Brent Suter RP MIL 13 minutes ago
Manager Craig Counsell said that Suter's best chance to make the Opening Day roster is as a reliever, but he could still develop as a starter in the minors, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
The left-hander appeared 12 times as a reliever and twice as a starter for the Brewers last year, so he could easily fill either role in Milwaukee's organization. Suter does have a leg up on a roster spot given he's one of the few lefties in camp, although his low strikeout potential leaves much to be desired if he becomes a full-time reliever.
DTDCliff Pennington 2B/SS LAA 14 minutes ago
Pennington is dealing with flu-like symptoms, Maria Guardado of MLB.com reports.
It's unknown whether the illness has set him back at all in spring training, but it's likely nothing too serious at this point. Pennington hit just .209 in 74 games with the Angels last season and is likely to serve as a reserve infielder this season behind Andrelton Simmons and Danny Espinosa. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Josh Bell 1B/RF PIT 23 minutes ago
Bell (knee) has been cleared for everything except running at full speed, Stephen Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Bell has been making gradual improvements throughout spring training after undergoing minor left knee surgery in February. He slashed .273/.368/.406 over 45 games in his rookie season and fully expects to be ready for Opening Day, where he'll form a platoon at first base with David Freese. After facing live pitching Tuesday, the road to recovery looks bright for the young left-hander.
DTDCam Bedrosian RP LAA 24 minutes ago
Bedrosian is behind the rest of the pitchers by a day or two due to lower body stiffness, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.
Bedrosian just recently got back to 100 percent following surgery to remove a blood clot in his right arm, and now this new issue crops up. It's unclear how severe the stiffness is, but time will likely clear up those thoughts. Once he's healthy, the 25-year-old should give incumbent Huston Street a run for his money for the Angels' closer role, although a setup role is the more likely avenue for Bedrosian in 2017.
Tyler Anderson SP COL 33 minutes ago
Anderson seems to be a lock for a rotation spot heading into 2017, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.
At this time last year, the left-hander was rehabbing an elbow injury and was expected to get more seasoning against hitters at Double-A and Triple-A, but after a strong 2016 campaign in the big leagues, he officially gained the organization's trust with a major league roster spot. Anderson is especially intriguing heading into the 2017 season given his excellent numbers at Coors Field (3.00 ERA, 68:18 K:BB ratio). If he can improve his performance on the road, the 2011 first-rounder could put together a stealthily solid stat line.
DTDFrancisco Cervelli C PIT 36 minutes ago
Cervelli (foot) is making progress in his recovery and has been cleared for "modified baseball activities," Stephen Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
The Pirates want Cervelli to work out for them before deciding whether he should play for Italy in the World Baseball Classic. The progress, nonetheless, is a positive sign going forward and could point to the veteran catcher being ready for Opening Day on April 7. Cervelli missed multiple games last season with foot discomfort, so this is a situation worth monitoring in the coming days.
Aaron Loup RP TOR 40 minutes ago
Loup says he "feels great" and is fully-recovered from the elbow injury that plagued his 2016 campagin, John Lott reports.
Last season, Loup dealt with the first serious injury of his career, a flexor strain in his elbow that caused him to begin the year on the disabled list. The side-winding lefty now admits now he came back several weeks too soon which led to another setback. "At first, we didn't think it was that bad, but it ended up being worse than we thought," he said. "It took me longer to come back, and then when I actually got back, I probably still wasn't completely ready to be back." When the Blue Jays open their Grapefruit League schedule on Saturday, a fierce battle for two bullpen spots will begin, and Loup will be among a group of eight pitcher in the mix.
OUTGlen Perkins RP MIN 46 minutes ago
Perkins (shoulder) successfully threw a 15-pitch bullpen session Wednesday, Mike Berardino of The Pioneer Press reports
It was the third bullpen session this spring for Perkins and was more intense than either of the other two. The three-time All-Star is seeking to put together a solid spring in order to have a shot at a bullpen position, but could still open the year on the disabled list. Nonetheless, the gradual progress is encouraging after Perkins played just two games last season before undergoing labrum surgery. Look for him to get closer to game action within the coming weeks.
German Marquez SP COL 47 minutes ago
Marquez is one of the leading competitors for the Rockies fifth rotation spot, Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.
Saunders adds that Jeff Hoffman as well as Kyle Freeland and Antonio Senzatela to some extent are also in the mix as well. Manager Bud Black already said that he isn't against using the losers of the competition in the bullpen at first as well, so Marquez's value isn't completely null if he doesn't crack the rotation out of spring training, although he doesn't have the high-strikeout stuff that would create a lot of value as a reliever. His control is impeccable, though, which could help him land the final starter spot over Hoffman if the latter continues to struggle in that category.
DTDWill Smith RP SF 58 minutes ago
Smith will be temporarily shut down with elbow inflammation, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area Sports reports.
The positive news is that the MRI came back clean and manager Bruce Bochy is confident his reliever will be ready for opening day. The Giants plan to have Smith make six appearances before the season opener, but will likely exercise caution with the lefty. The 27-year-old made 26 appearances with San Francisco after being acquired at the trade deadline, posting a 2.95 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP.