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Nick Castellanos left Tuesday's game with a left hand contusion. X-rays were negative and he is day-to-day.

Castellanos left the game, but appears to be fine and will just need some rest. He is penciled in as the opening day starter for the Tigers and will be an interesting option in fantasy league's this season after an average 2014 campaign. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Chris Young is planning to sign with a team by the end of this week.

Young started 29 games last season for Seattle and outpitched some of the more common sabermetrics, finishing the season with a 12-9 record and a 3.65 ERA. At age 35, Young is gaining some traction to finding a team that requires his services, but he still doesn't offer enough fantasy wise for owners to look at him in drafts. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Mookie Betts appears to be a lock to hit leadoff and start in center field in 2015, according to sources in the Red Sox.

Betts is battling with Rusney Castillo for the job and it will be a fight through out Spring Training. It's probably too early to pencil Betts into the starting job in center, but he will certain get ABs at the big league level. It's still hard to project his true numbers with no official announcement from the Red Sox organization. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Jarrod Parker was pleased with his bullpen sessionTuesday.

After receiving Rookie of the Year votes in 2013, Parker sat out the entire 2014 season recovering from his second Tommy John surgery. He figures to factor into the Athletics rotation at some point this season, so keep on the look out for him to be a sleeper in deep leagues. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Danny Hultzen felt great after a throwing 28 pitches in a bullpen session Tuesday.

Hultzen missed all of 2014 while rehabbing to repair a torn labrum, torn anterior capsule, and partially torn rotator cuff before becoming one of the Mariners' prized prospects. It was a slow recovery time, but the bullpen was his second in camp and is showing signs of returning to the form he had before his injuries. Analysis: Rob Trayah

Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson expects Dillon Gee on the Mets opening day roster.

He said "it's fair to say" that the Mets have had little to no trade talk involving Dillon Gee. The return of Matt Harvey has pushed Gee into a long reliever role in the bullpen for the Mets. He becomes a free agent after the 2016 season and will be mentioned in trade rumors throughout the season. Analysis: Drew Phelps

Luke Hochevar faced hitters Tuesday for the first time since Tommy John surgery.

This is big news for Hochevar, who is nearly a full year removed from Tommy John surgery. This is just the first step but a big one on his road to recovery. The Royals are still hopeful that he will be ready for Opening Day or somewhere close to it. He could be a big weapon for a bullpen which was already a strength last season.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

A.J. Griffin threw 35 pitches off the mound Tuesday. fastball, changeup, with no reported problems. All and all Griffin was very happy with his session.

Just another in a laundry list of pitchers coming off Tommy John surgery from the 2014 season. All reports were that his fastballs and changeups looked sharp. He did mix in some curveballs from flat ground this afternoon as well. The A's are hopeful the young right-hander will be ready to contribute around midseason. Analysis: Drew Phelps

Jerome Williams was a late scratch from Tuesday's spring game.

The Phillies decided to give David Buchanan the start on Tuesday. If you are worried about Williams, don't be, it appears that Philadelphia simply decided to flip-flop the order at the last minute.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

Manager Bruce Bochy will experiment with Norichika Aoki as a lead off hitter this spring.

The Giants have every intention of keeping Angel Pagan as their primary leadoff hitter, but Bochy told reporters that he is open to using Aoki if he proves to be the better option. The Giants signed Aoki to a one-year, $4 million contract this off-season. He owns a .353 career on-base percentage in 438 major league games. Pagan's career OBP is .334. Analysis: Drew Phelps

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 Mobile App


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