Cespedes in Motown

Cespedes in Motown
Bill Baer goes over Yoenis Cespedes' desire to stay with the Tigers, as well as updates on Carlos Rodon, Garrett Richards, Jose Fernandez and more.
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Homer Bailey (elbow) threw another bullpen session Monday.

Bailey threw around 26 or 27 pitches, all of them fastballs. It was his second time on the mound this spring as he makes his way back from right flexor tendon surgery. The Reds aren't counting on him to be ready for the start of the season, but Bailey hasn't given up hope. "It's still so far away," said Bailey. "We have over a month. I haven't ruled out anything but I haven't completely kept the door open. We just have to continue with the process. After the first three or four bullpens, we'll have a better idea of where it's at. Right now, it's still so new. It would be like that if you're healthy."
Source: Reds.mlb.com
Mar 2 - 4:02 PM

Juan Lagares (elbow) is due to make his Grapefruit League debut Wednesday against the Braves.

Lagares had to be shut down early last season due to a sprained right elbow and the Mets reportedly have concerns that the injury might pop back up in 2015. But everything looks fine for now. The 25-year-old center fielder is a .262/.302/.368 hitter in 237 major league games.
Mar 2 - 3:54 PM

Miguel Cabrera (foot) took on-field batting practice Monday for the first time this spring.

He's been hitting without pain for a while, but this was his first true live outdoor BP since he arrived at the Tigers' spring training complex. Cabrera is also running at about 75 percent on an anti-gravity treadmill and aiming to get into Grapefruit League games around the middle of March. The Tigers are hoping he'll be fully rehabbed from his foot and ankle surgeries by the beginning of the 2015 regular season.
Mar 2 - 3:43 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Monday that Travis Wood, Tsuyoshi Wada, and Edwin Jackson are in a competition for the final spot in the starting rotation.

Jon Lester, Jake Arrieta, Jason Hammel, and Kyle Hendricks are all locked in. The fifth spot will almost definitely go to either Wood or Wada, with Edwin Jackson heading to long relief (or, more accurately, mop-up duty). Wood has much more experience than Wada, but Wood struggled to the tune of a 5.03 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in 31 starts last season while Wada produced a 3.25 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 13 outings. Maddon might not pick a winner until the final week or two of Cactus League play.
Mar 2 - 3:26 PM

Michael Brantley (back) is expected to make his Cactus League debut on Thursday.

Brantley was slowed by a sore back last week, but it was never a serious concern. The 27-year-old rising star batted .327/.385/.506 with 20 home runs, 97 RBI, 23 stolen bases, and 94 runs scored in 156 games last season.
Mar 2 - 2:52 PM

Reds manager Bryan Price said Monday that Joey Votto (quad) is not up to game speed.

But that was by design heading into the spring, and the 31-year-old first baseman should start seeing his name in Cactus League lineups soon. "I feel really, really good," Votto told reporters Monday. "I'm surprised at how good I feel this early. I feel like I'm trending toward being able to play games here in the not too distant future." He logged only 272 plate appearances in 2014 due to a distal quad strain. The potential is there for a big-time rebound.
Mar 2 - 2:16 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Monday that Kyle Hendricks is a lock for the starting rotation.

Hendricks posted an excellent 2.46 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 47/15 K/BB ratio over 80 1/3 frames (13 starts) last season with the Cubs. It was an easy call for Maddon to commit a rotation spot to the 25-year-old righty, who should carry decent value in most standard fantasy leagues.
Mar 2 - 2:11 PM

Jon Lester has been named the Cubs' Opening Night starter.

The Cubs will kick off their regular-season schedule under the lights on Sunday, April 5 against the visiting Cardinals. Lester gets the nod after joining the rapidly-improving Northsiders roster this winter on a massive six-year, $155 million free agent contract. Adam Wainwright should be the starter for rival St. Louis in the first Major League Baseball game of 2015.
Mar 2 - 2:07 PM
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