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  • Huff's strong spring continues vs. the Angels
    David Huff continued to pitch well, holding the Angels to just one run over 3 1/3 innings in Saturday's start.

    Advice: Huff danced around six hits and a walk without recording a strikeout. The left-hander owns an impressive 1.50 ERA through 12 innings this spring, though he also sports an uninspiring 4/2 K/BB ratio. Given how thin the Dodgers are with pitching depth, Huff has a good chance of making the 25-man roster as a long man out of the bullpen.
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  • Rangers grant Juan Carlos Oviedo his release
    Rangers released RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo.

    Advice: Oviedo was told he wouldn't break camp with the club, so he asked to be released in hopes of catching on elsewhere. The 33-year-old had a 3.69 ERA with the Rays last season, but his best days are surely behind him.
    Today, 3:44 pm
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  • Stephen Strasburg gives up four runs to Mets
    Stephen Strasburg surrendered four runs in four innings Saturday in a loss to the Mets.

    Advice: Strasburg looked pretty good earlier in the spring, but he missed his last turn with a twisted plant ankle and he wasn't sharp at all today. Since the ankle injury wasn't supposed to be very severe at all, he should be better next week in his final tuneup for the regular season.
    Today, 2:09 pm
  • Roberto Hernandez allows one run through five
    Roberto Hernandez allowed one run and three hits in five innings Saturday in a no-decision versus the Marlins.

    Advice: Hernandez got 10 outs on the ground, which is what the Astros want to see from him. He's probably going to be the team's fifth starter, with Asher Wojciechowski being held back in Triple-A.
    Today, 2:01 pm
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  • Mat Latos solid against Astros
    Mat Latos bounced back from Monday's shelling to hold the Astros to one run in 5 1/3 innings Saturday.

    Advice: Latos allowed six hits, walked two and struck out three, so it wasn't exactly a dominant outing. Still, it was better than giving up nine runs in three innings, like he did against the Mets. We'd be a bit nervous about playing him in mixed leagues early on.
    Today, 2:00 pm
  • Steven Wright gives up five runs
    Steven Wright surrendered five unearned runs in 3 2/3 innings Saturday against the Rays.

    Advice: Wright had it easy for three innings, but he couldn't pitch around Xander Bogaerts' error in the fourth and he had to be taken out. Wright was credited with the win anyway, and since the runs were unearned, he's still sitting pretty with a 3-0 record and a 1.32 ERA. He'll be Boston's fifth start if Joe Kelly opens up on the DL.
    Today, 1:45 pm
  • Nate Karns gives up six runs to Red Sox
    Nate Karns was tagged for six runs in four innings by the Red Sox on Saturday.

    Advice: Karns picked a pretty good day for his first bad outing of the spring, as he was told yesterday that he made the team. He's expected to be Tampa Bay's No. 3 starter as a result of the injuries to Alex Cobb and Drew Smyly, and he'll be worth trying in AL-only leagues early on.
    Today, 1:43 pm
  • Colome (illness) throws 40-pitch session
    Alex Colome (illness) threw a 40-pitch bullpen session Saturday.

    Advice: Colome has already been ruled out for the start of the year after pneumonia knocked him down in early March, but it shouldn't be a long-lasting affliction. He's expected back in mid-April.
    Today, 1:38 pm
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  • Verlander (triceps) to do some light tossing
    Justin Verlander (triceps) will do some light tossing in the next day or two to see how he feels.

    Advice: Verlander was removed from Friday's game with triceps soreness, and the arm felt the same Saturday. It's still not a terribly worrisome ailment, but the timing isn't ideal with Opening Day so close. Still, he should be fine for the start of the season.
    Today, 1:35 pm
  • Oviedo told he won't make Rangers roster
    Juan Carlos Oviedo has been told he won't make the Rangers' Opening Day roster.

    Advice: Oviedo was brought to camp as a non-roster invitee, but a 4.91 ERA in 3 2/3 spring innings didn't do much to impress. He'll now have to decide whether to ask for his release or accept an assignment to Triple-A.
    Today, 1:32 pm
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  • Andrew Bailey works scoreless frame
    Andrew Bailey, who missed all of last season following labrum surgery, pitched a scoreless inning in his fourth appearance of the spring Saturday against the Orioles.

    Advice: Bailey allowed an unearned run his first time out, but he's gotten through the other outings clean, and with the way he's throwing, there'd seem to be a shot of him helping the Yankees later this year. He is going to open the season in the minors.
    Today, 1:21 pm
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  • Ervin Santana goes six strong in victory
    Ervin Santana pitched six innings of one-run ball Saturday in beating the Phillies.

    Advice: Santana has pitched well in three of his four starts this spring. We don't like his chances of amassing much fantasy value in front of the lousy Twins defense, but at least he'll be an upgrade over what they got from the middle of their rotation last year.
    Today, 12:52 pm
  • Blaine Boyer throws perfect inning
    Blaine Boyer finished off the Phillies with a perfect ninth inning Saturday.

    Advice: Boyer hasn't officially won a spot yet, but he's almost certain to be a part of the Twins' pen on Opening Day. He's allowed two runs in 10 2/3 innings this spring. Last year, he had a 3.57 ERA in 40 1/3 innings for the Padres.
    Today, 12:51 pm
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  • No MRI scheduled for Justin Verlander yet
    Justin Verlander indicated that his triceps soreness was the same on Saturday as it was on Friday.

    Advice: The Tigers have yet to schedule an MRI, so they believe the issue is relatively minor and shouldn't impact his availability for the start of the regular season. They'll wait and see how he feels in a day or two before deciding when he'll throw next, but are optimistic that he'll make his scheduled start on Thursday.
    Today, 8:37 am
  • Koji Uehara not yet ruled out for Opening Day
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said Saturday that Koji Uehara (hamstring) has not been ruled out for Opening Day.

    Advice: "He's a one-inning reliever, a veteran guy", Farrell said Saturday, indicating that he doesn't need much in-game preparation to get ready for the regular season. In the event that Uehara is unable to go, Edward Mujica is the favorite to see early save chances for the Red Sox.
    Today, 8:21 am
  • Rays place Alex Colome (pneumonia) on DL
    Rays placed RHP Alex Colome on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 27, with pneumonia.

    Advice: The 26-year-old hurler spent five days in the hospital earlier in the month while battling the illness and is still working to regain his full strength. He's expected to be ready to join the Rays in mid-April.
    Today, 7:50 am
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  • Ausmus optimistic on Verlander's arm issue
    Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Saturday that he's optimistic Justin Verlander's triceps cramp will not be a long-term issue.

    Advice: Verlander left Friday's Grapefruit League start with what the team is calling a right triceps cramp. While it doesn't sound as though it's a serious issue, any arm trouble for a starting pitcher definitely concerning. As of now, he's still expected to make his final spring start next week.
    Today, 7:26 am
  • Bobby Parnell expected to return in mid-April
    Bobby Parnell (elbow) has been progressing quicker than anticipated in his recovery from Tommy John surgery and is expected to return to the Mets bullpen in mid-April.

    Advice: The early timetable that the team gave was early May, but it appears that the veteran right-hander should beat that estimate. He's expected to work in a setup capacity in his return, but could eventually challenge Jenrry Mejia for save opportunities.
    Today, 6:46 am
  • Vic Black to throw off mound on Saturday
    Vic Black (shoulder) is scheduled to throw 20 pitches off of a mound on Saturday.

    Advice: It will be his first time doing so since being shut down on March 9 with shoulder tendinitis. While he is progressing nicely, his availability for Opening Day remains doubtful.
    Today, 6:14 am
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 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.
    Yesterday, 11:00 am
  • Uehara (hamstring) throws off flat ground
    Koji Uehara (hamstring) made 60 throws off flat ground Thursday.

    Advice: Uehara strained his left hamstring early last week while doing some conditioning work, but Red Sox manager John Farrell called Thursday a "sizable step" for him. The next step calls for him to throw a bullpen session on Saturday. He remains a question mark for the start of the season. Edward Mujica would fill in at closer if he needs to miss some time.
    Thursday, 1:14 pm
  • Uehara (hamstring) to play catch on Thursday
    Koji Uehara (hamstring) will throw on flat ground Thursday and is lined up for a bullpen session this weekend.

    Advice: The workouts should give the Red Sox a better idea about his status for the opening of the regular season. Uehara strained his left hamstring early last week while doing some conditioning work. If he's not ready come April 6, Edward Mujica would presumably fill in at closer for Boston.
    Thursday, 7:14 am
  • Parnell (elbow) tops out at 92 mph
    Bobby Parnell (elbow) topped out at 92 mph during a minor league game Wednesday.

    Advice: Parnell, who is working his way back from Tommy John surgery, threw 17 pitches over one inning of work and mostly sat in the 89-90 mph range. He's still building arm strength and the Mets aren't counting on him to be a part of their Opening Day bullpen, so velocity isn't a big deal at this stage. He could make his way back to the majors in May if all goes according to plan.
    Wednesday, 10:22 am
  • Black (shoulder) resumed throwing
    Vic Black (shoulder) resumed throwing Tuesday.

    Advice: Black hasn't appeared in a Grapefruit League game since March 9 due to shoulder tendinitis. He's starting to make some progress, but Mets general manager Sandy Alderson didn't sound particularly optimistic Tuesday about his chances of being ready for the season.
    Tuesday, 8:58 am
  • Uehara's status in doubt for Opening Day?
    Ian Browne of writes that Red Sox manager John Farrell "seems less sold" on Koji Uehara (hamstring) than he did a week ago.

    Advice: Uehara strained his left hamstring a week ago and has resumed throwing and agility drills in recent days, but it's unclear when he'll be ready to return to game action. Be sure to follow this situation closely in the coming days. Edward Mujica would likely fill in at closer if Uehara needs extra time to get ready.
    Tuesday, 8:33 am
  • Black (shoulder) a question for Opening Day
    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson acknowledged Tuesday that Vic Black (shoulder) is a question for Opening Day.

    Advice: Black came down with shoulder tendinitis earlier this month and felt continued discomfort while throwing off flat ground last week, but he's scheduled to try throwing again on Tuesday. Even if he's pain-free, there might not be enough time for him to get ready for the season.
    Tuesday, 7:36 am
  • Mat Latos gets lit up by Mets
    Mat Latos was torched for nine runs in three innings by the Mets on Monday.

    Advice: "Struggling to find my mechanics, my balance, my release point," Latos said afterwards. "Everything was terrible. No other way to put it… I was destined to have a [bad] outing. I just didn’t know it was going to be one like that. That was borderline embarrassing. We’ll see if we can figure it out." With his velocity still down, we're not expecting anything close to greatness from Latos this season. He could still be a solid starter for the Marlins, but he's not someone to target in fantasy leagues.
    Monday, 1:21 pm
  • Black (shoulder) to throw Tuesday
    Vic Black (shoulder) will resume throwing Tuesday.

    Advice: A previous report suggested Black would begin throwing again on Monday, but the Mets are saying this was the plan all along. Black has recently been dealing with shoulder tendinitis and felt continued discomfort after throwing off flat ground last Tuesday. He's running out of time to get ready for Opening Day.
    Monday, 1:21 pm
  • Koji Uehara (hamstring) played catch Monday
    Koji Uehara (hamstring) played catch with good intensity Monday morning in Red Sox camp.

    Advice: And he went through a range of agility drills on Sunday without issue. Uehara should be cleared to resume pitching in Grapefruit League games by the end of this week and he is expected to be fully recovered from his mid-March hamstring strain by Opening Day.
    Monday, 8:24 am
  • Colome (pneumonia) throws bullpen session
    Alex Colome (pneumonia) tossed a 20-pitch bullpen session Monday morning in Rays camp.

    Advice: Colome said he was throwing at around 70 percent effort. The 26-year-old right-hander spent five days in the hospital last week with pneumonia and will need to complete two more bullpen sessions before he's cleared to face hitters. Colome is not going to be up to speed by the beginning of the regular season.
    Monday, 7:49 am
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  • Roberto Hernandez has leg up for rotation
    Roberto Hernandez is thought to have a leg up for the final spot in the Astros' rotation.

    Advice: Dan Straily was officially optioned to Triple-A Fresno on Monday morning, so only Asher Wojciechowski and Sam Deduno stand in the way of Hernandez getting the gig. Whatever happens, it's a spot that's doubtful to hold much fantasy relevance. Hernandez, 34, posted a 4.10 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, and 105/73 K/BB ratio in 164 2/3 innings last season between the Phillies and Dodgers.
    Monday, 6:55 am
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  • Colome (pneumonia) set for mound session
    Alex Colome (pneumonia) is scheduled to throw the first of three bullpen sessions on Monday.

    Advice: Colome spent five days in a Florida hospital last week with pneumonia. He was also a late arrival to Rays camp due to visa issues in the Dominican Republic. The 26-year-old right-hander obviously isn't going to be ready for the beginning of the regular season, though he should be ready around the middle of April.
    Monday, 6:19 am
    15-Day DL
  • David Huff fires three shutout innings Sunday
    David Huff fired three scoreless innings, allowing just one hit in Sunday's Cactus League start against the Indians.

    Advice: Huff didn't walk a batter or record a strikeout on the afternoon. With the injury to Hyun-Jin Ryu opening a spot in the Dodgers rotation, Huff now has a legitimate chance to secure a job as the long man in the bullpen if he continues to pitch well. He owns a terrific 1.04 ERA through 8 2/3 innings this spring.
    Sunday, 6:13 pm
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  • 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
  • Roberto Hernandez wins for third time
    Roberto Hernandez moved to 3-0 this spring by limiting the Pirates to one run in four innings Sunday.

    Advice: Hernandez lowered his spring ERA to 4.50, though that comes with a poor 4/5 K/BB ratio through 12 innings. It looks like the battle for the final spot in Houston's rotation will go down to the wire. Asher Wojciechowski has the best numbers of the group, but he obviously don't have the kind of experience Hernandez and Dan Straily do.
    Sunday, 1:56 pm
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  • Steven Wright goes four scoreless
    Steven Wright blanked the Phillies for four innings in a win Sunday.

    Advice: The Red Sox don't seem to think Joe Kelly will need to open the season on the DL, but Wright would almost certainly be his replacement if one is needed. The knuckleballer has allowed two earned runs in 10 innings this spring.
    Sunday, 1:38 pm
  • Uehara (hamstring) goes through agility tests
    Koji Uehara (hamstring) went through some agility testing Sunday.

    Advice: Uehara also threw long toss in the session. The reliever appeared to be fine, Boston Globe beat writer Pete Abraham said. Uehara should be back on the mound in a few days and likely won't be a question for Opening Day.
    Sunday, 9:13 am
  • Strasburg (ankle) to throw long toss Sunday
    Stephen Strasburg (ankle) will throw a long toss session Sunday.

    Advice: Strasburg was scratched from his Sunday start after twisting his left ankle Friday, but it doesn't seem to be a huge concern. Strasburg said the ankle is getting better. He should be back on the mound in short order.
    Sunday, 5:50 am
  • Black (shoulder) to begin throwing Monday
    Vic Black (shoulder) will begin throwing again Monday.

    Advice: Black has been sidelined by shoulder tendinitis and was shut down after feeling discomfort during a throwing session last Tuesday. Black has been on anti-inflammatory medication to help remedy the situation. With roughly two weeks of camp left, Black will have to ramp it up quickly to be on the Mets' Opening Day roster.
    Sunday, 5:35 am
  • Strasburg twists ankle during conditioning
    Nationals manager Matt Williams said Saturday that Stephen Strasburg twisted his left ankle during conditioning drills on Friday.

    Advice: Williams acknowledged that the injury wasn't serious, but that Strasburg would rest for a few days. A.J. Cole is scheduled to start in his place in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers.
    Saturday, 12:51 pm
  • Parnell throws 20 pitches in minors game
    Bobby Parnell (elbow) threw 20 pitches in a minor league game on Saturday.

    Advice: He surrendered two hits in the outing. It was his first game experience since undergoing Tommy John surgery last year. He's expected to miss the first month of the regular season before rejoining the Mets bullpen.
    Saturday, 10:21 am
  • Uehara (hamstring) plays long toss on Friday
    Koji Uehara (hamstring) played long toss on Friday without any difficulty.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander said that he felt no pain in his hamstring while throwing and is expected to resume throwing off a mound in the middle of the week. The Red Sox remain optimistic that he'll be ready for the start of the regular season.
    Saturday, 5:40 am
  • Bobby Parnell pushed back to Saturday
    Bobby Parnell's (elbow) appearance in a minor league game has been pushed back from Friday to Saturday.

    Advice: It doesn't appear he's had a setback, but rather there's just been a simple change of plans. Working his way back from Tommy John surgery, Parnell is expected to miss the first month of the season.
    Friday, 6:26 am
  • Koji Uehara (hamstring) could long-toss Fri.
    Koji Uehara (hamstring) could long-toss on Friday.

    Advice: Uehara strained his left hamstring on Tuesday. While it's good that he might be able to long-toss on Friday, the Red Sox won't let him throw from a mound again until he doesn't feel anything in his hamstring. Uehara is hopefuly of being ready for Opening Day.
    Thursday, 3:35 pm
  • Nate Karns earns win over Twins
    Nate Karns pitched 4 1/3 innings and allowed two runs Thursday against the Twins.

    Advice: Karns gave up six hits, five of them singles. He struck out four and walked one. With Alex Cobb, Drew Smyly and Alex Colome all sidelined, Karns has gone from competing for the fifth spot in Tampa Bay's rotation to likely opening the year as the team's third starter. He makes for an intriguing late-round option in AL-only leagues.
    Thursday, 2:10 pm
  • Black (shoulder) shut down for a few days
    Vic Black (shoulder) has been shut down for a few more days.

    Advice: Black has recently been dealing with shoulder tendinitis and felt continued discomfort after throwing off flat ground on Tuesday. He took some anti-inflammatories and hopes to resume throwing in a couple of days, but he could be cutting it close to be ready for the start of the season. The Mets' bullpen is suddenly looking quite iffy.
    Thursday, 1:17 pm
  • Parnell to pitch in minors game Friday
    Bobby Parnell (elbow, hamstring) is expected to pitch in a minor league game Friday.

    Advice: It will be his first game action since undergoing Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow last April. Parnell was originally scheduled to pitch on the minor league side on Tuesday, but the Mets had him throw another bullpen session instead. He's expected to begin the year on the disabled list regardless, so there's no rush. Look for him to join the Mets' bullpen by the start of May if all goes well in his rehab.
    Thursday, 1:14 pm
  • Mat Latos gives up two runs to Nationals
    Mat Latos surrendered two runs and two hits in four innings Wednesday versus the Nationals.

    Advice: It doesn't sound like Latos's velocity has bounced back following last year's decline, but that wouldn't necessarily prevent him from being an effective starter for the Marlins; it'd just leave him without his previous upside.
    Wednesday, 1:24 pm
  • Colome (pneumonia) released from hospital
    Alex Colome (pneumonia) has been released from the hospital.

    Advice: Colome was diagnosed last week with pneumonia and spent five days in a hospital near the Rays' spring training complex. Visa issues delayed his arrival to camp and now he's even further behind the other candidates for Tampa Bay's starting rotation. Look for the 26-year-old right-hander to hang back at extended spring training for a couple of weeks after the regular season opens.
    Wednesday, 1:17 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Uehara: Opening Day could be 'close call'
    Koji Uehara (hamstring) expects to be ready for Opening Day, but conceded Wednesday that it could be a "close call."

    Advice: Uehara strained his left hamstring Tuesday and Red Sox manager John Farrell said Wednesday morning that he won't get back on the mound until "he can tolerate the stress" with his hamstring. He likely won't need many games to be ready for the season, but the situation is worth watching.
    Wednesday, 8:45 am
  • Uehara (hamstring) to play catch
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said that Koji Uehara will play catch, but won't get back on the mound until "he can tolerate the stress" in his strained left hamstring.

    Advice: Uehara suffered the injury Tuesday morning and the Red Sox aren't going to take any chances with him. He's not in jeopardy for missing the start of the season at this time, but he can't afford any setbacks.
    Wednesday, 7:29 am
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