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Phillies SP Jonathan Pettibone throws live batting practice
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:10 am ET) Phillies starting pitcher Jonathan Pettibone threw 22 pitches during live batting practice Tuesday, which was the first time he threw to hitters since undergoing shoulder surgery in June, per The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Anytime you're facing a live hitter and you have the adrenaline going and you've got to mix your pitches, that kind of competitive edge comes out," Pettibone said. "When you're able to get through that and succeed and you felt good, that's definitely a positive step going forward."

Pettibone said he expects to be back in action sometime in May. Although, he will probably start out at Triple-A before getting his chance to join the major-league rotation.


Phillies' Billingsley to make a few starts in extended spring training
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:06 am ET) Phillies starting pitcher Chad Billingsley (elbow) will throw 40-45 pitches in his third minor-league start Thursday, per The Philadelphia Inquirer. He is expected to make 2-3 starts in extended spring training before coming off the disabled list and joining the major-league rotation.

Alex Colome, Drew Smyly to face live hitters
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:05 am ET) Rays manager Kevin Cash told reporters that pitchers Alex Colome (illness) will throw a live batting practice on Friday, while Drew Smyly (shoulder) will face live hitters Wednesday and Saturday, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Orioles release OF Matt Tuiasosopo
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:02 am ET) The Orioles released outfielder Matt Tuiasosopo so that he can pursue other Triple-A opportunities, per MASN Sports. Tuiasosopo, 28, was a non-roster invitee and was reassigned to minor-league camp on March 15 before he was released on Wednesday.

Twins OF Oswaldo Arcia sidelined again due to illness
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:02 am ET) Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia was held out of Wednesday's spring game against the Red Sox due to an illness, per the Pioneer Press. Arcia missed time earlier this spring due to a stomach illness.

Arcia is batting .295 (13 for 44) with one triple, one home run, three doubles and seven RBI in 14 spring games.


Twins bullpen set after Caleb Thielbar sent down to minors
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9:58 am ET) The Twins have optioned left-handed reliever Caleb Thielbar down to Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday, according to MLB.com.

With Thielbar heading down to the minors to start the season, Minnesota's seven-man bullpen will include Glen Perkins, Casey Fien, Brian Duensing, JR Graham, Blaine Boyer, Mike Pelfrey and Tim Stauffer.


Red Sox's Matt Barnes (food poisoning) to pitch Thursday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9:54 am ET) Red Sox pitcher Matt Barnes is scheduled to pitch on Thursday against the Twins, according to the Providence Journal on Wednesday. Barnes dealt with food poisoning earlier this week. He has a 5.25 ERA through 12 innings of work this spring.

Report: Mets pick Gee over Montero for final rotation spot
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:48 am ET) The Mets have picked Dillon Gee over prospect Rafael Montero for the fifth spot in the rotation, sources told ESPN.com. New York went with Gee despite a late push from Montero, as the team sought a replacement for the injured Zack Wheeler, who is out for the season due to Tommy John surgery.

Gee was the Mets' Opening Day starter in 2014. He was headed for a bullpen role before Wheeler hurt his elbow this spring. Gee will likely make his first start of the season April 10 against the Braves.

Even though Gee will open the season in the rotation, sources told ESPN.com the Mets still might look to trade him early in the season.

Montero will likely open the season in the Mets bullpen.


Astros' Oberholtzer, Fields, Peacock will start season on DL
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9:46 am ET) The Astros announced that Brett Oberholtzer, Josh Fields and Brad Peacock will all start the season on the 15-day disabled list, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Oberholtzer  is dealing with a blister on his left index finger, and will have his DL stint backdated to March 31. Fields is working his way back from a groin injury, and will have his DL stint backdated to March 27. Peacock, who is recovering from offseason hip surgery, will start the first game of the season at Triple-A Fresno, per MLB.com. His DL will be backdated to March 30.


Phillies RF competition down to Sizemore, Danks, Francoeur
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:40 am ET) With the demotion of outfielder Brian Bogusevic to the minors Wednesday, the competition to be the Phillies starting right fielder with Domonic Brown sidelined is down to Jordan Danks, Jeff Francoeur and Grady Sizemore, per The News Journal.

 
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