All you need to know: MLB rumors, news roundup for March 5
The retirement of one of the most fascinating players in recent baseball history headlines Wednesday's recap. There are also updates on two highly touted young Orioles who are returning from surgery.
Another day of spring training in the books means we're another day closer to the start of the regular season and meaningful baseball. Hooray for that. Here's a recap of Wednesday's baseball news.
RHP Matt Harvey: Will earn $546,625 in 2014 as he rehabs from Tommy John surgery.
OF Rick Ankiel: Has retired from baseball according to a television report. His journey from stud southpaw to serviceable outfielder is one of the most fascinating baseball stories of the last 15 years.
RHP Brian Sanches: Announced his retirement. He had a 3.75 ERA in parts of seven big league seasons.
RUMORS & SPECULATION
Astros: OF Dexter Fowler was scratched from Wednesday's game with a stiff neck and is day-to-day (MLB.com) ... OF Adron Chambers (hamstring) participated in outfield and base-running drills. (Houston Chronicle)
Braves: LHP Mike Minor (sore shoulder) threw his first bullpen session ... LHP Jonny Venters (Tommy John surgery) threw off a mound for the first time ... RHP Gavin Floyd (Tommy John surgery) faced hitters in live batting practice for the first time ... RHP Luis Vasquez (lat) threw live batting practice. (MLB.com)
Cardinals: RHP Trevor Rosenthal (groin) threw live batting practice for the first time (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) ... OF Peter Bourjos will be held out of action for at least one more day with leg tightness ... Manager Mike Matheny confirmed there is no spring debut date for top prospect Oscar Taveras, who had ankle surgery last August. (MLB.com)
Dodgers: OF Matt Kemp (ankle surgery) ran sprints and did agility drills (Orange County Register) ... RHP Zack Greinke (calf) threw a bullpen session for the first time since getting hurt (MLB.com) ... RHP Ross Stripling had surgery to remove loose bodies from his elbow. Once the swelling goes down, he will have Tommy John surgery. (Los Angeles Times)
Orioles: 3B Manny Machado (knee surgery) moved side-to-side during fielding drills for the first time (Baltimore Sun) ... RHP Dylan Bundy (Tommy John surgery) is expected to start throwing off flat ground later this month (MASN Sports) ... IF Alexi Casilla (hamstring) hit on the field (MASN Sports) ... 2B Chris Marrero (oblique) started taking dry swings (MASN Sports) ... DH Henry Urrutia (shoulder) has been cleared to return to game action (MLB.com)
Reds: RHP Mat Latos (knee surgery) threw his first bullpen session of the spring and felt good (Cincinnati Enquirer) ... RHP Mike Leake (oblique) threw a bullpen session and should return to game action soon. (Cincinnati Enquirer)
White Sox: RHP Nate Jones (glute) threw an extended bullpen session and could soon appear in a game ... RHP Matt Lindstrom (oblique) will rest for a few days after suffering a slight setback. (CSN Chicago)
Orioles: RHP Suk-Min Yoon will fly to Canada on March 10 to finalize his work visa. (Baltimore Sun)
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