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  • Henderson Alvarez to throw for teams in March
    Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez said he plans to throw for MLB scouts in March.

    Advice: Alvarez has been through nearly as many surgeries as live major league appearances over the last two seasons due to shoulder trouble, but the 26-year-old is currently long-tossing from 120 feet and feeling strong. He told Manolo Hernandez of Beisbol Por Gotas on Tuesday that seven teams have asked for updates on his progress. There should be a minor league contract out there somewhere for him. Yesterday, 4:20 pm
  • McCarthy impressive in live BP on Tuesday
    Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi said he was very impressed with Brandon McCarthy's live batting practice session on Tuesday.

    Advice: McCarthy has been throwing with full velocity since late January as he tries to fight his way back into the Dodgers' starting rotation. The 33-year-old right-hander owns a rough 5.29 ERA in 63 innings through his first two seasons with Los Angeles. He finished 2016 with a miserable relief appearance against the rival Giants in which he yielded six runs in the sixth inning while recording zero outs. Yesterday, 2:42 pm
  • Cole throws two innings of batting practice
    Gerrit Cole threw two innings of live batting practice Tuesday at Pirates' camp.

    Advice: Cole got a late start last spring due to a rib injury and ended up posting a career-high 3.88 ERA over 21 starts in between three stints on the disabled list, but he feels good this time around. "I've learned a lot and gotten more mental toughness," Cole said. "I've learned how to deal with some adversity, so hopefully I'm better for it." His stock has taken somewhat of a hit in fantasy leagues, but there's considerable upside if he has turned a corner physically. Yesterday, 12:55 pm
  • Scherzer (finger) threw with normal grip Mon.
    Max Scherzer (finger) played catch with his normal two-fingered fastball grip on Monday.

    Advice: That's the good news. What's not so great is that he still feels pain in the knuckle at the base of his right ring finger. He won't throw a bullpen session until that pain subsides. "Achy’s a lot better than sharp pain, isn’t it?" said Scherzer. "That’s what the doctor said to me: They expect an achy feeling in there. Those are screaming symptoms of stress fractures. So it’s literally day-by-day with how I feel." Scherzer pitched through the stress fracture last year, but he doesn't want to do it again. It's a waiting game, but there's still plenty of time for him to get his work in before the start of the season. Yesterday, 11:46 am
  • Cueto hopes to report to camp this weekend
    Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday that Johnny Cueto hopes to arrive in camp by the weekend.

    Advice: Cueto has been taking care of his father, who is battling an illness in the Dominican Republic. His father is expected to accompany him to the United States, so they are working on a visa issue. Cueto has thrown bullpen sessions and batting practice in preparation for the spring, but it's unclear whether he'll be able to pitch in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Yesterday, 9:48 am
  • Darvish starting Rangers' spring opener
    Yu Darvish is starting the Rangers' first Cactus League game on Saturday.

    Advice: Darvish is expected to miss some time in camp with his wife due to give birth in March, so he's getting an early start. This is a big year for Darvish, who is going into the final season of his six-year, $60 million deal with Texas. He posted a 3.41 ERA and 132/31 K/BB ratio over 100 1/3 innings last year in his return from Tommy John surgery. Yesterday, 8:47 am
  • Hahn to start Cactus League opener Sat.
    Jesse Hahn will start the Athletics' Cactus League opener Saturday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Andrew Triggs has been considered the favorite for the fifth spot in the rotation, but this is an indication that Hahn is still very much in the mix. We've seen success when healthy in the past, so he could earn a spot with a strong spring. A's manager Bob Melvin noted last week that Hahn has the sink back on his fastball, so he's a name to watch. Yesterday, 8:33 am
  • Keuchel's spring debut a couple weeks away
    Dallas Keuchel isn't expected to pitch in his first spring training game for a couple of weeks.

    Advice: It's not a big deal, as the schedule will still allow him to make five starts before the beginning of the regular season. Keuchel struggled through "major inflammation" in his rotator cuff last season while posting a 4.55 ERA over 26 starts, but he says that he feels great now. The Astros are banking on a rebound. Yesterday, 6:47 am
  • Rangers have tryout for free agent pitchers
    The Rangers held a tryout for free agent pitchers Justin Masterson, Kameron Loe, Blake Beavan and Kyle Drabek on Monday.

    Advice: It's unclear whether the Rangers liked enough of what they saw to sign any of the hurlers. Masterson, who will turn 32 next month, has seen his velocity plummet in recent years and hasn't had any success in the majors since 2013. Monday, 1:25 pm
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  • 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. Monday, 12:08 pm
  • Cueto (family) still has not reported to camp
    Johnny Cueto (family) still has not reported to Giants camp.

    Advice: His father is ill and the Giants have allowed him to stay home in the Dominican Republic for as long as he needs, but the first round of the World Baseball Classic may now be in doubt. Cueto is throwing bullpen sessions and streaming them for members of the Giants coaching staff, but his first WBC start is supposed to be on March 5. That may be cutting it too close. Monday, 10:25 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. Monday, 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. Monday, 9:51 am
  • Wright (shoulder) throws bullpen session
    Steven Wright (shoulder) threw a successful bullpen session on Monday morning in Red Sox camp.

    Advice: It was the first mound session of the spring for Wright, and he said he felt fine. The 32-year-old knuckleballer is in a battle for the final spot in the Red Sox starting rotation. He should be ready for Grapefruit League action sometime in early March. Monday, 9:42 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. Monday, 9:04 am
  • Zimmermann (neck, lat) feeling good
    Jordan Zimmermann said he felt good after throwing to hitters on Sunday.

    Advice: And he drew a nice review from Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. Zimmermann battled neck and lat injuries in 2016 and wound up with a rough 4.87 ERA in 105 1/3 innings. His career ERA before last year was 3.32. Maybe a bounceback is coming this season. Monday, 6:51 am
  • Steven Wright (shoulder) throws off mound
    Steven Wright (shoulder) is scheduled to throw off a mound Monday.

    Advice: It'll be his first time doing so since he arrived at Red Sox camp. Wright missed the final month of the 2016 season due to bursitis and rotator cuff irritation in his left shoulder, so the 32-year-old knuckleballer is taking it easy out of the gate this spring. The hope is he'll be fully caught up by Opening Day. Monday, 5:52 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. Monday, 5:44 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
  • Yu Darvish to throw splitters this season
    Yu Darvish plans to re-incorporate his split-finger fastball this season.

    Advice: Darvish abandoned the pitch last season in his first year back from Tommy John surgery because it can create stress on your arm, but he'll begin to mix it back in this year. The righty threw the pitch just five percent of the time pre-surgery. "I was kind of astonished when he threw it (in a bullpen session Friday)," Rangers pitching coach Doug Brocail said. "I waited a long time after my Tommy John surgery before I threw it again, but I don't have his delivery. He throws it correctly and uses a bit of his wrist so not all of the pressure is on his elbow in that pulling down motion. It's a little looser. And this guy, if there is any chance of hurting himself, he's not going to throw it. I'm comfortable with it." Friday, 1:34 pm
  • Hahn (shoulder) has shot at rotation spot
    A's manager Bob Melvin said Thursday that Jesse Hahn (shoulder) has the sink back on his fastball.

    Advice: Oakland catchers Stephen Vogt and Josh Phegley have said the same. Hahn carries a real shot at claiming a starting rotation spot this spring despite finishing the 2016 season off the 25-man roster. The 27-year-old right-hander has always been effective when healthy. There's some sneaky fantasy value building here. Thursday, 11:33 am
  • Scherzer (finger) can't commit to Opening Day
    Max Scherzer (finger) played catch Thursday but would not commit to being ready for Opening Day.

    Advice: Scherzer dealt with a stress fracture in the knuckle of his right ring finger down the stretch last season and is still experiencing some symptoms. It's a concern, but not really a huge one yet. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner is expected to throw his first bullpen session of Nats camp within the next few days. Thursday, 9:46 am
  • Max Scherzer (finger) nearing mound work
    Max Scherzer is expected to begin throwing bullpen sessions in a matter of days.

    Advice: Scherzer officially pulled out of the Winter Baseball Classic back in January when he was diagnosed with a stress fracture in the knuckle of his right ring finger, but it's not something that should affect his readiness for the 2017 major league season. Scherzer won the National League Cy Young Award in 2016 with a 2.96 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and 284/56 K/BB ratio in 228 1/3 innings. Thursday, 8:04 am
  • Keuchel (flu) sent home from Astros camp
    Dallas Keuchel was sent home from Astros camp on Thursday morning due to the flu.

    Advice: It was supposed to be his first official throw day, but the Astros will go ahead and push that back until the weekend. No worries here. Keuchel, 29, should have no trouble making up for lost time this early into spring training. Thursday, 6:46 am
  • Keuchel had 'major inflammation' in shoulder
    Dallas Keuchel said Wednesday that he dealt with "major inflammation" in his rotator cuff last season.

    Advice: The good news is that Keuchel said he feels "like a brand new guy" after a few months of rest. The southpaw has already thrown five bullpen sessions so far using his fastball and changeup. He's hoping to add his slider into the mix soon. Keuchel struggled with a 4.55 ERA over 26 starts last season, but he could have serious bounceback potential if the health issues are behind him. Wednesday, 7:40 am
  • Masterson holds showcase for eight teams
    Justin Masterson held a showcase for eight MLB clubs on Tuesday in Phoenix, Arizona.

    Advice: And he will throw again for interested clubs this Friday. Masterson did not pitch at the major league level in 2016 following shoulder surgery and he put up a rough 4.97 ERA and 32/26 K/BB ratio in 54 1/3 innings with the Triple-A affiliate of the Pirates. The veteran right-hander is going to have to settle for a non-guaranteed minor league contract wherever he lands. Tuesday, 5:27 pm
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  • Cueto late to Giants camp due to father
    Johnny Cueto will be a couple days late to Giants camp because his father is ill in the Dominican Republic.

    Advice: Thoughts go out to the Cueto family. The veteran right-hander should have no trouble getting caught up before he heads off to participate in the 2017 World Baseball Classic for Team Dominica. Cueto registered an excellent 2.79 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 198/45 K/BB ratio in 219 2/3 innings last year for San Francisco. Monday, 10:55 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
  • Wright (shoulder) not throwing off mound
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said Sunday that Steven Wright (shoulder) won't throw off a mound for at least the first week of spring training.

    Advice: It's a reversal of course from just a few weeks ago when the skipper said that Wright would be full-go at the start of camp. Wright is still not fully recovered from an injury to his left (non-throwing) shoulder. "He’s making improvement," Farrell said. "This has probably taken longer than he anticipated, than we certainly anticipated. He’s back throwing to 120 feet. He’s throwing flat ground right now. He still needs to continue to build some arm strength at this point in camp. We’ll get a better read exactly when everybody goes through their physicals tomorrow. We’ll get a better read of arm strengths and accurate measurements overall." Feb 12, 12:42 pm
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