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Mariners placed OF Franklin Gutierrez on the restricted list.

Gutierrez was diagnosed this winter with ankylosing spondylitis and also had a recurrence recently of the gastrointestinal issues that plagued him throughout the 2013 season. He is not going to play baseball in 2014 and will instead focus on his personal health. The move Thursday cleared a 40-man roster spot for new Mariners closer Fernando Rodney.
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 01:41:00 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

Michael Brantley (back) is back in the Indians' lineup Sunday.

Brantley has been bothered by a back issue a couple times this spring and missed a few games this time around. Still, the Indians appeared to have just been exercising caution here. A breakout star last season, Brantley will be ready to roll on Opening Day if he can avoid setbacks.
Mar 29 - 11:16 AM

The Marlins have named Henderson Alvarez their Opening Day starter.

He'll toe the rubber on April 6 versus the Braves. The honor for Alvarez is well earned, as the right-hander is coming off a season where he held a 2.65 ERA across 30 starts. His fantasy value is held down by his lack of strikeouts, but he's still a mixed league-worthy asset.
Mar 29 - 10:59 AM

Robert Murray of MLBDailyRumors.com reports that the Diamondbacks are "getting trade calls" regarding Aaron Hill.

Murray adds that it's "unclear who has expressed interest in Hill, but at least a few teams have come calling about him." CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported earlier this month that the D'Backs were shopping Hill, so this comes as no surprise. With the club considering going with Nick Ahmed at shortstop and Chris Owings at second base, they'd probably be better off moving Hill if they can find a taker. He's owed $24 million through the end of next season.
Mar 29 - 10:31 AM

The Red Sox have named Clay Buchholz their Opening Day starter.

Buchholz will take on the Phillies on April 6 and will be followed by Rick Porcello. The veteran right-hander is coming off a 2014 season that saw him post a 5.34 ERA over 28 starts, but he's been excellent this spring with an 18/3 K/BB ratio over 15 innings. The Red Sox' rotation is looking pretty shaky heading into the season.
Mar 29 - 10:03 AM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said that Koji Uehara is "not likely" to be ready for Opening Day after feeling more discomfort in his left hamstring during a bullpen session Saturday.

It's not clear at this point how long he might be sidelined, but the veteran reliever has dealt with the hamstring ailment for nearly two weeks now and doesn't seem to be getting much better. Edward Mujica will be the primary closer for the Red Sox until Uehara is ready, although Farrell wouldn't rule out using Junichi Tazawa, Tommy Layne and Alexi Ogando should the matchups present themselves.
Mar 29 - 10:00 AM

Nationals manager Matt Williams admitted Sunday that Jayson Werth (shoulder) being ready for Opening Day would be "a stretch."

It comes as no surprise after Williams revealed recently that Werth still experiences some soreness in his surgically-repaired right shoulder when he tries to hit. The outfielder did have a good session of batting practice Saturday but isn't quite ready for game action yet and is simply running out of time. Werth seems likely to be ready around mid-April if he can avoid setbacks. Tyler Moore should see most of the at-bats in left field until Werth returns.
Mar 29 - 9:54 AM




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