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Phil Hughes (back) threw 26 pitches of live batting practice on Thursday morning in Yankees camp.

Hughes told MLB.com's Bryan Hoch after the workout that he "felt good" and plans to throw a simulated game on Monday. The right-hander is hoping to be ready for his first turn in the Yankees' regular-season rotation, but he's not certain at this point to meet that goal.
Thu, Mar 14, 2013 09:44:00 AM

Matt Chapman left Athletics camp on Thursday to undergo a precautionary MRI on his right hand back in Oakland.

It's not believed to be a serious issue, but Chapman began experiencing some mild soreness in the palm of his right hand this week in Arizona and the A's want to be sure that he is safe to continue with his normal spring training regimen. The 24-year-old third baseman is set to meet with orthopedic hand surgeon Dr. Steven Shin, who will review the MRI results and recommend a treatment plan. More should be known in the coming days.
Feb 22 - 3:18 PM

Pirates acquired OF Corey Dickerson from the Rays for RHP Daniel Hudson, INF Tristan Gray, and cash considerations.

Dickerson was designated for assignment by the Rays last weekend despite posting a decent .282/.325/.490 batting line with 27 home runs in 150 games last season. The 28-year-old will become the new starting left fielder in Pittsburgh, though he figures to get days off against left-handed opponents. Dickerson holds an .866 career OPS against righties and a .706 career OPS versus southpaws.
Feb 22 - 1:23 PM

Shohei Ohtani is expected to make his Cactus League debut as a pitcher on Saturday.

The Angels are set to host the Brewers at Tempe Diablo Stadium in Arizona. Ohtani will probably go about two innings in his first live appearance in a major league uniform. He'll presumably see his first action as a hitter early next week, though that plan is a little less certain at the moment.
Feb 22 - 12:38 PM

Brent Honeywell has been diagnosed with a right forearm strain.

More tests will have to be run before the Rays have an idea on the full extent of the injury, but the news is already troublesome. Honeywell cut short a bullpen session Thursday morning in Rays camp after feeling pain in his throwing arm. He was "clearly upset" as he walked off the practice field with a trainer, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. More should be known on Friday. The 22-year-old right-hander is considered one of the top prospects in baseball.
Feb 22 - 12:16 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts revealed Thursday that Austin Barnes came into spring training with some right elbow discomfort.

Roberts told reporters that Barnes could catch and throw if the season started today, but the Dodgers will play it safe and limit him to DH action for the first week of Cactus League games. It's something worth monitoring throughout the spring, though this doesn't sound like an overly serious concern. Barnes is expected to share time at catcher this year with Yasmani Grandal.
Feb 22 - 12:05 PM

Chris Young has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain of his right calf.

Young suffered the injury during a workout earlier this week. He told reporters Wednesday that he only expects to miss 10 days, but calf strains can sometimes take 2-4 weeks to fully recover from. It's very possible the veteran outfielder will run out of time and have to open the 2018 regular season on the disabled list. He signed a one-year, $2 million free agent contract with the Angels on February 18 and projects to serve as an active fourth outfielder if his health cooperates.
Feb 22 - 11:06 AM

Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports that hold-up in J.D. Martinez's contract being finalized is related to logistics in reviewing medical reports.

There was a belief that Martinez would have his deal with the Red Sox officially announced on Wednesday, but Drellich says that finalization will likely come Thursday, at the earliest. Because the Red Sox's medical team is Boston-based and there are often specialists involved in these physical exams -- particularly on contracts as large as Martinez's -- there is understandably a longer wait for everything to get sorted out. Drellich also cautions there are no issues anticipated with the examination(s), so there's no reason to panic. Martinez, 30, has agreed to a five-year $110 million contract with the Red Sox that contains opt outs after the second and third years.
Feb 21 - 6:55 PM

Twins GM Thad Levine noted this week that Miguel Sano brought a "generous carriage" into spring training.

In other not-as-kind words, the 24-year-old slugger put on extra weight this winter while mostly incapacitated due to a lingering stress reaction in his left shin. The injury led to Sano missing a number of weeks down the stretch last season along with the Twins' big American League Wild Card Game matchup against the Yankees. There were already concerns about Sano's conditioning level in 2017 and he is still awaiting word on MLB's investigation into a sexual assault claim against him. He may be facing a suspension to open the 2018 regular season. Perhaps he could use that time off to get in better shape.
Feb 21 - 3:26 PM

MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez reports that the Rays have agreed to a one-year contract with free agent outfielder Carlos Gomez.

The one-year deal -- which is pending a physical -- will come with a $4 million guarantee, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Gomez struggled to attract significant interest on the open market this winter despite posting an .802 OPS with 17 home runs and 13 stolen bases in 105 games last season with the Rangers. He battled hamstring, shoulder, and ankle ailments throughout the year, but with better health this could be a nice bounceback situation for both Gomez and the rebuilding Rays. The 32-year-old will play a corner outfield spot, with defensive maestro Kevin Kiermaier sticking in center field.
Feb 21 - 1:33 PM

Orioles signed OF Colby Rasmus to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Rasmus walked away from the Rays last July after struggling to make a full recovery from hip surgery, but he apparently made positive strides this winter and should find himself in a right-field platoon this season in Baltimore. The 31-year-old posted a strong .896 OPS with nine home runs and 23 RBI in 37 games last summer for Tampa Bay before being placed on the disabled list (and then the restricted list). He could be an attractive DFS play at Camden Yards, but it's hard to put any trust in him in a season-long fantasy league.
Feb 21 - 11:36 AM

Astros top pitching prospect Forrest Whitley has been suspended 50 games for a violation of the minor league drug program.

It's unclear what drug he tested positive for. Whitley is considered one of the top prospects in all of baseball and should still be in line to make his major league debut at some point in 2018, though this is obviously a real career hiccup. The 20-year-old right-hander posted a 2.83 ERA with 143 strikeouts in 92 1/3 innings (18 starts, five relief appearances) last season between three different levels of the Astros' minor league system. He finished the year at Double-A Corpus Christi.
Feb 21 - 10:52 AM




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