LEADING OFF: Sandoval ailing, Tulo healing, Stanton homering


By The Associated Press



Toronto Blue Jays' Troy Tulowitzki, center, reacts after getting hit on the hand by a pitch from New York Mets' Bartolo Colon during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game Wednesday, March 23, 2016, in Dunedin, Fla. Tulowitzki left the game. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)


Toronto Blue Jays' Troy Tulowitzki gets hit on the hand with a pitch from New York Mets' Bartolo Colon during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game, Wednesday, March 23, 2016, in Dunedin, Fla. Tulowitzki left the game. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)


A look at what’s happening all around spring training in Florida and Arizona today:

___

AILING

The Boston Red Sox will see whether third baseman Pablo Sandoval can play against Pittsburgh. He sat out Thursday because of lower back stiffness and is considered day to day. He was hurt Tuesday diving for a ball.

IN THE SWING

Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton has homered two straight days going into a night game vs. Washington. A day after hitting his first home run of the spring, he launched a monster shot Thursday that bounced off the roof and over the clubhouse in left field.

BACK TO WORK

Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki plans to hit in the batting cage while his right hand heals. Hit by a pitch Wednesday, he didn’t play Thursday. He said he thought he could return to the lineup before the end of the week.

AUDITIONING ASTRO

Dan Straily will start for Houston against Atlanta instead of Collin McHugh. Astros manager A.J. Hinch said he wanted to see Straily, who is out of options, pitch once more.

TRICKY

Matt Davidson will be ready the next time he sees Angels lefty Tyler Skaggs. Out of the majors since having Tommy John surgery in 2014, Skaggs made his Cactus League debut Thursday vs. the White Sox and faced Davidson, a friend from their days in the Arizona organization. Skaggs threw three fastballs past Davidson — after texting him that his curveball was “feeling good” and his changeup was fine.

Toronto Blue Jays’ Troy Tulowitzki, center, reacts after getting hit on the hand by a pitch from New York Mets’ Bartolo Colon during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game Wednesday, March 23, 2016, in Dunedin, Fla. Tulowitzki left the game. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_109425683-4fc385f0ccad4da6bcd348969bde63e7.jpgToronto Blue Jays’ Troy Tulowitzki, center, reacts after getting hit on the hand by a pitch from New York Mets’ Bartolo Colon during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game Wednesday, March 23, 2016, in Dunedin, Fla. Tulowitzki left the game. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Toronto Blue Jays’ Troy Tulowitzki gets hit on the hand with a pitch from New York Mets’ Bartolo Colon during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game, Wednesday, March 23, 2016, in Dunedin, Fla. Tulowitzki left the game. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_109425683-8e3e203a00da47a5b0f8c3b06c814569.jpgToronto Blue Jays’ Troy Tulowitzki gets hit on the hand with a pitch from New York Mets’ Bartolo Colon during the fourth inning of a spring training baseball game, Wednesday, March 23, 2016, in Dunedin, Fla. Tulowitzki left the game. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

By The Associated Press

comments powered by Disqus