching staff, at least for Opening Day, to help resolve a position-player crunch. While manager Joe Torre said he is still debating who the eleven pitchers will be, “with all the extra players, eleven seems the most reasonable thing to do — to start.” The beneficiary seems likely to be infielder Blake DeWitt, with Torre saying his “chances are better, it’s safe to say that.”

Giants The 2010 Harry S. Jordan Award, for the player in his first big league camp whose performance “best exemplifies the team’s spirit” was given to Darren Ford. He went 10-for-20 with ten runs scored for San Francisco during Cactus League play, before being optioned to the Double-A Richmond Flying Squirrels on Friday.

Padres Ever wondered what cheese would go well with a ballpark frank or other stadium food? Wonder no more. For Gaslamp Ball has called on the experts at Venissimo Cheese in San Diego to answer this burning question. The answer? “Hook’s 10-year Cheddar from Wisconsin is sharp & spectacular, either on its own or alongside a ballpark frank.” Ok, who fancies a sandwich now?

Rockies Buster Olney climbed aboard the Colorado Express yesterday, picking the Rockies [ESPN Insider only] to be 2010 World Series champions. Meanwhile, the Denver Post believes that “the face of sports in Colorado” is now Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, and saying that “Sooner or later, Tulowitzki will join the list of most valuable players to wear a uniform in Colorado.”


Around AL Central Spring Training, 3/30: Tigers Ship Nate Robertson South to Florida

Tigers: The Tigers make the biggest news of the afternoon, trading SP Nate Robertson to Florida, in exchange for relief pitcher Jay Voss. As our own Jeff Sullivan writes, the implication here is that the Tigers will give Dontrelle Willis another shot in the starting rotation. The Tigers have also sent an unspecified amount of cash south to Miami, to help cover part of Robertson's salary. Amazingly, there was an anti-Robertson blog out there, and it did manage to get a farewell post up rather quickly. Jeremy Bonderman has also made the rotation.

Royals: The Royals are reportedly interested in Jarrod Washburn, as questions remain about the composition of their Opening Day roster. As Royals Authority points out, Dayton Moore's preferred negotiating tool is to offer players an extra year, raising the possibility that Washburn can pitch poorly for the Royals in 2010 and 2011.

Twins: Twinkie Town offers ten reasons to worry about the Twins. Howard Sinker discusses ticket prices at Target Field, violating an MLB rule prohibiting negative discussion of a new ballpark.

Indians: MLB.com outlines the strengths of Cleveland's minor league system, while indefatigable beat reporter Anthony Castrovince writes that the rotation is the key to the team's success in 2010.

White Sox: South Side Sox projects Gordon Beckham for 2010. Meanwhile, Carlos Quentin is trying to be intense and relaxed at the same time. Laynce Nix and reliever Sergio Santos have claimed the last roster spots for Opening Day.


Around NL Central Spring Training, 3/30: Suppan's Sudden Neck Injury

Brewers: On Monday, manager Ken Macha was still uncertain of his pitching schedule for the next day: Jeff Suppan, who might end up getting released despite still being owed $12.5 million, was on schedule to pitch Tuesday but Macha didn't know where or when it would happen. Tuesday morning, Macha announced that Suppan would pitch a simulated game, and also announced that Suppan has been dealing with a neck issue for most of the spring. This opens the door for Suppan to open the season on the DL, alleviating the team's roster crunch.

Pirates: A season and a half after being one of the focal points in the trade that sent Jason Bay to Boston, Brandon Moss was designated for assignment Monday to make room for pitcher Hayden Penn, claimed off waivers from the Marlins...The Pirates will become the second team in the NL Central to consistently use a lineup with the pitcher batting eighth. Ronny Cedeno will bat ninth, giving the hitters at the top of the order more plate appearances with runners on.

Astros: The team hopes they've found a solution to Roy Oswalt's lingering injuries this spring: Oswalt received a cortisone shot in his back Monday and is expected to be ready to go on Opening Day. Oswalt left his previous start with hamstring tightness, which is believed to be related to the back issue...The Astros cut nine players from camp Tuesday morning, including potential rotation candidate Casey Daigle...Catcher J.R. Towles was not among the cuts, and is believed to have won the backup catcher job.

Cubs: The starting rotation is set for Opening Day, with Carlos Zambrano leading the way, followed by Ryan Dempster, Randy Wells, Carlos Silva and Tom Gorzelanny. The Cubs have some early April off days, but have opted to stick with the rotation and not skip anyone...Meanwhile, the mayor of Mesa is working on a new funding plan to keep the Cubs in the city.

Reds: Juan Francisco's bat might be major league-ready, but the team continues to search for a position for him to play. Francisco, normally a third baseman, played first base for the final few innings of a Cactus League game Monday, but received no defensive chances. He's also played some left field this spring...Aroldis Chapman is expected to return to Cactus League action Wednesday, pitching two relief innings against Oakland.

Cardinals: Pitcher Blake Hawksworth has been out for a few days with a strained groin and could remain out for a few more, but doesn't believe the injury is serious. He told Matthew Leach that he's still been able to work out on an elliptical machine, but has trouble pushing off when he pitches...the team made two moves official Monday, naming Chris Carpenter the Opening Day starter and optioning pitcher Rich Hill to AAA.


Around AL West Spring Traning, 3/30: A's Get Their Closer Back

Mariners: Jon Heyman continues to insist that the M's are in on Jarrod Washburn...Lookout Landing previews some of the Mariners' most important minor league stories for 2010...Jason Vargas walked four and struck out one in his start on Monday, but he nevertheless has a rotation slot sewn up...Kanekoa Texeira tossed another two shutout innings Monday, effectively clinching a roster spot...the M's do not play Tuesday.

Angels: Joel Pineiro was sharp in a split-squad outing Monday. So far this spring, the sinkerballer has recorded 35 outs on the ground and just 13 in the air. Sinker still works...Reggie Willits and Maicer Izturis both returned Monday from minor injuries...Scott Kazmir, working through shoulder tightness, will start Tuesday.

Athletics: Andrew Bailey and Craig Breslow both returned from elbow issues to pitch against the Mariners on Monday. Both allowed one run in one inning...Michael Wuertz has been shut down for five days with rotator cuff tendinitis. Bob Geren is optimistic that he won't miss much time...Ben Sheets will start Tuesday. So far this spring, he has five walks, five strikeouts, and 19 runs allowed in 8.1 innings.

Rangers: The Rangers' five starting pitchers have combined for 72 strikeouts and 32 walks in 80.1 innings. Without Rich Harden, it's 55 and 17 in 62.2...Neftali Feliz struck out the side on Monday, brushing triple digits.


Spring Training News & Notes, 3/30: Catching Up With Everyone

Follow along with this stream as we check out what's going on in every camp for every team in baseball. Updates will be provided on a division-by-division basis.

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