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  • Crain (shoulder) still not throwing off mound
    Jesse Crain (shoulder) has yet to resume throwing off a mound.

    Advice: Crain felt soreness in his shoulder following a minor league appearance on March 18 and has been limited to playing catch since then. He'll stay back in extended spring training and it's unclear how long he'll be out. "But I'm moving forward again," said Crain. "Obviously, when you first come in, you feel like there's a chance, as I was doing so well. ... I don't want to rush it, and [I want to] make sure I'm there and there for good when it happens."
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  • Matt Albers, Geovany Soto make team
    Matt Albers and Geovany Soto have been informed that they've made the White Sox' Opening Day roster.

    Advice: Neither move comes as a surprise, as they both basically just had to stay healthy this spring and they were going to make the team. Albers held a 5.14 ERA this spring but struck out nine over seven innings, while Soto hit .286/.444/.500 with one homer. Albers will work in middle relief, while Soto will back up Tyler Flowers.
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  • Lincecum confirmed as Giants' fifth starter
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed Tuesday that Tim Lincecum will begin the season as the team's No. 5 starter.

    Advice: Lincecum entered camp as the clear favorite for the role but then stumbled with a 6.27 ERA. Luckily for him, Yusmeiro Petit and Ryan Vogelsong have been arguably just as bad or worse. Lincecum will still get strikeouts for fantasy owners, but that's all they can count on from him at this point.
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  • Mijares gets 50-game drug suspension
    Major League Baseball has suspended Jose Mijares for 50 games for a drug of abuse.

    Advice: Mijares was released by the Reds on March 23 and now may struggle to find another opportunity with an MLB-affiliated club. The 30-year-old left-hander had a 5.06 ERA in 5 1/3 innings this spring in the Cactus League.
    Today, 2:14 pm
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  • Aaron Sanchez walks six, gives up five runs
    Aaron Sanchez gave up five runs and walked six in 4 1/3 innings Tuesday in a non-decision versus the Phillies.

    Advice: It's the first time Sanchez's old control woes have surfaced this spring. He walked 57 batters in 101 1/3 innings in the minors last year, but after joining the Blue Jays pen, he walked just nine in 33 innings, partly because he was able to simplify his arsenal. This spring, he had walked four in 18 1/3 innings, which boded well for his chances of being a decent starting pitcher. We're still a bit skeptical that'll happen, but he's talented enough to prove us wrong.
    Today, 2:06 pm
  • Luke Gregerson officially named Astros closer
    Luke Gregerson has been named the Astros' closer.

    Advice: It was a predictable decision. Gregerson posted a 2.12 ERA and 59/15 K/BB ratio in 72 1/3 innings last season for the A's and should carry considerable fantasy value this year on a quickly-improving Astros team.
    Today, 1:12 pm
  • Bruce Rondon returns to mound
    Bruce Rondon returned to the mound on Tuesday and struck out all three batters he faced against the Pirates.

    Advice: Barring further problems with his neck, Rondon is back on track to make the Opening Day roster. He hadn't pitched since Friday because of soreness in the area.
    Today, 1:01 pm
  • Mets reassign Alvarez to minors camp
    Mets reassigned LHP Dario Alvarez to minor league camp.

    Advice: This probably won't be the last we've heard from Alvarez, who skyrocketed through the Mets' minor league system in 2014, rolling from Double-A to the majors. He struggled a bit with his control this spring, walking five over 7 and 1/3 innings. Should he prove that he doesn't need much more minor league marination (1.10 ERA and 114/17 K/BB over 73 1/3 innings in the minors last season) , the 25-year-old could see a mid-season call-up.
    Today, 12:23 pm
  • Brewers sign Chris Perez to minor league deal
    Brewers re-signed RHP Chris Perez to a minor league contract.

    Advice: That was fast. The Brewers released Perez just two days ago. It's been a strange week for Perez, who was pulled from Sunday's game with an ankle injury, subsequently released, then re-signed two days later. OK, Brewers, you do you. Perez posted a 4.27 ERA with a 1.36 WHIP in 46 1/3 relief innings with the Dodgers in 2014. He'll serve as bullpen depth in the minors, unless the Brewers opt to cut him again tomorrow.
    Today, 11:56 am
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  • Gaudin (arm) to start season in extended ST
    Chad Gaudin (arm) will begin the season in extended spring training.

    Advice: Gaudin has been shut down with a nerve injury in his neck that's caused his fingers to tingle. In addition to the neck injury, he also has been battling arm soreness. He'll continue to rest in Arizona until doctors clear him for baseball activities.
    Today, 11:34 am
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  • Dodgers release RHP Dustin McGowan
    Dodgers released RHP Dustin McGowan.

    Advice: Because of a slew of arm injuries, McGowan has logged only 128 2/3 innings over the last six seasons. In 2014, he finally avoided the DL, posting a 4.17 ERA with a 61/33 K/BB ratio over eight starts and 45 relief appearances for the Blue Jays. But he then allowed six runs in eight innings this spring in Dodgers camp after signing a one-year, $507,500 contract in late February.
    Today, 11:28 am
  • Mike Adams to start season in minors
    Mike Adams told reporters that he will begin the season with Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: The Dodgers will pay Adams a $100,000 retention bonus. Adams has battled shoulder injuries over the last two season. This spring, he's allowed five runs in 4+ innings. "Health-wise I've been good. I haven't had any outings I've felt bad at all. I've just been inconsistent with performance," said Adams. The team is going slow with him because of his injury history, but if he's able to prove his health, he could serve as bullpen depth later in the season.
    Today, 10:39 am
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  • Phillies release Kevin Slowey
    Phillies released RHP Kevin Slowey.

    Advice: In his last two outings, Slowey had allowed nine runs over three innings. He was also part of a benches-clearing incident on Monday. Slowey should be able to latch on with another club, as he's a veteran arm who began Spring Training with a 2.08 ERA in two starts and three relief appearances.
    Today, 9:00 am
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  • Aaron Thompson optioned to Triple-A
    Twins optioned LHP Aaron Thompson to Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: Thompson pitched well this spring, with a 2.11 ERA in 8+ innings. He'll serve as organizational depth for the Twins.
    Today, 6:22 am
  • Pirates option Holdzkom to Triple-A
    Pirates optioned RHP John Holdzkom to Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: The 27-year old posted a 3.38 ERA while pitching eight spring innings. Should the Pirates need additional bullpen depth, Holdzkom could see a call-up later this year. In 2014, he put up a 1.73 ERA over 36+ innings in the minors.
    Today, 5:27 am
  • Adams allows two more runs vs. D'Backs
    Mike Adams allowed two more runs in an inning of work facing the Diamondbacks on Monday.

    Advice: Adams has allowed runs in three of his five appearances so far this spring. The Dodgers could use bullpen help, but the 36-year-old right-hander is coming off of a rotator cuff injury. The Dodgers have to tell him by noon EST on Tuesday if he's made the active roster, if he's been cut, or if he'll begin the season in the minors, per SB Nation's Eric Stephen.
    Yesterday, 4:08 pm
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  • Bruce Rondon (neck) held out again
    Bruce Rondon (neck) didn't make a scheduled appearance on Monday.

    Advice: Rondon has now been scratched from two straight appearances due to a neck injury. The ailment appears to be minor, but Tigers manager Brad Ausmus wouldn't commit to using Rondon on Tuesday. The big righty is running out of time as he tries to cement a spot in the Opening Day bullpen.
    Yesterday, 3:23 pm
  • Kevin Slowey gives up six runs to Pirates
    Kevin Slowey was pounded for six runs -- five earned -- in two innings by the Pirates on Monday.

    Advice: Slowey also played a role in the benches-clearing incident in the game, apparently because he quick-pitched Sean Rodriguez, who took exception. Slowey, who opened the spring with a 2.08 ERA in two starts and three relief appearances, has put his roster spot in jeopardy by allowing nine runs -- seven earned -- in three innings his last two times out.
    Yesterday, 2:02 pm
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  • Brewers release veteran right-hander Perez
    Brewers released RHP Chris Perez.

    Advice: The former closer was in camp as a non-roster invitee and attempting to earn a spot in the team's bullpen. With the team granting his unconditional release with a week remaining in camp, it gives Perez an opportunity to find a bullpen job elsewhere.
    Sunday, 5:17 pm
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  • Bruce Rondon (neck) scheduled to pitch Monday
    Bruce Rondon (neck) is scheduled to return to Grapefruit League action on Monday.

    Advice: That all depends on how the big right-hander is feeling on Monday however. Rondon woke up with a crick in his neck on Saturday which caused him to take a couple of days off. He should have no problems getting himself ready in time for the start of the regular season.
    Sunday, 3:52 pm
  • Chris Perez leaves with sprained ankle Sunday
    Chris Perez was removed from Sunday's Cactus League game with a minor right ankle sprain.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander recorded just one out before he succumbed to the injury. The Brewers are expected to make a decision early in the week whether or not Perez will win a spot in the team's Opening Day bullpen.
    Sunday, 3:41 pm
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  • Bruce Rondon (neck) held out of action
    Bruce Rondon (neck) remained out of action on Sunday.

    Advice: Rondon is feeling better after waking up with a crick in his neck on Saturday but isn't ready for game action just yet. He should be fine in a day or two.
    Sunday, 8:42 am
  • Chad Gaudin (neck) shut down for now
    The Dodgers have shut down Chad Gaudin (arm) for the time being and are awaiting his MRI results.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander has dealt with a variety of ailments in spring camp, including a tweak in his throwing arm and tingling in his fingers due to nerve issues in his neck. He will remain shut down until the team can determine the cause of his ailments.
    Friday, 3:45 pm
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  • Bruce Rondon shaky in relief
    With the rain coming down, Bruce Rondon have up two runs and three hits in one-third of an inning before Friday's game against the Jays was called.

    Advice: The Tigers might throw this one out because of the poor conditions. Still, it was Rondon's first really shaky outing of the spring. He gave up a two-run homer to Justin Smoak and retired just one of the five batters he faced.
    Friday, 1:07 pm
  • Tim Lincecum offers mixed bag Thursday
    Tim Lincecum struck out seven but permitted four runs -- three earned -- over five innings of work Thursday against the Athletics.

    Advice: He allowed four hits and walked a pair in what really was a pretty typical Lincecum performance. The right-hander has recorded 14 strikeouts over 13 Cactus League innings but also holds a 6.92 ERA. Lincecum has pitched better than Yusmeiro Petit and Ryan Vogelsong, which means he'll likely begin the season in the rotation. His leash will be short, though.
    Thursday, 8:51 pm
  • Chad Gaudin (neck) to be examined
    Chad Gaudin will be examined after feeling tingling in his fingers due to the ongoing nerve issues in his neck.

    Advice: Gaudin had surgery a couple years ago but has never been able to totally shake the nerve problems, as this is the second time in the last week he's had issues. He's been shut down and will be sent for an exam before the next course of action is determined.
    Thursday, 4:41 pm
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  • Aaron Sanchez strong in no-decision
    Aaron Sanchez held the Phillies to one run and two hits in 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision Thursday.

    Advice: Sanchez's rotation spot appears secure. He's not a great bet in AL-only leagues, but he'd certainly make sense as a late-round pick if he lasts. He has a 3.93 ERA this spring, with a 9/4 K/BB ratio in 18 1/3 innings.
    Thursday, 2:30 pm
  • Bruce Rondon throws perfect inning
    Bruce Rondon pitched a perfect frame versus the Marlins on Wednesday.

    Advice: Rondon's velocity has fluctuated in his six appearances back from Tommy John surgery, but his control has been surprisingly good, with just one walk through six innings. He's going to have a spot in the Tigers bullpen, and he could quickly find himself in a late-game role, depending on how well the veterans perform.
    Wednesday, 1:46 pm
  • Kevin Slowey gives up three runs in relief
    Kevin Slowey gave up three runs -- two earned -- in one inning of relief Wednesday against the Astros.

    Advice: We're not sure why Slowey got booted from the rotation mix; he allowed one hit over five scoreless innings in his first two starts, but he's made four straight relief appearances since, throwing a total of 4 2/3 innings. He has a good shot of making the Phillies as a reliever, but he probably would have been their best internal option for the fifth spot in the rotation.
    Wednesday, 1:25 pm
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  • Sanchez, Norris unlikely to have IP limits's Gregor Chisholm doesn't expect Aaron Sanchez and Daniel Norris to have strict innings limits this season.

    Advice: Sanchez threw a career-high 133 1/3 innings in 2014, while Norris threw a career-high 137 frames. Chisholm suspects that the Blue Jays will have a similar plan with the two youngsters as they did last season with Drew Hutchison, who threw 184 2/3 innings. Sanchez and Norris seem unlikely to reach that mark, but it sounds like they won't be shut down at any point if the Jays are in the playoff hunt. Sanchez and Norris are expected to fill the last two spots in Toronto's rotation.
    Monday, 6:02 pm
  • Reds release LHP Mijares
    Reds released LHP Jose Mijares.

    Advice: Mijares, a non-roster invitee this spring, posted a 5.06 ERA with 4/1 K/BB ratio over 5 1/3 innings during Cactus League action. The 30-year-old will attempt to latch on elsewhere.
    Mar 23, 1:24 pm
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  • Lincecum tosses four effective innings vs LAA
    Tim Lincecum was effective over four innings, allowing one run, Saturday versus the Angels.

    Advice: Lincecum had missed his last scheduled start due to a stiff neck, but appeared fine on Saturday. The right-hander limited the Angels to two hits and a walk but didn't record a strikeout. Lincecum will slot into the back of the Giants' rotation, but given his past results, expect the Giants to have a shorter-than-average leash on him.
    Mar 21, 5:00 pm
  • Gaudin alright after 'a little tweak' in arm
    Chad Gaudin said he's alright after feeling "a little tweak" in his upper right arm Saturday.

    Advice: Gaudin was removed from his Saturday start in the third inning due to the injury, but it appears to be a false alarm. The right-hander has been given a window of opportunity to win a starting job with the Dodgers with Hyun-Jin Ryu set to begin the season on the disabled list. He's likely to take his next turn.
    Mar 21, 2:45 pm
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  • Gaudin leaves start with undisclosed injury
    Chad Gaudin left his Cactus League start Sunday with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Gaudin had dealt for two innings before getting hit hard in the third. Ultimately, catcher A.J. Ellis came out and called for the trainer. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly opted to remove Gaudin, and the Dodgers should provide an update on his injury shortly.
    Mar 21, 2:06 pm
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