Spring Training News & Notes, 4/1: Catching Up With Everyone

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Around NL East Spring Training, 4/1: Blanton Sidelined

Marlins: Cody Ross (groin) hasn’t ruled out playing on Opening Day. If he misses, Emilio Bonafacio could make the start… Brian Barden, Mike Lamb, Clay Hensley and Jose Veras are expected to make the team…Bryan Peterson was sent to the minors.

Phillies: Joe Blanton will miss 3-6 weeks with a mild oblique strain.

Nationals: Luis Atilano was optioned to AAA…Willy Taveras will platoon with Willie Harris in rightfield. April Fool’s. Nope, really…Willy Taveras played in rightfield today in his latest attempt to make himself useful in a post-Ian Desmond world.

Mets: Francisco Rodriguez flew home after a family member was involved in a serious car accident. He is expected to fly back to New York by Monday for Opening Day…John Maine threw up in between innings during his start today, afflicted by the stomach flu.

Braves: Backup catcher David Ross returned from a groin strain.


Around AL East Spring Training, 4/1: Atchison, Schoeneweis Fill Out Red Sox Bullpen

Blue Jays: Pitcher Marc Rzepczynski is expected to miss six weeks of action after taking a line drive off his hand on Tuesday. Rzepczynski was battling for a spot in the Jays' rotation before his injury. ... Jays' new general manager Alex Anthopoulos has a tall task in front of him steering his team through a difficult AL East.

Orioles: Baltimore traded for Cardinals infielder Julio Lugo on Thursday and to many's surprise, it wasn't an April Fool's Day joke. But who's paying his salary? The Boston Red Sox. ... After losing the backup catcher job, Chad Moeller was granted his release by the Orioles Thursday.

Rays: Outfielder Matt Joyce will start the season on the disabled list. Also in the article, Hank Blalock still hasn't been named to the Opening Day roster yet. ... The Rays signed Cuban left-handed pitcher Sergio Espinosa. Espinosa is the latest international free agent signings made by the Rays, who also signed Cuban Leslie Anderson last month.

Red Sox: Scott Atchison and Scott Schoeneweis were the victors in the race for the Red Sox bullpen. Atchison and Schoeneweis edged out veterans Joe Nelson and Alan Embree. Brian Shouse, who was also in the race, was cut last week. ... Sox pitching prospect Junichi Tazawa will miss the season as it was announced Thursday he will undergo Tommy John surgery.

Yankees: Mark Teixeira returned from his sore elbow injury to notch two hits on Thursday. He doubled, singled and scored a run in the Yankees' 5-2 victory over the Blue Jays. ... Phil Hughes, who will not debut until April 15 as the Yankees' fifth starter, will head to extended spring training during the season to get some work in.


Around AL Central Spring Training, 4/1: White Sox All About Hustle

Royals: The Gil Meche saga continues. The latest news is that he's now headed to the DL, along with 3B/OF Josh Fields. While most real teams have had their rosters set, or close to it, for a week, the Royals remain vague with regards to three roster spots.

Indians: David Huff has made the starting rotation. While Michael Brantley is thrilled to make the Opening Day roster.

White Sox: The new team commercials are out. Stunningly, "hustle" will be celebrated. Andruw Jones, meanwhile, still wants to play centerfield.

Tigers: The Tigers have selected Don Kelly over Clete Thomas as their 25th man. Take 75 North discusses the top relievers in the team's system.

Twins: Twinkie Town ppreviews Joe Mauer in 2010. If only "saving baseball" was a category. Aaron Gleeman wonders if the Twins are actually using statistical analysis these days. Fangraphs, calls the Twins the #5 organization in baseball.


Around AL West Spring Training, 4/1: Garko Finds A (New) Home

Mariners: Garrett Olson was optioned to AAA Tacoma on Thursday. Kirby Arnold thinks this means Jesus Colome has locked up a roster spot, but Geoff Baker thinks the M's will go with an 11-man pitching staff instead, keeping Eric Byrnes and Ryan Langerhans and dropping Colome...Corey Patterson opted out of his contract to explore other opportunities...Jon Heyman says the Mariners are still looking at Jarrod Washburn, but that the Royals are offering more money...Erik Bedard is scheduled to throw 25-30 pitches off a bullpen mound Thursday.

Angels: KLAA AM 830 and 710 ESPN radio have announced a partnership...Reggie Willits is probably going to begin the season on the DL with a hamstring strain. Terry Evans, who went 5-5 on Wednesday, will likely take his place, as Evans can play all three outfield positions.

Athletics: Eric Chavez is thrilled that he had an uneventful spring. Chavez, who hasn't been able to escape the injury bug in recent seasons, made it through March pain-free, although he did hit just .195...Justin Duchscherer will pitch Thursday as he looks to close out an up-and-down spring on a high note.

Rangers: The Rangers grabbed Ryan Garko off waivers from the Mariners to fill their need for a righty backup 1B. The move gives the Rangers a full 40-man roster, and Max Ramirez - who was being considered for the job - was optioned to the minors...there's going to be new food at the ballpark this year...Rich Harden's March ended with 21 strikeouts and 15 walks in 22.1 innings.


Around NL West Spring Training, 4/1: April F...irst Round-up

Diamondbacks AZ SnakePit reports that Brandon Webb has been released by the Diamondbacks. His place on the roster will be taken by Kris Benson, and they report an un-named team source as saying, “I’m pretty stoked. about that – I heard he’s got a hot wife.” The Diamondbacks hope to recoup some of the cost of Webb’s salary by selling him to a glue factory.

Dodgers Joe Torre shocked the Dodgers nation with the announcement on True Blue LA that Jamey Carroll would be the opening day 2nd baseman for Los Angeles. Said Torre, “When DeWitt bobbled the easy ground ball yesterday it just reinforced our decision that he wasn’t ready to handle the job yet.”

Padres This one is probably a bit vaguer than some other stories, but Gaslamp Ball tells us this morning that “a really old former Padre has decided to come out of retirement to play for the Padres. He will be manning a position that would not necessarily make sense even if this totally implausible situation were true. Like first base or something.”

Rockies Purple Row continue to be the go-to place on SB Nation for knitting news. They have gathered together a fascinating collection of links for the needle-oriented today, including an interview with Marie Landry, founder of the Itty Bitty Tittie Knitting Committee, a company that hand knits prostheses for breast cancer survivors.

Giants Nothing much to report from McCovey Chronices this morning. Surprised they hadn’t picked up on the news that Tim Lincecum will miss Opening Day after a tragic clubhouse accident in which he got too close to Pablo Sandoval, and was sucked in by the gravitational field. “It was just like that scene in Poltergeist” commented a team-mate who witnessed the incident, going on to say, for some reason, “Happy April 1st…”


Around NL Central Spring Training, 4/1: Camps Wrap Up

Brewers: Reliever Todd Coffey had his roughest outing of the spring Wednesday, allowing three runs in an inning of work, but had a good excuse for it: He was pitching with a ruptured eardrum. He's expected to be re-examined Thursday...Ken Macha is serious about convincing Carlos Gomez to remain focused on getting on base, and has enlisted the help of Prince Fielder, Rickie Weeks and hitting coach Dale Sveum to drive the point home. 

Cardinals: The team got some good news Wednesday, when a CT scan revealed nothing more than a bone bruise on catcher Jason LaRue's left hand. He's day-to-day and could be good to go for Opening Day.

Reds: Aroldis Chapman successfully completed a two inning relief outing Wednesday, but is unsure when he'll pitch next. Chapman will likely open the season in the minors.

Astros: Wandy Rodriguez had yet another forgettable outing in the Grapefruit League, allowing nine runs on nine hits to the Braves in just 2.1 innings Wednesday. He's allowed 28 runs in 19.1 innings of work this spring, the most by a pitcher in either league, and has had just one outing where he's allowed fewer than three earned runs.

Cubs: Carlos Zambrano made his final Cactus League appearance Wednesday, and told Carrie Muskat he's working on keeping his emotions in check and is hoping to throw 220 innings this season. He averaged 215 innings per season from 2003-2007 but pitched just 169.1 in 2009.

Pirates: Zach Duke was roughed up in his final Grapefruit League start, allowing eight runs on nine hits over 3.2 innings to the Tigers but told Dejan Kovacevic he felt good and is ready to go...at 7-18, the Pirates have the worst spring training record in baseball, a game behind the 9-18 Nationals.


Spring Training News & Notes, 4/1: 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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