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    • Phillies' Williams scratched from start
      Jerome Williams was scratched from Tuesday's Grapefruit League start against the Yankees.

      Advice: No word on the reason for the change, but Williams wasn't present when lineups were announced. David Buchanan made the start instead. The Phillies should pass along an update soon. Rotoworld.com
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    • Simmons (oblique) is 'taking it slow'
      Andrelton Simmons (oblique) said he's "taking it slow" with swinging a bat.

      Advice: Simmons was diagnosed with an oblique strain last week, but has already resumed some baseball activities. However, the Braves don't want to push it this early in spring training, as a setback could cost him multiple weeks. He's unlikely to play in the early Grapefruit League games. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:23 am
    • Ryu (back) feels fine after bullpen session
      Hyun-Jin Ryu (back) came out of Monday's bullpen session fine.

      Advice: Ryu briefly halted his throwing program after tweaking a muscle in the middle of his back last week, but he's feeling better now. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said the next step will likely be throwing batting practice. Cactus League games should soon follow. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:19 am
    • Raburn (knee) to make Cactus debut Wednesday
      Ryan Raburn (knee) will make his Cactus League debut Wednesday.

      Advice: Raburn underwent arthroscopic surgery last September to repair a tear in his left lateral meniscus, but he entered spring training without any restrictions. After a big first season with the Indians in 2013, the veteran outfielder batted just 200/.250/.297 with four homers and 22 RBI across 74 games last season. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:09 am
    • Kipnis (finger) likely to play this weekend
      Indians manager Terry Francona said Tuesday that Jason Kipnis (finger) will likely make his Cactus League debut this weekend.

      Advice: The Indians are easing Kipnis into things after December surgery to repair tendon damage in his left ring finger. The 27-year-old is coming off a disappointing season in which he batted just .240/.310/.330 with six home runs and 41 RBI over 129 games, but there's serious rebound potential if he's feeling good. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:04 am
    • Gibbons hasn't committed to a closer yet
      Blue Jays manager John Gibbons wouldn't commit to using Brett Cecil as his closer, according to John Lott of the National Post.

      Advice: Gibbons was ambivalent about having Cecil close, saying, "He could do it. He might not. It might be somebody else." Aaron Sanchez is the other candidate to grab the role. Alternatively, Gibbons could play match-ups with both pitchers. Cecil, since becoming a full-time reliever in 2013, has a 2.76 ERA and a 146/50 K/BB ratio in 114 innings over the last two seasons. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:04 am
    • Brandon Moss "streaking" through rehab
      Indians manager Terry Francona said that Brandon Moss (hip) has been "streaking" through his rehab.

      Advice: Moss had hip surgery in October, so it sounds like he is making good progress. He ran the bases on Monday. Francona wouldn't say whether or not to expect Moss to be ready for Opening Day, but he should at least find himself in the spring lineup by mid-March. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:58 am
    • Parker throws entire repertoire in a bullpen
      Jarrod Parker (elbow) threw all of his pitches in a bullpen session on Tuesday.

      Advice: Parker underwent Tommy John surgery for the second time in his career in March last year. The 26-year-old should be expected back around midseason. Parker owns a career 3.68 ERA with a 275/127 K/BB ratio in 384 innings. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:52 am
    • Madson (back) will play catch Tuesday
      Ryan Madson (back) is expected to play catch on Tuesday.

      Advice: Madson suffered a minor back injury doing squats over the weekend and was scratched from pitching on Monday. The veteran right-hander signed a minor league deal with the Royals in January and is likely to serve as bullpen depth in the minors until he can prove he can be effective and healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:45 am
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    • Moreland (ankle) likely out for another week
      Mitch Moreland (ankle) isn't likely to play in Cactus League games for the Rangers until next week.

      Advice: Moreland will run the bases on Tuesday on his reconstructed right ankle. The 29-year-old took over at first base following Prince Fielder's injury last season before his ankle ended his season. Moreland should face plenty of right-handed pitching out of the DH slot in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:28 am
    • Lohse to start Cactus League opener Thurs.
      Kyle Lohse will start Thursday's Cactus League opener against the Angels.

      Advice: Mike Fiers will start Wednesday when the Brewers take on the University of UW-Milwaukee Panthers, and Matt Garza will start Friday against the Dodgers. Lohse, 36, is coming off of another strong season. He finished 2014 with a 3.54 ERA and a 141/45 K/BB ratio in 198 1/3 innings. Lohse should provide decent late-round value in fantasy leagues again. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:20 am
    • Holland could throw a bullpen on Thursday
      Derek Holland (shoulder) could throw a bullpen as soon as Thursday.

      Advice: Holland will long toss over the next few days, which will provide a better gauge of where he's at. The left-hander was a recent scratch in an intrasquad game as a result of discomfort in his left shoulder. Holland is hoping to pick up where he left off last September after a long road back from microfracture knee surgery in January. In 37 innings, the 28-year-old posted a 1.46 ERA with a 25/5 K/BB ratio. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:09 am
    • Williams to start spring opener for Phillies
      Jerome Williams will start in the Phillies' Grapefruit League opener Tuesday against the Yankees.

      Advice: Others scheduled to pitch include David Buchanan, Joely Rodriguez, Jeanmar Gomez, Mario Hollands, Sean O'Sullivan, and Luis Garcia. The Phillies re-signed Williams to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million following a successful two-month stint with the club at the end of last season. In 57 1/3 innings, the right-hander posted a 2.83 ERA with a 38/17 K/BB ratio. Williams likely will be traded at some point during the season. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:40 am
    • Alderson: No steam on Dillon Gee trade talks
      Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said "it's fair to say" that the Mets have had little to no trade talk involving Dillon Gee.

      Advice: A recent rumor indicated that the Rangers were considering Gee. The right-hander has been pushed out of the Mets' starting rotation with the return of Matt Harvey, so he'll operate as a swingman, pitching initially out of the bullpen. Gee, who can become a free agent after the 2016 season, should continue to find his name in trade rumors throughout the season. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:25 am
    • James Paxton to long toss on Tuesday
      James Paxton (forearm) will long toss on Tuesday and reportedly feels fantastic, according to Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times.

      Advice: Paxton, who injured his forearms in an awkward fall during an agility drill in February, is being used cautiously by the Mariners. He could throw a bullpen on Friday, which will allow the Mariners to get a better feel for where he's at. Paxton believes he has plenty of time to get ready for the regular season. The lefty impressed in 13 starts last season, posting a 3.04 ERA with a 59/29 K/BB ratio in 74 innings. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:20 am
    • Andrus won't play in Cactus League opener
      Elvis Andrus (knee) will not play in Wednesday's Cactus League opener against the Royals.

      Advice: Andrus doesn't believe his knee issue to be serious, so he should get into the Rangers' lineup soon. The shortstop has put up mediocre numbers in each of the last two seasons, sporting a sub-.660 OPS. After stealing 42 bases in 2013, he stole only 27 bags last season while leading the league, having been caught stealing 15 times. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:10 am
    • Josh Johnson to throw on flat ground soon
      Josh Johnson (elbow) is scheduled to throw to a catcher on flat ground next week.

      Advice: Johnson will long toss at 240 feet this week. The right-hander is on his way back from his second Tommy John procedure, done this past April. He's on track to return at some point in May, barring any setbacks. Johnson has struggled to stay healthy over his career, but will still be worth a flier in fantasy leagues when he's ready to come off the disabled list. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:05 am
    • Votto won't be out of Reds' lineup for long
      Reds manager Bryan Price said Tuesday that Joey Votto (quad) won't be out of the lineup for long.

      Advice: Votto is not up to game speed, so the Reds are taking it slow with their first baseman. He missed the entirety of the second half of 2014 with a distal strain in his right quadriceps, finishing the season with an uncharacteristic .255/.390/.409 slash line. A return to health could springboard his numbers back into fantasy elite status. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:00 am
    • Phillies not interested in Victorino reunion
      The Phillies are not interested in acquiring Shane Victorino in any trade with the Red Sox, as they are intent on bringing back younger, cheaper talent, Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports.

      Advice: The Phillies are in rebuilding mode, so Victorino wouldn't make much sense for them despite sporting an incomplete outfield. Victorino missed large chunks of time last season due to hamstring and back issues, but is John Farrell's favorite to claim the starting job in right field. When he's healthy, he provides speed and power, but it remains to be seen if his recent bout with injuries has sapped him of either. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:39 am
    • Rosario to work at first in intrasquad game
      Wilin Rosario will get some work at first base in the Rockies' intrasquad game on Tuesday.

      Advice: The Rockies intend to use Rosario less behind the plate in 2015. They'll get him into the lineup by putting him at first base or in the outfield. Rosario has 25-homer potential and the less-taxing work at his new positions may help him rack up the counting stats during the year. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:29 am
    • Yunel Escobar (fever) returns to practice
      Yunel Escobar (fever) missed on-field workouts Monday morning but will be back out on the field Tuesday.

      Advice: The Nationals don't start exhibition play until Thursday against the Mets, so Escobar should be firing on all cylinders then. Escobar, 32, is shifting from shortstop to second base this season. The veteran has limited fantasy value, having consistently hit in the mid-.250's with fewer than 10 home runs in each of the last three seasons. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:16 am
    • Twins' extension with Dozier gaining traction
      The Twins are making progress on a contract extension with Brian Dozier, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

      Advice: The deal is believed to be close. The Twins signed starter Phil Hughes to an extension earlier this offseason and are ticking another box in extending Dozier. Dozier, 27, will become eligible for arbitration for the first time after the season, so an extension would likely cover all three years and potentially more. The second baseman broke out last season with a productive .242/.345/.416 slash line along with 23 home runs, 71 RBI, and 21 stolen bases last season. His combination of power and speed makes him extremely valuable, both to the Twins and to fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:04 am
    • Harang scratched from Wed. start vs. Yanks
      Aaron Harang has been scratched from Wednesday's Grapefruit League start against the Yankees, citing mechanical issues as per Meghan Montemurro of The News Journal.

      Advice: Montemurro noted that Harang had put an ice pack on his back, but the pitcher himself said the reason for the scratch was mechanical. CSN Philly's Jim Salisbury reports Kevin Slowey will start in Harang's place. Harang more or less has a spot sealed up in the Phillies' rotation and should be handled with extreme caution in fantasy leagues given his mediocre repertoire and the peripherals he put up last season (161/71 K/BB ratio in 204 1/3 innings). Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:54 am
    • Johan Santana begins his throwing program
      Johan Santana will begin his throwing program on Tuesday.

      Advice: Santana, 35, is attempting to make it back to the major leagues for the first time since 2012. In the time since, he has undergone major shoulder surgery and suffered an Achilles injury last season. If Santana has a worry-free spring, the left-hander could join the Blue Jays' rotation at some point in April, though he is reportedly "highly unlikely" to be ready for Opening Day. He will earn a $2.5 million salary with contract incentives that could pay him more should he make the major league roster. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:48 am
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    • Stanton not in Marlins' lineup vs. Hurricanes
      Giancarlo Stanton (face) is not in the Marlins' starting lineup for Tuesday's exhibition game against the Miami Hurricanes.

      Advice: Stanton was hit in the hip during an intrasquad game over the weekend, but he was only grazed. The Marlins are just taking it easy with Stanton early on. He'll be back in the lineup on Thursday when the Marlins open Grapefruit League action against the Cardinals. Stanton was hit in the face with a fastball in September last season, requiring surgery. He will be wearing a new, more protective helmet and should still be counted on for elite fantasy numbers as he begins a record 13-year, $325 million contract signed in November. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:31 am
    • Harvey likely to make season debut on April 9
      Matt Harvey (elbow) is likely to make his regular season debut on April 9 in Washington against the Nationals, the third game of the regular season, according to Kevin Kernan of the New York Daily News.

      Advice: Harvey should also be good to go for his next turn on April 14 at home against the Phillies, Kernan added. The right-hander is nearly fully recovered from his October 2013 Tommy John surgery. Expect the Mets to take their foot off the gas with Harvey often throughout the season. Innings aside, though, the sky remains the limit for the talented youngster, who finished the 2013 season with a 2.27 ERA and 191/31 K/BB ratio in 178 1/3 innings, good enough for fourth in NL Cy Young Award balloting. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:22 am
    • Rangers could still consider Dillon Gee
      Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that "some in the game believe" the Rangers "may make a push" to acquire Dillon Gee.

      Advice: The Rangers have been connected to Gee as far back as the Winter Meetings, though they've traded for Yovani Gallardo, Ross Detwiler and Anthony Ranaudo since then. Cotillo notes that it's "unclear if the sides are in active discussions." He also reports that "one scenario that is being thrown about in baseball circles" is a deal that would send Gee and "some additional pieces" to Texas for Jurickson Profar. It's hard to see that one having any legs, but it's certainly interesting and worth noting. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:38 pm
    • Joey Votto (quad) not yet up to game speed
      Reds manager Bryan Price said Monday that Joey Votto (quad) is not up to game speed.

      Advice: But that was by design heading into the spring, and the 31-year-old first baseman should start seeing his name in Cactus League lineups soon. "I feel really, really good," Votto told reporters Monday. "I'm surprised at how good I feel this early. I feel like I'm trending toward being able to play games here in the not too distant future." He logged only 272 plate appearances in 2014 due to a distal quad strain. The potential is there for a big-time rebound. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:16 am
    • Madson (back) scratched from throwing
      Ryan Madson was scratched from the Royals' throwing schedule Monday due to back stiffness.

      Advice: It's not a serious issue. Madson hasn't appeared in a major league game since the 2011 season due to chronic elbow issues and is doubtful to crack the Royals' Opening Day bullpen. He signed a minor league contract with Kansas City in January. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:41 am
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    • Simmons (oblique) a week from spring debut
      Andrelton Simmons (oblique) probably won't make his Grapefruit League debut for another week.

      Advice: Simmons is thought to be over his oblique strain, but the Braves are going to play it extra safe here in early March. He should be 100 percent for the start of the 2014 season and will try to rebound offensively after batting just .244/.286/.331 with seven home runs in 146 games last year. Simmons is only 25 years old. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:23 am
    • Dodgers' Ryu (back) throws bullpen session
      Hyun-Jin Ryu (back) threw a bullpen session Monday.

      Advice: Ryu was backed off his spring throwing program for a bit after tweaking a muscle in the middle of his back last week. He should be ready for Cactus League games soon and is not in danger of missing a regular-season start. The 27-year-old left-hander owns a 3.17 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 293/78 K/BB ratio in 344 major league innings. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:00 am
    • Andrus left workout Sunday with sore knee
      Elvis Andrus left the Rangers' team workout Sunday with minor soreness in his left knee.

      Advice: Andrus paid a visit to Dr. Keith Meister, who told Rangers general manager Jon Daniels that it's not a significant injury. The 26-year-old shortstop may take it easy for a couple of days, but he should get into Cactus League games soon enough. He's trying to get his career back on track after batting just .263/.314/.333 in 2014. Andrus was also caught stealing on 15 of his 42 stolen base attempts last year. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:02 am
    • Holland (shoulder) plans to play catch Mon.
      Derek Holland (shoulder) plans to play catch Monday.

      Advice: Holland was scratched from an appearance in an intrasquad game Sunday due to discomfort in his left shoulder, but the belief is that it's just routine spring soreness. The 28-year-old southpaw is aiming for a big bounceback 2015 after logging just 37 innings in 2014. He had microfracture knee surgery last January. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:23 am
    • Paxton (forearm) ready for first 'pen session
      James Paxton (forearm) is expected to throw his first bullpen session of the spring on Tuesday.

      Advice: Paxton fell awkwardly on both of his arms during one of the first workouts of Mariners camp and has been taking it easy for the past couple of weeks. The left-hander should be 100 percent by the beginning of the 2015 regular season. He owns a shiny 2.66 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 80/36 K/BB ratio in 98 career major league innings. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:25 am
    • Holland has 'normal soreness' in shoulder
      Derek Holland was scratched from an appearance in Sunday's intrasquad game due to "normal spring soreness" in his left shoulder, according to Rangers general manager Jon Daniels.

      Advice: "No alarm bells," Daniels added. Holland is simply expected to throw on Monday instead, so it does appear that there's nothing to worry about here. The left-hander is a nice bounce-back candidate this season after being limited to just 37 innings in 2014 as he worked his way back from knee surgery. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 7:02 am
    • Kipnis to miss 2-3 Cactus League games
      Jason Kipnis (finger) could miss the first 2-3 Cactus League games as he continues to recover from December's surgery to repair tendon damage in his left ring finger.

      Advice: The 27-year-old is progressing nicely in his recovery and should soon be hitting without any restrictions. He's looking to rebound from a tremendously disappointing 2014 campaign in which he slashed .240/.310/.330 with six homers and 41 RBI in 129 contests. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:33 pm
    • Ryu (back) scheduled to throw bullpen Monday
      Hyun-Jin Ryu (back) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Monday.

      Advice: The 27-year-old southpaw has taken things easy the past couple of days after tweaking a muscle in his back during a fielding drill on Tuesday. He should have no difficulty getting ready in time for the start of the regular season. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:53 am
    • James Paxton (forearm) to play catch Monday
      James Paxton (forearm) is scheduled to play catch on Monday.

      Advice: The Mariners are taking things very cautiously with Paxton this spring, and will build him up to throwing bullpen sessions. Their goal is to get him up to throwing five inning starts before the end of the Cactus League schedule. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:31 am
    • Simmons (oblique) takes some dry swings
      Andrelton Simmons (oblique) did some light throwing and took some dry swings on Friday.

      Advice: It's a surprise given that he was diagnosed with an oblique strain just a day ago. Simmons will likely continue to slowly build up his hitting progression over the next few days, but it sounds like he won't be sidelined very long at all. The slick-fielding shortstop hit .244/.286/.331 with seven home runs in 146 games last season. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:09 am
    • Santana not expected to be ready by opener
      Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Friday that Johan Santana (shoulder, Achilles) is "highly unlikely" to be ready by Opening Day.

      Advice: Santana hasn't pitched in the majors since 2012, as he missed 2013 while recovering from a second major shoulder surgery and 2014 after blowing out his Achilles. He had a minor setback with his shoulder earlier this offseason, but delaying his start to 2015 likely is just so he can build up some stamina. The Blue Jays are viewing Santana as a starter, and he could be part of the rotation at some point in April if all goes well. The lefty has an opt-out clause in his contract on April 28 and will make $2.5 million plus incentives when on the big league roster. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:04 am
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    • Blue Jays sign Johan Santana to minors deal
      Blue Jays signed LHP Johan Santana to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

      Advice: He'll make a base salary of $2.5 million if in the majors. Santana last pitched in the majors in 2012 before undergoing a second major shoulder surgery. He then had his comeback attempt last season sabotaged by a torn Achilles. The veteran left-hander experienced shoulder soreness while pitching in winter ball last month, but he didn't have any structural damage and the Jays decided to take a shot on him. Slated to turn 36 next month, Santana is obviously a long shot but is worth a gamble on a minor league deal. He'll compete for the final spot in Toronto's rotation. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:06 pm
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    • Victorino wants to return to switch-hitting
      Shane Victorino said Thursday that he wants return to switch-hitting this season.

      Advice: Victorino gave up hitting from the left side at the end of the 2013 season due to thumb and hamstring injuries, but he's ready to give it another try. "Yeah, absolutely," explained Victorino. "Everything feels great. It's something I've been successful at and that I would like to go back to. The body feels good, and we'll go from there. It's a good thing to have in your back pocket, being able to switch-hit. I came into camp, I spoke to them about it and I told them I would like to try it again and they were all for it." Red Sox manager John Farrell recently said that Victorino will be the starting right fielder this season as long as he's healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 2:35 pm
    • Giancarlo Stanton (face) tracks live pitches
      Giancarlo Stanton faced live pitching Thursday for the first time since last year's brutal season-ending beaning.

      Advice: Stanton suffered multiple facial fractures and dental damage when he was struck in the face last September by a Mike Fiers pitch. He will wear a protective guard on his helmet this season, though he did not sport it Thursday because he was only tracking pitches, not swinging. Stanton signed a 13-year, $325 million contract extension with the Marlins in November. He should again be a fantasy monster in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:45 am
    • Andrelton Simmons suffers strained oblique
      Andrelton Simmons is taking it easy in Braves camp after being diagnosed with a strained oblique.

      Advice: It's no big deal here in late February. Simmons will likely refrain from throwing and hitting for the next week or two, but he has plenty of time to catch up before the start of the 2015 regular season. The 25-year-old shortstop is aiming for a big bounceback after hitting just .244/.286/.331 with seven home runs in 146 games last summer for Atlanta. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:01 am
    • Josh Johnson (elbow) nearing mound work
      Josh Johnson (elbow) could throw his first bullpen session as early as next week.

      Advice: Johnson underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last April -- the second such procedure of his career -- and probably won't be an option for the Padres' rotation until mid-to-late May. He signed a one-year, $1 million contract with San Diego in late December. The deal also carries $6.25 million in performance-based bonuses. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:54 am
    • Ryu (back) will have another light day Thurs.
      Hyun-Jin Ryu (back) will have another light day Thursday in Dodgers camp.

      Advice: Ryu tweaked a muscle in the middle of his back Tuesday during a fielding drill, but it's not believed to be a serious issue. An MRI taken Thursday showed no structural damage. The 27-year-old left-hander owns a terrific 3.17 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 293/78 K/BB ratio in 344 innings since joining the Dodgers from Korea. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 6:36 am
    • Harvey to make Grapefruit debut on March 6
      Matt Harvey (elbow) is expected to make his first Grapefruit League start on March 6.

      Advice: It's a home game in Port St. Lucie, Florida against the visiting Tigers. Harvey is 16 months removed from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and should be a full-go when the 2015 regular season opens, though the Mets will probably limit his workload in some fashion after he missed all of 2014. Harvey can still be a top-tier fantasy starter even if he only logs 160-170 innings this summer. The 25-year-old right-hander owns a fantastic 2.39 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, and 261/57 K/BB ratio in 237 2/3 major league frames. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 6:23 am
    • Yunel Escobar embracing transition to 2B
      Yunel Escobar told Jon Heyman of CBS Sports on Wednesday that he is determined to become "one of the best second basemen in the National League."

      Advice: Escobar had some initial misgivings about moving away from shortstop, but he met with manager Matt Williams and general manager Mike Rizzo to discuss the issue on the first day he reported to Nats camp in Florida. "After what they expressed to me and what their vision is, I feel more comfortable," Escobar said through Alex Esteban, his agent who acted as interpreter. "I am going to play second base with an open mind." Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 5:08 am
    • Brandon Moss (hip) takes batting practice
      Brandon Moss (hip) took batting practice on the field Wednesday for the first time this spring.

      Advice: Moss is currently rehabbing from October hip surgery. Indians manager Terry Francona said earlier this week that he's not ready to commit to him being ready for Opening Day, but the expectation is that he could be cleared for game action by mid-March. If so, he shouldn't need many at-bats to be tuned up. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:33 pm
    • Ryu out Wednesday with mid-back tightness
      Hyun-Jin Ryu is currently dealing with mid-back tightness.

      Advice: Ryu will sit out Wednesday, but he shouldn't be sidelined for long. The southpaw has enjoyed a lot of success since coming over to MLB in 2013, posting a 3.17 ERA over 56 starts, and is an underrated option in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:58 am
    • Harvey (elbow) to throw batting practice Fri.
      Matt Harvey (elbow) will throw his first batting practice session Friday.

      Advice: Harvey recently incorporated curveballs and sliders into his throwing sessions as he continues to progress from Tommy John surgery. Now he's ready to make the next step. As of now, the Mets are planning on Harvey being a full-go when the season begins. We wouldn't be surprised if it takes the Mets' ace some time to get back to his usual dominant self, as we have seen with other pitchers in the past, but it's worth noting that he is 16 months removed from surgery. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:36 am
    • Paxton (forearm) to resume throwing soon
      Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Tuesday that James Paxton (forearm) is expected to resume full throwing workouts early next week.

      Advice: Paxton has been held out of workouts since landing awkwardly on both of his forearms last week during an agility drill. He's fine, but the Mariners are just being cautious early in camp. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:26 am
    • Moss (hip) not a given for Indians' opener
      Indians manager Terry Francona on Monday wouldn't commit to Brandon Moss (hip) being ready for Opening Day.

      Advice: Moss is currently working on building up his running program as he rehabs his way back from hip surgery. He's expected to be cleared for game action by mid-March, which should give him enough time to be ready for Opening Day as long as he doesn't have any setbacks. However, his manager obviously isn't ready to commit his name to the Opening Day lineup just yet. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:24 pm
    • Paxton (arm) held out of drills on Monday
      James Paxton was held out of workouts Monday after landing awkwardly on both of his forearms last week during an agility drill.

      Advice: The Mariners don't seem overly concerned and Paxton has plenty of time to catch back up with the other starters in camp. The 26-year-old southpaw boasts a 2.66 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 80/36 K/BB ratio in 98 career major league innings. He's a lock for a rotation spot and should carry considerable fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 9:13 am
    • Johan Santana to resume throwing this week
      Johan Santana (shoulder) plans to resume his throwing program this week.

      Advice: The Twins are among the teams that are still monitoring his situation, but Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN doesn't expect the club to bring the veteran left-hander back. The 35-year-old plans to sign in the next few weeks on what will assuredly be an incentive-laden minor league deal. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 3:35 pm
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    • Brett Cecil believes he can be Jays closer
      Brett Cecil admitted Sunday that he wants to be the Blue Jays closer and believes he can be successful in that role.

      Advice: "Absolutely, I want it" Cecil acknowledged when questioned on the subject. He elaborated on his comfort in the role, "I've done it before at this level, I've never been labeled with having the closer's role, solely having it, but having that label isn't going to change anything either." While he does own six career saves and an above-average strikeout rate, Aaron Sanchez would seem to make the most sense as the Jays' stopper, provided they don't keep him in the rotation. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 3:05 pm
    • Ryan Madson faces hitters Sunday
      Ryan Madson (elbow) threw a live batting practice session Sunday.

      Advice: It's the first time since August of 2013 that Madson has faced hitters, as he's been plagued by elbow issues the last few years. The former closer is in camp with the Royals trying to win a bullpen spot as a non-roster invitee. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 12:22 pm
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    • Matt Harvey throws breaking balls
      Matt Harvey threw curveballs and sliders Sunday for the first time since having Tommy John surgery.

      Advice: He could also have another "first" later this week when he possibly faces hitters. Harvey's rehab has progressed as hoped to this point and he's expected to open the season in the Mets' rotation. General manager Sandy Alderson said recently that Harvey could throw as many as 200 innings should the Mets make the playoffs. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 9:55 am
    • Matt Harvey will open season in Mets rotation
      Mets manager Terry Collins indicated Saturday that Matt Harvey will open the season in the Mets rotation and he will make his debut within the first five games.

      Advice: Collins also noted that there is no plan to skip any of Harvey's starts, which gives traction to general manager Sandy Alderson's comments from yesterday that it's possible Harvey could reach the 200 inning plateau in 2015. While expectations should be tempered on the talented young right-hander as he returns from Tommy John surgery, it appears as there will be no limitations on his workload. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 10:31 am
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