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Zack Greinke threw 20 pitches in his first live batting practice session of the spring on Friday.

With a longer spring training than usual due to the World Baseball Classic, the veteran right-hander is slowly easing into things this year. The 33-year-old dealt with oblique and shoulder problems during a very disappointing debut season with the D'Backs in 2016.
Feb 24 - 10:39 PM

Scott Kazmir threw his second bullpen session of the spring on Friday and looked "tremendously better" according to pitching coach Rick Honeycutt.

Kazmir, who has been battling his mechanics early in the spring, showed notable improvement on Friday. He finished the 2016 season on the disabled list due to an intercostal injury, but has a secure spot in the club's starting rotation as long as he's healthy for the start of the regular season.
Feb 24 - 10:25 PM

Tim Beckham went 2-for-2 with a double, triple and a run scored as the Rays bested the Twins 3-1 in Grapefruit League play on Friday.

Beckham doubled to lead off the game but was stranded. He then tripled and scored in the third inning as the game's first run. He is slated to function in a utility role with the Rays this season, though that could change if he continues to light the world on fire throughout the spring.
Feb 24 - 10:08 PM

Austin Pruitt drew the start for the Rays in Friday's Grapefruit League opener against the Twins and responded by striking out three over a pair of scoreless innings.

The 27-year-old right-hander allowed just one hit and didn't walk a batter. Pruitt did a nice job at Triple-A Durham in 2016, compiling a 3.76 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 149/27 K/BB ratio across 162 2/3 innings. He should get a shot with the Rays at some point during the 2017 season.
Feb 24 - 10:07 PM

Byung Ho Park went 2-for-2 with a single and a double as the Twins fell to the Rays in Grapefruit League competition on Friday.

Serving as the club's designated hitter in this one, Park singled in his first at-bat then nearly missed a home run with a line drive double off the wall. While it's a nice start, Park is no longer on the 40-man roster, so it'll take a very strong showing in the spring for him to crack the Opening Day roster.
Feb 24 - 10:07 PM

Kyle Gibson looked sharp in his Grapefruit League opener against the Rays on Friday, allowing just two hits over 1 2/3 scoreless innings of work.

Gibson punched out a pair and didn't walk a batter. It's the first look that we have seen of the right-hander with his new delivery, designed to protect his shoulder. Gibson ran his fastball up to 94 mph in the outing and afterwards said he felt very comfortable with the revamped delivery.
Feb 24 - 10:07 PM

Jairo Diaz (elbow) threw a live bullpen session on Friday without any issues.

It's the first such session that the right-hander has had since undergoing Tommy John surgery last March. He'll be brought along slowly this spring, and isn't expected to be ready for a minor league rehab assignment until May, but Diaz could play a major role in the Rockies' bullpen this spring.
Source: MLB.com
Feb 24 - 9:10 PM

Sean Doolittle (shoulder) threw his first bullpen session of the spring on Friday without any issues.

The A's are bringing the southpaw along slowly this spring due to the injury issues he has had the past few seasons. He'll be competing for save chances this spring with Ryan Madson, Santiago Casilla and John Axford.
Feb 24 - 8:46 PM

Ryan Garton was held out of the Rays' Grapefruit League battle against the Twins on Friday due to illness.

Garton was the lone hurler traveling with the Rays who had experience pitching in a big league game. He's expected to crack the Opening Day bullpen as a middle reliever but isn't going to be a factor for save chances.
Feb 24 - 8:37 PM

Hyun-Jin Ryu (shoulder, elbow) threw 33 pitches over two innings in a simulated game on Friday without any issues.

The veteran southpaw is inching closer to game action but will probably require a couple more bullpen sessions before he's unleashed in Cactus League play. Even if he's healthy, he may face an uphill climb at a rotation spot given the overall quality and depth of the Dodgers' rotation.
Source: SB Nation
Feb 24 - 7:46 PM

Liam Hendriks announced Friday that he's withdrawing from the World Baseball Classic and will not pitch for Team Australia.

Hendriks wanted to clarify that he isn't injured, just choosing not to go. Instead, he'll remain Arizona with the rest of his teammates where he'll prepare for the upcoming season.
Feb 24 - 7:39 PM

Cardinals signed OF Jose Adolis Garcia to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Garcia, the younger brother of Braves' third baseman Adonis Garcia, was the MVP of Cuba's Serie Nacional in 2016 where he slashed .319/.399/.523 with 14 homers, 71 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 81 games. He has also played second base in the past and could compete for a reserve role on the Cardinals' Opening Day roster.
Feb 24 - 7:19 PM

Lewis Brinson started his spring off with a bang, blasting a pair of home runs as the Brewers clobbered University of Wisconsin-MIlwaukee 11-0 in exhibition play on Friday.

Brinson started the game with a solo home run then added on a three-run bomb in the fourth inning. Considered the club's center fielder of the future, the 22-year-old should debut with the Brewers at some point in 2017. His combination of power and speed makes him an interesting flyer in the final rounds of NL-only and deeper mixed league drafts.
Feb 24 - 7:10 PM

Hiram Burgos started and fired a pair of scoreless innings as the Brewers shut out the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in their exhibition opener on Friday.

Burgos didn't allow a base-runner and fanned one on the afternoon. He hasn't appeared in a major league game since the 2013 season and is in camp as rotation depth. He's unlikely to be relevant in even the deepest of fantasy leagues this season.
Feb 24 - 7:05 PM

Chris Marrero blasted a three-run homer off of Kevin Shackelford in the ninth inning on Friday, propelling the Giants to a 6-4 victory over the Reds in Cactus League action.

Marrero also delivered an RBI single in the fifth inning, finishing the afternoon 2-for-3 with a run scored and four RBI. While it's a nice highlight for the 28-year-old to begin the spring season, he's unlikely to crack the big league roster.
Feb 24 - 6:44 PM



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