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    Royals sign Casey Kotchman to minor-league deal
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (12:32 am ET) The Royals have signed first baseman Casey Kotchman to a minor-league deal, according to MLB.com.

    Kotchman will participate with the minor-league team during camp. He has not played in the majors since 2013. That season, he went hitless in 21 at-bats. Kotchman, 32, owns a career .260/.326/.385 slash line over 3,071 at-bats. 


    Giants expect Hunter Pence back around May 1
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (12:25 am ET) The Giants expect outfielder Hunter Pence to be back around May 1, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

    Pence fractured his forearm on Thursday, and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks. It was thought the club might explore the trade market for a replacement, but they could opt to hold out if Pence can return after one month.

    The 31-year-old Pence hit .277/.332/.445 over 650 at-bats last season. 


    Giants not that interested in Red Sox's Allen Craig
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (12:23 am ET) The Giants aren't all that interested in dealing with Red Sox outfielder Allen Craig, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

    With Hunter Pence sidelined for a few weeks, the Giants were expected to explore the trade market. It appears Craig won't be an option unless he comes at a discounted price. San Francisco expects Pence back around May 1, and could opt to wait it out. 

    The 30-year-old Craig hit .215/.279/.315 over 461 at-bats last season. 


    Diamondbacks' Brad Ziegler to face hitters soon
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (3/6/2015) Diamondbacks pitcher Brad Ziegler will face hitters soon, according to FoxSports.com.

    Ziegler had microfracture surgery in September, and is working his way back. He threw a bullpen session on Friday, and should face hitters pretty soon. The 35-year-old is expected to open the year in the bullpen if healthy. 

    Ziegler posted a 3.49 ERA over 67 innings last season. 


    Yankees' Carlos Beltran says his elbow feels fine
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (3/6/2015) Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran said his elbow felt fine after Friday's game, according to the Journal News.

    Beltran went 0-2 with a walk during the game, but didn't wear a brace on his arm. He said it's now just a matter of getting his timing down before the regular season. The 37-year-old is expected to open the season as a starter in the outfield.

    Beltran hit .233/.301/.402 over 403 at-bats last season. 


    Pirates' Jameson Taillon to face hitters next week
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (3/6/2015) Pirates pitcher Jameson Taillon will face hitters next week, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    Taillon underwent Tommy John surgery last April, but is working his way back. Taillon tossed a 30 pitch bullpen session on Friday. He's expected to do it again on Tuesday. If his Tuesday session goes well, Taillon will throw live batting practice on Friday.

    Taillon said he's feeling pretty good about his progress. "I'm feeling really strong, throwing the ball cleaner than I ever have," Taillon said. "Everything has been feeling really good. The elbow has been responding really well."

    Taillon is expected to open the season in the minors, but could be promoted to the majors if he gets off to a strong start. 


    Brewers' Adam Lind dealing with back injury
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (3/6/2015) Brewers first baseman Adam Lind is dealing with a back injury, according to MLB.com.

    Lind's back flared up while taking grounders on Thursday. He was scratched from Friday's game, and is considered day-to-day. Lind was acquired by the club during the offseason, and is expected to see significant time at first base.

    The 31-year-old Lind hit .321/.381/.479 over 290 at-bats last season. 


    Report: Mets' Daniel Murphy dealing with bruised hand
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (3/6/2015) Mets infielder Daniel Murphy is dealing with a bruised right hand, according to ESPN.

    X-rays reportedly came back "OK," and Murphy shouldn't miss much time. Murphy was hit in the hand during Friday's game against the Tigers. He stayed in the game to run the bases, but was replaced at the start of the next inning. 

    The 29-year-old Murphy hit .289/.332/.403 over 596 at-bats last season. 


    Diamondbacks' Chris Owings takes batting practice on Friday
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (3/6/2015) Diamondbacks shortstop Chris Owings was able to take batting practice on Friday, according to MLB.com.

    Owings is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, and has been limited early in camp. Manager Chip Hale said he was happy with Owings progress, and noted it was a big day for the infielder.

    "Everything he's done has been right on time," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "We've slowed him down, because it's important that that swing is right. This was a huge day for him."

    Owings will likely go through another round of BP before he's ready for game action. The team may also opt to give him at-bats in minor-league games before using him during actual spring training games.

    The 23-year-old Owings hit .261/.300/.406 over 310 at-bats last season. He's expected to open the year as the team's starting shortstop. 


    Angels' Matt Lindstrom feeling 100 percent this spring
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (3/6/2015) Angels reliever Matt Lindstrom is feeling pretty good after having ankle surgery last season, according to the Los Angeles Times

    Lindstrom struggled with oblique and ankle injuries last season, but has drawn some rave reviews during camp. "Right now, his stuff is very similar to when he was throwing the ball well early last year," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "That's exciting. This guy has closer's stuff. It's just a matter of how consistent he is and if he can keep it going."

    Lindstrom admitted he came back from ankle surgery too soon last year, and it impacted his numbers. He was able to rehab the injury during the offseason, though, and feels much better now. "I can tell the ball is coming out of my hand better, the way it's supposed to," Lindstrom said. "It wasn't right last year, but now, I don't have any reservations. I can concentrate on getting people out."

    The 35-year-old posted a 5.03 ERA over 34 innings last season. He's competing for a role in the Angels bullpen this spring. 


     
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