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Brad Ziegler (knee) threw a successful bullpen session on Friday and is expected to be cleared to face live hitters soon.

Ziegler is in the process of recovering from microfracture knee surgery on his left knee that he underwent in September. He should be fully healthy and ready to go on Opening Day where he'll serve as the primary setup man for closer Addison Reed.
Source: FOX Sports
Mar 6 - 9:45 PM

A.J. Ellis swatted a three-run homer on Friday, powering the Dodgers to a 10-1 victory over the Brewers in Cactus League action.

The veteran backstop also drew a walk in the contest, finishing the day 1-for-2 with a pair of runs scored. With the addition of Yasmani Grandal, Ellis will function in a backup role for the Dodgers this season which saps him of his already minimal fantasy value.
Mar 6 - 9:41 PM

Zach Lee started his Cactus League season strong on Friday, firing two scoreless innings in a victory over the Brewers.

Lee surrendered just one walk while striking out one. The 23-year-old southpaw had a rough season at Triple-A Albuquerque in 2014 and should return there as rotational depth to begin the 2015 season. There's a strong likelihood he makes his big league debut with the Dodgers this year.
Mar 6 - 9:39 PM

Elian Herrera went 1-for-2 and scored the Brewers lone run in Friday's Cactus League loss to a split-squad Dodgers team.

Hererra had one of just two total hits that the Brewers were able to scratch out in this one. In camp as a non-roster invitee, the versatile 30-year-old is looking to win a spot on the Brewers bench.
Mar 6 - 9:33 PM

Matt Garza strruggled in a losing effort against the Dodgers in his Cactus League debut on Friday, surrendering five runs (one earned) on five hits and a walk over two innings.

Garza struck out one on the afternoon. All of the damage came in the second inning, highlighted by a three-run homer off the bat of A.J. Ellis. The 31-year-old hurler dealt with shoulder tightness at the end of the 2014 season but appears to be fully healthy and ready to go now.
Mar 6 - 8:58 PM

Adam Lind was held out of the Brewers lineup on Friday due to soreness in his back.

Lind has dealt with a long history of back issues, which flared up while taking grounders on Thursday. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke indicated that he believes the issue is minor and that Lind should return to the lineup in a couple of days.
Mar 6 - 8:43 PM

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that preliminary X-rays on Daniel Murphy's hand came back negative on Friday.

The belief is that Murphy sustained merely a bruised right hand after being hit by a pitch during Friday's Grapefruit League contest. The Mets could play things safely and hold him out of action for a day or two, but he's expected to be fine.
Mar 6 - 8:35 PM

Josh Phegley led the Athletics offensive attack in Friday's 7-2 Cactus League victory over the Diamondbacks, going 3-for-4 with three RBI.

Phegley also scored a pair of runs in the contest. The 27-year-old came to the A's as part of the Jeff Samardzija deal with the White Sox and is expected to serve as the primary backup to starting catcher Stephen Vogt. His power potential could be useful in deeper AL-only formats that require two catchers.
Mar 6 - 8:32 PM
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