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Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said that he is not looking to trade Starlin Castro.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported Thursday that the Cubs have made everyone outside of Jeff Samardzija available for trade, but Epstein said Castro is not on the table. "Starlin Castro is the type of player we're looking to build around," said Epstein. "There has been no trade consideration with him, whatsoever." Epstein said earlier this week that he doesn't believe any player is truly untouchable, but that there are certain core pieces that you would have to be blown away to move. It's fair to say Castro qualifies as one of those pieces.
Thu, May 31, 2012 08:04:00 PM

Royals general manager Dayton Moore said Thursday that the club has yet to make a decision on Brandon Finnegan's role for the 2015 season.

Just a couple weeks ago, Moore indicated that Finnegan would develop in the minors as a starter. That could still be what the Royals end up doing, but the lefty being used in relief in the majors as he was down the stretch last season is apparently an option still being considered. "It's not a decision we have to make right now," Moore said. "We'll just have to see how it all plays out."
Mar 5 - 9:11 PM

Baseball America's Ben Badler was told by Hector Olivera's camp that a report saying their client has damage to his ulnar collateral ligament is "absolutely not true."

Both MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez and now Badler have both been told the report from Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports is not true. Badler adds that Olivera's camp says their client has taken four physicals and passed them all. Sanchez was also told by a team linked to the infielder that they were unaware of any structural damage to Olivera's elbow. We should know soon who has the correct information. Olivera has not yet been declared a free agent by Major League Baseball.
Mar 5 - 8:32 PM

Hunter Pence will be sidelined 6-8 weeks after an X-ray confirmed he has a non-displaced fracture in his left forearm.

Pence suffered the break when he was hit by a pitch just above his wrist during a Cactus League game Thursday. With a 6-8 week timetable, you would have to figure there's a good chance he'll be sidelined for the entire month of April. Pence has played in a major league-leading 383 consecutive games, as he's yet to miss a game since joining the Giants. Obviously that streak will come to an end. Gregor Blanco should be in line to see the bulk of the at-bats during Pence's absence.
Mar 5 - 7:07 PM

Mike Minor (shoulder) is expected to see Dr. James Andrews early next week.

Minor was scratched from Sunday's start against the Astros due to tightness in his throwing shoulder and the Braves want him to get checked out. The southpaw dealt with shoulder issues last year en route to a disappointing 4.77 ERA, so this is a concerning development.
Mar 5 - 4:18 PM

Yu Darvish was pulled from his Cactus League debut after one inning Thursday due to right triceps tightness.

Darvish had a flawless first inning, ending the frame with a nasty strikeout of Kendrys Morales, but the Rangers didn't let him go back out there for the bottom of the second. Texas is calling the departure a precautionary measure, but Darvish is going to reevaluated by team doctors on Friday. He missed the last seven weeks of the 2014 season because of right elbow inflammation.
Mar 5 - 3:34 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Thursday that Rusney Castillo's oblique injury feels "much better."

Castillo was diagnosed with a strained left oblique muscle Wednesday after leaving an exhibition game Tuesday night with some pain in his side. It's thought to be a minor strain, and it shouldn't affect his readiness for the beginning of the 2015 regular season. Castillo is battling Mookie Betts for the starting center field gig. The 27-year-old Cuban will carry big-time fantasy value if he's getting regular playing time.
Mar 5 - 3:09 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports writes that "there isn't any suggestion" Chris Sale will be ready for Opening Day.

Heyman adds, however, that the White Sox expect Sale to be a full-go "not long after" their regular-season opener. Sale suffered an avulsion fracture in his right foot February 27 in an accident at his home. He's likely to remain shut down for another two weeks and will then restart an accelerated spring throwing program. Jeff Samardzija and Jose Quintana are the primary candidates to pitch on Opening Day against the Royals.
Mar 5 - 3:01 PM

According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, closer Francisco Rodriguez has not passed his pre-signing physical with the Brewers.

K-Rod can't take the physical until he gets to the Brewers' spring training complex in Arizona and he is still waiting for a visa in his native Venezuela. The 33-year-old right-hander agreed to a two-year, $13 million contract with Milwaukee on February 26. The deal also includes an option for the 2017 season. He should again hold big-time fantasy value as the ninth-inning stopper on a decent Brewers team.
Mar 5 - 2:21 PM

Adam Wainwright (abdomen) expects to throw live batting practice Sunday in Cardinals camp.

Wainwright made it through a high-intensity bullpen session on Thursday with no issues at all. He suffered an abdominal strain at the end of February while placing a 45 lb. weight back on a rack at the Cardinals' spring training complex, but the veteran right-hander has plenty of time to catch back up with the other St. Louis starters. Waino figures to get the nod on Opening Night at Wrigley Field.
Mar 5 - 12:53 PM

According to Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun, right-hander Suk-min Yoon is trying to work out a settlement with the Orioles that will get him out of his major league contract and allow him to play in Korea.

Yoon signed a three-year, $5.75 million deal with the O's last February after nine seasons in the Korea Baseball Organization. The 28-year-old starter posted an ugly 5.74 ERA and 1.58 WHIP in 95 2/3 innings last summer at the Triple-A level. He never made it to the majors, though he's young enough to give it another shot later in his career.
Mar 5 - 12:46 PM

Garrett Richards (knee) is expected to throw to hitters in his next mound session.

It's a big step for the 26-year-old right-hander, who hasn't thrown a pitch with a batter in the box since tearing his left patellar tendon last August at Fenway Park. Richards is expected to join the Angels' starting rotation by the third week of April and carries big expectations into 2015 after posting a 2.61 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 164/51 K/BB ratio in 168 2/3 innings last season.
Mar 5 - 12:30 PM




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