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Brett Cecil, who has been great in a late-inning role the last two years, has the skills to be the team’s ninth inning guy, but manager John Gibbons said Cecil may not win the role.

This has been a weird situation between Gibbons and Cecil. Cecil wants to be the team's closer, Gibbons feels like he can do the job but doesn't have faith in his guy. "He could do it. He might not. It might be somebody else," said Gibbons. The guys who might take Cecil's job is Aaron Sanchez. Cecil, since becoming a full-time reliever in 2013, has a 2.76 ERA and a 146/50 K/BB ratio in 114 innings over the last two seasons.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

Jarryd Parker (elbow) is scheduled to throw all his pitches in a bullpen session on Tuesday for the first time since surgery.

This will be an interesting season for Parker as he's coming off of his second career Tommy John surgery in March of 2014. He is still just 26 years old and is expected back in the Athletics rotation by midseason. Parker owns a career 3.68 ERA with a 275/127 K/BB ratio in 384 innings. Analysis: Drew Phelps

Jonathan Lucroy (hamstring) is expected to receive some at-bats in minor league spring games next week

Lucroy is trying to get on the field in Spring Training after a partially torn hamstring tendon. The timetable was set at 4-6 weeks back in early February when he suffered the injury. He is still on track to be ready for Brewers' Opening Day.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

Casey Kelly (strained groin) is increasing the intensity of his on-field baseball activities, manager Bud Black said. He hopes to throw a side session Friday.

Kelly is slowly recovering from a slight groin strain which he suffered early last week. This upper tier prospect has shown a lot of promise for the Padres. The 25-year-old, if healthy, could begin the season in the rotation with Triple-A Tucson. Analysis: Drew Phelps

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Jose Peraza could see time at shortstop in addition to second base this spring.

The 20-year-old Peraza was impressive at the minor league level in 2014. He slugged to a tune of .339/.364/.441 with 60 stolen bases. The Braves look like they want to do whatever they can to get him to the major league as soon as possible even if that means changing positions. Analysis: Drew Phelps

Hyun-Jin Ryu finished his bullpen session free of pain or any setbacks. Manager Don Mattingly said Ryu's next step will likely be throwing batting practice.

It looks like Ryu has recovered nicely from tweaking a muscle in his back last week. Don Mattingly let the media know that Ryu would next start to throw live batting practice. We should see him in Cactus League action soon. Analysis: Drew Phelps

Geovany Soto says he's healthy and hoping to contribute.

Soto appeared in just 24 games last season due to multiple injuries. He is a 32-year-old catcher and has not been an effective major league hitter since 2011, but he plays above-average defense behind the plate. He could see a decent amount of action as Tyler Flowers' backup in Chicago. Analysis: Drew Phelps

James Paxton (forearm) says he felt great after playing catch Monday.

Paxton has made some steady improvements and continues to remain on-track to pitch in Cactus League games this month. He should be fine for Opening Day. Analysis: Howard Bender

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Jimmy Rollins will leadoff this year.

The old man still has some speed and has had an OBP close to .320 over the last three seasons. He's a fine choice for leadoff now that Dee Gordon is no longer with the club. Analysis: Howard Bender

Ryan Madson expects to play catch Tuesday. He tweaked his back doing squats over the weekend and was scratched from pitching on Monday.

The back issue was very minor but given his injury history, the Royals opted to hold him out Monday just to play it safe. He should return to workouts Tuesday. Analysis: Howard Bender

Royals agree to terms Tuesday, signing P Jandel Gustave, Yordano Ventura and C Francisco Pena.

Gustave and Pena are still in the lower levels of the minor leagues so they won't make any sort of an impact. Ventura, on the other hand, is in the rotation, so locking him down, at least on a one-year deal, is imperative. Look for the Royals to try and renegotiate a more long-term deal with him. Gustave will stay on a year-to-year basis. Analysis: Howard Bender

Mitch Moreland likely won't play for the Rangers in spring games until next week. He'll run the bases Tuesday on his rebuilt left ankle.

Morleand is penciled in as the Rangers DH this season, but until he is able to start regular work, his status for Opening Day will remain questionable. Once he runs the bases, things can progress from there, so monitor him closely. Analysis: Howard Bender

Miguel Cabrera will take batting practice Tuesday for the second day in a row.

With no reported setbacks, Cabrera will stay the course and continue to do exactly what he's been doing. With Opening Day remaining a possibility, look for the Tigers to closely monitor him and ensure that the slightest issue gets dealt with immediately. Analysis: Howard Bender Mobile App


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