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Verlander (shoulder) felt good during a bullpen session Tuesday but is not yet ready to face hitters, Chandler Rome of The Athletic reports.
Verlander was already working with a tight window to be ready for Opening Day, and that he's not yet able to face hitters as hoped shrinks that opening. While he is still not ruling Verlander out for the opener, Astros manager Joe Espada admitted Wednesday that "obviously we're kind of running out of days here." The veteran right-hander has been throwing without issue in camp after his shoulder didn't bounce back well during his offseason work, but he simply just needs more time.
Biggio (shoulder) has been hitting off a pitching machine regularly, Keegan Matheson of MLB.com reports.
It's not clear when Biggio might be cleared for Grapefruit League action, but the Blue Jays don't seem overly worried about his status at the moment. He's working his way back from tendinitis in his left shoulder.
Urias (shoulder) could require a stint on the injured list to begin the season, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.
Urias is currently limited to light tossing from about 70 feet as he works his way back from right shoulder inflammation, suggesting that he's probably not close to being cleared to play third base in a game. Divish also writes that Urias showed up to camp "in less-than-stellar shape" following a poor showing in the Mexican Pacific Winter League. The plan has been to platoon Urias and Josh Rojas at third base, but if Urias isn't ready, Dylan Moore and/or Sam Haggerty could be used some at the hot corner. Seattle also recently signed Brian Anderson as a non-roster invitee, a move which may or may not have been directly related to Urias' situation.
Faucher (biceps) is scheduled to make a relief appearance in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros, Christina De Nicola of MLB.com reports.
Faucher, whom the Marlins acquired from Tampa Bay in November, closed the 2023 season on the 60-day injured list after developing right biceps tendinitis in mid-August. He hasn't faced any apparent limitations in spring training, however, as he'll be making his second Grapefruit League appearance Wednesday after he gave up three runs (two earned) on four hits and a walk while retiring two batters in Sunday's 6-3 loss to the Nationals. Faucher projects to fill a middle-relief role out of the Miami bullpen.
White (shoulder) will serve as Atlanta's designated hitter and No. 5 batter in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Phillies.
White's 2023 season came to an end in July after he suffered a torn labrum in his left shoulder, but the 29-year-old looks to be at full health for spring training. After re-signing with Atlanta on a minor-league deal this offseason, White is attending camp as a non-roster invitee and has already appeared in two Grapefruit League games, going 1-for-3 with a double, two walks and a stolen base. He'll be vying for a reserve outfielder role on Atlanta's Opening Day roster.
Brash (elbow) could be sidelined for a significant period of time, perhaps for the entire season, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports.
Brash and the Mariners haven't revealed where exactly the reliever is hurting, but Divish notes that the righty was looking down at his elbow while discussing the injury. Divish also hears from sources that the injury could potentially be long-term and, at the very least, is sure to result in an injured list stint to begin the season. Brash struck out 107 batters over 70.2 innings last season and his loss would be a devastating blow to Seattle's bullpen.
Walter struck out two over two hitless and scoreless innings in Tuesday's spring game against St. Louis.
Walter was impressive in his Grapefruit League debut, getting all six batters out with one ball leaving the infield. He followed starter Kutter Crawford, pitching the third and fourth innings. The left-hander had a rough introduction to the majors in 2023, charged with 16 earned runs on 32 hits and seven walks over 23 innings. That experience shaped his offseason preparations, per Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe. "I was able to reflect on it and see why I wasn't successful," Walter said. "I'm so used to being successful in the minor leagues. Making adjustments on the fly is something I need to improve on. I focused on attacking with all my pitches and throwing strikes. I was too consumed with velocity instead of doing what I do best." The 27-year-old Walter is expected to be part of the rotation at Triple-A Worcester to open the 2024 season.
Crawford allowed one run on three hits and struck out one over two innings in Tuesday's spring start against the Cardinals.
Crawford made his Grapefruit League debut ahead of what is expected to be a role in Boston's starting rotation. Tuesday's effort was a good first step toward becoming a rotation staple, but the right-hander needs to work on extending himself deeper into games. He averaged 77.4 pitches over his 23 starts in 2023, and manager Alex Cora told Peter Abraham of The Boston Globe that Crawford's stuff will play, but he has to maintain it for 100 pitches. The pitcher acknowledged the need to face opponents a third time and pitch into the sixth and seventh innings.
Phillips walked one and struck out two over two hitless and scoreless innings in Tuesday's spring game against the Cubs.
Phillips turned in a strong performance in his spring debut, following an equally impressive outing from starter Frankie Montas. Due to injuries in the Reds' rotation last season, the 22-year-old right-hander was forced to make his MLB debut earlier than expected. Cincinnati has a number of starter candidates in camp and may not be so reliant on its prospects in 2024. Phillips is expected to be part of the rotation at Triple-A Louisville.
Norby (side) expects to begin playing in games this weekend, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports.
After taking some cuts recently, Norby is now on the verge of making his Grapefruit League debut. The 23-year-old is a well-regarded prospect, though he's not seen as a realistic candidate to break camp with the big-league team. He hit .290/.359/.483 with 21 homers and 10 steals in 138 games with Triple-A Norfolk last season.