Reds manager Bryan Price said Tuesday that it's "undecided" whether Jonathan Broxton (forearm) will be ready for Opening Day.
Broxton faced hitters Tuesday, which is the first time he's done so since last August's surgery to repair a torn flexor mass tendon. "Arm-wise I feel great," Broxton said. "Command-wise I struggled today but that was the first time I faced batters since before the surgery. All of that will come around." Broxton will throw a bullpen session Thursday and possibly another live batting practice session before being cleared for game action. "We are all excited to see him back out. It's one step closer to getting him in games and get ready to help us," Price said. "We just don't know if he will be ready for Opening Day. That's undecided but certainly there's a chance he will be."
Coco Crisp doubled twice in four at-bats as the Athletics fell to the Padres 6-5 on Tuesday.
Crisp was hitting .077 entering the day. He had a career year in 2013, hitting 22 home runs and stealing 21 bases. While he should continue stealing bases, it's tough to see him hitting 15-plus home runs again, considering his home park and the fact that he is 34 years old.
MLB.com's Todd Zolecki reports that Jeff Manship and David Buchanan "appear to be the top two internal candidates" to serve as the Phillies' No. 5 starter while Cole Hamels (shoulder) is on the disabled list.
Buchanan continued his surprising spring Tuesday, tossing three scoreless innings to lower his Grapefruit League ERA to 1.50 ERA through six frames. Manship has also been impressive, boasting a 1.29 mark over seven innings. "Long season as far as pitching goes," manager Ryne Sandberg said of Buchanan. "So he's doing a nice job for himself. He's one of the lone bright spots today." Hamels is looking likely to miss all of April, so whoever fills in could make a handful of starts. Neither Manship nor Buchanan are appealing for fantasy purposes.