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Daniel Bard (shoulder) was able to throw a successful bullpen session on Sunday with no issues as he attempts to pitch in the big leagues for the first time since 2013.

Bard at one point was one of the Red Sox prime pitching prospects, as he could frequently light up the radar gun at over 100 MPH. Now injuries have come and confidence has faded, so expectations should be altered going into 2015.  Analysis: Dom Murtha

The Rockies have added John Axford to their 40-man roster.

Once upon a time, Axford was an extremely effective reliever, but he hasn't been exactly fantasy relevant in about three years. He might get a chance with the Rockies, but for now pass on him in your fantasy drafts. Analysis: Dom Murtha

Jonathan Pettibone (shoulder) appears to be a couple of weeks away from pitching to hitter in batting practice.

Its tough to expect much from Pettibone early on, as he is coming of labrum surgery. It is probably for the best to stay away from him in all fantasy drafts. Analysis: Dom Murtha

Alex Avila will get some work in at first base Monday.

Avila sat out two days to rest his back, but he is now back on the practice field. He will take some reps at first base most likely to be comfortable in case he draws some game action there during a game. Getting out from the plate once in a while will help keep him as rested as he can be. Analysis: Colby Conway

Carlos Rodon will take the injured Chris Sale's Cactus League start on Friday.

Rodon, the team's top prospect and 14th-overall prospect in baseball, will start in place of Chris Sale who fractured his right foot in an accident at his home. Rodon is a sleeper to take Sale's spot in the rotation while he deals with this issue, but those in dynasty leagues need to be aware of Rodon's immense fantasy potential. He is going to be a force in fantasy in the near future, but it most likely won't be in 2015. Analysis: Colby Conway

Taijuan Walker has scrapped his cut fastball and begun throwing a slider. He feels the pitch will have better break and more depth.

Walker is going to work on this slider a lot during the spring so that he can feel completely comfortable with it come season time. It's a similar grip to his cutter, but a slight alteration to how he holds it has created more depth and movement on the pitch. This could be the minor change he needs to step into the realm of fantasy relevancy. Analysis: Colby Conway

Jose Iglesias was able to run the bases Sunday and said he felt fine.

Iglesias will play one inning for the Tigers in their opener tomorrow against Florida Southern. He will start at shortstop and will hold down the two spot in the lineup. Iglesias missed the entire 2014 season with stress fractures in each of his legs. Iglesias is an incredible defender who will strengthen the Detroit defense as a whole. If he proves he is healthy, Iglesias can be a serviceable fantasy option as he did hit .303 back in 2013 for Boston and Detroit. Analysis: Colby Conway

Jon Jay is making progress from wrist surgery, but is not expected to play in any of the early games in spring training this week.

Jay has been practicing in on-field workout rotations but the Cardinals are going to take it slow with their center fielder. The modified spring program that Jay is on is outlined to have him ready for Opening Day, not for the spring opener. In 140 regular season games, Jay hit .303 with three home runs, 46 RBIs and six stolen bases. It should also be noted that Jay hit .483 in nine playoff games for the team. Analysis: Colby Conway

Manager Bud Black would not rule out Brandon Maurer moving to the starting rotation.

Now that the Padres have established themselves as contenders, Maurer seems more likely to be a middle reliever. Over his career, he was much more effective as a reliever as compared to his days of being a starter. He has a career 6.62 ERA in 102 innings as a starter, while his relieving ERA is much lower. Leave Maurer off your fantasy team. Analysis: Colby Conway

Mark Rogers signed a minor league contract with the Rangers on Sunday.

Rogers was the fifth overall pick in 2004 but didn't reach the majors until eight years later. He spent last season with the Seattle Mariners and went 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA for Triple-A Tacoma. Do not draft Rogers in your fantasy league as he is expected to spend the majority of the year in the minors. Analysis: Colby Conway

Tyler Chatwood (elbow) has been placed on the 60-day disabled list.

Chatwood is still recovering from Tommy John Surgery that he underwent last July. He is aiming to be back in the summer, but he will be in camp working out and rehabbing with the team. Back in 2013, Chatwood went 8-5 with a 3.15 ERA and only made four appearances in 2014 before injuring his arm. Analysis: Colby Conway
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