1B | Chris Marrero | Washington Nationals | Injury
Washington Nationals 1B Chris Marrero (hamstring) can jog and hit off a tee, but he's not expected back until the All-Star break.
1B | Mike Carp | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Mike Carp did more conditioning work in the offseason and has lost some weight in the process. Carp is weighing around 210 pounds currently but hasn't sacrificed any of his power stroke. "I worked hard again, slimming down still but maintaining strength. Hopefully it continues and I keep getting stronger. I lost a few more pounds and added lean muscle," Carp said. He is expected to start in left field this year.
1B | Chris Davis | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 1B Chris Davis will compete for the starting job at first base this year with 1B Nick Johnson. After struggling with injuries for most of last season, Davis said he's in the best shape of his life and much stronger. Davis could also see plenty of at-bats as the designated hitter.
1B | Jim Thome | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 1B Jim Thome is in great shape heading into spring training, according to general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. "You try to come (to) camp in good shape, sure," Thome said. "I'm a little lighter, now. I'm excited. I'm ready." Thome is hoping he'll be healthy enough to be able to handle the rigors of first base early in the season.
1B | Adam LaRoche | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals 1B Adam LaRoche (shoulder) said he is close to 100 percent, but the power in his shoulder will be tested when he throws and hits.
1B | Travis Ishikawa | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury
Milwaukee Brewers 1B Travis Ishikawa (shoulder) said he is pain-free for the first time in years after having surgery last June to fix his labrum and rotator cuff.
1B | Kendrys Morales | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Kendrys Morales (leg) is taking batting practice Monday, Feb. 20, and he expects to be the team's designated hitter on opening day.
1B | Ryan Howard | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 1B Ryan Howard (Achilles') did some light running and took ground balls during a workout Monday, Feb. 20.
2B | Dan Uggla | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 2B Dan Uggla added 20 pounds through heavier lifting in the offseason. He said he'd probably lose 10 pounds in spring training.
2B | Dustin Ackley | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 2B Dustin Ackley has added roughly 10 pounds in the offseason that could provide him with some extra pop this year. He currently weighs 195 pounds and has displayed solid power early in camp. "I feel a lot better," Ackley said. "I gained a few pounds this offseason and feel a lot stronger. I didn't have a Fall League or anything this year, so I had that time to work out and rest and get some more swings in. It was good. I think a year under my belt helps and I had a (workout) program I really liked."
2B | Luke Hughes | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins INF Luke Hughes (shoulder) will receive a second opinion on his right shoulder strain.
2B | Brian Roberts | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 2B Brian Roberts (concussion) is taking swings in the cage, hitting soft toss and playing catch Monday, Feb. 20. 2B Robert Andino will see the bulk of work at second base until Roberts' availability is determined. Andino will also take fly balls in the outfield.
2B | Mike Aviles | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine sees INF Mike Aviles as an everyday shortstop, and INF Nick Punto is tabbed for more of a utility role. The starting shortstop job appears to be Aviles' to lose. SS Jose Iglesias is expected to push Aviles for playing time.
SS | Stephen Drew | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks SS Stephen Drew (ankle) took ground balls Monday, Feb. 20, for the first time since ankle surgery last July. "It felt good, you know," Drew said. "Overall, I'm doing better. (It felt) weird and good at the same time. Overall, I was pretty pleased with the way it went." The team is still taking it slow with Drew, and manager Kirk Gibson doesn't want to push him.
SS | Brendan Ryan | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners SS Brendan Ryan (shoulder) and RP George Sherrill (arm) have been brought along slowly this spring. Ryan went through drills Monday, Feb. 20, but did not make any throws as a precaution. Ryan should start throwing soon. Sherrill is expected to throw his first bullpen session Tuesday, Feb. 21, after skipping the first week.
SS | Zack Cozart | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SS Zack Cozart (elbow, ankle) is 100 percent recovered from Tommy John surgery on his non-throwing elbow and has been cleared by a team doctor for baseball activities. He started swinging in early December and has been working out ever since.
SS | Chris Valaika | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds SS Chris Valaika (knee) said he is 100 percent healthy after having surgery last year to fix a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. "I'm all healed up and ready to go," Valaika said. "I've felt 100 percent the last three weeks or so. Once I started full baseball activities, I started getting confident in it. It's a long healing process. It takes a while for everything to fuse. But it's good now."
3B | Brett Lawrie | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Farrell said 3B Brett Lawrie will likely begin the season hitting sixth or seventh in the order.
3B | Eric Chavez | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The New York Yankees are willing to re-sign 3B Eric Chavez for $1 million, but they refuse to go any higher than that.
3B | David Wright | New York Mets | Fantasy
The New York Mets' projected batting order for opening day is as follows: OF Andres Torres leading off followed by INF Daniel Murphy, 3B David Wright, 1B Ike Davis, OF Jason Bay, OF Lucas Duda, C Josh Thole and SS Ruben Tejada.
3B | Kyle Seager | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 3B Kyle Seager has a good chance of starting in the minors if 3B Chone Figgins is named the everyday starting third baseman. Seager has been asked to play other infield positions to increase his versatility, but he'll be competing with INFs Carlos Guillen, Munenori Kawasaki and Luis Rodriguez for a backup job. 3B Alex Liddi is also in the mix.
3B | Anthony Rendon | Washington Nationals | Injury
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson said 3B Anthony Rendon (shoulder) will play third base, second and shortstop this spring. Rendon is healthy and has been hitting and throwing without problems, and he'll have no restrictions this spring. He will likely start the year at Single-A Potomac.
3B | Juan Francisco | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 3B Juan Francisco (calf) was receiving treatment on his left calf Monday, Feb. 20, the same calf that landed him on the disabled list last year.
C | Taylor Teagarden | Baltimore Orioles | Injury
Updating previous reports, Baltimore Orioles C Taylor Teagarden (knee) had a cyst removed from the back of his knee last month, and he said he is about 85 percent Tuesday, Feb. 21.
C | Russell Martin | New York Yankees | Fantasy
The New York Yankees discussed a three-year extension with C Russell Martin this winter, and the two sides could revisit talks this season.
Martin has trimmed weight this offseason, and he is now down to 205 pounds while working with a martial arts trainer in the offseason.
C | Jason Castro | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros C Jason Castro (foot) caught a bullpen session Monday, Feb. 20, but the team still plans to limit his workouts as he is eased back in this spring.
C | Mike Napoli | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers C Mike Napoli (ankle) had his ankle taped for a workout Monday, Feb. 20, and his ankle remains a concern. However, Napoli says he'll be ready for opening day. "I sprained it pretty good," Napoli said. "Sometimes a high-ankle sprain takes awhile. I've heard some people (say) it's better to break it. I've sprained ankles before, but not like that. I was told it would take awhile." C Yorvit Torrealba will still see playing time to spell Napoli this season, according to manager Ron Washington. Napoli will also see time at first base and designated hitter.
C | Martin Maldonado | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction,
The Milwaukee Brewers signed Ps Marco Estrada, Mike McClendon, Tim Dillard, Mark Rogers and C Martin Maldonado to one-year deals Monday, Feb. 20. Financial terms weren't disclosed.
C | Buster Posey | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy has instructed C Buster Posey (leg) not to block the plate this year if a player is trying to score after his All-Star catcher broke his leg in a similar situation last season.
OF | Johnny Damon | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Johnny Damon isn't returning to the club in what he calls a decision made by the team, made before the club brought in OF Raul Ibanez. "He called and I told him the truth. He is not the No. 1 option if and when I turn to DH options,'' Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said.
OF | Chris B. Young | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Chris B. Young (thumb, wrist) said his injuries late in the season last year affected the way he swung the bat, and pain bothered him mostly on bad swings. He said he is 100 percent healthy this spring.
OF | Jay Bruce | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds OF Jay Bruce has reported to camp having dropped 15 pounds in the offseason. Bruce was listed at 225 pounds last year. "I changed my diet, but it's not that big of a deal. I feel a little better," Bruce said. He said he still feels like he has all of his power despite shedding some pounds.
OF | Brennan Boesch | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Brennan Boesch (thumb) had a normal offseason workout routine following thumb surgery, and he had a chance to build on his strength. He will have a normal spring workload as he tries to solidify his spot as the starting right fielder.
OF | Carlos Gonzalez | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez appears to have added upper body strength in the offseason.
OF | Chris Coghlan | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins OF Chris Coghlan (knee) ran for the first time Monday, Feb. 20, since offseason knee surgery. "I've still got a little ways to go but I feel better right now than I ever did last year as far as the pain goes," Coghlan said. He must prove he's healthy in order to win a roster spot this spring.
OF | Allen Craig | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Allen Craig (knee) is working on building strength in his surgically repaired knee. He is expected to add running to his rehab soon, followed eventually by baseball activities. It's unknown if he'll have to open the season on the disabled list.
OF | Jordan Schafer | Houston Astros | Fantasy
Houston Astros OF Jordan Schafer, who trained with Tom Shaw, a trainer who prepares players for the NFL Combine, said he gained 15-20 pounds in the offseason. Schafer now weighs 204 pounds.
OF | Jayson Werth | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
The Washington Nationals could choose to play OF Jayson Werth in center field and OF Mark DeRosa at first base against left-handers this year. OFs Jason Michaels and Brett Carroll have a better shot at playing time now that OF Mike Cameron has retired. INF Andres Blanco could become the team's utility infielder, but the team has no plans to play him in the outfield.
OF | Ichiro Suzuki | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Ichiro Suzuki is open to moving down in the order this season. 3B Chone Figgins is expected to be the new leadoff hitter, but 2B Dustin Ackley is another possibility. "It's too early," Ichiro said. "We just went through our first workout. But I can say this. I'm always prepared for a new challenge, and that's how we all have to move forward. If that's the case, we're just out there to perform as baseball players and go all out."
OF | Carl Crawford | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Carl Crawford (wrist) said "the odds are good" that he'll be able to play on opening day this year. Crawford played catch Monday, Feb. 20, and he's not wearing a brace on his wrist.
OF | Luke Scott | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays P Brandon Gomes (back) and OF Luke Scott (shoulder) are the only two players expected to be limited at the start of camp.
OF | Ryan Braun | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke expects OF Ryan Braun to be present for the team's first full-squad workout Saturday, Feb. 25.
OF | Roger Bernadina | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals OFs Roger Bernadina and Rick Ankiel could form a platoon in center field after OF Mike Cameron announced his retirement. OF Jayson Werth is also a candidate to move to center field if OF Bryce Harper starts the year as the right fielder.
SP | Brett Anderson | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics SP Brett Anderson (elbow) said his left elbow felt great the day after his first side session. The rest of his body is sore, but it's normal first-day soreness.
SP | Johan Santana | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets manager Terry Collins expects SP Johan Santana (shoulder) to be ready for the season opener.
SP | Tommy Hanson | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Atlanta Braves SP Tommy Hanson (concussion) has a mild concussion, stemming from a car accident. He'll be evaluated after resting 48 hours.
SP | Ross Ohlendorf | Boston Red Sox | Injury
Boston Red Sox SP Ross Ohlendorf (back) is dealing with a stiff back from traveling, but he should be fine.
SP | Charlie Morton | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates SP Charlie Morton (shoulder) is ahead of schedule in his rehab, according to manager Clint Hurdle. "He's ahead of schedule, from what we mapped out before," Hurdle said. "He's knocked down every challenge we've put in front of him. There's been no hesitation, no setback. The velocity and arm strength are showing signs of a guy who's in a good place."
SP | Matt Moore | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays executive vice president Andrew Friedman said SP Matt Moore won't be on an innings limit this season.
SP | Aaron Cook | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
The Boston Red Sox are considering putting SP Aaron Cook on a conservative throwing program this spring in an effort not to overwork him.
SP | Daisuke Matsuzaka | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Daisuke Matsuzaka (elbow) threw another bullpen session Monday, Feb. 20, and felt great, but manager Bobby Valentine is still being cautious with the righty. "His arm feels good. He thinks his mechanics are way off," Valentine said. "He's healthy and he's on that recovery pace that all rehab guys are on. He's on a very good pace. I don't think he'll pitch in spring training."
SP | Shelby Miller | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Shelby Miller has slimmed down this offseason due to a rigorous winter workout program. He could start the year at Class AA or AAA but there is a chance that he will make his major league debut this season.
SP | Kris Medlen | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said SP Kris Medlen will be stretched out as a starter this spring just in case a spot opens up in the rotation. Medlen is expected to be targeted for relief this year. He is likely to follow a starting pitcher in spring games, coming on to pitch multiple innings following the starter. "The whole long relief thing — I don't want to say I'm better than that, but I feel like I want a role and I want to be a starter," Medlen said. "Once you get the taste of controlling games and setting the tone, that's my thing."
SP | Chien-Ming Wang | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Chien-Ming Wang (shoulder) was dealing with a stiff right shoulder Monday, Feb. 20, but he was still able to get through a bullpen session. He is expected to throw again Wednesday, Feb. 22.
SP | Johnny Cueto | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
The Cincinnati Reds asked SP Johnny Cueto to skip winter ball this year so that he could receive more rest heading into the 2012 season.
SP | Francisco Liriano | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Francisco Liriano threw a 50-pitch bullpen session Monday, Feb. 20, and worked on staying tall in his delivery, which pitching coach Rick Anderson thinks is the key for Liriano to stay consistent. He threw his fastball, slider and changeup and was throwing at about 80-85 percent.
SP | John Lamb | Kansas City Royals | Injury,
Kansas City Royals P John Lamb (elbow) is doing light throwing exercises in camp as he rehabs from Tommy John surgery last June. He is scheduled to return to the mound sometime in July in extended spring training. The team hopes he can pitch in the final month of the minor league season.
SP | Nick Blackburn | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Nick Blackburn (forearm) said his forearm is completely healthy and he won't be limited in spring training.
SP | Joe Blanton | Philadelphia Phillies | Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Joe Blanton threw Monday, Feb. 20, and C Brian Schneider said Blanton looked the best he has in two years. He threw 40 pitches, 20 fastballs and a mix of cutters, changeups and curveballs.
SP | Cole Hamels | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP Cole Hamels (elbow, hernia) started his offseason routine roughly four weeks late this year because of his two surgeries. However, he started throwing Nov. 7 and is completely healthy.
SP | Zack Greinke | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers SP Zack Greinke plans to work on his cut fastball this spring. He said he has no current plans to hire an agent or discuss a possible extension.
SP | A.J. Burnett | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy,
Pittsburgh Pirates SPs A.J. Burnett and Erik Bedard are locks for the starting rotation, with SPs Charlie Morton, James McDonald, Kevin Correia and Jeff Karstens battling for the other spots. SPs Brad Lincoln, Jo-Jo Reyes and Daniel Cabrera are outside possibilities. Correia and Karstens may be fighting for the last spot.
SP | Dustin Moseley | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy,
San Diego Padres manager Bud Black said the team needs to change SP Dustin Moseley's batting stance; Moseley injured himself while hitting last summer.
SP | Dallas Braden | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SPs Brett Anderson (elbow) and Dallas Braden (shoulder) both gave glowing reviews of their bullpen sessions Monday, Feb. 20. Anderson tossed 25 pitches and said the session was an "A-plus."
SP | CC Sabathia | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia was one of the worst fielding pitchers last season. His plan to shed weight before the start of the season may be attributed to this.
SP | Michael Pineda | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman acknowledged that SP Michael Pineda must improve his changeup this year. "He has to develop his changeup. It is a below average pitch for him right now. I don't think there is a No. 1 or 2 starter in the big leagues that you can say is a No. 1 or 2 with two pitches. You can pitch like that for a certain period of time, but to pitch like that for a consistent period of time you need more than one or two pitches," Cashman said. Pineda only threw his changeup around five times per game in 2011, and he used it almost exclusively against lefties.
SP | Scott Kazmir | free agent | Free Agents,
The Baltimore Orioles are not interested in free-agent SP Scott Kazmir (Angels).
SP | Zach Britton | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Zach Britton's (shoulder) flat-ground session went well Monday, Feb. 20, and he moved back to 100 feet while making 60-70 throws. He will repeat the process Tuesday, Feb. 21.
SP | Barry Zito | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, San Francisco Giants SP Barry Zito worked on bending his front leg in order to get lower to the ground and speed up the momentum on his pitches while in his delivery this offseason. "It's pretty subtle from a feel standpoint. As far as when it manifests in momentum, that's when it's a little more noticeable," Zito said. "It was something I was doing a little bit last year that you guys were aware of, just getting a little bit more momentum down the mound. That was something that I worked on all offseason."
RP | Jason Motte | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny firmly said that RP Jason Motte is the team's closer.
RP | Jim Johnson | Baltimore Orioles | Injury
Updating previous reports, Baltimore Orioles P Jim Johnson (back) will throw off a half mound Tuesday, Feb. 21. He has had no back pain recently, and could be on a full mound this week.
RP | Lance Lynn | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury
St. Louis Cardinals RP Lance Lynn (hamstring) won't throw a side session Tuesday, Feb. 21, due to left hamstring tightness. He said it's minor, and he should resume throwing the following day.
RP | Jose Mijares | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy
Kansas City Royals RP Jose Mijares has visa problems and is not in camp yet. A source indicates the team is not concerned yet because he has gotten work in winter ball.
RP | Takashi Saito | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks RP Takashi Saito will be on a less strenuous schedule in spring training in order to preserve the 42-year-old for the long season ahead. The team didn't administer a physical to Saito when he signed his deal in case he failed the physical.
RP | Brian Wilson | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants RP Brian Wilson (elbow, hip) said he pitched in pain from elbow and hip injuries pretty much all of last season. He threw a bullpen session Monday, Feb. 20, at around 75-80 percent intensity. Wilson said he is pain-free this spring and on schedule.
RP | Jordan Walden | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Jordan Walden plans to utilize more changeups to offset his slider and fastball in 2012. "It'll be something I really throw this year," said Walden, who used the changeup sparingly, and mostly early in counts, in his first full season last year. He uses a three-finger grip on his changeup instead of the traditional circle-change grip.
RP | Joakim Soria | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals RP Joakim Soria did not make major adjustments in the offseason after the worst year of his career in 2011. Most of the damage done occurred in the first two months when he experimented with a cut fastball that affected command of his other pitches. Soria had a 2.58 ERA in his last 37 outings. He has since eliminated the cutter. Pitching coach Dave Eiland thinks Soria occasionally rushes his delivery, which causes his arm to drag and allows his pitches to become flat. The team doesn't want to overwork him this spring, but they will allow him to pitch for more than one inning in save chances. "I don't know if I'll use him for two innings," manager Ned Yost said, "but I'll darn sure use him for four or five outs. My plan is to lean heavily on the bullpen early in the year."
RP | Rich Hill | Boston Red Sox | Injury,
Boston Red Sox RP Rich Hill (elbow) is unlikely to pitch in any spring games as he rehabs from Tommy John surgery. "Rich Hill will not pitch in games down here to the best of my guesstimate," manager Bobby Valentine said. "He's very well recovered and on the way to pitching in games. I think Rich is throwing a little better (than Matsuzaka). I think the recovery - the healing process is very similar. It could be a similar pace."
RP | Bobby Jenks | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said RP Bobby Jenks (back) will not throw in spring training, but Valentine is hopeful Jenks will pitch this year. Also, SP Daisuke Matsuzaka (elbow) is not expected to pitch in any games this spring.
RP | Kyle McClellan | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said the team's current relievers won't be stretched out in camp in order to prepare them to be starters if needed. Ps Lance Lynn, Kyle McClellan and Mitchell Boggs will prepare solely as relievers. SP Brandon Dickson is an option to be a swingman if needed.
RP | Felix Doubront | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Felix Doubront is a sleeper to earn the final spot in the team's rotation this year.
RP | Joe Thatcher | San Diego Padres | Injury,
San Diego Padres RP Joe Thatcher (shoulder) will be on a special program this spring after having shoulder issues each of the past two spring seasons.
RP | Mariano Rivera | New York Yankees | Fantasy,
New York Yankees RP Mariano Rivera says he has made up his mind as to whether 2012 will be his last professional season, but he won't disclose his decision.
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