LEADING OFF: Wainwright ready for debut, Smyly gets on mound
A look at the highlights of what's happening all around spring training in Florida and Arizona today:
St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright, who was sidelined with an abdominal strain, is set to make his Grapefruit League debut Saturday against Atlanta in Jupiter, Florida.
Rays left-hander Drew Smyly (shoulder tendinitis) is expected to throw off a mound. He played catch from 100 feet on Thursday. Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said he wants Smyly to throw three or four times before being re-evaluated.
Pirates star center fielder Andrew McCutchen, out with lower-body discomfort, is not in Saturday's lineup. On Friday, he stayed back in Bradenton and took batting practice on the field for the first time since his issue was revealed.
PREPARING FOR OPENING DAY
David Price will make his first start since learning he will be the opening-day starter for the Detroit Tigers, ending Justin Verlander's run of seven straight. Price faces the Mets in Lakeland, Florida.
WAITING ON RYU
Dodgers lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu has not pitched for three days after receiving an inflammation-reducing injection in his left shoulder, and he will skip his next turn Sunday. Los Angeles will decide Saturday how to proceed, a decision that could jeopardize his readiness for opening day.