The Angels still plan to keep Ohtani in the major leagues to begin the season, despite the rookie's poor results in spring training, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports. "Pitching wise, absent a couple pitches each outing completely getting away from him, losing grip or feel, [Ohtani has] been around the strike zone with the majority of his pitches," general manager Billy Eppler said Saturday. "We look at walk rate and strike throwing and the ability to get hitters to swing and miss. As we look at those things, those are the foundation of our evaluative methodologies, and those things are in place."
Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said that X-rays came back negative on Smith's left ankle following Saturday's 114-106 loss to the Nets, but the rookie point guard has no timetable for a return and is likely doubtful for Tuesday's game against the Pelicans.
Boldin still works out every day and believes he could continue playing in the NFL if he wanted to, though he said he hasn't put too much thought into the matter recently, Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun reports.