Pence (side) took 25 swings of live batting practice today and said he felt great after the session, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports.
Hitting was the last step of the rehab process left for Pence to complete, so this was a promising sign for his nearing return. His back injury was never considered serious, and the club was simply taking it extra precaution with their veteran outfielder after he was experiencing pain in his side. Assuming there are no setbacks, Pence should get into some spring games and be ready for Opening Day.
Ryan will miss an indefinite amount of time after taking a shot off his hand in Saturday's game against Toronto.
The veteran's production has declined dramatically this season, totaling just 24 points (12 goals, 12 assists) through 50 games. The Senators and fantasy owners will still feel his absence, however. Postmedia's Bruce Garrioch suggests Ryan could miss between three and six weeks, but more info on his injury and timeline should arise in the future.
He missed several games in 2016 with a sore right foot. At the very least, it's curious that manager Clint Hurdle said the team wouldn't release Cervelli's status until the middle of next week. Pittsburgh's backstop backups include Elias Diaz and Chris Stewart, with Diaz likely getting the nod if Cervelli is forced to miss an extended period of time.
Jones will be in the crease Sunday against the Bruins.
The goaltender hasn't looked sharp lately, allowing five or more goals twice in his last four games, notching an .837 save percentage in that span. The Bruins have a mediocre 2.67 goals per game on the season, so Jones has an opportunity to bounce back Sunday.
Pearce, who was previously presumed to be in line for a platoon role at first base, is the Jays' preferred every-day left fielder, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.
Pearce is slated to be ready for Opening Day after having elbow surgery in September, but whether he'll have the arm strength to play the outfield still remains uncertain. On Saturday, general manager Ross Atkins said Justin Smoak playing every day at first base with Pearce in left is the club's "best-case scenario," the first time in which Atkins has explicitly said such. The optimal situation would work out for Pearce from a fantasy standpoint, as he'd likely be in line for more at-bats without having to platoon with Smoak at first base.
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