Ryan won’t rush recovery from mid-back strain

Feb 28, 2015 | No Comments

Yankees utility infielder Brendan Ryan said on Saturday that he’s making progress in his recovery from a strained muscle in the middle of his back, and he hopes to resume baseball activities next week.

Swisher faces pitching for first time since August

Swisher faces pitching for first time since August

Feb 28, 2015 | No Comments

Nick Swisher had not faced live pitching since last August until stepping to the plate for a live batting practice session Saturday morning. The veteran was welcomed back by hard-throwing Indians right-handers Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar.

Yost trusts players to take care of themselves off the field

Yost trusts players to take care of themselves off the field

Feb 28, 2015 | No Comments

News that White Sox left-hander Chris Sale — likely the Opening Day starter against the Royals on April 6 if healthy — suffered an avulsion fracture on the lateral side of his right foot naturally was of interest to Royals manager Ned Yost.

Dodgers want versatile Barnes to focus on catching

Feb 28, 2015 | No Comments

Austin Barnes has the rare skill set for catching and second base, but the Dodgers have told him to put away the infield glove. For now, he will work exclusively as a catcher, general manager Farhan Zaidi said.

Prolific base-stealer Pierre retires after 14-year career

Feb 27, 2015 | No Comments

Juan Pierre, the catalyst of the Marlins’ 2003 World Series title team and one of the most prolific base stealers of his generation, has announce his retirement. The 37-year-old speedster is walking away from the game after an impressive 14-year career.

Blue Jays, Athletics Talking With Dayan Viciedo

Feb 27, 2015 | No Comments

The Blue Jays and Athletics are among the clubs who are in active talks with free agent outfielder Dayan Viciedo, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets. Previous reports have suggested varying levels of interest from the Indians and Reds. Viciedo has never reached the performance levels that had once been hoped for, but remains an interesting talent at just 26 years of age. With power to spare and outstanding numbers against lefties, Viciedo has struggled to play serviceable defense and reach base against right-handed pitching. He also can be controlled through 2017 via arbitration. Toronto is potentially in the market for at least a temporary fix in the corner outfield after losing Michael Saunders for the first half of the season. Though a left-handed bat would probably be the better fit for a right-leaning lineup, pickings are obviously rather slim at this juncture. As for Oakland, Viciedo would not only make potential sense as a right-handed bench bat/reserve first baseman, but could challenge for a larger role in the corner outfield. The team’s candidates to provide right-handed pop (Nate Freiman and Rule 5 pick Mark Canha) are hardly certainties. And, as Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle writes, left field is not locked down for Oakland, with slick defenders Sam Fuld and Craig Gentry each coming off of rough campaigns at the plate

Kohn keeping Hamilton in his thoughts

Feb 27, 2015 | No Comments

As Braves reliever Michael Kohn has spent the past couple of days digesting reports that have suggested Josh Hamilton might have had a drug relapse that could lead to a suspension, he has kept his focus on his former Angels teammate’s long-term well being.

D-backs, Trumbo feel slugger better fit for right field

D-backs, Trumbo feel slugger better fit for right field

Feb 27, 2015 | No Comments

D-backs GM Dave Stewart decided after last season that right field would be a better fit for Mark Trumbo than left, where he began the 2014 season.

Amarista ready for challenge as Padres’ everyday shortstop

Amarista ready for challenge as Padres’ everyday shortstop

Feb 27, 2015 | No Comments

The Padres will enter the 2015 season with a new starter at the shortstop position, as Alexi Amarista will take over the role after impressing the organization with his play in 2014,

Manfred: Statcast greatly expanding in 2015

Manfred: Statcast greatly expanding in 2015

Feb 27, 2015 | No Comments

Commissioner Rob Manfred said Friday that MLB.com’s Statcast technology will be in place at all 30 Major League ballparks by Opening Day 2015, as he laid out some of the ways that the groundbreaking technology will make its way to fans and clubs in the new season.