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Mets trying to get Jeurys Familia to pitch up in the zone


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(10:07 pm ET) Mets sinkerballer Jeurys Familia has made a living inducing ground balls and retiring righthanders. With injuries taking away several contributors from the Mets bullpen, however, the team wants to expand Familia's role, and that means moving his pitches up in the strike zone. 

"The way he pitches, everything's down, down, down, down, down," manager Terry Collins said, per MLB.com's Anthony DiComo. "We've got to change the look. If he's going to be that guy who we think possibly could pitch deep in the game, he's got to be able to do a couple other things. There's going to be a time when you're going to need a strikeout, especially against lefties. If he can give them something else to look at, he's going to have a better chance to strike them out."

Pitching coach Dan Warthen has made changes to Familia's delivery to help him pitch up in the zone. 

Familia has a 6.43 ERA so far this spring. 


MRI reveals no damage to Diamondbacks pitcher Matt Stites' elbow


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(9:02 pm ET) Diamondbacks pitcher Matt Stites does not have any structural damage in his right elbow after receiving a second MRI, reports MLB.com.

Stites' right arm locked up on him last Saturday and the initial MRI revealed inflammation in the elbow.

"What we heard is it looked good," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "They said this one was even cleaner. The MRI looked very clean, so they're going to figure out a plan of attack."

It is unclear when Stites will resume throwing again.


Dodgers shut down pitcher Chad Gaudin with biceps injury


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(7:41 pm ET) Dodgers pitcher Chad Gaudin will be shut down for the time being with a biceps injury, manager Don Mattingly said Friday per MLB.com.

Gaudin, who has had a tweak in his biceps for the last week, will have an MRI performed soon to see if there is any further damage. He has thrown six innings this spring, allowing two runs.


Dodgers pitcher Brandon League out 'extended period of time'


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(6:53 pm ET) Dodgers pitcher Brandon League is still dealing with a shoulder injury and will miss an extended period of time, manager Don Mattingly said according to MLB.com.

League saw two doctors about the shoulder injury Friday and will miss a couple of months, according to Mattingly. League has been dealing with some discomfort in the shoulder after throwing a bullpen session Tuesday. The type of injury he is dealing with is still unknown.


Drew Storen returns to mound for Nationals


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5:09 pm ET) Drew Storen pitched one inning in the Nationals' game on Friday, returning to the mound for the first time since having hand surgery on March 13.

Storen had surgery on his left, non-throwing, hand to remove a hook on the hamate bone. He has been throwing bullpens and making minor league appearances to prepare for the game back, per Jamal Collier of MLB.com.

Storen pitched one inning, allowing one hit and one walk.


Report: Marlins' Brad Hand not expected to be traded


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10:20 am ET) Although he's slated to start on Friday for the Marlins, all signs indicate that the club won't showcase pitcher Brad Hand to other teams this spring. According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the left-hander won't be traded before the season starts and is expected to remain in Miami.

Hand, who was the subject of trade rumors to the Rangers earlier this spring, has registered a 1.80 ERA over 10 innings of work in Grapefruit League play.


Nationals reassign six players to minor-league camp


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10:00 am ET) The Nationals announced Friday they reassigned infielder Cutter Dykstra, infielder Emmanuel Burriss, catcher Steven Lerud, infielder/outfielder Kila Ka'aihue, outfielder Derrick Robinson and pitcher Manny Delcarmen to minor-league camp.

Jose Tabata among 12 players cut from Pirates camp Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:28 am ET) The Pirates announced Friday they cut 12 players from major-league camp. 

They optioned Bobby LaFromboise to Triple-A, while reassigning Deolis Guerra, Gorkys Hernandez, Charlie Leesman, Brad Lincoln, Steve LombardozziBrent Morel, Gustavo Nunez , Deibinson Romero, Jose Tabata, Sebastian Valle and Josh Wall to minor-league camp.


D-Backs' Cahill feeling good despite so-so minor-league outing


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9:21 am ET) Diamondbacks starting pitcher Trevor Cahill allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings during a minor-league start Thursday, according to The Arizona Republic. Cahill, who is competing for a spot in the rotation, said he pitched better than his stat line indicated.

"I was able, for the most part, to keep the ball on the ground," he said. "I felt like I didn't make too many mistakes and the ones I did, they hit. That's going to happen."

Cahill, who has a 4.50 ERA through three spring starts, said he feels better about his command and ability to repeat his delivery than in past years.

"I think the misses are a lot better," he said. "They're competitive misses. They're not yanks in the other batter's box. Most of the misses are down, which leaves less room to get hurt."


Nats' Drew Storen to pitch Friday, Stephen Strasburg on Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9:17 am ET) Nationals right-handed pitcher Drew Storen is among the pitchers slated to make an appearance in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals, and starter Stephen Strasburg will pitch Saturday against the Mets, according to Comcast SportsNet Washington.

It will be Storen's first outing since he underwent surgery to remove the hook of hamate bone from his left hand back on March 13. Strasburg will also make his first appearance since suffering an ankle injury on March 20.


Reds' Michael Lorenzen tosses three one-run innings Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Reds pitching prospect Michael Lorenzen surrendered one earned run on four hits in three innings in Thursday's 13-2 win over the Indians.

"It went good," Lorenzen said after the outing, per MLB.com. "My fastball command was good. The tempo was good. That was the most important thing for me -- tempo and fastball command. I was able to go out there and accomplish my goal for the day."

Lorenzen came into Thursday's start having allowed no hits and six walks in two innings in his previous appearance. He threw 45 pitches in Thursday's game and another 20 in the bullpen to reach his pitch-count target.

"I worked on some breaking balls," Lorenzen said. "I gave up some two-strike hits with my breaking ball. I didn't finish them. They were a lot better in the bullpen with a couple of adjustments that I made."

The Reds are looking at Lorenzen for a long-relief role but could use him as a starter at some point this season.

"That gives him a chance to get to 80-85 [pitches] in his next outing, which to me, means he's ready to start," manager Bryan Price said before the game. "You can safely say he could throw 90-95 pitches in his first start of the season."


Cardinals' Kevin Siegrist has trouble holding runners Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Cardinals pitcher Kevin Siegrist allowed two stolen bases in his inning of work Thursday while surrendering one earned run. He's made mechanical adjustments this spring to try and quicken his delivery, MLB.com reports.

"He got a little longer today for some reason," manager Mike Matheny said. "I don't know if he's trying to put a little more [velocity] on it or exactly what it is. I think he was thinking a little more about his stuff. Those are things that we hadn't seen much from him this spring."

The run was the first Siegrist has allowed in six innings this spring, and he's racked up seven strikeouts while issuing only one walk.


Brewers' Mike Fiers (shoulder) allows one run in return Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Brewers pitcher Mike Fiers (shoulder) returned to the mound Thursday and surrendered one earned run on three hits and one walk in 3 2/3 innings in his team's 15-1 win over the Mariners.

Fiers has been limited this spring by shoulder weakness but is expected to open the season in the rotation. He's expected to make his regular-season debut April 10 against the Pirates.

"Great day," Fiers said after the outing, per MLB.com. "I was really throwing strikes and getting back to where I was. I think I'm pretty much there. It's all about getting the pitch count up now."

Fiers has surrendered four earned runs in 8 1/3 innings this spring while striking out three and walking five.


Diamondbacks pitcher Matt Stites undergoes MRI on elbow Thursday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Diamondbacks pitcher Matt Stites underwent an MRI on his elbow Thursday, reports The Arizona Republic.

Stites' elbow locked up on him when he was throwing batting practice Saturday. The results from the MRI are expected to be known Friday.


Dodgers' Chad Gaudin shut down, will be examined


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Dodgers pitcher Chad Gaudin (biceps) felt a tingling in his fingers Thursday and was shut down, MLB.com reports.

The pitcher will be examined, and it's possible he's sent for an MRI Friday. Gaudin was pulled from last Friday's outing due to a "tweak" in his biceps. He's surrendered two earned runs in six spring innings.


Giants pitcher Derek Law will face hitters in two months


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Giants pitcher Derek Law remains on track in his recovery from Tommy John surgery and he will face live batters in two months, reports CSNBayArea.com.

Law is recovery from Tommy John surgery and is currently just throwing bullpen sessions, which have been going well. He was recently optioned to high Class A by the Giants.


Report: Mets scouting LH relievers from Dodgers, Rockies


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) The Mets are scouting left-handed relievers from the Rockies and Dodgers, according to ESPN. It is not certain which players the Mets are scouting, but one Mets official told ESPN in December the club liked Rockies left-handed reliever Rex Brothers, who is under team control through 2017.

Mets' Warthen: Bobby Parnell may throw 100 mph agani


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen isn't ready to rule out pitcher Bobby Parnell throwing 100 mph again, ESPNNewYork.com reports.

"I wouldn't say that," Warthen said.

Parnell's fastball say at 87-to-91 mh in a minor-league appearance Wednesday. He averaged a career-high 97.2 mph on his fastball in 2011 and averaged 95 mph in 2013 before missing most of 2014 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Warthen suggested that Parnell's velocity will be closer to normal in a week to 10 days.


Cubs prospect Kyle Schwarber among cuts Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) The Cubs announced Thursday they cut 12 players from major-league camp, including top catcher prospect Kyle Schwarber,who was reassigned to minor-league camp.

The other players reassigned to minor-league camp were pitchers Daniel Bard, Anthony Carter, Jorge De Leon, Gonzalez Germen and Francisley Bueno, infielder Chris Valaika, outfielders Albert Almora, Mike Baxter and Adron Chambers.

Pitcher Blake Parker and pitcher Joseph Ortiz were optioned to Triple-A Iowa.


Mets RP Vic Black could be ready in time for Opening Day


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen said reliever Vic Black is "right on the cusp" of being ready for Opening Day, per NJ.com. Black has been sidelined since mid-March with a shoulder injury.

Dodgers P Adam Liberatore (groin) scratched from Thursday's game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) A slight groin injury caused Dodgers pitcher Adam Liberatore to be removed from Thursday's lineup, reports MLB.com.

The move was made as a precaution. Liberatore will instead throw a bullpen session Thursday and he is set to throw in Saturday's game.


Dodgers RP Brandon League (shoulder) getting second opinion


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Dodgers reliever Brandon League is awaiting the results of Wednesday's MRI on his injured shoulder, according to MLB.com. However, regardless of the results, he is planning to get a second opinion.

Phillies' Hollands getting second opinion, leaning toward surgery


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Phillies reliever Mario Hollands said Thursday he will get a second opinion on his injured elbow from Dr. James Andrews, per MLB.com. However, he is leaning toward having surgery. Hollands has a tear in the common flexor tendon in his left elbow.

Cardinals' Matheny: Sam Freeman has 'best outing' Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Cardinals pitcher Sam Freeman tossed a scoreless inning in Wednesday's 1-0 win against the Nationals, and manager Mike Matheny indicated after the outing that it was Freeman's best outing of the spring, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

"That was his best outing of the year," Matheny said. "He was getting ahead in the count and making good, tough pitches when he had to. He had the swing-and-miss split going today. It was a good day. It was his best outing and it was a good time for it."

Freeman, who would have to pass through waivers to be sent to the minors, remains a longshot to win a bullpen spot this spring. He has posted a 3.60 ERA and 3:5 K:BB ratio in five spring innings.


Dodgers' Mattingly on Yimi Garcia: 'He's pretty impressive'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2015) Dodgers pitcher Yimi Garcia tossed a scoreless inning Wednesday as he continues to battle for a spot in the team's Opening Day bullpen.

"Obviously, he's pretty impressive," manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday after the outing, per MLB.com. "He's still here. As long as he's not in the [minor-league] barracks …"

Garcia has yet to allow a run in 8 1/3 innings, giving up just four hits and two walks while striking out 10. He believes he's ready to make the major-league team.

"In my mind, yes," Garcia said. "But I don't have control."

Garcia made his major-league debut in 2014 and allowed two earned runs in 10 innings while striking out nine and walking one.


 
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