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    • Michael Kirkman's shoulder still sore
      Michael Kirkman (shoulder) is not yet symptom-free and remains limited to flat-ground work.

      Advice: Kirkman is dealing with an impingement in his left shoulder. That he's able to do any throwing at all is obviously positive, but the Rangers will feel better about his status once he's able to throw from the bump again with no problems. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:27 pm
       
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    • Martinez to start Grapefruit League opener
      Carlos Martinez will start the Cardinals' Grapefruit League opener Thursday against the Marlins.

      Advice: Martinez is expected to throw around 40 pitches, which the Cardinals hope will be enough for him to finish two innings. The 23-year-old right-hander aims to secure the fifth spot in the starting rotation this spring and should be relevant in mixed fantasy leagues if he gets it. He'll hope to get off on the right foot Thursday. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:45 pm
    • Marshall (shoulder) throws off flat ground
      Sean Marshall (shoulder) has been throwing off flat ground for a week.

      Advice: Marshall was recently shut down following a setback with his surgically-repaired shoulder, but he's making some progress. However, it's not clear when he'll start throwing from a mound. The veteran southpaw has been limited to just 31 appearances over the past two seasons. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:06 pm
    • Wood, Wada, E-Jax in running for No. 5 spot
      Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Monday that Travis Wood, Tsuyoshi Wada, and Edwin Jackson are in a competition for the final spot in the starting rotation.

      Advice: Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, Jason Hammel, and Kyle Hendricks are all locked in. The fifth spot will almost definitely go to either Wood or Wada, with Jackson heading to long relief (or, more accurately, mop-up duty). Wood has much more experience than Wada, but Wood struggled to the tune of a 5.03 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in 31 starts last season while Wada produced a 3.25 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 13 outings. Maddon might not pick a winner until the final week or two of Cactus League play. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:26 pm
    • Hendricks a lock for Cubs' starting rotation
      Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Monday that Kyle Hendricks is a lock for the starting rotation.

      Advice: Hendricks posted an excellent 2.46 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 47/15 K/BB ratio over 80 1/3 frames (13 starts) last season with the Cubs. It was an easy call for Maddon to commit a rotation spot to the 25-year-old righty, who should carry decent value in most standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:11 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
      Today, 11:00 am
    • Brandon League gives up drinking alcohol
      Brandon League has given up drinking alcohol.

      Advice: League told the Los Angeles Daily News that he never had a problem with alcohol but "was enjoying myself more than I should've been" and feels much more energized off the booze. He dropped 20 pounds this winter. The right-hander will work as a setup man in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:51 am
    • Madson (back) scratched from throwing
      Ryan Madson was scratched from the Royals' throwing schedule Monday due to back stiffness.

      Advice: It's not a serious issue. Madson hasn't appeared in a major league game since the 2011 season due to chronic elbow issues and is doubtful to crack the Royals' Opening Day bullpen. He signed a minor league contract with Kansas City in January. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:41 am
       
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    • Peralta (shoulder) throws bullpen session
      Joel Peralta (shoulder) threw a successful bullpen session Monday morning in Dodgers camp.

      Advice: Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu (back) also threw off a mound. Peralta was slowed last week by soreness in his right shoulder, but he's basically already back on track. The veteran reliever could be in line for some early-season saves while Kenley Jansen recovers from foot surgery, making him worthy of a late-round grab. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:02 am
    • Hanrahan (elbow) to visit specialist Tues.
      Joel Hanrahan (elbow) will visit a specialist in Texas on Tuesday.

      Advice: Hanrahan acknowledged last week that his arm hasn't felt right since he arrived at Tigers camp in mid-February. He missed the entire 2014 season and the 33-year-old right-hander can probably be ruled out for a 2015 Opening Day bullpen spot. Hanrahan underwent Tommy John elbow surgery nearly two years ago. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:55 am
       
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    • Jim Henderson throws live batting practice
      Jim Henderson (shoulder) threw live batting practice on Sunday for the first time since undergoing surgery in August to repair his right labrum and rotator cuff.

      Advice: The veteran right-hander said he felt good after the session, though his command wasn't where he wanted it to be. The next step could be for Henderson to get into game action at some point next week, and barring any setbacks he appears to be on track for the start of the regular season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:38 pm
    • Rodon to work as starter in Sale's absence
      White Sox top prospect Carlos Rodon is expected to take Chris Sale's spot in the White Sox rotation for Cactus League play.

      Advice: White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper said to expect Rodon on the hill when the White Sox take on the Padres in Peoria on Friday. While it's a chance for the young left-hander to showcase his skills, he certainly won't be cracking the White Sox rotation on Opening Day. The 22-year-old posted a 2.92 ERA and 38/13 K/BB ratio over 24 1/3 innings in 2014, including three starts at Triple-A Charlotte. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:30 pm
       
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    • Wandy Rodriguez to start Braves spring opener
      Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez announced Sunday that Wandy Rodriguez will start Wednesday's Grapefruit League opener against the Mets.

      Advice: The veteran southpaw, who is battling for the fifth and final spot in the Braves rotation, is scheduled to throw two innings. He will be followed in Wednesday's start by Chien-Ming Wang who is challenging for the same role. Julio Teheran will get the nod against the Tigers on Thursday, putting him on track to start on Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:12 pm
       
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    • Jimmy Nelson (hamstring) resumes throwing
      Jimmy Nelson (hamstring) threw a bullpen session Sunday with no issues.

      Advice: Nelson was held back from throwing for a few days due to a balky hamstring, but he's back on track now. The young right-hander is slated to open the season as the Brewers' No. 5 starter. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:26 am
    • Zach Putnam nursing back tightness
      Zach Putnam has been nursing some back tightness.

      Advice: The reliever has had his back wrapped the last couple days, but it's a minor issue. Putnam will help set up for closer David Robertson in 2015 after holding a 1.98 ERA across 49 relief appearances last season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:58 am
    • Peralta (shoulder) to throw bullpen on Monday
      Joel Peralta (shoulder) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Monday.

      Advice: Peralta had been shut down for a few days due to soreness in his right shoulder, but resumed his throwing program recently and is expected to be ready in plenty of time for the start of the regular season. He's the leading internal candidate to fulfill the closer's role at the start of the season while Kenley Jansen recovers from his foot surgery. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:59 am
    • Jimmy Nelson nursing hamstring ailment
      Jimmy Nelson has been held back from throwing due to a hamstring injury.

      Advice: Brewers manager Ron Roenicke insists that it isn't serious, so it sounds like Nelson will resume throwing in a few days. The young right-hander will be the club's No. 5 starter this season. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:26 am
    • Tigers' Hanrahan (elbow) discouraged
      Joel Hanrahan (elbow) is discouraged about his lack of progress in his throwing program.

      Advice: Hanrahan, who is nearly two years removed from Tommy John surgery, hasn't felt right early on in camp and his throwing sessions have been put on hold. When asked what's next, the veteran reliever said, "I really don't know," so obviously the Tigers can't count on him. It's no wonder they brought back Joba Chamberlain earlier this week. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 1:51 pm
       
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    • Peralta (shoulder) on track for Opening Day
      Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Thursday that he is not worried about Joel Peralta (shoulder) being ready for the beginning of the regular season.

      Advice: Peralta was shut down for a couple days last week due to soreness in his right shoulder, but he has since resumed the early stages of his spring throwing program. The 38-year-old could be in line for some April saves while Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen recovers from foot surgery. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:48 am
    • Kirkman (shoulder) to play catch Wednesday
      Michael Kirkman (shoulder) will play catch Wednesday.

      Advice: Kirkman was shut down last week due to an impingement in the back of his left shoulder, but he's making progress. The 28-year-old southpaw was non-tendered by the Rangers in December, but he's in camp this spring as a non-roster invitee and will attempt to win a bullpen job if healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:31 am
       
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    • Kirkman (shoulder) feeling improvement
      Michael Kirkman (shoulder) continues to feel improvement.

      Advice: Kirkman was shut down last week due to an impingement in the back of his left shoulder, but he could be able to throw as soon as Wednesday or Thursday. The 28-year-old is in camp with the Rangers on a minor league deal and hopes to win a bullpen job this spring. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:16 am
       
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    • Joel Peralta (shoulder) plays catch again
      Joel Peralta (shoulder) played catch Monday for the second straight day.

      Advice: Peralta was shut down for a few days after he showed up to camp with a sore shoulder -- an ailment that's apparently bugged him for a couple weeks. He was not sent for an MRI and the Dodgers believe the malady is no big deal. Peralta could be in the mix for saves early in the season with Kenley Jansen (foot) on the shelf. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 6:14 pm
    • Jim Henderson (shoulder) nearly 100 percent
      Jim Henderson (shoulder) threw at nearly 100 percent effort on Monday.

      Advice: Henderson had surgery last August to repair his right labrum and rotator cuff, but it sounds like he's basically all systems go at the beginning of spring training. The former closer will be looking for a bounce-back season after posted a 7.15 ERA over 14 appearances in an injury-shortened 2014 campaign. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 3:38 pm
    • Kirkman (shoulder) to resume throwing soon
      Michael Kirkman (shoulder) is aiming to resume his spring throwing program in a couple of days.

      Advice: Kirkman was shut down last week due to an impingement in the back of his left shoulder. He showed significant improvement Monday. "My range of motion is a lot better than a few days ago," said the right-hander. "It's almost back to normal. It may be normal." Kirkman, 28, is hoping to win a spot in the Rangers' Opening Day bullpen. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 12:41 pm
       
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    • Ryan Madson faces hitters Sunday
      Ryan Madson (elbow) threw a live batting practice session Sunday.

      Advice: It's the first time since August of 2013 that Madson has faced hitters, as he's been plagued by elbow issues the last few years. The former closer is in camp with the Royals trying to win a bullpen spot as a non-roster invitee. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 12:22 pm
       
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    • Michael Kirkman nursing shoulder ailment
      Michael Kirkman won't throw for the next week due to a sore left shoulder.

      Advice: It sounds like it's probably just some typical early-spring soreness, but the Rangers want to be safe. Kirkman re-signed with the Rangers on a minor league deal this winter after being non-tendered. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 8:35 am
       
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    • Hanrahan (elbow) throws bullpen session
      Joel Hanrahan (elbow) threw a short bullpen session Saturday.

      Advice: Hanrahan tested out the elbow but said he wasn't 100 percent yet. "He said he didn’t feel his best today," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "He’ll come back in a couple days, see how it goes." Hanrahan has thrown just 7 1/3 innings since 2012, and he's in camp on a minor league contract. The right-hander is set to throw again Monday, hopefully with better results. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 2:49 pm
       
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    • Joel Peralta dealing with shoulder discomfort
      Joel Peralta indicated Saturday that he has been dealing with shoulder discomfort for the past two weeks.

      Advice: Peralta was examined by team doctors and did not go for an MRI. He has been told to take things easy for a couple of days before he resumes throwing. At this point, the injury does not appear to be serious and shouldn't impact his availability for the start of the regular season. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 11:03 am
    • Joel Peralta dealing with unspecified issue
      Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Saturday that Joel Peralta is behind the throwing schedule for the rest of the team's pitchers due to an unspecified physical issue.

      Advice: It's unclear at the moment what that ailment is and how far behind his bullpen mates he will be. With Kenley Jansen sidelined, Peralta is a candidate to begin the season in the closer's role for the Dodgers, but any missed time could hurt his chances of doing so. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 9:20 am
    • Sean Marshall (shoulder) suffers setback
      Sean Marshall (shoulder) had a setback recently and has not been cleared to throw off a mound.

      Advice: "Two weeks ago, I was doing three sets of long-tossing from 120 feet, feeling pretty good," Marshall said Wednesday. "But I kind of had a little soreness in my shoulder. I got out here (to Arizona) February 6. I had to slow down a bit. I'm not on the mound yet. Hopefully, I'll resume pretty quick and finish that long-toss session of the rehab, then throw on some flat ground and be on the mound soon." Marshall seems optimistic that it's a minor bump in the road, but that his surgically-repaired shoulder is already acting up on him again isn't a good sign. He's been limited to 31 appearances over the past two seasons due to shoulder issues and had an operation to repair a torn labrum last June. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 20, 6:47 am
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