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Fri Feb 2803:13Indians got preview of '20 rotation without Kluber and BauerTrevor BauerSPRedsFree Agent
Shane BieberSPIndiansFree Agent
Carlos CarrascoSPIndiansFree Agent
Aaron CivaleSPIndiansFree Agent
Mike ClevingerSPIndiansFree Agent
Corey KluberSPRangersFree Agent
Zach PlesacSPIndiansFree Agent
Adam PlutkoSPIndiansFree 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 DysonLFPiratesFree Agent
Matt KempLFMarlinsFree Agent
Starling MarteCFDiamondbacksFree Agent
Cameron MaybinRFTigersFree Agent
Hunter PenceLFGiantsFree Agent
Pablo SandovalFree 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 BauerSPRedsFree Agent
Shane BieberSPIndiansFree Agent
Carlos CarrascoSPIndiansFree Agent
Aaron CivaleSPIndiansFree Agent
Mike ClevingerSPIndiansFree Agent
Corey KluberSPRangersFree Agent
Zach PlesacSPIndiansFree Agent
Adam PlutkoSPIndiansFree 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 ColeSPYankeesFree Agent
J.A. HappSPYankeesFree Agent
Luis SeverinoSPYankeesFree 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 2719:03Lawmakers push for Curt Flood's enshrinement in Hall of FameGerrit ColeSPYankeesFree Agent
WASHINGTON (AP) — Curt Flood's widow has a simple explanation for why her late husband, who is revered by players for sacrificing his career to advocate for free agency, has not been enshrined in baseball's Hall of Fame.“I think the holdup is that he got on a lot of people's nerves,” Judy Pace Flood said.Flood has some powerful advocates on his side.Members of Congress sent a letter to the Hall of Fame on Thursday asking that Flood be elected in December by the next golden era committee. The recognition would coincide with the 50-year anniversary of Flood's defiant letter to baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn in which he wrote, "I do not feel that I am a piece of property to be bought and sold irrespective of my wishes."“What Curt Flood did and championed is resonating throughout professional sports for the past 50 years,” Rep. David Trone, a Maryland Democrat who is leading the push for Flood's enshrinement, said at a news conference.Flood was 31 when he sent that letter on De... [More]
Thu Feb 2718:13Whiff: Nats closer Doolittle calmed by lavender oil on glovePatrick CorbinSPNationalsFree Agent
Sean DoolittleRPNationalsFree Agent
Will HarrisRPNationalsFree Agent
Daniel HudsonRPNationalsFree Agent
Tanner RaineySPNationalsFree Agent
Stephen StrasburgSPNationalsFree Agent
Hunter StricklandRPNationalsFree Agent
Ryan Zimmerman1BNationalsFree 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 BraunLFBrewersFree Agent
Lorenzo CainCFBrewersFree Agent
Christian YelichRFBrewersFree 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 VerlanderSPAstrosFree 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 2717:03Cowboy Up: MadBum solid in first outing with DiamondbacksMadison BumgarnerSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Madison Bumgarner showed the Arizona Diamondbacks he's more than a rodeo star.The team's marquee free-agent acquisition of the offseason was solid in his first spring training outing on Thursday. He retired his first five batters, including four on strikeouts, before giving up a solo homer to Derek Dietrich. He allowed one run over two innings.“I felt good — a lot better than I expected for the first game of spring,” Bumgarner said. “Especially the way it usually goes for me. I was pretty happy with it.”Bumgarner signed an $85 million, five-year deal in the offseason as the D-backs tried to close the gap in the NL West with the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have won seven straight division titles. He spent his first 11 seasons with the San Francisco Giants, helping the franchise win three World Series titles.It was also the four-time All-Star's first pitching appearance since The Athletic revealed the pitcher's hobby as a rodeo participant. The 30-year-o... [More]
Thu Feb 2716:13Cowboy Up: MadBum solid in first outing with DiamondbacksMadison BumgarnerSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Madison Bumgarner showed the Arizona Diamondbacks he's more than a rodeo star.The team's marquee free-agent acquisition of the offseason was solid in his first spring training outing on Thursday. He retired his first five batters, including four on strikeouts, before giving up a solo homer to Derek Dietrich. He allowed one run over two innings.Bumgarner signed an $85 million, five-year deal in the offseason as the D-backs tried to close the gap in the NL West with the Los Angeles Dodgers, who have won seven straight division titles.It was also the four-time All-Star's first pitching appearance since The Athletic revealed the pitcher's side hobby as a rodeo participant. The 30-year-old has been competing in rodeo events under the alias of Mason Saunders and won $26,560 in a team-roping competition December.D-backs GM Mike Hazen said this week he was unaware of Bumgarner's rodeo participation when the team signed the lefty but added that it wouldn't have affect... [More]
Thu Feb 2715:23Red Sox left-hander Sale to start season on injured listMookie BettsRFDodgersFree Agent
David PriceSPDodgersFree Agent
Eduardo RodríguezSPRed SoxFree Agent
Chris SaleSPRed 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 ArozarenaCFRaysFree Agent
Bo BichetteSSBlue JaysFree Agent
Cavan Biggio2BBlue JaysFree Agent
Kole CalhounRFDiamondbacksFree Agent
Cole HamelsSPBravesFree Agent
Félix HernándezSPBravesFree Agent
Jonathan LoaisigaSPYankeesFree Agent
Ketel MarteCFDiamondbacksFree Agent
Starling MarteCFDiamondbacksFree Agent
James PaxtonSPYankeesFree Agent
Hyun-Jin RyuSPBlue JaysFree Agent
Luis SeverinoSPYankeesFree 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 FlahertySPCardinalsFree Agent
Mike FoltynewiczSPBravesFree Agent
A.J. MinterRPBravesFree Agent
Mike SorokaRPBravesFree Agent
Jacob WebbRPBravesFree 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 AkiyamaCFRedsFree Agent
Trevor BauerSPRedsFree Agent
Nick CastellanosRFRedsFree Agent
Anthony DeSclafaniSPRedsFree Agent
Freddy GalvisSSRedsFree Agent
Sonny GraySPRedsFree Agent
Wade MileySPRedsFree Agent
Mike Moustakas2BRedsFree Agent
Nick SenzelCFRedsFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPAstrosFree 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 2714:53Cubs reliever Brad Wieck has surgery for heart flutterBrad WieckRPCubsFree Agent
MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Chicago Cubs reliever Brad Wieck had surgery this week for an abnormal heart flutter and is out indefinitely. The team said Thursday an irregular heartbeat was discovered during the 28-year-old left-hander’s spring training physical. Subsequent tests showed an intermittent atrial flutter. Wieck underwent a cardiac ablation at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago on Monday and returned to Arizona two days later. The Cubs said Wieck will “rest and rehab for the next week” and be re-evaluated then to determine when he can resume throwing. Wieck had a 5.71 ERA over 44 appearances for San Diego and Chicago last season. He had a 3.60 ERA in 14 games with the Cubs. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Feb 2713:53Whiff: Nats closer Doolittle calmed by lavender oil on gloveSean DoolittleRPNationalsFree Agent
Will HarrisRPNationalsFree Agent
Daniel HudsonRPNationalsFree Agent
Tanner RaineySPNationalsFree Agent
Hunter StricklandRPNationalsFree 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 BettsRFDodgersFree Agent
David PriceSPDodgersFree Agent
Eduardo RodríguezSPRed SoxFree Agent
Chris SaleSPRed 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 DoolittleRPNationalsFree Agent
Will HarrisRPNationalsFree Agent
Daniel HudsonRPNationalsFree Agent
Tanner RaineySPNationalsFree Agent
Hunter StricklandRPNationalsFree 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 CivaleSPIndiansFree Agent
Emmanuel ClaseRPIndiansFree Agent
Mike ClevingerSPIndiansFree Agent
Corey KluberSPRangersFree 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
Thu Feb 2709:35Braves' Freeman says elbow OK, hopes to play next weekFreddie Freeman1BBravesFree Agent
NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — Freddie Freeman hopes to return to the Atlanta Braves lineup next week after his surgically repaired right elbow swelled and forced him out of action a few days ago.The four-time All-Star had three loose bodies removed from his elbow in October to address years-long pain that caused an ill-timed slump last season. Freeman arrived at spring training saying he felt better than he had in years, but the elbow ballooned Monday after he put in a particularly long day Sunday.Freeman sent images and spoke by phone to Dr. David Altchek, the surgeon who operated on his elbow. Altchek assured him the swelling was not a concern. Freeman said the discomfort wasn't nearly as bad as last season, when he struggled with basic tasks like shampooing his hair.“It swelled pretty good, but I knew right away," he said Thursday. "I could straighten my arm, I could flex it, no problems. The swelling went down drastically even that day. Just a little treatment, I feel good. Going to ... [More]
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