Francisco Rodriguez RP MIL 3 Hrs
Rodriguez still must pass his physical for his deal with the Brewers to become official, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
All the details of Rodriguez's two-year contract with Milwaukee have been ironed out, but the deal won't be finalized until he takes his physical at the team's spring training complex in Arizona. There is no timetable for Rodriguez to arrive to Arizona, as he is still in Venezuela waiting on his visa, but the 13-year veteran shouldn't need much spring work to prepare for the season.
Tim Hudson SP SF 3 Hrs
Hudson (ankle) is getting close to pitching in spring games, Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
An early-January procedure to remove bone spurs from Hudson's ankle carried with it an eight-week estimated recovery timetable, and the 39-year-old appears to be right on schedule. Hudson threw to live hitters Thursday and his Cactus League debut appears to be on the horizon. He still has ample time to gear up for what may very well be his final season in Major League Baseball.
Matt Cain SP SF 3 Hrs
Cain (elbow) is getting close to pitching in spring games, Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
Manager Bruce Bochy had previously suggested Cain wouldn't pitch in games until mid-March, but it's sounding as though the right-hander could make his Cactus League debut a bit sooner than expected. Cain faced live hitters Thursday and the veteran is fully expected to be ready for the start of the regular season.
Yu Darvish SP TEX 4 Hrs
Darvish exited Thursday's spring training game for precautionary reasons with tightness in his right triceps, but it's not believed to be serious.
Darvish was pulled after one inning because of the injury, but with his elbow issues dating back to last season, there is definitely cause for concern. The situation is something that should be monitored over the next few days, as the Rangers will likely provide an update on his status at some point in the near future.
Garrett Richards SP LAA 4 Hrs
Richards (knee) is expected to throw to live hitters as part of his next mound session, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.
The right-hander took pitchers' fielding practice Wednesday for the first time since his late-August procedure, and will clear another major hurdle the next time he steps onto a mound. Most of the Angels' other starters have been throwing to hitters for several weeks now, and Richards is not expected to be ready to start the year, but he appears on track to return around mid-to-late April.
Matt Stites RP ARI 4 Hrs
Stites (arm) has been limited this spring, the Arizona Republic reports.
The hard-throwing right-hander would be among the favorite to earn a bullpen spot if he were healthy, but he appears to be progressing on a schedule similar to that of Matt Reynolds. As a result, there is a growing possibility that Stites will begin the season on the disabled list.
Esmil Rogers RP NYY 4 Hrs
Rogers pitched two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out one in Thursday's spring training game against the Pirates.
Rogers was told to prepare for spring training as a starter, so while he likely will start the season out of the bullpen, the club will evaluate his spring performance with both possibilities in mind. The Yankees have mentioned the idea of toying with a six man rotation during long stretches of consecutive games, so Rogers could be used as the sixth starter in that scenario.
Trevor Cahill P ARI 4 Hrs
Cahill has impressed new manager Chip Hale with his revamped delivery this spring, and he may have an inside track to one of the openings in the Arizona rotation, the Arizona Republic reports. "If we see what we've seen in the bullpen, he'll be one of our five," Hale said. "There's no doubt. He's here and he's had success in the past in the major leagues."
In addition to working on his new delivery, Cahill's contract could afford him the first opportunity for one of the final spots in the Arizona rotation as the season gets underway. In order to stick, he will need to pitch at a level similar to his 2012 numbers (3.78 ERA, 1.29 WHIP), when he was an effective innings eater for the Diamondbacks.
Jeremy Hellickson SP ARI 4 Hrs
Hellickson (ribs) had no issues following a bullpen session Tuesday after he cut a workout short over the weekend due to discomfort, the Arizona Republic reports.
With the injury seemingly minor, Hellickson should appear in a game for the Diamondbacks in the coming days.
CC Sabathia SP NYY 4 Hrs
Sabathia reported feeling no pain after throwing 20 pitches in a simulated game Thursday, Newsday reports.
Though Sabathia has already claimed feeling back to 100 percent, it's still encouraging news to hear a positive report after actually returning to the mound. Given his progress, the lefty could make his first spring training appearance some time next week though nothing has been scheduled yet for the 34-year-old.