Reds closer Aroldis Chapman, who had surgery Thursday evening after sustaining fractures above the left eye and nose after being hit by a Salvador Perez line drive on Wednesday, could begin working out in 10-14 days and may be ready to pitch in game conditions in four to six weeks.
Four years have passed since Jason Heyward electrified an Opening Day crowd at Turner Field by hitting a home run with the first swing of his career. He's now preparing to enter the upcoming season with a longer tenure in Atlanta than any other player projected to be on the Braves' Opening Day roster.
Jacoby Ellsbury tested his sore right calf by running on grass Friday, one day after the outfielder had a precautionary MRI, and the Yankees are eyeing Tuesday as his possible return date.
The Yankees are closing in on a decision concerning their fifth starter, and general manager Brian Cashman has been pleased with the competition. Michael Pineda is generally thought to be the front-runner, having fired nine scoreless innings, but David Phelps, Adam Warren and Vidal Nuno have all stated convincing cases.
With both Lucas Duda and Ike Davis appearing to be finally healthy for the final week of camp, it will be up to the Mets to decide which of the two will be the starter at first base. Both wasted no time making their presence known on Friday afternoon
Injured All-Star Hisashi Iwakuma threw a tennis ball Friday in his first step back from a six-week layoff with a sprained finger tendon, while young Mariners right-handers Taijuan Walker and Stephen Pryor are scheduled to make their spring debuts in Minor League games on Saturday.
There likely will not be any surprises on Saturday, when Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez announces the four-man rotation he plans to employ through a majority of the first two weeks of the regular season.
Budweiser's "Make Opening Day a Holiday" campaign easily reached its required 100,000 petition signatures on Friday -- far ahead of next Wednesday's deadline -- with the goal of President Barack Obama proclaiming this March 31 an official day of national observance in the United States. That is the Monday of 13 Opening Day games in Major League Baseball.
Cubs top prospect Javier Baez left Friday's game with a right heel contusion after stepping awkwardly on first base in the sixth inning on an infield single.
With general manager Jeff Luhnow, several members of the front office and a handful of scouts watching from one of the back fields at Osceola County Stadium, Astros right-hander Mark Appel appeared in a game for the first time this spring.
Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus is going to be sidelined for another week while recovering from a sore right elbow.
Royals catcher Salvador Perez is continuing his watch over the recovery of Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman, felled by his line drive on Wednesday night.
In starting Yadier Molina behind the plate for a third straight day, manager Mike Matheny had the intention of pulling his veteran catcher midway through Friday's game. He never did sub in another backstop thanks to the groove Molina was in with Adam Wainwright.
The Red Sox are "close to finalizing" a one-year, $15 million contract extension with slugger David Ortiz, two big league sources confirmed to MLB.com on Friday.
In just two full seasons, Mike Trout has established himself as the best all-around player in the game. However, for all of his talent, Trout has not been able to lead the Angels to the postseason.
With Jose Iglesias out, the Tigers are hoping Hernan Perez, Eugenio Suarez or Danny Worth will step up to fill the void. But until it becomes clear who will play short, Detroit's new second baseman will have to wait for the second half of the club's double-play duo to emerge.
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The quest for Major League Baseball's 110th World Series opens on Saturday in Sydney, Australia, where the National League West rival Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers lift the lid on the Opening Series at the hallowed Sydney Cricket Ground.