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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times is hearing that Brent Honeywell's injury issue is "definitely arm related and of potential major concern."

Feb 22 - 11:59 AM

Brent Honeywell cut short a bullpen session Thursday morning in Rays camp and left the field with a trainer.

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times says the 22-year-old top pitching prospect was "clearly upset" as he made his way into the clubhouse and "cursed loudly a few times." We could be dealing with some awful news here shortly. Honeywell was in line to make his major league debut in early 2018 after registering a 3.49 ERA and 172/35 K/BB ratio in 136 2/3 innings (26 starts) last season between Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham.
Feb 22 - 11:29 AM

Devon Travis (knee) is a full participant at Blue Jays camp this spring.

Travis missed the final 100 games of the 2017 season after requiring surgery to repair cartilage damage in his right knee, but he has impressed all onlookers so far in Dunedin, Florida. "You watch him move around, and if you didn’t know he’d had an injury, you wouldn’t think anything of it," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons told Sportsnet.ca. "Really, he looks that good." Travis, mostly a forgotten man in more casual fantasy leagues, might take on some sneaky value in 2018. The second baseman batted .301/.342/.469 with 19 homers, 85 RBI, seven steals, and 92 runs scored over his first 163 major league games between 2015-2016.
Source: Sportsnet.ca
Feb 22 - 11:21 AM

Chris Young has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain of his right calf.

Young suffered the injury during a workout earlier this week. He told reporters Wednesday that he only expects to miss 10 days, but calf strains can sometimes take 2-4 weeks to fully recover from. It's very possible the veteran outfielder will run out of time and have to open the 2018 regular season on the disabled list. He signed a one-year, $2 million free agent contract with the Angels on February 18 and projects to serve as an active fourth outfielder if his health cooperates.
Feb 22 - 11:06 AM

Ryan Garton (hip) is scheduled to throw his first bullpen session of the spring next Tuesday.

Garton is being eased into action at Mariners camp after undergoing hip labrum surgery this offseason. The 28-year-old right-hander will likely be ticketed for Triple-A Tacoma at the end of spring training. He holds a 4.55 ERA in 61 1/3 career innings of relief at the major league level.
Feb 22 - 10:40 AM

Ben Zobrist (back) was held out of workouts again on Wednesday in Cubs camp.

Zobrist has now missed three straight days because of a back issue, though Cubs manager Joe Maddon said the team is just being careful here in late February. Zobrist, 36, figures to make his Cactus League debut sometime in early March. He projects to enter the 2018 regular season as a part-time second baseman and utilityman for the reigning National League Central champs.
Source: Cubs.mlb.com
Feb 22 - 9:49 AM

Pirates GM Neal Huntington said he's hopeful Daniel Nava (back) can return "fully and quickly" to spring training workouts.

Nava has been limited to rehab work at Pirates camp throughout this week due to a back injury that also plagued him for much of the 2017 season. Huntington noted to reporters that the club's recent signing of outfielder Michael Saunders was part of a "Plan B" in case Nava isn't ready to go come Opening Day. One of the two could see semi-regular action in left field to begin the 2018 regular season. Adam Frazier and Bryce Brentz are also in that mix.
Feb 22 - 9:09 AM

Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk said Joe Musgrove (shoulder) should resume throwing in "the coming days."

Musgrove skipped a scheduled bullpen session on Sunday after feeling some discomfort in his right shoulder and he hasn't picked up a baseball since, but Tomczyk told reporters on Wednesday that the issue is "minor" and the Pirates are simply taking "precautionary" measures. It's not a significant concern here on February 22, though Morton did miss some time last year in Houston with a shoulder issue and he's about a week behind the other rotation candidates in Pirates camp as Grapefruit League play gets underway.
Feb 22 - 8:54 AM

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes that Ryan Merritt is facing an uphill battle to make the Indians' 25-man roster.

Merritt is out of options, so Cleveland would risk losing the 26-year-old left-hander to another club without receiving compensation if he's not in uniform on Opening Day. Still, because the Indians appear to have a full rotation and a bullpen that doesn't appear to have much -- if any -- room either, he could be left out of the mix. Merritt has pitched well at times and could serve as insurance if an injury takes place, but he also could be a trade candidate near the end of spring training for a team looking for a back-end starter.
Feb 21 - 10:41 PM

Angels placed RHP Alex Meyer on the 60-day disabled list with a right shoulder injury.

The move clears a 40-man roster space for outfielder Jabari Blash, whom the Angels acquired on Wednesday in a trade with the Yankees. Meyer underwent labrum surgery on his right shoulder last September and will reportedly be sidelined until at least the beginning of the 2019 season.
Feb 21 - 8:00 PM

Angels acquired OF Jabari Blash from the Yankees for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Blash was recently designated for assignment by the Yankees in order to make room for Brandon Drury, who was acquired from the Diamondbacks in a three-team trade on Tuesday. The 28-year-old outfielder has a career .200/.323/.336 batting line at the major league level, but his power from the right side could allow him to be a bench bat for the Angels in 2018.
Feb 21 - 7:54 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon told reporters on Wednesday that Javier Baez will have to show a better approach at the plate to earn more playing time.

"[Baez] is at that point now (that) to get those 500 to 600 plate appearances, (he needs to) organize (his) strike zone, accept walks and use the whole field," Maddon said Wednesday. "That would be the next level for him." Baez is still just 25 years old, but his grand total of 64 walks in 1,267 plate appearances speaks to his lack of patience at the plate. He oozes talent, but if he's ever going to reach his ceiling, there has to be a reason for pitchers to throw him more strikes. If he does eventually find that groove, look out.
Feb 21 - 7:45 PM

Rangers signed RHP Jesse Chavez to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Chavez will make $1 million in base salary, and it will increase to $1.5 million if he's added to the active roster. Heyman also notes that Chavez can earn another $1 million if he reaches a specific number of starts, and the deal also comes with $500,000 in potential relief incentives. Chavez registered a 5.35 ERA in 38 appearances (21 starts) with the Angels last year, tallying 119 strikeouts in his 138 innings. He provides value because of his swingman ability, but he's been much more effective pitching out of the bullpen. Long relief is likely going to be his role with the Rangers when all is said and done.
Feb 21 - 7:04 PM

Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports that hold-up in J.D. Martinez's contract being finalized is related to logistics in reviewing medical reports.

There was a belief that Martinez would have his deal with the Red Sox officially announced on Wednesday, but Drellich says that finalization will likely come Thursday, at the earliest. Because the Red Sox's medical team is Boston-based and there are often specialists involved in these physical exams -- particularly on contracts as large as Martinez's -- there is understandably a longer wait for everything to get sorted out. Drellich also cautions there are no issues anticipated with the examination(s), so there's no reason to panic. Martinez, 30, has agreed to a five-year $110 million contract with the Red Sox that contains opt outs after the second and third years.
Feb 21 - 6:55 PM

Bo Schultz (elbow) is getting close to throwing live batting practice.

Schultz missed all of 2017 after undergoing Tommy John surgery last March. The Pirates signed him to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training in January. He owns a career 4.54 ERA in 51 career major league appearances, though he did post a promising 3.56 ERA in 31 appearances for Toronto in 2015. If the 32-year-old right-hander can work back to full health, he has an outside chance of joining the Pirates' bullpen at some point in 2018.
Feb 21 - 6:12 PM



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