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Yankees signed OF Shane Robinson to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

The deal comes with a salary of $950,000 if Robinson makes the Yankees' major league roster, though that will be an uphill battle given the talent all across the organization's outfield depth chart. Robinson, 33, is a career .226/.294/.297 hitter in parts of eight seasons (436 games) at the big league level.
Feb 8 - 12:46 AM

Dominic Smith is dealing with a strained right quad and will undergo an MRI on Monday.

Between this and being benched for the first game after showing up late, Smith's spring isn't off to a great start. The youngster was already probably facing an uphill battle to make the Opening Day roster after the Mets signed Adrian Gonzalez. We'll find out Monday how long the quad ailment might set him back.
Feb 25 - 9:49 AM

Joe Musgrove (shoulder) will throw a 20-25 pitch bullpen session Sunday.

He won't throw any breaking balls, but it's nonetheless a nice step after Musgrove was shut down for a week due to discomfort in his pitching shoulder. The right-hander spent time on the disabled list last season with a shoulder issue, so hopefully he bounces back well from Sunday's bullpen session.
Feb 25 - 8:16 AM

Twins top prospect Fernando Romero struck out three over two innings in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles, which ended in a 1-1 tie.

Romero, who showed up on numerous top-100 prospect rankings earlier this year, was flawless, striking out the first two batters he saw and not allowing a baserunner in his two innings of work. The 23-year-old is no stranger to strikeouts, fanning 120 in 125 innings at Double-A last season. There's a good chance we'll see him in Minnesota in some capacity in 2018.
Feb 24 - 9:48 PM

Dan Vogelbach was wearing a walking boot on his right foot Saturday after being hit by a pitch in Friday's Cactus League game against the Padres.

Vogelbach was hit in the foot by a pitch in the first inning but stayed in the game, eventually being replaced by a pinch-runner five innings later. "Once I took my shoe off, it got real sore and this morning it was really stiff," Vogelbach said. "Hopefully, it's just a bruise and I'll be back on the field sooner than later." That's certainly the hope, but he'll at least be out the next few days as a result. More clarity should be gained as time goes on.
Feb 24 - 8:08 PM

Making his MLB debut in Saturday's Cactus League win over the Brewers, Shohei Ohtani surrendered two runs (one earned) on two hits while striking out two over 1 1/3 innings.

As far as Cactus League games go, this one had all the intrigue in the world. Ohtani -- who shined as both a pitcher and hitter in Japan -- signed on with the Angels in December. The 23-year-old turned in a mostly solid spring debut on Saturday, marred only by a Keon Broxton solo home run which he allowed in the second inning. Pitching debut now in the books, Ohtani will likely see his first work as a hitter in the coming days, though no exact date has been stamped on that. The Angels will be rolling with a six-man rotation this year, which will keep Ohtani on the same kind of schedule he kept in Japan.
Feb 24 - 6:52 PM

Buster Posey is being held out of Cactus League action due to what manager Bruce Bochy said is a milk ankle tweak.

It sounds like the Giants are just being cautious with their star catcher. If the issue persists it's perhaps a cause for concern, but with the calendar still showing February there's no reason to get too worked up over it.
Feb 24 - 6:27 PM

Nolan Arenado went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in Saturday's Cactus League win over the Reds.

Arenado struck for a solo home run with two outs in the third inning, his first dinger of spring training. Plenty more fireworks figure to be coming off his bat once the season revs up. The All-Star third baseman will be trying for his third 40-homer season in the last four campaigns. He fell just short of that mark in 2017, when he unloaded for 37 long balls. Arenado has driven in at least 130 runs in each of the last three seasons.
Feb 24 - 6:08 PM

Jorge Alfaro went 2-for-2 and cracked a grand slam to lead his club over the Orioles 9-6 in Grapefruit League action Saturday.

The blast came off starter Dylan Bundy in the second inning. He hit .318/.360/.514 with five homers and 14 RBI in 29 games last year with the Phillies in his first extended major league action. The 24-year-old has big power but strikes out too often to expect a good batting average moving forward.
Feb 24 - 6:08 PM

Dylan Bundy was knocked around for five earned runs in just two innings in a loss to the Phillies on Saturday.

All five runs came in the second frame, with the big blow being a grand slam off the bat of catcher Jorge Alfaro. Bundy struggled with his control, issuing three walks without a strikeout and throwing just 10 of 25 pitches for strikes. Hopefully this start just shook off the rust and he will perform better next time out. He went 13-9 with a 4.24 ERA in 28 starts last year.
Feb 24 - 5:48 PM

Collin McHugh was strong in his spring debut, punching out five batters in two scoreless frames in a win over the Braves on Saturday.

He allowed one hit and one walk in the start. The 30-year-old missed the first half of the 2017 season with a right elbow impingement but returned to register a 5-2 record and 3.55 ERA in 12 starts. The Astros' offseason acquisition of Gerrit Cole likely bumped McHugh to the bullpen to start the season, although he has been mentioned in trade rumors.
Feb 24 - 5:13 PM

J.T. Realmuto went 2-for-2 with a solo home run in a 3-2 win over the Nationals on Saturday.

He took veteran starter Edwin Jackson over the wall in the fourth inning. Last year he recorded a .278 batting average with 17 homers, 65 RBI and eight stolen bases in 579 plate appearances. He remains a top five option at catcher in fantasy leagues.
Feb 24 - 4:14 PM




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