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Andrew Cashner (shoulder) threw a 31-pitch bullpen session on Sunday afternoon at Turner Field.

"I kinda surprised myself with my command," Cashner said after the workout. "It was coming out good." He threw only fastballs and changeups, and is still a long way from returning to the Padres' starting rotation. But it was a significant step in the right direction. The right-hander has been out since late June with a shoulder injury.
Mon, Jul 28, 2014 09:43:00 AM

Justin Verlander told reporters Monday that he's taking it "day to day" with his ailing triceps.

Verlander had to be pulled from a Grapefruit League start Friday due to discomfort in his throwing arm and he won't take his next turn in the Tigers' spring rotation on Thursday. This isn't believed to be a serious injury, but the veteran right-hander may have to open the 2015 regular season on the 15-day disabled list.
Mar 30 - 11:53 AM

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets "still may trade right-hander Dillon Gee within the month."

Gee moved back into the Mets' starting rotation following Zack Wheeler's season-ending injury, but Rubin hears that team officials would rather have prospect Rafael Montero in that vacated spot. Gee held the Cardinals to two runs over seven innings on Sunday, lowering his Grapefruit League ERA to 2.49. He's due $5.3 million in 2015 and will be arbitration-eligible for the final time in 2016.
Mar 30 - 11:28 AM

Devin Mesoraco said Monday morning that he is not concerned about his hamstring.

"I think it's going to fine," the young catcher told reporters in Reds camp. Mesoraco was removed from Sunday's Cactus League game after pulling up lame while running the bases and he is not in the lineup Monday. But the Reds believe it was just a cramp and Mesoraco said he would be playing if it were the regular season.
Mar 30 - 11:23 AM

According to MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch, "every indication is that" Carlos Martinez will open the 2015 regular season as the Cardinals' fifth starter.

Jaime Garcia was probably the frontrunner for the spot as recently as last week, but his shoulder issues have suddenly resurfaced. Martinez possesses terrific raw stuff and is worth a flier in pretty much every standard mixed fantasy league. Marco Gonzales will presumably be optioned to Triple-A Memphis when camp breaks.
Mar 30 - 10:38 AM

Red Sox placed C Christian Vazquez on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow injury.

This feels like confirmation that Vazquez is going to need season-ending Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. Boston acquired catcher Sandy Leon from the Nationals on Monday morning to back up Ryan Hanigan. And top prospect Blake Swihart may be put on the fast track.
Mar 30 - 10:06 AM

Drew Smyly (shoulder) has been cleared to throw live batting practice this Wednesday.

If that workout goes well, he'll face live hitters again on Saturday. And the next step would be a minor league rehab start. Smyly had to be shut down in early March with shoulder discomfort, but he is on track to join the Rays' starting rotation in mid-April. The 25-year-old left-hander posted a 1.70 ERA, 0.76 WHIP, and 44/11 K/BB ratio in 47 2/3 innings last season for the Rays.
Mar 30 - 9:47 AM

Red Sox acquired C Sandy Leon from the Nationals for cash considerations.

Leon was out of options and doubtful to make the Nationals' Opening Day roster. A much better opportunity awaits him in Boston, where he will serve as the backup to starting Red Sox catcher Ryan Hanigan. Christian Vazquez may be facing elbow surgery.
Mar 30 - 8:57 AM

Kendall Graveman was outstanding in Sunday's Cactus League victory over the Brewers, hurling 6 1/3 innings of shutout ball.

The 24-year-old allowed just three hits on the afternoon while punching out three. He has had an unbelievable spring, registering a 0.42 ERA and 11/4 K/BB ratio in 21 1/3 innings. While nothing has been made official, he's considered a favorite to land one of the final spots in the Athletics' Opening Day rotation and a very intriguing target in the late rounds of mixed league drafts.
Mar 29 - 9:35 PM

Rays manager Kevin Cash admitted Sunday that Brad Boxberger is expected to be the Rays primary fill-in at closer while Jake McGee is sidelined.

Cash elaborated, "With some other guys, but for what Box did last year and the confidence we have in him, I would definitely anticipate him pitching in those leverage situations." While it's unclear if he has any chance of holding the job once McGee is up and running, Boxberger should have plenty of mixed league value for the first month-plus of the season.
Mar 29 - 9:08 PM

Brewers released RHP Chris Perez.

The former closer was in camp as a non-roster invitee and attempting to earn a spot in the team's bullpen. With the team granting his unconditional release with a week remaining in camp, it gives Perez an opportunity to find a bullpen job elsewhere.
Mar 29 - 8:17 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell confirmed Sunday that Edward Mujica would begin the season as his team's closer with Koji Uehara sidelined.

Uehara is battling a hamstring injury and isn't likely to be ready for Opening Day. While Mujica had a disappointing season with the Red Sox in 2014, he excelled while filling in for Uehara down the stretch, posting a 2.12 ERA and 14/5 K/BB ratio while making good on all six of his save chances over his final 17 appearances. As long as he has the job to begin the season, he's worthy of starting in all mixed leagues.
Source: WEEI.com
Mar 29 - 6:38 PM




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