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Tampa Bay Times

Rays' Alex Cobb eager to pitch in competitive games

PORT CHARLOTTE — RHP Alex Cobb can't wait to see the Pirates on Saturday afternoon.

Tampa Bay Times

Rays: Beckham blast breaks Smyly's windshield

Hit of the day INF Tim Beckham provided the "highlight" of the day, a batting practice blast that shattered the windshield of LHP Drew Smyly's car, which was parked beyond the leftfield fence. After joking that pitching coach Jim Hickey was to blame for grooving the pitch, Beckham said he would make good. "I …

philly.com

Utley being eased into full spring schedule because of ankle injury

Phillies 2B Chase Utley is getting limited workouts so that he can recover from a sprained ankle.

Mets Blog | ESPN New York

Report: Harvey 'likely' for April 9, 14

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Matt Harvey is “likely” to make his regular-season debut April 9 against the Washington Nationals in Game 3 of the season, then start the team's second home game, on April 14 against the Philadelphia Phillies, columnist Kevin Kernan writes in the Post. The Mets previously had made chatter about Harvey starting the home opener. Writes Kernan: The Mets don’t need Harvey to over-amp it on Opening Day in Washington and run into issues as he returns from Tommy John surgery that cost him his 2014 season.

Tampa Bay Times

Rays' Bobby Wilson bidding for job with hometown team

Bobby Wilson, who simply hoped to have a career, is trying to make the Rays as a backup.

Tampa Bay Times

Nick Franklin confident he'll be Rays' starting shortstop

PORT CHARLOTTE — If the biggest question in unscrambling the Rays' muddled middle infield situation is indeed whether Nick Franklin can play shortstop, there may be an easy answer.

Tampa Bay Times

Rays: Guyer in awe of MMA star Rousey

Rousey respect OF Brandon Guyer, the Rays' mixed martial arts and UFC expert, had even more respect for Ronda Rousey after her 14-second title defense against Cat Zingano. "I thought that was going to be her toughest test," Guyer said. "Like people are saying, she's the Mike Tyson of MMA right now. …

Orioles Insider | Baltimore Sun

After surgery, Orioles infielder Paul Janish looking forward to getting back on the field

SARASOTA, Fla. – Orioles infielder Paul Janish, who had surgery to remove bone chips from his throwing elbow last month, is slated to begin baseball activities on Tuesday.

Tampa Bay Times

Live from Port Charlotte: Day 3 of live BP

DEVELOPING: Morning fog has cleared here at the Charlotte Sports Park, and the Rays are headed out for the third of four days of live batting practice in advance of Thursday's exhibition opener.

Tampa Bay Times

Mike Montgomery moving to bullpen in bid to make Rays

PORT CHARLOTTE — LHP Mike Montgomery is moving to the bullpen with the idea that it could get him to the major leagues sooner.

Newark Star-Ledger

Mets' Matt Harvey facing live batters again and they're swinging this time

The Mets ace is staying the course on his road to recovery from Tommy John surgery.

Washington Post

Washington Nationals’ left-hander Gio Gonzalez aims to keep emotions in check

VIERA, Fla. – Last year was hard for Gio Gonzalez. He is defined by his left arm and bubbly personality. Both took a hit during a trying 2014 season. For the first time in his seven major league seasons, Gonzalez suffered an injury — an inflamed left shoulder – and landed on the disabled list for a month in mid-May while the Washington Nationals were toiling around .500. He dealt with lingering effects of the injury even after his return, and struggled to a 10-10 record — his lowest win total since his second season in the majors.Read full article >>

Newsday

Luis Torrens, Yankees catching prospect, being evaluated for shoulder injury

Yankees catching prospect Luis Torrens is being evaluated for a potentially serious shoulder injury.

Express-Times

Chase Utley's injured ankle will keep him out of Tuesday's Phillies spring training opener

Second baseman has yet to make full recovery form offseason injury.

Grand Rapids Press

Detroit Tigers' Joel Hanrahan headed to Texas to see elbow specialist: 'It's time to get some answers'

Hanrahan said its been like a roller coaster in that some days his elbow feels better and some days it feels worse. He will see Dr. Keith Meister in Arlington, Texas. LAKELAND, Fla. -- Joel Hanrahan continues to hit bumps in the road to rehabilitation. It won't be long before he finds out how big the latest one is. Hanrahan is headed to Texas to see a doctor Tuesday regarding his ongoing right elbow issues. Hanrahan had Tommy John surgery after appearing in just nine games for the Boston Red Sox in the 2013 season and has been battling to get back since. "I'm...

Belleville News Democrat

Wainwright throws first bullpen since injury last week

Adam Wainwright bumped fists and smiled following a short bullpen session on Monday, the first since straining his abdominal muscle a week ago.

High Cheese | Philadelphia Daily News

Utley's ankle still swollen; won't play this week

Chase Utley arrived in camp with a minor right ankle injury. After taking part in hitting and fielding drills for a week, he was absent on Monday. But he said he is progressing.

Chicago White Sox Blog | ESPN Chicago

Opportunity awaits for Rodon, Johnson

GLENDALE, Ariz. – An young artist has a canvas, a budding musician has the stage and the biggest of Chicago White Sox prospects have the approaching Cactus League schedule to make an impression. Micah Johnson finally gets a chance to show what he can do at second base, while Carlos Rodon is taking advantage of the injury to Chris Sale to get in some action in big league games. Beginning Wednesday, the White Sox have 32 scheduled games in 31 days, including an exhibition game at Triple-A Charlotte on April 3.

Fish Bytes | Miami Herald

Jose Fernandez throws off a mound for 1st time since surgery (VIDEO)

JUPITER -- Jose Fernandez threw off the mound on Sunday for the first time since May 9 of last season when he injured his arm and underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery. With his mother, grandmother and girlfriend looking on --...

Bird Land | St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Jay making 'progress,' but not ready for spring games

As he returns from wrist surgery, Cardinals center fielder says his focus is on being ready for opening day, not an arbitrary Grapefruit League date.

Chicago Cubs Blog | ESPN Chicago

Cubs, Maddon mourn passing of Minoso

MESA, Ariz. -- The Chicago Cubs issued a statement mourning the death of Chicago White Sox icon Minnie Minoso on Sunday, while manager Joe Maddon reminisced about time spent with him at U.S Cellular field while managing the Tampa Bay Rays. “He liked how we did things,” Maddon said after the Cubs were done with workouts on Sunday. “That’s what he always wanted to talk about. He liked our team, how we played, things like that.

Brewers Blog | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Another positive step forward for Jim Henderson

Phoenix Milwaukee Brewers reliever Jim Henderson made a big step forward on Sunday morning when he threw a session of live batting practice, marking the first time the big Canadian had faced hitters since having surgery on his right shoulder last August.

CSN Washington

Marlins ace Fernandez takes big step in Tommy John recovery

Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez reached a significant milestone in his recovery from Tommy John surgery on Sunday.

Newark Star-Ledger

Mets injury report: Lucas Duda to start swinging soon

Manager Terry Collins said Duda is near full health. He believes Duda could begin swinging this week.

Orange County Register

Angels Notes: Ryan Mattheus is healthy, no starter yet for Thursday, no Roberto Baldoquin

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Ryan Mattheus suffered the first injury of camp for the Angels, although Mike Scioscia didn't reveal it until after he was healed. Scioscia said Sunday morning that Mattheus, a non-roster invitee, was cleared to throw again after...

Houston Chronicle

Swollen left hand keeps Cruz from live batting practice

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Lefthanded pitcher Luis Cruz, who injured his pitching hand trying to field a grounder Friday, noticed progress although he was limited to long toss because of his swollen hand. The injury kept Cruz from throwing his previously scheduled live batting practice session. “We’ll sort of keep evaluating him,” manager A.J. Hinch said […]

Boston Red Sox Blog | ESPN Boston

Takeaways from the Fort: Craig looks good

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Takeaways from the Fort on Day 10 of Red Sox camp: Is Allen Craig trade bait? If so, the market soon could be trending up. Manager John Farrell said Sunday that Craig is showing “much more life in the bat” and looking physically strong after battling a left foot Lisfranc injury in 2014 and hitting just .128 for the Red Sox following the trade that sent John Lackey to the Cardinals. “The foot’s not an issue at this point and we don’t anticipate it to be,” Farrell said.

CBS Sports

Boomer & Carton: Harvey throws awesome curveball after surgery

New York Mets manager Terry Collins said pitcher Matt Harvey threw a great curveball in camp despite his recent recovery from Tommy John surgery. Boomer and Carton discuss.

CBS Sports

Kenley Jansen out 8-12 weeks

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen to miss some time after having surgery on his foot. CBSSports.com's Matt Snyder has you covered on how the Dodgers can fill that void.

CBS Sports

Boomer & Carton: Pettitte says he didn't cheat

Former New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte claimed he did not cheat when he used HGH to recover from an injury.