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See Less Guardians' Cody Morris: Dealing with lat discomfort Feb 18, 2023 Morris will be brought along slowly this spring due to lat discomfort, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports. Moving slowly is certainly preferable to being shut down, but it's not an ideal start to camp for the 26-year-old righty. After posting a 2. 28 ERA (albeit with a much less promising 4. 33 FIP) in seven outings as a rookie last season, Morris appeared to have the chance to at least contend for a rotation spot in camp.
The odds of that happening could quickly evaporate if the lat issue is significant enough to prevent him from getting stretched out before Opening Day, but he'll still have a good chance of pushing for starts down the road as long as the injury isn't too serious.... See Less Guardians' Jose Ramirez: Feeling great Ramirez feels great following offseason thumb surgery, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports. Ramirez recorded a respectable. 766 OPS after injuring his thumb in mid-June, but his 1. 039 OPS prior to the injury demonstrates what he's capable of. It will be good to see the four-time All-Star back up his words with some strong spring performances, but it looks as though there's every reason to believe he'll be fully healthy heading into the year.... See Less Guardians' Mike Zunino: Could be ready for spring opener Zunino (shoulder) could be ready for the Cactus League opener Feb. 25 against the Reds, Mandy Bell of MLB.
He struggled at that level again (85 wRC+) in 2022 and missed time with a hamstring injury. If Lavasitda looks too overmatched this spring, non-roster invitees Cam Gallagher and Zack Collins could figure into the mix.... See Less Guardians' Bo Naylor: Unlikely to break camp in majors The Guardians would prefer for Naylor to open the year at Triple-A Columbus, where he could play consistently and get more reps under his belt before getting promoted to the majors for good sometime this summer, Mandy Bell of MLB. "He's 22 years old, " manager Terry Francona said. "We told him it's not always on your timetable... but if you knock the door down, that sort of makes the timetable.
564 OPS, zero home runs and 21 stolen bases while winning his first Gold Glove.... See Less Guardians' Gabriel Arias: Could see time in outfield Feb 20, 2023 Arias will get some playing time in the outfield during spring training, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports. Arias is a natural shortstop, but Amed Rosario is likely to start there barring injury or an extended slump. Arias saw some time around the infield last season, and adding at least one corner outfield position could give him another path to playing time if the Guardians run into injury trouble. He hit just. 191 and struck out 28. 1 percent of the time over 57 plate appearances in the majors last season, so it's still possible he begins the year with Triple-A Columbus.... See Less Guardians' Tyler Freeman: Will get outfield look Freeman will play some outfield during spring training to gain positional versatility, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
Though he's regarded as one of the Guardians' top pitching prospects, the fact that Espino is dealing with more shoulder trouble after missing considerable time due to a related issue in 2022 is a discouraging sign for his long-term durability. Whenever he's back to full strength, Espino will likely settle into a spot in the rotation at Double-A Akron....
Zunino underwent thoracic outlet surgery in July while a member of the Rays, and missed the second half of the 2022 campaign. He agreed to a one-year, $6 million contract with the Guardians in December, and early reports indicate that the backstop will have no restrictions in Arizona during Cactus League play. Zunino offers more real-life value than fantasy value because of his elite defense, but there is a chance his impressive raw power could give him relevance in certain formats.... See Less Guardians' Josh Naylor: No WBC to protect ankle Feb 10, 2023 Naylor has chosen not to play for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic so as to not risk aggravating his surgically repaired right ankle, Ryan Lewis of the Akron Beacon Journal reports. Naylor had surgery on the ankle back in 2021 and aggravated it during that postseason.