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    Phillies' Chad Billingsley expected to be out until late April
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (9:46 pm ET) Phillies pitcher Chad Billingsley is not expected to be ready until late April, according to MLB.com.

    Billingsley is coming off two elbow surgeries, and is behind to start camp. Billingsley was expected to compete for a spot in the team's rotation if healthy. The 30-year-old owns a career 3.65 ERA over 1,175 1/3 innings.  


    Diamondbacks' Ender Inciarte fighting for a spot
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (9:25 pm ET) Diamondbacks outfielder Ender Inciarte is hoping to prove he deserves a spot, according to azcentral.com.

    Inciarte flashed potential during the second half of the season in 2014, but is on the fringes of the 25-man roster this spring. For right now, he's open to any role the team will give him.

    "There's a lot of competition here, but you only control what you can control," Inciarte said. "I know I can play defense. I know I can run. And I know I can hit. I've just got to do my job. I want to have a chance to play, but I'm ready to take any opportunity they give me or any role."

    Manager Chip Hale praised Inciarte's versatility, saying Inciarte is "the type of player you like to have because he can do so many different things."

    Inciarte knows the odds are against him, but knows whatever decision the team makes will be for the best. "I know whatever happens is going to be the best thing for me," he said. "I know if I go to Triple-A, I'm going to do my best and find my way back."

    The 24-year-old hit .278/.318/.359 over 418 at-bats last year. 


    Phillies' Chase Utley able to workout on Tuesday
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (9:16 pm ET) Phillies second baseman Chase Utley was able to work out on Tuesday, according to MLB.com.

    Utley did not participate in workouts on Monday due to a sore ankle. He's expected to miss a few spring games due to the injury, but the fact that he was able to put in work on Tuesday should be seen as an encouraging sign.

    The 36-year-old hit .270/.339/.407 over 589 at-bats last season. 


    Giants' Tim Lincecum encouraged after first appearance
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (9:06 pm ET) Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum is encouraged after making his first spring appearance, according to MLB.com.

    Lincecum can on in relief on Tuesday, giving up one run in one inning of work. He struck out two batters, and generally felt good about the outing. "I felt pretty good out there," Lincecum said. "My fastball had some life and my changeup was good at times."

    Manager Bruce Bochy seemed to agree, saying he believed Lincecum had good command of his fastball. 

    Lincecum is expected to open the season in the team's rotation. He posted a 4.74 ERA over 155 2/3 innings last year. 


    Indians' Fracona on McAllister: 'I thought he was pretty good'
    by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
    (8:59 pm ET) Indians pitcher Zach McAllister allowed one run on three hits in two innings while striking out three in Tuesday's Cactus League opener, and manager Terry Francona was pleased with his performance, MLB.com reports.

    "He was actually pretty good," Francona said. "He gave up the two-out hit, but I thought he was down in the zone, showed good arm strength and used all his pitches. I thought he was pretty good."

    McAllister is out of options and competing for the fifth spot in the rotation this spring.


    Diamondbacks' Rubby De La Rosa gets the nod on Wednesday
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (8:58 pm ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Rubby De La Rosa will start on Wednesday when the team takes on the Rockies, according to MLB.com.

    De La Rosa was acquired by the team during the offseason, and is expected to compete for a role in the starting rotation. The 25-year-old posted a 4.43 ERA over 101 2/3 innings last season. It's unclear how long De La Rosa will pitch on Wednesday.


    Blue Jays' Steve Delabar embracing competition in camp
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (8:54 pm ET) Blue Jays pitcher Steve Delabar is embracing the competition for a roster spot, according to MLB.com.

    "If I was locked in as the go-to guy in the 'pen or if I'm the last guy in camp, I'm here to compete," Delabar said. "I always say I'm going to put more pressure on myself than any staff member here, because we all want to be perfect every time out."

    Delbar was a sure thing to make the 25-man roster last season, but had some issues in 2014. He's now in a competition to earn one of the team's open spots in the pen. 

    Delabar explained that the goal for him succeeding was making sure he kept his fastball down. "If the ball gets up, it doesn't matter how fast it is, it's going to get hit," Delabar said. "Fastball down, fastball location, coming later into games you're going to have to spot up a little better. That just comes with a little more reps and work, and then we'll get to that point."

    Delabar posted a 4.91 ERA over 25 1/3 innings last season. 


    Angels' Scioscia weighing second-base options
    by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
    (8:38 pm ET) Angels manager Mike Scioscia is weighing how much emphasis to put on spring-training performance as he decides how to approach the second-base position this season, MLB.com reports.

    "A lot of it is to see what the best fit is for your group of guys, what your lineup needs are," Scioscia said. "There's an absolute to people winning jobs at spring training. Probably not at the analysis you're looking at -- 'Oh, he hit .340 in spring training' -- but there are a lot of things we're looking at as to how a guy fits in our lineup. You can make the team in spring, for sure, with the things that you show."

    Scioscia hasn't ruled out the option of using multiple players at the position as the situation dictates.

    "That's one of the options," he said. "There are guys that have the ability to go out there and do what we need to do on the defensive end and the offensive end, and we'll see who emerges and who gives us the best look."

    Josh Rutledge highlights a second-base competition that also includes Grant Green, Johnny Giavotella and Taylor Featherston.


    Angels' Cam Bedrosian working on location this season
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (8:38 pm ET) Angels reliever Cam Bedrosian is working on his location this season, according to MLB.com.

    Bedrosian strugged in 19 1/3 innings last season, but knows his stuff can play in the majors. For him, it's all about putting the ball in the right place. "The big thing is just keeping the ball down," he said. "A lot of times last year, it was up too much, getting too excited. Guys get in the box, and you want to do too much with it. The only thing I have to do is just keep the ball down."

    Bedrosian said minor-league players will bite on high fastballs, but stressed that players are "a lot more disciplined" in the majors. Though Bedrosian faces an uphill battle to open the year on the 25-man roster, that's his goal this spring. 

    The 23-year-old posted a 6.52 ERA over 19 1/3 innings in the majors last season. 


    Angels' Collin Cowgill not taking spot for granted
    by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
    (8:31 pm ET) Angels outfielder Collin Cowgill is not taking his spot for granted, according to MLB.com.

    "I understand how the game works," Cowgill said. "I understand a lot, maybe more so than a lot of people, because I've found myself in a lot of situations. I don't take anything for granted. So I'm going to keep trying to work and earn it."

    Cowgill has spent time with four different teams in his young career, and understands how often you can lose your role. With Josh Hamilton expected to miss time early in the season, it appears Cowgill's spot on the roster is safe, even though he remains skeptical. 

    "If [Angels manager Mike] Scioscia's going to play me, it's because I deserve it," Cowgill said. "He's going to play me because he thinks I give him a chance to win, and that's the only way I want it to be."

    The 28-year-old hit .250/.330/.354 over 260 at-bats last season. 


     
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