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  • Yusmeiro Petit makes Angels' roster
    Yusmeiro Petit has made the Angels' Opening Day roster.

    Advice: Petit had been a non-roster invitee. The right-hander dominated in his five Cactus League outings, contributing a 0.75 ERA over 12 innings of work. He'll begin the year as a long reliever but could force his way into the starting rotation at some point. 22 minutes ago
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  • Chris Bassitt continues to make progress
    Chris Bassitt (elbow) threw two sets of 15 pitches off a mound on Tuesday.

    Advice: It's another step in Bassitt's recovery from Tommy John surgery. Bassitt still has hurdles to clear, but at least he's been able to avoid setbacks. If Bassitt continues on this trajectory, he should be ready to join the A's around midseason. 46 minutes ago
  • Padres name Aybar as Opening Day shortstop
    Padres purchased the contract of INF Erick Aybar from Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Aybar has been officially added to the 40-man roster and will be the Opening Day shortstop. The 30-year-old fell off the map last year while batting .243/.303/.320 in 126 games between the Braves and Tigers, but he should have some value in NL-only formats as long as he keeps a starting job. 56 minutes ago
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  • Simmons dealing with flexor strain
    Mariners manager Scott Servais said Tuesday that Shae Simmons has been diagnosed with a flexor strain.

    Advice: Simmons has been dealing with forearm discomfort for most of the month, but the good news is that there isn't any structural damage involved. Still, the 26-year-old will begin the season on the 10-day disabled list. Today, 9:52 am
  • Tillman (shoulder) throws again Tuesday
    Chris Tillman (shoulder) threw again on Tuesday.

    Advice: Tillman, who recently received a cortisone shot in his shoulder, just resumed throwing on Sunday. He's scheduled to throw again Thursday, though it's unclear when he'll be ready to get back on a mound. His timetable to join the Orioles' rotation will depend on how his shoulder responds in the coming days. Today, 9:49 am
  • Rodon (biceps) doesn't have structural damage
    Carlos Rodon (biceps) was diagnosed with bursitis after an MRI showed no structural damage.

    Advice: The initial MRI on Rodon's left biceps showed no structural damage, so this test confirms the original diagnosis. The plan calls for him to go on a throwing program for the next two weeks before being re-evaluated. He'll go on the disabled list, but it's possible he could be ready at some point in the early part of the year. Today, 9:38 am
  • Cervelli (foot) back in Tuesday's lineup
    Francisco Cervelli (foot) is back in Tuesday's Grapefruit League lineup.

    Advice: Cervelli was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to fatigue and some continued soreness in his right foot, but his absence was considered precautionary. The Pirates expect him to be ready for Opening Day. Today, 9:07 am
  • Gomez (shoulder) expects to return Wed.
    Carlos Gomez (shoulder) expects to return to Cactus League action on Wednesday.

    Advice: Gomez jammed his left shoulder a week ago, but he resumed swinging bat on Sunday and is feeling closer to normal. Barring any setbacks, he should be good to go for Opening Day. Today, 8:59 am
  • Phillies release OF Chris Coghlan
    Phillies released OF Chris Coghlan.

    Advice: Coghlan appeared to have a leg up for a bench spot, so this move comes as a surprise. With Coghlan out of the picture, the final two bench spots figure to come down to Jesmuel Valentin, Daniel Nava, and Brock Stassi. Today, 8:55 am
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  • Orioles option RHP Wright to Triple-A
    Orioles optioned RHP Mike Wright to Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: Wright struggled to the tune of an 8.38 ERA over four starts this spring. The 27-year-old will serve as rotation depth in Triple-A. Today, 8:33 am
  • Prado (hamstring) to do baseball activity Thu
    Martin Prado (hamstring) is expected to do some baseball activities on Thursday.

    Advice: Marlins manager Don Mattingly said Prado felt better Monday than he has since injuring his right hamstring nearly two weeks ago. While he's making progress, he's expected to require a stint on the disabled list. Derek Dietrich will fill in at third base to begin the year. Today, 7:44 am
  • MRI comes back clean on Matt Duffy's heel
    An MRI came back clean on Matt Duffy's surgically-repaired left heel.

    Advice: Duffy reported some improvement Tuesday after resting for four days in a cast, but he plans to take it "super slow" and there's no clear timetable for his return. It sounds like the Rays will have to get by without him for at least the first month of the season. Today, 7:40 am
  • Astros option OF Tucker to Triple-A
    Astros optioned OF Preston Tucker to Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: Tucker just made his Grapefruit League debut after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder last September. The 26-year-old was the Opening Day DH last season, but he batted just .164/.222/.328 over 144 plate appearances with the Astros in 2016. He'll try to get back on track in the minors. Today, 7:21 am
  • Red Sox reassign RHP Kendrick to minors
    Red Sox reassigned RHP Kyle Kendrick to minor league camp.

    Advice: This is an indication that the Red Sox think Drew Pomeranz will be good to go for the start of the regular season. Kendrick enjoyed a really good spring, putting up a 2.17 ERA and 26/4 K/BB ratio over 29 innings. He'll represent rotation depth in Triple-A. Today, 7:06 am
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  • Hunter makes Rays' Opening Day roster
    Tommy Hunter was informed by Rays manager Kevin Cash that he has made the Opening Day roster.

    Advice: Hunter, a non-roster invitee, won a bullpen spot on the strength of a 1.13 ERA over seven appearances this spring. The 30-year-old will provide an experienced arm in the Rays' bullpen. Today, 5:44 am
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  • Shae Simmons to have forearm examined
    Shae Simmons will have his forearm examined this week Dr. Ed Khalfayan.

    Advice: Simmons has been bothered by right forearm discomfort since early March and can't seem to get over the hump. Greg Johns of says the Mariners have again slowed his throwing program. Simmons is likely to be placed on the 10-day disabled list at the end of this week. Yesterday, 8:14 am
  • Pirates GM not worried about Cervelli's foot
    Pirates GM Neal Huntington said he's not concerned about Francisco Cervelli's right foot soreness.

    Advice: Cervelli was scratched from Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Phillies, but it was a precautionary move. "Just in terms of the travel, in terms of the amount of work he did [Saturday] with the triple, with the stolen base and making sure we put him in a position to be strong and healthy come Opening Day," Huntington explained. Yesterday, 6:18 am
  • Francisco Cervelli's foot still a bit sore
    Francisco Cervelli was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to fatigue and "a little bit" of continued soreness in his right foot, according to Pirates general manager Neal Huntington.

    Advice: Cervelli had some soreness in the foot during the second half last season and it's creeped up on him a bit this spring. It doesn't look to be overly concerning at this point, though. Sunday, 9:58 am
  • Shae Simmons (forearm) still playing catch
    Shae Simmons (forearm) hasn't advanced to mound work yet.

    Advice: Simmons has played catch the past few days while building up his arm strength. The right-hander strained his forearm about two weeks ago and won't be ready for Opening Day. He'll be a middle relief option for the Mariners when healthy. Saturday, 2:44 pm
  • Kendrick gives up two runs in six innings Sat
    Kyle Kendrick gave up two runs on eight hits in six innings as the Red Sox and Phillies played to a 3-3 tie on Saturday.

    Advice: He punched out six batters without issuing a free pass. Kendrick has been nails this spring, recording a 2.17 ERA through 29 innings of work. He is still likely ticketed to start the season in the Triple-A rotation. The 32-year-old veteran spent all of last season in the Angels' minor league system and last pitched in the majors in 2015, going 7-13 with a 6.32 ERA for the Rockies. Saturday, 2:35 pm
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  • Carlos Rodon (biceps) MRI comes back clean
    The MRI on the left biceps of Carlos Rodon came back clean on Friday, indicating no structural issues.

    Advice: The young southpaw will receive a second opinion on Monday, but felt reassured by the results of the MRI. Rodon was scratched from his scheduled start on Friday due to tightness in his biceps. The club will exercise caution with him going forward and he's likely to begin the season on the disabled list, but it doesn't sound like he'll miss a substantial amount of time. Saturday, 9:57 am
  • Carlos Gomez expects to take swings on Sunday
    Carlos Gomez (shoulder) is expected to take swings on Sunday and return to Cactus League action early in the week.

    Advice: Gomez hasn't swung a bat since jamming his left shoulder during Tuesday's game. He's still considered day-to-day and looks as though he should be ready for Opening Day as long as he avoids any setbacks this week. Saturday, 8:47 am
  • Matt Duffy setback may not be related to heel
    Rays manager Kevin Cash said Friday that Matt Duffy's recent setback may not be with his surgically-repaired left heel.

    Advice: Instead, it may simply be that the ankle and calf around the area need more strengthening. While it doesn't help to cut down his timeline for a return, it would be an encouraging development if there was no new issue with his heel. Tim Beckham is expected to hold down the shortstop position until Duffy is ready. Saturday, 5:54 am
  • Mike Wright knocked around against Twins
    Mike Wright was knocked around in Friday's Grapefruit League start against the Twins, surrendering five runs on seven hits in just two innings of work.

    Advice: All of the damage against him came during a five-run uprising in the second inning. Wright is expected to reprise his role as a swing man in the O's bullpen to start the year while being the next man up should anyone in the rotation sustain an injury. His fantasy value is minimal. Friday, 7:13 pm
  • Erick Aybar expected to start at shortstop
    Erick Aybar is expected to be named as the Padres' starting shortstop.

    Advice: Padres' manager Andy Green said Friday that his primary competition for the position, Luis Sardinas, is now attempting to make the club in a utility role. He also heaped praise on Aybar, ""Erick has been outstanding, in my opinion.. He’s got some leadership qualities that we don’t necessarily have in the position-player corps, nice attributes to add to the team." Despite his poor 2016 campaign this will give Aybar fantasy value in NL-only formats and deep mixed leagues. Friday, 5:17 pm
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  • Carlos Rodon to undergo MRI on tight biceps
    Carlos Rodon was scratched from Friday's start and will undergo an MRI due to tightness in his left biceps.

    Advice: Uh oh. The White Sox don't seem to think Rodon has any structural damage, but he's probably going to miss the first couple starts of the season, anyway. The left-hander was already being eased into things this spring as he was prepped for an increased workload in 2017, so he's not totally built up yet. Obviously, more will be known once the exam results are revealed. Friday, 9:44 am
  • Yusmeiro Petit sharp in win over Mariners
    Yusmeiro Petit came to play Wednesday in the Angels’ Cactus League win over the Mariners, allowing just one hit over 3 2/3 scoreless innings.

    Advice: He racked up 4 Ks and didn’t walk anyone. Petit retired the first seven batters he faced before finally letting up a double to Mike Freeman. After that, he retired three in a row to end his outing. 28 of the right-hander’s 45 pitches went for strikes. Petit is slated for a long relief role this year, though it wouldn’t be surprising to see him land in the starting rotation at some point. Wednesday, 5:21 pm
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  • Simmons (forearm) plays catch on Wednesday
    Shea Simmons (forearm) played catch on Wednesday.

    Advice: Simmons likewise played catch on Tuesday. He is working his way back from a right forearm strain diagnosed in mid-March. With the season just around the bend, the 26-year-old right-hander will likely be placed on the disabled list to start unless he makes a quantum leap in his recovery over the next week-and-a-half. Wednesday, 3:49 pm
  • Matt Duffy to see doctor about heel
    Matt Duffy will travel to North Carolina on Thursday to see the doctor who did his heel surgery last September.

    Advice: Duffy has been stuck in neutral in his rehab in Rays' camp, so the hope is that the doctor doesn't see anything concerning and can readjust his plan to get him back on track. Either way, he's projected to begin the season on the disabled list. Wednesday, 12:07 pm
  • Simmons (forearm) playing catch again
    Shae Simmons (forearm) played catch Tuesday.

    Advice: It was his first time playing catch since being diagnosed with a forearm strain earlier this month. He's making progress, but appears likely to begin the year on the 10-day disabled list. Wednesday, 9:57 am
  • Carlos Gomez downplays shoulder issue
    Carlos Gomez (shoulder) doesn't expect to miss much time.

    Advice: Gomez exited Tuesday's Cactus League game after jamming his left shoulder, but it doesn't sound like a major concern. Consider him day-to-day for now. Wednesday, 8:33 am
  • Carlos Gomez exits after jamming shoulder
    Carlos Gomez departed Tuesday's game against the White Sox after jamming his left shoulder while sliding into third base following a triple.

    Advice: The Rangers don't think the injury is serious, so it sounds like his exit was precautionary. However, Gomez will be re-evaluated on Wednesday and we should know more about his status then. The fiery outfielder is having a nice spring so far, going 11-for-32 at the plate with three home runs. Tuesday, 7:46 pm
  • Chris Bassitt (elbow) throws full repertoire
    Chris Bassitt (elbow) threw all of his pitches in a bullpen session Tuesday for the first time since Tommy John surgery.

    Advice: Bassitt had the operation last May and has progressed without any setbacks so far during his rehab. He hopes to be an option for the A's around midseason. Tuesday, 3:14 pm
  • Duffy (heel) return up in the air
    Rays manager Kevin Cash said Tuesday that there's no target date for Matt Duffy (heel) to get into games.

    Advice: Cash told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that Duffy is still "status quo" in strengthening as he makes his way back from last September's Achilles surgery. He could go see his doctor for a follow-up and might try a different rehab program, so a timetable is up in the air right now. He's expected to begin the year on the DL. Tuesday, 8:15 am
  • Kyle Kendrick picks up third spring victory
    Kyle Kendrick moved to 3-0 after allowing two runs in five innings Monday against the Orioles.

    Advice: The Red Sox seem cautiously optimistic that Drew Pomeranz will be ready to go the first time they need a fifth starter, and if that's the case, then Kendrick figures to start off in the Triple-A rotation. He's had a great spring, but he's still Kyle Kendrick. Monday, 1:42 pm
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  • Carlos Gomez slugs two-run homer vs. M's
    Carlos Gomez slugged a two-run homer in the Rangers' 3-2 Cactus League defeat of the Mariners on Sunday.

    Advice: Gomez went deep off Mariners left-hander Dillon Overton in the bottom of the third inning. It was the third home run of the spring for the 31-year-old center fielder, who's sporting a .333 batting average and 1.115 OPS through 34 plate appearances in the Cactus League. Mar 19, 3:48 pm
  • Rodon works four scoreless in Cactus debut
    Carlos Rodon tossed four scoreless innings Sunday in his Cactus League debut against the Angels.

    Advice: Rodon yielded just one hit and one walk while striking out five. He was eased into Cactus League action this spring after battling arm fatigue in 2016, but the White Sox have been stretching him out properly in simulated games. After this sharp outing Sunday against real competition, we can probably lock Rodon in to start Chicago's fifth or sixth regular-season game. Mar 19, 3:11 pm
  • Tillman (shoulder) a week away from throwing
    Chris Tillman (shoulder) will resume a throwing program next Sunday.

    Advice: He had been slated to throw on Wednesday after receiving a cortisone shot, but the Orioles have decided to push him back a few days after consulting with their medical team. Tillman will throw every other day for a while before hopefully taking the next step. The Orioles are hoping he'll be ready sometime in April, but his status is still very much up in the air. Mar 19, 8:15 am
  • Martin Prado (hamstring) ruled out for opener
    Martin Prado will not be ready for Opening Day after an MRI revealed a Grade 1 right hamstring strain.

    Advice: In addition to the strained hammy, Prado is also dealing with some discomfort in his right calf. The infielder suffered the injuries on Wednesday during a World Baseball Classic matchup against the United States. While the news could have been worse, Prado will need a stint on the disabled list to start the season. Derek Dietrich will fill in for him at third base. Mar 19, 5:17 am
  • Yusmeiro Petit fans four over two innings
    Yusmeiro Petit allowed one run on one hit over two innings in Saturday's Cactus League date with the Rockies.

    Advice: As one might surmise from the "one run on one hit" portion of the equation, Petit yakked up a solo home run in this one, with Stephen Cardullo taking him deep in the second inning. The veteran right-hander could see some work in the rotation should injury strike, but will likely open as a member of the bullpen. The Angels inked him to a minor league contract in early February. Mar 18, 4:51 pm
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  • Tillman cleared to resume throwing Wednesday
    Chris Tillman (shoulder) has been cleared to resume throwing on Wednesday.

    Advice: He'll start with a long toss session on Wednesday and do another one on Friday as he eases back into action. The right-hander received a cortisone injection on Wednesday to alleviate the discomfort he has been feeling in his pitching shoulder. He's still likely to begin the season on the disabled list, but should be ready in mid-April. Mar 18, 9:51 am
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