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  • Chris Sale (foot) throws simulated game
    Chris Sale (foot) threw a simulated game on Friday.

    Advice: It comes after he completed a bullpen session Wednesday with no issues. Sale is coming along nicely as he recovers from an avulsion fracture in his right foot and looks poised to rejoin the rotation by mid-April.
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  • Indians option Danny Salazar to Triple-A
    Indians optioned RHP Danny Salazar to Triple-A Columbus.

    Advice: It was speculated after Salazar was rocked during Thursday's appearance that he might be sent down, and sure enough that's what happened. T.J. House and Zach McAllister are now the favorites to hold down the last two spots in the Indians' rotation, with Josh Tomlin also in the mix. Salazar still figures to spend ample time in the rotation this season if he can get straightened out at Triple-A, but obviously this is a big blow to his fantasy value.
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  • Petricka (forearm) to resume throwing Sat.
    Jake Petricka (forearm) will resume throwing on Saturday after an MRI came back clean.

    Advice: Petricka is dealing with some forearm soreness (the same ailment White Sox closer David Robertson has), but it appears to be of no concern. Barring a setback, the setup man will be fine for Opening Day. Robertson is expected to be OK, as well.
    Today, 9:18 am
  • Shawn Tolleson's MRI comes back clean
    An MRI on Shawn Tolleson's right forearm showed no structural damage.

    Advice: Tolleson will be examined by Rangers team physician Dr. Keith Meister on Friday to determine his next step. The MRI news is obviously good, but Tolleson is still expected to begin the season on the disabled list. "In our minds it was very positive news," assistant general manager Thad Levine said. "We don’t think he’s lost any significant arm strength."
    Today, 9:13 am
  • Brandon Guyer (ankle) returns to action
    Brandon Guyer (ankle) returned to Grapefruit League action on Thursday.

    Advice: Guyer missed a few days with a sprained ankle. The outfielder is set to see ample playing time versus southpaws this season.
    Today, 9:10 am
  • Nate Jones (elbow) to throw off mound
    Nate Jones (elbow) will throw a bullpen session on Wednesday.

    Advice: It will be the first time he's thrown off a mound since last July's Tommy John surgery. Jones will miss most, if not all, of the 2015 season while rehabbing.
    Today, 9:08 am
  • Denard Span (abdomen) to take light swings
    Denard Span (abdomen) will take light swings with a fungo bat on Friday.

    Advice: Span also ran sprints on Friday and has been playing catch for over a week. The outfielder is coming along nicely from core muscle surgery but isn't close to game action and is still expected to miss the first few weeks of the season.
    Today, 8:53 am
  • Rockies won't consider Gray's arb. timeline
    Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich said Thursday that Jon Gray's arbitration timeline is a "non-factor" when considering whether the righty will make the rotation.

    Advice: "That is not part of our consideration," Bridich said. "Jon has pitched very well, but there still are a lot of things to consider, but the decision will not be based on (arbitration)." Gray has allowed three runs on 11 hits and a walk while striking out nine in 13 innings so far this spring and has a chance to crack the Opening Day rotation following the release of Jhoulys Chacin and injuries to Jorge De La Rosa (groin) and David Hale (oblique). He's competing with Eddie Butler, Christian Bergman, Chad Bettis and John Lannan. The former No. 2 overall pick has loads of upside, though it's capped by him calling Coors Field home. Keep an eye on this camp battle as it comes down the stretch.
    Today, 8:50 am
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  • Kevin Gausman to start on Tuesday
    Kevin Gausman will start Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Rays.

    Advice: Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Thursday that he was considering using Gausman in shorter stints just in case he's needed in relief, but the righty will be stretched out to around five innings Tuesday. While Gausman could still be the favorite for the No. 5 starter spot, it's possible the O's will pull a surprise and give the job to Ubaldo Jimenez.
    Today, 8:30 am
  • Swihart could make roster if Vazquez needs DL
    Red Sox catching prospect Blake Swihart could be in the mix for an Opening Day roster spot if Christian Vazquez (elbow) needs a disabled list stint.

    Advice: Swihart has already been optioned to Triple-A, but the club can always bring him back to major league camp. It seems unlikely unless Vazquez, whose MRI results will be revealed Friday, is set for an extended absence. Humberto Quintero and Luke Montz are also options to fill in behind the plate.
    Today, 8:26 am
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  • Niese has had shoulder fatigue this spring
    Jon Niese admitted Thursday to battling fatigue in his left shoulder this spring.

    Advice: He tweaked his delivery during an intrasquad game Thursday and said the shoulder "actually felt a lot better. I wasn’t fatigued at the end." Niese has dealt with shoulder problems each of the last two seasons and it seems clear at this point that he's probably never going to pitch at 100 percent again. There's been no indication that the shoulder will affect his readiness for Opening Day, but the ailment certainly lowers Niese's ceiling and makes him susceptible to stints on the disabled list.
    Today, 8:08 am
  • Yankees name Tanaka Opening Day starter
    The Yankees have named Masahiro Tanaka their Opening Day starter.

    Advice: Tanaka's elbow has held up thus far in camp, so it's a no-brainer to send him out there on April 6 versus the Blue Jays. The Yanks also announced that Tanaka would be followed in the rotation by Michael Pineda, CC Sabathia and Nathan Eovaldi. Adam Warren is the favorite to capture the final spot in the rotation. Tanaka's upside his sky-high, but he remains a big health risk in 2015.
    Today, 7:58 am
  • Nick Swisher (knees) plays in minors game
    Nick Swisher (knees) played in a minor league game Thursday.

    Advice: He was cleared after testing out his surgically-repaired knees with some sliding drills prior to the game. "He slid on the mat," said Indians manager Terry Francona. "He needed to do that. You can't let a guy get in a game without being able to slide because you never know what can happen." Swisher has made nice progress recently but will begin the season on the disabled list.
    Today, 7:48 am
  • Danny Salazar not a lock for Tribe's rotation
    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes that Danny Salazar "might have cost himself a spot in the rotation" with his poor outing Thursday.

    Advice: Salazar gave up seven runs on six hits in 3 1/3 innings against the Reds. Indians manager Terry Francona noted that the club "would never make a decision on one start," but it's possible Salazar is behind Zach McAllister in the pecking order now. Salazar has a 15/5 K/BB ratio over 11 innings this spring but has allowed 13 runs (10 earned). McAllister holds a 3.21 ERA over his 14 frames to go along with a 15/4 K/BB ratio. Perhaps just as important, McAllister is out of options and Salazar has one left. Fantasy owners are certainly rooting for the immensely talented Salazar to pull through.
    Today, 7:46 am
  • Taijuan Walker looking like M's No. 5 starter
    Taijuan Walker is next scheduled to start on Monday, while Roenis Elias is not currently penciled in for any more Cactus League starts.

    Advice: As Bob Dutton of the Tacoma New Tribune notes, it's a pretty clear indication that Walker will be the Mariners' No. 5 starter even if the team hasn't announced it yet. While Elias holds a 6.75 ERA and 8/7 K/BB ratio over 14 2/3 innings this spring, Walker is unscored upon over 18 frames while boasting a 19/4 K/BB ratio. The 22-year-old looks to have won the job going away and is a potential breakout performer from the back-end of an impressive Mariners rotation.
    Today, 7:29 am
  • Marlins expected to keep Brad Hand's Joe Frisaro reports that the Marlins "are leaning towards retaining" Brad Hand.

    Advice: It was reported last week that the Marlins were discussing a deal with the Rangers involving Hand. This could be a ploy to get Texas to up their offer, or perhaps Miami has indeed decided they're better off keeping Hand around as depth. Frisaro says that the club had already been hesitant to move Hand even before MLB's investigation into Jarred Cosart's link to gambling.
    Today, 6:55 am
  • Drew Storen (hand) returns to game action
    Drew Storen (hand) is scheduled to return to Grapefruit League action on Friday.

    Advice: Storen is two weeks removed from surgery to remove the hamate bone from his left (non-throwing) hand. The Nationals' closer will be ready to roll for Opening Day.
    Today, 6:41 am
  • Bryce Harper (illness) returns to lineup
    Bryce Harper (illness) is back in the Nationals' lineup Friday.

    Advice: Harper missed a couple days of action due to a stomach bug, but he's obviously feeling better. The outfielder is batting .231/.444/.385 with one homer this spring.
    Today, 6:38 am
  • Jung Ho Kang won't begin season in minors
    Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Friday that the team still plans to carry Jung Ho Kang on the Opening Day roster.

    Advice: Kang has hit just .111 in 11 games this spring, but Huntington has seen enough positives from the Korean import. "We've seen some really good things," the GM said. He'll back up all over the infield for the Pirates and remains an intriguing long-term guy despite his struggles this spring.
    Today, 6:36 am
  • Christian Vazquez (elbow) to undergo MRI
    Christian Vazquez (elbow) will undergo an MRI Friday.

    Advice: Vazquez has been dealing with a sore right elbow for over a week and has been unable to get over the hump. He'll catch in a minor league game Friday but won't be allowed to throw to bases. At this point there's been no worry that Opening Day will be affected, but we'll have to wait and see what the MRI says.
    Today, 6:33 am
  • Manny Banuelos optioned to Triple-A
    Braves optioned LHP Manny Banuelos to Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Banuelos was a long shot to win a rotation spot after being acquired from the Yankees over the winter. The lefty isn't the top prospect he once was but still could be an intriguing guy and has a shot to spend time in the big league rotation this season.
    Today, 6:25 am
  • Jace Peterson in line to win Braves' 2B job
    Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes that Jace Peterson "is in line to play second base" for the Braves.

    Advice: Alberto Callaspo has played better recently, but Peterson has looked better all spring and appears poised to wrestle the second base job away from the veteran. The news potentially has notable consequence in fantasy leagues, as Peterson stole 148 bases in 389 games in the minors and has hit over .300 there over the last two seasons. He's a deep league middle infield target.
    Today, 6:12 am
  • Bobby LaFromboise optioned to Triple-A
    Pirates optioned LHP Bobby LaFromboise to Triple-A Indianapolis; re-assigned OFs Jose Tabata and Gorkys Hernandez, 3Bs Brent Morel and Deibinson Romero, INFs Steve Lombardozzi and Gustavo Nunez, RHPs Deolis Guerra, Josh Wall and Brad Lincoln, LHP Charlie Leesman and C Sebastian Valle to minor league camp.

    Advice: Tabata is the biggest name here, but he wasn't expected to crack the Opening Day roster with Corey Hart, Andrew Lambo and Sean Rodriguez all capable of being backups in the outfield. LaFromboise struck out eight but allowed five runs over 5 1/3 innings this spring.
    Today, 5:58 am
  • Brian Duensing (quad) to pitch Friday
    Brian Duensing (quad) is scheduled to return to Grapefruit League action on Friday.

    Advice: Duensing has been battling a bruised left quad but is evidently over the ailment. He'll serve in middle relief for the Twins this season.
    Today, 5:48 am
  • Jeremy Hellickson nursing 'dead arm'
    Jeremy Hellickson was scratched from a scheduled start in a minor league game Thursday because he's going through a "dead arm" phase.

    Advice: It appears that Hellickson will be fine, though, as he threw a bullpen session instead Thursday and is scheduled to start a Cactus League game on Saturday. "He got some treatment a couple of days after his last start and in his bullpen he was a little dead," Diamondbacks pitching coach Mike Harkey said. "It was a perfect time to do it now in March than do it in April." Hellickson has a 5.87 ERA over three starts this spring.
    Today, 5:33 am
  • Throwing issues pushing O'Brien off catcher
    Diamondbacks catching prospect Peter O'Brien played the outfield in a minor league game for the second straight day Thursday.

    Advice: O'Brien has had major issues this month in throwing the ball back to the pitcher, so the Diamondbacks are going to keep him away from the catcher position for the time being. "I think he's going to play some outfield (once the minor league season starts) and catching isn't out of the question, but we're still talking internally to figure out what's best for him," farm director Mike Bell said. The D'Backs were reluctant over the winter to pursue an upgrade at catcher mainly because they believed O'Brien would be ready to take over at the position in short order. Obviously, they didn't envision the 24-year-old developing a case of the yips. O'Brien was re-assigned to minor league camp earlier this week.
    Today, 5:30 am
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  • Orioles could use Kevin Gausman as reliever
    Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Thursday that he could shorten Kevin Gausman's appearances in the final two weeks of camp to prepare him to possibly be used as a reliever.

    Advice: Gausman threw one inning in Thursday's game and it appears he may continue to be used in short spurts rather than be stretched out more. "Until everything shakes out, I want him to be ready to do both things," Showalter said of Gausman. It's really disappointing news, as this is the first we've heard of the possibility of Gausman potentially not being a part of the rotation. He's out-pitched Ubaldo Jimenez this spring, but it sounds like the latter might beat him out for a rotation spot, anyway. Gausman is a potential breakout fantasy performer if he's given a starting job, so keep close tabs on this one.
    Yesterday, 4:50 pm
  • Jake Petricka nursing some arm soreness
    White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Thursday that Jake Petricka is dealing with some soreness in his throwing arm.

    Advice: The skipper indicated that it's merely "normal spring training soreness" and that he expects the setup man to be fine. "We have a few guys that are doing that right now," Ventura said. "When they are ready to go, they are ready to go. I don't think it's anything that's going to make them miss the start of the season." Closer David Robertson is also nursing minor soreness in his forearm, so it's possible ninth-inning duties could fall to Zach Putnam should Robertson and Petricka recover more slowly than expected. At this point, though, the White Sox don't seem to be worried.
    Yesterday, 4:12 pm
  • Salazar lit up over 3 1/3 innings vs. Reds
    Danny Salazar was lit up in Thursday's start against the Reds, surrendering seven runs (six earned) over 3 1/3 innings.

    Advice: The Reds' first two runs came on a first-inning Todd Frazier solo home run and a second-inning Devon Mesoraco solo shot. From there, the floodgates opened, as Salazar gave up six hits overall, walked none, and struck out six. Salazar has been rather inconsistent, but he has the potential to be an elite fantasy asset if he can put it all together for an entire season.
    Yesterday, 4:08 pm
  • Vazquez (elbow) restricted in throwing
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said Thursday that Christian Vazquez (elbow) is still "restricted" in his throwing.

    Advice: Vazquez threw to bases Thursday, but not at full-intensity and Farrell said that he's not game-ready at this point. Still, the 24-year-old backstop is confident that he'll be ready for Opening Day.
    Yesterday, 1:10 pm
  • Tolleson to be examined by Dr. Meister Fri.
    Shawn Tolleson will be examined by Dr. Keith Meister, the Rangers' team physician, on Friday.

    Advice: Tolleson has been bothered by right forearm tightness since late last week. The exam Friday will include an MRI, which should help the Rangers map a path for the 27-year-old setup man. Tolleson had an impressive 2.76 ERA in 71 2/3 innings last season.
    Yesterday, 1:02 pm
  • Kevin Gausman limited to one inning in relief
    Kevin Gausman threw just one inning against the Tigers on Thursday and gave up a two-run homer.

    Advice: Gausman came in for the eighth, and he would have pitched the bottom of the ninth as well, except the game was over. We're assuming this was just about rearranging Gausman's schedule a bit. Even though the Orioles have six starters with Ubaldo Jimenez throwing better, Gausman is likely to be a part of the rotation. It'd be really disappointing if they go in a different direction.
    Yesterday, 12:51 pm
  • Vazquez (elbow) expects to be ready for OD
    Christian Vazquez (elbow) expressed confidence Thursday that he will be ready for the season-opener.

    Advice: Vazquez has appeared in just one game since March 13 due to elbow soreness, but he threw to bases Thursday in Red Sox camp and felt good. Boston's young starting catcher will play in a minor league game Friday.
    Yesterday, 12:15 pm
  • Harper sent home early with stomach bug
    Bryce Harper was sent home early from Nationals camp on Thursday due to a stomach virus.

    Advice: Harper tried some light swinging but didn't feel so great. He's expected to return to Grapefruit League action Friday and he'll be in right field for the Nats on Opening Day. Harper has a homer, a stolen base, and an .829 OPS in 12 games this spring.
    Yesterday, 11:34 am
  • Vazquez (elbow) to play minors game Friday
    Christian Vazquez (elbow) is scheduled to catch in another minor league game Friday.

    Advice: Vazquez has appeared in just one Grapefruit League game since March 13 due to soreness in his throwing elbow. He said he should have a "more clear read" on his status for Opening Day by this weekend. The minor league game Friday will be a big test.
    Yesterday, 6:50 am
  • Taijuan Walker goes six scoreless vs. Cubs
    Taijuan Walker twirled six scoreless innings Wednesday night against the Cubs.

    Advice: It wasn't a loaded lineup for Chicago -- no Kris Bryant or Anthony Rizzo -- but Walker probably would have dominated anybody the way he was pitching. The 22-year-old right-hander has now logged 18 scoreless innings this spring and should have a firm grip on the final spot in the Mariners' season-opening rotation. Walker needs to be drafted in most standard fantasy leagues.
    Yesterday, 6:37 am
  • Tolleson set to have MRI on right forearm
    Shawn Tolleson will have an MRI on his right forearm.

    Advice: Tolleson was scratched from an appearance Sunday with forearm tightness, so the Rangers are obviously concerned about the reliever's health. Tolleson played catch Tuesday without issue. The results of the MRI will be known Thursday, at which point the club will know more about his outlook. His chances of being ready for Opening Day grow less likely by the day.
    Wednesday, 3:14 pm
  • Masahiro Tanaka strikes out seven
    Masahiro Tanaka allowed three runs -- two earned -- in 4 2/3 innings and struck out seven Wednesday versus the Mets.

    Advice: Tanaka was throwing his sinker more today, though you'd never know that from the results (besides the strikeouts, he ended up with two outs on the ground and three through the air). He was generally showing less velocity as a result, but that seemed to be by design. Tanaka will soon be named the Yankees' Opening Day starter.
    Wednesday, 2:17 pm
  • Tanaka expected to start on Opening Day
    Masahiro Tanaka is expected to be named the Yankees' Opening Day starter.

    Advice: Yankees skipper Joe Girardi admitted Tuesday that C.C. Sabathia can't start on Opening Day because he would be on short rest. Tanaka would certainly be deserving of the honor after a phenomenal rookie season in 2014. He's attempting to pitch through a partially torn UCL though, so how long he lasts into the 2015 season remains a mystery.
    Tuesday, 8:29 pm
  • Manny Banuelos goes three scoreless
    Despite allowing four hits, Manny Banuelos pitched three scoreless innings in relief Tuesday against the Phillies.

    Advice: It's really hard to tell what direction the Braves are leaning in with their fifth starter and their last couple of relievers, what with James Russell pitching four innings yesterday and Cody Martin, who has outperformed everyone in the rotation mix, being limited to one inning in relief today. Banuelos is lucky to still be in camp after entering today with a 17.18 ERA, but he's still in the running for some kind of gig, probably in relief. Realistically, he belongs in Triple-A.
    Tuesday, 2:15 pm
  • Jung Ho Kang continues to struggle
    The slumping Jung Ho Kang went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Tuesday against the Orioles.

    Advice: Kang is 3-for-27 with 11 strikeouts. He'll get another week to pull out of this, but if it doesn't happen, he might be looking at some Triple-A time to begin the season.
    Tuesday, 1:26 pm
  • Sale (foot) to throw bullpen session Wed.
    Chris Sale (foot) will throw a bullpen session Wednesday.

    Advice: A previous report suggested that he would throw his bullpen session Tuesday, but Sale just had his days mixed up. In other words, it's not a setback with the avulsion fracture in his right foot. The next step calls for him to call a 75-pitch simulated game, which will likely take place this weekend. There's no clear timetable for his season debut, but sometime around mid-April appears realistic.
    Tuesday, 12:23 pm
  • Gray performs well in bid to make rotation
    Jon Gray held the Brewers scoreless over four innings in Monday's Cactus League start.

    Advice: The right-hander gave up only two hits while walking none and striking out two. Following the Rockies' release of Jhoulys Chacin, Gray now has a chance to make the club's starting rotation out of spring training. Gray has allowed three runs on 11 hits and a walk while striking out nine in 13 innings so far this spring.
    Monday, 4:27 pm
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  • Sale (foot) to throw bullpen session Tuesday
    Chris Sale (foot) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Tuesday in White Sox camp.

    Advice: Sale performed a range of mobility drills on Monday and later told reporters that he feels like "a real baseball player again" after being shut down for three weeks with an avulsion fracture in his right foot. Sale won't be ready for Opening Day, but he should be in the White Sox rotation by the middle of April. If his bullpen session goes well Tuesday, he'll then throw a 75-pitch simulated game Friday to get back on track.
    Monday, 11:19 am
  • Swisher (knee) did base-running work Sun.
    Nick Swisher (knees) told reporters Monday that his base-running workout Sunday "went great."

    Advice: Swisher ran the bases for the first time without wearing any braces. He is recovering from surgery on both of his knees and is expected to open the 2015 season on the 15-day disabled list. When he's activated, he'll DH and play some right field.
    Monday, 9:14 am
  • Guyer (ankle) out of Rays' lineup Monday
    Brandon Guyer is out of the Rays' Grapefruit League lineup on Monday due to an ankle sprain.

    Advice: It's believed to be a minor sprain. Guyer will take several at-bats in a minor league game Wednesday and should be fine for the start of the regular season. He'll get a good amount of playing time against left-handed pitching this year for Tampa Bay.
    Monday, 7:08 am
  • O'Brien among seven reassigned to minors camp
    Diamondbacks reassigned C Peter O'Brien, INFs Danny Worth, Nick Evans, Danny Dorn and Jamie Romak and RHPs Jake Barrett and J.C. Ramirez to minor league camp.

    Advice: O'Brien has far and away the most offensive potential of all the Diamondbacks catching options in camp, there are serious questions about his defensive ability behind the plate though. The 24-year-old slashed .271/.316/.594 with 34 homers and 74 RBI in 106 minor league games at High-A and Double-A in 2014.
    Sunday, 7:12 pm
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  • Tolleson scratched with forearm soreness
    Shawn Tolleson was scratched from a scheduled appearance Sunday with forearm soreness.

    Advice: The Rangers are saying they're not concerned and don't think it's serious. Tolleson was an effective reliever for the club last year, posting a 2.76 ERA in 71 2/3 innings.
    Sunday, 9:29 am
  • Peterson fighting infection on right pinkie
    Jace Peterson is fighting an infection in his right pinkie finger.

    Advice: Peterson had it stepped on a few days ago, but the second baseman said the injury isn't serious. Peterson is the heavy favorite to win the Braves' starting job at the keystone. Peterson was one of the prospects acquired in the Justin Upton trade this winter.
    Sunday, 7:25 am
  • Swisher to serve as OF or DH upon return
    Nick Swisher (knees) will primarily play outfield or serve as the team's designated hitter when he returns.

    Advice: Swisher has been a first baseman for the majority of his time with the Indians, but the thinking is that the position would be too hard on his surgically repaired knees. The 34-year-old ran the bases Friday and will run the bases Sunday without knee braces. He's making progress, but Swisher will still likely open the year on the disabled list.
    Sunday, 7:16 am
  • Salazar strikes out five in win over Rockies
    Danny Salazar struck out five, allowing one run, over four innings in Saturday's Cactus League win over the Rockies.

    Advice: Salazar served up a solo home run to Charlie Blackmon, one of three hits he allowed on the afternoon. He also walked two in the game. The right-hander owns a 4.70 ERA in spring action as he attempts to avoid a repeat of 2014. On the contrary, Salazar is one of the more popular bounce-back candidates for fantasy purposes.
    Saturday, 4:12 pm
  • Rangers, Marlins talking trade for LHP Hand
    The Rangers and Marlins are discussing a trade for left-hander Brad Hand, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald.

    Advice: Hand could help the pitching-needy Rangers, as he is capable of both starting and relieving. The southpaw likely won't have a rotation spot in Miami, freeing him up for a trade. Hand, 25, is out of options and would need to clear waivers if the Marlins don't keep him on their 25-man roster.
    Saturday, 3:40 pm
  • Chris Sale to start mobility drills on Monday
    Chris Sale (foot) will begin mobility drills on Monday.

    Advice: He came through Friday's mound sessions without any issues and is progressing nicely in his recovery from an avulsion fracture in his right foot. He would like to face live hitters before spring training ends, but he'll have to regain his mobility before he's cleared to do so. It looks as though he should be ready to join the White Sox rotation in mid-April.
    Saturday, 9:39 am
  • Chris Sale throws off mound at 'full bore'
    White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said that Chris Sale (foot) threw off a mound Friday at "full bore."

    Advice: It's the first time he's thrown at full effort since going down with an avulsion fracture in his right foot in late February. Sale is progressing on schedule and while he will not be ready for Opening Day, the left-hander could rejoin the rotation in mid-April.
    Friday, 1:53 pm
  • Bryce Harper hits first homer
    Bryce Harper hit his first homer Friday off the Astros' Jake Buchanan.

    Advice: Harper is hitting just .238 this spring, but it comes with eight walks in 21 at-bats and an .877 OPS. He's been hitting third for the Nationals with Jayson Werth out. It's unclear if he'll stay in that spot once Werth is back, but it appears to be a given that he'll hit somewhere in the middle of the order.
    Friday, 1:29 pm
  • Jung Ho Kang makes start at second
    Jung Ho Kang made his first start at second base on Friday and went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts versus the Twins.

    Advice: Kang is down to .130 (3-for-23) this spring, and he hasn't homered since taking Marco Estrada deep in his debut 17 days ago. If his slump continues all spring, perhaps the Pirates will send him down to keep working at positions besides shortstop. That's still a ways off, though. Most likely, he'll make the team.
    Friday, 12:58 pm
  • Red Sox send C Blake Swihart to minors camp
    Red Sox optioned C Blake Swihart to Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Swihart made a good impression while in big league camp, batting .389/.450/.556 with a homer in 20 plate appearances while also showing good defense. The top prospect could debut at some point in 2015, though the Red Sox already have a pair of catchers they like in Christian Vazquez and Ryan Hanigan.
    Friday, 6:02 am
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  • Taijuan Walker spins four shutout innings
    Taijuan Walker recorded five strikeouts while tossing four shutout innings in Thursday's Cactus League game versus the Indians.

    Advice: He walked two and hit a batter but allowed just two singles. It's another terrific effort from Walker, who now boasts 12 shutout frames and a 13/3 K/BB ratio to start off his Cactus League season. His primary competitor for the fifth spot in the rotation, Roenis Elias, has allowed four runs and 13 hits over 7 2/3 innings. Fantasy owners are certainly rooting for the 22-year-old Walker to win the gig.
    Thursday, 8:51 pm
  • Jon Niese strikes out six in victory
    Jon Niese moved to 2-0 this spring by allowing one run in four innings as a Mets split-squad topped the Cardinals 7-2.

    Advice: Niese had his good curve working today. He's become more important for the Mets in light of Zack Wheeler's injury. Given his occasional shoulder woes and the big decline in his velocity last year, he has a pretty risky profile. On the other hand, he has managed to make 84 starts with perfectly solid results the last three seasons.
    Thursday, 2:57 pm
  • Span (abdomen) played catch on Thursday
    Denard Span (abdomen) played catch on Thursday.

    Advice: It's a step in the right direction for the rehabbing outfielder, who is expected to miss the first month of the 2015 regular season. Span underwent surgery on March 9 to repair a right core muscle injury. Michael Taylor should to be the Nationals' starting center fielder on Opening Day.
    Thursday, 8:50 am
  • Hellickson allows two runs over four innings
    Jeremy Hellickson held the Rockies to two runs over four innings in Wednesday's Cactus League matchup.

    Advice: Hellickson yielded four hits and a walk while striking out four. The right-hander has struggled this spring in his first camp with the Diamondbacks. Even with his struggles, Hellickson is a near lock for the starting rotation on a shallow pitching staff.
    Wednesday, 9:19 pm
  • Gray allows three early runs against D'backs
    Jon Gray allowed three runs on five hits over three innings in Wednesday's Cactus League tilt against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: All three of the Diamondbacks' runs came in the first four batters of the game, as Gray was throwing meatballs to D'backs hitters early. He settled down, though, and managed to get through the next two innings unscathed. The right-hander fanned two and didn't walk a batter in the outing. Gray won't break camp with the club, but he's a big part of their future and one of the top power arms in all of the minors.
    Wednesday, 9:09 pm
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  • Jung Ho Kang to see time at second base
    Jung Ho Kang will work out at second base sometime this week, according to Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

    Advice: Kang has already worked at shortstop and third base this spring. The Korean infielder is just 3-for-17 in Grapefruit League games. Increasing his versatility will help Kang get on the field in case he can't edge Jordy Mercer for the starting shortstop job.
    Wednesday, 7:04 pm
  • Vazquez (elbow) plays in minor league game
    Christian Vazquez (elbow) went 0-for-4 in a minor league game Wednesday.

    Advice: Vazquez is dealing with a sore right throwing elbow, but he should be back in Grapefruit League action soon. Blake Swihart isn't far off from the majors, but the 24-year-old Vazquez is expected to be the primary catcher for Boston this season.
    Wednesday, 11:28 am
  • Guyer (oblique) to start in CF on Wednesday
    Brandon Guyer (oblique) will start in center field Wednesday.

    Advice: Guyer suffered a strained oblique about a week and a half ago, but he's ready to return to action and should have plenty of time to get ready for the season. The 28-year-old projects to see at-bats on the weak side of a platoon in 2015, which should make him relevant in AL-only fantasy leagues.
    Wednesday, 7:38 am
  • Swisher ‘felt good, not great’ running bases
    Nick Swisher (knees) said he "felt good, not great" while running the bases Tuesday for the first time this spring training.

    Advice: Swisher noted that he was fine "once I got going," but "decelerating has always been an issue." Indians manager Terry Francona wasn’t ready to say when Swisher would be cleared for game action. "It's a big step, but after that you have to go to live stuff," said Francona. "All the things he's doing know, he knows what direction he's going." Swisher is making some progress slowly but surely, but the odds at this point of him being ready for Opening Day appear to be long.
    Tuesday, 8:01 pm
  • Peterson favorite to start at 2B for Braves?
    Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Tuesday that he plans to play Jace Peterson alongside Andrelton Simmons in the middle infield "as much as I can" this spring.

    Advice: With Alberto Callaspo out of shape and struggling, Peterson has "put himself in a favorable position" to win the second base job, according to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I’m going to try to play those guys (Peterson and Simmons) as much as I can, and we will," Gonzalez said. "They’ll get plenty of reps (repetitions) between the games and practice and fungoes. They’ll be fine." Peterson struggled in his brief time with the Padres last season but is a career .287/.381/.411 hitter in the minors and has piled up gaudy stolen base totals. He makes for a fine late-round target in fantasy leagues for those looking for some cheap speed.
    Tuesday, 7:50 pm
  • Brad Hand goes four scoreless for Marlins
    Despite walking three batters, Brad Hand pitched four scoreless innings Tuesday against the Mets.

    Advice: The Marlins' rotation is set and David Phelps is also available as a fallback, so Hand, who is out of options, would seem to be trade bait if anyone wants him. He had a 4.38 ERA in 16 starts and 16 relief appearances for the Marlins last year. So far this spring, he has a 2.25 ERA and a 4/6 K/BB ratio in eight innings.
    Tuesday, 1:06 pm
  • Nick Swisher (knee) to run bases Tuesday
    Nick Swisher (knee) is scheduled to run the bases Tuesday for the first time this spring.

    Advice: It's an important day for Swisher, who is working his way back from last August's season-ending debridement surgeries on both of his knees. He's making progress, but Opening Day could be pushing it. The Indians are likely looking at a combination of Brandon Moss, David Murphy, and Ryan Raburn between right field and the DH spot.
    Tuesday, 10:24 am
  • Guyer (oblique) takes BP Tuesday
    Brandon Guyer (oblique) hit Tuesday morning against Grant Balfour.

    Advice: Guyer strained his oblique about 10 days ago, but he's expected to make his return to game action on Wednesday. The 28-year-old should see part-time at-bats against left-handed pitching this season.
    Tuesday, 7:50 am
  • Christian Vazquez dealing with elbow soreness
    Christian Vazquez is dealing with a sore right (throwing) elbow.

    Advice: Vazquez hasn't played since last Friday. The plan calls for him to get some at-bats in a minor league game Thursday, so it doesn't sound too serious.
    Tuesday, 6:58 am
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