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    • Colby Lewis to start Cactus League opener
      Colby Lewis will start the Rangers' Cactus League opener against the Royals on Wednesday.

      Advice: The 35-year-old hurler is looking to rebound from a troublesome 2014 campaign where he compiled a 5.18 ERA and 1.52 WHIP over 170 1/3 innings while losing a league-worst 14 ballgames. Yovani Gallardo, Lisalverto Bonilla and Chi Chi Gonzalez are also scheduled to pitch for the Rangers on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:14 pm
    • Bumgarner to start Cactus League opener
      Madison Bumgarner will start the Giants' Cactus League opener against the Athletics on Tuesday.

      Advice: The World Series MVP will head back to work, looking to improve upon a terrific 2014 campaign where he posted an 18-10 record, 2.98 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 219/43 K/BB ratio over 217 1/3 innings. While the large workload that he shouldered in the postseason is mildly concerning, the 25-year-old hurler should still be one of the top seven starting pitchers selected in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:44 am
    • Mike Pelfrey (elbow) throws to live hitters
      Mike Pelfrey (elbow) threw to live hitters for the first time on Saturday since undergoing elbow surgery in May.

      Advice: The veteran right-hander came away from the session feeling great and he was pleased with his overall ability to locate pitches. While he's in camp competing for a spot in the Twins' Opening Day rotation, he has indicated that he's also open to the idea of pitching out of the bullpen. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:37 am
    • Giants bringing Matt Cain along cautiously
      Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced Saturday that Matt Cain's Cactus League debut would be pushed back a couple of weeks.

      Advice: That means Cain won't toe the slab in game action until at least March 10. There have been no setbacks in his recovery from elbow surgery, the Giants simply don't want to rush him. He remains on track to be ready for the start of the regular season. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:35 am
    • Kershaw to make spring debut on Thursday
      Dodgers manager Don Mattingly announced Saturday that Clayton Kershaw will make his Cactus League debut on Thursday against the White Sox.

      Advice: The reigning National League MVP and Cy Young winner is coming off an unbelievable 2014 campaign where he went 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 239/31 K/BB ratio over 198 1/3 innings. He should be the first starting pitcher drafted in all fantasy formats, and one of the first names called overall. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:12 am
    • Sale to miss three weeks with fractured foot
      The White Sox announced Saturday that Chris Sale suffered an avulsion fracture on his right foot in an accident at his home on Friday.

      Advice: The early diagnosis is that he's expected to miss three weeks. While it sounds that he avoided a significant injury, it could put his availability for Opening Day in jeopardy. The team will wait for the swelling to subside before determining his status. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:09 am
    • Casey Kelly cleared for baseball activities
      Casey Kelly (groin) has been given clearance for field work and some baseball activities.

      Advice: He isn't, however, ready to resume throwing bullpen sessions. The Padres are opting to play things cautiously as Kelly recovers from a minor groin strain and won't rush him back into action. He's expected to begin the season in the rotation at Triple-A Tucson. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:03 am
    • Bedard to start spring opener on Wednesday
      Erik Bedard will start the Dodgers Cactus League opener against the White Sox on Wednesday.

      Advice: The veteran left-hander is on the outside looking in for a spot in the Dodgers starting rotation, so he'll attempt to earn his way onto the squad as a long reliever. He registered a troublesome 4.76 ERA and 1.49 WHIP across 75 2/3 frames with the Rays in 2014. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:56 am
       
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    • Ryu (back) scheduled to throw bullpen Monday
      Hyun-Jin Ryu (back) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Monday.

      Advice: The 27-year-old southpaw has taken things easy the past couple of days after tweaking a muscle in his back during a fielding drill on Tuesday. He should have no difficulty getting ready in time for the start of the regular season. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:53 am
    • Athletics announce early rotation schedule
      Athletics manager Bob Melvin announced Saturday that Brad Mills will start Tuesday's spring opener.

      Advice: Jesse Chavez will make his first start on Wednesday while veteran southpaw Barry Zito will start on Thursday. All three hurlers are looking to compete for one of the final spots in the A's Opening Day rotation, but could also earn a spot as a long reliever. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:44 am
       
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    • James Paxton (forearm) to play catch Monday
      James Paxton (forearm) is scheduled to play catch on Monday.

      Advice: The Mariners are taking things very cautiously with Paxton this spring, and will build him up to throwing bullpen sessions. Their goal is to get him up to throwing five inning starts before the end of the Cactus League schedule. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:31 am
    • Happ working to increase use of changeup
      Mariners pitching coach Rick Waits said Saturday that J.A. Happ has been working on his changeup and plans to use the pitch with a much higher frequency in 2015.

      Advice: The changeup was arguably the veteran southpaw's worst pitch last season, which could be why he only used it 9.5% of the time, down from his career usage of 12.3%. If Waits and company can improve the pitch though, and provide more deception and separation from his fastball, it could become more of a weapon for him. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:20 am
    • C.J. Edwards (finger) throws bullpen session
      C.J. Edwards (finger) threw a successful bullpen session on Saturday.

      Advice: The top prospect had been dealing with an injury to his right index finger, but it appears to be a minor issue. Even if he impresses in Cubs camp this spring, he's likely ticketed for a return to Double-A Tennessee to begin the season. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:50 am
    • Alex Colome hopeful he will report next week
      The Rays are hopeful that Alex Colome, who is currently dealing with visa issues, will report to camp next week.

      Advice: The 26-year-old right-hander was believed to be the favorite to secure the fifth and final spot in the Rays Opening Day rotation, though it's unclear if this delay will change their plans. He has been working out and throwing in the Dominican Republic while he awaits approval. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:36 am
    • Clay Buchholz likely to start Red Sox opener
      Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe believes that Clay Buchholz will be tabbed as the Red Sox starter on Opening Day.

      Advice: While Red Sox manager John Farrell generally waits until late in the spring to officially announce the honor, it may be telling that Buchholz will make his spring debut on Tuesday, potentially lining him up for Opening Day on April 6 against the Phillies. The veteran right-hander is the only member of the rotation who was with the team on Opening Day last season. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:40 am
    • Alex Colome dealing with visa issue
      Alex Colome has yet to report to Rays camp due to visa issues.

      Advice: It's not clear whether the club has a timetable of when to expect him. Colome, who held a 2.66 ERA over 23 2/3 innings with the Rays last season, will compete for a spot in the rotation this spring once he arrives. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:57 am
    • Matt Cain (elbow) ready for Cactus start
      Matt Cain (elbow, ankle) is on track to make a start during the first week of Cactus League play.

      Advice: Cain was a bit behind the Giants' other starters when he arrived at spring training in Arizona, but that was by design. The right-hander needed surgery in August to remove painful bone chips and spurs from his right elbow and then underwent a minor procedure in September on his right ankle. He should be 100 percent for the beginning of the 2015 regular season. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:37 am
    • Ryu (back) will have another light day Thurs.
      Hyun-Jin Ryu (back) will have another light day Thursday in Dodgers camp.

      Advice: Ryu tweaked a muscle in the middle of his back Tuesday during a fielding drill, but it's not believed to be a serious issue. An MRI taken Thursday showed no structural damage. The 27-year-old left-hander owns a terrific 3.17 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 293/78 K/BB ratio in 344 innings since joining the Dodgers from Korea. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 6:36 am
    • Ryu out Wednesday with mid-back tightness
      Hyun-Jin Ryu is currently dealing with mid-back tightness.

      Advice: Ryu will sit out Wednesday, but he shouldn't be sidelined for long. The southpaw has enjoyed a lot of success since coming over to MLB in 2013, posting a 3.17 ERA over 56 starts, and is an underrated option in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:58 am
    • Paxton (forearm) to resume throwing soon
      Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Tuesday that James Paxton (forearm) is expected to resume full throwing workouts early next week.

      Advice: Paxton has been held out of workouts since landing awkwardly on both of his forearms last week during an agility drill. He's fine, but the Mariners are just being cautious early in camp. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:26 am
    • Kelly (groin) feels improvement Monday
      Casey Kelly (groin) said he was feeling better Monday.

      Advice: Kelly was held out of workouts for the second straight day Monday due to a minor groin strain. There's no clear timetable for his return, but Padres manager Bud Black said that it will be a "slow process." The good news is that Kelly's arm feels OK after missing most of the past two seasons with elbow issues. The Padres are hopeful that Kelly will be a part of their rotation in Triple-A. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 1:10 pm
    • Paxton (arm) held out of drills on Monday
      James Paxton was held out of workouts Monday after landing awkwardly on both of his forearms last week during an agility drill.

      Advice: The Mariners don't seem overly concerned and Paxton has plenty of time to catch back up with the other starters in camp. The 26-year-old southpaw boasts a 2.66 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 80/36 K/BB ratio in 98 career major league innings. He's a lock for a rotation spot and should carry considerable fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:13 am
    • Casey Kelly battling groin injury
      Casey Kelly will be out of action for a few days due to a minor groin strain.

      Advice: The groin ailment isn't a big deal, but Kelly needs to get in all the throwing he can after missing most of the last two seasons with elbow issues. He's expected to be healthy come Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 9:04 am
    • Cain (elbow) not on normal schedule yet
      Giants manager Bruce Bochy told reporters Thursday that Matt Cain (elbow) isn't yet throwing off a mound every other day like his fellow starting pitchers.

      Advice: It's just a precautionary measure and Cain should be able to catch up over the next seven weeks. The veteran right-hander underwent surgery last August to remove bone chips and spurs from his right elbow, and he then needed an operation in September to get rid of a bone spur in his right ankle. He should be ready for the beginning of the 2015 regular season. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:30 am
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