PT Today

Jock
Thompson
March 20, 2012 1:06 AM GMT
In spite of his power outage, defensive inadequacies, and miserable spring, the Angels are publicly upbeat about Bobby Abreu. But on the eve of Kendry Morales' spring debut, how long does this last? Plus injury news on Soria, Utley and more ...
Jock
Thompson
March 19, 2012 1:05 AM GMT
Manager Bob Melvin is about to name an A's closer, but it won't be Joey Devine -- at least for now. Also notes on Carlos Quentin's vacated playing time and the ongoing WAS OF/1B issues ...
Christopher
Mallonee
March 18, 2012 1:05 AM GMT
Devin Mesoraco (C, CIN) is considered a top catching prospect by most minor-league scouts. Ryan Hanigan (C, CIN) hits league-average with little power, but provides experience and consistent production. Who will win the fight for playing time?
Thomas
Kephart
March 17, 2012 1:05 AM GMT
The PIT spring training camp has featured PT battles at several positions, including one corner OF spot, and both IF corners. Presumed 1B and LF frontrunners Garrett Jones and Alex Presley, have seized the opportunity with their hot hitting in early Grapefruit League action.
Brent
Hershey
March 16, 2012 1:05 AM GMT
Concerns over the health of Scott Baker's (RHP, MIN) right elbow surfaced again this week, as the pitcher was taken off his scheduled Thursday appearance. He had trouble getting loose in his previous start on March 10, and subsequently surrendered six runs on six hits in 1.1 IP. His velocity, normally around 91 mph, dropped to 83-86 in that outing.
Harold
Nichols
March 15, 2012 1:03 AM GMT
Salvador Perez (C, KC) will need surgery for a torn meniscus in his left knee sustained during warm-ups Tuesday. There has been no announcement about how much time he'll miss, but it seems almost certain that Brayan Pena (C, KC) will open the season as the Royals starting catcher. Does Pena have any skills that might make him useful on a fantasy roster? Here is what he's shown us in his past two full seasons in the majors.
Brian
Rudd
March 14, 2012 2:03 AM GMT
David Wright (3B, NYM) received an anti-inflammatory injection in his ribcage, as well as an MRI, which showed no significant damage to the area. He could resume baseball activities later this week, and is still expected to be ready for Opening Day, but it certainly appears to be a situation to watch closely in the meantime.
Harold
Nichols
March 13, 2012 2:05 AM GMT
The latest news on Chris Carpenter's (RHP, STL) sore neck is that he's feeling better but is not yet ready to begin throwing. In the meantime, Lance Lynn (RHP, STL) is being stretched out as a possible rotation replacement in the event that Carpenter is not ready to begin the season. In 2011 Lynn was outstanding in the Cardinals bullpen, posting a 3.12 ERA, 10.4 Dom, 3.6 Cmd, and 145 BPV in 35 IP. Could he bring similar skills to the rotation?
Kristopher
Olson
March 12, 2012 12:06 AM GMT
Fifth-starter roles are up for grabs up and down the AL East, but in Tampa Bay and Toronto, leaders may be emerging.
Matt
Gelfand
March 11, 2012 1:05 AM GMT
SEA traded heralded starter Michael Pineda (RHP, NYY) to the Yankees not only to sure up their catcher position with Jesus Montero (C, SEA), but because they also had a sea of young arms waiting to fill the void. Felix Hernandez (RHP, SEA) and Jason Vargas (RHP, SEA) figure to anchor the top of the rotation, but beyond that things get a little muddled. 
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