Giants' Will Smith exits game, set for MRI after again feeling pain in elbow

Giants' Will Smith exits game, set for MRI after again feeling pain in elbow

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- With just eight days until they break camp, the Giants suffered a potentially big blow to their bullpen.

Will Smith was pulled in the eighth inning of Monday's game at Camelback Ranch after feeling some pain in his left elbow. Smith was making his second appearance of the spring. He had previously missed about a month with left elbow irritation. 

"It's the same feeling as last time," Smith said. "We're just (being cautious) and I'll get it checked out. Hopefully it's nothing. Hopefully I just need more rest and treatment. We'll find out ... Obviously I'm trying not to panic, but you want to feel as good as you do all the time. I wouldn't say I'm panicking by any means, but you'd like to feel good."

Given the date, it seems a lock that Smith will open the season on the disabled list. He was scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday evening to determine the severity of the irritation, but regardless, the Giants will shut him down for a period and then slowly build his arm back up. Smith went through a similar process at the start of camp, keeping him out of games until March 17.

"It's not good at this time (of spring)," manager Bruce Bochy said. "(You're hoping) for the best news you can get. That's what you're hoping for."

Smith was supposed to be the main left-hander in the late innings. If he misses significant time, the Giants will turn to Josh Osich and Steven Okert, who has not given up a run this spring. Ty Blach is also an option for the bullpen, and the Giants could use newcomers Michael Roth and Kraig Sitton, as well.


Dodgers lose Justin Turner to broken wrist after getting hit by pitch vs A's


Dodgers lose Justin Turner to broken wrist after getting hit by pitch vs A's

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Los Angeles third baseman Justin Turner's broken left wrist is expected to heal without surgery, according to Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts.

Turner was hurt Monday when hit by a pitch from Oakland's Kendall Graveman.

Turner arrived at the Dodgers spring training facility with a cast over his wrist Tuesday morning and was scheduled to see a hand specialist for an estimate of the time he could miss.

"We know that it's not a surgery thing, it's just essentially time," Roberts said. "That's the initial thought. That could change but that's what I've heard."

Turner hit .322 with 21 homers and 71 RBIs last year and was a first-time All-Star. He had 14 RBIs against the Chicago Cubs in the NL Championship Series and was voted MVP.

The Dodgers appear poised to move Logan Forsythe from second base to third in Turner's absence and have Enrique Hernandez and Chase Utley share time at second.

"It obviously makes a lot of sense to have Logan over there a lot more at third, and to kind of put together some guys at second base, and leave Chris (Taylor) in center field," Roberts said.

Backup catcher Austin Barnes also could see time at second base.

Giants' outfield picture becoming clearer after latest round of roster cuts


Giants' outfield picture becoming clearer after latest round of roster cuts

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants moved closer to setting their opening day roster on Monday when they made a significant round of cuts to their spring training roster. 

A total of 15 players were reassigned or optioned, bringing the total to 31 players remaining in camp. Many of the players cut Monday entered the spring competing for jobs. 

In the outfield, Mac Williamson and Austin Slater were optioned to Triple-A and Chris Shaw was reassigned to minor league camp. Williamson had a huge spring and was the likeliest of the trio to push for an opening day spot, but he'll start his year in the minors. Steven Duggar was not among the cuts, and he remains an option to make the team, with the Giants also looking at Gregor Blanco, Gorkys Hernandez and Jarrett Parker for backup spots. Hernandez and Parker are out of minor league options. 

Tyler Beede was optioned and Andrew Suarez was reassigned to minor league camp, leaving three players vying for the final two rotation spots. Ty Blach and Chris Stratton have been the favorites all along, although both struggled the last time out and Derek Holland has had a strong spring. 

Both backup catchers -- Trevor Brown and Hector Sanchez -- were reassigned, along with Orlando Calixte, who saw time in the big leagues last year. Joan Gregorio, Jose Valdez, Justin O'Conner and Kyle Jensen were also reassigned. Chase d'Arnaud, who appeared to be making a strong push, was on the list, too, leaving Josh Rutledge as the only competition for Kelby Tomlinson for the final infield spot. 

Finally, Derek Law and Roberto Gomez were optioned to Triple-A. Josh Osich remains and appears the frontrunner for a bullpen job. Julian Fernandez, the Rule 5 pick, also remains in camp. 

The Giants break camp on Friday.