The highlight of Friday's baseball action did not happen on the field. No, it's our 2014 Opening Day Advent Calendar. Make sure you check it out if you missed it earlier. You won't regret it. Here is everything else that happened in the baseball world on Friday.
RUMORS & SPECULATION
Cardinals: LHP Jaime Garcia (shoulder) is still 10-15 days away from throwing (MLB.com) ... Top prospect OF Oscar Taveras (ankle) is not yet ready to play in games after having ankle surgery last August. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
Dodgers: RHP Zack Greinke (calf) did not throw his scheduled bullpen and will miss his next start (Los Angeles Times) ... OF Carl Crawford (quad) expects to return to the lineup on Saturday (Los Angeles Times) ... RHP Josh Beckett will make his spring debut on Sunday after missing most of last season due to surgery to correct thoracic outlet syndrome (Los Angeles Times) ... LHP Scott Elbert (appendectomy, elbow) threw off a mound for the first time on Friday (MLB.com) ... RHP Ross Stripling will have an MRI after feeling pain his elbow during Thursday's outing. (Los Angeles Times)
Rockies: RHP Jhoulys Chacin (shoulder) will resume throwing in the coming days (Denver Post) ... Prospect RHP Jayson Aquino does not have a concussion after being hit in the head by a line drive on Thursday. (Denver Post)
Twins: 3B Miguel Sano (elbow) was sent for tests after feeling some soreness in Thursday's intrasquad game ... SS Pedro Florimon may start the season on the DL after a recent appendectomy. (Pioneer Press)