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Tyler Thornburg (elbow) has already begun throwing bullpen sessions.

Thornburg was diagnosed last August with "weakness" in the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, but he didn't have surgery and has been encouraged with his progress following a PRP injection. He expects to be ready for Opening Day, but it's usually just a matter of time that surgery is needed when the UCL is involved.
Jan 25 - 1:54 PM

Jim Henderson (shoulder) began throwing off a mound last week.

He's slated to have his first true bullpen sessions this week after surgery last August to repair his labrum and rotator cuff. The Brewers referred to the operation as a "cleanup," but it's always worrisome when the labrum and rotator cuff are involved. However, Henderson is optimistic about being ready to go come Opening Day.
Jan 25 - 12:42 PM

Taijuan Walker will compete with Roenis Elias and Erasmo Ramirez for the fifth spot in the Mariners' rotation.

"The more competition, the better," Walker said. "It brings the best out of everyone who is fighting for a spot." The top prospect is obviously the big name here, but Elias could be the favorite for the No. 5 spot after posting a 3.85 ERA and 1.31 WHIP over 29 starts last season. Walker did finish strong with a 1.96 ERA in September and also pitched well in two Arizona Fall League starts. Fantasy owners will be rooting for him during spring training.
Jan 25 - 10:36 AM

Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich said Saturday that Boone Logan (elbow) is completely healthy.

Logan had surgery last September to remove a small bone spur from his left elbow -- the second straight year he had an operation on his elbow. His recovery dragged on longer than expected the first time, but the rehab has evidently gone better this time around and he'll enter spring training with no restrictions. Logan will look to bounce back in 2015 after holding a 6.84 ERA and 1.68 WHIP over 35 appearances in his first season with the Rockies.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 25 - 10:14 AM

Reds manager Bryan Price said that Anthony DeSclafani is "certainly one of the favorites to make our rotation."

As it stands right now, Tony Cingrani and DeSclafani look like the favorites to come away with the No. 4 and No. 5 spots, respectively. However, they'll face competition from Cuban Raisel Iglesias, David Holmberg, Dylan Axelrod and Jason Marquis. Acquired from the Marlins in the Mat Latos trade, DeSclafani struggled in his brief time in the majors in 2014 but boasts a career 3.23 ERA in the minors and has middle-of-the-rotation upside.
Jan 25 - 9:52 AM

A source told Teri Thompson, Bill Madden and Michael O'Keefe of the New York Daily News that Alex Rodriguez is "noticeably thinner and 'massless' than in previous years."

Rodriguez will turn 40 in the middle of the season and has had past hip issues, so taking off some weight is probably wise. Slated for the designated hitter role in 2015, A-Rod remains a poor bet health-wise and is coming off a year-long suspension, so his appeal in fantasy leagues is limited. The Daily News report also stated that Rodriguez offered to meet face-to-face with Yankees executives in order to apologize for his role in the Biogenesis scandal, but the club declined the invite.
Jan 25 - 9:31 AM

Dustin Pedroia said Saturday that he expects his power to return in 2015 following surgery to repair a left wrist issue that bothered him throughout last season.

"The ball’s going to go farther," Pedroia said. "The balls are going 400 feet now (in batting practice). And then, when you add 5 mph (against pitchers), I’m not a chemist or anything, it’s probably going to go 500." The second baseman noted that the wrist issue kept him from doing any upper-body workouts last year, which sapped his bat speed and strength. Pedroia had a career-low seven homers and .376 slugging percentage in 2014, but those numbers have a good chance to rebound in 2015.
Jan 25 - 9:13 AM

More than 200 scouts attended Cuban infielder Hector Olivera's workout last week in the Dominican Republic, per Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com.

Sanchez lists the Giants, Padres, Rangers, Braves and Yankees among the teams showing interest, although with over 200 scouts in attendance it's likely most to all teams were represented in some fashion. Olivera still hasn't been cleared by the OFAC so he's unable to sign with a team. The 29-year-old second baseman will surely have no shortage of suitors when he is eligible to sign.
Jan 24 - 8:01 PM

The Brewers and Phillies haven't talked about a possible Jonathan Papelbon trade in two days, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"It doesn’t appear there’s any momentum to it right now," said Brewers general manager Doug Melvin. "It could be revived later, I guess, but right now there’s nothing happening. "Whatever traction there was seems to have dissipated." Haudricourt said the main issues remain Papelbon's no-trade clause and a vesting $13 million option in 2016, part of which the Brewers would ask the Phillies to pick up. At this point, someone will have to give some ground to make a deal work.
Jan 24 - 6:56 PM

Matt Dominguez has been asked to try his hand at first base this year.

"(Astros manager A.J. Hinch) thinks I’m going to be a third baseman, but he wants to also help me try to make the team by adding a little more versatility and move around a little bit more," Dominguez said. "Do whatever I need to do." The Astros' acquisition of Luis Valbuena moves Dominguez into a part-time role, so it would help him get on the field if he could play more positions. Dominguez, 25, hit .215/.256/.330 as an everyday player last season.
Jan 24 - 6:35 PM

Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports a Jonathan Papelbon deal to the Brewers is "on life support, at best."

That's quite a change from Friday, when the deal was said to be basically complete. The hangup seems to be money, as the two sides hadn't agreed on how much money the Phillies would pick up in a potential deal. If the Brewers don't deal for Papelbon, it's unclear if he'll be changing addresses this offseason.
Jan 24 - 6:25 PM

Tigers and RHP Al Alburquerque avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.725 million contract.

Alburquerque had asked for $2.05 million and the Tigers offered $1.375 million, so the two sides met close to the midpoint. Alburquerque had a 2.51 ERA and 63/21 K/BB ratio in 57 1/3 innings this past season but remains nothing more than a middle relief option for the Tigers.
Jan 24 - 6:20 PM

Twins general manager Terry Ryan said top prospect Byron Buxton could make his major league debut this season.

"I don't see him breaking camp with us but I do see maybe surfacing in the major leagues in 2015," Ryan told Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Buxton played just 31 games in 2014 due to injury, so he'll likely begin the season at Double-A. He's still just 21 years old, though, and has as high an upside as anyone in the minors. When he does surface in the majors, he'll be a must-own for fantasy purposes.
Jan 24 - 5:35 PM

Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities hears Brandon Beachy has chosen a new team and is finalizing some contractual details with the club.

Wolfson is led to believe that team isn't the Twins. Beachy won't be ready for the start of the season as he continues his recovery from a second Tommy John surgery, but he could be back and contributing for a club sometime in May. The Braves have also been counted out of the running for the 28-year-old, but a number of other clubs had interest. We should know his new organization soon.
Jan 24 - 4:13 PM

Twins and LHP Brian Duensing avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.7 million contract.

It's exactly the midpoint between where the two sides filed at, so both sides should be happy with the outcome. Duensing was one of the most reliable options out of the Twins bullpen in 2014, compiling a 3.31 ERA and 33/20 K/BB ratio in his 54 1/3 frames.
Jan 24 - 3:43 PM



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