Will Smith Headshot

Smith (elbow) is considering undergoing Tommy John surgery after going for a second opinion on his pitching arm this week, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

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According to Schulman, Smith will meet with his agent Friday before making a final decision on his course of action. An MRI earlier in the week revealed that Smith had a sprained UCL in his left elbow and now it appears that a Tommy John procedure could be imminent. Smith was acquired by the Giants at the trade deadline and was strong down the stretch with a 1.78 FIP and 26 strikeouts over 18.1 innings. If the Giants lose Smith for a significant amount of time, they'd be missing a significant piece of their bullpen puzzle. More information on Smith's course of action should be made available over the weekend.
Matt Joyce Headshot

Joyce went 1-for-3 with a two-run single in Wednesday's 5-3 Cactus League victory over the White Sox.

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Joyce has struggled overall this spring but factoring in his clutch single Wednesday, he now has six RBI. He's shown great patience at the plate as well, with his 10 walks helping boost his OBP to .421 despite his poor batting average. The veteran is expected to serve as the left-handed side of a right field platoon with Mark Canha in 2017.
Khris Davis Headshot

Davis went 2-for-4 with a run in Wednesday's 5-3 Cactus League win over the White Sox.

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The slugging outfielder got his spring average up to a modest .250 with Wednesday's production, but he's yet to hit a home run after blasting a career-high 42 round-trippers in 2016. Davis does have four doubles and has struck out 10 times in 36 at-bats. Despite the rather pedestrian spring, he carries tremendous power upside heading into the regular season and has hit no fewer than 22 homers in any of the three major league campaigns in which he's played at least 121 games.
Dustin Pedroia Headshot

Pedroia went 3-for-3 with a walk, a double and two runs scored in Thursday's game against the Pirates.

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Pedroia batted leadoff in a lineup that looked pretty much like how it will look when these two teams square off Opening Day in Boston. He thrived atop the order last season, slashing .362/.394/.457/.852 in 47 games, and is 13-of-26 this spring.
Steven Wright Headshot

Wright allowed two hits and one walk while striking out three over 4.1 scoreless innings Thursday against the Pirates. He threw 62 pitches.

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The Red Sox have to worry about David Price's elbow and Drew Pomeranz's triceps, but Wright's shoulder, the one that ended his 2016 season prematurely, has not been a problem. He remains as constant as ever and represents a stabilizing element in a rotation that faces some uncertainty. The knuckle-baller has yet to give up a run over 9.1 spring innings, allowing just four base-runners.
Xander Bogaerts Headshot

Bogaerts went 1-for-4 with a run scored in Thursday's game against the Pirates.

Added Yesterday 10:43 pm (EST)
Bogaerts batted sixth on a day the Red Sox fielded a lineup representative of one they could use in the regular season. The shortstop hit primarily out of the second and third spots in last season when he was third in MLB with 652 at-bats. Opportunities will be fewer batting this low in the order where protection could also become an issue.
Rick Porcello Headshot

Porcello allowed one run on two and one walk while striking out nine over six innings in a minor league game Thursday, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.

Added Yesterday 10:27 pm (EST)
Porcello is cruising toward his Opening Day start April 3 against the Pirates. He'll dial it back to about 60-75 pitches in his final spring start next Wednesday against the Nationals.
Jose Quintana Headshot

Quintana allowed two hits without a walk and struck out three over seven innings Thursday against the Reds, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.

Added Yesterday 9:15 pm (EST)
With more than a dozen scouts looking on, Quintana filled their notebooks as he retired the first 17 batters faced and needed just 79 pitches. He tossed a few more in the bullpen to get up around 90. He's ahead of most pitchers because he prepared himself to pitch in the World Baseball Classic. With one final outing next week before the start of the regular season, Quintana still hasn't been named the White Sox's starter for Opening Day, though he's on schedule for that honor. By not naming him, the team leaves open the possibility of trading him.
Chris Archer Headshot

Archer was named the Rays' Opening Day starter Thursday, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Added Yesterday 9:05 pm (EST)
For the third consecutive year, Archer will take the mound on Opening Day as Tampa Bay's ace. Archer got off to a rocky start last season, notching a 4.66 ERA with 18 home runs allowed in the first half of the year before settling down with a 3.25 ERA and 1.01 WHIP after the All-Star break. He has looked sharp this spring, striking out 13 batters over 10.2 innings. Archer and the Rays will host the Yankees to start the season.
Yasmany Tomas Headshot

Tomas (oblique) hit in a cage Thursday and is expected to increase his activity level Friday. "I feel very comfortable in saying that if he has another good day [Friday] that he's going to be ready for Opening Day," said manager Torey Lovullo on Thursday.

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Friday is a significant day for the Diamondbacks with Opening Day approaching as A.J. Pollock is set to return to the lineup and Tomas will log another day of baseball activity. Tovullo's comments Thursday suggest that Tomas' cage session went off without a hitch, so another strong showing Friday will further help his chances at being ready for Opening Day. Tomas, who has been hampered by an oblique strain since early March, should be in line to be Arizona's primary left fielder in 2017.
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