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  • Brent Honeywell diagnosed with torn UCL
    Brent Honeywell has been diagnosed with a torn right ulnar collateral ligament and it's been recommended he undergo Tommy John surgery.

    Advice: The initial diagnosis for Honeywell was a strained right forearm, but as doctors looked at him further the bad news was discovered. It's obviously a huge bummer, as Honeywell is one of the best pitching prospects in the game and had been slated to play a big role with the Rays this season. He'll get a second opinion but plans to have surgery as soon as possible. Honeywell will obviously miss the entire 2018 season and will probably get a late start to 2019, as well. 51 minutes ago
  • Stephen Gonsalves goes two scoreless
    Stephen Gonsalves worked two scoreless innings Thursday as the Twins edged the University of Minnesota 2-1.

    Advice: The Twins won on a walkoff wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth. Gonsalves allowed one hit, walked none and struck out one. One of the club's top prospects, he's expected to lead the Triple-A rotation this year after debuting for Rochester last August. He could see the majors come June or July. Yesterday, 6:56 pm
  • Jerad Eickhoff wins versus Tampa
    Jerad Eickhoff was perfect for two innings Thursday as the Phillies defeated the University of Tampa by a 6-0 score.

    Advice: Eickhoff missed the final month of last season with nerve irritation in his throwing hand. Though he was disappointing before that, he's essentially promised a spot in the Phillies' rotation this year. He should be of some use in NL-only leagues. Yesterday, 1:26 pm
  • Alex Wilson strikes out five in Tigers' win
    Alex Wilson struck out five of six batters in two perfect innings Thursday as the Tigers beat Florida Southern 6-1.

    Advice: In all, Tigers pitchers struck out 18 batters today, allowing just one hit to the Mocs. The 31-year-old Wilson has started only one game in 231 major league appearances and hasn't regularly started games since he was in Double-A in 2011, but the Tigers have nothing to lose by giving him a chance at the rotation this spring. Yesterday, 1:23 pm
  • Blake Swihart knocks in three runs
    Blake Swihart tripled, walked twice and knocked in three runs as the Red Sox beat Northeastern 15-2 in seven innings Thursday.

    Advice: Expected to be tried at a couple of positions this spring, Swihart was an interesting deep sleeper until a week ago. Now that the Red Sox have Eduardo Nunez and J.D. Martinez taking pretty much any non-catcher at-bats that would have been available to Swihart, there's no clear path to significant playing time. Swihart still has to make the team; he's out of options and the Red Sox aren't going to let him get away on waivers. He's set to serve as Christian Vazquez's backup. Yesterday, 1:19 pm
  • Report: Chargois on waivers
    A source told the Pioneer Press's Mike Berardino that the Twins have placed J.T. Chargois on waivers.

    Advice: The 27-year-old Chargois has long been trumpeted as having closer-type stuff, but he missed most of last year with elbow troubles and he's put in just two healthy seasons since being drafted in 2012. There's a decent chance that he'll clear waivers. A more talented righty in a similar situation, Mauricio Cabrera, just cleared waivers for the Braves. Yesterday, 1:16 pm
  • A's Matt Chapman getting MRI on right hand
    Matt Chapman left Athletics camp on Thursday to undergo a precautionary MRI on his right hand back in Oakland.

    Advice: It's not believed to be a serious issue, but Chapman began experiencing some mild soreness in the palm of his right hand this week in Arizona and the A's want to be sure that he is safe to continue with his normal spring training regimen. The 24-year-old third baseman is set to meet with orthopedic hand surgeon Dr. Steven Shin, who will review the MRI results and recommend a treatment plan. More should be known in the coming days. Yesterday, 12:18 pm
  • Andrus (back) aims to return to workouts Fri.
    Elvis Andrus (back) is aiming to return to workouts in Rangers camp on Friday.

    Advice: Andrus has been resting for the last couple of days after coming down with back spasms. The 29-year-old shortstop carries huge fantasy potential into the 2018 season after slashing .297/.337/.471 with 20 home runs, 88 RBI, 25 stolen bases, and 100 runs scored over 158 games in 2017. Yesterday, 11:34 am
  • Kipnis (back) to sit out first few spring gms
    Jason Kipnis will sit out the Indians' first few Cactus League games due to a sore lower back.

    Advice: It's not a major concern here in late February. Kipnis was shopped by the Indians this winter and nearly traded to the Mets at one point, per reports, but he is locked in as Cleveland's primary second baseman leading into 2018. Yesterday, 10:49 am
  • Guyer (wrist) to resume workouts Monday
    Brandon Guyer (wrist) is expected to resume baseball activities Monday in Indians camp.

    Advice: Guyer aggravated his surgically-repaired left wrist during one of the Indians' first full-squad workouts in Arizona, but an MRI taken Wednesday showed no new damage. It sounds like the veteran outfielder will be fine for Opening Day, though he still has some rehab hurdles to clear. Yesterday, 10:45 am
  • Rays acquire RP Daniel Hudson from Pirates
    Rays acquired RHP Daniel Hudson, INF Tristan Gray, and cash considerations from the Pirates for OF Corey Dickerson.

    Advice: Hudson will ideally slide into a setup role behind Rays closer Alex Colome, though he struggled to a 4.38 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, and 66/33 K/BB ratio over 61 2/3 innings last season in Pittsburgh. The 30-year-old right-hander is due a $5.5 million salary in 2018 -- the final year of a two-year, $11 million free agent contract he signed with the Pirates last winter. Yesterday, 10:34 am
  • Pirates acquire Corey Dickerson from Rays
    Pirates acquired OF Corey Dickerson from the Rays for RHP Daniel Hudson, INF Tristan Gray, and cash considerations.

    Advice: Dickerson was designated for assignment by the Rays last weekend despite posting a decent .282/.325/.490 batting line with 27 home runs in 150 games last season. The 28-year-old will become the new starting left fielder in Pittsburgh, though he figures to get days off against left-handed opponents. Dickerson holds an .866 career OPS against righties and a .706 career OPS versus southpaws. Yesterday, 10:23 am
  • Ohtani to make Cactus debut this Saturday
    Shohei Ohtani is expected to make his Cactus League debut as a pitcher on Saturday.

    Advice: The Angels are set to host the Brewers at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Arizona. Ohtani will probably go about two innings in his first live appearance in a major league uniform. He'll presumably see his first action as a hitter early next week, though that plan is a little less certain at the moment. Yesterday, 9:38 am
  • Austin Barnes dealing with elbow discomfort
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts revealed Thursday that Austin Barnes came into spring training with some right elbow discomfort.

    Advice: Roberts told reporters that Barnes could catch and throw if the season started today, but the Dodgers will play it safe and limit him to DH action for the first week of Cactus League games. It's something worth monitoring throughout the spring, though this doesn't sound like an overly serious concern. Barnes is expected to share time at catcher this year with Yasmani Grandal. Yesterday, 9:05 am
  • Devon Travis (knee) full-go at Jays camp
    Devon Travis (knee) is a full participant at Blue Jays camp this spring.

    Advice: Travis missed the final 100 games of the 2017 season after requiring surgery to repair cartilage damage in his right knee, but he has impressed all onlookers so far in Dunedin, Florida. "You watch him move around, and if you didn’t know he’d had an injury, you wouldn’t think anything of it," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons told "Really, he looks that good." Travis, mostly a forgotten man in more casual fantasy leagues, might take on some sneaky value in 2018. The second baseman batted .301/.342/.469 with 19 homers, 85 RBI, seven steals, and 92 runs scored over his first 163 major league games between 2015-2016. Yesterday, 8:21 am
  • Chris Young diagnosed with right calf strain
    Chris Young has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain of his right calf.

    Advice: Young suffered the injury during a workout earlier this week. He told reporters Wednesday that he only expects to miss 10 days, but calf strains can sometimes take 2-4 weeks to fully recover from. It's very possible the veteran outfielder will run out of time and have to open the 2018 regular season on the disabled list. He signed a one-year, $2 million free agent contract with the Angels on February 18 and projects to serve as an active fourth outfielder if his health cooperates. Yesterday, 8:06 am
  • Garton (hip) to throw first bullpen Tuesday
    Ryan Garton (hip) is scheduled to throw his first bullpen session of the spring next Tuesday.

    Advice: Garton is being eased into action at Mariners camp after undergoing hip labrum surgery this offseason. The 28-year-old right-hander will likely be ticketed for Triple-A Tacoma at the end of spring training. He holds a 4.55 ERA in 61 1/3 career innings of relief at the major league level. Yesterday, 7:40 am
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  • Zobrist (back) held out of workouts again
    Ben Zobrist (back) was held out of workouts again on Wednesday in Cubs camp.

    Advice: Zobrist has now missed three straight days because of a back issue, though Cubs manager Joe Maddon said the team is just being careful here in late February. Zobrist, 36, figures to make his Cactus League debut sometime in early March. He projects to enter the 2018 regular season as a part-time second baseman and utilityman for the reigning National League Central champs. Yesterday, 6:49 am
  • Nava still limited in camp due to back injury
    Pirates GM Neal Huntington said he's hopeful Daniel Nava (back) can return "fully and quickly" to spring training workouts.

    Advice: Nava has been limited to rehab work at Pirates camp throughout this week due to a back injury that also plagued him for much of the 2017 season. Huntington noted to reporters that the club's recent signing of outfielder Michael Saunders was part of a "Plan B" in case Nava isn't ready to go come Opening Day. One of the two could see semi-regular action in left field to begin the 2018 regular season. Adam Frazier and Bryce Brentz are also in that mix. Yesterday, 6:09 am
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  • Musgrove (shoulder) to resume throwing soon
    Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said Joe Musgrove (shoulder) should resume throwing in "the coming days."

    Advice: Musgrove skipped a scheduled bullpen session on Sunday after feeling some discomfort in his right shoulder and he hasn't picked up a baseball since, but Tomczyk told reporters on Wednesday that the issue is "minor" and the Pirates are simply taking "precautionary" measures. It's not a significant concern here on February 22, though Morton did miss some time last year in Houston with a shoulder issue and he's about a week behind the other rotation candidates in Pirates camp as Grapefruit League play gets underway. Yesterday, 5:54 am
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