The Tigers do not have another everyday shortstop and could turn to free agent Stephen Drew, who hit .253 with 13 homers and 67 RBIs in 124 games with Boston last season. Drew declined a $14.1 million qualifying offer from the Red Sox.
Setback for Machado
Third baseman Manny Machado, who is rehabbing from left knee surgery in October, has not run in five days due to discomfort caused by the breaking up of scar tissue - a setback that makes an already optimistic return by opening day seem even more tenuous.
"Certainly, it looks [like opening day is out]. I'm not there yet," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. He called the delay in running a precautionary measure.
Chicago White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham will miss at least a week with an injured left oblique. Beckham said he felt the injury while taking swings in the batting cage on Friday. He said the team considers it a "mild tweak" but will give the 27-year-old Atlanta native seven days off.
Crawford a no-go
Starting leftfielder Carl Crawford and starting pitcher Dan Haren are not expected to travel to Australia for the Dodgers' season-opening series March 22 and 23 against Arizona, manager Don Mattingly said.
Crawford's fiance, Evelyn Lozado is expecting a child.
The Dodgers thought about taking Haren, their No. 4 starter, to Australia in case Clayton Kershaw and/or Hyun-Jin Ryu couldn't pitch.
Red Sox arrest
Boston minor-league catcher Jon Denney was charged with driving with a suspended license. A report issued by the Lee County Sheriff's Office said Denney, who was arrested Thursday at 4:06 a.m., "became belligerent" and began to curse at officers. Denney, 19, faces a March 31 trial date. General manager Ben Cherington said the team is putting together a program for Denney to deal with his issues, and he probably won't be on the field for some time.
- Inquirer wire services