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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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    • Sergio Romo (shoulder) throws from mound
      Sergio Romo (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Sunday with no issues.

      Advice: He's had some soreness in his pitching shoulder early on in camp, but Giants manager Bruce Bochy said the reliever was "letting it go" Sunday with no problems. Romo is slated to serve as the club's setup man in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:04 pm
    • Reed (shoulder) 2-2 1/2 weeks from mound work
      Addison Reed (shoulder) is 2-2 1/2 weeks away from throwing off a mound.

      Advice: Reed has battled some shoulder soreness at the beginning of camp but says it's now completely gone. While the closer is a couple weeks behind his normal schedule, he remains on track to be ready for Opening Day, barring any setbacks. If he should experience a bump in the road and need a disabled list stint, Brad Ziegler would likely fill in at closer. Reed put up a 4.25 ERA and 69/15 K/BB ratio over 59 1/3 innings for the Diamondbacks last season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 11:39 am
    • Maurer could be starter over long-term
      Padres manager Bud Black said Sunday that the club is not ruling out Brandon Maurer being a starter over the long-term.

      Advice: "He's got the ability to start," Black said. "We're not ruling that out long-term." Maurer has a career 6.62 ERA as a starter and 3.75 ERA as a reliever, though it should be noted that he's just 24. While it's possible he could be a starter again at some point, he has the potential to be a dominant reliever. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:27 am
    • Rockies add John Axford to 40-man roster
      Rockies purchased the contract of RHP John Axford from Triple-A Albuquerque.

      Advice: Axford was fully expected to make the Opening Day roster after signing a minor league deal last month, and now it's official. The veteran reliever posted a 3.95 ERA and 63/36 K/BB ratio in 54 2/3 innings last season between the Indians and Pirates. He could be an option for saves should LaTroy Hawkins slip up. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:40 am
    • Mike Adams inks minors deal with Dodgers
      Dodgers signed RHP Mike Adams to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

      Advice: Adams, 36, had a terrible time staying healthy during his tenure with the Phillies, making just 50 appearances over two seasons. He pitched well when healthy, though, posting a 3.50 ERA with 44 strikeouts across 43 2/3 innings. The veteran reliever should have a good shot to make the Opening Day roster as long as he's healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:20 am
       
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    • 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
    • Doolittle encouraged by tests on shoulder
      Sean Doolittle was encouraged by strength tests on his left shoulder Saturday.

      Advice: Doolittle still isn't cleared to begin throwing, but the encouraging results could open the door for him to start throwing in the next week or two. The southpaw likely won't be ready for the start of the season, but assuming things continue to progress he should be ready to return sometime in April. Until then, Tyler Clippard will likely serve as the Athletics' closer. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:32 pm
    • 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
    • Wilson and Zeid unlikely to crack Tigers pen
      Tigers manager Brad Ausmus admitted Friday that six of the team's seven bullpen spots are virtually locked up already.

      Advice: The one remaining spot is for a second left-hander who has the ability to work multiple innings. That means Alex Wilson and Josh Zeid are on the outside looking in after the addition of Joba Chamberlain earlier in the week. Each will assuredly get their chance at some point during the season. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:08 am
    • Belisario is dealing with fractured shoulder
      Ronald Belisario will be shut down for the next two weeks due to a fractured left shoulder.

      Advice: Belisario sustained the injury while getting out of a pool before he arrived to Rays' camp. While it's encouraging that the injury is to his non-throwing shoulder, he isn't expected to be ready for the start of the regular season. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:11 am
       
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    • Ronald Belisario seen with left arm in sling
      Marc Topkin of The Tampa Bay Times reports that Ronald Belisario was seen in the Rays clubhouse with his left arm in a sling.

      Advice: It's the veteran hurler's non-throwing arm, but could still be potentially concerning. No word yet on what any potential injury may be, but any missed time this spring could hurt the non-roster invitee's chances of cracking the bullpen on Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 5:43 am
       
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    • Nationals sign Rich Hill to minor league deal
      Nationals signed LHP Rich Hill to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

      Advice: Hill will presumably compete for a spot as a situational left-hander in the Nats bullpen. The 34-year-old southpaw appeared in 14 games for the Yankees in 2014, posting a 1.69 ERA, 1.69 WHIP and 9/3 K/BB ratio over 5 1/3 innings. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:46 pm
       
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    • Edgar Olmos nursing shoulder impingement
      Edgar Olmos will be held back from throwing due to a left shoulder impingement.

      Advice: It's not clear when Olmos, who was just claimed off waivers earlier this week, might be ready to throw again. The southpaw was already a long shot to crack the Opening Day roster. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:53 am
    • Kenley Jansen now wearing walking boot
      Kenley Jansen has been fitted with a walking boot on his surgically-repaired left foot.

      Advice: He'll be able to put some weight on the foot now after walking on crutches the last 10 days. Jansen will wear the walking boot for 3-4 weeks before being allowed to resume activity. He's likely to miss the first month of the season. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:20 am
    • Morrow, Despaigne lead for No. 5 spot
      Padres manager Bud Black said Thursday that Brandon Morrow and Odrisamer Despaigne are "maybe out there a touch" in the competition for the No. 5 starter spot.

      Advice: It's not a surprise, as Morrow signed a deal over the winter that could be worth up to $7.5 million and Despaigne put up a 3.36 ERA last season in 16 starts. Robbie Erlin and top prospect Matt Wisler are the other main candidates, though Wisler almost surely will head back to the minors unless he really wows in camp. Josh Johnson (elbow) hopes to be ready for the rotation at some point in May. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:45 pm
    • Perkins to stay in traditional closer role
      Twins manager Paul Molitor said Thursday that he will use Glen Perkins in a conventional closer role and doesn't plan on using him for more than one inning.

      Advice: In other words, Molitor doesn't plan on changing from the approach of former manager Ron Gardenhire. Perkins has 70 saves over the past two seasons, but only two of them required more than three outs. "I'm not big on expanding his role past the ninth inning in the short term," said Molitor. "Part of the success we want to have is to have guys who can bridge us however long that is. As the season goes, once in a while there could be those opportunities. But in the short term, I don't see that happening." Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 2:23 pm
    • Street, Angels haven't had recent talks
      Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that Huston Street hasn't talked about an extension with the Angels since arriving to spring training.

      Advice: Street, who represents himself, wanted to settle in for about a week before resuming talks. The veteran closer recently said that he was looking for a contract somewhere between David Robertson's contract with the White Sox (four years, $46 million) and Andrew Miller's contract with the Yankees (four years, $36 million). He's worthy based on production, but his age and injury history could prevent the Angels from going that far. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 2:02 pm
    • 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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    • Papelbon would waive no-trade to join Jays
      Jonathan Papelbon said Thursday that he would waive his no-trade clause to pitch for the Blue Jays.

      Advice: Papelbon was being courted by the Brewers, but they re-signed closer Francisco Rodriguez to a two-year, $13 million contract on Thursday morning. The Blue Jays might now be his best bet to get out of Philadelphia, where a rebuild is in full swing. "Yes, Toronto, interests me -- if it interests [Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr.]," Papelbon told CSNPhilly.com. "I know some of the guys on their coaching staff. They’re a good team. If Ruben can do a deal with them, I’d be interested." Papelbon is owed $13 million in 2015 and carries a $13 million vesting option for 2016 should he finish 48 games. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:02 pm
    • A's place Taylor Thompson on 60-day DL
      Athletics placed RHP Taylor Thompson on the 60-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain.

      Advice: The move clears a 40-man roster spot for reliever Chad Smith, who was claimed off waivers from the Tigers on Thursday afternoon. Thompson injured his shoulder shortly after arriving at A's camp. He had been in consideration for a bullpen job after posting a strong 2.14 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 59 innings last season at the Triple-A level. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:45 am
       
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    • Romo (shoulder) nearing bullpen sessions
      Sergio Romo (shoulder) is expected to begin throwing off a mound in a couple of days.

      Advice: Romo showed up to camp with some soreness in his right shoulder, but it's so minor that the Giants didn't even call for a precautionary MRI. The 31-year-old has plenty of time to catch back up with the other relievers in camp. He'll serve as a setup man in 2015 for San Francisco closer Santiago Casilla. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:34 am
    • A's claim RP Chad Smith from the Tigers
      Athletics claimed RHP Chad Smith off waivers from the Tigers.

      Advice: Smith was designated for assignment by Detroit earlier this week to clear a 40-man roster spot for Joba Chamberlain. Smith, 25, had a 5.40 ERA in 11 2/3 innings last season out of the Tigers' bullpen. He'll have a tough time cracking the A's talented bullpen. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:20 am
    • Joe Paterson 'on the radar' for bullpen spot
      Royals manager Ned Yost said Thursday that Joe Paterson is in the hunt for an Opening Day bullpen job.

      Advice: "He's got that funky side delivery. He's on the radar," Yost said. Paterson was signed to a minor league contract back in November after posting a 2.95 ERA and 33/19 K/BB ratio in 42 2/3 innings last season for the Diamondbacks' Triple-A affiliate. The 28-year-old left-hander owns a 6.25 ERA in 40 1/3 career innings at the major league level, so expectations should be tempered. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:18 am
       
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    • Taylor Thompson won't pitch this spring
      A's manager Bob Melvin told reporters Thursday that Taylor Thompson (shoulder) probably won't factor into Cactus League games this spring.

      Advice: Which obviously puts him out of the running for an Opening Day bullpen job. Thompson was claimed off waivers from the White Sox in November after posting an impressive 2.14 ERA and 68 strikeouts across 59 innings in 2014 at Triple-A. He is recovering from a right shoulder strain. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:24 am
       
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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
    • Brewers re-sign K-Rod to 2-yr, $13M contract
      CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Brewers have re-signed closer Francisco Rodriguez to a two-year contract with a club option for the 2017 season.

      Advice: FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal says the deal is worth $13 million guaranteed. This marriage has seemed inevitable for a while now, but it took all offseason for the two sides to officially come to an agreement. K-Rod posted a strong 3.04 ERA, 0.985 WHIP, and 73/18 K/BB ratio in 68 innings last season for the Brewers while tallying 44 saves in 49 opportunities. He should again be a highly valuable fantasy closer in 2015. Jonathan Broxton is back to setup duty. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:13 am
       
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    • K-Rod strikes deal with team; not the Marlins
      Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that free agent right-hander Francisco Rodriguez has agreed to terms with a team and it isn't the Marlins.

      Advice: The best guess is that he has re-signed with the Brewers after an offseason-spanning holdout. Rodriguez posted a 3.04 ERA and 73/18 K/BB ratio in 68 innings last year for Milwaukee, also converting 44-of-49 save opportunities. There should be more info soon about where exactly he is headed. The Nationals and Blue Jays have also been tied to the 34-year-old reliever at different points this winter. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 5:15 am
       
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    • McGee (elbow) throwing from 105 feet
      Jake McGee (elbow) is now throwing from a distance of 105 feet.

      Advice: McGee is currently working his way back from arthroscopic surgery in December to remove a loose body from his elbow. He's slowly progressing with his throwing program and the Rays expect him to begin the season on the disabled list, but he could be ready by late April or early May if all goes well. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 6:13 am
    • Nationals could be in on Francisco Rodriguez
      MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reports that the Nationals "may be a third team lurking" in the pursuit of Francisco Rodriguez.

      Advice: CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported earlier Tuesday that the Brewers and Marlins were still in talks with K-Rod and the reliever was expected to make a decision soon. Frisaro confirmed Heyman's report but is also listing the Nationals as a potential dark horse. Common sense would say the Brewers have to be the favorite since K-Rod is familiar with them and would be used at closer, though it's possible another club will out-bid them. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:55 pm
       
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    • Rangers claim LHP Olmos off waivers
      Rangers claimed LHP Edgar Olmos off waivers from the Mariners.

      Advice: Olmos was designated for assignment earlier this month after the Mariner signed Rickie Weeks. The 23-year-old made five appearances with the Marlins last season and posted a 4.06 ERA and 60/30 K/BB ratio over 77 2/3 innings between Double- and Triple-A. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:33 am
    • K-Rod still speaking to Brewers and Marlins
      CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Brewers and Marlins continue to talk to free agent Francisco Rodriguez and a deal is expected to happen soon.

      Advice: K-Rod would return to the closer role if he re-signs with Milwaukee, but Miami would likely use him as a setup man for Steve Cishek. The 34-year-old had a 3.04 ERA and 73/18 K/BB ratio in 68 innings last season while going 44-for-49 in save opportunities. He's reportedly seeking a $10 million deal, but it could be a challenge for him to get that kind of money at this point. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:07 am
       
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    • Tigers designate RHP Smith for assignment
      Tigers designated RHP Chad Smith for assignment.

      Advice: The move clears a spot for Joba Chamberlain on the 40-man roster. Smith, 25, made 10 appearances with the Tigers last season and posted a 3.45 ERA and 40/11 K/BB ratio over 47 innings between Double- and Triple-A. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:38 am
    • 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
      Monday, 3:38 pm
    • Brewers talking to Scott Boras about K-Rod
      Ken Rosenthal reports that Brewers owner Mark Attanasio is talking to Scott Boras about free agent right-hander Francisco Rodriguez.

      Advice: A reunion with the Brewers has seemed like one of the most likely destinations for Rodriguez since he hit the open market, and now that he's reportedly willing to accept a one-year deal, it could make sense for both parties. If signed, he'd likely return to his familiar closer role with Jonathan Broxton working in front of him in the eighth inning. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 6:55 pm
       
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    • Taylor Thompson (shoulder) a little behind
      Taylor Thompson is not quite ready to throw off a mound due to a sore right shoulder.

      Advice: He'll need at least one more flat ground throwing session before being allowed to throw from the bump. A waiver claim from the White Sox back in November, Thompson will try to win a bullpen job with the A's this spring. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 9:36 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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    • Romo (shoulder) expects to throw next week
      Sergio Romo (shoulder) said he expects to be throwing by next week.

      Advice: "At this point, I don't have to come in throwing 100 miles an hour. I'm ready physically," Romo said. The shoulder started bothering Romo last month, and he's been playing catch on flat ground even while not throwing off a mound. The 31-year-old is set to be a setup man for the defending champs this season. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 2:21 pm
    • 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
    • Marlins maintain interest in signing K-Rod
      According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Marlins haven't closed the door on signing free agent right-hander Francisco Rodriguez.

      Advice: The Marlins have been mentioned several times this winter as a possible destination for the veteran hurler, and now that he's willing to accept a one-year deal it could make sense for both sides. If signed, he's presumably work in a setup role in front of incumbent closer Steve Cishek. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 20, 7:34 pm
       
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    • McGee (elbow) had some soreness from 90 feet
      Jake McGee (elbow) admitted Friday that he had some soreness when long-tossing from 90 feet but is feeling better now.

      Advice: A bit of discomfort shouldn't raise any big red flags at this point, as McGee is just two months removed from elbow surgery. The Rays' closer is targeting a late-April return to the roster, but it's possible his absence will bleed into May. Brad Boxberger is likely to fill in at closer while McGee is sidelined. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 20, 8:06 am
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