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  • Nick Martinez dominates over six innings
    Nick Martinez recorded four strikeouts while spinning six scoreless frames Thursday against the Rockies.

    Advice: He yielded five hits (four of them were singles) while walking one. It's a performance that just might be enough to wrap up the fifth spot in the rotation for Martinez, who now boasts a microscopic 0.84 ERA this spring. He's competing primarily with Nick Tepesch for the job. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:43 pm
  • Jake Petricka nursing some arm soreness
    White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Thursday that Jake Petricka is dealing with some soreness in his throwing arm.

    Advice: The skipper indicated that it's merely "normal spring training soreness" and that he expects the setup man to be fine. "We have a few guys that are doing that right now," Ventura said. "When they are ready to go, they are ready to go. I don't think it's anything that's going to make them miss the start of the season." Closer David Robertson is also nursing minor soreness in his forearm, so it's possible ninth-inning duties could fall to Zach Putnam should Robertson and Petricka recover more slowly than expected. At this point, though, the White Sox don't seem to be worried. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:12 pm
  • Nick Martinez leading for No. 5 spot
    Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News believes that Nick Martinez leads the competition for the Rangers' No. 5 starter job.

    Advice: He cautions that "nothing is decided" but thinks that Martinez is the "front runner." Martinez's main competitors for the gig are Nick Tepesch, Anthony Ranaudo and Lisalverto Bonilla. The 24-year-old made 24 starts for Texas last season, posting a 4.55 ERA with just 77 strikeouts over 140 1/3 innings overall. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:15 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:30 pm
  • Ernesto Frieri strikes out four in a row
    Ernesto Frieri struck out all four Yankees he faced during his appearance Thursday.

    Advice: Frieri has 10 strikeouts in 6 1/3 innings this spring, but true to last year's form, he's also given up a couple of bombs. The Rays will carry him, and most likely, he'll prove to be an asset in relief. However, he shouldn't be a saves candidate while Jake McGee is out. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:09 pm
  • Adam Warren strikes out five Rays
    Adam Warren pitched 3 2/3 innings and allowed one run Thursday against the Rays.

    Advice: Warren struck out five. He allowed four hits, but only Evan Longoria's homer did any damage. Warren is expected to serve as the Yankees' fifth starter, giving him some early value in AL-only leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:07 pm
  • Edward Mujica gives up run to Twins
    Edward Mujica allowed a run and two hits in his inning of relief Thursday against the Twins.

    Advice: Mujica improved as last year went along and he is supposed to be in better shape this spring, but he currently has a 7.20 ERA, with just two strikeouts in five innings of work. That's not particularly encouraging from the guy who is supposed to serve as Boston's closer if Koji Uehara lands on the disabled list. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:50 pm
  • Rays reassign four players to minors
    Rays reassigned RHPs Ronald Belisario, Andrew Bellatti, and Bryce Stowell, and INF Eugenio Velez to minor league camp.

    Advice: Belisario appeared to have a decent chance to crack the Rays' bullpen when he signed a minor league deal with the club back in late January, but a fractured left (non-throwing) shoulder set him back. He just resumed playing catch last week. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:48 pm
     
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  • Cubs option RHP Parker to Triple-A
    Cubs optioned RHP Blake Parker to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Parker, 29, had a 5.14 ERA and 24/4 K/BB ratio across 21 innings with the Cubs last season. We'll likely see him in Chicago's bullpen again at some point this year. Rotoworld.com
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  • Tolleson to be examined by Dr. Meister Fri.
    Shawn Tolleson will be examined by Dr. Keith Meister, the Rangers' team physician, on Friday.

    Advice: Tolleson has been bothered by right forearm tightness since late last week. The exam Friday will include an MRI, which should help the Rangers map a path for the 27-year-old setup man. Tolleson had an impressive 2.76 ERA in 71 2/3 innings last season. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:02 pm
  • Burnett (elbow) to throw for teams in May?
    Sean Burnett (elbow) is expected to begin throwing for interested teams in late May or early June.

    Advice: Burnett underwent the second Tommy John surgery of his career last June and probably won't be able to pitch in live games until the second half of the 2015 season. The 32-year-old left-hander hasn't been an effective major league reliever since 2012. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:51 pm
     
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  • Yankees release Burton from minors contract
    Yankees released RHP Jared Burton.

    Advice: Burton strained his lat on March 19, ending any outside shot he had at making the Yankees' Opening Day roster. He was in camp on a non-guaranteed minors deal. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:23 pm
     
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:53 am
  • Indians option C.C. Lee to AAA Columbus
    Indians optioned RHP C.C. Lee to Triple-A Columbus.

    Advice: Lee walked five batters and yielded four hits in six innings this spring. He's organizational relief depth. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:28 am
     
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  • Deduno to open season as long reliever
    Samuel Deduno will open the season in long relief.

    Advice: So the battle for the final rotation spot is down to Roberto Hernandez and Asher Wojciechowski. Deduno obviously carries no fantasy value in the Houston bullpen. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:11 am
  • Blue Jays option Steve Delabar to Triple-A
    Blue Jays optioned RHP Steve Delabar to Triple-A Buffalo.

    Advice: Delabar pitched pretty well this spring in the Grapefruit League, but he wasn't able make the cut for the Jays' Opening Day bullpen. The 31-year-old right-hander registered a disappointing 4.91 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 25 2/3 innings last season for Toronto after being named an American League All-Star in 2013. He was pretty upset about Thursday's demotion. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:29 am
     
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  • Tolleson set to have MRI on right forearm
    Shawn Tolleson will have an MRI on his right forearm.

    Advice: Tolleson was scratched from an appearance Sunday with forearm tightness, so the Rangers are obviously concerned about the reliever's health. Tolleson played catch Tuesday without issue. The results of the MRI will be known Thursday, at which point the club will know more about his outlook. His chances of being ready for Opening Day grow less likely by the day. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:14 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:54 am
  • Warren expected to open season in rotation
    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman acknowledged Wednesday that Adam Warren is likely to win the fifth spot in the starting rotation.

    Advice: It's basically inevitable at this point, as Warren owns a 2.77 ERA with a 6/0 K/BB ratio in 13 innings across four starts this spring. He'll hold down a spot with Chris Capuano (quad) on the DL and could remain in the rotation if he gets off to a strong start. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:41 am
  • Sanchez, Norris unlikely to have IP limits
    MLB.com'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. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:02 pm
  • Ronald Belisario to throw off mound Thursday
    Ronald Belisario (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session on Thursday.

    Advice: It will be the first time he's thrown off a mound since he fractured his left (non-throwing) shoulder. Rays manager Kevin Cash has said Belisario has looked good throwing on flat ground and the reliever noted that he won't need too sessions on the mound before he's game-ready. It sounds like there's an outside shot he could be ready for Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:38 pm
     
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:00 pm
  • Tolleson scratched with forearm soreness
    Shawn Tolleson was scratched from a scheduled appearance Sunday with forearm soreness.

    Advice: The Rangers are saying they're not concerned and don't think it's serious. Tolleson was an effective reliever for the club last year, posting a 2.76 ERA in 71 2/3 innings. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:29 am
  • Steve Delabar strikes out the side for Jays
    Steve Delabar struck out the side in the ninth for a save against the Phillies on Satursday.

    Advice: As unsettled as the Jays' closer situation is, Delabar is shaping up as a sleeper this year, even after the team essentially wrote him off last season. Troubled by leg issues, he was wild throughout 2014. He's stronger physically now, and he might well prove to be the Jays' best right-handed reliever. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 2:18 pm
     
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  • Adam Warren goes five innings in victory
    Adam Warren allowed one run over five innings Friday in a victory over the Tigers.

    Advice: The lone run came on a Yoenis Cespedes homer. Warren ended up striking out three and walking none while lowering his spring ERA to 2.77. He's in great position to open the season as the Yankees' fifth starter, and if he succeeds, he could keep the job after Chris Capuano returns. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:18 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. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:40 am
  • Aaron Sanchez gives up three runs to Boston
    Facing nothing except backups, Aaron Sanchez gave up three runs in 5 1/3 innings Thursday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: It was a pretty good set of backups, led by Allen Craig and Daniel Nava, but the Red Sox didn't bring a single player who projects as a regular for the club. Sanchez ended up allowing four hits, walking one and striking out three. He possesses long-term upside, but he hasn't done anything this spring that suggests he's ready to be a force at the back of Toronto's rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:25 pm
  • Jared Burton diagnosed with strained lat
    Jared Burton has been diagnosed with a strained lat.

    Advice: Burton was already on the outside looking in for an Opening Day bullpen spot, and now it looks like he may be headed for the disabled list. The 33-year-old right-hander signed a minor league contract with the Yankees in February after posting a 4.36 ERA and 46/25 K/BB ratio in 64 innings for the Twins last season. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:44 am
     
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:24 am
  • Aaron Sanchez confirmed as starter for Jays
    Blue Jays manager John Gibbons confirmed Thursday that Aaron Sanchez will be used as a starter.

    Advice: Marcus Stroman's season-ending knee surgery opened a rotation spot and Sanchez will slide into it. The 22-year-old right-hander excelled as a reliever at the major league level last season, posting a 1.09 ERA and 0.697 WHIP in 33 innings, but he didn't have a ton of success as a starter at Double-A or Triple-A. Sanchez looks like a risky fantasy bet in standard redraft leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:14 am
  • Rays' Belisario (shoulder) cleared for catch
    Ronald Belisario (shoulder) has been cleared to begin playing catch Thursday.

    Advice: Belisario was shut down for two weeks due to a fracture in his left (non-throwing) shoulder. The 32-year-old right-hander suffered the injury in late February while getting out of a pool. He was a non-roster invitee to Rays camp this spring and obviously won't be in the major league bullpen when the regular season opens. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:45 am
     
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  • League (shoulder) could play catch soon
    Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is hopeful that Brandon League (shoulder) will be able to play catch on Thursday.

    Advice: League has been bothered by shoulder soreness of late and recently received an anti-inflammatory injection to address his symptoms. The Dodgers will see how he feels Thursday before deciding the next step. There's a lot of uncertainty in this bullpen right now. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:56 am
  • Samuel Deduno pitches three scoreless innings
    Samuel Deduno pitched three scoreless innings out of the pen Monday versus the Nationals.

    Advice: Deduno isn't expected to open the season in the bullpen as a middle reliever, but he'll likely make starts for Houston at some point during the season. He's allowed one run in eight innings this spring. Rotoworld.com
    Mar 16, 1:12 pm
  • League (shoulder) given anti-inflammatory
    Brandon League was given an anti-inflammatory injection Monday for his sore right shoulder.

    Advice: The shot will sideline him for several more days, but the Dodgers are hoping that it will help League get past his routine spring shoulder soreness. His status for Opening Day is sort of up in the air at this point. Rotoworld.com
    Mar 16, 9:36 am
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