FANTASY PLAYER UPDATES & NEWS

Homer Bailey threw 20 pitches during a bullpen session Friday and said his forearm felt good.

Bailey is throwing but he hasn't been cleared for mound action just yet. His forearm issue is still prevalent and the Reds don't want to push him yet and risk losing him for longer. As it stands, he probably won't be ready for Opening Day but could return at some point in mid to late April. Analysis: Howard Bender

Aramis Ramirez could be given more time off this year, according to manager Ron Roenicke.

He'll be 37-years old by the All Star break and is heading into his 18th and final season as a major leaguer. The extra rest should do him some good, though the fantasy community would probably like to see him maintain a path towards 500 at-bats. Analysis: Howard Bender

Alex Avila is dealing with a sore back and didn’t participate in workouts Friday.

Avila is no stranger to injury, so this isn't really news. Between the knees, the back and the concussions, he's a 15-day DL stint waiting to happen. Expect the Tigers to take it easy on him this spring to help preserve his health. Analysis: Howard Bender

Andrew Chafin will start the Diamondbacks first spring Training game.

Chafin had a 14-inning cup of coffee in the bigs last year and while he wasn't lights-out, he also wasn't too bad. If he can maintain a groundball rate above 50-percent again, he'll certainly garner a little more attention this spring. Analysis: Howard Bender

Brandon Drury will split time at second base and third base this spring.

The Diamondbacks brought in Cody Ransom as insurance at third in case neither Yasmany Tomas nor Jake Lamb is able to win the job. That will leave Drury as a bit of an afterthought at the hot corner so the Diamondbacks will test him out at second as well. He is expected to start the season at Triple-A unless he really shows something strong this spring. Analysis: Howard Bender

Hyun-Jin Ryu made about 35 throws from 60 feet in a game of light catch Friday and reported no setback.

His back has been an issue for a few days and the Dodgers will have him take it easy until he feels comfortable throwing from a mound at full speed. Playing catch is a nice start so expect them to gradually increase his workouts over the next week or so. Analysis: Howard Bender

Manager Walt Weiss hasn't decided if he will start pitcher Jorge De La Rosa in the season opener or the home opener.

This is just a matter of timing for Weiss as De La Rosa will be ready for either. In reality, it doesn't really matter much, though should someone draft him, they'd obviously prefer he opens the season on the road rather than put up with the Coors Effect. Analysis: Howard Bender

Tigers sign RHP Ryan Perry, 1B Bobby Borchering and RHP Ross Seaton to minor league deals.

Just filling up some depth here. None of these guys are going to have any sort of major-league impact so feel free to move along. Analysis: Howard Bender

Rays release 2010 first-round pick, left fielder Josh Sale.

Sale missed all of 2013 with an injury and then put up a lousy 2014 at High-A. The Rays obviously don;t see him developing any further and will just cut bait now. He may try to pick up with another club. Analysis: Howard Bender

Royals invited non-roster C Zane Evans to spring training.

Evans struggled with his plate discipline at High-A last year but will still get to come to Arizona to play with the big boys. The Royals are obviously hoping some big-league exposure will rub off on him. Analysis: Howard Bender

Update: Alex Gordon says he feels great after hitting off a tee Thursday and Friday. "I had about 20 or 30 swings, and it felt great," Gordon said.

Gordon was playing catch for the first time Monday and started hitting off a tee Thursday. He says he feels good and the Royals are very happy with his progress. He is expected to be ready for Opening Day though you should assume the power won't be all there immediately. Analysis: Howard Bender

Aaron Sanchez will start the Blue Jays' first spring training game.

It should be interesting to see if the Jays stick to their guns and leave Sanchez as a starter this season. Many have said that he should be their closer this season but the team seems committed to Brett Cecil in the ninth and Sanchez developing as a starter. Keep an eye on this throughout March but expect Sanchez to open the year in Triple-A. Analysis: Howard Bender

Diamondbacks sign LHPs Trevor Reckling and Erick Threets to minor league deals.

Both pitchers are depth plays and the only reason they're even getting a look here is because they are lefties. Despite the troubles the Diamondbacks have at the back end of their rotation and in middle relief, neither is a name you will see much of anymore. Analysis: Howard Bender

Cliff Lee is slated to start in Thursday's Grapefruit League game.

Lee will likely start conservatively in Spring Training due to his big injury risk, but he could be very good this season if he stays healthy. If that does occur, the Phillies could trade him at some point during the year. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Franklin Gutierrez has an arthritic condition that affects his hips and lower body.

Gutierrez, who used to be one of the best centerfielders in baseball and also had plenty of potential at the plate, has had his career stalled due to various injuries that have occurred over the past couple of years. It's a very unfortunate story, one of those "what could have been" situations, as Gutierrez's diagnosis of Ankylosing Spondylitis confirms that he will be dealing with an arthritic condition for the rest of his life. He's acknowledged that he'll never be the player he used to be, and is now just trying to stay healthy enough to make Seattle's team as a fifth outfielder. Analysis: Ben Diamond
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