PT Today

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. 
Thomas
Kephart
March 10, 2012 1:05 AM GMT
Persistent neck stiffness has sidelined Chris Carpenter (RHP, STL). Carpenter will skip his first scheduled Grapefruit League start after leaving training camp to have his troublesome neck examined by a specialist. He first reported the stiffness March 3 after throwing live batting practice, then missed a scheduled throwing session. Carpenter currently is still listed as STL's opening-day starter, but his status is now clouded by injury.
Brent
Hershey
March 09, 2012 1:05 AM GMT
David Robertson (RHP, NYY) had an MRI and several tests on Thursday after spraining his right foot in a fall at his spring training home Wednesday night. Robertson was seen in camp with a walking boot, and although manager Joe Girardi downplayed the incident before Thursday's spring training game, afterwards he admitted some concern.
Kristopher
Olson
March 08, 2012 1:05 AM GMT
Well-paid Cuban import Leonys Martin may spend all of 2012 in the minor leagues. If that's the case, it could set up a pair of his fleet-footed teammates to be off to the races.
Brian
Rudd
March 07, 2012 1:05 AM GMT
Eric Thames (OF, TOR) and Travis Snider (OF, TOR) find themselves battling for the starting left field job this spring. Thames held the every day job during the second half of last season, during which time he hit .255 with 11 home runs. He possesses plus power, as shown by last year's 133 PX, but mediocre walk and contact rates held him to just a .306 on-base-percentage.
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