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White Sox manager Robin Ventura admitted Thursday that David Robertson has battled some general soreness this spring.

That might help explain Robertson's 7.71 Cactus League ERA. Ventura added that he's not concerned about the $46 million closer being ready for Opening Day, but this is obviously something to monitor. Robertson had a 3.08 ERA with 39 saves and a 96/23 K/BB ratio in 64 1/3 innings last season with the Yankees.
Mar 26 - 3:18 PM

Christian Vazquez (elbow) expressed confidence Thursday that he will be ready for the season-opener.

Vazquez has appeared in just one game since March 13 due to elbow soreness, but he threw to bases Thursday in Red Sox camp and felt good. Boston's young starting catcher will play in a minor league game Friday.
Mar 26 - 3:15 PM

Chris Tillman said Thursday that he doesn't want to discuss his contract with the Orioles beyond Opening Day.

So that's the deadline for the current negotiations between the O's and Tillman's agent. Tillman can't become a free agent until 2018, but the Orioles are interested in buying out his arbitration years (at the very least). The 26-year-old right-hander boasts a 3.42 ERA and 1.195 WHIP in 499 2/3 innings over the last three seasons.
Mar 26 - 3:11 PM

Nationals manager Matt Williams acknowledged that Jayson Werth still experiences some soreness in his surgically-repaired right shoulder when he tries to hit.

"You do run out of time," Williams responded when asked whether Werth will be ready for Opening Day. The veteran outfielder still hasn't been cleared for full-on live batting practice and seems highly doubtful to be active on April 6. Nate McLouth is also at risk of missing the opener due to a shoulder injury, so it could be Tyler Moore in left field for the Nats.
Mar 26 - 2:45 PM

Bryce Harper was sent home early from Nationals camp on Thursday due to a stomach virus.

Harper tried some light swinging but didn't feel so great. He's expected to return to Grapefruit League action Friday and he'll be in right field for the Nats on Opening Day. Harper has a homer, a stolen base, and an .829 OPS in 12 games this spring.
Mar 26 - 2:34 PM

Padres placed C Tim Federowicz on the 60-day disabled list with a right knee injury.

Federowicz could miss up to six months after completely tearing the meniscus in his right knee in early March. Wil Nieves will back up Derek Norris in San Diego.
Mar 26 - 2:24 PM

Padres claimed RHP Jandel Gustave off waivers from the Royals.

Gustave was waived by Kansas City on Tuesday once it became clear that he wasn't going to make the Royals' Opening Day roster. He posted an underwhelming 5.01 ERA and 82/29 K/BB ratio in 79 innings last season at Low-A Quad Cities, but the 22-year-old right-hander has pretty good raw stuff.
Source: MLBlogs
Mar 26 - 2:18 PM

Reds acquired 1B Dan Johnson from the Astros for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Johnson, 35, was batting .158 in 25 plate appearances this spring with the Astros. He'll head to the minor league side of Reds camp and won't be in consideration for the Opening Day roster.
Mar 26 - 2:13 PM

Phillies acquired SS Devin Lohman from the Reds for cash considerations.

Lohman batted just .245/.310/.352 in 108 games last season for the Reds' Double-A affiliate in Pensacola, Florida. The 25-year-old isn't really a prospect.
Mar 26 - 2:05 PM

Chad Billingsley (elbow) allowed two hits over two scoreless innings Thursday in a minor league game.

Billingsley tossed a total of 32 pitches in the outing. He's on his way back from flexor tendon surgery and probably won't be an option for the Phillies until sometime in late April. The 30-year-old right-hander signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with Philly in January.
Mar 26 - 1:39 PM

Johnny Cueto returned to Reds camp Thursday.

Cueto flew home to the Dominican Republic late last week to handle a private family matter. The absence will not affect his status for Opening Day. He'll get the Pirates at home in his first regular-season start.
Mar 26 - 1:34 PM

Glen Perkins threw a perfect inning Thursday afternoon in a minor league game.

Perkins needed just 11 pitches to get through the frame and struck out two of the three batters he faced. The left-hander was slowed by an oblique strain earlier this spring, but it looks like he'll carry a clean bill of health into the regular season. Perkins should again have good value as a fantasy closer, even if the Twins don't win many games.
Mar 26 - 1:29 PM

Michael Brantley will be sidelined for the next couple of days due to back tightness.

Brantley was also bothered by back discomfort earlier this spring, but Indians manager Terry Francona told reporters Thursday that there isn't much concern. Brantley, 27, batted .327/.385/.506 with 20 home runs, 97 RBI, 23 stolen bases, and 94 runs scored in 156 games last season. He ranks sixth among all MLB outfielders in our 2015 Rotoworld Draft Guide.
Mar 26 - 1:03 PM

Brandon League will get a second opinion about his right shoulder Friday from Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

League underwent an MRI on the shoulder Wednesday, but the Dodgers haven't revealed the results. The 32-year-old right-hander has been dealing with shoulder discomfort for much of March and obviously won't be ready for Opening Day. He's owed $8.5 million in 2015.
Mar 26 - 12:53 PM

J.P. Arencibia was scratched from a minor league game Thursday with a strained flexor mass.

That's typically a serious injury, but the Orioles aren't putting out many details. Arencibia is in O's camp this spring on a non-guaranteed minor league contract. He presumably will not be on the Opening Day roster.
Mar 26 - 12:47 PM

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