James Shields is already providing value to the Padres, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune writes. “Having him in here is going to be super valuable for this pitching staff,” says Tyson Ross. Shields has impressed the Padres with his attitude and his preparation — he’s already showed many of his teammates his personal book of scouting charts on opposing players. Ross and Robbie Erlin add that they’re looking forward to watching Shields work to see how he stays so durable — Shields has pitched over 200 innings in eight straight seasons, and as Lin notes, Ian Kennedy is the only other Padres starter who’s reached the 200-inning threshold. Here’s more from the National League. Infielder Alex Guerrero is facing a crucial year in Dodgers camp, MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez writes. Guerrero, who’s now in the second year of a four-year deal, cannot be optioned to the minors this season without his permission, so if the Dodgers don’t find space for him on their active roster, they’ll have to to trade or release him.
White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper paused for a moment when asked about the Cactus League rotation replacement for Chris Sale beginning this Friday against the Padres in Peoria. He originally listed the starter as to be determined, but then quickly changed his mind and mentioned Carlos Rodon.
Manager John Gibbons is zeroing in on having his Blue Jays primed for the regular season.
Upon arriving in camp for the first time this spring, new shortstop Didi Gregorius received these words of wisdom from manager Joe Girardi: Try to be the best Didi Grigorius you can be. Don’t try to be like Derek Jeter, the icon he’s replacing on the left side of the Yanks infield.
MLB.com’s Statcast player tracking system won an Alpha Award for Best Analytics Innovation/Technology at the annual Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.
The Twins began the day with their customary rapid-fire infield drills and saw live batting practice between pitchers and hitters for the first time this spring. Trevor Plouffe, however, was absent from the drills but is expected to return soon.
Despite everything two-time Cy Young award winner Johan Santana has been through over the years he hasn’t given up the dream of returning to Major League Baseball.
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.
With Braves center fielder Melvin Upton Jr. set to miss at least the first month of the upcoming regular season with a left foot injury, Eury Perez, Todd Cunningham, Eric Young Jr. and Zolio Almonte are the top candidates to fill Upton’s spot.
After essentially breezing his way through the Padres’ organization, three-plus seasons filled with dominant starts, Matt Wisler, the club’s top pitching prospect, had his toughest challenge in Triple-A last season. Now he’s in camp with his eyes on a rotation spot.