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    • Billingsley (elbow) sidelined until late Apr.
      Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that Chad Billingsley (elbow) is not expected to be game-ready for the Phillies until late April.

      Advice: Billingsley is behind the other pitchers in camp after being limited to just two starts over the last two seasons following Tommy John and flexor tendon surgeries. He'll be a part of the rotation once healthy, but the Phillies will need one of David Buchanan or Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez to hold down a spot for a few weeks. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:26 pm
    • Wade Miley goes two scoreless in win
      Wade Miley started and pitched two scoreless innings in Boston's 1-0 defeat of Boston College on Tuesday.

      Advice: It seems the Red Sox's pitching is plenty good enough to compete in Division 1, having allowed five hits and one unearned run over 18 innings versus Northeastern and B.C. today. The offense, though, isn't quite in midseason form of yet. The Red Sox used backups in this one after going with starters in the first game, and the group combined for six hits, including two from Jemile Weeks. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:00 pm
    • Madison Bumgarner lit up in Cactus debut
      Madison Bumgarner was touched up for four runs over just 1 2/3 innings in Tuesday's loss to the Athletics.

      Advice: Bumgarner surrendered a double, a triple and a home run among the five hits he permitted. The lefty had a huge workload in 2014 between the regular and postseason, but we'll only become worried if he starts to have a few of these kinds of outings when the regular seasons begins. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:58 pm
    • McAllister goes two innings in Cactus debut
      Zach McAllister allowed one run in two innings Tuesday in the Indians' Cactus League opener against the Reds.

      Advice: He gave up three hits, but walked none and struck out three. McAllister is currently fighting for one of the final spots in the Indians' rotation, but he also has experience as a reliever so he should be on the Opening day roster no matter what. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:20 pm
    • Ubaldo Jimenez gives up six runs to Tigers
      Ubaldo Jimenez was tagged for six runs -- five earned -- in 1 1/3 innings by the Tigers on Tuesday.

      Advice: Jimenez pitched a scoreless first, but this unraveled quickly in the second, with two walks, two HBPs, a wild pitch and a three-run homer from Ian Kinsler. We're guessing that Jimenez will open the year in the pen if the Orioles' other five rotation options all finish the spring healthy. He's not one of our preferred rebound candidates. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:36 pm
    • Molitor views Pelfrey as starting pitcher
      Twins manager Paul Molitor said Tuesday that he views Mike Pelfrey as a starter.

      Advice: Molitor said the same about Alex Meyer, shooting down some speculation that both could be used out of the bullpen. Pelfrey made just five starts last season prior to undergoing surgery to relieve pressure on the ulnar nerve in his throwing elbow. Tommy Milone is likely his top competition to lock down the fifth spot in the rotation this spring. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:37 pm
    • Parker (elbow) hopes to throw BP soon
      Jarrod Parker (elbow) hopes to throw live batting practice soon.

      Advice: Parker, who is now almost a year removed from Tommy John surgery, threw 43 pitches in a bullpen session Tuesday without incident. He threw fastballs, changeups, and curveballs in the session. Interestingly, he's not incorporating sliders right now and even indicated that he could come back without the pitch. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:33 am
    • A.J. Griffin (elbow) throws off mound
      A.J. Griffin (elbow) threw 35 pitches off the mound on Tuesday.

      Advice: Griffin, who is working his way back from Tommy John surgery, threw fastballs and changeups. However, he also mixed in some curveballs during a flat-ground session. The A's are hopeful the young right-hander will be ready to contribute around midseason. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:44 am
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    • Scherzer to start Thursday against the Mets
      Max Scherzer will start the Nationals' Grapefruit League opener Thursday against the Mets.

      Advice: Scherzer, who signed a seven-year, $210 million contract with Washington over the winter, is expected to throw two innings in his first outing with his new club. He's expected to be followed by Tanner Roark, who currently projects to pitch out of the bullpen this season. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:32 am
    • Kelley (groin) close to throwing side session
      Casey Kelly (groin) hopes to throw a side session on Friday.

      Advice: Kelly suffered a minor groin strain early last week, but Padres manager Bud Black said Tuesday that he is increasing his intensity of baseball activities. If healthy, the 25-year-old projects to begin the season in the rotation with Triple-A Tucson. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:25 am
    • Report: Chris Young to sign by end of week
      ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that free agent right-hander Chris Young is planning to review offers and make a decision on where to sign by the end of the week.

      Advice: The market for Young was extremely quiet over the winter despite him posting a 3.65 ERA over 29 starts and one relief appearance with the Mariners last season. It's hard to count on him to stay healthy, but he'd be useful rotation depth for a handful of teams. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:22 am
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    • Royals' Luke Hochevar (elbow) faces hitters
      Luke Hochevar (elbow) faced hitters Tuesday for the first time since Tommy John surgery.

      Advice: It's a big step for Hochevar, who is nearly a full year removed from Tommy John surgery. He still has some hurdles to cross, but the Royals believe he'll be ready for Opening Day or close to it. He could be a big weapon for a bullpen which was already a strength last season. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:57 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • Hochevar (elbow) ready around start of season
      Royals manager Ned Yost said Monday that Luke Hochevar (elbow) should be ready on Opening Day or "real soon afterwards."

      Advice: Hochevar underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last March, and the rehab for that surgery usually takes relievers around 13 months. He's a week behind the other setup options in Royals camp. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:00 am
    • Bumgarner to start Cactus League opener
      Madison Bumgarner will start the Giants' Cactus League opener against the Athletics on Tuesday.

      Advice: The World Series MVP will head back to work, looking to improve upon a terrific 2014 campaign where he posted an 18-10 record, 2.98 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 219/43 K/BB ratio over 217 1/3 innings. While the large workload that he shouldered in the postseason is mildly concerning, the 25-year-old hurler should still be one of the top seven starting pitchers selected in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 11:44 am
    • Mike Pelfrey (elbow) throws to live hitters
      Mike Pelfrey (elbow) threw to live hitters for the first time on Saturday since undergoing elbow surgery in May.

      Advice: The veteran right-hander came away from the session feeling great and he was pleased with his overall ability to locate pitches. While he's in camp competing for a spot in the Twins' Opening Day rotation, he has indicated that he's also open to the idea of pitching out of the bullpen. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 11:37 am
    • Casey Kelly cleared for baseball activities
      Casey Kelly (groin) has been given clearance for field work and some baseball activities.

      Advice: He isn't, however, ready to resume throwing bullpen sessions. The Padres are opting to play things cautiously as Kelly recovers from a minor groin strain and won't rush him back into action. He's expected to begin the season in the rotation at Triple-A Tucson. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:03 am
    • A.J. Griffin placed on 60-day DL
      Athletics placed RHP A.J. Griffin on the 60-day disabled list.

      Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Alex Hassan. Griffin will be out until around midseason as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 12:39 pm
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    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • Kelly (groin) feels improvement Monday
      Casey Kelly (groin) said he was feeling better Monday.

      Advice: Kelly was held out of workouts for the second straight day Monday due to a minor groin strain. There's no clear timetable for his return, but Padres manager Bud Black said that it will be a "slow process." The good news is that Kelly's arm feels OK after missing most of the past two seasons with elbow issues. The Padres are hopeful that Kelly will be a part of their rotation in Triple-A. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 1:10 pm
    • Versatility could earn McAllister roster spot
      Due to his ability to start and pitch out of the bullpen, Zach McAllister is expected to earn a spot on the Indians' Opening Day roster.

      Advice: While the 27-year-old is vying for the fifth and final spot in the Tribe's starting rotation, he demonstrated the ability to pitch well out of the bullpen in September and opened a few eyes in the organization. As he's out of options, he would have to be exposed to waivers if he doesn't earn a spot on the 25-man roster, which gives the team additional motivation to find a spot where he'll fit. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 6:30 pm
    • 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
    • Casey Kelly battling groin injury
      Casey Kelly will be out of action for a few days due to a minor groin strain.

      Advice: The groin ailment isn't a big deal, but Kelly needs to get in all the throwing he can after missing most of the last two seasons with elbow issues. He's expected to be healthy come Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 9:04 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
    • Ubaldo Jimenez optimistic about new delivery
      Ubaldo Jimenez indicated he felt great after Friday's bullpen session, utilizing the new delivery that he changed to last September.

      Advice: Jimenez has lowered his hands, making his delivery much more compact and easily repeatable. He's on the outside looking in on the Orioles rotation, so he'll need a strong showing this spring to state his case. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 6:10 am
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