New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom felt tightness in his right shoulder while throwing long toss and might not be able to make his scheduled spring start Friday, according to manager Buck Showalter.
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The Kansas City Royals exercised their club option on Mike Matheny for the 2023 season on Thursday, eliminating any uncertainty over whether their manager will remain with the club after the coming season.
Matheny is entering his third season with the Royals, which includes the COVID-19-shortened 2020 season and his first 162-game run as the manager last season. He is 100-122 with Kansas City and 691-596 overall, which includes seven seasons as the manager of the St. Louis Cardinals.
Robinson Cano is going to try out first base with the New York Mets as the regular season nears.
A second baseman throughout his career, Cano is scheduled to play first in spring training Thursday.
Cano, 39, has played 2,158 games at second base during his 16-year major league career. His only experience at first was 14 games with the Seattle Mariners in 2018.
The Toronto Blue Jays are "expected to sign" Dexter Fowler to a minor-league contract, according to a report.
Fowler, 36 tore his ACL in just his seventh game with the Los Angeles Angels in 2021. He was in the final year of his contract.
The Atlanta Braves have named Max Fried their starter on Opening Day against the Cincinnati Reds.
Fried was the starter in Atlanta's decisive Game 6 World Series win over the Houston Astros in October.
It will be the left-hander's second consecutive Opening Day start.
The Braves are expected to use a six-man rotation as they open the season by playing 14 consecutive days before their first off day.
Hunter Greene, the second overall pick from the 2017 amateur draft, will break camp with the Cincinnati Reds.
Greene will enter the season as the Reds' No. 2 starter behind Tyler Mahle.
David Bell informed Greene that he'd made the team Tuesday, and Cincinnati announced it Wednesday. He reached 104 mph with his fastball at Triple-A last season.
"I'm still at a loss for words. I knew yesterday, but I had to keep it on the down low. I told my family," Greene said. "A lot of work went into this. There were so many obstacles, so many ups and downs, but it is not going to be the last time I face adversity. I've learned a lot of life lessons. I had to grow up pretty quick for some things."
Baseball will be moving in second base, slightly closer to home plate, during the second half of the minor league baseball season.
Second base will be about 13.5 inches closer to first and third during the experiment.
The move of the base would be to line second base up inside the 90-degree turn like the other bases.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have sent Oneil Cruz to Triple-A Indianapolis to begin the season.
ESPN's Kiley McDaniel ranks Cruz as the No. 13 prospect in baseball.
"It was a development decision," Derek Shelton said. "There's still room for development and still things that we feel he can maximize on."
Cruz, 23, played 63 games at Double-A Altoona and six with Indianapolis before being called up to the majors at the end of last season.
Trevor Bauer has sued The Athletic and former reporter Molly Knight, accusing them of "creating and spreading the false narrative" that he had fractured a woman's skull during a sexual encounter.
The 26-page complaint alleges two counts of defamation.
A woman obtained a protection order against Bauer under California's Domestic Violence Prevention Act last June as the result of an alleged assault that left the woman with "severe physical and emotional pain," per the woman's attorney.
The Athletic reported last June 30 that "there were signs of a basilar skull fracture," citing a declaration by the woman.
The Chicago White Sox have acquired Adam Haseley in a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies.
The White Sox sent pitcher McKinley Moore to the Phillies in the deal.
Haseley was the eighth overall pick in the 2017 amateur draft.