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    5Carlos Santana, CLE, 1B909
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    Mets' Matt Harvey in 'compete mode' after facing live hitters
    by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
    (12:09 pm ET) Mets pitcher Matt Harvey told reporters he didn't hold back when he faced batters Friday for the first time since undergoing elbow surgery in October 2013. Hitters were instructed to track the pitches and not swing.

    "I was in 'compete mode,'" Harvey said, per Newsday. "I wasn't holding back."

    Harvey, who missed the 2014 season due to Tommy John surgery, is scheduled to make his spring debut March 6 against Detroit. It will be his first game action since Aug. 14, 2013.


    Royals OF Alex Gordon (wrist) cleared to hit off a tee
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (12:09 pm ET) Royals manager Ned Yost said Friday outfielder Alex Gordon (wrist) has been cleared to progress to the next step in his hitting progression and can now hit off a tee, per The Kansas City Star.

    “He’s progressing fine,” Yost said.


    Dodgers' Hyun-Jin Ryu (back) to play catch Friday
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (12:05 pm ET) Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (back) will not throw a bullpen session Friday, according to MLB.com. However, he is expected to play catch.

    Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez likely to retire after 2015 season
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (12:00 pm ET) Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez said Friday the 2015 season will likely be his last in the majors. The 36-year-old Ramirez is entering his 18th season in the majors and fourth with the Brewers.

    "I don't want a multi-year deal. I wasn't looking forward to that. I'm comfortable here," he said, per the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

    "I'm going to play this year and probably be done after this year. I don't know if I want to play after this year. I think this is it. We'll see what happens, but I don't think I'll play after this year.

    "It's more of a family thing. I've got three kids, I've been playing for a long time, been away for a long time. Sometimes it's just time to do something else."

    Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said he is not surprised by Ramirez's announcement.

    "We anticipated that anyways," he said. "It's not stunning. I think when he accepted our deal to come back that was probably a message. He didn't go out on the market. He's always said it's never been about the money."

    Ramirez made the All-Star team in 2014 for the third time in his career. He has a career .285 average, .344 on-base percentage, .496 slugging percentage and .840 OPS.


    Redmond: Jose Fernandez to throw off mound 'within the next few days'
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (11:26 am ET) Marlins manager Mike Redmond said Friday starting pitcher Jose Fernandez could throw off a mound "within the next few days," per The Miami Herald. It will be the first time he throws off a mound since undergoing Tommy John surgery last year.

    MLB.com reported last week Fernandez could throw off a mound as early as March 1, which is Sunday.


    Blue Jays not counting on Johan Santana being ready by opening day
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (11:22 am ET) Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Friday pitcher Johan Santana will eventually vie for a spot in the rotation, but it doesn't appear he will be ready by the season opener

    Santana, who suffered a torn Achilles in June, was shut down in January after having some shoulder discomfort while pitching in the Venezuelan winter league.

    “If he’s healthy, he’s gonna be good," Anthopoulos said, per the National Post. "(He is) just getting into his throwing program right now, so highly unlikely he’s ready for opening day.”

    Anthopoulos said Santana's deal will pay him $2.5 million, if he makes the club. His contract also includes incentives for active days and number of starts. Santana can also opt out of his contract by April 28.


    Nationals taking a cautious approach with Nate McLouth
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (10:39 am ET) Nationals manager Matt Williams said Thursday the team will take a cautious approach with outfielder Nate McLouth, who has started a throwing program coming off shoulder surgery in August.

    "If we were to say at the end of this week that we're going to play a game and Nate was going to go two innings, we probably wouldn't do that at this point because he has got to go through that progression," Williams said, per MASNsports.com. "What that timeframe depends on is how he feels. You can look at the big picture and say well, you need X amount of rehab for this particular surgery. Everybody is different, of course. But we want to make sure that when he's ready to play, he's ready, because we don't want a setback.

    "That being said, he's going through the progression of all of his throwing, he's hitting right now. He doesn't have an issue with that. It's going to get sore, we know it. So there's going to be days where he's going to have to just shut it down for that particular day. Which is frustrating because you want to play. We'll get through spring training with him and kind of monitor him on an everyday basis to see where he is at and act accordingly."


    Red Sox's Betts focused on preparing for season, not OF competition
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (10:32 am ET) Mookie Betts knows he will have to put his best foot forward this spring in order to land a starting spot in the Red Sox's outfield. Betts, however, is not trying to think as much about the competition and rather focus on what he needs to do to prepare for the 2015 season.

    “I feel as if I’m just getting ready for the season,” Betts told WEEI.com. “Whether it’s in the big leagues, Triple-A, Double-A, wherever it is, I’m just getting ready for the season and not really focusing so much on making the big-league team, just really just getting ready."

    If Betts doesn't win a starting job in the outfield, then he could be a bench option for Boston instead of heading back to the minors.

    “Whatever [manager John] Farrell and [general manager Ben] Cherington, whatever they do is what’s going to be best for the Red Sox,” Betts said. “And if that’s me sitting and watching, that’s perfectly fine and I’ll just fill into my role.”


    Red Sox's Mujica reveals neck injury played part in 2014 struggles
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (10:21 am ET) Red Sox reliever Edward Mujica got off to a rocky start in 2014, posting a 6.41 ERA through the first two months of the season. He eventually settled down, posting a 2.68 ERA and seven saves over the final four months.

    On Friday, Mujica revealed a neck injury played a part in his early season struggles. Mujica was diagnosed with his C1 vertebrae being out of place when he signed with the Red Sox and added the issue didn't clear up until midway through the 2014 season.

    “My neck was bothering me when I got here, I got treatment and in spring training I felt good because of the weather,” Mujica said, per WEEI.com. “But then I felt sore in the neck because of the cold weather. I was also adjusting to the American League, all the teams have pretty good hitters 1-9. I just kept working every single day, watching videos, got that [physical] adjustment and got going in the second half.

    “The C1 was a little moved out of place, but they put it in the right place in spring training to get through the season. With treatment every single day it helped me a lot after the first two months.”


    Cardinals' Adam Wainwright targeting 2-3 weeks for spring debut
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (10:12 am ET) Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright is targeting 2-3 weeks before he is able to pitch in a spring game, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Wainwright was diagnosed with an abdominal strain Thursday after heading back to St. Louis for further evaluation.

    Wainwright will have 4-5 days of light activity before he can gradually increase his workouts. He will be re-evaluated Monday before the Cardinals decide if he can rejoin the starters’ throwing program.

    “The good thing is it doesn’t hurt so I can continue to throw off the mound and face hitters,” Wainwright said. “I can throw live BP and just won’t field my position.”

    With his current timetable and barring setback, Wainwright could make four starts during spring training. 

    “Everybody was saying that you need to scale back your innings in spring training,” Wainwright said. “God just naturally found a way to make that happen without ticking me off. ‘OK, Adam, you don’t want to have time off? I’ll make you take time off.’”


     
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