A.J. Burnett (groin) says his bullpen session Sunday went better than expected. He's getting an ultrasound tomorrow to make sure it’s not anything hernia related.
The Phillies are hoping to avoid putting Burnett on the disabled list right now and they said they would wait until Monday before making the final decision. The fact that Burnett feels better is a positive but just because he says that's the case, doesn't mean it is. He'll go through a barrage of tests before being cleared to throw on Monday.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Corey Dickerson was scratched Wednesday because of reoccurring lower back tightness.
This is not news any Dickerson owners wanted to see as we approach opening day. Dickerson is a popular early round pick following his breakout 2014 campaign where he hit .312 with 74 runs, 24 home runs, 76 RBI and eight stolen bases over 131 games. While he was scratched a precautionary measure many fantasy players know that back problems can linger throughout the season and the word reoccurring is never a good thing when talking about an injury concern. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba
Red Sox announce that Christian Vazquez will undergo Tommy John surgery on Thursday.
This is disappointing news for Vazquez who was slated to be the Red Sox starting catcher as he entered his first full season in the majors. Even more damaging to Vazquez is the fact that Blake Swihart who is the No.1 ranked catching prospect in baseball is playing at the Triple-A level for the Red Sox this season and will likely end up surpassing him on the depth chart while he recovers from Tommy John. To enter the season Ryan Hanigan will likely see the majority of starts behind the plate for the Red Sox. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba