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|3/25/2015||Jarred Cosart, P (Mia), P|
|Cosart is being investigated by Major League Baseball for online comments he may have made about gambling. Marlins spokesman Matt Roebuck confirmed the investigation in a statement Wednesday but declined further comment.
Analysis: The 24-year-old Cosart deleted his Twitter account Tuesday after screen shots of comments he purportedly made to a gambling expert were published on the social media site.
|3/25/2015||Daniel Norris, P (Tor), P|
|Looking to cement a spot in the Toronto rotation, Daniel Norris allowed one run in six impressive innings as the Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-2 on Wednesday.
Analysis: Norris gave up three hits and struck out seven without walking a batter. It was Norris' second start against Baltimore. In his first, he allowed one hit in 1 2-3 innings.
|3/25/2015||Anthony Rendon, 3B (Was), 3B|
|Rendon may miss the Washington Nationals' opener against the New York Mets on April 6 because of a sprained left knee.
Analysis: Rendon hasn't played since March 9. When he was scratched from the starting lineup the following day, manager Matt Williams said Rendon just needed a day off. But the problem has lingers, and Rendon underwent a second MRI Tuesday on his medial collateral ligament. Ian Stewart has been the primary third baseman in his absence and began Wednesday with a .323 average.
|3/24/2015||Nick Franklin, SS (TB), SS|
|Franklin has a strained left oblique.
Analysis: The Tampa Bay Times is reporting that Franklin may miss the start of 2015.
|3/24/2015||Hyun-jin Ryu, P (LAD), P|
|The Los Angeles Dodgers will rest pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu for two weeks to see if it helps ease the discomfort in his left shoulder.
Analysis: Ryu recently underwent a contrast MRI in Los Angeles that showed no change from the one he took in 2012. The plan is for him to go through rehabilitation before being re-evaluated. From there, the Dodgers will figure out a throwing program for Ryu, who will likely begin the season on the disabled list. Last week, Ryu received an inflammation-reducing injection in his left shoulder.
|3/24/2015||CC Sabathia, P (NYY), P|
|Masahiro Tanaka is lined up to start the Yankees' opener against Toronto on April 6, which would end CC Sabathia's streak of six straight opening-day starts for New York.
Analysis: Yankees manager Joe Girardi says Sabathia's next exhibition start is Saturday, which lines up the 34-year old left-hander to face the Blue Jays on April 8. Sabathia is coming back from season-ending knee surgery in July. He has 11 opening-days starts overall.
|3/24/2015||Masahiro Tanaka, P (NYY), P|
|Tanaka is lined up to start the Yankees' opener against Toronto on April 6, which would end CC Sabathia's streak of six straight opening-day starts for New York.
Analysis: Yankees manager Joe Girardi says Sabathia's next exhibition start is Saturday, which lines up the 34-year old left-hander to face the Blue Jays on April 8. Sabathia is coming back from season-ending knee surgery in July. He has 11 opening-days starts overall. Tanaka is starting his second season with New York.
|3/24/2015||Brian Dozier, 2B (Min), 2B|
|Dozier and the Minnesota Twins have agreed to a $20 million, four-year contract.
Analysis: The 27-year-old hit .242 last year with 23 homers, 33 doubles, 71 RBIs, 89 walks, 21 steals and 112 runs. The only other Twins with at least 20 homers, 20 steals and 100 runs were Kirby Puckett in 1986 and Corey Koskie in 2001.
|3/24/2015||Erik Bedard, P (LAD), P|
|Bedard is out with a strained back muscle.
Analysis: Bedard is expected to be out at least four weeks.
|3/23/2015||Joe Beimel, P (Tex), P|
|The Texas Rangers have released reliever Joe Beimel after the left-hander struggled this spring.
Analysis: Beimel, who allowed 11 earned runs in three innings over four spring appearances, gets $147,541 in termination pay. His $600,000 non-guaranteed salary would have increased to $1.5 million if he had been on the active major league roster for only one day.
|3/23/2015||Nick Swisher, 1B (Cle), 1B|
|Indians manager Terry Francona said he doesn't expect slugger Nick Swisher to be ready for the team's April 6 season opener at Houston.
Analysis: Swisher underwent surgery on both knees in August and has been slower to recover than expected. Swisher only began running the bases last week and is expected to play in a minor league game on Wednesday. On Monday, Francona said the chance of Swisher being ready to open the season with the team is slim.
|3/23/2015||Matt Harvey, P (NYM), P|
|Bartolo Colon, not Matt Harvey, has been picked to start the New York Mets' opener at Washington on April 6.
Analysis: Harvey is returning from elbow ligament-replacement surgery that has sidelined him since August 2013. He is scheduled to start the third game of the opening series at the Nationals and the second home game - which likely will draw far more fans to Citi Field with Harvey on the mound that it otherwise would.
|3/23/2015||Bartolo Colon, P (NYM), P|
|Colon, not Matt Harvey, has been picked to start the New York Mets' opener at Washington on April 6.
Analysis: Colon was 15-13 with a 4.09 ERA last year and at 41 will become the oldest opening-day starting pitcher in the major leagues since April 2006, when 43-year-old Jamie Moyer was on the mound for Seattle and 42-year-old Randy Johnson for the New York Yankees.
|3/23/2015||Neftali Soto, 1B (CWS), 1B|
|Soto has been traded from the Cincinanti Reds to the Chicago White Sox.
Analysis: The 26-year-old was a third-round pick in the 2007 amateur draft. He was on Cincinnati's opening-day roster last year, then was sent to Triple-A Louisville on May 22. Soto was called up from July 12 to July 19, made four starts and had three hits in 30 at-bats.
|3/23/2015||Cory Rasmus, P (LAA), P|
|Rasmus needs surgery for a core injury.
Analysis: He will be sidelined six to eight weeks.
|3/22/2015||Kris Bryant, 3B (ChC), 3B|
|Bryant continued his torrid spring with two more home runs Saturday, and the Chicago Cubs roughed up Felix Hernandez in a 12-10 victory over the Seattle Mariners.
Analysis: Bryant is hitting .480 this spring with eight home runs and 14 RBIs in 25 at-bats. He has an on-base percentage of .520 and a slugging percentage of 1.520 and looks like a top-notch fantasy stud. The Cubs, though, haven't announced where he will begin the regular season.
|3/22/2015||Brandon Finnegan, P (KC), P|
|The Kanas City Royals have optioned Finnegan, who became the first player to play in the College World Series and the World Series the same year, to Double-A Northwest Arkansas on Sunday.
Analysis: The Royals' first-round pick out of TCU last year, will be used as a starter in the minors after pitching out of the Kansas City bullpen last September and in the postseason. The left-hander yielded a two-run walkoff homer to Courtney Hawkins in a 6-4 loss Saturday to the White Sox. He had an 8.53 ERA in four spring training appearances.
|3/22/2015||Hyun-jin Ryu, P (LAD), P|
|Ryu returned to Los Angeles on Sunday for further medical evaluation of discomfort in his left shoulder.
Analysis: The No. 3 starter left camp to see team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache after playing catch in routine drills. Ryu underwent an injection of cortisone on Wednesday. The setback jeopardizes Ryu's chances to be ready for the start of the season, with manager Don Mattingly calling it "very unlikely."
|3/22/2015||Jhoulys Chacin, P (Col), P|
|In a surprise move, Colorado released Chacin after the former Rockies' ace struggled this spring.
Analysis: After going 1-7 with a 5.40 ERA last year, Chacin had a 6.52 ERA in four appearances in Cactus League games, two starts. He walked four and struck out five in 9 2-3 innings. Chacin was 38-48 in six seasons with Colorado with a 3.78 ERA, including 14-10 with a 3.47 ERA in 2013.
|3/22/2015||Miguel Cabrera, 1B (Det), 1B|
|Cabrera made his Grapefruit League debut on Sunday for Detroit, and went 1-for-3 with a single and two strikeouts.
Analysis: Manager Brad Ausmus said Cabrera would be designated hitter on Tuesday and may be ready to start playing at first base.
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