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  • Austin Martin SS | MIN

    Twins' Austin Martin: Getting time in outfield

    Martin started in center field and went 1-for-3 in Monday's spring training loss to the Yankees. He's 2-for-5 in two games this spring.

    After Marin worked exclusively with the infielders early in the spring (he primarily played second base last year at Triple-A), it's notable he played his first two spring training games in the outfield. Martin was seen as a dark horse candidate to win the backup center field role entering spring training, but he's likely ticketed for Triple-A again after the Twins acquired Manual Margot.

  • Joey Wentz SP | DET

    Tigers' Joey Wentz: Effective in spring debut

    Wentz tossed two scoreless innings in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros. He allowed a hit and two walks, while striking out five.

    It's of course a small sample size, but this was an encouraging outing for Wentz. The southpaw mostly served as a starter for the Tigers last year and struggled mightily, posting a 6.90 ERA and 1.68 WHIP across 105.2 innings. The team announced before spring training that Wentz will be focusing on a relief role in camp, with some hope that his stuff will play up out of the bullpen. It remains to be seen if Wentz can remain effective in this role, though it seems like Detroit will give him an opportunity to establish himself as a left-handed relief option heading into the regular season.

  • Twins' Simeon Woods Richardson: Works on new arm angle

    Woods Richardson has worked on adjusting his arm angle this spring from a strictly 12 o'clock release to down a few slots, MLB.com reports. Woods Richardson threw a scoreless inning with a strikeout in his spring debut Monday against the Yankees.

    Woods Richardson took a step backward last season at Triple-A with a 4.91 ERA and 7.6 K/9 along with an increased walk rate to 4.85 BB/9. He also struggled in his one outing in the majors, giving up 5 runs in 4.2 innings. He's never had great velocity, so it was encouraging to see his fastball sit in the 92-94 mph range, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. While he'll likely need to prove himself at Triple-A before getting another extended shot in the majors, he could be counted on this summer if Minnesota's rotation depth is tested.

  • Liam Hendriks RP | BOS

    Red Sox's Liam Hendriks: Throwing from 60 feet

    Hendriks (elbow) was spotted Monday playing catch from about 60 feet, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

    Hendriks is in the early stages of his throwing program after undergoing Tommy John surgery Aug. 2. The veteran reliever has stated that he hopes to be ready to make his Red Sox debut by late July, though the final month of the season may represent a more realistic target for Hendriks, assuming he navigates his throwing program without issue. Hendriks signed a two-year deal with Boston last week, with the organization bringing him aboard with the aim of having him being a more impactful contributor out of the bullpen in 2025.

  • Jack Flaherty SP | DET

    Tigers' Jack Flaherty: Sharp in short team debut

    Flaherty logged a scoreless inning without allowing a hit or a walk in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros. He struck out two.

    Flaherty, who joined the Tigers in December on a one-year, $14 million deal, looked good despite not lasting very long. The righty only tossed 10 pitches, with nine of them going for strikes. Flaherty figures to stretch out some in his next start as he ramps up for the regular season. He should have a rotation spot securely locked up, likely slotting in somewhere behind Tarik Skubal and fellow Detroit newcomer Kenta Maeda. Flaherty will be hoping to improve upon an uneven 2023 during which he posted a 4.99 ERA across 144.1 innings for the Cardinals and Orioles.

  • Cubs' Hayden Wesneski: Struggles in spring debut

    Wesneski allowed four runs on six hits across 1.1 innings in Monday's Cactus League game against the Royals. He struck out one.

    Wesneski got off to a rough start as he competes for the No. 5 spot in Chicago's rotation. The righty, who posted a 4.63 ERA across 34 games (11 starts) for the Cubs last season, should still have a handful of opportunities to make his case. Javier Assad, Drew Smyly and Jordan Wicks are likely the top competition at this point. Wesneski could have some fantasy value if he wins the job, though he'll need to be a little more consistent to really take a step forward in 2024.

  • Blue Jays' Ricky Tiedemann: Resumes throwing

    Blue Jays manager John Schneider said Tiedemann (hamstring/calf) was able to play catch Sunday, Hazel Mae of Sportsnet reports.

    Tiedemann was scratched ahead of his scheduled start in Saturday's Grapefruit League opener against the Phillies after experiencing inflammation between his left hamstring and calf, but his ability to throw in some fashion a day later is an encouraging sign. Schneider indicated that the Blue Jays are continuing to view Tiedemann as day-to-day, and the team likely won't pencil him back into the spring pitching schedule until he throws a bullpen session without issue.

  • Jarren Duran CF | BOS

    Red Sox's Jarren Duran: Set to rejoin lineup Friday

    Duran (toe) is expected to make his Grapefruit League debut Friday versus the Twins, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

    Once fully healthy, Duran is projected to handle an everyday role in the Boston outfield, but Abraham suspects that the 27-year-old will be deployed as a designated hitter Friday for what will be his Grapefruit League debut. Duran has been eased along during spring training after he underwent surgery in August to repair the flexor tendon in his left big toe, but barring any setbacks in his recovery, he should be fully ramped up by the time Opening Day arrives.

  • Jose Miranda 3B | MIN

    Twins' Jose Miranda: Collects two hits Monday

    Miranda (shoulder) went 2-for-3 with one double, one RBI and one run scored in Monday's exhibition against the Yankees. He started at DH and the Twins plan to ease him into action for a few weeks before using him at first base or third base, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

    Miranda underwent offseason surgery to remove scar tissue from his right labrum and rotator cuff, and he's since been cleared for game action. He looked sharp in his chances at the dish Monday, as he collected a base knock in the top of the first inning and doubled home the first run of the game in the third. Now that Miranda has returned to health, he'll set his sights on earning playing time either at the hot corner behind Royce Lewis or at first base, where he'll compete with Carlos Santana and Alex Kirillof.

  • Dodgers' Enrique Hernandez: Expected for Korea series

    Dodgers general manager Brandon Gomes said Monday that Hernandez (groin) is expected to be on the active roster for the team's March 20-21 series against the Padres in South Korea, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.

    Hernandez had double hernia surgery in October and is now getting a late start to camp after signing with the Dodgers on Monday. However, the team still anticipates the utility player having enough time to ramp up for its early series overseas. Hernandez should see plenty of starts against left-handed pitching for the Dodgers this season.

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