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  • Orioles re-sign veteran OF Michael Bourn
    Orioles re-signed OF Michael Bourn to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Bourn will receive $2 million if in the majors, and ESPN's Jerry Crasnick adds that the deal includes a March 25 opt-out. The 34-year-old hasn't had an effective full season in a while, but he played well in his brief time with the Orioles last year with a .283/.358/.435 with two home runs, eight RBI and two steals in 24 games. Bourn will compete for a reserve outfielder role. Today, 4:28 pm
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  • Greg Bird (shoulder) says he feels terrific
    Greg Bird (shoulder) said Monday that he feels better now than he did at the end of the 2015 season.

    Advice: That's obviously encouraging given that he had labrum surgery between now and then. Bird missed all of the 2016 campaign while recovering, but he played in the Arizona Fall League and is participating fully in spring training. He belted a long home run during a simulated game Monday. "Today I felt like I got out there and just got in the box and thought about what I needed to think about," Bird said. "That's huge, being confident in the shoulder every day, coming to the park confident in the shoulder and being able to just focus on what I need to focus on." Today, 4:24 pm
  • Dodgers make Franklin Gutierrez deal official
    Dodgers signed OF Franklin Gutierrez to a one-year, $2.6 million contract.

    Advice: The deal was reported over a week ago and has finally become official. Gutierrez, who can make an additional $400,000 through incentives, has batted .265/.339/.520 with 29 home runs over the last two seasons in a platoon role. He cranked 20 of those 29 dingers over just 329 plate appearances versus lefties and should continue to be a weapon against southpaws when healthy. Today, 2:47 pm
  • MRI reveals mild calf strain for Donaldson
    An MRI on Josh Donaldson's right calf revealed only a mild strain.

    Advice: Donaldson tweaked his calf while running sprints last Friday, but the Blue Jays think they've dodged a bullet here. "It's not a significant [strain]," general manager Ross Atkins said Monday. "So we're optimistic that he'll be back on his feet and moving pretty quickly." Barring a setback, the star third baseman should be fine come Opening Day. Today, 2:28 pm
  • Alex Dickerson nursing some back stiffness
    Alex Dickerson was held out of workouts on Monday because of back stiffness.

    Advice: The Padres aren't concerned that it might be a long-term thing. Dickerson is competing for a starting corner outfield job this spring after batting .257/.333/.455 with 10 homers in 285 plate appearances for San Diego last season. Today, 1:11 pm
  • Workman (elbow) threw to hitters Monday
    Brandon Workman (elbow) threw to hitters Monday.

    Advice: Workman hasn't appeared in a major league game since 2014 due to elbow troubles, but he apparently looked sharp during Monday's workout in Red Sox camp. "I was excited. It was good to be back out there and have batters in the box and just be part of the regular stuff," Workman said. "I felt like it got there." The 28-year-old right-hander is trying to win a spot in the Boston bullpen. Today, 12:08 pm
  • Siegrist (shoulder) nearing mound work?
    Kevin Siegrist (shoulder) expects to begin throwing off a mound Wednesday.

    Advice: Siegrist, a guy with a long list of arm troubles, has fallen behind the other pitchers in Cardinals camp due to soreness around his left shoulder and triceps. It's not a huge deal right now, but it's definitely something to monitor. Sigerist projects to pitch in seventh- and eighth-inning setup duty this year for St. Louis, if his health cooperates. Today, 11:47 am
  • Pomeranz (elbow) throws first 'pen session
    Drew Pomeranz (elbow) threw his first bullpen session of Red Sox camp on Monday.

    Advice: And it apparently went smoothly. Pomeranz finished last season with elbow problems, but he's had no issues so far this spring and he should have a place in the Red Sox rotation if the story remains the same. Steven Wright and Eduardo Rodriguez are also in the running for the final two spots. Today, 9:55 am
  • Eflin (knee) throws bullpen session
    Zach Eflin (knee) threw a successful bullpen session on Monday in Phillies camp.

    Advice: Eflin tossed 40-45 pitches and felt great. He had to be scratched from a live batting practice session last Friday due to knee soreness, but it was called "very mild" at the time and he seems to be over it already. The talented 22-year-old right-hander is competing for a spot in the Philadelphia rotation this spring. Today, 9:51 am
  • Kazmir threw live BP on Monday
    Scott Kazmir threw live batting practice Monday without issue.

    Advice: Kazmir finished last year with an intercostal injury, pitching 136 1/3 innings to the tune of a 4.56 ERA. The 33-year-old left-hander will be in the Dodgers' season-opening starting rotation if he makes it through camp unscathed. He's due $17.7 million in 2017. Today, 9:04 am
  • Ondrusek (ankle) did fielding drills Mon.
    Logan Ondrusek (ankle) did fielding drills on Monday.

    Advice: Ondrusek rolled his ankle on Saturday and still hasn't been cleared to return to mound work, but that should be coming soon. It's a very minor issue here in the early weeks of spring training. Today, 8:14 am
  • Cishek (hip) to play catch on Tuesday
    Steve Cishek (hip) is scheduled to play catch Tuesday for the first time since arriving at Mariners camp.

    Advice: "It's a big day for me," the rehabbing reliever told reporters on Monday morning. Cishek needed microfracture surgery on his left hip back in October and will almost certainly open the 2017 season on the disabled list, but he could be ready to rock before the end of April. Today, 8:06 am
  • Swihart making return throws without issue
    Blake Swihart had no throwing issues while catching two sessions of live batting practice on Monday.

    Advice: Swihart developed a minor case of the yips on Friday, sailing return throws in ugly fashion during a round of bullpen work, but all is fine now. The catcher-turned-outfielder-turned-catcher is likely to open the 2017 season at Triple-A Pawtucket due to a roster crunch. He's a .271/.328/.386 hitter in 383 career major league plate appearances. Today, 7:46 am
  • Correa 'up and running' in next few days
    Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Monday morning that the plan is to have Carlos Correa "up and running fully in the next couple days."

    Advice: Correa had his wisdom teeth removed last Thursday and was given the weekend off from baseball activities, though the young shortstop did get in a little cardio. It's no big deal here in February. Today, 6:56 am
  • Locke shut down with biceps discomfort
    Jeff Locke has been shut down for a few days due to biceps tendinitis.

    Advice: Marlins manager Don Mattingly said it's not a big concern and that Locke should resume throwing sometime this week. The left-hander signed a one-year, $3.025 million free agent contract with Miami back in early December and is now trying to compete for a spot in the season-opening starting rotation. He can't afford to lose much time. Today, 6:53 am
  • Pomeranz (elbow) set for mound work
    Drew Pomeranz (elbow) is expected to throw his first bullpen session of spring training on Monday.

    Advice: Pomeranz is being eased into action at Red Sox camp after requiring stem cell treatment on his left elbow last October. He'll have a good shot at a starting job if everything goes smoothly from here. Eduardo Rodriguez and Steven Wright are also in the running for the back end of the Boston rotation. Today, 5:44 am
  • Logan Ondrusek nursing sore ankle
    Logan Ondrusek may not pitch in an intrasquad game Wednesday after rolling his ankle Saturday.

    Advice: It doesn't sound like anything that will keep him out long. Ondrusek is competing for a spot in the Orioles' bullpen this spring. Yesterday, 10:39 am
  • Blake Swihart throws without issue Sunday
    Blake Swihart didn't have any issues with his throwing on Sunday.

    Advice: Swihart appeared to develop a case of the yips on Friday, as he was consistently throwing the ball over the pitcher's head during a bullpen session. However, he had no such issues Sunday, so it looks like it was a short-term thing. Swihart is likely to begin 2017 at Triple-A Pawtucket. Yesterday, 8:57 am
  • Donaldson (calf) expected to miss 2-3 weeks
    Josh Donaldson (calf) was walking around on crutches Sunday and is expected to be sidelined for 2-3 weeks.

    Advice: Donaldson suffered a strained right calf while running on Friday. He should be fine for Opening Day as long as he can avoid a setback, but the Blue Jays will obviously take a cautious approach with their star third baseman. Donaldson has played at least 155 games each of the last four seasons. Yesterday, 8:54 am
  • Donaldson diagnosed with right calf strain
    Josh Donaldson's MRI revealed a right calf strain.

    Advice: He suffered the injury while running on Friday. The Blue Jays say Donaldson will be treated daily and are optimistic he'll be ready for Opening Day. Donaldson has been remarkably durable throughout his career, missing just 19 games over his last four seasons. Unless we hear of a setback, Donaldson remains a borderline first-round pick in redraft formats. Saturday, 1:26 pm
  • Josh Donaldson heads for MRI on right calf
    Josh Donaldson was sent for a precautionary MRI on Saturday after feeling a small tweak in his right calf while running on Friday.

    Advice: The team is still awaiting the results of that exam. Donaldson suffered a similar calf strain early during the 2016 season and didn't miss any time because of it. This shouldn't impact his availability for the start of the regular season. Saturday, 12:51 pm
  • Donaldson (calf) misses Jays first workout
    Josh Donaldson skipped the Blue Jays first full workout on Saturday after feeling something in his right calf.

    Advice: It doesn't sound as anything more than a precautionary measure, but the club should have an update on his status later in the day. Donaldson has proven to be one of the most durable players in all of baseball, averaging 157 games per year over the past four seasons. Saturday, 7:57 am
  • Zach Eflin (knee) to throw bullpen on Monday
    Zach Eflin (knee) is scheduled to throw his next bullpen session on Monday.

    Advice: Eflin was scratched from throwing a live batting practice session on Friday due to "very mild" knee soreness. The young right-hander has dealt with chronic tendinitis in both of his knees and had surgery on each last fall in an effort to correct the issue. It doesn't sound like a major setback at this stage, but it's worth keeping an eye on this spring. Saturday, 5:35 am
  • Zach Eflin nursing 'very mild' knee soreness
    Zach Eflin didn't throw live batting practice as hoped Friday due to "very mild" knee soreness, according to Phillies manager Pete Mackanin.

    Advice: Eflin has dealt with chronic tendinitis in both knees for years, and he had the problem addresses with surgeries on both knees last fall. He said he felt "great" when he reported to camp, but the righty has encountered his first setback. It could be minor, but it's obviously something to monitor. Friday, 2:44 pm
  • Swihart has issues throwing back to pitcher
    Blake Swihart is having issues throwing the ball back to the pitcher.

    Advice: Comcast SportsNet New England published a video on Friday of Swihart throwing the ball well over Rick Porcello's head. It's too soon to say that he has the yips, but obviously it's something to keep an eye on. For what it's worth, Swihart says he's not worried. "I feel fine," Swihart said. "I'm not worried and you guys shouldn't be worried either. I'm working on my craft and I promise the ball is going to get there." Friday, 12:49 pm
  • Carlos Correa gets wisdom teeth removed
    Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Friday that Carlos Correa "may be limited for the first couple days" of full-squad workouts after getting his wisdom teeth removed Thursday.

    Advice: It's no big deal, obviously, especially since spring training is a little longer than normal this year. Correa batted .274/.361/.451 with 20 homers, 96 RBI and 13 steals in 2016 in his first full season in the majors. Friday, 6:52 am
  • Cishek on track for early March off mound
    Steve Cishek (hip) is on track to begin throwing off a mound in early March.

    Advice: Cishek is recovering from microfracture surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. The reliever is almost surely going to begin the season on the disabled list. "He’s got the get his legs under him," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "His arm is fine. He’s working his arm, but he’s not (yet) putting the whole throwing motion together because of the hip issue. It was a little more severe than the doctors initially anticipated. That’s why he’s a little slower in his recovery." Friday, 6:47 am
  • Siegrist (shoulder) to throw bullpen Fri.
    Kevin Siegrist (shoulder) said he plans to throw his first bullpen session of the spring on Friday.

    Advice: Siegrist skipped a scheduled throwing session Wednesday due to shoulder/triceps soreness, but it's not a major concern. The southpaw posted a 2.77 ERA over 67 appearances last season and will again be a trusted arm in the Cardinals bullpen this season. Wednesday, 11:23 am
  • Siegrist dealing with shoulder tightness
    Kevin Siegrist skipped a throwing session Wednesday due to shoulder tightness.

    Advice: The last thing the Cardinals need is another injury, but there's nothing to suggest that it's anything significant. Look for him to resume throwing soon. Wednesday, 9:11 am
  • Cishek (hip) might begin year on DL
    Steve Cishek (hip) might not be ready for Opening Day.

    Advice: It was reported back in October that Cishek underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip, but he also had microfracture surgery to repair more damage. He's still only playing some light catch, so Opening Day might be overly ambitious. Tuesday, 11:18 am
  • Pomeranz (elbow) not ready for mound work
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said Sunday that Drew Pomeranz (elbow) won't throw off a mound for at least the first week of spring training.

    Advice: Pomeranz received a stem cell injection in his left elbow in October, so his throwing program this offseason has been stalled. It doesn't appear to be something to be overly concerned with at this point. "Similar situation (to Steven Wright) in terms of the timing of it all," Farrell said. "With physicals tomorrow we’ll get a better read, but there’s a possibility those two guys might be in a continued long toss throwing period for a week before we get them on the mound." Feb 12, 12:45 pm
  • Dodgers agree to deal with Franklin Gutierrez
    Manolo Hernandez of reports that the Dodgers have agreed to a one-year contract with Franklin Gutierrez.

    Advice: Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports adds that the contract will be worth $2.6 million and allow Gutierrez to earn up to an additional $400,000 in incentives. The Dodgers already had a crowded outfield situation, so it will be interesting to see where the 33-year-old lefty-masher fits in. Feb 10, 6:51 pm
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