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  • Duffy strikes out seven Diamondbacks in win
    Danny Duffy struck out seven but allowed four runs over five innings in Saturday's win over the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: The southpaw was victimized for two home runs accounting for all four runs, and he gave up seven hits and two walks on the afternoon. Duffy has a 4.91 ERA this spring but owns a spot in the Royals' starting rotation to open the season. He's an upside play for AL-only owners looking for cheap pitching.
    Yesterday, 5:16 pm
  • Shoemaker allows a pair of homers vs. Dodgers
    Matt Shoemaker struggled in Saturday's start against the Dodgers, allowing four runs -- including three on two home runs -- in six-plus innings as the Angels lost 5-4.

    Advice: Shoemaker served up a two-run home run to Joc Pederson in the second inning, then a solo shot to Alex Guerrero in the third. Guerrero had nearly taken him deep in the first, but Mike Trout brought it back from over the fence in center field. Overall, the right-hander allowed five hits and a walk while striking out two. Shoemaker broke out last season with a 16-4 record, a 3.04 ERA, and a 124/24 K/BB ratio in 136 innings last season, finishing second in AL Rookie of the Year balloting.
    Yesterday, 4:28 pm
  • Huff's strong spring continues vs. the Angels
    David Huff continued to pitch well, holding the Angels to just one run over 3 1/3 innings in Saturday's start.

    Advice: Huff danced around six hits and a walk without recording a strikeout. The left-hander owns an impressive 1.50 ERA through 12 innings this spring, though he also sports an uninspiring 4/2 K/BB ratio. Given how thin the Dodgers are with pitching depth, Huff has a good chance of making the 25-man roster as a long man out of the bullpen.
    Yesterday, 4:23 pm
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  • McAllister fans nine Brewers in Indians win
    Zach McAllister struck out nine Brewers batters over five innings, allowing two runs Saturday.

    Advice: McAllister allowed six hits and didn't walk a batter, posting an impressive 9/0 K/BB ratio in the game. With Danny Salazar in Triple-A, McAllister has a good shot at winning a rotation spot with the Indians. Saturday's effort certainly helps that cause.
    Yesterday, 4:20 pm
  • Chapman starts, fans the side vs. Cubs
    Aroldis Chapman started Saturday's game against the Cubs and struck out the side in his only inning of work.

    Advice: Chapman struck out Dexter Fowler, Arismendy Alcantara, and Jorge Soler in succession. The fireballing lefty is sitting on a 16/3 K/BB ratio in 11 spring innings. Manager Bryan Price said prior to the game that "there might be opportunities" to use Chapman for more than three outs during the regular season, per's Mark Sheldon.
    Yesterday, 4:05 pm
  • Rangers grant Juan Carlos Oviedo his release
    Rangers released RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo.

    Advice: Oviedo was told he wouldn't break camp with the club, so he asked to be released in hopes of catching on elsewhere. The 33-year-old had a 3.69 ERA with the Rays last season, but his best days are surely behind him.
    Yesterday, 3:44 pm
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  • Robertson (forearm) set to pitch Sunday
    David Robertson (forearm) is scheduled to pitch Sunday.

    Advice: Robertson has been dealing with some forearm soreness in camp, but as of now it doesn't appear to be anything major. If healthy, the right-hander will be the team's closer this season after saving 39 games for the Yankees in 2014.
    Yesterday, 2:08 pm
  • Steven Wright gives up five runs
    Steven Wright surrendered five unearned runs in 3 2/3 innings Saturday against the Rays.

    Advice: Wright had it easy for three innings, but he couldn't pitch around Xander Bogaerts' error in the fourth and he had to be taken out. Wright was credited with the win anyway, and since the runs were unearned, he's still sitting pretty with a 3-0 record and a 1.32 ERA. He'll be Boston's fifth start if Joe Kelly opens up on the DL.
    Yesterday, 1:45 pm
  • Oviedo told he won't make Rangers roster
    Juan Carlos Oviedo has been told he won't make the Rangers' Opening Day roster.

    Advice: Oviedo was brought to camp as a non-roster invitee, but a 4.91 ERA in 3 2/3 spring innings didn't do much to impress. He'll now have to decide whether to ask for his release or accept an assignment to Triple-A.
    Yesterday, 1:32 pm
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  • Andrew Bailey works scoreless frame
    Andrew Bailey, who missed all of last season following labrum surgery, pitched a scoreless inning in his fourth appearance of the spring Saturday against the Orioles.

    Advice: Bailey allowed an unearned run his first time out, but he's gotten through the other outings clean, and with the way he's throwing, there'd seem to be a shot of him helping the Yankees later this year. He is going to open the season in the minors.
    Yesterday, 1:21 pm
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  • Dellin Betances ineffective again
    Dellin Betances turned in another shaky inning Saturday, giving up one run versus the Orioles.

    Advice: Betances walked one, and it appeared he was going to walk a second when he was given a very generous strike three call off the plate to end his frame. Betances' velocity is still well down, and he doesn't seem to be finishing his pitches. There isn't supposed to be anything wrong physically, and it's possible he'll suddenly find his mechanics and resume throwing like he did last year. Until then, though, it's hard to see the Yankees using him to close games.
    Yesterday, 1:19 pm
  • Carlos Villanueva gives up run to Tigers
    Carlos Villanueva gave up a run in his inning of relief Saturday against the Tigers.

    Advice: It might have been Villanueva's final outing before the Cardinals make a decision on whether to carry him; he has an out in his contract next week if he's not going to make the team. It'd make a lot of sense for the Cardinals to bring him up north if they decide to send Carlos Martinez down to start games in Triple-A. If Jaime Garcia is in the rotation and Martinez is in the pen, there probably wouldn't be room for Villanueva.
    Yesterday, 1:01 pm
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  • Blaine Boyer throws perfect inning
    Blaine Boyer finished off the Phillies with a perfect ninth inning Saturday.

    Advice: Boyer hasn't officially won a spot yet, but he's almost certain to be a part of the Twins' pen on Opening Day. He's allowed two runs in 10 2/3 innings this spring. Last year, he had a 3.57 ERA in 40 1/3 innings for the Padres.
    Yesterday, 12:51 pm
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  • Ken Giles throws perfect inning
    Ken Giles bounced back from Thursday's poor outing with a perfect inning Saturday against the Twins.

    Advice: Giles gave up four runs against the Blue Jays two days ago. He had walked a total of seven batters in 7 1/3 innings this spring, but he managed to find the strike zone today.
    Yesterday, 12:48 pm
  • White Sox option Daniel Webb to Triple-A
    White Sox optioned RHP Daniel Webb to Triple-A Charlotte.

    Advice: Once thought of as the team's closer of the future, the 25-year-old posted a troublesome 8.68 ERA and 2.25 WHIP in 9 1/3 innings in the spring. He should get an opportunity with the White Sox at some point during the upcoming season.
    Yesterday, 12:23 pm
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  • Rockies option three to minor league camp
    Rockies optioned RHP Jairo Diaz, INF Christian Adames and OF Kyle Parker to minor league camp.

    Advice: Diaz could have secured a spot in the Rockies bullpen to begin the season, but posted a 7.11 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 4/3 K/BB ratio over 6 1/3 innings in Cactus League play. He should get an opportunity to work out of the Rockies bullpen at some point during the upcoming season.
    Yesterday, 11:50 am
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  • Cubs grant release to southpaw Felix Doubront
    Cubs released LHP Felix Doubront.

    Advice: The veteran southpaw was knocked around in his seven spring innings, allowing nine runs on 17 hits. He will receive 45 days of termination pay from the Cubs, roughly equaling $473,000. He'll look to latch on elsewhere.
    Yesterday, 11:33 am
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  • Rangers acquire Sam Freeman from Cardinals
    Rangers acquired LHP Sam Freeman from the Cardinals for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

    Advice: Freeman was unlikely to crack the Cardinals' Opening Day bullpen, so they opted to flip him to get what they could. The 27-year-old posted a 2.61 ERA, and 1.40 WHIP with a 35/19 K/BB ratio in 38 innings in 2014.
    Yesterday, 11:10 am
  • League expected to be placed on 60-day DL
    Brandon League is expected to be sidelined for the next two months and is attempting to avoid surgery on his ailing shoulder.

    Advice: League expects to begin the season on the 60-day disabled list, and may be out considerably longer. He can safely be written off in all but the deepest of NL-only formats.
    Yesterday, 9:24 am
  • Ross Ohlendorf won't be ready for Opening Day
    Ross Ohlendorf (groin) will not be ready for Opening Day.

    Advice: He will begin the season in the rotation at the Triple-A level, but the Rangers do expect him to contribute at the major league level in 2015. He has pitched well in limited time this spring, fanning 11 over five shutout innings.
    Yesterday, 9:09 am
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  • Angels release veteran reliever Lindstrom
    Angels released RHP Matt Lindstrom.

    Advice: He had an opt-out clause in his contract if he wasn't on the Opening Day roster, so the move doesn't come as a huge surprise. The 35-year-old struggled in Cactus League play, posting a 11.12 ERA, 2.30 WHIP and 5/4 K/BB ratio in 5 2/3 innings.
    Yesterday, 9:00 am
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  • Koji Uehara not yet ruled out for Opening Day
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said Saturday that Koji Uehara (hamstring) has not been ruled out for Opening Day.

    Advice: "He's a one-inning reliever, a veteran guy", Farrell said Saturday, indicating that he doesn't need much in-game preparation to get ready for the regular season. In the event that Uehara is unable to go, Edward Mujica is the favorite to see early save chances for the Red Sox.
    Yesterday, 8:21 am
  • Bobby Parnell expected to return in mid-April
    Bobby Parnell (elbow) has been progressing quicker than anticipated in his recovery from Tommy John surgery and is expected to return to the Mets bullpen in mid-April.

    Advice: The early timetable that the team gave was early May, but it appears that the veteran right-hander should beat that estimate. He's expected to work in a setup capacity in his return, but could eventually challenge Jenrry Mejia for save opportunities.
    Yesterday, 6:46 am
  • Tigers release right-hander Luke Putkonen
    Tigers released RHP Luke Putkonen.

    Advice: He was reassigned to minor league camp on March 17. Putkonen pitched well out of the Tigers bullpen in 2014 before an elbow injury ended his season prematurely. He should have little trouble latching on elsewhere.
    Yesterday, 6:36 am
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  • Vic Black to throw off mound on Saturday
    Vic Black (shoulder) is scheduled to throw 20 pitches off of a mound on Saturday.

    Advice: It will be his first time doing so since being shut down on March 9 with shoulder tendinitis. While he is progressing nicely, his availability for Opening Day remains doubtful.
    Yesterday, 6:14 am
  • Joe Nathan says thumbnail is still tender
    Joe Nathan said Saturday that his injured thumbnail is progressing but is still tender.

    Advice: He was able to throw fastballs in a throwing session on Friday and will attempt to throw breaking balls on Saturday. He's scheduled to return to game action on Monday. The veteran right-hander has been abysmal again this spring for the Tigers, but is still expected to begin the season in the closer's role for the Tigers.
    Yesterday, 6:09 am
  • Brandon League shut down for three weeks
    Brandon League will be shut down for the next three weeks due to right posterior shoulder inflammation.

    Advice: League met with two different doctors on Friday after undergoing an MRI on Wednesday. The good news is that there doesn't appear to be any structural damage, but League will surely begin the season on the disabled list and manager Don Mattingly indicated that he expects League to be out at least a couple of months.
    Friday, 3:40 pm
  • Ross Ohlendorf exits with groin injury
    Ross Ohlendorf had to leave an appearance Thursday after aggravating his right groin injury.

    Advice: He's been battling the ailment for over a week. Ohlendorf has struck out 11 over five scoreless frames this spring, which should be good enough to earn an Opening Day roster spot if the groin ailment isn't a major setback.
    Thursday, 8:38 pm
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  • Ken Giles gives up four runs to Jays
    Ken Giles was charged with four runs in two-thirds of an inning Thursday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Giles walked two and allowed two hits, one of them a three-run homer off the bat of Steve Tolleson. We still don't imagine Giles' shaky spring will cost him a roster spot, but he's up to seven walks in 7 1/3 innings. He does need to be better over this next week.
    Thursday, 2:26 pm
  • Nathan to rest due to thumbnail issue
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Thursday that Joe Nathan will rest for the next three days due to a thumbnail issue.

    Advice: It was an issue for him during Thursday's appearance, where he gave up a home run to one of the three batters he faced and sat in the 89-90 mph range. Joakim Soria tossed a scoreless inning Thursday for the save, but Ausmus indicated after the game that there's no competition for the closer role. Nathan still appears likely to go into the season as the closer, but it's hard to have a lot of faith in him right now.
    Thursday, 1:19 pm
  • Uehara (hamstring) throws off flat ground
    Koji Uehara (hamstring) made 60 throws off flat ground Thursday.

    Advice: Uehara strained his left hamstring early last week while doing some conditioning work, but Red Sox manager John Farrell called Thursday a "sizable step" for him. The next step calls for him to throw a bullpen session on Saturday. He remains a question mark for the start of the season. Edward Mujica would fill in at closer if he needs to miss some time.
    Thursday, 1:14 pm
  • Nathan broke thumbnail in outing Thursday
    Joe Nathan broke a thumbnail in his outing Thursday afternoon against the Orioles.

    Advice: Nathan was making back-to-back appearances for the first time this spring. He allowed a home run to Jayson Nix but retired the other two batters he faced. The veteran closer has a 5.79 ERA in 8 1/3 innings this spring and looks like an unreliable fantasy option for the 2015 season. Joakim Soria is next in line for saves in Detroit.
    Thursday, 12:57 pm
  • Robertson has experienced forearm soreness
    White Sox manager Robin Ventura admitted Thursday that David Robertson has battled some forearm soreness this spring.

    Advice: That might help explain Robertson's 7.71 Cactus League ERA. Ventura added that he's not concerned about the $46 million closer being ready for Opening Day, but this is obviously something to monitor. Robertson had a 3.08 ERA with 39 saves and a 96/23 K/BB ratio in 64 1/3 innings last season with the Yankees. Zach Putnam and Jake Petricka are presumably next in line for saves in Chicago, though they're not worth grabbing yet in non-holds leagues.
    Thursday, 12:18 pm
  • League getting second opinion on shoulder
    Brandon League will get a second opinion about his right shoulder Friday from Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

    Advice: League underwent an MRI on the shoulder Wednesday, but the Dodgers haven't revealed the results. The 32-year-old right-hander has been dealing with shoulder discomfort for much of March and obviously won't be ready for Opening Day. He's owed $8.5 million in 2015.
    Thursday, 9:53 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.
    Thursday, 7:14 am
  • Dellin Betances gives up homer
    Pitching for a second straight day, Dellin Betances gave up a homer to one of the two guys he faced in relief Wednesday against the Mets.

    Advice: Betances relieved Masahiro Tanaka with two outs in the fifth and gave up the homer to Juan Lagares. His stuff simply isn't very explosive right now, and while the Yankees keep saying that his stuff improved considerably last year following spring training, it's still a definite source of concern. It could lead to Andrew Miller potentially getting more save chances in the early going.
    Wednesday, 2:15 pm
  • Joe Nathan pitches scoreless inning
    Joe Nathan allowed a pair of singles before finishing a scoreless inning Wednesday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Nathan also pitch around an error to strand the bases loaded. He had pretty good velocity today, with's Jason Beck seeing him at 94 mph on the stadium gun. That's encouraging, even if it wasn't the one-two-three inning we'd like to see.
    Wednesday, 1:52 pm
  • Betances says he's not happy with velocity
    Dellin Betances admitted after Tuesday's game that his velocity is "nowhere near where it should be."

    Advice: Betances was regularly in the mid-to-high 90s during his breakthrough season last year, but he topped out at 94 mph on Tuesday and now has a 5.40 ERA across five appearances this spring. However, Betances and Yankees manager Joe Girardi are convinced that the velocity will come as he pitches more. He's scheduled to pitch on back-to-back days for the first time this spring with another appearance on Wednesday. The Yankees have yet to commit to Betances as their closer and might rely on multiple pitchers for save opportunities in the early part of the season.
    Wednesday, 11:11 am
  • Parnell (elbow) tops out at 92 mph
    Bobby Parnell (elbow) topped out at 92 mph during a minor league game Wednesday.

    Advice: Parnell, who is working his way back from Tommy John surgery, threw 17 pitches over one inning of work and mostly sat in the 89-90 mph range. He's still building arm strength and the Mets aren't counting on him to be a part of their Opening Day bullpen, so velocity isn't a big deal at this stage. He could make his way back to the majors in May if all goes according to plan.
    Wednesday, 10:22 am
  • Brandon League to go for MRI on shoulder
    Brandon League will undergo an MRI on his right shoulder Wednesday.

    Advice: It's a troubling development for the Dodgers. League has been dealing with shoulder soreness this spring and didn't feel right during his bullpen session Tuesday. He now appears likely to begin the year on the disabled list.
    Wednesday, 8:54 am
  • Black (shoulder) resumed throwing
    Vic Black (shoulder) resumed throwing Tuesday.

    Advice: Black hasn't appeared in a Grapefruit League game since March 9 due to shoulder tendinitis. He's starting to make some progress, but Mets general manager Sandy Alderson didn't sound particularly optimistic Tuesday about his chances of being ready for the season.
    Tuesday, 8:58 am
  • 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
  • Black (shoulder) a question for Opening Day
    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson acknowledged Tuesday that Vic Black (shoulder) is a question for Opening Day.

    Advice: Black came down with shoulder tendinitis earlier this month and felt continued discomfort while throwing off flat ground last week, but he's scheduled to try throwing again on Tuesday. Even if he's pain-free, there might not be enough time for him to get ready for the season.
    Tuesday, 7:36 am
  • Matt Shoemaker goes six scoreless Monday
    Matt Shoemaker held the Mariners scoreless on two hits over six innings in Monday's Cactus League contest.

    Advice: The right-hander yielded a single and a double and struck out a pair. It's a nice rebound effort after he was rocked in his last spring appearance, as Shoemaker's Cactus League ERA still sits at 4.85 even after Monday's nice showing. Shoemaker finished runner-up in the AL Rookie of the Year voting in 2014.
    Monday, 6:24 pm
  • McAllister tosses four solid innings vs. A's
    Zach McAllister limited the Athletics to one unearned run over four innings in Monday's Cactus League start.

    Advice: McAllister held the A's to two hits and two walks while striking out four on the afternoon. He lowered his spring ERA to 3.21 in the process, helping his bid to make the back of the Indians' starting rotation. He still ranks behind Danny Salazar and T.J. House, but he still has some time to pad his case.
    Monday, 4:17 pm
  • Ken Giles throws perfect inning
    Ken Giles pitched a perfect ninth for a save Monday against the Twins.

    Advice: Giles was wild early this spring, giving up a run his first time out and five walks total in his first four innings. It looks like he's settling down now, though, pitching 2 2/3 innings without a free pass in his last two appearances. As long as it keeps up, his role as the Phillies' eighth inning guy will be safe.
    Monday, 1:37 pm
  • Black (shoulder) to throw Tuesday
    Vic Black (shoulder) will resume throwing Tuesday.

    Advice: A previous report suggested Black would begin throwing again on Monday, but the Mets are saying this was the plan all along. Black has recently been dealing with shoulder tendinitis and felt continued discomfort after throwing off flat ground last Tuesday. He's running out of time to get ready for Opening Day.
    Monday, 1:21 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
  • David Huff fires three shutout innings Sunday
    David Huff fired three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit in Sunday's Cactus League start against the Indians.

    Advice: Huff didn't walk a batter or record a strikeout on the afternoon. With the injury to Hyun-Jin Ryu opening a spot in the Dodgers rotation, Huff now has a legitimate chance to secure a job as the long man in the bullpen if he continues to pitch well. He owns a terrific 1.04 ERA through 8 2/3 innings this spring.
    Mar 22, 6:13 pm
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  • Joe Girardi in no hurry to name his closer
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Sunday that he may not announce a true closer for the team coming out of spring training.

    Advice: Girardi stated, "Bullpens are subject to change depending on how guys are doing, and it really hasn’t been a worry of mine because I think we have more than one candidate and guys that can do it. I don’t think it’s necessary that we name (one person), you’re going to be our closer right now." The popular thought all along has been that Dellin Betances would fill the role vacated by David Robertson, but Girardi insists that there are many capable options in his bullpen who can get outs in the ninth inning such as Andrew Miller and David Carpenter, in addition to Betances.
    Mar 22, 5:58 pm
  • Duffy limits Giants to two runs over 5 1/3 IP
    Danny Duffy held the Giants to two runs over 5 1/3 innings in Sunday's Cactus League start.

    Advice: Duffy allowed six hits and a walk while striking out two on the afternoon. He's had middling spring results, but he should be firing on all cylinders by the time the regular season starts. The lefty posted a fantastic 2.53 ERA last season along with a 113/53 K/BB ratio in 149 1/3 innings.
    Mar 22, 3:53 pm
  • Joe Nathan gives up run to Nationals
    Joe Nathan gave up a run and two hits in his inning Sunday against the Nationals.

    Advice: It could have been worse, but a comebacker that Nathan tried to barehand ended up ricocheting and turning into a double play for the Tigers. It's the second time in eight appearances that Nathan has been scored upon this spring. Meanwhile, Joakim Soria drew some raves for his inning after Nathan exited.
    Mar 22, 2:38 pm
  • Steven Wright goes four scoreless
    Steven Wright blanked the Phillies for four innings in a win Sunday.

    Advice: The Red Sox don't seem to think Joe Kelly will need to open the season on the DL, but Wright would almost certainly be his replacement if one is needed. The knuckleballer has allowed two earned runs in 10 innings this spring.
    Mar 22, 1:38 pm
  • League (shoulder) could pitch Thursday
    Brandon League (shoulder) could pitch in a Cactus League game as early as Thursday.

    Advice: League threw a 15-pitch bullpen session Sunday with no ill effects. He'll throw another bullpen Tuesday before getting into a game. League has been dealing with some soreness in the shoulder, but he expects to be ready for the start of the season.
    Mar 22, 12:00 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.
    Mar 22, 9:13 am
  • Black (shoulder) to begin throwing Monday
    Vic Black (shoulder) will begin throwing again Monday.

    Advice: Black has been sidelined by shoulder tendinitis and was shut down after feeling discomfort during a throwing session last Tuesday. Black has been on anti-inflammatory medication to help remedy the situation. With roughly two weeks of camp left, Black will have to ramp it up quickly to be on the Mets' Opening Day roster.
    Mar 22, 5:35 am
  • Parnell throws 20 pitches in minors game
    Bobby Parnell (elbow) threw 20 pitches in a minor league game on Saturday.

    Advice: He surrendered two hits in the outing. It was his first game experience since undergoing Tommy John surgery last year. He's expected to miss the first month of the regular season before rejoining the Mets bullpen.
    Mar 21, 10:21 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.
    Mar 21, 5:40 am
  • Joe Nathan pitches perfect inning
    Joe Nathan had another easy outing Friday, striking out one in a perfect inning against the Yankees.

    Advice: Everyone made a huge deal out of Nathan's one bad outing last week (6 R, 4 ER in 2/3 IP), but in his other six appearances, he's allowed two hits in six scoreless innings. His margin for error remains slim, especially with Tigers fans seemingly out for blood, but he's positioned to enter the season as a closer.
    Mar 20, 2:15 pm
  • Brandon League to throw off mound Sunday
    Brandon League (shoulder) is slated to throw a bullpen session on Sunday.

    Advice: League received the go-ahead for mound work after playing catch with no issues. The reliever has been dogged by a shoulder issue for a week, but an anti-inflammatory injection and he expects to be ready for Opening Day. League could be in the mix for saves while Kenley Jansen (foot) is out.
    Mar 20, 10:40 am
  • Bobby Parnell pushed back to Saturday
    Bobby Parnell's (elbow) appearance in a minor league game has been pushed back from Friday to Saturday.

    Advice: It doesn't appear he's had a setback, but rather there's just been a simple change of plans. Working his way back from Tommy John surgery, Parnell is expected to miss the first month of the season.
    Mar 20, 6:26 am
  • 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.
    Mar 19, 3:35 pm
  • Black (shoulder) shut down for a few days
    Vic Black (shoulder) has been shut down for a few more days.

    Advice: Black has recently been dealing with shoulder tendinitis and felt continued discomfort after throwing off flat ground on Tuesday. He took some anti-inflammatories and hopes to resume throwing in a couple of days, but he could be cutting it close to be ready for the start of the season. The Mets' bullpen is suddenly looking quite iffy.
    Mar 19, 1:17 pm
  • Parnell to pitch in minors game Friday
    Bobby Parnell (elbow, hamstring) is expected to pitch in a minor league game Friday.

    Advice: It will be his first game action since undergoing Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow last April. Parnell was originally scheduled to pitch on the minor league side on Tuesday, but the Mets had him throw another bullpen session instead. He's expected to begin the year on the disabled list regardless, so there's no rush. Look for him to join the Mets' bullpen by the start of May if all goes well in his rehab.
    Mar 19, 1:14 pm
  • League (shoulder) expects to be ready
    Brandon League (shoulder) expects to be ready for the beginning of the regular season.

    Advice: League has been shut down for several days due to shoulder soreness, but he got an anti-inflammatory injection on Monday and will resume throwing Thursday. League will likely work in middle relief for the Dodgers this season, but this is a bullpen without clearly defined roles at the top. Kenley Jansen (foot) may miss all of April.
    Mar 19, 9:24 am
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