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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
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    • 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
    • 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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    • 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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    • 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
    • Charlie Morton to be ready for regular season
      Charlie Morton (hip) continued to express optimism Friday on his ability to be ready for the start of the regular season.

      Advice: The veteran right-hander is recovering from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right hip. While the Pirates are playing things cautiously, he's on track and should be ready to take his first turn through the Pirates rotation once the season begins. He posted a 3.72 ERA and 126/57 K/BB ratio over 157 1/3 innings for the Buccos in 2014. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:39 pm
    • A.J. Griffin placed on 60-day DL
      Athletics placed RHP A.J. Griffin on the 60-day disabled list.

      Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Alex Hassan. Griffin will be out until around midseason as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:39 pm
       
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    • 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
      Yesterday, 9:26 am
    • Santana not expected to be ready by opener
      Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Friday that Johan Santana (shoulder, Achilles) is "highly unlikely" to be ready by Opening Day.

      Advice: Santana hasn't pitched in the majors since 2012, as he missed 2013 while recovering from a second major shoulder surgery and 2014 after blowing out his Achilles. He had a minor setback with his shoulder earlier this offseason, but delaying his start to 2015 likely is just so he can build up some stamina. The Blue Jays are viewing Santana as a starter, and he could be part of the rotation at some point in April if all goes well. The lefty has an opt-out clause in his contract on April 28 and will make $2.5 million plus incentives when on the big league roster. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:04 am
       
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    • Mets leaning towards Colon on Opening Day
      Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that the Mets are "strongly considering" Bartolo Colon for their Opening Day start against the Nationals.

      Advice: Rubin says the club has narrowed their choices to Colon and one other unnamed pitcher. The Mets have said that Matt Harvey (elbow) will start one of the first five games of the season, but it would be asking a lot to give him the ball on Opening Day in his first start in over 17 months. Reigning National League Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom is another option, but the Mets are likely to keep his innings at least relatively in check. Colon, who will turn 42 in May, would be the oldest Opening Day starter in Mets history. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:11 am
    • Chase Anderson expected to make rotation
      Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said of Chase Anderson on Thursday that "you have to strongly consider him as part of our rotation."

      Advice: Only Josh Collmenter's and Jeremy Hellickson's names are etched in stone as part of the rotation, but it sounds like we can probably at least write Anderson's name down in ink. The righty pitched pretty well for the D'Backs in 2014, posting a 4.01 ERA with 105 strikeouts across 114 1/3 innings. There are a host of players that will compete for the final two spots in the rotation, including Allen Webster, Rubby De La Rosa, Robbie Ray, Vidal Nuño, Trevor Cahill and Randall Delgado. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:18 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
    • Blue Jays sign Johan Santana to minors deal
      Blue Jays signed LHP Johan Santana to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

      Advice: He'll make a base salary of $2.5 million if in the majors. Santana last pitched in the majors in 2012 before undergoing a second major shoulder surgery. He then had his comeback attempt last season sabotaged by a torn Achilles. The veteran left-hander experienced shoulder soreness while pitching in winter ball last month, but he didn't have any structural damage and the Jays decided to take a shot on him. Slated to turn 36 next month, Santana is obviously a long shot but is worth a gamble on a minor league deal. He'll compete for the final spot in Toronto's rotation. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:06 pm
       
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    • 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
    • Johan Santana to resume throwing this week
      Johan Santana (shoulder) plans to resume his throwing program this week.

      Advice: The Twins are among the teams that are still monitoring his situation, but Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN doesn't expect the club to bring the veteran left-hander back. The 35-year-old plans to sign in the next few weeks on what will assuredly be an incentive-laden minor league deal. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 3:35 pm
       
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    • 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
    • A.J. Griffin (elbow) has thrown 'pen sessions
      A.J. Griffin (elbow) said Thursday that he has already completed three bullpen sessions.

      Advice: Griffin's workouts have been fastball-only up to this point, but he expects to incorporate his changeup early next week. The right-hander underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last April and probably won't be ready to join the A's rotation until sometime in June. He's not a great fantasy bet in his first year back from the procedure, but dynasty leaguers should hold on tight. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:17 am
       
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    • Morton (hip) progressing in bullpen sessions
      Charlie Morton (hip) is up to 30-40 pitches in his bullpen sessions.

      Advice: Morton had surgery last September to repair a torn labrum in his right hip and was given a 6-8 month timetable to return. It's no sure thing yet, but he expects to be in the rotation for the start of the season. The 31-year-old had a 3.72 ERA and 126/57 K/BB ratio across 157 1/3 innings last season. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 6:12 am
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