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    Dodgers' Greinke (elbow) set to make first spring start Wednesday
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (12:47 pm ET) Dodgers starting pitcher Zack Greinke (elbow) threw 36 pitches during his first live batting practice session Wednesday, per The Orange County Register. Greinke is slated to make his first spring start Wednesday against the Cubs.

    Yankees' Tanaka, Sabathia getting closer to pitching in spring game
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (12:41 pm ET) Yankees starting pitchers Masahiro Tanaka and CC Sabathia are progressing in their preparation for the start of the season, per MLB.com. 

    Sabathia, who is coming off knee surgery, reported no issues after throwing 20 pitches in batting practice Thursday. Tanaka, who missed time in 2014 due to an elbow injury, will face hitters in a simulated game Friday.

    Manager Joe Girardi said Sabathia will throw one more sim game before making his spring debut. Tanaka, however, will have to wait a little longer for his first spring action.

    "Last year, we were trying to learn [about] him, and he was trying to learn us and learn the league," Girardi said of Tanaka. "I think this year, it's just important that we do what we feel is best for him.

    "These guys are going to compete and understand the work they have to get in, whether it's a simulated game or a regular game. You can say all you want it's competition, but the competition you're going to face in April is different than the competition you're going to face now, because guys don't stay in the whole game and you don't get to go through all your pitches. There's a little bit more of an edge come April 1."


    A's OF Josh Reddick scratched from lineup with oblique strain
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (12:32 pm ET) Athletics outfielder Josh Reddick was scratched from Friday's spring lineup against the Diamondbacks due to a right oblique strain

    Reddick was limited to 109 games in 2014 due to knee issues. He has played less than 115 games the last two seasons and has played more than 115 games just once in six MLB seasons.

    Reddick has a career .245 average, .305 on-base percentage, .431 slugging percentage and .736 OPS. Reddick is penciled in to be the A's starting right fielder.


    Yankees' Girardi getting closer to playing A-Rod in the field
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (12:23 pm ET) Alex Rodriguez will make his second spring appearance at DH for the Yankees on Friday against the Pirates. While manager Joe Girardi feels Rodriguez is physically ready to play in the field, he is holding off a little longer before starting Rodriguez at third base.

    "Right now, I think at-bats are the most important thing," Girardi said, per MLB.com. "And I think sometimes if you want to leave him in a little longer, it's easier to do it as a DH.

    "I talked to him the other day, and he said he's ready to go at third. That's not an issue."


    Padres OF Justin Upton scratched Friday due to illness
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (12:15 pm ET) Padres outfielder Justin Upton was scratched from Friday's spring game against the White Sox due to illness, per U-T San Diego. He was replaced in the lineup by Rymer Liriano.

    "He's not feeling great," manager Bud Black said. "He should be back in a day or two, once he gets back to close to 100 percent. He's just a little bit under the weather. In this case, how he's feeling, it just doesn't make sense for him to be around the ballpark."

    Upton hit a solo home run during his spring debut Wednesday.

    "He's been working hard these first 10 days of camp, and leading up to camp, he was working hard," Black said. "This won't hurt him, a few days off the field."


    Indians' Gavin Floyd sidelined due to soreness unrelated to elbow
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (12:04 pm ET) Indians starting pitcher Gavin Floyd said Friday his live batting practice session Wednesday was shut down after seven pitches due to "general soreness," per MLB.com. Manager Terry Francona said Floyd's general soreness is unrelated to the fractured elbow he suffered in June.

    Floyd said he is not concerned about a setback. Pitching coach Mickey Callaway said the next step in Floyd's progression is still to be determined

    Francona said he told Floyd not to focus on deadlines, such as opening day. Francona added it is important to have Floyd at 100 percent -- no matter the date.


    Mariners SP James Paxton feels good after 30-pitch bullpen session
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (11:57 am ET) Mariners starting pitcher James Paxton (forearm) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session Friday. He reported no soreness and will throw another bullpen session in a few days, per the Tacoma News Tribune.

    Cubs' Olt on first spring HR: One of the best at-bats I've had in a while
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (11:52 am ET) Cubs third baseman Mike Olt clubbed a two-run homer off Athletics starting pitcher Barry Zito during Thursday's spring game. He connected on an 0-2 changeup.

    “It’s one of the best at-bats I’ve had in a while,” Olt said, per MLB.com. 

    Olt spent some time this offseason working on refining his swing.

    “I feel like it’s night and day,” Olt said of his swing now compared to last season. “Last year, I said I felt my swing was there, but secretly I knew in my head I was swinging at pitches I wasn’t supposed to. I’m feeling like I’m tracking the ball a lot better this year and a lot of the changes we’ve made to my swing are the reason why.”


    Red Sox ready to consider Matt Barnes as option for bullpen?
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (11:45 am ET) The Red Sox have maintained they consider prospect Matt Barnes a starting pitcher. However, his performance Thursday against the Twins has opened the door for Boston to potentially consider Barnes as a bullpen option.

    Barnes struck out three batters in two scoreless relief innings Thursday. His fastball reached 97 mph and he featured a tight breaking ball, per WEEI.com.

    The Red Sox likely have just two spots in the bullpen open, but Barnes could change their plans. Barnes did make five relief appearances for Boston last season.

    “If everyone was healthy, we probably viewed two spots in competition among a group of four or five,” manager John Farrell said. “Does an outing like last night increase the pool? I don’t know that we need to anoint that yet, but that was a really good outing to watch.

    “I don’??t have a whole lot of history with Matt Barnes, but that was a different guy than even what we saw in September. Sometimes you look for silver linings in an otherwise frustrating year and talking with Matt Barnes, he has a better understanding of who he is as a pitcher, what’??s required at the major-league level and the constant focus and concentration needed, all those were talked openly by him. And he went out last night and demonstrated some of the things he learned last year. Breaking balls much tighter. I’??ve never seen that kind of velocity from him. He was a different guy last night.”


    Blue Jays' Saunders amazed with how quick recovery from surgery is going
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (11:38 am ET) Blue Jays outfielder Michael Saunders, who underwent surgery last week to remove 60 percent of the cartilage from his left knee, threw from flat ground for a second straight day Friday, according to the National Post

    “When they told me I was going to walk out of surgery, I basically called B.S., considering the way I felt two days prior to it,” Saunders said. “But I walked out of surgery and I’ve felt amazed at the way my knee feels, considering everything. It’s an amazing thing.”

    Saunders expects to hit off a tee within a few days. He could also start running in about a week.

    “So far, so good,” he said. “The training staff are pushing me, but we’re pushing each other. At the end of the day, I’ve got to listen to my knee, but we’re headed in a good direction.”


     
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