Grapefruit League and Cactus League play officially opened on Wednesday in Florida and Arizona, respectively, meaning baseball is officially back. We'll have to wait a few weeks for meaningful games but spring training games are fun in their own little way.
Wednesday's on-field action was highlighted by Josh Reddick's ridiculous catch and Jose Bautista's monster home run. Click the scoreboard link above for all the day's box scores. Here's a recap of the rest of Wednesday's baseball news.
RHP Carl Pavano: Announced his retirement at age 38. He did not pitch at all last season after suffering a ruptured spleen in a freak accident.
White Sox: Designated IF Jake Elmore for assignment, the club announced. The move clears a 40-man roster spot for Cleto.
RUMORS & SPECULATION
RHP Juan Rincon: Will soon work out for teams. He has not pitched in MLB since 2010. (Jon Heyman)
White Sox: GM Rick Hahn said the team continues to explore trade possibilities. He feels they have some middle infield depth to spare. (CSN Chicago)
Astros: RHP Asher Wojciechowski will receive a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right lat muscle. It's unclear how long he will be out (Houston Chronicle) ... LHP Raul Valdes threw a bullpen session for the first time since having offseason knee surgery. (Houston Chronicle)
Mariners: RHP Taijuan Walker played long toss. He had some shoulder soreness earlier in camp and is behind schedule (MLB.com) ... RHP Brandon Maurer was slated to throw on flat ground on Wednesday after missing some time with a back problem. (MLB.com)
Marlins: Manager Mike Redmond plans to ease IF Rafael Furcal back into game action. He missed all of last season due to Tommy John surgery (Miami Herald) ... RHP Henderson Alvarez has a right shin infection and will miss a few days. (Miami Sun Sentinel)
Mets: LHP Jonathon Niese is heading to New York for an MRI on his pitching shoulder ... OF Eric Young Jr. (side) and RHP Bartolo Colon (calf) are both day-to-day with tightness (Newark Star-Ledger) ... Prospect OF Matt den Dekker has a stomach issue and will miss a few days. (ESPN New York)
Orioles: 3B Manny Machado is tentatively scheduled to have a follow up exam with Dr. Neal ElAttrache on March 18. He had knee surgery over the winter (MLB.com) ... OF Quintin Berry will remain out of action until Monday "at the latest" due to back spasms (MASN Sports) ... IF Alexi Casilla still has soreness in his hamstring and will miss a few more days. (Baltimore Sun)
Pirates: 1B Travis Ishikawa will rest a few days due to right leg tightness. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
Royals: Top prospect RHP Kyle Zimmer started his throwing program on Wednesday by playing catch at 45 feet. He was shut down last August with shoulder soreness and has been brought along slowly in camp. (Kansas City Star)
Yankees: OF Alfonso Soriano is scheduled to make his spring training debut on Sunday. He's been out with the flu (MLB.com) ... 1B Mark Teixeira is on track to make his spring debut late next week after having season-ending wrist surgery last year (Newark Star-Ledger) ... IF Eduardo Nunez was scratched from Wednesday's lineup due to an illness. (MLB.com)