Player Notes

  • Shohei Ohtani to make spring debut next week
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters Friday that Shohei Ohtani will make his spring training debut sometime next week.

    Advice: Ohtani is scheduled to take live batting practice again on Friday and appears on track to make his highly-anticipated Cactus League debut at some point next week. The 29-year-old slugger hasn’t seemed limited at all this spring coming off elbow surgery and should be a full-go at DH when the Dodgers kick off the regular season in late March with the Seoul Series in South Korea. Rotoworld Yesterday, 9:39 am
  • Starting spring opener
    Carrasco (finger) will start Saturday's Grapefruit League opener against the Reds, Nick Camino of WKYC Channel 3 Cleveland reports.

    Advice: Carrasco underwent surgery to repair a fractured finger in September but is ready for game action early in spring training. The 36-year-old joined the Guardians as a non-roster invitee after he posted a 6.80 ERA, 1.70 WHIP and 66:38 K:BB over 90 innings (20 starts) for the Mets last season. Rotowire.com Yesterday, 9:25 am
  • Pirates, Mitch Keller finalize 5-yr, $77M extension
    Pirates signed RHP Mitch Keller to a five-year, $77 million contract.

    Advice: The long-term extension, which was agreed to earlier this week, is now official. Keller will take the ball for the Pirates on Opening Day and will remain in Pittsburgh through 2028. The soon-to-be 28-year-old righty has taken a step forward in each of last two seasons, blossoming into one of the most durable fantasy contributors in the game. He’ll likely wind up pairing with top pitching prospect Paul Skenes to form one of the more electrifying tandems in the National League for years to come. Rotoworld Yesterday, 9:06 am
  • Royals place Kris Bubic (elbow) on 60-day IL
    Royals placed LHP Kris Bubic on 60-day injured list.

    Advice: The procedural move opens up a spot on Kansas City’s 40-man roster for newly-signed backup catcher Austin Nola. The 26-year-old southpaw has progressed to throwing bullpen sessions as he continues to work his way back from last April’s Tommy John surgery. He figures to be an option for the Royals at some point around midseason. Rotoworld Yesterday, 8:13 am
  • J.P. France (shoulder) throws off mound on Friday
    J.P. France (shoulder) progressed to throwing off a bullpen mound on Friday.

    Advice: France threw fastballs only during the session, but it represents a step in the right direction after he was sidelined with shoulder inflammation at the outset of spring training. He still has plenty of time to ramp-up in advance of Opening Day, but will need to avoid any additional setbacks. Rotoworld Yesterday, 8:11 am
  • Report: Jordan Montgomery not lowering demands
    Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports free agent left-hander Jordan Montgomery hasn’t lowered his contractual demands to the point where he could reasonably fit into the Red Sox’ budget.

    Advice: If we’re being completely honest here, the Red Sox (along with every other team in baseball) can absolutely afford to sign Montgomery, they just don’t want to extend themselves beyond the budgetary constraints they’ve placed on new president of baseball operations Craig Breslow. It’s unclear where the 31-year-old southpaw will wind up at this juncture, but it sounds like he’s not willing to take a short-term pact at this time. Rotoworld Yesterday, 6:40 am
  • Extending to 90 feet
    Bradish (elbow) will play catch from 90 feet Saturday, Jake Rill of MLB.com reports.

    Advice: The right-hander extended his workouts to 75 feet earlier this week and will continue stretching out his throwing distance. Bradish is recovering from a partial UCL tear in his right elbow and is expected to begin the season on the injured list, though it's unclear how much time he'll miss. Rotowire.com Yesterday, 5:40 am
  • Casey Mize (elbow) faces hitters on Thursday
    Casey Mize (elbow) faced hitters Thursday in a live batting practice session.

    Advice: Mize progressed to facing hitters for the first time this spring as he enters the final stages of his rehabilitation process from Tommy John surgery. The 26-year-old former top prospect told reporters this spring that he’s added some additional vertical break to his fastball, which should increase the effectiveness of his deadly splitter going forward. It’s unclear when he’ll make his Grapefruit League debut, but he should be in Detroit’s starting rotation at the outset of the regular season, which makes him an interesting end-game dart throw for fantasy managers. Rotoworld Yesterday, 5:27 am
  • Roughed up in Cactus League start
    Musgrove allowed four runs on two hits, a walk and a hit-by-pitch while failing to record an out against the Dodgers in Thursday's Cactus League opener.

    Advice: Musgrove loaded the bases on a walk, single and hit-by-pitch before serving up a two-run ground-rule double to Teoscar Hernandez. The right-handed hurler was then pulled but charged with two more runs following his departure. It wasn't the most inspiring start from Musgrove, but it was at least promising to see him on the mound for San Diego's first exhibition contest after he ended last year on the 60-day IL due to a shoulder injury. Of course, fantasy managers shouldn't read much into Thursday's poor showing given the exhibition nature of the contest. Rotowire.com Thursday, 10:52 pm