Albert Pujols Headshot

Pujols (foot) said that he is progressing well, but he will certainly not be ready for the Angels' Cactus League debut and is still questionable for Opening Day, the Orange County Register reports.

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Pujols -- who wasn't able to run last week -- said that he has been running on an Ultra G treadmill in an effort to reduce the impact on his lower body. He has also been swinging in the cages and reported no soreness afterwords. These are all promising signs after the slugger underwent foot surgery in December. The Angels will likely play it cautious with Pujols and we may not not see much -- if any -- of him in spring training games.
Scott Kazmir Headshot

Kazmir (ribs) threw a 25-pitch batting practice session on Sunday and showed no signs of injury, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

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This is an encouraging report from Dodgers' camp, as Kazmir's 2016 season ended prematurely due to intercostal spasms. It sounds like he's progressed well since then. If healthy, the 33-year-old could occupy the team's No. 5 spot in the starting rotation to start the season.
Josh Harrison Headshot

The Pirates could use Harrison as a utility player if Jung-Ho Kang (personal) is forced to miss time, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. "I do think there is a buy-in (to move) that's real with him," manager Clint Hurdle said. "I do think his versatility can help him."

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Harrison had his career season in 2014 when he moved around the infield and outfield. Perhaps more importantly, he says he's recovered from a torn thumb ligament. Harrison underwent surgery in July of 2015 and never fully recovered in 2016. "If it was cold or if I didn't hit a ball right, just rolling over that joint sometimes would be painful enough to where I would know that it was still there," Harrison said. He followed a normal offseason program this past winter. "I was able to get after it like I wanted to, without any reservations," Harrison said. The 28-year-old hit .283 with a career-high 19 stolen bases last year but compiled a woeful .699 OPS.
Kendrys Morales Headshot

Morales worked a lot of his defense during the offseason in preparation for a possible platoon role at first base, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.

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Morales seems optimistic about playing a bit more on defense in 2017 than he has in recent seasons, but manager John Gibbons made clear Saturday that Morales playing the field is not part of the plan. "He came here to DH," Gibbons said. "Of course you play interleague games, he'll get those games at first, but that's not his job, that's not why he was brought here. We'll get him out there occasionally." The important note to take away from the coach's comments is that Morales won't lose at-bats during interleague play, putting the 33-year-old on track for a third-straight season of 550-plus at-bats.
Brad Hand Headshot

Manager Andy Green said that Hand will make the Opening Day roster as a member of the Padres' bullpen.

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Hand had his best season as a professional last season in San Diego (2.92 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 21 holds), something that many pitchers experience when becoming a Padre. It was more than just ballpark factor that contributed to his newfound success, as his strikeout rate (11.2) and FIP (3.12) experienced tremendous growth while the rest of his metrics remained relatively constant. The biggest change Hand made last season was relying on his curveball more than he has in year's past. He threw his bender 31.4 percent of the time last season compared to 15.1 percent the year prior. Hand will look to repeat his 2016 success and should be a decent source of holds in either a seventh or eighth inning role this year.
Ryan Buchter Headshot

Butcher was one of four pitchers manager Andy Green said were locks for the back end of his Opening Day bullpen.

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Butcher was the Padres' best southpaw out of the pen last season, posting a 2.86 ERA and an 11.1 K/9 while collecting 20 holds. He should serve a similar role this season as the team's left-handed setup man and be a decent source of holds in leagues that count them.
Devon Travis Headshot

Travis says he's close to full health after having offseason surgery to remove a flap of cartilage from his right knee, Corey Long of MLB.com reports.

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Manager John Gibbons said he expects Travis to be ready for full activity sooner rather than later. "We're going to see how he progresses," Gibbons said. "Hopefully it's not too much longer, but you also want to be smart with it, so he doesn't experience any setbacks." Travis said he's not feeling any pain, although he isn't certain the bone bruise is gone. The second baseman expects to increase his lateral movement over the next few days.
Zack Wheeler Headshot

Wheeler threw a bullpen session on Sunday and experienced no issues, Marc Carig of Newsday reports.

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Wheeler experienced tenderness in his elbow after his bullpen session last week, so the fact that he felt fine after today's session is a definite step in the right direction. His status for Opening Day is still very much in question, but it does appear that the young righty is making progress.
Colin Rea Headshot

Rea was placed on the 60-day disabled list on Sunday.

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Rea underwent Tommy John surgery in November and will miss the entirety of the 2017 season. His move to the 60-day DL opened a roster spot for recent signee Jered Weaver.
Charles Tilson Headshot

Tilson suffered a stress reaction in his right foot on Friday and will be shut down for at least 10 days, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.

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It's an unfortunate spring training setback for the young outfielder who missed nearly the entire 2016 season with a torn hamstring. The White Sox have announced that the injury is described as a "reaction" and not a "fracture", which seems to be a good sign. He will be re-evaluated in 10 days.
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