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  • Padres place Federowicz on 60-day DL
    Padres placed C Tim Federowicz on the 60-day disabled list with a right knee injury.

    Advice: Federowicz could miss up to six months after completely tearing the meniscus in his right knee in early March. Wil Nieves will back up Derek Norris in San Diego.
    55 minutes ago
  • Billingsley (elbow) goes two minors innings
    Chad Billingsley (elbow) allowed two hits over two scoreless innings Thursday in a minor league game.

    Advice: Billingsley tossed a total of 32 pitches in the outing. He's on his way back from flexor tendon surgery and probably won't be an option for the Phillies until sometime in late April. The 30-year-old right-hander signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with Philly in January.
    Today, 10:39 am
  • Perkins throws perfect inning in minors game
    Glen Perkins threw a perfect inning Thursday afternoon in a minor league game.

    Advice: Perkins needed just 11 pitches to get through the frame and struck out two of the three batters he faced. The left-hander was slowed by an oblique strain earlier this spring, but it looks like he'll carry a clean bill of health into the regular season. Perkins should again have good value as a fantasy closer, even if the Twins don't win many games.
    Today, 10:29 am
  • Wieters (elbow) to spend time in ext. spring
    Matt Wieters (elbow) will spend the first few days of the regular season at extended spring training.

    Advice: He's going to accompany the Orioles to Tropicana Park for their season-opener against the Rays on April 6, but that is only for ceremonial purposes. Wieters will be placed on the 15-day disabled list when camp breaks to give his surgically-repaired right elbow a little more time to heal. The hope is that he'll be ready to rock around April 11.
    Today, 9:44 am
  • Chris Archer named Rays' Opening Day SP
    Chris Archer has been named the Rays' Opening Day starter.

    Advice: Alex Cobb would have been given the nod, but he's been slowed by some forearm tightness and probably won't be ready until mid-to-late April. Archer, 26, posted a 3.33 ERA, 1.279 WHIP, and 173 strikeouts in 194 2/3 innings last season for the Rays. Tampa Bay opens the 2015 campaign at home against the Orioles on April 6.
    Today, 9:25 am
  • Brewers option Shane Peterson to Triple-A
    Brewers optioned OF/1B Shane Peterson to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Advice: Peterson posted an impressive .308/.381/.460 batting line in 137 games last season for the A's Triple-A affiliate. The former second-round pick of the Cardinals is pretty well buried on the Brewers' depth chart, but he could get a look at some point if there are few injuries on the major league roster.
    Today, 8:57 am
  • Asche out Thursday with back tightness
    Cody Asche has been scratched from the Phillies' lineup Thursday due to back tightness.

    Advice: Asche felt the discomfort during pre-game stretching. It doesn't sound like anything to be concerned about. The 24-year-old will open the 2015 season as the Phillies' starting third baseman, though top prospect Maikel Franco is hot on his tail. Asche could eventually move to the outfield.
    Today, 8:24 am
  • Flores (foot) back in Mets' lineup Thursday
    Wilmer Flores (foot) is back in the Mets' Grapefruit League lineup on Thursday afternoon.

    Advice: And it's a road game. Flores fouled a ball off his foot last Sunday and was left with some bruising and some soreness, but X-rays came back negative and the young shortstop will be fine for the beginning of the 2015 regular season.
    Today, 7:53 am
  • Cosart scratched with blister on hand
    Jarred Cosart has a blister on his pitching hand and will not make his scheduled start Friday.

    Advice: Cosart is currently being investigated by Major League Baseball after a person on Twitter revealed direct messages with the right-hander (or somebody claiming to be him) that contained boasts of past gambling activity. That investigation may have something to do with the sudden Grapefruit League scratch.
    Today, 7:48 am
  • Uehara (hamstring) to play catch on Thursday
    Koji Uehara (hamstring) will throw on flat ground Thursday and is lined up for a bullpen session this weekend.

    Advice: The workouts should give the Red Sox a better idea about his status for the opening of the regular season. Uehara strained his left hamstring early last week while doing some conditioning work. If he's not ready come April 6, Edward Mujica would presumably fill in at closer for Boston.
    Today, 7:14 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.
    Today, 6:37 am
  • Blue Jays option Steve Delabar to Triple-A
    Blue Jays optioned RHP Steve Delabar to Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: Delabar pitched pretty well this spring in the Grapefruit League, but he wasn't able make the cut for the Jays' Opening Day bullpen. The 31-year-old right-hander registered a disappointing 4.91 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 25 2/3 innings last season for Toronto after being named an American League All-Star in 2013. He was pretty upset about Thursday's demotion.
    Today, 6:29 am
  • Red Sox released right-hander Mitchell Boggs
    Red Sox released RHP Mitchell Boggs.

    Advice: Boggs allowed five walks, two hits, and four earned runs in four innings this spring. He hasn't been an effective major league reliever since the 2012 season.
    Today, 6:20 am
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  • Napoli (ankle) back in Sox lineup on Thursday
    Mike Napoli (ankle) is back in the Red Sox lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Twins.

    Advice: Napoli missed several days of Grapefruit League action due to discomfort in his right ankle. The 33-year-old first baseman should be a full-go for Opening Day and still carries considerable fantasy value as a power threat in the middle of Boston's batting order.
    Today, 6:06 am
  • Tigers option Buck Farmer to AAA Toledo
    Tigers optioned RHP Buck Farmer to Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: Farmer gave up eight hits, five walks, and five earned runs in 8 2/3 innings this spring in the Grapefruit League. The 24-year-old right-hander was a fifth-round pick in 2013 out of Georgia Tech and has registered some intriguing minor league numbers. He may get a few spot starts later this year.
    Today, 5:42 am
  • Report: MLB investigating Cosart for gambling
    According to Tim Elfrink of the Miami New Times, MLB chief communications officer Pat Courtney confirmed that they are investigating gambling allegations involving Marlins right-hander Jarred Cosart.

    Advice: Cosart is in the middle of controversy after a so-called "gambling expert" tweeted out pictures of purported direct messages with the pitcher about his gambling activity. The tweet gained some attention and Cosart soon deleted his Twitter account. The validity of the allegation is unclear and there's nothing to indicate that his gambling involved baseball or anything illegal, but MLB obviously takes these claims very seriously and will look into the situation as a matter of due diligence at the very least.
    Yesterday, 7:54 am
  • Flores (foot) could return to action Thursday
    Wilmer Flores (foot) could return to Grapefruit League action on Thursday.

    Advice: Flores made it through a range of drills Tuesday in Mets camp without experiencing significant discomfort in his bruised left foot. X-rays taken Sunday came back negative. He'll be fine for Opening Day.
    Tuesday, 1:12 pm
  • Uehara's status in doubt for Opening Day?
    Ian Browne of writes that Red Sox manager John Farrell "seems less sold" on Koji Uehara (hamstring) than he did a week ago.

    Advice: Uehara strained his left hamstring a week ago and has resumed throwing and agility drills in recent days, but it's unclear when he'll be ready to return to game action. Be sure to follow this situation closely in the coming days. Edward Mujica would likely fill in at closer if Uehara needs extra time to get ready.
    Tuesday, 8:33 am
  • Billingsley (elbow) set for next start
    Chad Billingsley (elbow) will pitch in his second minor league game on Thursday.

    Advice: Billingsley, who is coming back from flexor tendon surgery, threw one inning in a minor league game on Saturday without any issues. He's scheduled to get stretched out to about 30 or 35 pitches on Thursday and simulate two innings. Billingsley signed with the Phillies for $1.5 million and could be an option for the rotation by late April if he can avoid setbacks.
    Tuesday, 7:42 am
  • Flores (foot) to try activity Tuesday
    Wilmer Flores (foot) plans to throw, stretch, and hit Tuesday.

    Advice: Flores fouled a ball off his foot during Sunday's game, but X-rays came back negative and he only had to wear a walking boot for less than 24 hours. He's not ready to run yet, but it's not expected to be a long-term issue.
    Tuesday, 6:05 am
  • Wilmer Flores removes walking boot
    Wilmer Flores removed the walking boot from his left foot Monday morning.

    Advice: It was just a day ago that Flores left a game after fouling a ball off the foot. X-rays came back clean, though, and he fully expects to be fine come Opening Day. "It was bad yesterday -- I couldn't even walk on it," Flores said. "It's a little bit swollen. I'm having a problem walking right now. I'm just going to go day by day and we'll see how it goes."
    Monday, 4:02 pm
  • Koji Uehara (hamstring) played catch Monday
    Koji Uehara (hamstring) played catch with good intensity Monday morning in Red Sox camp.

    Advice: And he went through a range of agility drills on Sunday without issue. Uehara should be cleared to resume pitching in Grapefruit League games by the end of this week and he is expected to be fully recovered from his mid-March hamstring strain by Opening Day.
    Monday, 8:24 am
  • Wilmer Flores diagnosed with bruised foot
    Wilmer Flores was diagnosed with a bruised foot after X-rays came back negative on Sunday.

    Advice: Flores sustained the injury when he fouled a ball off his foot during Sunday's Grapefruit League game. The Mets sent him for precautionary X-rays to rule out a fracture and have to be thrilled with the diagnosis. He should return to action in a few days.
    Sunday, 6:54 pm
  • Wilmer Flores heading for X-rays on foot
    Wilmer Flores is heading for X-rays after fouling a ball off his left foot during Sunday's Grapefruit League game.

    Advice: Flores is in a walking boot for the time being and noted being in a lot of pain. The Mets should have an update on his status shortly. If he is looking at an extended absence, Ruben Tejada could be forced into the primary shortstop role once again.
    Sunday, 1:25 pm
  • Jarred Cosart walks four in loss
    Jarred Cosart surrendered four runs and walked four in four innings Sunday in a loss to the Twins.

    Advice: Cosart is going in the wrong direction this spring; he now has an 8.49 ERA and a 7/8 K/BB ratio in 11 2/3 innings. His WHIP is sitting at 2.23. Good things are expected from Cosart this year, especially with the way his walk rate dropped after the move to the NL last summer, but he still doesn't rate anything more than a late-round pick in NL-only leagues.
    Sunday, 1:24 pm
  • Uehara (hamstring) goes through agility tests
    Koji Uehara (hamstring) went through some agility testing Sunday.

    Advice: Uehara also threw long toss in the session. The reliever appeared to be fine, Boston Globe beat writer Pete Abraham said. Uehara should be back on the mound in a few days and likely won't be a question for Opening Day.
    Sunday, 9:13 am
  • Steve Delabar strikes out the side for Jays
    Steve Delabar struck out the side in the ninth for a save against the Phillies on Satursday.

    Advice: As unsettled as the Jays' closer situation is, Delabar is shaping up as a sleeper this year, even after the team essentially wrote him off last season. Troubled by leg issues, he was wild throughout 2014. He's stronger physically now, and he might well prove to be the Jays' best right-handed reliever.
    Saturday, 2:18 pm
  • Glen Perkins (oblique) says he's 100 percent
    After giving up a run in an inning Saturday, Glen Perkins said that he's at full strength and completely recovered from the oblique strain that slowed him earlier in the month.

    Advice: Between the oblique strain and the forearm and elbow issues that he dealt with last season, there are questions as to Perkins' durability heading into the 2015 season. When healthy, he has performed as one of the better closers in the American League. The lefty should still be worth the gamble in the middle rounds of mixed league drafts.
    Saturday, 12:43 pm
  • Matt Wieters expected to begin season on DL
    Orioles manager Buck Showalter confirmed Saturday that Matt Wieters (elbow) is likely to begin the season on the disabled list.

    Advice: The Orioles are tentatively targeting a return on April 11, citing this as a precautionary measure rather than a setback in his recovery. With Wieters on the shelf, Caleb Joseph will begin the season as the O's primary backstop with Steve Clevenger serving as his backup.
    Saturday, 9:58 am
  • Uehara (hamstring) plays long toss on Friday
    Koji Uehara (hamstring) played long toss on Friday without any difficulty.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander said that he felt no pain in his hamstring while throwing and is expected to resume throwing off a mound in the middle of the week. The Red Sox remain optimistic that he'll be ready for the start of the regular season.
    Saturday, 5:40 am
  • Cody Asche hits second homer
    Cody Asche hit his second homer of the spring Friday against the Pirates.

    Advice: With Maikel Franco struggling, Asche appears set to have third base all to himself once the season starts. He got off to a slow start last season, but he was adequate from May onward. We're not expecting a real breakthrough this year, but... well, adequacy isn't such a bad thing.
    Friday, 1:35 pm
  • Matt Wieters (elbow) won't play until Wed.
    Matt Wieters (elbow) will not play until Wednesday at the earliest.

    Advice: Wieters is dealing with some tendinitis in his surgically-repaired right elbow. The Orioles aren't viewing it as a setback and are still hopeful of him being ready for Opening Day, but he's not going to have much time after getting a late start.
    Friday, 10:04 am
  • Mike Napoli scratched with sore ankle
    Mike Napoli was scratched from Friday's lineup due to right ankle soreness.

    Advice: Napoli will rest for a couple days but downplayed the injury, saying the Red Sox are just being safe. He should return to Grapefruit League action early next week.
    Friday, 8:48 am
  • 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
  • Koji Uehara (hamstring) could long-toss Fri.
    Koji Uehara (hamstring) could long-toss on Friday.

    Advice: Uehara strained his left hamstring on Tuesday. While it's good that he might be able to long-toss on Friday, the Red Sox won't let him throw from a mound again until he doesn't feel anything in his hamstring. Uehara is hopefuly of being ready for Opening Day.
    Thursday, 3:35 pm
  • Wilmer Flores hits second spring homer
    Wilmer Flores had a homer and a sac fly against the Cardinals on Thursday.

    Advice: Flores' homer came off Jaime Garcia. He's batting a cool .406 in 32 at-bats this spring. If he can just keep that up during the regular season, he'll match Ted Williams.
    Thursday, 2:51 pm
  • Billingsley (elbow) to throw in minors game
    Chad Billingsley (elbow) will throw in a minor league game Saturday.

    Advice: It's the biggest test yet for Billingsley, who underwent season-ending surgery last June to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right elbow. The Phillies signed the veteran right-hander to a $1.5 million deal over the winter and he could be an option for the team's rotation by the end of April if all goes well.
    Thursday, 2:09 pm
  • Perkins (oblique) throws in minor league game
    Glen Perkins (oblique) threw a scoreless inning Thursday in a minor league game.

    Advice: Perkins has been slowed this month due to a mild right oblique strain, but he's over it now and should make his Cactus League debut this weekend. The Twins' closer should only need a handful of outings to get ready for the season.
    Thursday, 2:00 pm
  • X-rays come back clean on Wieters' elbow
    X-rays came back clean on Matt Wieters' right elbow.

    Advice: Wieters came down with some tendinitis in his elbow after catching Tuesday for the first time since Tommy John surgery, so the O's sent him for a X-rays as a precautionary measure. No further tests are scheduled. He's still shut down from catching for the next week, but it's good news. Still, his status for Opening Day is in question until he proves that he can catch without discomfort.
    Thursday, 1:09 pm
  • Matt Wieters undergoing X-ray on right elbow
    Matt Wieters will undergo a precautionary X-ray on his right elbow Thursday.

    Advice: Wieters experienced some discomfort in the elbow Tuesday after playing catcher for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery. The hope is that it's just routine tendinitis, but the Orioles want to be sure they know exactly what they're dealing with before they allow the 28-year-old to proceed. O's manager Buck Showalter said Wednesday that Wieters probably won't be on the Opening Day roster if he's unable to start behind the plate.
    Thursday, 8:00 am
  • Chris Archer holds Blue Jays scoreless
    Chris Archer allowed one hit over four scoreless innings as the Rays topped the Blue Jays 9-3 on Wednesday.

    Advice: No pressure, Chris. It's just that you're the Rays' only hope right now. With Alex Cobb, Drew Smyly and Alex Colome all potentially beginning the year on the DL, Archer and Jake Odorizzi are the Rays' projected starters currently healthy.
    Wednesday, 1:58 pm
  • Wieters shut down with elbow tendinitis
    Matt Wieters has been shut down from catching for a week due to elbow tendinitis.

    Advice: Wieters caught Tuesday for the first time since Tommy John surgery and initially said he came out of it fine, but he's dealing with some discomfort. The Orioles are going to back off him for now, but there's a chance he could DH as soon as Sunday. Opening Day hasn't been ruled out for him, but Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that he probably won't carry him on the roster if he's not ready to catch. Stay tuned.
    Wednesday, 9:31 am
  • Uehara: Opening Day could be 'close call'
    Koji Uehara (hamstring) expects to be ready for Opening Day, but conceded Wednesday that it could be a "close call."

    Advice: Uehara strained his left hamstring Tuesday and Red Sox manager John Farrell said Wednesday morning that he won't get back on the mound until "he can tolerate the stress" with his hamstring. He likely won't need many games to be ready for the season, but the situation is worth watching.
    Wednesday, 8:45 am
  • Perkins could pitch in tie games
    Twins manager Paul Molitor said Wednesday that he has discussed using Glen Perkins in tie games on the road.

    Advice: Who knows how Molitor will fare as manager, but it's refreshing to see that he's not rigid in his thinking like so many managers are in regard to their closers. For what it's worth, Perkins is open to the idea. It might cost Perkins a couple of saves over the course of the season, but it could result in another couple of wins for the Twins.
    Wednesday, 8:21 am
  • Wieters (elbow) to catch again Thursday
    Matt Wieters (elbow) said he feels good after catching Tuesday for the first time this spring and will catch again Thursday.

    Advice: Wieters, who is coming back from Tommy John surgery, caught six innings in his return Tuesday. He's not ready to catch back-to-back games yet, but that should happen soon enough. All signs point to him being behind the plate on Opening Day.
    Wednesday, 8:00 am
  • Uehara (hamstring) to play catch
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said that Koji Uehara will play catch, but won't get back on the mound until "he can tolerate the stress" in his strained left hamstring.

    Advice: Uehara suffered the injury Tuesday morning and the Red Sox aren't going to take any chances with him. He's not in jeopardy for missing the start of the season at this time, but he can't afford any setbacks.
    Wednesday, 7:29 am
  • Jarred Cosart gives up four runs to Cards
    Jarred Cosart allowed four runs and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings Tuesday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: The only good thing to say is that he got his work in. He also walked three to go along with the eight hits, so he retired fewer than half of the 21 batters he faced.
    Tuesday, 2:34 pm
  • Uehara diagnosed with strained left hamstring
    Koji Uehara suffered a strained left hamstring on Tuesday morning in Red Sox camp.

    Advice: It's going to cost him some Grapefruit League appearances, but the veteran closer should be fine by Boston's regular-season opener. Uehara has allowed seven hits and two earned runs in three innings this spring. He strained his hammy while running.
    Tuesday, 1:31 pm
  • Wieters catching for first time this spring
    Matt Wieters (elbow) will start behind the plate Tuesday for the first time this spring.

    Advice: Wieters has been limited to DH work in the early part of the exhibition schedule as he makes his way back from Tommy John surgery, but he's expected to catch five to seven innings in his return Tuesday. He's 0-for-20 so far this spring, but the good news is that he's healthy.
    Tuesday, 9:50 am
  • Glen Perkins (oblique) nearing game action
    Glen Perkins (oblique) threw a bullpen session Tuesday and is scheduled to pitch in a minor league game on Thursday.

    Advice: Barring any setbacks, Perkins should make his Cactus League debut this weekend. The Twins' closer has been slowed this spring with a mild right oblique strain, but he should only need a handful of appearances to get geared up for the regular season.
    Tuesday, 8:29 am
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