CHICAGO (AP) — When Minnie Minoso broke into major league baseball, the ”Cuban Comet” was part of a wave of black players who changed the game forever. By the time he played in his final game 35 years ago, he was a beloved figure with the Chicago White Sox.

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Kris Bryant and Addison Russell are poised to become the latest Chicago Cubs prospects to break through to the big leagues. A year after rookies Jorge Soler and Javier Baez showed some pop in the majors, Bryant and Russell are hoping to boost Chicago’s infield. The 23-year-old Bryant is rated among the top newcomers in baseball, having led all minor leaguers with a combined 43 home runs last season at Triple-A and Double-A. There’s already talk the third baseman could be starting at Wrigley Field this year. Anything can happen,” Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said.

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Reaction to the death of former Chicago White Sox outfielder Minnie Minoso: — ”For South Siders and Sox fans all across the country, including me, Minnie Minoso is and will always be ‘Mr. White Sox.’ ”The first black Major Leaguer in Chicago, Minnie came to the United States from Cuba even though he could have made more money elsewhere. He came up through the Negro Leagues, and didn’t speak much English at first.

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A.J. Pierzynski has been called a lot of things during his lengthy major league career, and not many of them are very nice. Pierzynski realizes that he is known for being an irritant, a pest, and quite a handful for any team wearing a different colored uniform. New to the Braves, the catcher was laughing it up with the Atlanta players during a workout this weekend. When the Braves signed him over the offseason, it became his seventh major league stop.

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Taijuan Walker will get the first crack at impressing the Seattle Mariners in his bid to make the team’s starting rotation. The 22-year-old with ace potential will start the team’s Cactus League opener Wednesday against San Diego at the Peoria Sports Complex. ”I feel comfortable, confident, too,” said Walker, who’s vying for the Mariners’ fifth starter spot. ”I’m just going to go out there and pretty much give all I have.” Starting the first game of spring training is a big change from where Walker found himself a year ago when a shoulder injury sidelined him during the preseason.

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When veteran reliever Ronald Belisario inked a minor league deal with the Tampa Bay Rays this winter, he knew he’d have to earn his way on to the roster following a disappointing 2014 campaign with the Chicago White Sox. In 62 appearances, Belisario posted a 5.56 ERA while allowing a career worst 78 hits in 66.1 innings. The innings total was actually his fourth lowest in five full seasons, so that confirms it was a real struggle. Still, a real opportunity awaited Belisario when he arrived to Port Charlotte, Fla, for Rays camp, but unfortunately he didn’t make it there in one piece. According to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Belisario suffered a fractured left shoulder in a freak accident while climbing out of his swimming pool, and that all but guarantees he’ll be on the outside looking in on opening day. #Rays say RH Belisario has a fractured left shoulder, won’t do anything on field for 2 weeks. Happened in accident before reported to camp — Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) February 28, 2015 #Rays say Belisario was injured getting out of a swimming pool several weeks ago. Won’t be ready to start season. — Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) February 28, 2015 According to Belisario, he actually suffered the fall about a month ago but never had his shoulder looked at by doctors. The injury was diagnosed upon his arrival to camp, and it’s reported he’ll be sidelined from baseball activities for the next two weeks as a result. For a guy in his position, that might as well be two years, because his time frame to make an impression was already limited as is. [ Baseball is back! Check out Yahoo For Spring Training for great spring training pics. ] It’s unknown what the timetable might have been had Belisario had the injury checked out initially. One could safely assume he’d be much closer to returning though, so the decision to not get checked might be even more costly than the injury itself. As Mike Axisa of Eye on Baseball notes, this continues a troubling trend for Belisario, which has seen him miss the beginning of spring training five times since 2009. His issues have included two separate late arrivals due to visa problems and two suspensions for drug abuse. If there’s a silver lining to this year’s predicament, it’s that those issues seem to be behind him. Another silver lining is that the injury occurred to his non-throwing shoulder. That means he’ll be able to resume throwing without restrictions as soon as he gets the all clear, but he’ll be so far behind that a stint in the minor leagues would be required just to get him up to speed. It’s expected that he’ll remain with the Rays throughout that process and have an opportunity to earn his spot during the season. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] So not all is lost, but there are two important lessons here. 1. If something doesn’t feel right, go see a doctor. It can save you time, and it might save you from having to reveal that you were injured climbing out of a swimming pool. 2. Beware of swimming pools. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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The news isn’t ideal for the Chicago White Sox, but apparently they feared much worse when ace left-hander Chris Sale hobbled into their spring training complex on Saturday morning.  According to a team press release, Sale suffered an avulsion fracture of his right foot in an accident at his home in Arizona on Friday. Initial reports suggest the injury will keep him sidelined for three weeks, which all things considered is far from a worst case scenario, but will put him in a race against the clock to be ready for opening day.  Sale underwent x-rays this am & will undergo further tests once swelling subsides. His status for Opening Day will be better determined then — Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) February 28, 2015 General manager Rick Hahn indicated the injury occurred while Sale was unloading something off the back of his truck. Sale himself did not confirm or deny how it happened, but was apparently in good spirits while meeting the media.  Chris Sale joked he was fighting off an intruder. No other details. Doesn’t seem concerned about long term injury. #WhiteSox — Dan Hayes (@CSNHayes) February 28, 2015 [ Baseball is back! Check out Yahoo For Spring Training for great spring training pics. ] Sale: “it’s essentially a sprained ankle. I’ll be fine. They aren’t going to have to cut it off. It’s still here … — Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) February 28, 2015 Despite missing five weeks last season with a flexor muscle strain in his left elbow, Sale finished third in the AL Cy Young voting after posting a dominant 2.17 ERA and a league best 10.8 strikeouts per nine innings. That shows how valuable Sale is, and how badly the White Sox will need him on the field if they hope to turn their aggressive offseason into a successful regular season.   Among the key players added was right-hander Jeff Samardzija. It’s expected he’d draw the opening day assignment.  They also have Jose Quintana, who during his first three seasons has established himself as a top end starter. They can easily weather the storm with those two assuming Sale’s timetable doesn’t change, but if the injury were to linger then the White Sox could have some trouble filling out their rotation.  As it stands right now, they have Hector Noesi, John Danks, Scott Carroll, and Erik Johnson battling it out for two rotations spots. Noesi isn’t a bad option for a fourth or fifth starter, but it’s really not an inspiring group overall given the injury history of Danks and the lack of  experience of Carroll and Johnson. If they need to go three deep from that group for an extended period, it could put them in a difficult position.  [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Baseball: Sign up and join a league today! ] If it comes to that, the White Sox might be forced to consider Carlos Rodon, who was the third overall pick in the 2014 draft. Obviously, they’d prefer to give him more time to develop in the minor leagues, but most would agree that Rodon looked major league ready at the time of the draft. It’s expected he’ll force their hand this season anyway and likely debut before it’s over.  Of course, the hope from everybody is that Sale will be ready to go, if not by opening day, then by the time Chicago needs a fifth starter on April 12. Until we hear different, that will be the assumption as well. But this is one of those eye-opening situations that develops every spring and reminds us of how quickly a player’s season and a team’s outlook can change.   More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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Veteran outfielder Juan Pierre has officially announced his retirement after 14 seasons in Major League Baseball, confirming a report from Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald. Thanks for all the tweets keep them coming it’s true today I’m officially retiring today.Blessed and grateful to have played the game I love — Juan Pierre (@JPBeastMode) February 27, 2015 The announcement comes as a mere formality, rather than a major surprise. The writing was on the wall for Pierre following a difficult year in 2013, which saw him hit just .247/.284/.305 across the board in 330 plate appearances. In fact, he seemed to be resigned to his fate in baseball following that season, understanding there wasn’t much demand for aging outfielders with limited offensive upside. “They can come and take away my jersey right now, and I’ll be fine. I’ll be OK with it either way.” Without a major league offer in hand, Pierre ended up sitting out the entire 2014 season. He didn’t appear on anybody’s radar this past winter either, so at 37 he’s officially ending his journey after appearing in 1,994 MLB games and winning one World Series championship with the then Florida Marlins in 2003. [ Baseball is back! Check out Yahoo For Spring Training for great spring training pics. ] Though Cooperstown won’t be calling in five years, there’s still a lot to appreciate about Pierre’s career. In addition to his longevity, Pierre was remarkably durable and productive during the prime years of his career, which mostly came during his first stint in Miami (2003-2005). During that time, Pierre never missed a game and established single-season franchise records for hits (221), singles (184), triples (13), and at-bats (678).

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The Boston Red Sox are all in on Cuba, with their pursuit of acclaimed prospect Yoan Moncada the latest example. Moncada’s representative, David Hastings, said Tuesday he is hopeful the contract with a $31.5 million signing bonus will be finalized by the end of the week. The cost for the Red Sox will double because of the tax for exceeding the international signing bonus pool, a provision in baseball’s collective bargaining agreement. ”With high-ceiling players, you have to take risks, especially on young players.” General manager Ben Cherington decline to confirm the agreement with Moncada, a switch-hitting, multi-skilled middle infielder who was heavily courted by multiple teams.

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MESA, Ariz. (AP) — In the last year, the Oakland Athletics traded away two of their top shortstop prospects, Addison Russell and Daniel Robertson.

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