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Kyuji Fujikawa threw a bullpen session Friday for the first time since he was placed on the disabled list with a strained right forearm.

Cubs manager Dale Sveum has already indicated that Fujikawa will make two minor league rehab appearances before returning to the Cubs' bullpen. With all of the issues that they have had closing out games, it appears highly likely that Fujikawa will resume his duties as the team's primary closer. If any owners panicked and cut bait with him in shallower mixed leagues, he's certainly worth the add.
Fri, Apr 26, 2013 08:54:00 PM

The Dodgers are offering to pay off "about half" of Andre Ethier's remaining contract in order to trade him, a source tells Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Ethier is due $56 million over the next three years, so the team is offering to pay roughly $28 million to get a deal done. Of course, the more the team pays, the more it will want in return in a trade. With Yasiel Puig, Carl Crawford and youngster Joc Pederson likely occupying the three starting outfield spots Ethier is expendable, and he's said he would like to be dealt if he isn't a starter. What team would be willing to take on Ethier as a starter, for whatever his contract may be, is still unclear. Perhaps the picture will become clearer as spring moves forward.
Mar 4 - 11:20 PM

A four-person panel is split on whether Josh Hamilton should have to enter a rehabilitation program for drug abuse, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The panel, which consists of two attorneys and two physicians, is at a deadlock. As a result, an arbitrator will join the group to break the tie. A source also said officials are determining whether to classify Hamilton as a fourth-time offender, a penalty that normally carries at least a one-year suspension. New commissioner Rob Manfred would still have the final say on a potential suspension's length. A decision wasn't expected much before Opening Day, and it's unclear at this point how long the process will take with the extra steps now involved. Stay tuned.
Mar 4 - 9:22 PM

MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez reports Huston Street and the Angels are expected to exchange offers on a potential contract extension soon.

The sides had exploratory talks over the winter but broke off their discussions when pitchers and catchers reported to Arizona. Street, who represents himself, is said to be looking for a contract between Andrew Miller's four-year, $36 million contract and David Robertson's four-year, $46 million contract. He's set to make $7 million in the final year of his deal before hitting the free agent market this fall.
Mar 4 - 7:04 PM

Marcus Semien stayed hot Wednesday, going 2-for-2 with a walk and three RBI in a Cactus League win over the Giants.

Semien is now 5-for-5 with a walk and six RBI in six plate appearances this spring. The 24-year-old shortstop was one of the focal points for the Athletics in the Jeff Samardzija trade, and he's showing why early in camp. Semien is penciled in as the Athletics' starting shortstop and he should be on AL-only fantasy radars -- if not as a flier in deep mixed leagues -- this draft season.
Mar 4 - 6:58 PM

Matt Kemp was hitless in three at-bats in Wednesday's 4-3 Cactus League loss to the Mariners.

Kemp struck out once and also grounded into a double-play. The 30-year-old outfielder was quite productive in a bounce-back season for the Dodgers last year, finishing with a .287 average, 25 home runs, and 89 RBI. The Padres are hoping he comes close to replicating those numbers in a more pitcher-friendly home ballpark.
Mar 4 - 6:42 PM

Jesus Montero singled twice in two at-bats in his spring debut on Wednesday against the Padres.

Montero, who showed up to camp 45 pounds lighter, is hoping to make an impression after years of failing to live up to his hype as a top prospect. It's difficult to see him opening the season in the majors with the Mariners, but a hot spring from Montero may make manager Lloyd McClendon rethink some things about his bench.
Mar 4 - 6:39 PM

Joc Pederson singled, doubled, and scored a run in two at-bats in Wednesday's Cactus League opener.

Pederson figures to be the Dodgers' starting center fielder on Opening Day. He recorded only four singles in 28 at-bats last September, but that was his first taste of big league competition and his playing time was spotty. The Dodgers have high expectations for the 22-year-old, who is a potential 20-HR/20-SB candidate.
Mar 4 - 6:06 PM

Raisel Iglesias, making his spring training debut, surrendered two unearned runs in a loss against the Indians on Wednesday.

Iglesias allowed a single, walked two, and uncorked two wild pitches. He was also hurt by a fielding error from third baseman Neftali Soto. That's obviously not the first impression Iglesias wanted to make, but he'll have plenty of time to right the ship. The Reds like his arsenal and see him as a starting pitcher though he was used mostly as a reliever in Cuba.
Mar 4 - 5:45 PM

Jose Iglesias told reporters that he "ran full bore" for the first time in Wednesday's game.

Iglesias played three innings in Wednesday's Grapefruit League tilt against the Orioles. He grounded out in both of his at-bats, but the throw only got him by about a half-a-step each time. "Three weeks from now, I will beat those," the shortstop said. He missed the entire 2014 season because of dual stress fractures in his shins.
Mar 4 - 5:01 PM

Mike Minor has been scratched from his scheduled Grapefruit League debut Sunday against the Astros due to tightness in his left (throwing) shoulder.

Yikes. There isn't much more information yet from the Braves, who will likely have Minor visit a specialist within the next few days. Minor put up a disappointing 4.77 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 25 starts last season, but the 27-year-old left-hander seemed like a decent bounceback candidate for 2015. He posted a 3.21 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 181/46 K/BB ratio across 204 2/3 innings in 2013. Atlanta owes him $5.6 million this year.
Mar 4 - 4:44 PM

Nick Castellanos hit a two-run homer in the Tigers' 5-4 win over the Orioles on Wednesday.

The hand contusion that knocked Castellanos out of Tuesday's game obviously wasn't a lingering issue. The sophomore hit cleanup for the Tigers today, though he'll probably open the regular season in the seventh spot in the lineup if everyone is healthy.
Mar 4 - 4:38 PM




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