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Waino (abdomen) to throw live BP on Sunday 03-05-2015
Adam Wainwright P STL
Adam Wainwright (abdomen) expects to throw live batting practice Sunday in Cardinals camp.

Jenifer Langosch on Twitter
Wainwright made it through a high-intensity bullpen session on Thursday with no issues at all. He suffered an abdominal strain at the end of February while placing a 45 lb. weight back on a rack at the Cardinals' spring training complex, but the veteran right-hander has plenty of time to catch back up with the other St. Louis starters. Waino figures to get the nod on Opening Night at Wrigley Field.
O's, Suk-min Yoon working on a settlement 03-05-2015
Suk-min Yoon P BAL
According to Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun, right-hander Suk-min Yoon is trying to work out a settlement with the Orioles that will get him out of his MLB contract and allow him to play in Korea.

Eduardo A. Encina on Twitter
Yoon signed a three-year, $5.75 million deal with the O's last February after nine seasons in the Korea Baseball Organization. The 28-year-old starter posted an ugly 5.74 ERA in 95 2/3 innings last summer at the Triple-A level. He never made it to the majors, though he's young enough to give it a shot later in his career.
Garrett Richards (knee) to face live hitters 03-05-2015
Garrett Richards P LAA
Garrett Richards (knee) is expected to throw to hitters in his next mound session.

Mike DiGiovanna on Twitter
It's a big step for the 26-year-old right-hander, who hasn't thrown a pitch with a batter in the box since tearing his left patellar tendon last August at Fenway Park. Richards is expected to join the Angels' starting rotation by the third week of April and carries big expectations into 2015 after posting a 2.61 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, and 164/51 K/BB ratio in 168 2/3 innings last season.
Cespedes scratched with lower back tightness 03-05-2015
Yoenis Cespedes LF DET
Yoenis Cespedes was scratched from the Tigers' Grapefruit League game Wednesday afternoon against the Braves due to tightness in his lower back.

Chris Iott on Twitter
Steven Moya got the nod instead. A missed game in early March is nothing to worry about with Cespedes, who slugged a grand slam against the Orioles on Tuesday. He'll be in left field for the Tigers on Opening Day.
Kipnis (finger) to make Cactus debut on Sat. 03-05-2015
Jason Kipnis 2B CLE
Jason Kipnis (finger) is scheduled to make his 2015 Cactus League debut on Saturday.

Jordan Bastian on Twitter
Kipnis needed surgery in December to repair tendon damage in his left ring finger, but he is expected to be 100 percent by the beginning of the regular season. The 27-year-old second baseman was a disappointment in 2014, but that just makes him a better value in drafts for the 2015 campaign. There's huge fantasy upside here.
Ryu (back) to throw batting practice Saturday 03-05-2015
Hyun-jin Ryu P LAD
Hyun-Jin Ryu (back) will throw batting practice Saturday.

Ken Gurnick on Twitter
If the workout goes smoothly, Ryu will pitch in a Cactus League game five days later. He was slowed in late February by a tweaked back muscle but has plenty of time to get where he needs to be before the start of the 2015 regular season. Ryu, 27, boasts a 3.17 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 293/78 K/BB ratio in 344 major league innings.
Zack Greinke (elbow) to throw BP on Friday 03-05-2015
Zack Greinke P LAD
Zack Greinke (elbow) is scheduled to throw live batting practice Friday in Dodgers camp.

Ken Gurnick on Twitter
If it goes well, he will make his Cactus League debut five days later. Greinke received a lubricating injection in his throwing elbow on February 19 and has been free of discomfort since. The right-hander should start the Dodgers' second regular-season game.
Corey Hart (foot) took grounders Thursday 03-05-2015
Corey Hart RF PIT
Corey Hart (foot) took grounders Thursday morning.

Bill Brink on Twitter
Hart had to be shut down for a couple of days after slicing his foot while getting into a hot tub this weekend at the Pirates' spring training complex. He should be ready for Grapefruit League action early next week and will then begin to work his way into a first-base platoon with the left-handed-hitting Pedro Alvarez.
Joey Votto (quad) nearing his Cactus debut 03-05-2015
Joey Votto 1B CIN
Reds manager Bryan Price indicated Thursday that Joey Votto's Cactus League debut is imminent.

Cincinnati Enquirer
"You won't have to hold your breath, I promise you, you won't have to hold your breath for this," Price said. "Just to reiterate, we just went too far into the rehab and made a commitment to do an extensive rehab to do anything before we feel he's ready. I think he's very close and he's champing at the bit to get in there." Votto missed 100 games last season because of a distal quad strain. The 31-year-old first baseman is an excellent bounceback candidate for 2015.
Josh Hamilton decision could come next week 03-05-2015
Josh Hamilton LF LAA
Major League Baseball's decision on a punishment for Josh Hamilton could come as early as next week, according to Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

FOX Sports
The report states that MLB officials believe Hamilton should be suspended for his offseason cocaine relapse, and are determining whether that would be a 25-game sentence (the recommended length for a first-time offender) or a year-long suspension (designed for fourth-time offenders). The players' union is arguing for only 15 games. Also to be determined is whether Hamilton will be placed into drug rehab, a decision which carries big financial implications.
Freiman out two weeks with strained back 03-05-2015
Nate Freiman 1B OAK
Nate Freiman has been diagnosed with a strained back muscle and could be out for two weeks.

Susan Slusser on Twitter
That's not gonna help his cause for the A's Opening Day roster. Mark Canha, a Rule 5 Draft pick this past December, probably already had the edge on Freiman anyway.
Martin Perez (elbow) to throw off half-mound 03-05-2015
Martin Perez P TEX
Martin Perez (elbow) is scheduled to throw off a half-mound next Tuesday in Rangers camp.

Anthony Andro on Twitter
It'll be the first time throwing off a slope for Perez since he underwent Tommy John surgery last May. The left-hander is not expected to be an option for the Rangers' starting rotation until midseason. He can be ignored in most redraft fantasy leagues.
Jay (wrist) takes BP on field for first time 03-05-2015
Jon Jay CF STL
Jon Jay (wrist) took batting practice on the field Thursday for the first time this spring.

Jenifer Langosch on Twitter
According to MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch, that puts Jay ahead of schedule in his recovery from offseason wrist surgery. The 30-year-old center fielder is not in danger of missing the start of the regular season. He signed a two-year, $10.975 million contract with the Cardinals in early February that covers his final two years of salary arbitration.
Holland (shoulder) to throw bullpen on Friday 03-05-2015
Derek Holland P TEX
Derek Holland (shoulder) is now scheduled to throw a bullpen session Friday.

Anthony Andro on Twitter
There was a report that he was going to try it Thursday, but that could have been a communication mix-up. Holland had to be scratched from an intrasquad game last week in Rangers camp due to discomfort in his left shoulder. It's thought to be routine spring soreness, but the Rangers are probably going to take it slowly with him now given his recent injury history.
M's Ji-Man Choi (leg) to miss 4-6 months 03-05-2015
Ji-Man Choi 1B SEA
Ji-Man Choi (leg) is expected to miss 4-6 months.

Greg Johns on Twitter
Choi suffered a fractured right fibula Wednesday while trying to get to an overthrown ball at first base in a Cactus League game. He underwent surgery Thursday morning. The 23-year-old South Korean was hit with a 50-game PED suspension last season and will now miss another important chunk of potential development.
Cubs sign Phil Coke to minor league contract 03-05-2015
Phil Coke P CHC
Cubs signed LHP Phil Coke to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
Rondon (elbow) to throw one more BP session 03-05-2015
Bruce Rondon P DET
Bruce Rondon (elbow) will throw one more live batting practice session before getting into a Grapefruit League game.

Anthony Fenech on Twitter
That's what manager Brad Ausmus told reporters Thursday morning. Rondon underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last March, but he is aiming to make the active Opening Day roster and seems to be on track. The hard-throwing right-hander could factor into the mix at closer this season in Detroit if Joe Nathan and Joakim Soria don't rebound.
Conger has some minor left wrist soreness 03-05-2015
Hank Conger C HOU
Hank Conger has some minor soreness in his left wrist.

Evan Drellich on Twitter
He'll be held out of Grapefruit League games for a couple of days, but the expectation is that Conger will see some action at catcher over the weekend. The 27-year-old projects to be an active backup this season to Astros starter Jason Castro.
O's Suk-min Yoon returning to South Korea 03-05-2015
Suk-min Yoon P BAL
Suk-min Yoon has returned to South Korea.

Eduardo A. Encina on Twitter
Yoon scored a three-year, $5.75 million deal from the Orioles last February, but the Korean right-hander posted a rough 5.74 ERA in 95 2/3 innings at the Triple-A level in 2014 and has apparently now ended his pursuit of a major league career. Or at least put it on hold for a bit. The 28-year-old had two years left on his deal with the O's.
Miguel Cabrera (foot) running at 72 percent 03-05-2015
Miguel Cabrera 1B DET
Miguel Cabrera (foot) is running at 72 percent of his body weight on an anti-gravity treadmill.

Jayson Stark on Twitter
Once he gets to 80 percent, Cabrera will be cleared to run outside and field groundballs. The veteran slugger has been hitting for weeks in Tigers camp and still has a good shot at making the Opening Day lineup. Cabrera is recovering from October surgery to remove painful bone spurs from his right ankle and repair a stress fracture in his right foot.
Josh Harrison says left ankle injury is minor 03-05-2015
Josh Harrison 3B PIT
Josh Harrison told reporters Thursday morning that his left ankle injury is "a little minor."

Bill Brink on Twitter
Harrison was pulled from Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Blue Jays after rolling his left ankle. But he caught himself before he turned it too severely and should be back in action by early next week. The 2014 National League All-Star will open the 2015 season as the Pirates' starting third baseman.
Haren no longer considering early retirement 03-05-2015
Dan Haren P MIA
Dan Haren acknowledged to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman that he is no longer considering retirement.

CBS Sports
Haren threatened to hang up his cleats for good back in November if the Dodgers traded him somewhere away from the West Coast, but he didn't follow through with that after being dealt in December to the Marlins. "I'm here," he said from Jupiter, Florida on Wednesday. The veteran right-hander posted a decent 4.02 ERA, and 1.18 WHIP with 145 strikeouts in 186 frames last season for Los Angeles and should carry mixed-league fantasy value in Miami.
Sano (elbow) singles, steals base vs. UM 03-05-2015
Miguel Sano 3B MIN
Miguel Sano (elbow) registered a single, a walk, and a stolen base in the Twins' exhibition win over the University of Minnesota on Wednesday night.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Sano was forced to miss the entire 2014 season due to Tommy John surgery, but he's been a restriction-free participant in Twins camp this spring and put on a show Wednesday night with fellow top prospect Byron Buxton, who smacked two doubles against the Golden Gophers. "This is the team for the future in Minnesota," Sano told reporters after the 3-1 victory.
Byron Buxton doubled twice in exhibition Wed. 03-05-2015
Byron Buxton CF MIN
Byron Buxton went 2-for-3 with two doubles, an RBI, and a run scored in his spring debut Wednesday night against the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Minneapolis Star-Tribune
Buxton is again generating big-time buzz in Twins camp after appearing in only 31 minor league games last season due to injuries. "With Buxton, it was fun to see him run around like that," manager Paul Molitor told reporters after Wednesday's 3-1 win. The 21-year-old top outfield prospect could very well make his major league debut in late 2015.
Report: Phil Coke to settle on team Friday 03-05-2015
Phil Coke P CHC
According to Sportsnet's Ben Nicholson-Smith, free agent Phil Coke is expected to sign Friday.

Ben Nicholson-Smith on Twitter
It's not clear where he's headed. Coke has been connected to the Rangers, Royals, and Blue Jays over the past couple of weeks after struggling to drum up a healthy market for much of the offseason. The 32-year-old left-hander registered a decent 3.88 ERA and 41/20 K/BB ratio across 58 innings with the Tigers in 2014.
Roberto Hernandez arrives at Astros camp 03-05-2015
Roberto Hernandez P HOU
Roberto Hernandez has arrived in Astros camp.

Brian McTaggart on Twitter
The man formerly known as Fausto Carmona had a little trouble securing a work visa after signing a minor league contact with the 'Stros in mid-February. But all is settled now and he'll try to catch up quickly to the other candidates for Houston's final rotation spot. Hernandez could also be an option for long relief.