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    • McAllister goes two innings in Cactus debut
      Zach McAllister allowed one run in two innings Tuesday in the Indians' Cactus League opener against the Reds.

      Advice: He gave up three hits, but walked none and struck out three. McAllister is currently fighting for one of the final spots in the Indians' rotation, but he also has experience as a reliever so he should be on the Opening day roster no matter what. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:20 pm
    • Pedro Beato inks minors deal with Orioles
      Orioles signed RHP Pedro Beato to a minor league contract.

      Advice: He was not invited to spring training. Beato's time in the majors the last three seasons has been minimal, as he posted a 4.10 ERA with 45 strikeouts over 48 1/3 frames at Triple-A with the Braves in 2014. He's just a depth guy. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:11 pm
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    • Adam Warren goes two scoreless in start
      Adam Warren drew the start versus the Phillies on Tuesday and pitched two scoreless innings, allowing one hit.

      Advice: Warren isn't hopeless as a starter, but all indications are that he'll return to the pen this year and battle David Carpenter for seventh-inning duties. He had a 2.97 ERA in 78 2/3 innings as a reliever last season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:35 pm
    • Soria throws round of live batting practice
      Joakim Soria threw a successful round of live batting practice Tuesday in Tigers camp.

      Advice: "By all accounts, he threw very well," manager Brad Ausmus told reporters after the workout. Soria did not exactly shine down the stretch last season for the Tigers, but he'll probably be the next man up for saves this year in Detroit if veteran closer Joe Nathan has more problems. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:57 pm
    • Aaron Sanchez gets rocked by Pirates
      Aaron Sanchez gave up five runs -- two earned -- and four hits in 1 1/3 innings Tuesday in his start against the Pirates.

      Advice: Pedro Alvarez hit a three-run homer off him after a tough error on Josh Donaldson in the first (it was a soft dribbler and not an easy play), leading to the unearned runs. The Blue Jays haven't yet committed to Sanchez as a starter or a reliever, and one bad outing won't factor into their thinking overly much. We're guessing he begins the year in the pen, perhaps in the closer's role. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:56 pm
    • Joe Nathan lives dangerously, goes scoreless
      Joe Nathan pitched around a pair of two-out hits to throw a scoreless fifth inning Tuesday against the Orioles.

      Advice: This one was right out of the 2014 playbook: two quick outs, two hits, a foul home run and an inning-ending lineout before a run could cross. Nathan is penciled in as the Tigers' closer, but his margin for error is much slimmer than it was last season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:38 pm
    • Williams pitches in relief Tuesday
      Jerome Williams came out of the bullpen to pitch in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Yankees.

      Advice: Williams was originally scheduled to start the game, but David Buchanan pitched instead. However, it appears that Williams is fine and the Phillies simply decided to flip-flop the order at the last mintue. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:40 am
    • Phillies' Williams scratched from start
      Jerome Williams was scratched from Tuesday's Grapefruit League start against the Yankees.

      Advice: No word on the reason for the change, but Williams wasn't present when lineups were announced. David Buchanan made the start instead. The Phillies should pass along an update soon. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:13 am
    • Brewers' deal with K-Rod not yet finalized
      Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Tuesday that the club hasn't finalized a contract with Francisco Rodriguez.

      Advice: The Brewers outrighted right-hander Brooks Hall to Triple-A on Tuesday, presumably to clear a spot for Rodriguez on the 40-man roster, but the deal isn't official yet. K-Rod is expected to receive a two-year, $13 million deal with a club option for 2017. It's unclear when he'll travel from Venezuela to Brewers' camp. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:03 am
    • Royals' Luke Hochevar (elbow) faces hitters
      Luke Hochevar (elbow) faced hitters Tuesday for the first time since Tommy John surgery.

      Advice: It's a big step for Hochevar, who is nearly a full year removed from Tommy John surgery. He still has some hurdles to cross, but the Royals believe he'll be ready for Opening Day or close to it. He could be a big weapon for a bullpen which was already a strength last season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:57 am
    • Gibbons hasn't committed to a closer yet
      Blue Jays manager John Gibbons wouldn't commit to using Brett Cecil as his closer, according to John Lott of the National Post.

      Advice: Gibbons was ambivalent about having Cecil close, saying, "He could do it. He might not. It might be somebody else." Aaron Sanchez is the other candidate to grab the role. Alternatively, Gibbons could play match-ups with both pitchers. Cecil, since becoming a full-time reliever in 2013, has a 2.76 ERA and a 146/50 K/BB ratio in 114 innings over the last two seasons. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:04 am
    • Madson (back) will play catch Tuesday
      Ryan Madson (back) is expected to play catch on Tuesday.

      Advice: Madson suffered a minor back injury doing squats over the weekend and was scratched from pitching on Monday. The veteran right-hander signed a minor league deal with the Royals in January and is likely to serve as bullpen depth in the minors until he can prove he can be effective and healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:45 am
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    • Williams to start spring opener for Phillies
      Jerome Williams will start in the Phillies' Grapefruit League opener Tuesday against the Yankees.

      Advice: Others scheduled to pitch include David Buchanan, Joely Rodriguez, Jeanmar Gomez, Mario Hollands, Sean O'Sullivan, and Luis Garcia. The Phillies re-signed Williams to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million following a successful two-month stint with the club at the end of last season. In 57 1/3 innings, the right-hander posted a 2.83 ERA with a 38/17 K/BB ratio. Williams likely will be traded at some point during the season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:40 am
    • Brewers finalize two-year contract with K-Rod
      Brewers re-signed RHP Francisco Rodriguez to a two-year, $13 million contract.

      Advice: The deal, which includes a $6 million club option for 2017, is now official after being reported last week, as Rodriguez has been added to the 40-man roster. The Brewers outrighted RHP Brooks Hall to Triple-A Colorado Springs to make room for him. Rodriguez will be back in the closer's role for the Brewers after posting a 3.04 ERA with 44 saves and a 73/18 K/BB ratio in 68 innings last season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:33 am
    • 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
      Monday, 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
      Monday, 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
      Monday, 1:06 pm
    • 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
      Monday, 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
      Monday, 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
      Monday, 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
      Monday, 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
      Monday, 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
      Sunday, 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
      Sunday, 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
      Sunday, 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
      Sunday, 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
      Sunday, 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
      Sunday, 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
      Sunday, 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
      Sunday, 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
    • 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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    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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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    • 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
    • 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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    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
      Monday, 12:41 pm
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    • 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
    • Versatility could earn McAllister roster spot
      Due to his ability to start and pitch out of the bullpen, Zach McAllister is expected to earn a spot on the Indians' Opening Day roster.

      Advice: While the 27-year-old is vying for the fifth and final spot in the Tribe's starting rotation, he demonstrated the ability to pitch well out of the bullpen in September and opened a few eyes in the organization. As he's out of options, he would have to be exposed to waivers if he doesn't earn a spot on the 25-man roster, which gives the team additional motivation to find a spot where he'll fit. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 6:30 pm
    • Brett Cecil believes he can be Jays closer
      Brett Cecil admitted Sunday that he wants to be the Blue Jays closer and believes he can be successful in that role.

      Advice: "Absolutely, I want it" Cecil acknowledged when questioned on the subject. He elaborated on his comfort in the role, "I've done it before at this level, I've never been labeled with having the closer's role, solely having it, but having that label isn't going to change anything either." While he does own six career saves and an above-average strikeout rate, Aaron Sanchez would seem to make the most sense as the Jays' stopper, provided they don't keep him in the rotation. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 3:05 pm
    • 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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