2:49 PM EDT, Sat March 28, 2015
Twins Now | St. Paul Pioneer Press

Twinsights: Josmil Pinto fails concussion test, must retake it Sunday

FORT MYERS, Fla. --Twins backup catcher Josmil Pinto did not pass the concussion protocol test that was administered on Friday and will must retake the test Sunday before he can be cleared to return to games. “There was one thing that held him up from being able to play (Saturday),” Twins manager Paul Molitor said. “He feels really good and he was disappointed, so we have to obviously follow protocol. We’ll retest. Hopefully we get it done and he can get back in there playing on Monday.” Pinto suffered his head injury on March 21, when Baltimore’s Adam Jones hit […] The post...

Tampa Bay Times

For starters, Rays vs. Red Sox

Having dried out after a soggy and unsatisfying trip to Sarasota for a rain interrupted and then canceled game, the Rays are back at the Charlotte Sports Park today to take on the Red Sox.

Twins Now | St. Paul Pioneer Press

Twinsights: Terry Ryan discusses Tommy John surgery for Lewis Thorpe

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Australian left-hander Lewis Thorpe, 19, will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow, the Twins announced. No determination had been made yet on which orthopedist would perform the surgery on the Twins’ top left-handed pitching prospect. Thorpe is ranked slightly ahead of fellow lefties Stephen Gonsalves and Taylor Rogers. “It’s not good,” Twins general manager Terry Ryan said. “Obviously he can rebound from it, like any pitcher. I don’t care if you’re 20 or 30 or 40, it’s still not good. Unfortunately he’s going to have to go...

The Ledger

Spring Training Roundup: Rays Pitcher Teaford Keeps Poise in Shortened Stint

The Rays and Orioles got 3 1/2 innings in Sarasota before storms arrived from the coast. Pitcher Everett Teaford, vying for the No. 5 spot in the rotation, and left-handed reliever Mike Montgomery logged two innings each.

Boston Red Sox Blog | ESPN Boston

Red Sox's plan on Shane Victorino: 3 straight games

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Here are the lineups for Saturday’s exhibition here between the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays. Red Sox Shane Victorino, RF Brock Holt, 3B David Ortiz, DH Hanley Ramirez, LF Mike Napoli, 1B Rusney Castillo, CF Xander Bogaerts, SS Ryan Hanigan, C Jemile Weeks, 2B Steven Wright, RHP Rays John Jaso, DH Steve Souza, RF Asdrubal Cabrera, SS Evan Longoria, 3B James Loney, 1B Desmond Jennings, LF Brandon Guyer, CF Logan Forsythe, 2B Curt Casali, C Nathan Karns, RHP Plans for Victorino and Ortiz: Red Sox manager John Farrell said the plan is for...

Baltimore Sun

Orioles starter Bud Norris gives up three runs in wiped out game

Right-hander Bud Norris would have pitched into the fifth inning Friday against the Tampa Bay Rays, but the inning never came.

CSN Washington

Storen returns to mound after 2-week absence

Two weeks removed from surgery to remove a broken bone in his hand, Drew Storen was back pitching for the Nationals on Friday.

Los Angeles Times

Dodgers' Brandon League opts for weeks of rehabilitation over surgery

Dodgers reliever Brandon League said he was “devastated” when told his shoulder problems would sideline him for at least the first two months of the regular season.

Nats Insider | CSN Washington

Storen returns to mound, Williams unhappy with offense

VIERA, Fla. — Two more observations from Friday’s 1-1 tie against the Cardinals, unrelated to each other… — Drew Storen made his return to the mound, exactly two weeks removed from surgery to remove the broken hamate bone from his left hand. What looked like it could be a quick and tidy top of the…

Full Count | WEEI

John Farrell all but rules out Christian Vazquez for start of season after ‘findings’ in right elbow

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — John Farrell confirmed the concerning news regarding the right elbow of star young catcher Christian Vazquez before Saturday’s game against the Rays. “There’s some findings in the MRI,” Farrell announced of the test on Vazquez’s arm on Friday. “To what extent, that’s not being determined right now. There’s likely going to […]

Twins Now | St. Paul Pioneer Press

Twinsights: Lewis Thorpe remains upbeat as he awaits elbow evaluation

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Lewis Thorpe, the top left-handed pitching prospect in the Twins' organization,  was still unsure as of Friday morning what would come next in the wake of a recent elbow setback. The 19-year-old Australian said he was still waiting to hear the results of his magnetic resonance imaging exam, noting there is too much swelling in his injured left elbow to read the MRI properly. "It's still up in the air," he said. He is still hoping to avoid Tommy John surgery and has not determined which outside orthopedist to visit for a potential second opinion. He […] The post...

Mets Blog | ESPN New York

Bobby Parnell likely to be ready in mid-April

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Although the New York Mets are providing cautious return-date estimates involving Bobby Parnell, including labeling May 1 as a potential target, the ex-closer actually is expected to be activated from a season-opening DL stint within a couple of weeks of Opening Day. Parnell, who started throwing in games this week, is again due to pitch on the minor league side on Sunday. "Make sure you get your tickets," Parnell joked. He underwent Tommy John surgery last April 8 and was slowed earlier in camp by a left hamstring strain.

School of Roch | MASN Sports

Yankees lineup vs. Wilson and more notes - School of Roch

SARASOTA, Fla. - Right-hander Tyler Wilson is facing most of the Yankees' regulars today in his first spring training start. Outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is sidelined with an oblique injury. Catcher Brian McCann also is missing from the lineup. Otherwise, it's the A team. The Yankees are starting Scott Baker this...

CSN Washington

Strasburg returns to mound as Nats face Mets

Stephen Strasburg returns to the mound after missing one start with an ankle injury as the Nationals face the Mets. Get live updates from Port St. Lucie on Nats Insider!

Boston Red Sox Blog | ESPN Boston

Allen Craig trade rumors increase

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Entering play Saturday, first baseman-outfielder Allen Craig had the most spring training at-bats of any player on the Red Sox, 40. That’s no accident. The Red Sox insist Craig’s workload is related to their desire to give him as much playing time as possible after last season’s disappointing performance that followed his 2013 foot injury. Talent evaluators following the Sox, however, maintain that the added exposure is tied to the team’s desire to trade him to alleviate their crowded outfield situation.

Red Reporter

Cincinnati Reds Links 3/28/2015

A roundup of links for your Saturday enjoyment With the start of the 2015 regular season just days away, Nick Doran of Redleg Nation takes one last look at 2014, and attempts to place Johnny Cueto’s performance last year in historical context. Doran looks at each season turned in by a Red that resulted in a higher ERA+ than Cueto’s 160 (including Cueto’s own 171 in his injury-marred 2011 campaign), and makes the case that, at worst, he is on the very short list of most productive pitchers in Reds history.  It's not just one last appreciative look at Cueto's greatness last year, but...

Tampa Bay Times

Vince Naimoli to make another pitch for Rays

PORT CHARLOTTE — The Rays are making an unexpected nod to their past in selecting previous team owner Vince Naimoli to throw out the first pitch before the April 6 season opener.

Tampa Bay Times

Veteran Grant Balfour aims to return to form for Rays

PORT CHARLOTTE — On a day when the Rays pitched exclusively relievers, Grant Balfour found himself in unusual and yet comforting circumstances Thursday.

Tampa Bay Times

Odorizzi, Karns will follow Archer in Rays' opening rotation

PORT CHARLOTTE —- Rays manager Kevin Cash said Friday that RHP Jake Odorizzi and RHP Nathan Karns will start Games 2 and 3 of the season. The order, primarily based on matchups going forward, hasn't been determined.

Orange County Register

Angels Notes: Injury updates on David Freese, Kole Calhoun, Marc Krauss

TEMPE, Ariz. – Kole Calhoun and David Freese were out of the lineup on Friday with minor injuries, but both could be back as soon as Saturday. Freese, who hyperextended his left elbow on Tuesday, took batting practice and ground balls. Calhoun, who...

Padres Blog | San Diego Union-Tribune

Progress report: Washington Nationals

An offseason review of who's new, who's gone and what to watch for this spring.

MASN Sports

Hardy and Schoop collide on infield hit - School of Roch

SARASOTA, Fla. - Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy banged his left shoulder today in the second inning while diving for a ball hit up the middle by the Rays' Jake Elmore. He would have come out of the game if it...

Amazin' Stories | Bergen Record

Harvey making it normal

JUPITER, Fla. – Matt Harvey always wanted this camp to be as normal as possible, for it to seem like tune-up for the season instead of his return from Tommy John surgery. He blocked out that these spring trainings game …

Fish Bytes | Miami Herald

Marlins ace Jose Fernandez likely a month away from facing hitters

KISSIMMEE -- Jose Fernandez's return from Tommy John surgery hasn't hit any speed bumps yet and if things continue to progress as they have he'll likely begin facing live hitters in about a month. "There are X amount of bullpens...

Orioles Insider | Baltimore Sun

Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy to be re-evaluated Saturday after collision with Jonathan Schoop

SARASOTA, Fla. – Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy will be re-evaluated on Saturday after banging his left shoulder in a collision with second baseman Jonathan Schoop during Friday’s Grapefruit League game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Chicago White Sox Blog | ESPN Chicago

Chris Sale moves closer to roster return

MESA, Ariz. -- The exclamation point on Chris Sale's 75-pitch simulated game Friday was a behind-the-back catch of a comebacker that seemed to lift the pitcher's spirits more than anything else he did on a significant rehab day. "That was the sickest thing I've ever done," the Chicago White Sox pitcher said when walking off the field following his outing. The left-hander is in the midst of his recovery from a fractured bone in his right foot, an injury that happened four weeks ago at his Arizona residence.

CBS Sports

Boomer & Carton: Harvey wants to carry whole staff on his shoulders

In light of the arm injuries benching Zack Wheeler and Josh Edgin this season, New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey has said he's ready to carry the whole team on his shoulders. Boomer and Carton discuss if Matt's enthusiasm is realistic.

MLB

A message from Longo to the fans

A message from Evan Longoria to all the Rays fans to get ready for the season

CBS Sports

Boomer & Carton: Mets' Zack Wheeler needs Tommy John surgery

New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler requires Tommy John surgery, which will have him out for the 2015 season. Boomer and Carton discuss the implications for the team.