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Fri Feb 2803:13Indians got preview of '20 rotation without Kluber and BauerTrevor BauerSPIndiansFree Agent
Shane BieberFree Agent
Carlos CarrascoSPIndiansFree Agent
Aaron CivaleFree Agent
Mike ClevingerFree Agent
Corey KluberSPIndiansFree Agent
Zach PlesacFree Agent
Adam PlutkoFree Agent
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Shane Bieber and all the young Indians starters have pretty much gotten used to being without stalwarts Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer in Cleveland's rotation. They got a head start last season on what it would be like without them.“We didn't have much of a choice last year,” said Bieber, the MVP of the All-Star Game in Cleveland last summer. '"I guess that kind of benefits us moving forward in this year because we're already kind of familiar with it, and the roles that we have to step into."Kluber suffered a broken right forearm when struck by a comeback liner in his seventh start last season. That was three months before the Indians traded Bauer in a deadline deal, and two-time Cy Young winner Kluber sustained an oblique injury when close to his return. The unquestioned ace then got traded to Texas the week before Christmas by Cleveland, which initially exercised a $17.5 million contract option for Kluber only days after the season ended. With those All-S... [More]
Fri Feb 2802:33Working the count; 30-somethings grinding to extend careersJarrod DysonCFRoyalsFree Agent
Matt KempCFDodgersFree Agent
Starling MarteLFPiratesFree Agent
Cameron MaybinCFPadresFree Agent
Hunter PenceRFGiantsFree Agent
Pablo Sandoval3BGiantsFree Agent
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — Jarrod Dyson kept waiting for the phone to ring. As December faded and the hot stove cooled, one thought kept running through the free agent outfielder's mind.“You mean to tell me I can't help nobody win?" said Dyson, who stole 30 bases for Arizona in 2019 before hitting the open market last fall.Dyson's won plenty. He offers the World Series ring he earned while playing for the Kansas City Royals in 2015 as proof. He appeared in 130 games at age 34 last season for a Diamondbacks team that hung around the playoff picture until the final week of the season. He's been part of a rebuilding projects and raucous October celebrations. Now in the final innings of a decade-long career, he wouldn't mind another shot at a playoff run.Yet the only palatable job offer Dyson received came from Pittsburgh. The Pirates are in need of a stopgap in center field after dealing Gold Glover Starling Marte to Arizona last month. So Dyson signed for one year and $2 million. Sure he... [More]
Fri Feb 2802:33Indians got preview of '20 rotation without Kluber and BauerTrevor BauerSPIndiansFree Agent
Shane BieberFree Agent
Carlos CarrascoSPIndiansFree Agent
Aaron CivaleFree Agent
Mike ClevingerFree Agent
Corey KluberSPIndiansFree Agent
Zach PlesacFree Agent
Adam PlutkoFree Agent
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Shane Bieber and all the young Indians starters have pretty much gotten used to being without stalwarts Corey Kluber and Trevor Bauer in Cleveland's rotation. They got a head start last season on what it would be like without them.“We didn't have much of a choice last year,” said Bieber, the MVP of the All-Star Game in Cleveland last summer. '"I guess that kind of benefits us moving forward in this year because we're already kind of familiar with it, and the roles that we have to step into."Kluber suffered a broken right forearm when struck by a comeback liner in his seventh start last season. That was three months before the Indians traded Bauer in a deadline deal, and two-time Cy Young winner Kluber sustained an oblique injury when close to his return. The unquestioned ace then got traded to Texas the week before Christmas by Cleveland, which initially exercised a $17.5 million contract option for Kluber only days after the season ended. With those All-S... [More]
Thu Feb 2720:03Yankees' Severino has Tommy John surgeryGerrit ColeSPPiratesFree Agent
Masahiro TanakaSPYankeesFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees right-hander Luis Severino had Tommy John surgery on Thursday.The procedure was performed by Dr. David Altchek at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. The team said in a statement that the surgery went as planned. Also, an existing bone chip in his right elbow was removed during the procedure.The two-time All-Star will miss all of 2020 after being sidelined for nearly all of 2019.Severino's injury leaves the AL East favorites with a rotation of newly signed ace Gerrit Cole, Masahiro Tanaka, J.A. Happ and two openings. The usual recovery time for Tommy John surgery is a year or more.Severino went 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA in 2018 and was given a $40 million, four-year contract. He was scratched from his first scheduled spring training appearance on March 5 last year because of rotator cuff inflammation in his right shoulder. The Yankees said April 9 he had strained his latissimus dorsi muscle. He did not make a minor league injury rehabilitation appearance until Sept. 1 and did not make his first appearance for the Yankees until Sept. 17.Severino was 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA over 12 innings in three regular-season starts for New York, then was 0-1 with a 2.16 ERA over 8 1/3 innings in a pair of postseason outings.___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Feb 2718:13Whiff: Nats closer Doolittle calmed by lavender oil on glovePatrick CorbinSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Sean DoolittleRPAthleticsFree Agent
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Washington Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle moves a glove out of the way as he reaches into a shelf in his spring training locker and grabs a different one, which he then hands over with a simple, if unusual, instruction: “Smell it.” So, of course, you do -- getting a sweet whiff of lavender, the sort you might get from a candle or bowl of potpourri. And now you know what Doolittle sniffed each time he jutted his right elbow toward home plate and tucked his glove under his chin to get his catcher's signs during last season's World Series.At the suggestion of Washington's director of mental conditioning, Mark Campbell, Doolittle put lavender oil on the leather laces around the webbing of his glove for the postseason. It helped the lefty relax on the mound after a rocky regular season, much the way the bullpen as a whole morphed from disaster to asset in 2019, a trend of improvement the club figures will continue in 2020."I was so nervous during the pl... [More]
Thu Feb 2718:03Healthier Lorenzo Cain ready to lead the way for BrewersRyan BraunRFBrewersFree Agent
Lorenzo CainCFRoyalsFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — Slowed by injuries last year, Milwaukee's Lorenzo Cain appeared in his first game of spring training and went 1 for 3 against Kansas City.The 33-year-old singled in his second at-bat and caught a pair of fly balls in the first inning."It was fun to be out there after just working out and running and training," Cain said. "I felt pretty good with my timing, better than I thought I would as far as timing. But overall it felt good to get out there."Only Ryan Braun and Christian Yelich have yet to play among Milwaukee's regulars. Cain was bothered by a bruised left knee last season, when he hit .268 with 11 homers and 18 stolen bases in 148 games. He batted .320 as the Brewers went 20-7 in September and reached the postseason for the second straight year. He also won his first Gold Glove.Cain is owed $51 million for the final three seasons of his $80 million, five-year contract. He dropped weight during the offseason.“I definitely feel lighter out there,” he said. ”The knees felt good today, body felt really good. I got to keep putting in that work to keep this body as healthy as possible. I'll be doing a lot of work with the trainers and the strength guys this season."___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Feb 2717:33Scratched from start, Verlander pleased with simulated gameJustin VerlanderSPTigersFree Agent
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Justin Verlander pitched a two-inning simulated game on Thursday in place of what had been scheduled as his spring training debut, a switch made because of groin tightness.“Actually, my dad sent me something last night: An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure,” the Houston Astros ace said.Scratched from Thursday's start, Verlander threw approximately 30 pitches off a back-field mound before the Astros' game against Washington.“It went about as good as I could have felt today,” Verlander said. “Maybe noticed it just a little bit. Once I got on the mound, just kind of tried to pitch and not worry about it too much.”New Houston manager Dusty Baker liked what he saw of the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner. Verlander was 21-6 with a 2.52 ERA last season.“He looked very good," Baker said. “He looked sharp. He wasn't satisfied with some of his pitches, but I was.”The 37-year-old righty disliked his first inning but saw significan... [More]
Thu Feb 2715:23Red Sox left-hander Sale to start season on injured listMookie BettsCFRed SoxFree Agent
David PriceSPTigersFree Agent
Eduardo RodríguezSPRed SoxFree Agent
Chris SaleSPWhite SoxFree Agent
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Boston Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale will start the season on the injured list, manager Ron Roenicke said Thursday. Sale, who reported to camp with pneumonia and is behind schedule, will be placed on the 15-day injured list and will remain in Fort Myers for extended spring training when the team breaks camp.“With the sickness, it cost him two weeks’ time and that two weeks is what we’d like to give him to make sure that he’s right,” Roenicke said. “He’s worked hard on getting his arm right and we didn’t think four starts in spring training was fair to him."Sale ended last season on the injured list with elbow inflammation, making his last appearance Aug. 13 at Cleveland, where he gave up five runs with 12 strikeouts in 6 ? innings. Roenicke emphasized this trip to the injured list is not related to Sale’s elbow.“Nothing at all with the arm, he’s doing really good with that,” Roenicke said. “We’re really happy with that. This is str... [More]
Thu Feb 2715:13Hard-throwing Pearson one of many talented young Blue JaysRandy ArozarenaFree Agent
Félix HernándezSPMarinersFree Agent
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays already have an intriguing young lineup with Bo Bichette, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Cavan Biggio hoping to build off promising 2019 seasons.A hard-throwing pitching prospect could be joining them in the big leagues soon.Right-hander Nate Pearson had a dominant spring debut for the Blue Jays on Tuesday, striking out the side in a one-inning start. The 23-year-old was Toronto's first-round draft pick in 2017 and had a breakout season in 2019, striking out 119 batters over 101 2/3 innings and getting promoted from Single-A to Triple-A by the end of the year.The 6-foot-6, 245-pound Pearson has the upside of a future ace and has a shot to earn a spot in the Blue Jays' opening day rotation alongside newly acquired Hyun-Jin Ryu, who signed an $80 million, four-year deal in the offseason. But even if Toronto decides he needs more experience in the minors, there's little doubt he's a big part of their future plans.Other players who are off to a g... [More]
Thu Feb 2715:13Braves' Foltynewicz ready to put 2019 season behind himJack FlahertyFree Agent
Mike FoltynewiczSPAstrosFree Agent
NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — When Mike Foltynewicz was asked how long it took him to get over his nightmarish start in Game 5 of the NL Division Series, he said “two or three days.”The Atlanta Braves pitcher said he quickly turned his attention to wife Brittany, son Mike and daughter Lola. They not only supported the former all-star but visited when he was demoted by the Braves.“They’re my biggest support system,” he said during spring training. “They calmed me down and relaxed me. “You have to get over the social media – that can be pretty hard – and put that stuff away and be a dad and husband.”The forgettable Game 5 – Foltynewicz left with a 4-0 deficit in the first inning that turned into 10-0, then a 13-1 loss – capped a roller-coaster season. He missed most of the spring last year because of an arm injury that led to a bone spur in his right elbow and a trip to the 10-day disabled list in late March.After an all-star season in 2018 that saw him go 13-10 with ... [More]
Thu Feb 2714:53Sonny Gray pain free in second season with RedsShogo AkiyamaFree Agent
Trevor BauerSPIndiansFree Agent
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Sonny Gray had an All-Star season despite soreness in his throwing elbow. Surgery has left him pain-free heading into his second season with the Cincinnati Reds.The right-hander pitched with bone chips all season but managed to make 31 starts. He had the bone chips removed after the season.“It was hard to think that he wasn't completely healthy last year, based on the kind of year he had,” manager David Bell said. “He's definitely confident coming off of last season. It's just a mindset knowing that he's healthy and you had something taken out of his elbow. It has freed him up even more not only with mechanics but his mentality.”Cincinnati aquired him from the New York Yankees and Gray agreed to a contract that added $30.5 million from 2020-22 and includes a 2023 club option.He went 11-8 with a 2.87 ERA, making the NL All-Star team along with teammate Luis Castillo. Gray (205) and Castillo (226) became the first Reds with at least 200 strikeouts in the ... [More]
Thu Feb 2713:53Whiff: Nats closer Doolittle calmed by lavender oil on gloveSean DoolittleRPAthleticsFree Agent
Will HarrisRPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Daniel HudsonSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Tanner RaineyFree Agent
Hunter StricklandRPGiantsFree Agent
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Washington Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle moves a glove out of the way as he reaches into a shelf in his spring training locker and grabs a different one, which he then hands over with a simple, if unusual, instruction: “Smell it.” So, of course, you do -- getting a sweet whiff of lavender, the sort you might get from a candle or bowl of potpourri. And now you know what Doolittle sniffed each time he jutted his right elbow toward home plate and tucked his glove under his chin to get his catcher's signs during last season's World Series.At the suggestion of Washington's director of mental conditioning, Mark Campbell, Doolittle put lavender oil on the leather laces around the webbing of his glove for the postseason. It helped the lefty relax on the mound after a rocky regular season, much the way the bullpen as a whole morphed from disaster to asset in 2019, a trend of improvement the club figures will continue in 2020."I was so nervous during the pl... [More]
Thu Feb 2713:33Red Sox left-hander Sale to start season on injured listMookie BettsCFRed SoxFree Agent
David PriceSPTigersFree Agent
Eduardo RodríguezSPRed SoxFree Agent
Chris SaleSPWhite SoxFree Agent
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Boston Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale will start the season on the injured list, manager Ron Roenicke said Thursday. Sale, who reported to camp with pneumonia and is behind schedule, will be placed on the 15-day injured list and will remain in Fort Myers for extended spring training when the team breaks camp.“With the sickness, it cost him two weeks’ time and that two weeks is what we’d like to give him to make sure that he’s right,” Roenicke said. “He’s worked hard on getting his arm right and we didn’t think four starts in spring training was fair to him."Sale ended last season on the injured list with elbow inflammation, making his last appearance Aug. 13 at Cleveland, where he gave up five runs with 12 strikeouts in 6 ? innings. Roenicke emphasized this trip to the injured list is not related to Sale’s elbow.“Nothing at all with the arm, he’s doing really good with that,” Roenicke said. “We’re really happy with that. This is str... [More]
Thu Feb 2713:13Whiff: Nats closer Doolittle calmed by lavender oil on gloveSean DoolittleRPAthleticsFree Agent
Will HarrisRPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Daniel HudsonSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Tanner RaineyFree Agent
Hunter StricklandRPGiantsFree Agent
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Washington Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle moves a glove out of the way as he reaches into a shelf in his spring training locker and grabs a different one, which he then hands over with a simple, if unusual, instruction: “Smell it.” So, of course, you do -- getting a sweet, soothing whiff of lavender, the sort you might get from a candle or bowl of potpourri. And now you know what Doolittle sniffed each time he jutted his right elbow toward home plate and tucked his glove under his chin to get his catcher's signs during last season's World Series.At the suggestion of Washington's director of mental conditioning, Mark Campbell, Doolittle put lavender oil on the leather laces around the webbing of his glove for the postseason. It helped the lefty relax on the mound after a rocky regular season, much the way the bullpen as a whole morphed from disaster to asset in 2019, a trend of improvement the club figures will continue in 2020."I was so nervous dur... [More]
Thu Feb 2711:45Indians RHP Clase out with back sprain, could miss 3 monthsCarlos CarrascoSPIndiansFree Agent
Aaron CivaleFree Agent
Emmanuel ClaseFree Agent
Mike ClevingerFree Agent
Corey KluberSPIndiansFree Agent
GOODYEAR, Arizona (AP) — Indians reliever Emmanuel Clase could be sidelined three months with a strained back muscle, another blow to Cleveland's pitching staff.The hard-throwing Clase, the centerpiece of an offseason trade that sent two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber to Texas, experienced upper arm discomfort following a bullpen session last week. He continued to have issues this week and the Indians had him undergo imaging tests Wednesday.An MRI confirmed a moderate strain of the teres major muscle in his upper back. The team said he will be re-evaluated weekly, but the 21-year-old is expected to miss 8-to-12 weeks of game activity.Clase was expected to have a role in the back end of Cleveland's bullpen.It's been a tough start to camp for Indians pitchers as starters Mike Clevinger (knee surgery), Carlos Carrasco (hip flexor) and Aaron Civale (sore groin) are all sidelined. Clevinger is making progress but is not expected to be ready for major league games until at least mid-April.Clase's fastball has been clocked over 100 mph. He made 21 appearances for the Rangers last season and recorded 21 strikeouts in 23 1/3 innings.Before being hurt, he had been impressive this spring. Manager Terry Francona noted after a session earlier in camp that Clase was "throwing 100 mph bowling balls. It was heavy. It looked really heavy.”___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sport s
Wed Feb 2620:05Kim works two perfect innings in debut as Cardinals starterJesús Aguilar1BIndiansFree Agent
Brian AndersonFree Agent
Matt Carpenter3BCardinalsFree Agent
Isan DíazFree Agent
Miles MikolasRPRangersFree Agent
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Nervous or not, South Korean star Kwang Hyun Kim is proving problematic for major league hitters.The 31-year-old left-hander retired all six Miami batters he faced in his first Grapefruit League start for the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday. It came after he threw one shutout inning of relief against the New York Mets on Saturday.“I was nervous today compared to my first appearance, against the Mets,” Kim said through an interpreter. "I had a long time to prepare, so that made me kind of nervous.”Kim struggled with control of his off-speed pitches in the first inning, but he found his rhythm in the second. He kept batters off balance mixing a fastball that touched 95 mph with his curve, eliciting some ugly swings and soft contact. The Marlins didn't get a ball out of the infield against Kim.“Last time against the Mets, because it was my first appearance, they tried to be patient,” Kim said. “Because I was aggressive today, pounding the strike zone, t... [More]
Wed Feb 2619:44Jimenez, making comeback with Rockies, solid in short outingUbaldo JiménezSPOriolesFree Agent
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — It was only a short outing in a Cactus League game, but it meant a lot to Ubaldo Jimenez.The 36-year-old took another step in his comeback attempt with the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday, pitching two innings against the Texas Rangers.Jimenez threw 21 pitches, 14 for strikes. He gave up two hits and one run, with no walks or strikeouts."It might be only a start for anyone else, but not for me," Jimenez said. "It felt great, especially coming back to the Rockies. It was fun. "I had to keep telling myself, 'Hey, just relax, don't try to do too much.' It was the first time that I've been out there in a while. I was able to step back and do my thing."The best year of Jimenez's career was 2010 with the Rockies. He was 19-8 with a 2.88 ERA and started the All-Star Game for the National League. He last pitched in the majors in 2017, when he was 6-11 with a 6.81 ERA in 25 starts for Baltimore.After taking 2018 off, he started throwing again last summer. He pitched in ... [More]
Wed Feb 2619:24Verlander scratched from Thursday start with groin tightnessJustin VerlanderSPTigersFree Agent
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Justin Verlander's spring training debut will be postponed at least a few more days while the Houston Astros ace deals with tightness in his groin.Verlander had been scheduled to start Thursday against Washington. Instead, he will throw a simulated game at the Astros' complex prior to that exhibition.Houston manager Dusty Baker said the tightness first appeared “a couple of days ago.”“He said he's doing good, so we'll just have to keep an eye on him and analyze him,” Baker said.Baker added that he isn't worried about the injury lingering and expects that, if all goes as planned on Thursday, Verlander would make his next scheduled start, likely early next week.“I would think so,” Baker said. “It just depends on how he feels.”Verlander won his second Cy Young Award last season by going 21-6 with a 2.52 ERA. His 225 career wins are the most among active players.The change of plans thwarts what would have been a marquee Grapefruit League pitching matchup.Washington is still planning to send Max Scherzer to the mound on Thursday. Scherzer tossed two scoreless innings at Houston in the Grapefruit League opener for both teams.Right-hander Christian Javier is now expected to get Thursday's start for Houston against Scherzer.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed Feb 2619:04A Minny switch: Sano moves across diamond for DonaldsonNelson CruzRFOriolesFree Agent
Josh Donaldson3BAthleticsFree Agent
Joe Mauer1BTwinsFree Agent
Justin Morneau1BRockiesFree Agent
Jake OdorizziSPRaysFree Agent
Miguel SanóSSTwinsFree Agent
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — For the Twins to land free agent Josh Donaldson, Miguel Sano knew what would be asked of him. He didn't hesitate.Instead, Sano sent a video to Donaldson, lobbying the 2015 American League MVP to join the Twins. The key to Sano's pitch: He would happily move across the infield to play first base with Donaldson taking over at third.Understand, too, that Sano has appeared in just 31 games at first base since making his big league debut in 2015, spending the last five seasons working to improve at third."The first time I met him, I saw that he's a really good guy and he's got a lot of energy," Sano said. "He's the kind of player that I love to see. He's positive and he loves the game. He likes to win and play hard. That's something that I see all the time."Just as his teammates saw what Sano did."The teammate that he was to kind of help on the recruiting process of JD, tell him, 'Hey, you can have third base, I'm willing to move to first base' I think needs to be ... [More]
Wed Feb 2617:54Springer heckled as Astros continue spring boobird swingMichael BrantleyLFIndiansFree Agent
Alex BregmanFree Agent
Aroldis ChapmanRPRedsFree Agent
Carlos CorreaSSAstrosFree Agent
J.D. DavisFree Agent
Yuli GurrielFree Agent
George SpringerCFAstrosFree Agent
Noah SyndergaardSPMetsFree Agent
PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — George Springer could only stand there all alone and listen.The Houston Astros leadoff man had no choice when he stepped into the batter's box a bit too early and was showered with loud boos Wednesday at an exhibition game against the New York Mets.Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard turned and looked at the scoreboard clock that showed 1:09 p.m. — he waited for the minute to change so the game would officially reach the 1:10 start time, leaving Springer nowhere to go as the crowd heckled him.“Cheater! Cheater! Cheater!” one Mets fan along the first-base side chanted at Springer.The normal tranquility of a February game again was broken as a split squad of Astros continued the team's latest stop on their spring training tour of derisive boos and catcalls, the result of their exposed sign-steal scheme.Two days after José Altuve, Alex Bregman, Carlos Correa and Yuli Gurriel got jeered for a game at Detroit's park in Lakeland, it was the Mets' turn to host a... [More]
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