Erik Bedard has a spot in the Astros’ rotation

Erik Bedard has a spot in the Astros’ rotation

Lots of veterans on minor-league contracts are getting released now that we’re near the end of spring training, but Erik Bedard was informed today he’s got a spot in the Astros’ rotation. Bedard, who stayed in shape this winter by playing catch with his brother in a heated garage, signed a minor-league deal with Houston…

Capitals Pulse: Caps look to even series in Game 4

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Capitals Pulse: Caps look to even series in Game 4

The Capitals will look to even the series against the Penguins in Game 4 in Pittsburgh. Join the conversation HERE on Capitals Pulse and tune in to CSN following the game for postgame coverage.

Revere expected to return to Nationals for series vs. Cubs

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Revere expected to return to Nationals for series vs. Cubs

By DAVE SKRETTA

TRAINER'S ROOM:

OF Ben Revere (right oblique strain) will join the Nationals in Chicago on Thursday and be evaluated before being activated. He played nine innings in centerfield for Triple-A Syracuse in his fifth rehab game on Tuesday.

While Hardy's out, Machado won't move around

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While Hardy's out, Machado won't move around

BALTIMORE – While J.J. Hardy is out, expect Manny Machado to play one position, either shortstop or third base, but not both. 

“I don’t want to go back and forth with Manny. I want him to concentrate on shortstop until J.J. gets back potentially. That’s one way to look at it,” Showalter said. 

“Or you play third and don’t think about shortstop anymore. I think that’s the conclusion we came to talking to him is that I don’t want to start going back and forth even though he’s played a lot of shortstop in the shift and played a lot in his career. It’s a different preparation. You need to have respect for the player’s preparation to play a position on a given night.” 

Showalter knows that Machado or Chris Davis would willingly switch positions, and they have, but he doesn’t want to weaken one spot to strengthen another. 

“No one asks a player’s opinion, what his thoughts are in a perfect world if you’re not going to be swayed by what they think,” Showalter said. 

For now, Showalter is fine with who he has in the infield, but that’s as long as there’s not an injury. 

“We’re one tweak of something away from having to make a move. We can get through that game,” Showalter said. “You can rectify it overnight.” 

NOTES: Norfolk INF Trey Mancini was named the Orioles’ Minor League Player of the Month for April. Delmarva LHP Garrett Cleavinger is the Pitcher of the Month.