Luke Hochevar, recovering from Tommy John surgery last March, had thrown his first batting-practice session of the spring on Tuesday, and the first thing Royals skipper Ned Yost did when he got to the clubhouse Wednesday morning was find out how the right-hander was feeling.
A's switch-pitcher Pat Venditte introduced himself to the Cactus League on Tuesday, recording two outs against the Giants -- one with each arm -- as fans, and even teammates, ooed and aahed.
As their exhibition season gets underway Wednesday against the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, you would think it's time for the Brewers to unpack the radar guns they shipped down from Milwaukee. Think again. "We're not even going to open the box," assistant GM Gord Ash said. "Not until March 15."
The Rangers have returned injured left-hander Edgar Olmos to the Mariners. Olmos was claimed off waivers at the beginning of Spring Training, but he has been unable to pitch because of an impingement in his left shoulder.
Mike Trout is dominating the fantasy baseball landscape as much as any player has in recent years. The Angels' center fielder will be selected first overall in nearly every 2015 draft, so the real debate begins once Trout is taken. The second-overall selection is full of intrigue, as five players have a legitimate claim to be pick No. 2.
In just two trades -- one with the Marlins that involved Mark Buehrle and Jose Reyes, and one with the Mets that brought in R.A. Dickey -- the Toronto Blue Jays emptied a large portion of the Minor League cupboard. In a short period of time, however, they have done a good job restocking the shelves, to the point where they have one of the best systems in baseball.
For players traded over the offseason or any free agent who changed addresses for a new contract, Spring Training is a chance to get settled in a new uniform and get some firsts out of the way. First impressions are on the way for these players as games in Florida and Arizona hit full swing in the next couple of days.
Reliever Joel Hanrahan, who will have a second Tommy John surgery within the past two years, was released Wednesday by the Tigers.
A day after Mets veterans David Wright and Bobby Parnell confronted Noah Syndergaard for eating in the clubhouse during a game, the rookie apologized for actions that he called "straight-up ignorance on my part."
Madison Bumgarner wasn't even sure how many runs he gave up in his tough spring debut, showing how little it mattered to him.