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  • Corey Kluber may not start on Opening Day
    Indians manager Terry Francona said Sunday that Corey Kluber may not take the ball on Opening Day.

    Advice: Francona is concerned over the heavy workload that his star right-hander shouldered in 2016 and has said it's okay if Kluber isn't ready to start on Opening Day. It sounds as though the club is going to take it easy on Kluber this spring after logging 249 1/3 innings in 2016. Yesterday, 8:44 pm
  • Mike Minor preparing as reliever this spring
    Mike Minor (shoulder) is preparing as a reliever in spring training, competing for a job in the club's Opening Day bullpen.

    Advice: Minor was limited to just 10 minor league appearances in 2016 due to his troublesome shoulder. Both Minor and the Royals are hopeful that pitching out of the bullpen will lead to less wear and tear on his shoulder and keep him healthier. The move to the pen should also boost his velocity and effectiveness. Yesterday, 7:49 pm
  • Yankees sign Jon Niese to minor league deal
    Yankees signed LHP Jon Niese to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Niese will get a look as both a starter and reliever in spring camp. The club had been in the market for a left-handed setup man, but found the cost of Jerry Blevins and Boone Logan to be too prohibitive. Yesterday, 3:27 pm
  • Orioles designate McFarland for assignment
    Orioles designated LHP T.J. McFarland for assignment.

    Advice: The move creates a spot on the 40-man roster for the newly-acquired Vidal Nuno. According to reports, the O's are hopeful that McFarland will pass through waivers unclaimed and could still fight for a spot in the club's bullpen. Yesterday, 3:16 pm
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  • Orioles acquire Vidal Nuno from Dodgers
    Orioles acquired LHP Vidal Nuno from the Dodgers for RHP Ryan Moseley.

    Advice: The 29-year-old southpaw has now been traded four times in the past three years. Nuno compiled a 3.53 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 7.8 K/9 over 58 2/3 innings primarily out of the bullpen for the Mariners in 2016. He'll add valuable depth to the Orioles with his ability to both start and pitch effectively out of the bullpen. Yesterday, 3:09 pm
  • Montgomery and Anderson to pitch first week
    Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Sunday that Mike Montgomery and Brett Anderson will each get a chance to pitch in the first week of spring training games.

    Advice: The two southpaws are among those competing for the fifth spot in the Cubs' Opening Day rotation, so the club wants to get as many looks at them as possible. Maddon also wants ease the rest of his starters into spring action after the extra innings they logged on the Cubs' march to the World Series in 2016. Yesterday, 2:52 pm
  • Orioles close to acquiring Nuno from Dodgers
    Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles are closing in on deal to acquire Vidal Nuno from the Dodgers.

    Advice: Minor league right-hander Ryan Moseley would head back to the Dodgers in the reported deal. Given the current state of the O's starting pitching depth, Nuno could challenge for a spot in the Opening Day rotation or serve as a valuable cog in a long-relief role. Yesterday, 2:16 pm
  • Ariel Miranda preparing as starting pitcher
    Mariners' manager Scott Servais confirmed Sunday that Ariel Miranda is preparing as a starting pitcher this spring and would be the first in line should an injury strike any member of the rotation.

    Advice: Miranda pitched very well in 10 starts down the stretch for the M's after a mid-season trade from the Orioles, but there isn't room for him in the Opening Day rotation at the moment. It's unclear if he'll make the big league club in a swingman role, or bide his time in Triple-A until an extra starter is needed. Yesterday, 1:45 pm
  • Morgan and Asher could be options in bullpen
    Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Saturday that he would consider Adam Morgan and Alec Asher options to pitch out of the bullpen if they don't crack the Opening Day rotation.

    Advice: Barring injury, the rotation appears to be set with Jeremy Hellickson, Clay Buchholz, Jerad Eickhoff, Vince Velasquez and Aaron Nola, which means that the only options for guys like Morgan and Asher are to pitch out of the pen or in the rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Morgan appeared in 23 games (21 starts) for the Phillies in 2016, registering a 6.04 ERA, 1.50 WHIP and 95/29 K/BB ratio across 113 1/3 innings. Yesterday, 1:41 pm
  • Michael Feliz expected to land bullpen spot
    Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Sunday that Michael Feliz has a "leg up" on landing a spot in the club's Opening Day bullpen.

    Advice: The Astros like the power arm that the right-hander possesses as well as his ability to work multiple innings, making him a valuable weapon out of the bullpen. The 23-year-old registered a 4.43 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and jaw-dropping 13.2 K/9 over 65 innings out of the Astros' bullpen in 2016. Yesterday, 1:16 pm
  • Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder, elbow) throws live BP
    Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder, elbow) threw live batting practice Sunday.

    Advice: Ryu said after the session that he feels healthy enough to be part of the Dodgers' Opening Day rotation. That's encouraging, but we'll have to wait and see how he looks in Cactus League action. Ryu was throwing only 84-86 mph in a bullpen session last week. Yesterday, 11:40 am
  • T.J. McFarland has had sore shoulder
    T.J. McFarland dealt with some left shoulder soreness on Saturday.

    Advice: He reported feeling better on Sunday, so it sounds like the southpaw should resume throwing shortly. McFarland is trying to win a bullpen job with the Orioles this spring. Yesterday, 10:42 am
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  • 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
  • Nathan Eovaldi (elbow) plays catch
    Nathan Eovaldi (elbow) played catch Saturday for the first time since having Tommy John surgery.

    Advice: Eovaldi will continue to play catch every other day for a while. The right-hander will miss the 2017 season while rehabbing but is hoping to contribute for the Rays in 2018. Tampa signed Eovaldi to a one-year contract with a club option last week. Yesterday, 10:04 am
  • Zack Wheeler (elbow) throws bullpen session
    Zack Wheeler (elbow) threw a 21-pitch bullpen session on Sunday.

    Advice: Wheeler had some tenderness in his pitching elbow during a 'pen session last week, but he got through Sunday's session with no issues. It's obviously encouraging, but the righty isn't out of the woods yet after all of his arm problems the last two seasons. If he can stay healthy, Wheeler stands a good chance at capturing the final spot in the Mets' rotation. Yesterday, 9:38 am
  • Colin Rea (elbow) placed on 60-day DL
    Padres placed RHP Colin Rea on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow injury.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the addition of Jered Weaver. Rea will miss all of 2017 while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. Yesterday, 9:15 am
  • Padres make Jered Weaver signing official
    Padres signed RHP Jered Weaver to a one-year, $3 million contract.

    Advice: The deal was first reported on Saturday and is now official. Weaver's velocity and results have tumbled in the wrong direction the last few years, as he posted a 5.06 ERA in 2016 while his fastball routinely sat in the low- to mid-80s. However, the Padres' projected rotation right now is laughably bad to the point that the veteran right-hander might be the favorite to start for them on Opening Day. Weaver's days as a fantasy contributor are surely over. Yesterday, 9:08 am
  • D'Backs ink Jorge De La Rosa to minors deal
    Diamondbacks signed LHP Jorge De La Rosa to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic says that De La Rosa will make $2.25 million if in the majors and will compete for a spot in the D'Backs Opening Day bullpen. Just 12 of the left-hander's 235 appearances since 2007 have come as a reliever, but it's probably De La Rosa's best role at this point. The southpaw put up a 5.51 ERA across 134 innings for the Rockies last season and will turn 36 in April. Yesterday, 9:05 am
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  • Shawn Tolleson (back) held out on Saturday
    Shawn Tolleson (back) was held out of Saturday's workout for "preventative" reasons.

    Advice: Tolleson finished last season on the disabled list and apparently his back is still giving him trouble. The 29-year-old is hoping to rebound this year after sporting an ugly 7.68 ERA over 37 relief outings for Texas in 2016. Saturday, 7:35 pm
  • Cody Allen to continue closing for Cleveland
    Manager Terry Francona confirmed Cody Allen will close for the Indians in 2017.

    Advice: "Cody is our closer," said Francona on Saturday, ending the debate once and for all. Just as he did last season, Allen will work the ninth inning with stud left-hander Andrew Miller serving as a jack-of-all trades. Allen and Miller were lights out in the playoffs last fall, combining for a 0.82 ERA over 33 innings of work. There's no reason to believe Cleveland's late-inning duo will be any less dominant in 2017. Saturday, 3:47 pm
  • Glen Perkins throws another bullpen session
    Glen Perkins (shoulder) threw a successful 15-pitch bullpen session on Saturday.

    Advice: It was his second bullpen since undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in June. Twins manager Paul Molitor estimated that Perkins was throwing at about 75 percent effort. Perkins also took part in fielding drills including throwing to bases. Perkins is making definite progress but is still a long shot for Opening Day and could begin the year on the disabled list. Saturday, 2:18 pm
  • Betances calls Levine's comments 'unfair'
    Dellin Betances wasn't happy with comments made by Yankees president Randy Levine after losing his arbitration hearing.

    Advice: Levine criticized Betances' agent, Jim Murray, during a press conference on Saturday. "If Dellin is upset about going to a hearing, now we know the result, he should go talk to his representatives and say, 'Why did you bring me here? What was the point?' I should have made a deal." Murray responded by calling the press conference "bizarre" while Betances called Levine's comments "unfair." With Betances disgruntled, it will be interesting to see if the Yankees entertain trade offers for the All-Star reliever. The 28-year-old is under contract through 2019. Saturday, 1:48 pm
  • Padres agree to deal with Jered Weaver
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Padres have agreed to a one-year deal with Jered Weaver.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander will earn a base salary of around $3 million dollars, which will seemingly guarantee him a spot in the Padres' starting rotation. If there's any place that the 34-year-old soft-tossing right-hander can resurrect his career, pitching in the friendly confines of Petco Park and in the National League West is likely his best chance. Saturday, 10:03 am
  • Kershaw officially tabbed for Opening Day
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced Saturday that Clayton Kershaw will start on Opening Day.

    Advice: This announcement certainly doesn't come as a surprise. The greatest pitcher on the planet will take the hill when the Dodgers open their regular season against the Padres on April 3. Saturday, 9:28 am
  • Dellin Betances loses arbitration hearing
    Dellin Betances was defeated in his arbitration hearing against the Yankees and will earn $3 million in 2017.

    Advice: The hard-throwing right-hander had filed at $5 million and the two sides were unable to bridge the gap before the hearing. One of the most dominant relievers in all of baseball, the 28-year-old will work in a setup capacity in front of closer Aroldis Chapman in 2017. Saturday, 6:49 am
  • Jeurys Familia absent from workouts Saturday
    Jeurys Familia was absent from spring training workouts for a second consecutive day on Saturday.

    Advice: As was the case on Friday, Familia checked into the club's spring training complex early in the morning but departed before workouts began. Mike Puma of the New York Post notes that his absence pertains to the MLB investigation around his domestic violence incident. Saturday, 6:20 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
  • Lance McCullers working to develop changeup
    Lance McCullers said Friday that he's working on developing his changeup this spring.

    Advice: The young right-hander has basically been a two-pitch pitcher to this point, relying exclusively on a fastball and curveball. He's experiencing with a couple of different grips and seeking advice and input from veteran hurlers on the team, as well as Brian McCann. McCullers has already thrown several bullpen sessions this spring and is expected to be fully healthy and ready to go for the start of the season. Saturday, 5:30 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
  • Peter Moylan re-signs with Royals
    Royals re-signed RHP Peter Moylan to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Moylan put up a 3.43 ERA across 50 relief appearances for Kansas City last season. The 38-year-old sidearmer will compete for a spot in the Royals' bullpen. Friday, 12:52 pm
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  • Zack Wheeler (elbow) plays catch Friday
    Zack Wheeler (elbow) played catch Friday with no issues.

    Advice: He's slated to throw off a mound on Sunday. Wheeler is a little behind schedule after having some tenderness in his pitching elbow during a bullpen session earlier this week. His health is obviously something to keep a close eye on this spring after all his issues the last two seasons. Friday, 10:40 am
  • Jeurys Familia to return on Saturday
    Jeurys Familia is expected back in Mets camp on Saturday.

    Advice: Familia is away from the club on Friday to tend to a personal matter. We're still waiting to hear about Familia's expected suspension for his domestic violence incident. Friday, 9:49 am
  • Familia leaves camp due to personal matter
    Jeurys Familia left Mets camp on Friday due to a personal matter.

    Advice: Familia's arrival in camp was delayed because of a visa issue, and he's now away from the club again. It's unclear at this point when he might return, but the Mets should have more on his status later Friday. Friday, 6:42 am
  • Perkins (shoulder) throwing off mound again
    Glen Perkins (shoulder) will throw another bullpen session on Saturday.

    Advice: Perkins felt discomfort in his surgically-repaired left shoulder while playing catch last week, but he apparently bounced back well from a bullpen session Tuesday and is ready to try things from the bump again. It's going to be a long road back for the former closer. Friday, 6:28 am
  • Wheeler to throw off a mound this weekend
    Zack Wheeler (elbow) said he plans to throw off a mound Saturday or Sunday.

    Advice: Wheeler is a few days behind the other pitchers in Mets camp after experiencing tenderness in his troublesome right elbow following his first bullpen session of the spring. He was able to play catch Thursday, but we're obviously not through the woods here yet. Wheeler is in competition with Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo for the final spot in the New York rotation. Thursday, 11:02 am
  • Ryu sitting 84-86 mph early in Dodgers camp
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Hyun-Jin Ryu (elbow, shoulder) was sitting 84-86 mph with his fastball in his latest bullpen session.

    Advice: Ryu is not the hardest thrower, but that's still well below the norm for him. Roberts told reporters that the club will begin watching Ryu closely to determine whether he's healthy and maybe over-protecting his surgically-repaired left arm. The South Korean starter remains an iffy gamble for the 2017 campaign. Thursday, 9:20 am
  • Zack Wheeler (elbow) played catch Thursday
    Zack Wheeler (elbow) played catch Thursday without issue.

    Advice: The hope is he can get back on a mound Friday, which would put him right back on track with the other pitchers in Mets camp. Wheeler felt some tenderness in his troublesome right elbow earlier this week after throwing a bullpen session. He is trying to beat out Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo for the final spot in the New York rotation. Thursday, 9:01 am
  • Hyun-Jin Ryu on track to enter LAD rotation
    Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said that Hyun-Jin Ryu has "done everything he can this offseason to come into camp and reclaim his spot."

    Advice: Ryu has been as plagued by the injury bug as any player out there, having made just one start over the past two seasons due to a menagerie of ailments -- including shoulder, groin and elbow concerns. He said near the end of January that he felt no pain in throwing four offseason bullpens. While that is certainly a positive sign for the oft-injured 29-year-old southpaw, he will need to get through spring training without setback if he is to rejoin the rotation. Wednesday, 2:15 pm
  • Wheeler (elbow) felt tenderness after bullpen
    Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen said Wednesday that Zack Wheeler (elbow) felt "a little tenderness" following his last bullpen session.

    Advice: The thought is that it's just scar tissue and he'll throw again soon, but Warthen said the Mets are understandably treating Wheeler "with kid gloves." Wheeler has missed back-to-back years, as he had Tommy John surgery in 2015 and encountered all sorts of setbacks last year. Assuming he's healthy enough to pitch again, the Mets are looking at an innings limit in the low 100s for 2017. There's been talk of using him in the bullpen to manage his workload. Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo are the alternatives for the final rotation spot. Wednesday, 10:48 am
  • Kershaw says he has no worries about back
    Clayton Kershaw said Wednesday that he has "no worries or concerns" about last year's back injury.

    Advice: Kershaw missed 10 weeks last season due to a back issue, but he managed to return down the stretch and pitch during the postseason. Getting a full offseason to rest has surely helped. Kershaw said Wednesday that his goal is to "make every start this year," which has to be music to the ears of Dodgers fans and fantasy owners. He'll be the top starting pitcher on the board in drafts this spring. Wednesday, 9:48 am
  • McCullers (elbow) throwing bullpen sessions
    Lance McCullers (elbow) has already thrown four bullpen sessions.

    Advice: He's slated to throw his fifth one on Thursday or Friday. It's good to hear after his season ended early last season due to a mild elbow sprain. Interestingly, McCullers has modified the arm action in his motion in hopes of alleviating stress on his throwing arm. He tried it early last year before going back to his old ways, but he's more comfortable with it now. We'll see if he sticks with it once games begin. Wednesday, 7:04 am
  • Perkins (shoulder) throws off mound Tue.
    Glen Perkins (shoulder) threw 15 pitches off the mound on Tuesday.

    Advice: Perkins was originally expected to throw off a mound last Friday, but that was scratched after he experienced renewed discomfort in his surgically-repaired shoulder. Assuming he bounces back okay from Tuesday's session, he'll do some long tossing on Thursday. Still, he's a major question mark for the start of the 2017 season. Brandon Kintzler currently projects to begin the year as Minnesota's closer. Tuesday, 11:53 am
  • Rays finalize contract with Nathan Eovaldi
    Rays signed RHP Nathan Eovaldi to a one-year, $2 million contract with a club option for 2018.

    Advice: The deal was reported over the weekend and it's now official. Eovaldi will be in rehab mode for the entire 2017 season as he makes his way back from Tommy John surgery, but the Rays are hoping that he'll be worth the wait. Tuesday, 7:07 am
  • Familia arrives in Mets' camp
    Jeurys Familia has arrived in Mets' camp.

    Advice: Familia was briefly delayed due to a minor visa issue. He told reporters Tuesday that he has been advised by his lawyer not to discuss his domestic violence case. While the charge was dropped, he's still expected to face a suspension from MLB. Tuesday, 6:22 am
  • Wheeler, Gsellman, Lugo will compete for spot
    Mets manager Terry Collins said Monday that Zack Wheeler, Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo will compete for the fifth spot in the rotation.

    Advice: "Right now, because (Wheeler) hasn’t pitched in so long, it’s an open competition," Collins said. "It’s not just that Zack hasn’t pitched in so long, but it’s pretty fresh in my mind what I saw Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo do. So, I think they need to be in that mix." Wheeler has been sidelined for nearly two full years due to ongoing elbow issues, as he had numerous setbacks in 2016 as he tried to return from Tommy John surgery. He's healthy now and should have a leg up for the No. 5 spot if he can stay that way, but that's far from a sure thing. Wheeler is also facing an innings limit, so he'll likely be moved to the bullpen at some point even if he secures a rotation spot. Monday, 1:32 pm
  • Familia expected at Mets camp on Tuesday
    Jeurys Familia is expected to arrive at Mets camp on Tuesday.

    Advice: Held back by a minor visa issue, he was the only Mets pitcher or catcher absent from the first day of camp on Monday. Familia is still waiting to hear from Major League Baseball on its investigation into his October 31 domestic violence charge. That charge was dropped by New Jersey authorities, but a suspension from MLB commissioner Rob Manfred is almost certainly coming. Addison Reed would (or rather will) open the 2017 season as the Mets' closer. Monday, 8:48 am
  • Rays agree to $2 million deal with Eovaldi
    Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the Rays have agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with Nathan Eovaldi.

    Advice: The deal also includes incentives and a club option for 2018. Eovaldi is expected to miss the entire 2017 campaign while recovering from Tommy John surgery. It makes sense as a nice low-risk signing for the Rays, though he won't have any impact this season. Feb 12, 2:18 pm
  • Rays close to signing RHP Nathan Eovaldi
    Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays are close to signing Nathan Eovaldi to a one-year contract with a club option for 2018.

    Advice: Eovaldi was non-tendered by the Yankees in December after having Tommy John and flexor tendon surgeries in August. He will miss all of the 2017 campaign but should be ready for spring training going into 2018. It's a solid low-risk move by the Rays on what is sure to be an inexpensive contract. Eovaldi, 27, holds a career 4.21 ERA and 1.38 WHIP, but he's always been one of the hardest-throwing starters in baseball and could potentially help Tampa in 2018 in the rotation or bullpen. Feb 12, 11:24 am
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