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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

Madison Bumgarner looked shaky in his Cactus League opener against the Reds on Friday, surrendering a pair of runs on two hits and a walk in his lone inning of work.

Arismendy Alcantara started the rally with a one-out double and Adam Duvall drew a walk, setting the stage for Patrick Kievlehan's two-run single. All that maters at this stage of spring training is that pitcher's are getting their work in though, so his struggles on Friday really don't mean much. He's firmly entrenched as a top-five starting pitcher in fantasy drafts.
Feb 24 - 6:37 PM

Rookie Davis got the start for the Reds on Friday, allowing one run on four hits over his two innings of work against the Giants.

Davis struck out a pair and didn't walk a batter in his Cactus League debut. The 23-year-old right-hander allowed an RBI double to Hunter Pence in the first inning and responded with a scoreless second frame before departing. He's in the mix for a possible rotation spot, but it will take a strong showing from him in Arizona to break camp with the big league club.
Feb 24 - 6:32 PM

Jose Peraza went 1-for-3 with an RBI single and a stolen base as the Reds fell to the Giants in Cactus League play on Friday in Arizona.

The speedster got the start at second base, where he's in line to start regularly for the Reds this season. He also hit out of the leadoff spot in this one, though he was the club's only regular in the lineup. While his speed makes him an attractive fantasy commodity, the trade of Brandon Phillips has caused Peraza's draft stock to soar in recent weeks.
Feb 24 - 6:27 PM

Johnny Giavotella went 3-for-3 in the Orioles' 2-0 shutout of the Tigers on Friday.

Giavotella signed a minor league deal at the beginning of February after failing to find a team that would give him a legitimate chance at a starting job. He's not really versatile enough to help as a bench player, so it'd take an injury to Jonathan Schoop to give him a spot on the Orioles.
Feb 24 - 4:57 PM

Tyler Wilson retired all six Tigers he faced in his start Friday.

Wilson and Mike Wright are the Orioles' primary rotation alternatives should Chris Tillman or anyone else land on the disabled list to start the year. Wilson also has a legitimate chance of making the team as a reliever, though the late Vidal Nuno pickup probably hurt his chances there.
Feb 24 - 4:54 PM

Michael Fulmer opened his spring with a scoreless inning Friday in a start against the Orioles.

Fulmer, the 2016 AL Rookie of the Year, is a designated pitcher for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, so while he won't be on the team's roster for the opening round of play, he could be added to the mix later on.
Feb 24 - 4:50 PM

Michael Conforto went 2-for-3 with a homer Friday in helping to lead the Mets past the Red Sox 3-2.

It's unclear if Conforto can do anything to change the Mets' minds about playing Jay Bruce over him this spring. Realistically, his chances hinge on someone stepping up and making a trade offer for Bruce. Conforto could always disappoint again, but he projects as the superior player of the two.
Feb 24 - 4:12 PM

Seth Lugo threw a pair of hitless innings and struck out three against the Red Sox on Friday.

Lugo went 5-1 with a 2.68 ERA in his eight starts for the Mets last season, but he seems to be behind Robert Gsellman in the pecking order for a rotation spot should Zack Wheeler open the season in the bullpen or on the DL. He's interesting in NL-only leagues anyway.
Feb 24 - 4:10 PM

Henry Owens gave up two runs in two innings Friday in his start against the Mets.

Owens isn't part of the Red Sox's rotation competition, so all he can really do this spring is hope to separate himself from Roenis Elias, Brian Johnson and Kyle Kendrick as the team's fallback options. He did have four strikeouts today, so it wasn't all bad.
Feb 24 - 4:08 PM



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