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Joey Votto blamed his subpar 2019 on mechanics and process, trying to chase his 2017 results in part because he didn't get the desired results in 2018, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer (via a segment on MLB Network with Brian Kenny) reports.

Kyle Schwarber went up the middle or the opposite way on 70.5 percent of his hits in 2019, a new career high, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.

Chris Sale (elbow) will be out of his arm cast and start rehabbing Thursday, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.

Shohei Ohtani (elbow) has been participating in long toss from 180 feet and ramping up throwing intensity from 60 feet. He's expected to throw off a mound soon, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.

Mookie Betts will be the Dodgers' everyday right fielder in 2020, Cary Osborne of Dodger Insider reports.

Mike Zunino has a firm hold on the starting catcher job despite having struggled at the plate both last season and this spring, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.

Jose Trevino (finger) is two weeks away from being full-go in his baseball activities, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.

Willie Calhoun (jaw) has no restrictions in workouts and is focussed on regaining his strength and getting back into his conditioning program, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.

General manager Alex Anthopoulos said Friday in an interview with broadcaster Chip Caray for the Braves' "At Home" special that Cole Hamels (shoulder) is now feeling pain-free. "Under normal circumstances, he would've been going right now to get ready to start to prepare," Anthopoulos said of the lefty.

Nomar Mazara will get the chance to prove he's an everyday right fielder early in the season, Vinny Duber of NBC Sports Chicago reports.

Joey Wendle worked on his arm strength this offseason with the intention of filling in more often at shortstop and third base in 2020, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.

JaCoby Jones is likely to begin the 2020 season batting ninth, Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports.

Niko Goodrum is working out and hitting off a tee at a facility he built at his Atlanta-area home while MLB play is suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.

C.J. Cron finished Grapefruit League play with a .346/.452/.731 slash line and three home runs in 12 games.

Jake Fraley continues to work out at home during the suspension of play through a variety of different exercises and drills, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

Cody Bellinger will be the Dodgers' everyday center fielder in 2020, but he will spend some time at first base as well, Cary Osborne of Dodger Insider reports.

Johan Camargo would likely have been on Atlanta's Opening Day roster had the regular season begun as scheduled, even if he wasn't the starting third baseman, Gabriel Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Austin Riley would likely have been on Atlanta's Opening Day roster had the regular season begun as scheduled, even if he wasn't the starting third baseman, Gabriel Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Jordy Mercer was released and re-signed to an NRI deal with the Tigers this week, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports.

Andrew McCutchen (knee) confirmed that he will be ready to lead off for the Phillies if and when the season gets underway, Corey Seidman of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports. "Now I know, whenever the time comes and we're playing again, I'll be ready to go," he said. "I'm really gonna be itching to get out on the field and play but right now I just need to take care of business and take advantage of this time."