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Extension offer dangled
Could exploit White Sox pitching
Donaldson, whose Twins will face the division-rival White Sox on 10 occasions due to the unique format of the 2020 schedule, could benefit from the matchup based on his long history of success against Chicago, Sarah Langs of MLB.com reports.
Appears primed for resurgence
Alvarado, whose 2019 season was derailed by a month-plus absence due to a personal matter, has entered summer camp with extremely high expectations for the coming season, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "I've been working every day, and right now I'm ready to go," he said. "I'm very happy, because everything is good. I'm very excited, because I'm feeling like 100-percent ready to go, ready to compete in the games."
Early camp returns impressive
Paxton appears to be fully recovered from early February back surgery if his Sunday live batting practice is any indication, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. "I thought he spun the ball really well for being the first time out," manager Aaron Boone said. "He looked fairly sharp. I think it was clearly a steppingstone for him, of getting back out there and getting in a little bit of competition against some hitters."
Option to start at first base
Riley could be an option to open the season at first base in light of Freddie Freeman's COVID-19 infection, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. "Austin has looked really good [at first base]," manager Brian Snitker said. "He'd be fine defensively there. There's no doubt in my mind."
Not present for unknown reasons
2020 status still in flux
Ready for heavy workload
Lorenzen, who logged a career-high 73 appearances last season, feels ready to take on as heavy a workload as necessary in the shortened 2020 season, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. "I would like to throw in every single game, to be honest," Lorenzen said. "We only have 60 of them going into the playoffs. I'm going to be lobbying to throw in every single game. I've told D.J. that, and he said he just might. We've got 60 games. I'm prepped for it."
Returns to Yankee Stadium
Considering opting out
Posey said Saturday that he is contemplating sitting out the 2020 season due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic reports. "Yeah. Definitely. I think there's still some reservation on my end as well," Posey said. "I want to see how things progress over the next couple weeks. It would be...naive or silly not to gauge what's going on around you."
Impressing in summer camp
Cespedes, who is a candidate to handle DH duties for the Mets in 2020, has made a strong early impression in the team's summer camp, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. "He looks like a monster," teammate Michael Conforto said Saturday, a day after working out alongside Cespedes at Citi Field. "He looks like he's motivated. He looks like he's in shape. The guy is definitely hungry. He misses the game."
In contention for No. 5 role?
Decision should have domino effect
Hernandez's decision to sit out the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns, which his agent Wilfredo Polidor announced via his Twitter account Saturday night, opens the door for either Sean Newcomb or Kyle Wright to enter the starting rotation, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
Chances of rotation spot increase
Positive developments after scare
Symptomatic after positive test
No plan to retire after 2020
Cruz told Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune on Tuesday that he doesn't expect to retire after the 2020 season. "I don't see it [soon]. A lot of people who retire from baseball do it because injuries start to come. They kill you during the game, and you don't want to be in pain," Cruz said. "You start to not perform the way you used to, and the game takes you out. But my body is in good shape, and I'm doing everything I can to keep it that way. Why would I retire?"
Plans to play in 2020
Chance of '20 debut stronger?
Possibility of '20 debut remains
Health status to be evaluated
Will be monitored closely
Pirates career in jeopardy?
Natural DH candidate?
Potential path to playing time