NL Notes: Shields, Guerrero, Marlins

Mar 1, 2015 | No Comments

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.

Rodon will take Sale’s spot in Cactus rotation

Rodon will take Sale’s spot in Cactus rotation

Mar 1, 2015 | No Comments

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.

Dickey, Buehrle get nod for Monday intrasquad game
Didi given opportunity to improve, thrive in New York

Didi given opportunity to improve, thrive in New York

Mar 1, 2015 | No Comments

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.

Statcast wins prestigious Alpha Award for innovation

Statcast wins prestigious Alpha Award for innovation

Feb 28, 2015 | No Comments

MLB.com’s Statcast player tracking system won an Alpha Award for Best Analytics Innovation/Technology at the annual Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.

Plouffe out with illness as Twins open full-squad workouts

Feb 28, 2015 | No Comments

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.

Johan looks to complete comeback in Toronto

Johan looks to complete comeback in Toronto

Feb 28, 2015 | No Comments

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.

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.

Quartet vying to fill in for Upton in center field

Feb 28, 2015 | No Comments

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.

Wisler determined to build on educational 2014

Wisler determined to build on educational 2014

Feb 28, 2015 | No Comments

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.