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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo has named Zack Greinke as the club's Opening Day starter.

Lovullo made the expected announcement at the same time he pegged Greinke to make his spring debut on Friday. The 33-year-old dealt with oblique and shoulder issues while struggling with a 4.37 ERA over 26 starts during his first season with Arizona. It's a tough environment for a pitcher, but it's easy to imagine him becoming trade bait if he bounces back with a strong first half.
Mar 1 - 2:25 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) might have to go for some tests before leaving for the World Baseball Classic.

Ramirez has yet to play first base in spring training after coming down with some stiffness in his right shoulder. The most recent report stated that Ramirez would function solely as a DH for the Dominican Republic, but the Red Sox would like to see him make some progress with his throwing program since he should see at least some time at first base this year. "It would be safe to say that if no improvements or ramping up of the throwing program the next 24 to 48 hours, additional testing is going to be needed at that point," said Farrell. "As of today, no revelations in any way." When asked Wednesday, Ramirez said he still intends to play in the WBC.
Source: WEEI.com
Mar 1 - 1:37 PM

Carlos Rodon will throw his first bullpen session of the spring on Friday.

It was previously expected to be on either Wednesday or Thursday. The White Sox are easing Rodon into action this spring, but there's no reason for concern. They have mapped out a plan to get him ready for Opening Day.
Mar 1 - 1:28 PM

Kevin Kiermaier was scratched from Wednesday's Grapefruit League lineup due to neck stiffness.

It's not a major concern at this time. Consider Kiermaier day-to-day for now.
Mar 1 - 12:46 PM

Jason Kipnis (shoulder) took batting practice in the indoor batting cage on Wednesday.

Kipnis was shut down from throwing for 4-5 days after being diagnosed with a strained right rotator cuff over the weekend, but it's a good sign that he's able to do some hitting. The plan calls for him to return to on-field batting practice within the next few days. However, it's unclear when he'll begin throwing or be cleared for game action.
Mar 1 - 12:44 PM

Zack Wheeler (elbow) is on track to make his Grapefruit League debut on March 10.

The Mets gave him the go-ahead after he completed his first live batting practice session of the spring on Wednesday. Wheeler felt some tenderness in his elbow at the start of camp, but he got over it relatively quickly. The big test will be how he responds to pitching in game action again. He missed the entire 2015 season and threw just one inning on a rehab assignment last year. Wheeler could make things interesting with some strong performances, but Robert Gsellman still appears to the favorite for the final spot in the rotation.
Mar 1 - 12:33 PM

Yunel Escobar has left Angels' camp to take his American citizenship test in Miami.

Escobar, a Cuban defector, is scheduled to take the citizenship test on Thursday. The expectation is that he'll be back in Angels' camp on Friday. Escobar will once again serve as the Angels' third baseman this season after batting .304/.355/.391 with five homers and 39 RBI over 132 games in 2016.
Mar 1 - 12:13 PM

Padres manager Andy Green is aiming for Carter Capps (elbow) to make his Cactus League debut around mid-March.

Capps, who is coming back from Tommy John surgery, is expected to pitch in simulated games and minor league games before appearing in Cactus League action. The way the Padres have mapped things out is giving him a chance to be ready for the start of the season. He could quickly find himself in the mix for the closer role if he proves his health and effectiveness.
Mar 1 - 12:10 PM

Jose Reyes took fly balls in center field on Wednesday.

Reyes did so at the advice of Terry Collins. The possibility of him actually seeing time in center field would be more realistic if David Wright was healthy, but odds are Reyes will see most of his time at third base at this point. But the Mets are at least weighing their options to maximize their roster.
Mar 1 - 11:54 AM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said he plans to go with one pitcher out of the closer role this season.

Baker also admitted that he was hoping the Nats would land a big-name closer this winter. There's still a chance that a deal could come together with the White Sox for David Robertson, but as of now, Shawn Kelley, Blake Treinen, and Koda Glover are the main contenders for the role. Kelley has health concerns, but he should be considered the favorite after posting a 2.64 ERA and 80/11 K/BB ratio in 58 innings last season. We should have a better handle on the situation in the next couple of weeks.
Mar 1 - 11:34 AM

Matt Shoemaker will make his Cactus League debut on Friday.

Shoemaker required emergency brain surgery after being hit in the head by a comebacker last September, but all has gone well in his rehab and he didn't have any issues facing live hitters last week. He's poised to be a major part of the Angels' rotation this year. The 30-year-old posted a 3.88 ERA and 143/30 K/BB ratio over 160 innings in 2016.
Mar 1 - 11:29 AM

Dilson Herrera (shoulder) will be examined by Reds medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek on Thursday.

Herrera has been dealing with inflammation in his right shoulder, but he was able to do some throwing on Monday. The Reds plan to hold off on any more throwing until he's checked out on Thursday. Jose Peraza projects to start at second base following the Brandon Phillips trade, so Herrera is likely Triple-A bound if healthy.
Mar 1 - 11:25 AM

Ryan Flaherty (shoulder) still isn't game-ready.

Flaherty has been dealing with some shoulder soreness of late. Orioles manager Buck Showalter was hoping that he'd be ready to play by Wednesday, but it turns out he might need a few more days. Flaherty batted just .217 with three home runs and a .610 OPS in 74 games last season, but he projects to serve in a utility role for Baltimore again in 2017.
Mar 1 - 11:22 AM

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Wednesday that prospect right-hander Hunter Harvey (elbow) could be ready to pitch in a game by July.

That timeline would put him a year removed from his Tommy John surgery, so his rehab is going according to plan so far. Harvey was selected No. 22 overall by the Orioles back in 2013, but injuries have limited him to just 30 starts in pro ball. The good news is that he's still just 22 years old.
Mar 1 - 11:19 AM

Chris Tillman (shoulder) threw off a flat mound on Wednesday.

Tillman, who required platelet-rich plasma treatment for his right shoulder in December, is expected to progress to a half-mound on Friday before throwing from a full mound on Sunday. He's still not expected to be ready for Opening Day, but he's making progress. If all goes well, he might only have to miss one turn in the rotation.
Mar 1 - 11:15 AM



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