Hanley Ramirez SS BOS 2 Days
Ramirez plans to arrive at spring training Feb. 9, two weeks before position players are scheduled to arrive, Comcast SportsNet New England reports.
Ramirez will use the additional time to work on his new position, left field. But even before he arrives in Fort Myers, Ramirez has begun preparation for the outfield back in his native Dominican Republic.
Mike Napoli 1B BOS 2 Days
Napoli said Saturday that he expects to be ready for Opening Day, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports.
The 33-year-old underwent surgery in November to address his sleep apnea, a condition which wore him down last season to the point where he had to leave a lot of games late. In fact, the condition got so bad that he even contemplated retirement. Doctors prescribed him a liquid diet for six weeks following the procedure, and he still doesn't have feeling in parts of his face and lips. However, Napoli was able to begin his offseason workouts more than two weeks ago, and he's reportedly regained all the weight he lost while on the liquid diet.
Miguel Cabrera 1B/3B.. DET 2 Days
Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski said Saturday that if Cabrera (ankle) isn't ready for Opening Day, "it's going to be very, very close," MLive.com reports.
Cabrera is slated to visit a doctor Feb. 15 for a checkup on his progress from October surgery, and while there's a chance he could be cleared for full participation at that time, the expectation is that Cabrera will be limited when full-squad workouts begin Feb. 24. The 31-year-old just recently shed his protective walking boot. Manager Brad Ausmus acknowledge that Alex Avila, who has played just one game at first base in the majors, could be an option at first if Cabrera is out to start the year.
Brian Duensing RP MIN 2 Days
Duensing and the Twins avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.7 million contract, Phil Ervin of Fox Sports North reports.
This will be Duensing's last arbitration agreement before free agency, but he could be in for a rough contract year. The lefty outperformed his FIP by well more than a run and registered his lowest strikeout rate since 2010.
Tommy Milone SP MIN 2 Days
Milone revealed Saturday that he had a benign tumor removed from his neck Dec. 4, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Neck pain kept Milone off the hill for most of September, and the discomfort continued into the offseason. Eventually, Milone went to see a specialist, and the benign tumor was then found and promptly removed. The right-hander was able to resume throwing just two weeks after the procedure, and he said he feels much better now. Milone will compete for a spot in the Twins' rotation during spring training after posting a 4.19 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 118 innings between Oakland and Minnesota last season.
Mike Pelfrey SP MIN 2 Days
Pelfrey (elbow) said Saturday that he will go into spring training healthy and ready to compete for a rotation spot, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Surgery to relieve pressure on the ulnar nerve in Pelfrey's right elbow effectively ended the 31-year-old's 2014 season in June, but he was able to resume throwing bullpen sessions before the end of September. Pelfrey was then able to go through his normal offseason routine, and will now look to start anew after going 5-16 with a 5.56 ERA in his first two years with the Twins. He could be a bullpen option if he fails to claim a rotation spot.
Isaiah Froneberger SP COL 2 Days
Mazzaro signed a minor league contract with the Marlins that includes an invite to spring training.
The right-hander owns a 4.69 ERA and 1.53 WHIP for his career, but he's gone 8-2 with a 2.89 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 62 appearances with the Pirates over the past two seasons. Mazzaro will look to continue his National League success with Miami, though his inability to miss bats at a high clip (career 5.5 K/9) will likely keep him in the middle innings, if he even makes the roster.
Ryan Raburn LF/RF.. CLE 2 Days
Raburn (knee) will not face any restrictions at the start of spring training, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
This doesn't come as a surprise, as a full recovery from September knee surgery was estimated at just 6-to-8 weeks, but it's reassuring nonetheless. Raburn also missed time with neck and wrist injuries last season and struggled mightily when on the field, posting a .547 OPS in 212 plate appearances. He'll have to fight to maintain a roster spot this spring.
Jason Kipnis 2B CLE 2 Days
Kipnis (finger) is expected to be cleared to start gripping the bat and swinging in early February, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Kipnis recently had the pin removed from his left ring finger, which he injured during an offseason workout. All indications are that Kipnis will be ready for Opening Day, but considering where he's at in his recovery, it seems possible he could be limited a bit at the start of spring training. Oblique and hamstring issues cost the 27-year-old time last season.
Alex Avila C DET 2 Days
Avila (concussion) confirmed Thursday that he has been cleared for all physical activity and will not have any restrictions at the start of spring training, MLive.com reports.
There was some speculation after Avila suffered a concussion in Game 3 of the ALDS, his second concussion in as many months, that the 27-year-old could be forced into early retirement. However, he said that "never even crossed my mind." Avila has fully recovered from his latest round of concussions, but he said he plans to switch to a hockey-style catcher's mask next season in an attempt to prevent any more head injuries. He appears in line to open the year as the Tigers' primary catcher, but could slip into a platoon if James McCann fares well in spring training.