Sale fractures right foot in accident at home

Left-hander to be sidelined for three weeks before resuming activities

Sale fractures right foot in accident at home

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Chris Sale sustained an avulsion fracture on the lateral side of his right foot as the result of an accident at his Arizona home Friday. The left-hander is expected to be sidelined three weeks before resuming baseball activities.

Sale, 25, underwent X-rays this morning at Banner Estrella Hospital in Glendale. He will undergo further tests once the swelling in his foot has subsided. At that point, his status for Opening Day will be better determined.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Stanton hit by pitch in sim game, continues to play

Marlins ace Alvarez plunks slugger in left hip during first spring contest

Stanton hit by pitch in sim game, continues to play

JUPITER, Fla. -- It was bound to happen sometime. For Giancarlo Stanton, it happened to be on his third plate appearance in the Marlins' first simulated game.

The two-time All-Star was plunked on the left hip by a Henderson Alvarez two-seam fastball on Saturday morning on field 4 of the Roger Dean Stadium complex. The pitch caused no damage, nor did it spoil an otherwise productive day that featured game action.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Upton tries to take positive out of latest setback

Upton tries to take positive out of latest setback

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- As he approached Friday's X-ray exam with a slight limp and a moderate level of discomfort in his left foot, Melvin Upton Jr. assumed he would need just a few days of rest. The Braves center fielder's optimistic outlook was erased when he was fitted for a walking cast and informed that he will likely be sidelined until May.

"I went into it thinking [I would be out] a week at the most or a couple days and it would be fine," said Upton, who earlier this week replaced his nickname (B.J.) with his birth name (Melvin). "The doctor saw some things [he] didn't like."

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Length of Hamilton's potential suspension unclear

Any suspension for outfielder would likely start at beginning of regular season

Length of Hamilton's potential suspension unclear

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Josh Hamilton's potential suspension for a drug of abuse would not hinge on his recovery from shoulder surgery. The Angels' outfielder would begin serving a suspension at the beginning of the regular season, regardless of whether he would've started the year on the disabled list, according to people familiar with the process.

That means there's a chance Hamilton's rehab could last longer than his suspension, though the Angels still have no gauge on what the suspension will be or how long his rehab could take. The team has declined comment on the matter, confirming only that Hamilton met with Major League Baseball regarding a disciplinary issue on Wednesday.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Duquette

Six players who could be traded before Opening Day

Six players who could be traded before Opening Day

As we inch closer to Spring Training games, the number of quality players available on the trade market could make the month of March as active as this past winter. Here are my top candidates to garner a lot of attention and even potentially be traded by Opening Day:

Cliff Lee, LHP, age 36
He will need to show interested teams that he has overcome an elbow injury that limited him to 13 starts last year, but when he does, he will likely be dealt before teammate Cole Hamels, who has been the subject of more rumors recently.

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Jim Duquette is an analyst for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Now reporting for Spring Training: At Bat

Top sports mobile app launches massive update to add multiple new features

Now reporting to camp: MLB.com At Bat.

The seventh-year veteran and highest-grossing sports app a record six straight years made its 2015 debut on Friday as an update on millions of smartphones and tablets everywhere. At Bat already is making some more history, too: It offers the most comprehensive bilingual accessibility of any U.S. professional sports app, as part of one of the single largest updates Major League Baseball Advanced Media has made to its flagship product.

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Davis gets in right-field reps

Davis gets in right-field reps

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Friday afternoon that Chris Davis would see some time in right field this spring. Sure enough, Davis spent Saturday's workout with the outfielders.

While most of the Orioles were warming up Saturday morning, Davis split off with first-base coach Wayne Kirby to field ground balls in right field and work on throwing from right to home plate. He rejoined the rest of the team to stretch before going through the rest of the day's drills with Baltimore's outfielders.

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Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres' prospect Wisler eager to earn spot

Padres top pitching prospect has shot at fifth rotation spot

Padres' prospect Wisler eager to earn spot

PEORIA, Ariz. -- After essentially breezing his way through the Padres' organization, three-plus seasons filled with dominant starts, pitcher Matt Wisler was told early last May that he was being promoted to Triple-A El Paso.

"I had heard it was a pretty good hitter's league, so I was expecting a pretty good challenge," he said.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Belisario expected to miss start of season with injury

Non-roster invitee to Rays camp fractures non-throwing shoulder in pool accident

Belisario expected to miss start of season with injury

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Rays right-hander Ronald Belisario will be out for at least two weeks due to a fractured left shoulder.

"He came and got his physical -- left shoulder -- he's going to be imobilized for a couple of weeks now," Rays manager Kevin Cash said. "Unfortunate, but we'll adjust a little bit and go from there."

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Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Funnel of love: Ballpark burger takes cake

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Funnel of love: Ballpark burger takes cake

I'm not sure about you, but buying a ticket to a baseball game is an implicit agreement between myself and society that I am being permitted to eat as much as want, judgment free. If I feel like eating 18 hot dogs in nine innings, this is the place to do it.

Fortunately, the Timber Rattlers, the Class-A affiliate of the Brewers, and their head chef Tim Hansen understand that. Hence two of their ballpark creations for next year. 

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Sale's absence opens opportunity for Rodon, others

White Sox insist they will not rush top prospect

Sale's absence opens opportunity for Rodon, others

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Carlos Rodon was not slated to make a Cactus League start prior to Chris Sale sustaining an injury Friday at his Arizona home, unless Rodon was sent to the mound for a "B" game or on one of the two split-squad days.

And even with Sale now being sidelined for three weeks with an avulsion fracture in his right foot, that problem for the White Sox ace doesn't necessarily mean the plan will change for the club's top prospect and No. 14 overall, as ranked by MLB.com.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Richard Justice

New-look Marlins excited to begin season

Offseason acquisitions have put Miami in position to compete for postseason berth

New-look Marlins excited to begin season

JUPITER, Fla. -- This is where the fun stuff begins for the Miami Marlins. Dee Gordon on one side of the spring clubhouse, Michael Morse on the other.

Martin Prado is here, too, over there by Giancarlo Stanton. Mat Latos and Dan Haren and David Phelps are new Marlins, too.

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Richard Justice is a columnist for MLB.com. Read his blog, Justice4U. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Lyle Spencer

Grandal catching on quickly at Dodgers camp

Offseason acquisition from San Diego clicks with Yeager in early workouts

Grandal catching on quickly at Dodgers camp

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Camp Boomer, presided over by Dodgers coach Steve "Boomer" Yeager, just opened, but newcomer Yasmani Grandal -- the centerpiece in the Matt Kemp trade with the Padres -- already has opened eyes.

"I like what I see and what I hear from him," Yeager said. "It takes time to gain the respect of the pitching staff and teammates whenever a catcher comes from somewhere else, but some of them already know him. In the old Dodger tradition, we've welcomed him with open arms. He has come in with a good attitude; you don't have to go looking for him. He's right there, ready to go to work."

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Lyle Spencer is a reporter and columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Healthy Phillips eyes return to form at plate

Veteran Reds second baseman won't be limited after 2014 thumb injury

Healthy Phillips eyes return to form at plate

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Among key Reds hitters who were knocked off by an injury last season, the club missed getting offensive production from second baseman Brandon Phillips. The longest-tenured player in Cincinnati, Phillips missed 33 games in the second half with a torn left thumb ligament that required surgery.

All expectations this spring are that Phillips is fully recovered.

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Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sources: Hamilton experienced relapse this year

Sources: Hamilton experienced relapse this year

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Josh Hamilton's recent meeting with Major League Baseball stemmed from a relapse that occurred this year, sources with knowledge of the situation confirmed to MLB.com on Friday. The Angels, who have only confirmed that Hamilton met with league officials at the Commissioner's Office in New York on Wednesday, don't expect to hear from MLB anytime soon.

There are a number of factors to consider when looking at Hamilton's situation.

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Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Altruistic Affeldt accepts honorary degree

Giants reliever recognized by Whitworth University for humanitarian efforts

Altruistic Affeldt accepts honorary degree

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Receiving a college degree typically happens to students. Jeremy Affeldt earned one because he was considered a superb teacher.

On Feb. 5, Affeldt accepted an honorary bachelor's degree from Whitworth University, located in his hometown of Spokane, Wash. If Affeldt weren't pitching for the Giants, he quite possibly would be deepening his involvement in Whitworth's altruisic endeavors. After all, he and Whitworth are essentially teammates.

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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Taste of Majors fuels Tuivailala at Cardinals camp

Pitching prospect learned much from his first big league experience

Taste of Majors fuels Tuivailala at Cardinals camp

JUPITER, Fla. -- Sam Tuivailala, 22, acknowledges that he was a little overwhelmed last September when the Cardinals called him up to the big leagues.

"Words can't really describe it. It's everything that you always dreamed of," the right-hander said prior to the Cardinals' workout on Saturday at the Roger Dean Stadium complex.

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Steve Dorsey is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Phil Rogers

Reds have talent to write new ending this year

After falling to Giants in 2012 NLDS, Cincinnati looking to rebound

Reds have talent to write new ending this year

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Some losses leave scars that last years.

Ask the Reds about not being able to put away the Giants in the 2012 National League Division Series. They had three cracks in front of their home fans at Great American Ball Park and delivered what the kids would call an epic fail, beginning with a 10-inning loss in Game 3.

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Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Remembering Nimoy and Vulcan changeup

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Remembering Nimoy and Vulcan changeup

Leonard Nimoy, who among other things was known for his role as Spock on the original Star Trek, died Friday at the age of 83. The actor and artist's legacy is far-reaching, even to the world of baseball -- it was Nimoy's Vulcan salute, after all, which gave one particular changeup grip its name.

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Cash addresses underdog role before first full workout

New manager's speech leaves strong impression on Longoria, Rays teammates

Cash addresses underdog role before first full workout

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- The new-look Rays took the field for the first time as a full squad Saturday morning at Charlotte Sports Park.

Significant among the changes are new manager Kevin Cash and team president Matt Silverman assuming the role of president of baseball operations.

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Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Making his pitch: Rodon will get chances

Top White Sox young arm has work cut out for him in Arizona

Making his pitch: Rodon will get chances

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper does not currently have Carlos Rodon scheduled to start a Cactus League contest. But the White Sox top prospect and No. 14 prospect overall, as ranked by MLB.com, will be throwing innings and progressing as a starter.

Cooper added that the 22-year-old southpaw could start a "B" game or get a start in one of the two split-squad setups on March 12 and April 1. Rodon was characterized by Cooper as someone who wants to be good and has set the bar high personally, but Cooper wants the young hurler simply to feel comfortable as himself in his first big league camp.

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Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, and follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Manfred: Statcast greatly expanding in 2015

Groundbreaking technology will be available in all 30 parks

Manfred: Statcast greatly expanding in 2015

BOSTON -- Commissioner Rob Manfred said Friday that MLB.com's Statcast technology will be in place at all 30 Major League ballparks by Opening Day 2015, as he laid out some of the ways that the groundbreaking technology will make its way to fans and clubs in the new season.

Addressing the annual Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, Manfred discussed a wide range of topics facing the game in a one-on-one conversation with MLB Network's Brian Kenny.

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Matthew Leach is an editor and reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Obviously, You're Not a Golfer and follow him on Twitter at @MatthewHLeach. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Harvey draws positive reviews after facing batters

Mets ace throws 43 pitches in first outing on mound vs. hitters since surgery

Harvey draws positive reviews after facing batters

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- As Terry Collins wrapped up his daily news conference following Friday's workout, the Mets manager was asked if Matt Harvey's first appearance on the mound in 18 months was a milestone.

"I'm going to wait until those guys in different-colored uniforms get in that batter's box," Collins said. "That will be a milestone for him."

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Steve Dorsey is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Singleton confident despite last season's disappointment

Young slugger focused on consistent contact, slowing game down

Singleton confident despite last season's disappointment

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Each at-bat weighed heavily on his mind, and each failure only led to more disappointment and doubt. Nothing seemed to come easy last year for Jon Singleton, whose long-awaited Major League debut didn't come close to the big numbers he'd posted in the Minors.

The Astros thought enough of Singleton as a prospect to sign him to a five-year, $10 million deal before he even stepped foot on a Major League field, and then watched the first baseman hit .168 with 13 homers, 44 RBIs and 134 strikeouts in 310 at-bats in his first 95 games in 2014.

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Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Yost trusts players to take care of themselves off the field

With news of Sale's accident, Royals skipper not worried about own team

Yost trusts players to take care of themselves off the field

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- News that White Sox left-hander Chris Sale -- likely the Opening Day starter against the Royals on April 6 if healthy -- suffered an avulsion fracture on the lateral side of his right foot naturally was of interest to Royals manager Ned Yost.

Sale is expected to be out at least three weeks and is questionable for the opener.

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Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jflanagankc. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Tracy Ringolsby

MLB without a Japanese rookie in 2015

For the first time since Nomo's debut in '95, there are no newcomers from Japan

MLB without a Japanese rookie in 2015

TEMPE, Ariz. -- First, the Hiroshima Carp decided not to post right-handed pitcher Kenta Maeda, delaying for at least one year Maeda's chance to sign with a Major League team. Then, shortstop Takashi Toritani, who drew interest from the Mets, Blue Jays and Padres, decided to re-sign with the Hanshin Tigers.

Now, Major League Baseball has opened Spring Training without a newcomer from Japan. For the first time since Hideo Nomo debuted with the Dodgers in 1995, there will be no Japanese rookies in the big leagues.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Williams says lefty Hill will compete for bullpen spot

Williams says lefty Hill will compete for bullpen spot

VIERA, Fla. -- Nationals manager Matt Williams said the team signed left-hander Rich Hill because of the experience Hill's 10 years in the Majors could potentially add.

"Veteran, been there, got big league experience," Williams said. "We'll get him in camp, get a good look at him, and let him compete."

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Jamal Collier is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Zito set to debut Thursday

Back with original team, lefty hasn't pitched in a game since 2013

Zito set to debut Thursday

MESA, Ariz. -- Barry Zito will be back in game action for the first time since 2013 on Thursday, when the A's lefty is scheduled to make his first Cactus League start in a road meeting with the Cubs.

The A's have another southpaw, Brad Mills, on tap for their Tuesday opener against the Giants at Hohokam Stadium. On Wednesday, it's the Giants' turn to host the A's in Scottsdale, Ariz., in another early spring match between the Bay rivals, with right-hander Jesse Chavez on the mound for Oakland.

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Jane Lee is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tejada brushes off Reyes' criticism

Tejada brushes off Reyes' criticism

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Ruben Tejada brushed aside criticism on Saturday from former teammate and mentor Jose Reyes, who told Newsday he was surprised Tejada has not done more to seize the Mets' shortstop job.

"I don't really pay attention to rumors," Tejada said. "If I tried to pay attention to everybody, it would make me crazy. So I take the good things about everybody and try to do my best here, and come here every day to work hard."

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Smith brings quiet approach to first Mariners camp

Veteran outfielder looks forward to getting to know new teammates

Smith brings quiet approach to first Mariners camp

PEORIA, Ariz. -- While much of the early focus of Mariners camp has centered around the arrival of new cleanup hitter Nelson Cruz and late addition of veteran Rickie Weeks, Seth Smith has quietly gone about his business of getting ready for his ninth Major League season in relative anonymity.

But Smith, 32, figures as one of Seattle's significant offensive upgrades as a potential No. 2 hitter in the lineup and a proven and productive left-handed bat.

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.