Colby Lewis will start the Rangers' Cactus League opener against the Royals on Wednesday.
The 35-year-old hurler is looking to rebound from a troublesome 2014 campaign where he compiled a 5.18 ERA and 1.52 WHIP over 170 1/3 innings while losing a league-worst 14 ballgames. Yovani Gallardo, Lisalverto Bonilla and Chi Chi Gonzalez are also scheduled to pitch for the Rangers on Wednesday.
Rangers signed RHP Jesus Pirela to a minor league contract.
The 25-year-old hurler spent the 2014 season in the Mexican League where he posted a 1.51 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and 61/18 K/BB ratio over 53 2/3 innings. He could be a surprise candidate to earn a spot in the Rangers bullpen.
Madison Bumgarner will start the Giants' Cactus League opener against the Athletics on Tuesday.
The World Series MVP will head back to work, looking to improve upon a terrific 2014 campaign where he posted an 18-10 record, 2.98 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 219/43 K/BB ratio over 217 1/3 innings. While the large workload that he shouldered in the postseason is mildly concerning, the 25-year-old hurler should still be one of the top seven starting pitchers selected in fantasy drafts.
Mike Pelfrey (elbow) threw to live hitters for the first time on Saturday since undergoing elbow surgery in May.
The veteran right-hander came away from the session feeling great and he was pleased with his overall ability to locate pitches. While he's in camp competing for a spot in the Twins' Opening Day rotation, he has indicated that he's also open to the idea of pitching out of the bullpen.
Giants manager Bruce Bochy announced Saturday that Matt Cain's Cactus League debut would be pushed back a couple of weeks.
That means Cain won't toe the slab in game action until at least March 10. There have been no setbacks in his recovery from elbow surgery, the Giants simply don't want to rush him. He remains on track to be ready for the start of the regular season.
Trevor Plouffe missed Saturday's workout due to illness.
Plouffe attended the team's morning meeting before being sent home. He'll probably take it easy for a couple of days, but it certainly isn't anything that will impact his availability for the start of the regular season.
Aaron Brooks will start the Royals Cactus League opener against the Rangers on Wednesday.
With all of the available spots in the Royals rotation already spoken for, Brooks is likely slated to begin the 2014 season in the rotation at Triple-A Omaha. The 24-year-old struggled in his lone start with the Royals in 2014, surrendering seven runs in 2/3 of an inning.
Coco Crisp has been sidelined early in Athletics camp as he's dealing with a case of pink eye.
Crisp experienced the same issue during the 2012 season where he was forced to miss more than a week of action. While it won't impact his availability for the start of the regular season, it serves as a reminder to the fragility of the veteran outfielder. He has averaged just 118 games per season during his five years in Oakland.