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    McClendon: Hisashi Iwakuma still throwing bullpens, but 'everything is fine'
    by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
    (12:16 pm ET) While most of Seattle's pitchers are tossing live batting practice, Mariners starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma threw his third bullpen session of the spring Friday, per MLB.com. However, manager Lloyd McClendon stressed the veteran pitcher is not behind due to injury.

    “This is by design,” McClendon said. “We’re just stretching him out a little more. Kuma is A-OK and everything is fine. He has no issues at all. I don’t think he needs the live BPs. The guy is such a technician, he gets more done in a bullpen session than he would in a live BP.”

    Iwakuma was 12-6 with a 2.57 ERA in his first 21 starts last season before going 3-3 with a 7.88 ERA in his final seven outings. 

    “I kind of ran out of gas there,” he said through translator Antony Suzuki. “It wasn’t like I was very, very tired. I was just fatigued mentally and physically and that’s something I need to work on in spring training.

    “I’m very excited (for 2015). It’s a different year compared to where I was last year. I’m very motivated. I look forward to the season and I’m looking forward to a good spring training.”


    Yankees' Brendan Ryan to miss five days of camp with back strain
    by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
    (12:14 pm ET) Yankees infielder Brendan Ryan underwent a precautionary MRI on his back which revealed a mid-back strain, the team announced. The injury occurred while lifting weights in the days leading up to the start of spring training, and it will keep him sidelined from on-field activities for approximately five days.

    Ryan, who is seeking more playing time this season, hit .167 over 114 at-bats in 2014.


    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.”


     
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