Nick Swisher 1B/DH CLE 2 Days
Swisher (knee) has been cleared to resume running and plans to be ready by Opening Day, the MLB.com reports.
Swisher underwent surgery on both knees toward the end of the 2014 season, and while he was initially expected to be fully healthy by the start of spring training, the 34-year-old indicated that he'd rather play it safe than come back too soon. When he does return, Swisher could be in line to take over the starting job in right, but he could also see some playing time at first or as the DH.
Bruce Rondon RP DET 2 Days
Rondon (elbow) has been long-tossing and plans to throw five or six bullpen sessions in hopes of returning by the start of spring training, the Detroit Free Press reports.
Rondon missed all of 2014 after undergoing elbow surgery last spring, but is on track to return at around the time pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 19. He posted a 3.45 ERA in 30 games in his first stint with the big league club in 2013, and the 24-year-old should get another shot to work out of the bullpen in the majors in 2015.
Shin-Soo Choo LF/RF.. TEX 2 Days
Choo (ankle) is progressing well after undergoing ankle surgery in September and expects to be ready by the start of spring training, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
Choo said that he is still experiencing some stiffness, but otherwise feels fully healthy and has been working out since November. After playing left field for the majority of 2014, the 32-year-old will likely shift over to right for the Rangers.
Carlos Beltran RF/DH NYY 2 Days
Beltran (elbow) has gone through a full offseason program including hitting and throwing, and is expected to be ready by the start of spring training, the MLB.com reports.
Beltran underwent elbow surgery at the end of September, but since then he's regained strength and flexibility in his right elbow. The 37-year-old dealt with the issue throughout most of the 2014 season, so he's hopeful that a return to full health could lead to a bounce-back season in 2015 after slashing just .233/.301/.402 in his first season with the Yankees.
Carlos Sanchez 2B CWS 2 Days
Sanchez will be competing with Micah Johnson for the starting second base job this spring, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports.
Emilio Bonifacio and Gordon Beckham are both on the roster in case neither Sanchez or Johnson is up to the task, but it seems like the team wants to give the young guys a legitimate chance at everyday at-bats. Sanchez can't come close to matching Johnson's fantasy potential, so for those purposes, it would be best if he loses out on the competition this spring. He hit .250 with zero home runs and one steal in 104 plate appearances last season with Chicago, and while that is a small sample, it actually gives an accurate representation of his lack of impact tools.
Jose Iglesias SS DET 2 Days
Iglesias (leg) will be fully healthy by spring training, the Detroit Free Press reports.
After missing the 2014 season with stress fractures in both shins, Iglesias is back to 100 percent at every activity but sprinting, and believes he'll be there by the start of spring training. When he does return, the 25-year-old will be in line for the starting spot at short, but he'll likely have to show he's back to full health before locking down his spot atop the depth chart.
Jon Jay OF STL 2 Days
Jay (wrist) has been cleared to begin workouts and expects to be ready by spring training, CBS Sports reports.
Jay underwent surgery on his left wrist in October, and after having it examined reported everything is healing as expected. He'll enter the spring as the team's starting center fielder and should be able to go without any limitations from the start.
Robinson Cano 2B SEA 2 Days
Cano participated in the Dominican Republic Winter League playoffs and is fully recovered from his broken toe injury, MLB.com reports.
Cano played in five games in his native country in order to test out his toe, which clearly didn't slow him down as he went 9-for-18 in his brief stint there. At this point there's no reason to believe there's any lingering issue, and the 32-year-old should be a full participant in spring training.
Dayan Viciedo LF/RF CWS 2 Days
Viciedo was designated for assignment on Wednesday.
This move was necessary to open up a spot on the 40-man roster after the White Sox signed Gordon Beckham. On the surface it may seem that Viciedo would be an attractive option for several teams given his raw power from the right side. But it was no secret that Chicago was aggressively trying to trade him this winter, and clearly there was not a lot of interest. Any team that claims him will also get his $4.4 million contract, so it is more likely that he gets traded after clearing waivers, with the likely role of fourth outfielder on a team desperate for right-handed power.
Gordon Beckham 2B/3B CWS 2 Days
Beckham signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the White Sox on Wednesday.
While on some level this makes sense because the White Sox were the team that drafted and developed Beckham, it is also interesting because they have gotten to see firsthand how mediocre he has become. He certainly won't be an everyday player if Chicago can stay healthy, as Emilio Bonifacio and Micah Johnson, among others, should also vie for at-bats at second base. But he offers the ability to play third base and shortstop as well, should a need arise, which seems to be the primary reason the White Sox signed him. He has not posted an OPS above .700 since 2009, and should only be considered in very deep AL-only leagues.