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Jason Grilli (forearm) threw a bullpen session Thursday.

It's the first time he's thrown off a mound since landing on the DL with a strained right flexor tendon. There's no word on what the next step is for the closer, but Grilli will likely need a few more mound sessions before going out on a short rehab assignment. Barring a setback, he'll be activated in early September.
Thu, Aug 22, 2013 06:40:00 PM

Manager Terry Francona confirmed Cody Allen will close for the Indians in 2017.

"Cody is our closer," said Francona on Saturday, ending the debate once and for all. Just as he did last season, Allen will work the ninth inning with stud left-hander Andrew Miller serving as a jack-of-all trades. Allen and Miller were lights out in the playoffs last fall, combining for a 0.82 ERA over 33 innings of work. There's no reason to believe Cleveland's late-inning duo will be any less dominant in 2017.
Feb 18 - 6:47 PM

Dellin Betances wasn't happy with comments made by Yankees president Randy Levine after losing his arbitration hearing.

Levine criticized Betances' agent, Jim Murray, during a press conference on Saturday. "If Dellin is upset about going to a hearing, now we know the result, he should go talk to his representatives and say, 'Why did you bring me here? What was the point?' I should have made a deal." Murray responded by calling the press conference "bizarre" while Betances called Levine's comments "unfair." With Betances disgruntled, it will be interesting to see if the Yankees entertain trade offers for the All-Star reliever. The 28-year-old is under contract through 2019.
Feb 18 - 4:48 PM

Josh Donaldson's MRI revealed a right calf strain.

He suffered the injury while running on Friday. The Blue Jays say Donaldson will be treated daily and are optimistic he'll be ready for Opening Day. Donaldson has been remarkably durable throughout his career, missing just 19 games over his last four seasons. Unless we hear of a setback, Donaldson remains a borderline first-round pick in redraft formats.
Feb 18 - 4:26 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Padres have agreed to a one-year deal with Jered Weaver.

The veteran right-hander will earn a base salary of around $3 million dollars, which will seemingly guarantee him a spot in the Padres' starting rotation. If there's any place that the 34-year-old soft-tossing right-hander can resurrect his career, pitching in the friendly confines of Petco Park and in the National League West is likely his best chance.
Feb 18 - 1:03 PM

Dellin Betances was defeated in his arbitration hearing against the Yankees and will earn $3 million in 2017.

The hard-throwing right-hander had filed at $5 million and the two sides were unable to bridge the gap before the hearing. One of the most dominant relievers in all of baseball, the 28-year-old will work in a setup capacity in front of closer Aroldis Chapman in 2017.
Feb 18 - 9:49 AM

Nick Swisher has announced his retirement from baseball and will join FOX Sports as a studio analyst for the 2017 season.

Swisher penned a piece for The Players' Tribune in which he officially announced that he was hanging up his cleats. It doesn't come as a surprise, as he's now 36 and played just 55 games in the minors last season. A 12-year major league veteran, Swisher finishes his career with a .249/.351/.447 batting line, 245 home runs and one All-Star team.
Feb 17 - 4:56 PM

Reds signed OF Ryan Raburn to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

SB Nation's Chris Cotillo was first to report that the two sides may be a fit. Raburn batted a disappointing .220/.309/.404 for the Rockies last season and will turn 36 in April. However, he's a career .261/.341/.487 hitter against left-handed pitching, so he could be an option to platoon with Scott Schebler in right field.
Feb 17 - 4:21 PM

Adrian Gonzalez won't swing a bat for two weeks due to a bout with tennis elbow.

It shouldn't be a long-term concern for the veteran first baseman, but Gonzalez's ability to play for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic is now in doubt. The Dodgers should have more on Gonzalez's status early next month. He batted .285/.349/.435 with 18 homers and 90 RBI for Los Angeles last season.
Feb 17 - 2:38 PM

Tyler Austin will be in a boot for three weeks and shut down from baseball activity for six week after being diagnosed with a small fracture in his foot.

Austin suffered the break when he fouled a ball off the foot while taking batting practice. The 25-year-old might have been squeezed off the roster following the Chris Carter signing and now he'll begin the season on the disabled list. Austin batted .241/.300/.458 in 31 games for the Yankees last season.
Feb 17 - 1:34 PM

David Wright (neck) is tentatively scheduled to play catch on Sunday.

It would be his first time throwing a baseball since last June. The Mets are bringing Wright along slowly this spring as he works his way back from a cervical discectomy and fusion surgery. His health status figures to be a daily topic of conversation throughout spring training.
Feb 17 - 12:51 PM

J.J. Hardy underwent an MRI on his lower back on Thursday and a CT scan on Friday.

Initial reports traced Hardy's absence from Friday's first full-squad workout due to illness, but he's apparently dealing with something more substantial. The results of the tests aren't in yet, so more will obviously be known about the shortstop's status once they're revealed. Hardy said Friday that, ideally, he'll be ready to resume baseball activities on March 1.
Feb 17 - 12:34 PM




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