Kristopher Medlen Headshot

Royals have declined their side of the team option on Kris Medlen.

Added 11/04/16 2:48 pm (EST)   Source
He has been on the DL since May which is frustrating for an organization just one year removed from winning the world series.Stay tuned to see how Medlen's contract negotiations go.
Freddy Galvis Headshot

Galvis is hitting .226 (12-for-53) with one home run and seven RBI during his 18 spring training games played.

Added 2:48 pm (EST)
Galvis, who is known more for his defense, is coming off of a meager 2016 campaign in which he slashed just .241/.274/.399. He did pop 20 home runs, but that was supported by a likely unsustainable 12.5 percent HR/FB rate. He's set to man the Phillies' starting shortstop role to open the season, but will likely be displaced by top prospect J.P. Crawford when he makes his debut sometime during 2017. At that point, Galvis may become a reserve infielder or see more playing time at second base.
Bronson Arroyo Headshot

Arroyo (head) is scheduled to pitch in a minor-league game Tuesday, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Added 2:39 pm (EST)
Arroyo was fortunate to avoid a concussion after he was struck in the head in a March 18 on an errant throw by catcher Devin Mesoraco, and after a week off to recover from the head injury, it looks like he's been given clearance to return to the mound. Assuming Tuesday's outing goes well, Arroyo will pitch in another minor-league outing April 2 before rejoining the Reds in Cincinnati. At that point, the team would decide whether or not to add him to the 40-man roster or go with some of their younger internal options to fill out the rotation prior to Opening Day.
Aaron Judge Headshot

Judge is batting .300 (15-for-50) with two home runs and four RBI in his first 20 spring training games.

Added 2:34 pm (EST)
The power-hitting 24-year-old has enjoyed a solid spring training campaign in the days leading up to his first Opening Day start. Though it's a small sample size, Judge's 21 percent strikeout rate during camp is an encouraging sign, as he struck out in over 44 percent of his at-bats during his 27 games played for the Yankees in 2016.
Cody Anderson Headshot

Anderson (elbow) will have his Tommy John surgery conducted in Texas on Monday, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian reports.

Added 2:26 pm (EST)
Renowned surgeon Dr. Keith Meister will perform the procedure for Anderson, who was diagnosed with the UCL tear in his right elbow a little over two weeks ago. He'll miss the entire 2017 season while recovering from the procedure and may not be ready to go for the start of the 2018 campaign.
Tyler Skaggs Headshot

Skaggs tossed four innings of one-run ball Saturday, surrendering four hits while striking out three in a win over Arizona.

Added 2:23 pm (EST)
The 25-year-old has looked sharp in three outings since being sidelined with shoulder soreness. While any type of injury should strike fear in the hearts of his owners, it appears that the talented lefty has sidestepped any serious damage. The Angels have yet to announce Skaggs as a part of their rotation, but the pitcher said that he feels ready to go, stating that he should get to 85-90 pitches in his next spring outing. Skaggs remains a high-upside, late-round pitcher, who could outperform his price if his health and production trend in the right direction.
Hanser Alberto Headshot

Alberto suffered a setback with his sore right shoulder and required an MRI on Saturday, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Added 2:21 pm (EST)
The Rangers decided to temporarily shut Alberto down after he experienced renewed pain in the shoulder, and his status for Opening Day is now looking like a serious question mark. He'll be reevaluated Monday, at which point the Rangers should have a better idea of how long he'll be sidelined. If Alberto is forced to open the campaign on the 10-day DL, it could aid Drew Robinson's bid for a roster spot.
Homer Bailey Headshot

Bailey (elbow) is scheduled to play catch Monday, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Added 2:10 pm (EST)
It's the first throwing session for Bailey since he required surgery in February to remove bone spurs from his elbow. The Reds have already shuttled Bailey to the 60-day DL and aren't expected to have him back until June, so the right-hander is still in the very initial stages of the recovery process.
Blake Swihart Headshot

Swihart, who is expected to start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, could still snag a roster spot, according to manager John Farrell, Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe reports. "We haven't made a final decision as of yet," Farrell said. "We're targeting the early part of this coming week to make that call. [Swihart's] had a strong camp."

Added 2:08 pm (EST)
Swihart is hitting .325, much better than either Christian Vazquez (.231) and Sandy Leon (.261), though Farrell added that the final 25-man roster "can't be based solely on batting average." That means Swihart still has some work to do defensively, and because he has minor league options remaining, he'll perform that work in Pawtucket. Still, it's interesting that Farrell would a decision hasn't been made yet. Perhaps the manager said this publicly to motivate Leon and Vazquez.
Devin Mesoraco Headshot

Reds manager Bryan Price said Sunday that Mesoraco (hip, shoulder) is "very unlikely" to be ready for Opening Day, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Added 2:07 pm (EST)
Mesoraco hasn't experienced any setbacks on the health front after requiring surgeries the last two seasons on both hips and his shoulder, but the lack of at-bats he's received in spring training haven't adequately prepared him to be available on a regular basis. It's expected that the 28-year-old will remain in extended spring training when the season begins in order to get more games under his belt, and if all goes well, Mesoraco could be activated by April. It's expected that Mesoraco will eventually displace Tucker Barnhart as the Reds' primary catcher, though the two backstops could share duties at the position in the early going.
Tony Sipp Headshot

Sipp (back) was feeling better Sunday and could pitch in Monday's game against the Cardinals, Brian McTaggart of the Astros' official site reports. The left-handed reliever was scratched from a scheduled appearance Saturday.

Added 1:55 pm (EST)
Sipp's condition was described as nothing more than "standard, end-of-camp back stiffness," per manager A.J. Hinch. Sipp, in the second year of a three-year, $18 mllion contract, is the only lefty in the pen to start the season, so he's a valuable piece.
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