Wes Welker is not practicing on Thursday. He's expected to be ruled out for Sunday's game in Houston.
Yankees said Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) has had no setbacks or any issues after having his surgery.
Yankees fans -- breathe a little. There have been no setbacks or issues since Tanaka had his elbow cleaned, which has seemingly been a little voice inside everyone's head, wondering if and when his elbow will blow. Tanaka is not sure when he'll be back on the mound pitching for the Yankees, even though he's pain free. For the Yankees sake, it needs to be as soon as he's ready to go. The Yanks need him to be the same pitcher he was in 2014 this season. Their rotation isn't their strong suit but a healthy, dominant Tanaka could change that outlook. Analysis: James Grande
Brewers signed Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract.
Boyer has played 15 seasons of professional baseball and this will be his 10th major league organization he's been a part of. Boyer, now 34, performed quite well out of the Twins bullpen last season. He appeared in a whopping 68 games and amounted a very respectable 2.49 ERA. It's actually surprising he wasn't able to sign an MLB deal after a season like that. That being said the Brewers aren't very good and are likely going to need a lot of fresh arms in the bullpen throughout the season, so Boyer will definitely get a shot as long as his old noodle stays healthy. Analysis: James Grande
Kevin Durant said he was shocked the Knicks fired Derek Fisher. He thought Fisher was doing a great job.
So in other words, the Knicks lost their only shot at acquiring the free agent to be. Fisher played with Durant for three seasons in OKC and they even made the NBA Finals together during one of those seasons. All that good stuff aside, what was Durant watching? Fisher didn't do much of anything right. Matter of fact, he couldn't even keep his head down off the court either getting in an altercation with Matt Barnes over Barnes' ex-wife. FIsher didn't win and didn't keep a low profile. Head coaching positions are a "what are you doing for me now" type of job. If you aren't producing, you're more than likely getting the boot. Analysis: James Grande
Cubs have claimed C.J. Riefenhauser off of waivers.
Riefenhauser who just recently DFAd by the Baltimore Orioles will seemingly get a chance with the Cubs organization. It's not set in stone that he'll make the big league club, as he'll more than likely start the season in Triple-A, so long as he doesn't wow the team in spring training. Riefenhauser appeared in 17 games for the Rays in 2015, posting a 5.52 ERA. Analysis: James Grande
Cubs have signed Matt Murton to a minor league deal.
The 34-year old hasn't appeared in the major leagues since 2009, but that hasn't stopped him from trying. Murton is back where it all started, as he had three fairly productive years in a Cubs uniform at the beginning of his career. Since then, Murton's been everywhere. He's had stints with Oakland, Colorado, been in the minors and has been overseas in Japan. The Cubs outfield is quite crowded so Murton is going to have to do something really special in the minors if he wants to play in the bigs for the first time in seven years. Analysis: James Grande
A.J. Pollock will bat leadoff this season, in the opinion of MLB.com’s Diamondbacks beat writer Steve Gilbert.
After spending his first three seasons as a platoon outfielder, Pollack exploded onto the scene in 2015. He had a career year, getting his first all-star bid while hitting .314, clubbing 20 homers, and stealing 39 bases -- all career-bests. A majority of that work came from the number two hole in the lineup. He hit second 72 games last season as opposed to 48 games in the leadoff spot. His numbers were also way better from the two hole, a position he seems a lot more comfortable with. It'll be interesting if he's moved down at all during the season, but Pollack is the Diamondbacks offsenive catalyst and Paul Goldschmidt's production will in large part be helped by how well A.J. Pollack can perform. Analysis: James Grande