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  • Matt Harvey strikes out five Cardinals
    Matt Harvey surrendered one run over 4 1/3 innings and struck out five Friday versus the Cardinals.

    Advice: Harvey's velocity was better today after being down a bit last time out, and he had it pretty easy against the Cardinals. He's sporting a 1.45 ERA and a 17/1 K/BB ratio in 18 2/3 innings for the spring.
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  • Jenrry Mejia gives up three runs
    Jenrry Mejia walked two and gave up a three-run homer in two-thirds of an inning of relief Friday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: That Bobby Parnell's Tommy John rehab hasn't gone quite as hoped has sent Mejia's stock rising a bit this spring. Hopefully, today's poor showing was just a blip on the radar. He had allowed one run and walked none in his previous six appearances this month.
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  • Julio Teheran earns win over Red Sox
    Julio Teheran held the Red Sox to two runs over 5 2/3 innings Friday in Atlanta's 4-2 win.

    Advice: The game was called in the eighth after a brief rain delay. Teheran allowed five hits and four walks today, but he was able to pitch his way out of trouble against a lineup that included three regulars and several quality reserves. His spring ERA is down to 5.79.
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  • Clay Buchholz gives up six runs to Braves
    Clay Buchholz yielded six runs and 12 hits over five innings Friday in a loss to the Braves.

    Advice: That's three more hits than he allowed in his previous three starts combined. Buchholz seemed to be focusing more on his fastball than usual today, probably in an effort to build up stamina. He still struck out six batters, but he also gave up plenty of hard contact. Overall, it's been a rather encouraging spring for him, particularly with the 18/3 K/BB ratio and just one homer allowed in 15 innings.
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  • Braves go with Julio Teheran on Opening Day
    The Braves have named Julio Teheran their Opening Day starter.

    Advice: He'll get the ball on April 6 in Miami. It's an obvious call after Teheran posted a 2.89 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 186/51 K/BB ratio across 221 innings last season. Wins could be hard to come by with the Braves in rebuilding mode, but the 24-year-old figures to again be an asset in three categories.
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  • Drew Hutchison strikes out six against Tigers
    Drew Hutchison pitched five strong innings, allowing just one run, Friday versus the Tigers.

    Advice: Hutchison struck out six and walked one. He's been strong all spring, going 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA. He rates as at least a fringe mixed-league starter this year, even though he's not in a great situation for pitchers in Toronto.
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  • Bud Norris gives up three runs to Rays
    Bud Norris surrendered three runs over four innings Friday against the Rays.

    Advice: Norris lowered his spring ERA to 8.62, so that's something. After striking out one and walking two today, he's sporting a 10/11 K/BB ratio in 15 2/3 innings. He's certainly pitched the worst of the Orioles' rotation options, but since he's coming off a 15-win season, it's hard to imagine the team sending him to the pen. He'll probably get the month of April to work through his troubles.
    Today, 12:57 pm
  • Mike Montgomery gives up three runs to O's
    Mike Montgomery gave up three runs in an inning of work before Friday's game against the Orioles was cut short due to rain.

    Advice: Montgomery opened camp as a reliever, only to be thrust into the rotation mix because of the Rays' myriad injuries. If the season started tomorrow, either Montgomery or Everett Teaford, who started today and allowed one run in two innings, would be the Rays' fifth starter. Still, our guess is that the Rays will grab a veteran cut by another team to round out their rotation.
    Today, 12:55 pm
  • Justin Verlander dealing with triceps cramp
    Justin Verlander has been diagnosed with a right triceps cramp.

    Advice: Verlander had to exit Friday's game with the ailment. Obviously any injury to a pitcher's arm is far from ideal, but the Tigers are convinced it's no big deal and expect the right-hander to be ready for his final spring training start next week. Verlander will be re-evaluated on Saturday.
    Today, 11:22 am
  • Justin Verlander exits with apparent injury
    Justin Verlander left Friday's game versus the Blue Jays with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Verlander called out the trainer after having to cover first base on a play. It was rainy in Florida, so he probably slipped and tweaked something. The Tigers will provide an update on Verlander's status later Friday. He allowed one run over 2 2/3 innings before exiting.
    Today, 11:00 am
  • Chris Sale (foot) on pace for April 12 debut
    Chris Sale (foot) is on pace to make his season debut on April 12 against the Twins.

    Advice: That's the final game of the White Sox' first series at home. Sale threw a simulated game on Friday with no issues and could appear in a minor league game early next week. It's been four weeks since the left-hander suffered an avulsion fracture in his right foot and he's progressed without any setbacks.
    Today, 10:27 am
  • Chris Sale (foot) throws simulated game
    Chris Sale (foot) threw a simulated game on Friday.

    Advice: It comes after he completed a bullpen session Wednesday with no issues. Sale is coming along nicely as he recovers from an avulsion fracture in his right foot and looks poised to rejoin the rotation by mid-April.
    Today, 9:44 am
  • Indians option Danny Salazar to Triple-A
    Indians optioned RHP Danny Salazar to Triple-A Columbus.

    Advice: It was speculated after Salazar was rocked during Thursday's appearance that he might be sent down, and sure enough that's what happened. T.J. House and Zach McAllister are now the favorites to hold down the last two spots in the Indians' rotation, with Josh Tomlin also in the mix. Salazar still figures to spend ample time in the rotation this season if he can get straightened out at Triple-A, but obviously this is a big blow to his fantasy value.
    Today, 9:36 am
  • Rockies won't consider Gray's arb. timeline
    Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich said Thursday that Jon Gray's arbitration timeline is a "non-factor" when considering whether the righty will make the rotation.

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

    Advice: Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Thursday that he was considering using Gausman in shorter stints just in case he's needed in relief, but the righty will be stretched out to around five innings Tuesday. While Gausman could still be the favorite for the No. 5 starter spot, it's possible the O's will pull a surprise and give the job to Ubaldo Jimenez.
    Today, 8:30 am
  • Niese has had shoulder fatigue this spring
    Jon Niese admitted Thursday to battling fatigue in his left shoulder this spring.

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

    Advice: Tanaka's elbow has held up thus far in camp, so it's a no-brainer to send him out there on April 6 versus the Blue Jays. The Yanks also announced that Tanaka would be followed in the rotation by Michael Pineda, CC Sabathia and Nathan Eovaldi. Adam Warren is the favorite to capture the final spot in the rotation. Tanaka's upside his sky-high, but he remains a big health risk in 2015.
    Today, 7:58 am
  • Danny Salazar not a lock for Tribe's rotation
    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes that Danny Salazar "might have cost himself a spot in the rotation" with his poor outing Thursday.

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

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

    Advice: It was reported last week that the Marlins were discussing a deal with the Rangers involving Hand. This could be a ploy to get Texas to up their offer, or perhaps Miami has indeed decided they're better off keeping Hand around as depth. Frisaro says that the club had already been hesitant to move Hand even before MLB's investigation into Jarred Cosart's link to gambling.
    Today, 6:55 am
  • Jeremy Hellickson nursing 'dead arm'
    Jeremy Hellickson was scratched from a scheduled start in a minor league game Thursday because he's going through a "dead arm" phase.

    Advice: It appears that Hellickson will be fine, though, as he threw a bullpen session instead Thursday and is scheduled to start a Cactus League game on Saturday. "He got some treatment a couple of days after his last start and in his bullpen he was a little dead," Diamondbacks pitching coach Mike Harkey said. "It was a perfect time to do it now in March than do it in April." Hellickson has a 5.87 ERA over three starts this spring.
    Today, 5:33 am
  • Orioles could use Kevin Gausman as reliever
    Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Thursday that he could shorten Kevin Gausman's appearances in the final two weeks of camp to prepare him to possibly be used as a reliever.

    Advice: Gausman threw one inning in Thursday's game and it appears he may continue to be used in short spurts rather than be stretched out more. "Until everything shakes out, I want him to be ready to do both things," Showalter said of Gausman. It's really disappointing news, as this is the first we've heard of the possibility of Gausman potentially not being a part of the rotation. He's out-pitched Ubaldo Jimenez this spring, but it sounds like the latter might beat him out for a rotation spot, anyway. Gausman is a potential breakout fantasy performer if he's given a starting job, so keep close tabs on this one.
    Yesterday, 4:50 pm
  • Teams interested in Wandy Rodriguez's Mark Bowman reports that the Braves have "continued to talk to other clubs" about their interest in Wandy Rodriguez.

    Advice: Manager Fredi Gonzalez said last week that Rodriguez had secured a spot in the club's rotation, but it's possible they'll deal him if they find an offer to their liking. Ultimately, they seem likely to gamble that the left-hander stays healthy and pitches well, upping his trade value before the deadline.
    Yesterday, 4:35 pm
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  • Fiers limits Mariners to a run over 3 2/3 IP
    Mike Fiers limited the Mariners to one run over 3 2/3 innings in Thursday's Cactus League start.

    Advice: Fiers had missed his previously-scheduled start due to weakness in his throwing shoulder, but looked fine facing the Mariners. He held them to three hits and a walk, though he didn't register a strikeout. The shoulder problem is a little concerning heading into the season and is worth keeping an eye on. Fiers is hoping to pick up where he left off last season, with a 2.13 ERA and a 76/17 K/BB ratio over 71 2/3 innings.
    Yesterday, 4:23 pm
  • Salazar lit up over 3 1/3 innings vs. Reds
    Danny Salazar was lit up in Thursday's start against the Reds, surrendering seven runs (six earned) over 3 1/3 innings.

    Advice: The Reds' first two runs came on a first-inning Todd Frazier solo home run and a second-inning Devon Mesoraco solo shot. From there, the floodgates opened, as Salazar gave up six hits overall, walked none, and struck out six. Salazar has been rather inconsistent, but he has the potential to be an elite fantasy asset if he can put it all together for an entire season.
    Yesterday, 4:08 pm
  • Hernandez effective over 6 innings vs. Royals
    Felix Hernandez tossed six effective innings, holding the Royals to one run on Thursday.

    Advice: It was the first time this spring Hernandez had completed even the third inning, let alone six frames. No matter, though, as the Mariners have been carefully managing the right-hander's workload. Hernandez, soon to be 29 years old, has logged 200-plus innings in each of the last seven seasons.
    Yesterday, 3:33 pm
  • Gallardo named Rangers' Opening Day starter
    Yovani Gallardo will start Opening Day against the Athletics on April 6.

    Advice: He'll square off against Oakland's Sonny Gray. Yu Darvish would have gotten the assignment if he was healthy, but Gallardo gets the call after coming over from the Brewers over the winter. The veteran right-hander posted a 3.51 ERA across 32 starts last season.
    Yesterday, 2:53 pm
  • Henderson Alvarez gives up two runs
    Henderson Alvarez allowed two runs and four hits over three innings before rain cut short his outing Thursday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Alvarez finished his day in the bullpen while the game was delayed, so he still got all of his work in. He has a 5.54 ERA in 13 innings this spring.
    Yesterday, 2:44 pm
  • Richards (knee) set for another minors game
    Garrett Richards (knee) will pitch in another minor league game on Saturday.

    Advice: Richards, who is coming back from patellar tendon surgery, threw four hitless innings in a minor league game on Monday. At this rate, he's not going to pitch in a Cactus League game by the end of camp. The good news is that he's progressing as planned. Look for him to join the Angels' rotation in mid-to-late April.
    Yesterday, 2:12 pm
  • Lester (arm) throws in minor league game
    Jon Lester (arm) threw 54 pitches Thursday in a minor league game.

    Advice: Lester struck out three of the 12 batters he faced while giving up one hit and one walk. The southpaw was scratched from Saturday's scheduled start due to a tired arm, but he said that Thursday was "good" and a "normal day." He will make another minor league start next week, likely stretching out to 75-80 pitches, which should put him track to start Opening Night against the Cardinals on April.
    Yesterday, 1:51 pm
    Player Note
    Jon Lester ChC - SP
  • Wandy Rodriguez gives up two homers
    Wandy Rodriguez was tagged for four runs and eight hits in five innings by the Pirates on Thursday.

    Advice: Rodriguez still has a nice 2.50 ERA this spring following his poor outing today. He's locked into the fourth spot in Atlanta's rotation, but we're not expecting much at all from him. It's hard to see him holding up and pitching 180 innings this year.
    Yesterday, 1:32 pm
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  • Kevin Gausman limited to one inning in relief
    Kevin Gausman threw just one inning against the Tigers on Thursday and gave up a two-run homer.

    Advice: Gausman came in for the eighth, and he would have pitched the bottom of the ninth as well, except the game was over. We're assuming this was just about rearranging Gausman's schedule a bit. Even though the Orioles have six starters with Ubaldo Jimenez throwing better, Gausman is likely to be a part of the rotation. It'd be really disappointing if they go in a different direction.
    Yesterday, 12:51 pm
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 10:39 am
  • Taijuan Walker goes six scoreless vs. Cubs
    Taijuan Walker twirled six scoreless innings Wednesday night against the Cubs.

    Advice: It wasn't a loaded lineup for Chicago -- no Kris Bryant or Anthony Rizzo -- but Walker probably would have dominated anybody the way he was pitching. The 22-year-old right-hander has now logged 18 scoreless innings this spring and should have a firm grip on the final spot in the Mariners' season-opening rotation. Walker needs to be drafted in most standard fantasy leagues.
    Yesterday, 6:37 am
  • Masahiro Tanaka strikes out seven
    Masahiro Tanaka allowed three runs -- two earned -- in 4 2/3 innings and struck out seven Wednesday versus the Mets.

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

    Advice: Yankees skipper Joe Girardi admitted Tuesday that C.C. Sabathia can't start on Opening Day because he would be on short rest. Tanaka would certainly be deserving of the honor after a phenomenal rookie season in 2014. He's attempting to pitch through a partially torn UCL though, so how long he lasts into the 2015 season remains a mystery.
    Tuesday, 8:29 pm
  • Lester to pitch in minors game Thursday
    Jon Lester (arm) is expected to throw 60 pitches Thursday in either a minor league game or a B-game.

    Advice: Lester was scratched from Saturday's scheduled start due to a dead arm, but all involved have downplayed the significance and he made it through a bullpen session Monday without incident. Assuming all goes well Thursday, he'll make another start next week (likely in another minor league game) as his final tuneup for Opening Night on April 5. It's worth noting that keeping him on the minor league side would allow the Cubs to backdate him on the disabled list if there's an unexpected setback.
    Tuesday, 12:35 pm
    Player Note
    Jon Lester ChC - SP
  • Sale (foot) to throw bullpen session Wed.
    Chris Sale (foot) will throw a bullpen session Wednesday.

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

    Advice: The right-hander gave up only two hits while walking none and striking out two. Following the Rockies' release of Jhoulys Chacin, Gray now has a chance to make the club's starting rotation out of spring training. Gray has allowed three runs on 11 hits and a walk while striking out nine in 13 innings so far this spring.
    Monday, 4:27 pm
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  • Richards (knee) throws in minor league game
    Garrett Richards (knee) tossed four hitless innings Monday in a minor league game.

    Advice: Great to hear. Richards, who is coming off patellar tendon surgery in his left knee, threw a total of 53 pitches while striking out three and walking a pair. It's unclear if his next outing will be on the Cactus League side or not, but he remains on track to join the Angels' rotation around mid-April.
    Monday, 2:39 pm
  • Fiers (shoulder) to make Cactus start Thurs.
    Mike Fiers (shoulder) is expected to pitch in a Cactus League game on Thursday.

    Advice: Fiers had to be scratched from his last turn in the Brewers' spring rotation due to some shoulder weakness, but he felt fine after pitching three innings in a minor league game on Sunday. He's likely to start the Brewers' fourth game of the regular season on April 10 against the Pirates. Fiers posted a remarkable 2.13 ERA and 76/17 K/BB ratio in 71 2/3 innings last year.
    Monday, 11:36 am
  • Sale (foot) to throw bullpen session Tuesday
    Chris Sale (foot) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Tuesday in White Sox camp.

    Advice: Sale performed a range of mobility drills on Monday and later told reporters that he feels like "a real baseball player again" after being shut down for three weeks with an avulsion fracture in his right foot. Sale won't be ready for Opening Day, but he should be in the White Sox rotation by the middle of April. If his bullpen session goes well Tuesday, he'll then throw a 75-pitch simulated game Friday to get back on track.
    Monday, 11:19 am
  • Gallardo hammered for eight runs vs. Mariners
    Yovani Gallardo was hammered for eight runs over 4 2/3 innings in Sunday's start facing the Mariners.

    Advice: Gallardo allowed two three-run home runs: to Kyle Seager in the first inning and to Nelson Cruz in the third. He also allowed two runs on back-to-back two-out doubles in the fifth before departing with two outs in the frame. Overall, he allowed seven hits, walked four, and struck out two. So far, he's had one good outing and two disastrous outings. The Rangers hope to see some improvement his next time out.
    Sunday, 4:11 pm
  • Justin Verlander gives up three homers
    Justin Verlander was pounded for three homers and five runs in 4 1/3 innings by the Nationals on Sunday.

    Advice: Verlander said all of the right things afterwards, but hitters haven't had much trouble hitting his fastball his last two starts, with nine runs and five homers allowed in 8 1/3 innings. For all of the talk of him being healthier and able to put in a full offseason in the gym, there's nothing so far this spring that suggests he'll reemerge as an elite starter.
    Sunday, 2:51 pm
  • Matt Harvey goes 5 2/3 scoreless in win
    Matt Harvey pitched 5 2/3 innings of two-hit ball as the Mets shut out the Yankees 6-0 on Sunday.

    Advice: Harvey didn't have his best velocity of the spring, saying after the game that he consciously dialed it back a bit. He was very efficient in striking out four and walking none. It'll only help him to know that he can go out there and retire major league hitters without having to overpower them.
    Sunday, 2:19 pm
  • King Felix crushed by the Cubs' bat in a loss
    Felix Hernandez was hit hard by the Cubs in Saturday's start, as he was on the hook for six runs over 2 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Hernandez served up home runs to Kris Bryant and Addison Russell, two of the Cubs' best prospects, so there's certainly no shame there. On the afternoon, the right-hander allowed six hits and a walk while striking out two. The Mariners had Hernandez, who has only logged 4 2/3 innings so far, make a late start to the spring just to manage his workload. He led the league with a 2.14 ERA in 236 innings last season and should be counted on to be among the elite again in 2015.
    Saturday, 4:50 pm
  • Salazar strikes out five in win over Rockies
    Danny Salazar struck out five, allowing one run, over four innings in Saturday's Cactus League win over the Rockies.

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

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

    Advice: He came through Friday's mound sessions without any issues and is progressing nicely in his recovery from an avulsion fracture in his right foot. He would like to face live hitters before spring training ends, but he'll have to regain his mobility before he's cleared to do so. It looks as though he should be ready to join the White Sox rotation in mid-April.
    Saturday, 9:39 am
  • Jon Lester to throw side session on Monday
    Jon Lester (arm) is scheduled to throw a side session on Monday.

    Advice: The veteran left-hander told the media Saturday that he feels fine and that there is no pain at all in his arm, just normal fatigue. There's no reason to believe at this point that he won't be ready to take the mound when the Cubs kick off the regular season on April 5.
    Saturday, 8:41 am
    Player Note
    Jon Lester ChC - SP
  • Wandy Rodriguez secures spot in rotation
    Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Friday that Wandy Rodriguez has secured a spot in the team's Opening Day rotation.

    Advice: With Mike Minor slated to begin the season on the disabled list, there are two openings that were up for grabs this spring. The veteran southpaw will have to pitch well early on if he wants to keep his spot though, and after posting a 6.75 ERA and 1.69 WHIP over 26 2/3 innings a season ago, it's difficult to be optimistic.
    Friday, 4:33 pm
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  • Chris Sale throws off mound at 'full bore'
    White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said that Chris Sale (foot) threw off a mound Friday at "full bore."

    Advice: It's the first time he's thrown at full effort since going down with an avulsion fracture in his right foot in late February. Sale is progressing on schedule and while he will not be ready for Opening Day, the left-hander could rejoin the rotation in mid-April.
    Friday, 1:53 pm
  • Lester pushed back due to 'dead arm' phase
    Jon Lester's scheduled start on Saturday has been pushed back due to a "dead arm" period.

    Advice: While far from ideal, it's something pitchers often go through in spring training and it doesn't appear that any exams are currently scheduled. Cubs manager Joe Maddon doesn't think Lester starting on Opening Night on April 5 will be affected. The left-hander was knocked around for six runs over 3 1/3 innings on Monday in his last outing.
    Friday, 12:29 pm
    Player Note
    Jon Lester ChC - SP
  • Fiers (shoulder) not expected to need DL time
    Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Friday that he doesn't expect Mike Fiers (shoulder) to need a stint on the disabled list.

    Advice: The skipper said it's possible Fiers could be moved back or skipped if need be, but he doesn't think the righty will be sidelined long. Fiers is dealing with some weakness in his pitching shoulder but will appear either in a Cactus League game or minor league game this weekend.
    Friday, 11:03 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
  • Jon Niese strikes out six in victory
    Jon Niese moved to 2-0 this spring by allowing one run in four innings as a Mets split-squad topped the Cardinals 7-2.

    Advice: Niese had his good curve working today. He's become more important for the Mets in light of Zack Wheeler's injury. Given his occasional shoulder woes and the big decline in his velocity last year, he has a pretty risky profile. On the other hand, he has managed to make 84 starts with perfectly solid results the last three seasons.
    Thursday, 2:57 pm
  • 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
  • Mike Fiers experiencing 'shoulder weakness'
    Brewers manager Ron Roenicke acknowledged that Mike Fiers is experiencing "shoulder weakness."

    Advice: Fiers had to be scratched from his scheduled Cactus League start on Thursday and "shoulder weakness" sounds ominous for a pitcher, but Roenicke doesn't think it's a big deal. Fiers is aiming to return to Cactus League action on Saturday. He will throw a side session Thursday to test his right shoulder.
    Thursday, 10:24 am
  • Fiers (fatigue) scratched from start Thursday
    Mike Fiers was scratched from his scheduled Cactus League start on Thursday.

    Advice: Tyler Thornburg pitched instead. Fiers said he didn't feel right in his last bullpen session, though he thinks it's routine spring training fatigue. "Just kind of tired," Fiers said. "I couldn't get a good feel in my bullpen." The right-hander is aiming to pitch Saturday, but this is a situation to watch. Fiers had a a 2.13 ERA and 76/17 K/BB ratio in 71 2/3 innings last season.
    Thursday, 9:40 am
  • Hellickson allows two runs over four innings
    Jeremy Hellickson held the Rockies to two runs over four innings in Wednesday's Cactus League matchup.

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

    Advice: All three of the Diamondbacks' runs came in the first four batters of the game, as Gray was throwing meatballs to D'backs hitters early. He settled down, though, and managed to get through the next two innings unscathed. The right-hander fanned two and didn't walk a batter in the outing. Gray won't break camp with the club, but he's a big part of their future and one of the top power arms in all of the minors.
    Wednesday, 9:09 pm
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  • Richards (knee) to pitch in minors game Mon.
    Angels manager Mike Scioscia has clarified that Garrett Richards (knee) will pitch in a minor league game Monday.

    Advice: Previous reports had Richards penciled in to make his Cactus League debut on Monday, but the Angels aren't going to expose him to major league competition quite yet. The 26-year-old right-hander is being brought along slowly this spring after tearing the patellar tendon in his left knee last August. He is expected to make his regular-season debut by the middle of April.
    Wednesday, 1:37 pm
  • Richards (knee) to make spring debut next Mon
    Garrett Richards (knee) will make his Cactus League debut next Monday.

    Advice: Great news. Richards, who is coming back from a torn left patellar tendon, threw 44 pitches over three innings Wednesday in an intrasquad game and came out of it feeling fine. The Angels aren't expecting him to be ready for the start of the season, but it sounds like mid-April is very realistic. Don't let him fall too far in your fantasy draft.
    Wednesday, 12:44 pm
  • Richards (knee) throws in intrasquad game
    Garrett Richards (knee) threw 44 pitches over three innings Wednesday in an intrasquad game.

    Advice: In his biggest test yet in his recovery from a torn left patellar tendon, Richards allowed just one hit and struck out four batters. He threw 31 out of his 44 pitches for strikes. It's unclear if the next step will be a Cactus League game, but everyone involved has to be pleased with this performance. Richards is currently on track to join the Angels' rotation at some point in April.
    Wednesday, 11:53 am
  • Gallardo strong in start against Dodgers
    Yovani Gallardo pitched well in Tuesday's start against the Dodgers, allowing just one run on four hits over his four innings of work.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander walked two and struck out four. It was a nice bounceback showing for Gallardo after he was hit hard by the Royals in his last outing. He will be counted on to provide a stabilizing veteran presence atop the Rangers rotation this season.
    Tuesday, 8:52 pm
  • Bud Norris gives up two homers in loss
    Bud Norris fell to 0-3 this spring after giving up three runs in four innings versus the Twins.

    Advice: Norris has an 11.74 ERA through his three starts. He's allowed 13 hits, including four homers, and five walks in 7 2/3 innings. Norris claims that there are no physical issues involved in his struggles, so it's not yet panic time. He didn't get much help from the wind in this one, though the first of the two homers he allowed was going out regardless.
    Tuesday, 3:09 pm
  • Clay Buchholz gives up four runs to Braves
    Clay Buchholz gave up four runs in four innings against the Braves in his start Tuesday.

    Advice: Buchholz struck out six and walked none, but he gave up several well-hit balls, four of which turned into doubles. He's still been pretty impressive overall this spring; he hadn't allowed a run in six innings going into the day.
    Tuesday, 1:51 pm
  • Justin Verlander gives up four runs
    Justin Verlander was tagged for four runs in four innings by the Nationals on Tuesday.

    Advice: Verlander have up homers to Tony Gwynn Jr. and Kila Ka'aihue. He said after the game that his slider was horrible today, but that it was "probably the best I've felt so far." He was reportedly hitting 94 mph on the gun with his fastball.
    Tuesday, 1:36 pm
  • Jenrry Mejia picks up first spring save
    Jenrry Mejia pitched around a couple of singles to notch his first save of the spring Tuesday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Mejia is expected to close for the Mets until Bobby Parnell comes off the DL in late April. Whether he keeps the job after that will probably depend on how he performs until then. He made a habit of making fans nervous last year, but he generally got the job done.
    Tuesday, 1:07 pm
  • Brad Hand goes four scoreless for Marlins
    Despite walking three batters, Brad Hand pitched four scoreless innings Tuesday against the Mets.

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