Rockies right-hander John Axford has been away from the club for most of the last week helping tend to his 2 1/2-year-old son, Jameson, who was bitten by a rattlesnake on the top of his right foot two times last Wednesday and is in a local hospital.
Ken Giles left the eighth inning of Tuesday’s 10-6 loss to the Blue Jays at Florida Auto Exchange Stadium with what he described as tightness in the middle of his back. Giles said he is not worried about it and fully expects to be ready to pitch Opening Day, if needed.
David Price seems to have found a pattern. It’s a good one for the first three innings, not so much after that.
Reds closer Aroldis Chapman left Tuesday’s game after recording only one out against the Brewers at Maryvale Baseball Park.
A’s left fielder Coco Crisp can’t guarantee his availability for Opening Day. The veteran, who has battled lingering right elbow soreness nearly all spring, went 0-for-3 with a walk in an intrasquad game on the Minor League side Tuesday and did not sound overly encouraged.
Veteran pitcher Mark Hendrickson announced on Tuesday he’s retired from baseball as a player. The 40-year-old — a non-roster invitee with the O’s this spring — will explore other options, including remaining with Baltimore in another role.
Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury returned to action in a Minor League game on Tuesday in Tampa, delivering two singles in five at-bats and playing five innings of defense as he works his way back from a strained oblique.
Angels left-hander Jose Alvarez was willing to do whatever it took to make the Angels’ Opening Day roster, and it appears he’s earned a spot as a long reliever. Alvarez had primarily been a starter, but has made an adjustment to the bullpen in Spring Training.
Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius is still experiencing some swelling in his sprained left wrist and may not be ready to play Wednesday as originally planned, manager Joe Girardi said.
Manager A.J. Hinch named Luke Gregerson as the Astros’ closer on Tuesday, putting his faith in the veteran right-hander who turned in a 2.12 ERA last season before signing a three-year deal with Houston in December.