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Rising Apple

Mets: Michael Conforto makes strong case to return before May 1st

With recent success, Michael Conforto is out to prove he can return before his original set date In August of last year, Michael Conforto injured his shoulder on a swing attempt – an injury that would later be diagnosed has a torn posterior capsule. He later had surgery to repair his shoulder and has now […] Mets: Michael Conforto makes strong case to return before May 1st - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - A New York Mets Blog Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Amazin Avenue

Michael Conforto will make his Grapefruit League debut on Friday

Scooter’s recovery from shoulder surgery remains well ahead of schedule. Mets fans may not be used to players returning from injury-related absences before they’re expected to, but it sure looks like Michael Conforto will be ready for major league action ahead of his original target of May 1. New York announced on Thursday that the 25-year-old slugger will start at designated hitter on Friday against the Cardinals, marking his 2018 Grapefruit League debut. The news doesn’t come as a huge surprise given that Conforto has been slugging home runs and playing outfield in minor league...


Watch: Mickey Callaway on Rafael Montero's season-ending injury

Mets manager Mickey Callaway discusses Rafael Monteros UCL injury at spring training on Thursday, March 22.        

The Seattle Times

Mariner reliever David Phelps hopeful of full recovery from Tommy John surgery

PEORIA, Ariz — There were two outs in the ninth inning of a spring training game his team led 7-0 — about as meaningless as professional sports can get. But facing a 2-2 count on Chris Carter of the Angels on Saturday, Mariner reliever David Phelps didn’t care that the result didn’t matter, his spot […]


Mets outfielder Michael Conforto progressing quickly after shoulder surgery

Mets outfielder Michael Conforto will play in a Grapefruit League game Saturday. It will be his first Grapefruit League game of camp.        


Arizona Diamondbacks' Steven Souza Jr. out a 'couple of weeks' with strained right pec

Diamondbacks right fielder Steven Souza Jr. has a strained right pec muscle, manager Torey Lovullo said, an injury that will keep him out of the lineup for “a couple of weeks, at least.”         

Rising Apple

Mets: Michael Conforto to make Spring Training debut on Friday

Michael Conforto suffered a posterior capsule tear in his left shoulder on August 24, 2017. On March 23, 2018, he’ll be playing in a big league Spring Training game with the rest of his teammates, the Mets announced late Thursday evening. His long road back from that scary injury has left Mets fans holding their breath, […] Mets: Michael Conforto to make Spring Training debut on Friday - Rising Apple - Rising Apple - A New York Mets Blog Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Tampa Bay Times

Rays journal: Speed the key to Mallex Smith's game

DUNEDIN - Rays manager Kevin Cash talked before Thursday's 5-3 win-over the Blue Jays about how OF Mallex Smith's speed can impact a game, and Smith put that on display during the fifth inning.With two outs, the left-handed hitting Smith dragged a bunt up the first-base line

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Latest update on the injuries to MIley and Logan

Brewers manager Craig Counsell gives an update on the injuries to pitchers Wade Miley and Boone Logan, how long they might be out and if the Brewers are now looking for more left-handed pitchers.        


Competition for final roster spots remains fierce

With one week to go, only a few positions undecided There is one week until Opening Day and still several questions that need to be answered about the team’s roster. Who will start at second base? This past December, the Rays looked like they were determined to corner the market on second basemen, bringing in Ryan Schimpf, Micah Johnson, and Joey Wendle to compete with the Rays internal options (Daniel Robertson, Kean Wong, and Willy Adames). Thus far, it looks like Wendle is emerging from the group and will likely be the team’s starting second baseman on Opening Day. Ryan Schimpf...

Amazin Avenue

Rafael Montero diagnosed with torn UCL, will likely undergo Tommy John surgery

Montero will miss the entire season. Rafael Montero has been diagnosed with a complete tear of the UCL in his pitching elbow, and is likely headed for Tommy John surgery, the Mets announced today. Montero figures to miss the entire 2018 season. It has been a rough journey for the 27-year-old right-hander, who many believed should not have made the team out of spring training, due to how much he had struggled. Montero had allowed nine earned runs and 13 runs overall in just 9.0 innings this spring, yielding 12 hits, six walks, and a hit batter against just 45 batters faced. This comes after...


Rays Top 50 Prospects: No.16, Ryan Yarbrough

Our next prospect has less raw power but more MLB-ready polish. No.16, LHP Ryan Yarbrough, 26 years old Born: December 31st, 1991, in Lakeland, Florida Height/Weight: 6’5” 205 lbs Bats/Throws: R/L Signed: by the Mariners after being selected in the 4th rd of the 2014 MLB draft Twitter handle: @RyanYarbrough2 Twitter profile statement: “LHP in the Tampa Bay Rays Organization. Lakeland, FL #ODUbaseball” Baseball America Rankings Ranked as the 9th best Mariners prospect post-2014 Ranked as the 14th best Mariners prospect post-2015 Ranked as the 12th best Mariners prospect...

Brew Crew Ball

Boone Logan will begin the season on the DL for Milwaukee Brewers

Spot opens in the pen with the injury The MRI and report of the injury yesterday to Boone Logan do not yield good news for the lefty and his chances of contributing any time soon for his new team, the Milwaukee Brewers. Tom Haudricourt reports: For now, #Brewers are calling Boone Logan's injury a triceps strain. But Stearns said there is some concern it is in area of lat tear last season. Will have more tests to get better handle on it. Is a DL situation in any event.— Tom (@Haudricourt) March 22, 2018 The Brewers will have to replace Logan in the pen for the short term, at a...

Chicago Sun-Times

Rodon throwing free and easy in White Sox camp

Pitching coach Don Cooper is encouraged by what he's seen from left-hander Carlos Rodon as he works his way back from arthroscopic shoulder surgery.

Tampa Bay Times

How Rays RHP Jake Faria found his groove

DUNEDIN --Thursday was a good day to be Jake Faria.He faced the Blue Jays and a cool but sun-drenched afternoon at Dunedin Stadium with his fiancé, Jessica Soto, in the stands. His slider was the best it has been all spring. His changeup was good. Fastball

Call to the Pen

Atlanta Braves Rio Ruiz benefits from Johan Camargo injury

We are one week out from meaningful Atlanta Braves baseball! That’s the good news. The bad news: well, there isn’t any, really. However, there is some intrigue related to the Atlanta Braves 25 man roster. On the position player side, one narrative since the outset of Spring Training has been the lack of clarity at the […] Atlanta Braves Rio Ruiz benefits from Johan Camargo injury - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Bluebird Banter

Thursday’s Blue Jays lineups

There is one bit of Blue Jays news, Anthony Alford has started running and taking batting practice, it looks like he is recovering quickly from his hamstring strain. In the Dunedin game. This game is on radio. #Bluejays are playing their penultimate home game of the Grapefruit League this afternoon, and @benwag247 and I have the call for you on the interwebs starting at 1pm Eastern! Here’s #Jays lineup vs. #Rays pic.twitter.com/PbaJTtMXru— Mike Wilner (@Wilnerness590) March 22, 2018 The other game is on the road against the Pirates. It is on MLB.tv, but I haven’t seen the...

Pinstripe Alley

Masahiro Tanaka should be fine in 2018

2017 wasn't a banner year for Masahiro Tanaka in terms of ERA and homers. In other ways, it was. There were times during the 2017 season where I absolutely dreaded the thought of Masahiro Tanaka starting for the Yankees. His Opening Day clunker against the Rays would set the tone for the first half of his season, in which he posted an unsightly 5.47 ERA and gave up four trillion homers. His second half was much more palatable, but it was marred by random dumpster fires as often as it featured absolutely dominant outings. Tanaka was bad, and then he was maddeningly inconsistent. His...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Brewers hoping pitching prospect Phil Bickford can reboot in 2018

The right-hander has pitched in just 12 games since joining the organization in 2016 due to suspension and injury.        

Baltimore Sun

Orioles tab Dylan Bundy as Opening Day starter

On the eve of his final Grapefruit League start of the spring, right-hander Dylan Bundy was named the Orioles’ Opening Day starter. Bundy, the former first-round pick who overcame years of injuries to become the team’s most consistent starter last season, will start the Orioles opener against the...

Bluebird Banter

Quick Jays Recap: Good start from Jaime Garcia

Teoscar Hernandez homers again. Rays 5 Blue Jays 3 We got a very nice start from Jaime Garcia. He went 4.2, allowed just 4 singles, no walks with 6 strikeouts. He had 2 earned runs, both helped out by some crappy Jays defense. We had a bad day with the gloves. Course, Jaime didn’t help himself out when he didn’t cover the plate on a wild pitch on strike three. The runner from second scored, while the batter reached. The other earned run scored after Jaime left the game. Garcia has a 2.63 ERA this spring. Other pitchers: Roberto Osuna gave up a single to allow the second earned run...

Red Reporter

Cactus League Game 27: Reds at Rangers

Sal Romano takes the mound in Surprise. Sal Romano will look to continue his impressive Cactus League performance with a start on Thursday night against the Texas Rangers at their complex in Surprise. Romano’s the owner of a solid 3.00 ERA so far this spring, and has looked the part of a rotation regular regardless of the injuries to his potential rotation peers. If my rudimentary calculations are correct, regular rest for Sal after today’s start would put him on-path to start the third game of the regular season, the Sunday series finale against the Washington Nationals. Zack Weiss,...

The Mercury News

A’s lose another starter to injury: ‘It’s starting to get fairly significant’

Paul Blackburn, penciled in as the fourth starter, will be sidelined indefinitely with forearm tightness.

Tomahawk Take

Atlanta Braves left-handed pitcher Luiz Gohara could return by the beginning of May

Braves LHP Gohara to return by May? We’ve been missing our big ol’ teddy bear, right?  Atlanta Braves big 6’3″, 210-pound left-handed pitcher, Luiz Gohara, has been dealing with two separate injuries this Spring Training and hasn’t thrown in a game yet. It started with a left groin strain within the first weeks of Spring […] Atlanta Braves left-handed pitcher Luiz Gohara could return by the beginning of May - Tomahawk Take - Tomahawk Take - An Atlanta Braves Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Groin injury leaves Brewers and Wade Miley to figure out a way to keep him in organization

With left-hander Wade Miley out with a slight groin tear, the Brewers and Mileys agent are working on some way to keep him in the organization.        

Tomahawk Take

Atlanta Braves’ pitcher Chase Whitley married up… way up

Here’s something that we didn’t hear much about at the time… but it was truly scary for one of the Braves’ pitchers. Atlanta Braves‘ reliever Chase Whitley will be starting the season on the disabled list.  But mind you, this wasn’t exactly a routine injury.  Mark Bowman takes up the story (emphasis added): Whitley was […] Atlanta Braves’ pitcher Chase Whitley married up… way up - Tomahawk Take - Tomahawk Take - An Atlanta Braves Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Call to the Pen

Arizona Diamondbacks: Zack Greinke, bullpen questions persist

  With his outing, Wednesday, Zack Greinke of the Arizona Diamondbacks said he felt fine and no issue with a groin injury. While significant attention focused on the health and production of righthander Zack Greinke late Wednesday afternoon on a back field at the Salt River training facility, a subplot continues to fester for the […] Arizona Diamondbacks: Zack Greinke, bullpen questions persist - Call to the Pen - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Tomahawk Take

Atlanta Braves: Johan Camargo to open the 2018 season on the DL

Yesterday during an in-game chit-chat with Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker, we learned that Johan Camargo’s recent Spring Training injury would cause him to open the season on the DL. On March 13th during a Spring Training game versus the Toronto Blue Jays, Atlanta Braves 3rd baseman Johan Camargo left the game “back stiffness”. Since then, […] Atlanta Braves: Johan Camargo to open the 2018 season on the DL - Tomahawk Take - Tomahawk Take - An Atlanta Braves Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Top Prospects: Willy Adames, SS, Rays

2018 MLB.com Top Prospects: Willy Adames has hit at every stop in his career despite being young compared to the competition in each league

Top Prospects: Brendan McKay, 1B, Rays

2018 MLB.com Top Prospects: Brendan McKay was considered by some to be the best college bat in his class and he operates from 92-95 on mound

Tim and Sid: Atkins talks injuries, Jays' deep farm team and Donaldson

Toronto Blue Jays GM Ross Atkins joins Tim and Sid to discuss how by avoiding a few injuries, they could have been in the playoffs. He also talks about the depth at youth the Jays now have, resigning Josh Donaldson, and the legend of Jose Bautista.