Michael Brantley Headshot

Michael Brantley (shoulder) is expected to be ready for spring training.

Added 11/04/16 11:48 am (EST)   Source
The Indians refuted a report last month that said Brantley would miss significant time next season and now it sounds like the outfielder will be ready to roll come next spring. Brantley appeared in only 11 games in 2015 and was coming off a tremendous 2014 campaign. He'll have to prove himself to be healthy in order to invested in on draft day next year.
Robbie Grossman Headshot

Grossman is the leading candidate to win a reserve outfielder role this spring, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. He'll compete with Zach Granite, Daniel Palka, Drew Stubbs and J.B. Shuck.

Added 1:04 am (EST)
Grossman will most likely begin the season as the fourth outfiedler, but it's possible he could win the DH job or platoon in left field with Eddie Rosario. Grossman had the most productive offensive season of his big league career last year (.280/.386/.443), so it would be an upset if he didn't make the final 25-man roster. His only worry would be if the Twins decided to keep a better outfielder on he bench for his glove, as Grossman was a poor fielder by most advanced metrics.
Sean Manaea Headshot

Manaea was impressive during his stint in a Thursday intrasquad game, Joe Stiglich of CSN Bay Area reports.

Added 1:01 am (EST)
The A's' projected No. 2 starter looked the most impressive of the top trio of arms, avoiding the kind of hard contact that both Sonny Gray and Kendall Graveman fell victim to. Manaea was so efficient in getting three outs, that the inning had to be extended in order for him to get in sufficient work. The 25-year-old southpaw is slated to make his Cactus League debut Monday against the Giants behind Gray.
Kendall Graveman Headshot

Graveman, who'll start Sunday's Cactus League matchup versus the Angels, gave up some solid contact in Thursday's intrasquad game, Joe Stiglich of CSN Bay Area reports.

Added 12:56 am (EST)
Oakland's projected No. 3 starter got matters off on the wrong foot by surrendering a leadoff triple to Rajai Davis, and Stephen Vogt eventually drove him home with a single. Graveman was able to get Matt Joyce looking on a fastball later in the frame, but the consensus was that he gave up plenty of hard contact in his 15-pitch outing. The right-hander will try to bounce back with a more consistent effort Sunday, when he'll likely have a chance to fire at least two innings.
Sonny Gray Headshot

Gray had mixed results in his one inning of work in intrasquad play Thursday, Joe Stiglich of CSN Bay Area reports.

Added 12:51 am (EST)
The A's' ace is slated to open Monday's Cactus League tilt versus the Giants, and also got in some game action Thursday by firing one frame in an intrasquad tussle. Gray gave up a run on an RBI double to right-center by Mark Canha, but also fanned Ryon Healy with an impressive breaking ball. Manager Bob Melvin was pleased with Gray's effort overall despite the aforementioned hiccup, and the 27-year-old will try to build on Thursday's results with a strong outing Monday.
Angel Pagan Headshot

Pagan will play for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic, but remains a free agent as MLB spring training begins.

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It's odd that Pagan hasn't signed with a new team yet, especially since he hit a career-high 12 homers while slashing .277/.331/.418 last season. He'll get to showcase his skills in the WBC.
Daniel Hudson Headshot

Hudson will serve as Pittsburgh's closer on days Tony Watson is unable to close, CBS Pittsburgh reports.

Added Yesterday 10:40 pm (EST)
Pirates GM Neal Huntington announced the team's pecking order for saves, listing Watson first and then Hudson and Felipe Rivero. Huntington typically doesn't permit his relievers to pitch three straight days, giving Hudson the chance to potentially close after Watson has thrown in back-to-back calendar days. It wouldn't be surprising to see the Pirates move Watson (who will become a free agent after 2017) at the trade deadline, freeing up Hudson to close in the second half of the season.
Steve Cishek Headshot

Cishek (hip) indicated that everything went without a hitch in his second day of throwing Thursday, Owen Perkins of the Mariners' official site reports. "I'm playing catch every other day," said Cishek. "I expect to throw again in another two days and keep building up my hip strength."

Added Yesterday 10:22 pm (EST)
Cishek initially hoped to be ready for Opening Day, but now admits he will probably need to wait a bit longer before returning to regular-season action. The 30-year-old reliever has now changed his goals to simply pitching during spring training. "I'd like to be pitching in spring training games," Cishek said. "It'll take a little longer before I'm ready to pitch in regular-season games, but I'd like to get that far before the end of the Cactus League games." With Edwin Diaz now firmly entrenched as the team's closer heading into the season, Cishek will have to settle into either a seventh or eighth inning role for the Mariners. However, his experience as a closer keeps him in the mix for saves should Edwin Diaz suffer an injury or struggle.
Tim Cooney Headshot

Cooney, who recently overcame a shoulder injury that caused him to have surgery last year, is dealing with a left forearm problem, Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports.

Added Yesterday 8:59 pm (EST)
So far, Cooney's surgically-repaired shoulder has held up well in camp, but now there's a new ailment impeding his progress toward an Opening Day roster spot. There hasn't been much word on the extent of his forearm issue, but any setback for Cooney could see him cut by mid-spring. With 20 pitchers in camp, and only a few bullpen slots left to fill, Cooney could be the first man out when rosters begin to thin in the coming weeks.
Matt Barnes Headshot

Barnes plans to throw his offspeed stuff more in 2017, something he experimented with during September and October last season, leading to promising results, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.

Added Yesterday 8:52 pm (EST)
During the first five months of the 2016 season, Barnes threw his four-seamer nearly two-thirds of the time, but adjusted late in the season following a truly disastrous month of August (12 ER in 10.2 IP). He felt his stuff was still good, but the results weren't there. It was at that point he realized the problem was not with his stuff, but in how he used his stuff. Barnes mixed in more curves and sliders, throwing them as often as the four-seamer, and allowed just one run and no extra-base hits over his final 8.2 innings. While Joe Kelly's transition to the bullpen has garnered most of the headlines, Barnes may be positioned to take a step forward in 2017.
Richard Bleier Headshot

Bleier is in the fray, with a legitimate chance, to win one of the team's final bullpen spots, Rich Dubroff of MLB.com reports.

Added Yesterday 8:36 pm (EST)
Bleier piqued the Orioles' interest this past season when he had a 1.96 ERA in 23 games with the Yankees, but he was designated for assignment on Feb. 16 and traded for cash considerations. Manager Buck Showalter said that he could foresee the team carrying three left-handers, which leaves Bleier to compete with another recent addition, Vidal Nuno, to break camp with Zach Britton and Donnie Hart as the bullpen's southpaws.
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