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Jung Ho Kang admitted to his DUI charge in a South Korea court on Wednesday.

Kang fled the scene after slamming into a guardrail on December 2 in Seoul, South Korea. It was his third DUI charge since 2009. "I deeply regret what I have done," Kang told Yonhap News. "If I can get one last chance, I will become an exemplary player to earn respect from everyone." According to Yonhap News, the court will hold a verdict hearing on March 3. It's unclear what the sentence might be or when he'll be able to rejoin the Pirates. He could also face a punishment from the Pirates, though he has agreed to enter an alcohol treatment program.
Feb 22 - 8:34 AM

Alex Dickerson (back) missed another workout Tuesday at Padres camp.

The corner outfielder also sat out of drills Monday after developing some stiffness in his back over the weekend. Padres manager Andy Green said it's no big deal. There is plenty of time for Dickerson to catch back up.
Feb 21 - 9:39 PM

Josh Roenicke has signed a contract with Pericos de Puebla of the Mexican League.

He will compete for a spot in the Pericos rotation after registering a 3.80 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and 49/23 K/BB ratio over 42 2/3 innings of relief last season in the Angels' minor league system. Roenicke, 34, last appeared in a major league game back in 2013 with the Twins.
Feb 21 - 7:59 PM

Casey Janssen has agreed to a deal with Acereros del Norte of the Mexican League.

Janssen spent a month-and-a-half in the Red Sox system last summer before getting released from Triple-A Pawtucket in early August. He then failed to latch on with another organization. The 35-year-old former Blue Jays closer is probably done as a Major League Baseball player.
Feb 21 - 7:56 PM

Jacoby Ellsbury reported to Yankees camp Tuesday.

Ellsbury was cleared to arrive late to spring training because his wife delivered the couple's second child last week. "We'll watch him the next few days," manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday. "Obviously, he's a couple of days behind. His wife, Kelsey, is great, the baby is great. Physically, he looks good. We'll see where he is sometime at the end of the weekend or early next week."
Feb 21 - 7:29 PM

Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez said he plans to throw for MLB scouts in March.

Alvarez has been through nearly as many surgeries as live major league appearances over the last two seasons due to shoulder trouble, but the 26-year-old is currently long-tossing from 120 feet and feeling strong. He told Manolo Hernandez of Beisbol Por Gotas on Tuesday that seven teams have asked for updates on his progress. There should be a minor league contract out there somewhere for him.
Feb 21 - 7:20 PM

Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi said he was very impressed with Brandon McCarthy's live batting practice session on Tuesday.

McCarthy has been throwing with full velocity since late January as he tries to fight his way back into the Dodgers' starting rotation. The 33-year-old right-hander owns a rough 5.29 ERA in 63 innings through his first two seasons with Los Angeles. He finished 2016 with a miserable relief appearance against the rival Giants in which he yielded six runs in the sixth inning while recording zero outs.
Feb 21 - 5:42 PM

David Wright (neck) played catch on a back field Tuesday at Mets camp.

The veteran third baseman is being kept away from the media as he tries to return from last June's cervical discectomy and fusion surgery. "We don’t want him overexposed to where ... if he makes a bad throw, all of a sudden, it’s a big story," manager Terry Collins said. "We want to make sure that when he starts out there throwing in front of everybody, that he’s certainly ready to let it loose." Wright is aiming to be ready for Opening Day, but the question marks abound.
Source: Newsday
Feb 21 - 5:07 PM

Matt Wieters will take his physical with the Nationals on Wednesday.

This will be the last step to finalizing his new two-year, $21 million contract. The Nationals' 40-man roster is full at the moment, so they will need to make a move to clear a spot for Wieters. Derek Norris now projects to slide into a backup role, but Nationals manager Dusty Baker indicated Tuesday that he could be a trade candidate.
Feb 21 - 3:59 PM

Gerrit Cole threw two innings of live batting practice Tuesday at Pirates' camp.

Cole got a late start last spring due to a rib injury and ended up posting a career-high 3.88 ERA over 21 starts in between three stints on the disabled list, but he feels good this time around. "I've learned a lot and gotten more mental toughness," Cole said. "I've learned how to deal with some adversity, so hopefully I'm better for it." His stock has taken somewhat of a hit in fantasy leagues, but there's considerable upside if he has turned a corner physically.
Feb 21 - 3:55 PM

Zach Britton won't pitch in Wednesday's intrasquad game due to symptoms of a potential oblique injury.

This type of injury can sideline players for several weeks, so it's understandable that the Orioles don't want to take any chances with their dominant closer. We should know more on his status in the next day or two.
Feb 21 - 3:30 PM

Steve Hathaway is dealing with bursitis in his left shoulder.

It's unclear how long he'll be sidelined. Hathaway, 26, put up a 4.91 ERA and 15/6 K/BB ratio over 14 2/3 innings during his first exposure to the majors last season.
Feb 21 - 2:54 PM

Max Scherzer (finger) played catch with his normal two-fingered fastball grip on Monday.

That's the good news. What's not so great is that he still feels pain in the knuckle at the base of his right ring finger. He won't throw a bullpen session until that pain subsides. "Achy’s a lot better than sharp pain, isn’t it?" said Scherzer. "That’s what the doctor said to me: They expect an achy feeling in there. Those are screaming symptoms of stress fractures. So it’s literally day-by-day with how I feel." Scherzer pitched through the stress fracture last year, but he doesn't want to do it again. It's a waiting game, but there's still plenty of time for him to get his work in before the start of the season.
Feb 21 - 2:46 PM

Yankees prospect left-hander James Reeves will miss 3-4 weeks due to an elbow sprain.

It sounds like something which could require a late start to the season. Reeves, 23, owns a promising 2.40 ERA and 144/42 K/BB ratio over his first 123 2/3 innings in pro ball.
Feb 21 - 2:41 PM

Alex Rodriguez said Tuesday at Yankees camp that he's retired and has no intention of continuing his playing career.

It's only natural that the topic was raised with A-Rod serving as a guest instructor in Yankees camp. Heck, even manager Joe Girardi raised the possibility of a return Tuesday afternoon. However, A-Rod's spokesman Ron Berkowitz said back in January that the 41-year-old wasn't planning to make a comeback and nothing has changed since. A lightning rod for attention and controversy, Rodriguez will finish fourth all-time with 696 home runs. He won three MVP Awards and posted a .295/.380/.550 batting line to go along with 3,115 career hits.
Feb 21 - 2:26 PM


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