Drew VerHagen Headshot

Drew VerHagen has been reinstated from the 60-day Disabled List.

Added 11/04/16 10:31 am (EST)   Source
VerHagen appeared in 19 games for the Tigers last season before season ending surgery in early August, finishing with a 1-0 record and a 7.11 ERA in 19 innings pitched.
Tucker Barnhart Headshot

Barnhart is working on his pitch-framing skills this spring, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Added Yesterday 11:38 pm (EST)
Barnhart isn't necessarily a bad receiver, but he was rated by Baseball Prospectus as costing the Reds 4.4 runs last season. That puts him a little below average, but not so egregious that it will cost him much playing time.
Dan Vogelbach Headshot

Vogelbach, who is likely to platoon with veteran Danny Valencia at first base, has impressed manager Scott Servais with the improved agility he's flashing as a result of offseason workouts, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. "He spent a lot of time on it this offseason. I think he looks great. He's certainly moving a lot better defensively around the bag. He's a lot more flexible. His hands are working better. I like what I see so far."

Added Yesterday 11:17 pm (EST)
A 2011 draft pick of the Cubs, Vogelbach arrived in Seattle last July 20 and eventually logged his first 12 major league at-bats late in the season. A burly 6-foot, 250-pounder, Vogelbach worked diligently with his brother, a trainer, this offseason to improve his lateral mobility and first-step quickness. He also added yoga into his stretching routine in attempt to maximize the flexibility of his hips and hamstrings, all with the goal of insuring a roster spot by proving his defensive viability at first base. The 24-year-old's bat is a much more established commodity, as most recently evidenced by his .292/.417/.505 line with 25 doubles, two triples, 23 homers and 96 RBI over a combined 459 at-bats at Triple-A Iowa and Tacoma last season. If he can translate the improvement he's showing in workouts to spring training games, Vogelbach should secure himself a spot on the 25-man roster and serve as yet another source of power in a potent Mariners lineup.
Matthew Duffy Headshot

Duffy reported that his surgically repaired left heel felt good after his first batting practice session of the spring, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Added Yesterday 10:48 pm (EST)
Duffy had tracked pitches in Monday's workout, and as expected, was a full participant in Tuesday's batting practice session. The Rays' shortstop's workload will continue to be carefully managed, but progressively ramped up as the spring unfolds.
Evan Longoria Headshot

Longoria (illness) missed a second straight day of workouts Tuesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Added Yesterday 10:43 pm (EST)
Although he made an appearance in the clubhouse, Longoria was subsequently sent home due to the high fever he still was saddled with. He remains firmly day-to-day, and his availability for Friday's Grapefuit League opener would get murkier with each additional day he's sidelined.
Brandon Workman Headshot

Workman, who hadn't faced major-league hitters since the end of the 2015 spring training, threw a live batting practice session Monday, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.

Added Yesterday 9:17 pm (EST)
Workman was pleased with the results of the outing, noting that he pitched better throughout the session and located well. There's very little chance the right-handed Workman breaks camp with the Red Sox, but he's fully healthy for the first time in two years and has MLB-experienced arm out of the bullpen. He could find his way back to Boston if he pitches well at Triple-A Pawtucket.
Hyun-Soo Kim Headshot

Kim said he's in much better shape than a year ago and is confident he'll perform at a higher level this season than he did in 2016, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports.

Added Yesterday 9:16 pm (EST)
Kim's game-winning, pinch-hit homer in late September against Toronto was one of the O's biggest hits of the year, and he posted a .302/.382/.420 line in 95 games his first year in MLB. Even after enjoying some success, Kim and his manager, Buck Showalter, believe the 29-year-old from South Korea has more to offer. "I think he's got another level he can go to," Showalter said. Kim feels having a year of American baseball under his belt will help him ascend the ranks in 2017. Through an interpreter, Kim said, "I've learned the American method of training and workouts. They chose quality over quantity. They don't have to work hours, hundreds of thousands of balls that I would have to hit [in the past]. Rather, my body remembers what I have to do in a short amount of training time. I've learned to be more efficient [with my daily workouts]." If the outfielder can improve against lefties -- and Showalter said he'll get Kim a lot of spring at-bats against southpaws -- then he could land an everyday role that would greatly increase his fantasy value.
Chris Sale Headshot

Sale threw 30 pitches in a live batting practice session, his first one as a member of the Red Sox, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports.

Added Yesterday 9:08 pm (EST)
Sale impressed Boston manager John Farrell who noted the left-hander's ability to hit various parts of the strike zone, while the pitcher emphasized that it's all about process at this stage of spring training and getting himself prepared for the regular season. Farrell hasn't declared any order to his rotation, but Sale is a strong candidate to start Opening Day.
Joe Biagini Headshot

Biagini, who was once being considered for a rotation spot, is trending toward spending the entire 2017 campaign as a reliever, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.

Added Yesterday 8:52 pm (EST)
The storyline behind what exactly Biagini will be doing this season is finally beginning to take shape. With the recent signing of Matt Latos, and other arms like T.J. House, Mike Bolsinger and Brett Oberholtzer available, Biagini appears destined for a full-time relief role. Bouncing the sophomore in and out of the rotation is an injury-risk that the Jays' have the depth to avoid. That said, Biagini, who appeared in 60 games last year, is in line for another busy season. The notable difference this time around will be that the 26-year-old should get more high-leverage chances which could result in fantasy-worthy marks.
Cameron Rupp Headshot

Rupp played through much of last season with an undisclosed arm injury, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Added Yesterday 8:36 pm (EST)
The injury didn't seem to impact Rupp at the plate as his .447 slugging percentage put him among the top catchers in baseball. It did hurt his ability to slow down the run game, however, as he threw out just 27 percent of possible base stealers after averaging 38 percent his previous two seasons. The Phillies want to see Rupp improve on his game calling and pitch framing this season after he struggled in both areas last year. Phillies' bullpen coach John McLaren, who also works with the catchers, said Rupp needs to improve his focus during games. It will be important for Rupp to further develop defensively this season with top prospect Jorge Alfaro in Triple-A Lehigh Valley this year. He could start pushing for Rupp's job as soon as midseason if he gets off to a strong start in the minors.
Jason Kipnis Headshot

The Indians' medical and training staff has incorporated a shoulder-strengthening program into Kipnis' spring routine, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

Added Yesterday 8:32 pm (EST)
Kipnis did not participate in fielding drills during Monday morning's workout as the team decided to give him a lighter workload. Although the All-Star second baseman wasn't hindered last year, he has dealt with nagging shoulder woes in previous seasons. There's been no official word that Kipnis is experiencing any shoulder issues now, but it's worth noting this new maintenance program.
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