1B | Adam Lind | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays 1B Adam Lind said he was confused last year because former manager John Farrell wanted him to be more patient at the plate, while hitting coach Dwyane Murphy stressed being aggressive. General manager Alex Anthopoulos said Lind should have spoken up if he were confused.
1B | Ryan Strieby | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction, Free Agents
The Toronto Blue Jays signed free-agents P Jonathan Kountis (Frontier League) and 1B Ryan Strieby (Diamondbacks) to minor-league contracts.
1B | David Cooper | Toronto Blue Jays | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Sunday, Feb. 17, that 1B David Cooper (back) has a disc problem, and that it is serious. "It's in a tough area to treat or heal," Gibbons said.
1B | Adam Dunn | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 1B Adam Dunn heaped praise upon manager Robin Ventura Sunday, Feb. 17, when he met with the media. "He's exactly what we thought we were getting from day one when we met him," Dunn said. "He never changed. He's the kind of manager who adds years to your playing career. People really enjoy playing for a guy like him. I don't know a better compliment to give him than that."
1B | Paul Konerko | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 1B Paul Konerko said Sunday, Feb. 17, that he still has no decision about his future beyond the 2013 season. He is headed into the final season of a three-year deal, and he is repeatedly asked about retirement after the season. "It's going to happen," Konerko said. "All my tight friends that I played with coming up are out of the game. I see what the other side is and there are pluses and minuses to that. I pick their brains on it. But you got to prepare. I'm not afraid of that. I'm not scared of it. I just want to go as hard as I can until it happens."
1B | Brandon Belt | San Francisco Giants | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy is considering carrying four outfielders on the 25-man roster this season, with 1B Brandon Belt available as a fifth outfield option. He also said the final two spots in the bullpen are up for grabs.
1B | Mat Gamel | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 1B Mat Gamel (knee) aggravated his surgically-repaired right knee during the team's first full-squad workout Saturday, Feb. 16. He was held out of baseball activities Sunday, Feb. 17, but manager Ron Roenicke is hopeful that he can resume practicing Monday, Feb. 18. Minor league 1B Sean Halton was brought in to cover drills due to Gamel's absence and could remain in big league camp for a few days.
1B | Lance Berkman | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers DH/1B Lance Berkman (knee) has no limitations hitting and believes he is healthy enough to field grounders. However, the team has no current plans to use him in the outfield. Berkman said his right knee is at about 80 percent and is hopeful of seeing game action by the end of March.
1B | Logan Morrison | Miami Marlins | Injury, Fantasy
Miami Marlins 1B Logan Morrison (knee) is scheduled to meet with the doctor that performed his knee surgery to get an update on his knee. He said his knee is not hurting but his right leg feels weaker than his left leg.
1B | Freddie Freeman | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 1B Freddie Freeman (finger) said the index finger that was injured for the last four months of the 2012 season has been pain free since January. He said he has not suffered any eyesight problems recently and had found a comfortable pair of contact lenses. He will also receive a clear pair of sunglasses that will protect the lenses.
1B | Chris Marrero | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals 1B Chris Marrero (hamstring) has a slim chance to make the roster this spring after tearing his left hamstring in winter ball. Plus, OF Tyler Moore is expected to fill the role of the backup first baseman.
1B | Angel Villalona | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 1B Angel Villalona has been reinstated from the restricted list.
1B | Justin Morneau | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 1B Justin Morneau (wrist) said he's coming into spring training fully healthy after dealing with plenty of health issues over the past few seasons. "I feel prepared coming in, which is nice," said Morneau, who estimated he weighs about eight or nine more pounds than he did at this point last year. "It was good to enjoy the offseason and do what I needed to do. It feels good." Morneau said he's been swinging a bat and he feels good to go.
1B | Casey Kotchman | Miami Marlins | Transaction, Fantasy
The Miami Marlins signed free-agent 1B Casey Kotchman (Rays) to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training Friday, Feb. 15.
1B | Joey Votto | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds 1B Joey Votto (knee) said his knee is doing well, and he reported to camp Friday, Feb. 15, weighing 226 pounds, a few pounds up from last season. "I saw Dr. (Tim) Kremchek and (trainer Paul Lessard) and went through my physical," he said. "The next test is going to be doing spring training type stuff. I did all my baseball stuff (before coming here). I did nothing but progress. I feel really good." Votto said his knee obviously doesn't feel like it did last spring, and he's also hoping to play for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic.
1B | Albert Pujols | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 1B Albert Pujols (knee) is hoping to begin agility drills and light running to test his surgically repaired knee in a couple of days. He said he'll be eased into spring training with the goal of being ready on opening day. "We're going to keep it simple, not much running yet," Pujols said. "We have plenty of time. I'm not going to rush myself."
2B | Maicer Izturis | Toronto Blue Jays | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Before spring training, Toronto Blue Jays 2B Maicer Izturis was officially the frontrunner for the starting job at second base, but Sunday, Feb. 17, he backtracked. "It's up for grabs," manager John Gibbons said. "We'll see how it all plays out. We'll see in the end what makes us stronger." Izturis is trying to win the job over OF Emilio Bonifacio. Gibbons did say Izturis "has probably got the edge" because he's a "regular middle infielder."
2B | Brian Roberts | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 2B Brian Roberts is expected to play more this year during spring training than usual. Manager Buck Showalter said he'll have gray pants in his locker, meaning that he will see action in road exhibition games.
2B | Jeff Kobernus | Detroit Tigers | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said 2B Jeff Kobernus will see playing time in the outfield during spring training. He could compete for a right-handed-hitting outfield spot.
2B | Brandon Phillips | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker said that he expects to use 2B Brandon Phillips as his No. 2 hitter this season.
2B | Tony Abreu | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants 2B Tony Abreu (quadriceps) is expected to be sidelined for several days because of a strained quadriceps.
2B | Ryan Flaherty | Baltimore Orioles | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 2B Ryan Flaherty said Friday, Feb. 15, that he wasn't offended when the team pursued middle infielders during the offseason. "They're going to try to improve every way possible just like an individual player tries to improve every way possible," Flaherty said. "It's going to happen. It's part of the game."
2B | Ben Zobrist | Tampa Bay Rays | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays 2B Kelly Johnson, 2B Ryan Roberts, SS Sean Rodriguez and 2B Ben Zobrist are each expected to rotate at second base during the span. It's a situation manager Joe Maddon referred to as a "quadtoon."
2B | Elliot Johnson | Kansas City Royals | Transaction, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon feels recently traded 2B Elliot Johnson, now with the Kansas City Royals, and SS Reid Brignac, now with the Colorado Rockies, are major league players. "Reid, of course, the biggest thing there is to get the offensive side of the game working some more," Maddon said. "Elliot, I think is already there. As a utility players on a good team, he is very valuable - switch-hitter with some pop, runs really well, can steal a bag, (plays) multiple positions. He plays the game hard. I'm a big fan."
2B | Reese Havens | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets 2B Reese Havens (back) said he'll always be dealing with back problems and acknowledged that he'll never be quite 100 percent. However, he focused on core strength in the offseason and dabbled with Pilates while also doing baseball activities. Havens will likely start at Double-A Binghamton this year.
2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley (knees) said his knees are feeling good this spring and he plans to play in Grapefruit League games this month. "I feel pretty (darn) good right now," he said. "I think I trained a little more differently. I trained to play baseball, not just to take pressure off my knees. So it's worked. It's given me strength in my legs, which I can already feel a difference taking ground balls, swinging the bat. There is something there, where in the last few years there hasn't been." Utley performed baseball activities throughout the offseason and fielded groundballs a week following the season, fielding anywhere from 50 to 80 balls a couple times a week for roughly six weeks.
2B | Dan Uggla | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves 2B Dan Uggla is leaner heading into spring training this year, shedding 10 pounds since last season. He worked out in the offseason with C Brian McCann, 1B Freddie Freeman and SP Kris Medlen doing baseball-specific workouts and agility drills. Uggla lifted fewer weights than he ever has before and changed his diet. He said he's reduced his body fat to 9.5 percent, down three to four percent from last year.
SS | Jurickson Profar | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers SS Jurickson Profar turned down the invitation to play for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic.
SS | Nick Franklin | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners SS Nick Franklin gained 34 pounds in the offseason eating a 6,500-calorie diet. He weighed in at 196 pounds.
SS | Alexei Ramirez | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Everyone is in camp for the Chicago White Sox after SS Alexei Ramirez, OF Alejandro De Aza and SS Tyler Saladino all arrived and took physicals Sunday, Feb. 17.
SS | Joe Panik | San Francisco Giants | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants INF Joe Panik will split time between shortstop and second base this spring, after having played shortstop exclusively last season.
SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter (ankle) will not play in exhibition games when they start next week but still expects to be ready by Opening Day.
SS | Munenori Kawasaki | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Toronto Blue Jays have expressed interest in free-agent SS Munenori Kawasaki (Mariners).
SS | Ryan Theriot | free agent | Free Agents
The San Francisco Giants likely will not re-sign free-agent SS Ryan Theriot because he is looking for a starting job.
SS | John McDonald | Arizona Diamondbacks | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks INF John McDonald participated in the team's first full-squad workout Friday, Feb. 15, and said the roster crunch of veterans is a positive for the team. "Defined roles are great, but it's unrealistic to think that's going to happen every year," McDonald said. "As far as an organization is concerned, you want as many quality players in the locker room here in spring training and as close to the year as you can get."
SS | Alexi Casilla | Baltimore Orioles | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Friday, Feb. 15, that SS Alexi Casilla will primarily play second base this spring, but he will be used at other infield positions so the team can be prepared for any eventuality.
SS | J.J. Hardy | Baltimore Orioles | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SS Alexi Casilla and 2B Ryan Flaherty are two options in camp to serve as backup to SS J.J. Hardy.
SS | Ronny Cedeno | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals INF Ronny Cedeno and P Carlos Martinez are the only absentees from camp as of Friday, Feb. 15, as they continue to deal with visa issues.
SS | Yunel Escobar | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays SS Hak-Ju Lee and SS Yunel Escobar will not be able to attend Fanfest at Tropicana Field Saturday, Feb. 16.
SS | Rafael Furcal | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals SS Rafael Furcal (elbow) has had no ill effects in the offseason following an elbow injury that ended his season last August. He started throwing two weeks after the season and he is pain-free when extending his arm. "I am ready to go, but they want to slow me down," Furcal said. "There's nothing I can do. I feel pretty good. My arm feels pretty good. I'll just keep working with the trainers."
SS | Jose Reyes | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy
Toronto Blue Jays SS Jose Reyes said Miami Marlins president Jeffrey Loria was telling him to buy a house in the Miami area just days before they dealt him to the Blue Jays this offseason. "That was kind of crazy," the 29-year-old Reyes said. "I mean, how can you want me to spend some money in Miami, when I have my house in New York, and you're going to trade me in two days?"
3B | Adrian Beltre | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers 3B Adrian Beltre (calf) won't play for the Dominican Republic in the first round of the World Baseball Classic due to a tweaked right calf.
3B | Nick Castellanos | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski said Sunday, Feb. 17, that 3B Nick Castellanos and OF Avisail Garcia are intriguing options, but he does not want to stunt their development by promoting them to the big leagues if their playing time is going to be limited. Garcia platooned in right field last September, but that was after the minor league season had concluded.
3B | Aramis Ramirez | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez is working with manager Ron Roenicke trying to figure out ways to beat his annual early-season slump. "I would have like five MVPs in my house right now if I ever got off to a good start," Ramirez said Sunday, Feb. 17.
3B | Jeff Keppinger | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 1B Adam Dunn was pleased with his team's move to add 3B Jeff Keppinger during the offseason. The two were teammates previously with the Cincinnati Reds, and Dunn said Keppinger's low strikeout rate is what sets him apart from others. "He's just a solid overall really good baseball player," Dunn said Sunday, Feb. 17. "Those guys are few and far between and we're lucky to have him."
3B | Pablo Sandoval | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
The San Francisco Giants are not happy with 3B Pablo Sandoval because of the weight he reported to spring training at, which has been a problem for Sandoval.
3B | Martin Prado | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Martin Prado said Friday, Feb. 15, he will play for Team Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic. The organization is concerned he will not play enough third base while away, as the Venezuelan team has others plans for him. However said he plans to take grounders at third base daily.
3B | Manny Machado | Baltimore Orioles | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Friday, Feb. 15, that 3B Manny Machado will concentrate only on third base, and he is not an option to serve as the backup to SS J.J. Hardy even though the team has no clear-cut player at the position. "No," Showalter said. "It doesn't need to be answered, but the question is whether - God forbid - (if) we have a long-term injury to J.J., where do we go? That's why we want to find out our options at shortstop behind J.J."
3B | Alex Liddi | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners 3B Alex Liddi arrived to camp looking fit and ready to play. He will compete for Team Italy in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. "He's stronger," said manager Eric Wedge. "He's lean and strong. He's in great shape."
3B | Ryan Zimmerman | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals 3B Ryan Zimmerman (shoulder) is currently building his strength in his throwing shoulder, and he plans to go back to a smooth, natural and overhand throwing motion this year now that his shoulder is fully healthy. He made 25 throws from 60 feet and 25 more from 75 feet Friday, Feb. 15. Manager Davey Johnson thinks Zimmerman will play in his first spring game two weeks into the schedule, and Zimmerman just wants 50 at-bats this spring. He has yet to take batting practice and plans to take things slow in spring training.
C | Devin Ivany | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction, Free Agents
The Pittsburgh Pirates signed free-agent OF Brett Carroll (Nationals) and C Devin Ivany (Nationals) to minor-league contracts.
C | Hector Sanchez | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy implied that C Hector Sanchez did not report to spring training camp in shape. "He's got some work to do on the conditioning side," Bochy said.
C | Mike Napoli | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 1B Mike Napoli (hip) fielded 50 grounders at first base Sunday, Feb. 17.
C | Yasmani Grandal | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres C Yasmani Grandal (hand) did not hit all winter because he was bothered by two inflamed tendons on his catching hand. He suffered the injury in a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks last season but played through the pain during the final month of the year. It did not bother him while he was catching but made it difficult whenever the switch-hitting Grandal needed to bat from the left side of the plate. He is not expected to resume hitting until early next week. Grandal said he would be ready to play by May 28, when his 50-game suspension ends.
C | Ronny Paulino | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Seattle Mariners C Ronny Paulino arrived at spring training camp Sunday, Feb. 17, after dealing with visa issues in the Dominican Republic. All 61 players are now present in camp.
C | Brian McCann | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy
Atlanta Braves C Brian McCann (shoulder) said he is encouraged about the update he received on his shoulder after being evaluated by the team's orthopedic surgeon. McCann said he was told his rehab is on schedule and that the strength in the shoulder looks good.
C | Eliezer Alfonzo | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers C Eliezer Alfonzo has not yet arrived at spring training camp because of a family issue.
C | Taylor Teagarden | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles C Taylor Teagarden (back) missed part of camp and half of the 2012 season due to a back injury, but he is excited to get a fresh start in camp. "I was feeling great at this time last year, too," Teagarden said Friday, Feb. 15. "It's a long road, so I just want to play it smart. You learn something each year. You have to take it easier on yourself."
C | Mike Zunino | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners C Mike Zunino is trying to soak things in as quickly as possible in his first Major League camp, and he has fit in well in the opening days of spring training. "It's a blast. There's a bunch of great guys here. We've been doing everything to get back into shape, and I've been having a great time," Zunino said. "I spend a lot of time with the catchers and (catching coordinator Jeff Datz) and all those guys. I'm just having fun with them and getting to know the pitchers. It's been great."
C | John Hicks | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners C John Hicks has done a good job in the early days of camp, and the team loves his athleticism. Manager Eric Wedge noted that Hicks threw out more than 50 percent of base stealers in his first two seasons with Class A Clinton and High Desert. "His athleticism shines through as far as I'm concerned, just the way he moves, the way his body works, the way he runs," Wedge said.
C | Wilson Ramos | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals C Wilson Ramos' (knee) knee didn't get fatigued while catching a bullpen Friday, Feb. 15, and he also hit without any setbacks. Manager Davey Johnson said Ramos probably won't play in a spring game until the second week, though.
C | Chris Herrmann | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins C Chris Herrmann (shoulder) said he's fully healthy this spring after leaving the Arizona Fall League last year with a minor left shoulder injury. He's competing with C Drew Butera to be the third catcher behind Cs Joe Mauer and Ryan Doumit.
OF | David Murphy | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF David Murphy is slated to be the starting left fielder. Murphy has been plagued by slow starts and troubles against left-handed pitching, but he has improved on those. He hit .347 in 75 at-bats against lefties last year. Instead of guessing fastball and whiffing on offspeed pitches, Murphy took a more sound mental approach and didn't try to do too much.
OF | Carl Crawford | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Carl Crawford (elbow) took his first live batting practice session Sunday, Feb. 17, with manager Don Mattingly, general manager Ned Colletti and president Stan Kasten, among others, looking on. Crawford said he felt good. "For the first day, didn't feel too bad," he said. "Maybe it was the group of hitters, but it went better than I expected. It feels normal hitting."
OF | Lorenzo Cain | Kansas City Royals | Injury, Fantasy
Kansas City Royals OF Lorenzo Cain (hand) suffered a minor injury to the back of his right hand Sunday, Feb. 17, while doing drills in the batting cage. As a result, he was unable to take regular batting practice.
OF | Nick Swisher | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Indians OF Nick Swisher will resume working out at spring training camp Sunday, Feb. 17, after returning from attending his mother's funeral in Columbus.
OF | Jack Cust | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Tampa Bay Rays have signed free-agent OF Jack Cust (Yankees) to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training camp.
OF | Yorman Rodriguez | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds P Ismael Guillon, IF Henry X. Rodriguez and OF Yorman Rodriguez are expected to arrive at camp Sunday, Feb. 17. All three players had been in Venezuela because of visa issues.
OF | Brennan Boesch | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Brennan Boesch (oblique) is listed as day-to-day after tweaking his right oblique while swinging a bat Saturday, Feb. 16. He admitted that the oblique felt tight entering spring training but believes the injury isn't serious.
OF | Jayson Werth | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth (wrist) likely will bat sixth in the starting lineup this season. He batted leadoff for most of the 2012 season.
OF | Cameron Maybin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres INF Logan Forsythe (knee) and OF Cameron Maybin (wrist) will be sidelined for several days with minor injuries. Forsythe has a sore left knee and Maybin has a sore right wrist.
OF | Chris B. Young | Oakland Athletics | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Chris B. Young is expected to see playing time in both left field and right field during spring training. He has only played center field at the major league level.
OF | Giancarlo Stanton | Miami Marlins | Fantasy
Florida Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton said Friday, Feb. 15, that he while he was frustrated by the team's offseason sweeping changes, he won't be a distraction going forward. "You're not going to linger on something and cry about it all day," Stanton said. "You let it be known how you feel, and push forward."
OF | Gerardo Parra | Arizona Diamondbacks | Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said Friday, Feb. 15, that OF Gerardo Parra has a chance to earn his way into the Opening day lineup based on his performance this spring. Parra mainly played center field in winter ball and he plans on playing for Venezuela in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.
OF | Nolan Reimold | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Friday, Feb. 15, that OF Nolan Reimold will not see any playing time at first base this spring. The club has experimented with Reimold at first base in the past.
OF | Carlos Beltran | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Carlos Beltran (hand, forearm, knee), who was hampered by a hand, forearm and knee injuries in 2012, will have health watched closely by manager Mike Matheny in the spring. Matheny said he will be more active in resting his veteran players in order to decrease the chances that they break down later in the season.
OF | Mike Morse | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners OF Mike Morse arrived to camp Thursday, Feb. 14, and got in some early hitting. He will be on the field Saturday, Feb. 16, for the first full-squad workout. "It's pretty cool being back here," Morse said. "It was funny yesterday in the cage, me and (OF Raul Ibanez) were hitting and I told him, 'Man, I feel like you and me are early right now to camp and we're still waiting on (3B Adrian Beltre, 1B Richie Sexson and 2B Jose Lopez) to get here.'"
OF | Eric Young Jr. | Colorado Rockies | Fantasy
Colorado Rockies OF Eric Young Jr. may benefit this year as the team's super utility player, which is something new skipper Walt Weiss has a fondness for. "He's primarily an infielder," Weiss said. "But I see him - especially for his career, and for us - if he could be a super-utility type guy, where he can play some second and play some third. We're not going to just throw him in there. He's going to run around the infield, take some ground balls, see what that looks like and how he feels. Maybe that's an option for us, to get what he does in the lineup."
OF | Vernon Wells | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Vernon Wells, who will be relegated to a backup outfield role this season, concentrated on staying inside the ball while hitting in the offseason and driving the ball to right center field.
OF | Rymer Liriano | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Rymer Liriano (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow Wednesday, Feb. 20, after he tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow while playing long toss in the Dominican Republic Dec. 27. He'll likely be able to resume hitting in six months, but his throwing program will be delayed.
OF | Drew Stubbs | Cleveland Indians | Fantasy
The Minnesota Twins may be interested in trading for Cleveland Indians OF Drew Stubbs if the Tribe is serious about dangling him. Special assistant Wayne Krivsky had a hand in taking Stubbs eighth overall in the 2006 draft for the Cincinnati Reds.
OF | Lucas Duda | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets hitting coach Dave Hudgens said OF Lucas Duda often fidgets and moves around in the box too much, and the two worked in the offseason to correct the issue. "Mechanically, he's got the strength, the power, the size, the bat speed - he's got as good a swing as any of those guys," Hudgens said. "Sometimes the pre-pitch movement and the anxiety level goes up, and it just takes away from the swing. One of the biggest things we've been working on is just trying to tone that all down a little bit."
OF | Jarrod Dyson | Kansas City Royals | Transaction,
The Kansas City Royals agreed to one-year deals with P Everett Teaford ($507,250), OF Jarrod Dyson ($506,000), RP Nathan Adcock ($500,540), INF Irving Falu ($492,025) and Ps Chris Dwyer ($490,000), Donnie Joseph ($490,000) and Justin Marks ($490,000) Friday, Feb. 15. The salaries are what they will make if they remain in the majors the entire season.
OF | Marlon Byrd | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Marlon Byrd hit .318 with six home runs and 46 RBIs in 220 at-bats for Culiacan in the Mexican Winter League this offseason.
OF | Jorge Soler | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum has been impressed by OF Jorge Soler, but said he is not on a fast track to the major leagues. "Guys like him, they haven't played that much baseball," Sveum said. "They've done a lot of things obviously and we all know about the tools. But fast track? There's no reason to do that. He's still got to play and learn so much and face better pitchers on a consistent basis, older pitchers who can do things. That experience factor comes in handy." Soler is likely to start this year at Single-A Kane County.
OF | Ryan Braun | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Milwaukee Brewers OF Ryan Braun's name is listed among other baseball players connected to Miami clinic owner Anthony Bosch. Next to Braun's name is a figure of $1,500 that allegedly is connected to performance-enhancing drug purchases. Braun's attorney issued a statement saying: "My client confirmed last week that there was an alleged claim for money owed to Mr. Bosch because he had been used as a consultant by my client's attorneys in his successful appeal with MLB last year. Several witnesses can corroborate how Mr. Bosch requested over thousands of dollars for his consulting with my client's attorneys last year. My client has no relationship with Tony Bosch, and the only relationship Mr. Bosch had was with my client's attorneys as a consultant."
OF | Oscar Taveras | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Oscar Taveras is being asked if he wants to play for Team Canada in the World Baseball Classic. Taveras has also been asked to work closely with OF Carlos Beltran in the outfield this spring. Manager Mike Matheny plans to give Taveras plenty of playing time in the outfield in spring training games.
OF | Nelson Cruz | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers OF Nelson Cruz still plans on playing for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic despite the allegations of performance-enhancing drugs surrounding him.
OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp is weighing in at 213 pounds this spring after weighing 208 pounds in 2011 and 220 pounds last season.
OF | Mike Baxter | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets manager Terry Collins is very impressed with OF Marlon Byrd and said he could win the right field job outright and not even platoon with OF Mike Baxter.
OF | Bobby Abreu | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles may consider free-agent OF Bobby Abreu (Dodgers), but they will see what options they have in camp first.
OF | Delmon Young | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies OF Delmon Young (ankle) has no timetable to return to action following microfracture surgery on his right ankle last November. "The ankle is feeling good but I'm not a doctor," Young said. "So when the doctor tells me when everything will be ready, I'll be out there. I'm not going to put any date on it." He could open the season on the disabled list. Young has been limited to taking batting practice and playing catch.
OF | Michael Bourn | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Cleveland Indians placed SP Josh Tomlin (elbow) on the 60-day disabled list Friday, Feb. 15, to make room on the roster for OF Michael Bourn.
SP | Mike Pelfrey | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins SP Mike Pelfrey (elbow) threw a bullpen session Monday, Feb. 18, and everything was down in the zone. His changeup also looked good.
SP | Adam Wainwright | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals are still discussing an extension with SP Adam Wainwright.
SP | Johan Santana | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Johan Santana will be the team's Opening Day starter, sources said Sunday, Feb. 17. Those same sources also indicated that he will not participate in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Santana threw his first bullpen session Sunday, and he said he did "OK." Manager Terry Collins also said Santana will throw in his first Grapefruit League spring game March 2.
SP | Chris Sale | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP Chris Sale stopped during the middle of his bullpen session Sunday, Feb. 17, to ask C Tyler Flowers if his pitches had any movement to them. "Do you see me almost missing them? Yeah it's moving," Flowers replied. Flowers said Sale's slider was nasty.
SP | John Danks | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP John Danks (shoulder) said Sunday, Feb. 17, he got better the further he went in a 15-minute bullpen session, his second of the spring. Danks would love to be further along, but he had surgery in August and continues to be pleased with his progress. He said a telltale sign he's doing well is his ability to bounce back the day after he throws. "It's not much different than what I'd be throwing if I was completely healthy," Danks said. The plan is for Danks to throw three more batting practice sessions, a bullpen session March 1, and then his first Cactus League game March 4.
SP | Wade LeBlanc | Miami Marlins | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
Miami Marlins SP Wade LeBlanc is still believed to be the favorite for the fifth rotation spot, but he'll need to hold off SPs Brad Hand, John Maine, Alex Sanabia, Kevin Slowey and Mitch Talbot, all who have prior starting experience in the majors.
SP | Henderson Alvarez | Miami Marlins | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
Some scouts feel Miami Marlins SPs Henderson Alvarez and Nathan Eovaldi have sharp enough stuff to become solid starters. Eovaldi said he corrected a mechanical issue late last season, and the team believes he's ready to blossom.
SP | Jose Fernandez | Miami Marlins | Fantasy,
Former Miami Marlins manager Jack McKeon said prospect SP Jose Fernandez will be a No. 1 starter one day, and it is possible he could arrive in South Florida by July. "You won't get better power (pitching) in the minors than Fernandez," president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said. "I can't remember any guy in our system" who had stats as dominating.
SP | Matt Garza | Chicago Cubs | Injury, Fantasy,
Updating a previous report, Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum said SP Matt Garza (lat, elbow) has a mild lat strain on his left side, which is why he cut his throwing session short Sunday, Feb. 17.
SP | Jair Jurrjens | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles SP Jair Jurrjens said he will be ready to pitch when the exhibition season begins Saturday, Feb. 23. He threw a bullpen session Sunday, Feb. 17, and said he is working on getting back to the mechanics he was using several years ago.
SP | Gio Gonzalez | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Washington Nationals SP Gio Gonzalez might not join Team USA until the second round of the World Baseball Classic. This would allow him to make at least three appearances with the Nationals in Grapefruit League games before he begins pitching in the tournament.
SP | Chien-Ming Wang | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Alan Nero, the agent for free-agent SP Chien-Ming Wang (Nationals), said his client has been taken off the market until after he pitches for Taiwan in the World Baseball Classic.
SP | Manny Parra | Cincinnati Reds | Injury, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds RP Manny Parra (neck) has been sidelined because of a sore neck.
SP | Clayton Richard | San Diego Padres | Transaction,
The San Diego Padres have agreed to terms with SP Clayton Richard on a deal for the 2013 season. Financial terms were not disclosed.
SP | Tim Hudson | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said he will wait a few weeks before making a decision on the order for his starting rotation to make sure everyone stays healthy. SPs Tim Hudson and Kris Medlen are believed to be candidates to start opening day.
SP | Kyle Lohse | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers owner Mark Attanasio said Scott Boras, agent for free-agent SP Kyle Lohse (Cardinals), has contacted the team about signing Lohse and that the team is not ruling anything out. "Our ears are always open. We don't want to lead our fans on in any way. There's not an active conversation. But our ears are always open. [General manager Doug Melvin] and his group are always looking to improve the team," Attanasio said.
SP | Scott Diamond | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins SP Scott Diamond (elbow) is hoping to throw off a mound for the first time by the middle or end of next week.
SP | CC Sabathia | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SP CC Sabathia (elbow) said he felt good after throwing 29 pitches off a mound Saturday, Feb. 16. It was the first time he had thrown since undergoing arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur from his left elbow last October. He is expected to be ready for Opening Day.
SP | Clayton Kershaw | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has announced that SP Clayton Kershaw will start against the San Francisco Giants in the season opener Monday, April 1.
SP | Aroldis Chapman | Cincinnati Reds | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker hinted that the move of P Aroldis Chapman from the bullpen to the starting rotation was not his idea. "This is an organizational decision," Baker said. "I'm not the whole organization. I'm (the) one who has to speak about it."
SP | Homer Bailey | Cincinnati Reds | Transaction, Fantasy
The Cincinnati Reds have avoided arbitration with SP Homer Bailey by signing him to a one-year deal reportedly worth $5.35 million.
SP | Tsuyoshi Wada | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Tsuyoshi Wada (elbow) had another long toss session Friday, Feb. 15, from about 270 feet, as he continues his recovery from Tommy John surgery.
SP | Trevor Rosenthal | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals bench coach Mike Aldrete ran a bunting competing among the pitchers Friday, Feb. 15. Each pitcher had 10 chances to bunt balls in a certain boundary. RP Trevor Rosenthal was the winner of the first group of pitchers, and RP Victor Marte won the second competition.
SP | Dan Straily | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics SP Dan Straily said Friday, Feb. 15, that he is in camp for one reason, and that's to win a job in the rotation. He believes that is where he belongs. "There are only five spots, and I can do the basic math. There are more than five guys. It's something that pushes all of us to be better each day," Straily said.
SP | Jake Odorizzi | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays P Jake Odorizzi threw his first bullpen session with his new team Thursday, Feb. 14. He said Friday, Feb. 15, that he is pleased with where he is early in spring training. "(The first bullpen session) is always the toughest," Odorizzi said. "When I was younger, I'd try and do my best to show off on the first day, but it's all about the long run. Work on location early. Work on fastball-changeup. As spring progresses, you start focusing on your breaking stuff."
SP | Jon Garland | Seattle Mariners | Injury, Fantasy,
Seattle Mariners Ps Jeremy Bonderman (elbow) and Jon Garland (shoulder) threw well in their second bullpen sessions of the spring Friday, Feb. 15. "They're both very ready to pitch. They came in here ready to go, and I think that was evident with what you saw today in the bullpens," manager Eric Wedge said.
SP | Zack Greinke | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Zack Greinke said anxiety is a non-factor for him at this point in his career. "I don't think about it at all. I don't get stressed by it," Greinke said. "It's just something that was a problem before, but it isn't now. I'm sure it could be somewhere in the future, but it's not anything that affects me." Greinke has regularly taken Zoloft to control his social anxiety disorder, and it's worked well.
SP | Jordan Zimmermann | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Jordan Zimmermann will earn $5.35 million this year as part of his one-year deal to avoid salary arbitration.
SP | Ryan Perry | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals SP Ryan Perry, who was strictly a power pitcher with the Detroit Tigers, threw only sinkers, sliders and cutters during his bullpen Friday, Feb. 15, as he pounded the bottom half of the strike zone. Perry is focused on keeping the ball down and becoming a ground-ball pitcher as he transitions to a starting pitcher. He has a solid chance to win a spot for pitching depth, but he'll likely start at Triple-A Syracuse.
SP | Dan Haren | Washington Nationals | Fantasy,
Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson was impressed with SP Dan Haren's first bullpen session of the spring Friday, Feb. 15. Haren threw only sinkers and cutters during the session. Last year, he threw 40.1 percent sinkers and 35.6 percent cutters while mixing his splitter in 18.3 percent of the time. He used curveballs just six percent of the time. Haren wants to focus on pitching righties inside more.
SP | Rich Harden | Minnesota Twins | Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Rich Harden can make a $1 million base salary plus incentives if he makes the active roster.
SP | Chad Billingsley | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SPs Chad Billingsley (shoulder) and Ted Lilly (shoulder) are throwing without restrictions in spring training.
SP | Aaron Harang | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Aaron Harang reported to camp in great shape this year, according to manager Don Mattingly. "He's one of the guys I noticed right away," Mattingly said. "He's a big guy, but he looks like he's in great shape to me. It kind of lets you know that he did his winter work. It's a lot better than seeing him come in 20 pounds over where he should be."
SP | Liam Hendriks | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy,
Minnesota Twins SP Liam Hendriks (elbow) has been throwing with no issues since late December after having a bone chip removed from his elbow in November of last year. He's on the same throwing program as the rest of pitchers in camp and will throw his second bullpen session Saturday, Feb. 16. Hendriks is working on the alignment in his delivery as he competes for the No. 5 spot in the rotation with SPs Kyle Gibson, Rich Harden, Samuel Deduno, P.J. Walters and Cole De Vries.
SP | Jenrry Mejia | New York Mets | Fantasy,
New York Mets SP Jenrry Mejia will not pitch in relief this year, and he'll like start the year in the starting rotation for Triple-A Las Vegas.
SP | Felix Hernandez | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy,
The Seattle Mariners will not rush SP Felix Hernandez this spring, and he won't throw a bullpen session until the middle of next week.
SP | Colby Lewis | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Colby Lewis (elbow) will begin throwing from 135 feet Saturday, Feb. 15, which puts him on target to throw off a mound around March 1.
SP | Felix Doubront | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Felix Doubront (shoulder) is will throw off a mound Wednesday, Feb. 20.
SP | Clay Buchholz | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz (hamstring) will throw long toss Saturday, Feb. 16.
SP | Josh Tomlin | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Cleveland Indians placed SP Josh Tomlin (elbow) on the 60-day disabled list Friday, Feb. 15, to make room on the roster for OF Michael Bourn.
SP | Andrew Cashner | San Diego Padres | Fantasy,
The San Diego Padres view SP Andrew Cashner as a starting pitcher and not a reliever.
SP | Carlos Villanueva | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs P Carlos Villanueva would prefer to start, but he's likely headed to the bullpen.
RP | Joel Peralta | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays RP Joel Peralta (neck) threw 25 pitches in a bullpen session Monday, Feb. 18.
RP | Justin Hampson | New York Mets | Transaction
The New York Mets re-signed RP Justin Hampson to a minor league deal.
RP | Alfredo Aceves | Boston Red Sox | Transaction, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox RP Alfredo Aceves was supposed to throw live batting practice designed to be a competitive situation Sunday, Feb. 17. Pitching coach Juan Nieves was surprised and quickly had some words in Spanish with Aceves. "The one thing I'll say about that is that he didn't go through the drill as intended and we've addressed it," manager John Farrell said.
RP | Sean Henn | Boston Red Sox | Transaction, Free Agents,
The Boston Red Sox signed free-agent P Sean Henn (Korean League) to a minor-league contract.
RP | Chris Withrow | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury,
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Dodgers RP Chris Withrow (back) said Sunday, Feb. 17, that he expects to be sidelined a few days due to back spasms he suffered Friday, Feb. 15, during his bullpen session. He has had two previous episodes with a bulging disk that have sidelined him for extended periods. "I don't think I made the existing injury worse," Withrow said.
RP | Kenley Jansen | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers RP Kenley Jansen (toe) was able to throw a bullpen session Sunday, Feb. 17, without any limitations. He had an ingrown toenail removed Monday, Feb. 11.
RP | John Axford | Milwaukee Brewers | Fantasy,
Milwaukee Brewers special assistant Dick Groch calls RPs John Axford, Mike Fiers, Jim Henderson and Brandon Kintzler the "K-Mart group," as the four players cost the team a combined $3,500 to bring into the organization. In 2009, Fiers, a 22nd round pick, received a $2,500 signing bonus, while Kintzler was purchased from St. Paul of the Independent League for $1,000. Axford and Henderson was signed after being released from other teams, and didn't cost the team anything. However, all four are expected to play meaningful roles in Milwaukee this season.
RP | Kelvim Escobar | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury,
Milwaukee Brewers RP Kelvim Escobar (shoulder) won 18 games in 2007 with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, but then a series of shoulder injuries and a failed comeback attempt with the New York Mets in 2010 has derailed his career. He has just one appearance in the majors since 2007. "We're going to take it slow with him and see where we are," manager Ron Roenicke said Sunday, Feb. 17.
RP | Jon Rauch | Miami Marlins | Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy,
The Miami Marlins are comfortable RP Jon Rauch will be better as a setup man than closer. Batters hit just .209 off him as a member of the New York Mets last season. "His stuff is still good and he knows the division well," president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said.
RP | Steve Cishek | Miami Marlins | Fantasy,
The Miami Marlins are confident with RP Steve Cishek serving as the closer in 2013. Cishek posted 15 saves while allowing a .183 average with runners in scoring position (RISP). The bullpen depth after Cishek is worrisome after that.
RP | Jose Valverde | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy
Contrary to a previous report, a team insider characterized the possibility of the New York Mets pursuing free-agent RP Jose Valverde (Tigers) as "very, very unlikely."
RP | Tyler Clippard | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals RP Tyler Clippard (personal) is expected to rejoin the team Sunday, Feb. 17, after traveling to Indiana to celebrate his grandmother's 90th birthday.
RP | Mark Hamburger | free agent | Transaction, Fantasy
The Houston Astros have released RP Mark Hamburger.
RP | Roman Colon | Pittsburgh Pirates | Transaction, Free Agents, Fantasy
The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed free-agent RP Roman Colon (Royals) to a minor league contract.
RP | Ramon Ramirez | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy
Updating a previous report, San Francisco Giants RP Ramon Ramirez has arrived at spring training camp after resolving his visa issue.
RP | Josh Lindblom | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers RP Josh Lindblom (personal) left the team to attend his grandmother's funeral in Illinois. He is expected to rejoin the Rangers Sunday, Feb. 17, or Monday, Feb. 18.
RP | Rafael Soriano | Washington Nationals | Fantasy
Washington Nationals RP Rafael Soriano is scheduled to throw his first bullpen session Monday, Feb. 18. He arrived at spring training camp Saturday, Feb. 16, after visa issues kept him from arriving on time. Soriano had been throwing bullpen sessions and doing long toss in the Dominican Republic in order to stay in shape.
RP | Joakim Soria | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Texas Rangers RP Joakim Soria (elbow) will throw 30 pitches during a bullpen session Monday, Feb. 18. After a few sessions at that rate, he will increase the number of pitches to 45. Soria is throwing exclusively fastballs for the time being and doesn't expect to throw any changeups for a few weeks. He is still targeting a return in May.
RP | Alfredo Simon | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy
Cincinnati Reds RP Alfredo Simon has announced that he will pitch for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.
RP | Ryan Madson | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Ryan Madson (elbow) could resume throwing as soon as Monday, Feb. 18.
RP | Francisco Rodriguez | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
Agent Scott Boras said Friday, Feb. 15, that he has fielded calls about free-agent RP Francisco Rodriguez (Brewers) over "the last few days."
RP | Jim Johnson | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles Ps Luis Ayala, Jim Johnson and Darren O'Day have yet to throw any bullpen sessions so far this spring. Manager Buck Showalter indicated he is pacing them slowly due to the elongated spring.
RP | Marc Rzepczynski | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals RP Marc Rzepczynski (illness) showed up for workouts Friday, Feb. 15, but he was sent home due to illness.
RP | Jhonny Nunez | Seattle Mariners | Fantasy
Seattle Mariners RP Jhonny Nunez and C Ronny Paulino missed their third straight day of camp Friday, Feb. 15, as they continue to battle visa issues departing the Dominican Republic. Manager Eric Wedge said Nunez was expected to arrive Friday night, while Paulino should arrive in the next few days.
RP | Henry Rodriguez | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy,
Washington Nationals RP Henry Rodriguez (biceps) isn't throwing off a mound due to a tight right bicep muscle. He played catch Friday, Feb. 15, and looked close to 100 percent.
RP | Greg Holland | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost said RP Greg Holland has no competition for the closer role heading into the season. "There's no question," Yost said. "There's no competition at closer. But there's a lot of competition for that last job or two in the bullpen – guys who have pitched in the big leagues and guys who haven't pitched in the big leagues but have quality stuff with the ability to throw strikes."
RP | Joe Nathan | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers RP Joe Nathan won't face live hitters until Monday, Feb. 18, but he's still throwing bullpens and building strength in his arm.
RP | Boone Logan | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy,
New York Yankees RP Boone Logan (elbow) long tossed Thursday, Feb. 14, with a sleeve on his left elbow. "We are being cautious with him," pitching coach Larry Rothschild said about the club's top lefty reliever. "We have decided to slow him down and make sure he catches up before we give him too much."
RP | Hideki Okajima | Oakland Athletics | Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics RP Hideki Okajima can request his release if he's not on the major league roster by June 1. RPs Travis Blackley, Pat Neshek and Chris Resop are all out of options, which may give them the edge to make the bullpen.
RP | Grant Balfour | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy,
Oakland Athletics RP Grant Balfour (knee) is already getting treatment after his knee surgery Friday, Feb. 15, and the swelling in his knee is already gone, enabling him to bend his knee completely. He is walking and standing without crutches and feels great, but he doesn't want to rush his progress. Dr. Doug Freedberg told Balfour that his knee looked great and a small patch of meniscus was shaved down. He's hoping to miss four weeks. Balfour said he could have pitched with the injury, but there was pain with sharp lateral movements.
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