Aaron Nola SP PHI 5 hours ago
Manager Pete Mackanin said he is pleased with how Nola has been throwing thus far in camp, Ryan Lawrence of the Philly Voice reports.
Nola was diagnosed with a sprained UCL last July which ended his season early. He was given a platelet-rich plasma injection and rehabbed his injury during the offseason. Nola has said he is fully healthy, but he hasn't truly tested his arm yet. That will happen when he starts pitching in games this spring. His first appearance in game action should come within the next week. He's a risky investment this year given his elbow issue, but he could return significant value if he finds his form from early last season.
Vidal Nuno RP BAL 6 hours ago
Nuno has a leg up on the competition for one of the team's remaining bullpen jobs, SB Nation reports.
With the team in need for a left-handed reliever, Nuno appears to have the inside track to an Opening Day role with the Orioles. The 29-year-old has a decent 19.5 percent strikeout rate to go along with a great 6.1 percent walk rate throughout his career. On the other hand, he struggles against righties (.344 career BAA) and has troubles keeping the ball on the ground (38.6 percent career ground ball rate). That said, Nuno has experience and is well-suited to fill a long-relief role for the MLB club in 2017.
Craig Gentry LF LAA 6 hours ago
Gentry's defensive prowess give his a boost in the race for an Opening Day reserve role, SB Nation reports.
The 33-year-old outfielder has bounced between the majors and minors for the past couple of seasons. Gentry is an above-average defender which is something the Orioles have a need for. If Gentry makes the team, he will be relegated to a platoon role most likely in left field, but can also fill in for Adam Jones in center when needed.
DTDTodd Frazier 3B CWS 6 hours ago
Frazier did not participate in any drills Wednesday due to soreness in his left side, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Despite the vague setback, the White Sox seem to be fairly unconcerned about the issue. They predict that Frazier will be able to return to action in a day or two, so consider the third baseman day-to-day for the time being.
Chris Davis 1B BAL 6 hours ago
Davis, who dealt with a lingering hand injury last season, said that he hasn't had any swelling or other issues through the first few days of batting practice, CBS Baltimore reports.
Early in the first year of a $161 million, seven-year contract, the Orioles first baseman injured his left hand while diving into a base. Davis still played 157 games -- second most in his major league career -- but hit just .221 and struck out a career-high 219 times. He says the offseason was what he needed. "I think the biggest thing was really the rest and the time off and not having the physical contact and the beating that I did every day when I was swinging and taking balls at first base," Davis said. Now at full strength, there's reason to believe the 30-year-old's numbers will rebound from last year's dip.
Kyle Gibson SP MIN 6 hours ago
Gibson has changed his delivery this offseason in hopes of keeping his shoulder healthy this season, Mike Berardino of The Pioneer Press reports.
Gibson was sidelined for seven weeks last season with shoulder pain and said he felt "some discomfort" when he started his offseason throwing program. Intent on finding a fix, the 29-year-old turned to a physical trainer who showed him how to pronate properly at the end of his delivery. This motion keeps the humerus from rubbing against connective tissues, providing better longevity throughout the season. Gibson figures to be a large part of the Twins' rotation this season, so the alteration could lend benefits down the homestretch.
OUTGavin Floyd RP TOR 7 hours ago
Floyd says he's still not fully recovered from the strained shoulder that ended his 2016 season in June, John Lott reports.
After spending the first 11 years of his MLB career as a starter, Floyd became a full-time reliever in 2016. He admits that he still prepared like a starter and threw too many pitches in his mid-week bullpen sessions. The veteran left-hander attributes his injury woes to the self-imposed workload and is now uncertain where his health stands as Opening Day inches closer. A fierce battle for two bullpen spots is underway at Jays' camp, and Floyd's chances at earning one of those roles is seemingly fading fast.
Brandon Kintzler RP MIN 7 hours ago
Kintzler appears to be in line to be the Twins closer until Glen Perkins (shoulder) is healthy again, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
The 32-year-old spent much of the 2016 season closing games for Minnesota, and it seems like he'll start 2017 in that role as well. Kintzler had modest success in this role, as he amassed 17 saves while posting a 3.40 ERA (1.57 ERA from his first save through the end of August). However, he doesn't strike out enough batters to have much value once Perkins returns, so he should only be viewed as a short-term option for most fantasy owners while he's picking up saves.
Santiago Casilla RP OAK 7 hours ago
Casilla still has not reported to camp, but the A's are hopeful he will be able to report within 1-2 days, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Casilla has been delayed by a visa issue as he returns from his home in the Dominican Republic. Signed as a free agent this offseason, the reliever is expected to compete for a setup role behind closer Ryan Madson after spending the last seven seasons with the crosstown Giants. Even if Casilla does report to camp, he won't be there long. The World Baseball Classic begins for the Dominican on March 9.
Jordan Lyles P COL 7 hours ago
Lyles has a good chance of making the Opening Day roster due to the fact that he's out of minor league options, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
Lyles broke camp last season with a rotation spot in hand, but he was simply atrocious in five starts (8.55 ERA, 2.05 WHIP). However, the right-hander picked things up after he rejoined the major league squad as a long reliever in June, posting an improved 4.42 ERA and 1.45 WHIP. He doesn't strike out enough batters to warrant much excitement if he does make the team as a reliever, but a roster spot is better than being designated for assignment and could also lead to a few spot starts over the course of the year.