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Ronald Torreyes singled and swatted a solo home run on Thursday against the Rays.

Torreyes took former closer Shawn Tolleson deep in the seven inning. He got off to a slow start this spring but now has eight hits over his last 23 at-bats. Torreyes played third base Thursday but is competing to be the fill-in at shortstop while Didi Gregorius (shoulder) is out.
Mar 23 - 6:01 PM

Giants released INF Gordon Beckham.

Beckham reportedly asked for his release. He was always a long shot to make the team with so many mouths to feed in San Francisco's crowded infield. Beckham was due a $100,000 retention bonus on March 28, which was also a contributing factor in the team's decision to move on. The 30-year-old hit just .194 over 36 Cactus League at-bats.
Mar 23 - 6:00 PM

Ender Inciarte is back in the Braves' lineup Thursday against the Tigers.

He's batting leadoff and playing center field. Inciarte is back after spending the last two weeks representing Venezuela at the World Baseball Classic. He impressed at the WBC, hitting . 292 with three RBI over seven games. The 26-year-old is entering his second year with Atlanta after arriving from Arizona in the Shelby Miller trade last offseason.
Mar 23 - 5:57 PM

Blake Treinen struck out a pair in a scoreless inning to record a save in Thursday's win over the Mets.

Ty Kelly reached on a one-out single, but Treinen got Michael Conforto to ground out and Juan Lagares to go down swinging to close things out. That Treinen pitched the ninth is notable, as Nationals manager Dusty Baker is the rare skipper who likes to pitch his closers in the final inning during spring training. Still, Treinen might be third in the pecking order behind Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover for saves even though he's struck out six over three scoreless frames this spring.
Mar 23 - 5:55 PM

Nationals pitching prospect Erick Fedde spun five shutout innings versus the Mets on Thursday.

And it came against the Mets' Opening Day lineup, minus Travis d'Arnaud. Fedde was superb between High- and Double-A last season in his first year back from Tommy John surgery and has pitched well this spring with a 3.29 ERA and 0.95 WHIP over 13 2/3 innings. He's ranked by MLB.com as the Nationals' No. 2 prospect and could push to debut in 2017.
Mar 23 - 5:51 PM

Robert Gsellman continued his excellent spring Thursday, allowing one unearned run over 5 1/3 frames against the Nationals.

He was bested by Nationals pitching prospect Erick Fedde, but Gsellman was superb again. The righty surrendered four hits, walked two and struck out two while lowering his Grapefruit League ERA to 1.56. The Mets sure seem to want Gsellman to be their fifth starter, and he's done nothing to dissuade them of the notion. Seth Lugo has been solid, too, although he stumbled in the World Baseball Classic final Wednesday.
Mar 23 - 5:45 PM

Aaron Nola struck out six batters but gave up four runs over 5 2/3 innings against the Twins on Thursday.

The light-hitting Tommy Field took Nola deep in the third inning. Nola is sporting an unsightly 6.62 ERA this spring, but he's struck out 19 over 17 2/3 frames and most importantly not shown any signs of last year's elbow issues. Overall, that's encouraging.
Mar 23 - 5:36 PM

Steve Cishek (hip) threw a 22-pitch bullpen session on Thursday.

It was the first time he's thrown off a mound this spring. Cishek threw at 80 percent effort and is scheduled for another pen session on Sunday. Cishek isn't going to be ready for Opening Day but should join the team as a setup man sometime in April. The right-hander lost his closer's gig to Edwin Diaz about midway through last season.
Mar 23 - 5:33 PM

Odubel Herrera smacked his first homer of the spring and also added a single in Thursday's loss to the Twins.

Herrera was scratched from Wednesday's lineup due to some cramping, but clearly he's fine. He took Nick Tepesch deep in the first inning and then showed off his trademark bat flip that we've all come to know and love. Herrera has eight hits in 22 at-bats this spring and will open the season as the Phillies' No. 3 hitter.
Mar 23 - 5:26 PM

Edinson Volquez allowed two runs -- one earned -- over three innings versus the Cardinals on Thursday.

It was Volquez's first outing since returning from the World Baseball Classic and a piggyback start for Volquez and Dan Straily, who got the "official" start. The veteran right-hander has generally pitched pretty well this spring, although he's managed just a 5/5 K/BB ratio across 9 1/3 innings.
Mar 23 - 5:19 PM

Luis Valbuena will miss 4-6 weeks with a strained right hamstring.

It's a Grade 1 strain, which is considered the least serious. It's still going to keep Valbuena out for at least the first month, which should allow C.J. Cron to settle in as the everyday first baseman. Valbuena's injury also increases Jefry Marte's chances of making the Opening Day roster. When healthy, Valbuena will platoon with Cron at first base.
Mar 23 - 5:15 PM

Marlins optioned INF Brian Anderson to Double-A Jacksonville.

The Marlins also sent down Isaac Galloway, Matt Juengel and Moises Sierra. All three are headed to Triple-A New Orleans. Anderson had a great spring for the Marlins, hitting .368 with seven RBI over 38 Grapefruit League at-bats. The Marlins' roster is down to 41 with Opening Day a week and a half away.
Mar 23 - 5:03 PM

Shawn O'Malley will need at least 10-14 days to fully recover from his appendectomy.

That puts O'Malley in a race against the clock for Opening Day. If O'Malley is unavailable, Taylor Motter would likely fill a utility role during his absence. O'Malley was hitting .278 with four steals in 16 Cactus League appearances before his appendectomy.
Mar 23 - 4:56 PM

Robinson Cano was scratched from Thursday's Cactus League game against the Giants with a head cold.

Mike Freeman will draw the start at second with Cano under the weather. Cano has gone 2-for-6 in two games since coming back from the World Baseball Classic. He shouldn't miss more than a day or two.
Mar 23 - 4:47 PM

Mariners optioned 1B Daniel Vogelbach to Triple-A Tacoma.

This comes as a stunner. Vogelbach was expected to platoon with Danny Valencia at first base but will instead begin in the minors after hitting just .228 with 19 strikeouts over 57 Cactus League at-bats. The 24-year-old went 1-for-12 with six strikeouts in his first taste of the big leagues last September. Obviously he needs a little more seasoning.
Mar 23 - 4:26 PM



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