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Dodgers recalled RHP Chris Withrow from Triple-A Albuquerque.

Withrow was only in the minors for a handful of days. He has a cool 3.38 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 28/8 K/BB ratio in 24 innings this season with Los Angeles.
Tue, Sep 3, 2013 05:13:00 PM

David Robertson (forearm) felt good after his scoreless inning of work in Sunday's Cactus League contest.

Robertson got three ground ball outs and allowed a double in his inning of work. After the White Sox closer indicated he was "feeling better than I did earlier in camp. Just needed some time to get the soreness out." It looks as though he should be ready to go for Opening Day and can safely be selected among the second tier of closers in fantasy drafts.
Mar 29 - 6:07 PM

Casey Janssen is set to undergo an MRI exam on his ailing shoulder.

Janssen reported soreness in his shoulder and had difficulty getting loose before his last outing. The Nationals should have an update on his status after the exam, though he appears likely to begin the season on the disabled list.
Mar 29 - 4:24 PM

Devin Mesoraco left Sunday's game against the Angels with a cramp in his left quad.

Mesoraco pulled up while rounding third base on a double by teammate Brennan Boesch. It doesn't sound like the injury is serious, but should sideline the young backstop for a couple of days. If it's indeed just a cramp, it's possible he'll be OK for Opening Day.
Mar 29 - 4:15 PM

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said Sunday that Odubel Herrera will probably be the team's Opening Day center fielder.

The club has decided to move Ben Revere to left field and install the Rule 5 pick in center. Herrera batted .321/.373/.402 between High- and Double-A last season and is hitting .321 with six steals during Grapefruit League play. He's just 23 and has yet to play above Double-A, but Herrera's speed gives him a chance to make an impact in fantasy leagues right away.
Mar 29 - 4:03 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Red Sox will consider carrying Blake Swihart on the Opening Day roster if Christian Vazquez (elbow) needs Tommy John surgery.

It had been reported previously that Swihart was under consideration for a roster spot, but Heyman is the first to reveal that Vazquez might need Tommy John surgery. The longer Vazquez would be out, the better you'd have to think the chance are at Swihart cracking the roster. Vazquez is being examined by Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday to see if he needs season-ending surgery. Swihart hit .293 with 13 home runs and 64 RBI between Double- and Triple-A last season. He'd figure to split playing time with Ryan Hanigan if on the roster.
Mar 29 - 3:49 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Christian Vazquez could require Tommy John surgery after an MRI revealed damage to his right ulnar collateral ligament.

The Red Sox haven't commented on the situation, but the fact that Vazquez is being sent to Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday for a second opinion isn't a good sign. Heyman has confirmed everyone's worst fear, as Vazquez would be knocked out for the season if an operation is required. Ryan Hanigan is perfectly capable of holding down the fort, but the Red Sox are reportedly considering keeping top prospect Blake Swihart on the roster.
Mar 29 - 3:44 PM

Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that it "seems doubtful" Garrett Richards (knee) will be ready on April 14 when the Angels first need a fifth starter.

Richards was thrilled with how he felt during an appearance in a minor league game Saturday, but the Angels are understandably proceeding very cautiously with the young right-hander. DiGiovanna expects Richards to be ready "soon after" April 14. The Halos will go with four starters early on, with Andrew Heaney or Nick Tropeano looking likely to get the ball on April 14.
Mar 29 - 1:33 PM

Taijuan Walker has won the fifth spot in the Mariners' rotation.

It was a mere formality at this point but became official when Roenis Elias was optioned to Triple-A Sunday. Walker has been unscored upon over 18 frames while boasting a 19/4 K/BB ratio. The Mariners will monitor his innings this season, but the young right-hander makes for an intriguing mid- to late-round gamble in fantasy leagues.
Mar 29 - 1:26 PM

The Phillies have named Cole Hamels their Opening Day starter.

Now there's a shocker (not really). Hamels holds a 5.17 ERA this spring, but obviously zero stock should be placed into that. The lefty could struggle for wins on the rebuilding Phillies, but he's a good bet to be traded at some point before the deadline.
Mar 29 - 1:12 PM

T.J. House has been named the Indians' No. 5 starter.

Zach McAllister has captured the fourth spot in news that doesn't surprise anyone following Danny Salazar's demotion. House holds a 5.60 ERA this spring but also a 15/3 K/BB ratio across 17 2/3 innings. The southpaw posted a 3.35 ERA and 80/22 K/BB ratio over 102 frames for the Tribe last season and makes for a great late-round starter flier in fantasy leagues.
Mar 29 - 12:52 PM

Justin Verlander did some light tossing on Sunday and reported improvement with his ailing right triceps.

He was lifted from an appearance Friday due to soreness in his triceps but is starting to feel a bit better. The Tigers don't appear overly concerned here, but Verlander could still potentially miss his first start of the season with Opening Day so close. It's not known yet whether he'll be able to make his next scheduled Grapefruit League start.
Mar 29 - 11:22 AM




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