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Rockies' Bridich: 'Highly unlikely' Tulo, CarGo traded before opener


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/27/2015) Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich told FOX Sports on Tuesday that it is "highly, highly unlikely" shortstop Troy Tulowitzki or outfielder Carlos Gonzalez will be traded before opening day.

Tulowitzki, who has been linked to trade rumors involving the Mets this offseason, is under contract through 2020 on a six-year, $118 million deal. He is also recovering from August hip surgery.

Gonzalez is under contract through the 2017 season on a seven-year, $80 million contract. He is also recovering from surgery in August to repair the patellar tendon in his left knee.


Brewers reliever Jim Henderson throwing again


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2015) Brewers reliever Jim Henderson, who had shoulder surgery last August, began throwing off a mound last week and will toss bullpen sessions this week, reports MLB.com. Henderson hopes to be 100 percent by Opening Day, the report added.

Henderson was limited to 14 appearances last season. He went 2-1 with a 7.15 ERA.


Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki wants to move past injury concerns


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2015) Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has heard the rumors about being injury-prone and he said it only motivates him to play better, reports MLB.com.

Tulowitzki only appeared in 91 games during the 2014 season and said his main goal for 2015 is to stay on the field.

"I've heard that I'm injury-prone. I've heard that I'm getting older. I like it," he said. "That stuff fuels me. It makes my workouts better. It makes me want it that much more. I just want to prove that I can do it. For so long, I've worked so hard to try to stay on the field. That's what keeps driving me - to stay on the field, help this team win and try to solidify myself as the best player in the game."

He added that he wants to play between 140 and 160 games, but he knows it will be a challenge as he gets older.

"It's been a battle for me, no doubt," Tulowitzki said. "I do everything I possibly can to prepare for the season and make myself healthy."


Rockies' Bridich: CarGo 'on schedule' in recovery from knee surgery


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2015) Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich said outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, who had surgery to repair the patellar tendon in his left knee in August, is "on schedule" in his recovery, per MLB.com. 

"CarGo is in town right now," said Bridich, who added that Gonzalez's left index finger, where a benign tumor was removed last year, also has healed and the outfielder is throwing. "He's going through the routine check-ins, and he's exactly on schedule. We're hopeful to get him on the field sometime soon. Obviously, it's winter here, so it's tough."


Rockies' Bridich: Tulo 'starting to ramp up the pure baseball activity'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2015) Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, who underwent surgery to repair a torn left hip labrum, has been cleared to ramp up baseball activities, per MLB.com.

"Tulo was in Denver last week just for a couple days for a routine checkup on his progress, and everything's great," Rockies senior vice president and general manager Jeff Bridich said. "He's swinging fully, he's taking full batting practice in the cage, and this week he's starting to add taking ground balls in the infield and really starting to ramp up the pure baseball activity."


Mets' Cuddyer on Wright: 'I see that spark in him again this offseason'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/23/2015) New Mets outfielder Michael Cuddyer has spent some time this offseason working out with third baseman David Wright. Cuddyer said he has seen a much improved Wright from the last time he saw him during a series against the Rockies in September, when Wright was plagued by a shoulder injury.

"I see that spark in him again this offseason," Cuddyer said, per NJ.com. "I see that enthusiasm, that excitement and the strength. He looks strong right now, which is good to see."

Wright, whose injury was diagnosed as a rotator cuff contusion, failed to make the All-Star team last season for just the second time since 2006. He hit .269 with a career-low eight home runs in 134 games. Wright even had 14 home runs in 69 games as a rookie in 2004.


Nationals' Werth (shoulder): My goal is to be ready by opening day


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/22/2015) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on the AC joint in his right shoulder Jan. 9, said he still has some normal residual discomfort from the operation but feels better, per The Washington Post.

While Werth is expected to undergo 2-3 months of rehab, which puts his status for opening day in jeopardy, he remains hopeful of a quick recovery because his operation was minimally-invasive and with no complications.

“I don’t want to do anything to jeopardize the rest of my career but also want to get on the field an play,” he said. “It’s a balance. … As soon as I’m ready, I’ll be back. … My goal is opening day. If I can’t make opening day in D.C., then I want to make opening day in Boston. I’m going to try to be back as soon as I can without doing something stupid.”


Report: Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez cleared to take BP on field


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, who underwent knee surgery in August, has been cleared to take batting practice on the field, according to MLB.com. He is also allowed to run straight ahead, but he won't be allowed to change direction until spring training begins.

Gonzalez, who was an All-Star in 2012-13, was limited to 70 games in 2014. He hit .238 with 11 home runs, 15 doubles and 38 RBI. 


Marlins not expecting Jose Fernandez back until after June 1


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) Marlins owner Jeffery Loria said he expects starting pitcher Jose Fernandez, who is coming off Tommy John surgery, to return sometime after June 1, according to The Miami Herald

Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill agreed and said Monday about Fernandez's return, "We’re still thinking June, July area."

“Once we get him on the mound, we’ll get a little more clarity," Hill said. "When you’re dealing with those injuries, you’re always cautiously optimistic.

“He’s worked extremely hard. He’s done a tremendous job doing everything he needs to do to get himself back. We won’t put a timetable on it. We don’t want him to feel any pressure.”

The 22-year-old Fernandez was a breakout star in 2013. He not only made the All-Star team, but he won the NL Rookie of the Year and finished third in the NL Cy Young race. Fernandez made eight starts in 2014 before having Tommy John surgery.


Report: Giants take Marco Scutaro off 40-man roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/21/2015) Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro was designated for assignment Wednesday, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The 39-year-old Scutaro, who was limited to five games in 2014 due to a back injury, underwent fusion surgery in late December and was expected to be sidelined 4-6 months. The Giants weren't sure if Scutaro was able to play again following the surgery.

"This is the type of thing, it's 4-6 months before we can know if baseball is possible," general manager Brian Sabean said in December. "I don't want to speak for the doctor or the procedure but you'd have to how he responds to the surgery and that's months away."

Scutaro continues to rehab at his home in Miami. The Giants are checking on him on a regular basis. Based on his progress, the team will decide whether or not to invite him to spring training.

Scutaro, who made the NL All-Star team in 2013, has appeared in 1,391 MLB games over 13 seasons. He has a career .277/.341./.388/.729 slash line.


Report: Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez may be cleared by next week


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/20/2015) Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez was able to take swings Tuesday and may be cleared for more on-field activies by next week, according to FOXSports.com.

Gonzalez underwent surgery to repair a patellar tendon in his knee in August after dealing with discomfort for most of the 2014 season. The outfielder hit .238 in 2014 with 11 home runs and 38 RBI in 260 at-bats.


Phillies' Ben Revere out to overcome pain-filled 2014 season


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/20/2015) Phillies centerfielder Ben Revere revealed Tuesday he dealt with a lot of pain in his right ankle for much of the 2014 season. In 2013, Revere's season was cut short after he fractured his ankle, which required surgical screws to be placed in it. The screws stayed in his ankle during the 2014 season.

"The more the season went on it just got worse and worse and worse," Revere said. 

He also received much scarier news from doctors after the season was over.

"The doctors told me after the surgery that the screws were going into my nerves and that is what was causing all the pain," Revere said. "They told me I was lucky I didn't get any nerve damage or anything. It's fully healed now. I can do everything. I can do power lifting. I couldn't even squat last year. I'm squatting 400 pounds now. Last year, my hamstring [shut] down, my quads were weak. Now, I'm getting all my strength back."

New Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said he thinks Revere needs to work on his extra-base hitting heading into the 2015 season.

"He hasn't found his full stride on what he can do on a baseball field," Sandberg said. "He's a strong kid, but he hits all singles. For me, that doesn't add up. I see him as a potential 30 to 40 doubles type of a hitter mainly because he makes so much contact and he is strong. He has the ability to pop the ball to the gaps and down the lines. He does use the whole field when he hits and he's a base stealer, so for me that shows the potential to translate into a doubles hitter."

Revere hit .306 in 2014 with 28 RBI and 71 runs scored in 601 at-bats.


Giants' Angel Pagan to open spring training as leadoff hitter


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/20/2015) Giants centerfielder Angel Pagan will open spring training as the the leadoff hitter, but it is subject to change, according to San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy.

He also mentioned the lineup could change if the club determines the lineup is better with newly acquired Norichika Aoki as the leadoff hitter in the lineup.

Hitting as the leadoff man for most of the 2014 season, Pagan hit .300 with a .389 slugging percentage and 21 doubles.


Cardinals OF Peter Bourjos (hip) cleared to start swinging


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2015) Cardinals outfielder Peter Bourjos has been cleared to start swinging a bat, reports MLB.com. Bourjos underwent hip surgery to repair an impingement in November.

The 27-year-old hit .231/.294/.348 over 264 at-bats last season, and avoided arbitration with a $1.65 million contract for next season. He is expected to be "full go" come spring training.  


Report: Cardinals' Jon Jay files for $5 million in arbitration


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay has filed for $5 million in arbitration, while the team has offered $4.1 million, MLB.com reports.

Jay will be eligible for arbitration for one more time before he's scheduled to reach free agency at the end of the 2016 season. He hit .303/.372/.378 with three home runs, 46 RBI and six stolen bases in 413 at-bats.


Padres' Tyson Ross, Yonder Alonso avoid arbitration


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Padres right-hander Tyson Ross and Yonder Alonso both avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contracts, per the team's official website. Ross has settled for $5.25 million, per MLB.com. Alonso is set to make $1.65 million in 2015, per ESPN.

Ross registered a 2.81 ERA and 195 strikeouts over 195 2/3 innings last season. Alonso slashed .240/.285/.397 with seven homers and 27 RBI over 267 at-bats.


Cardinals, Peter Bourjos avoid arbitration on Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2015) The Cardinals have avoided arbitration with outfielder Peter Bourjos on Thursday, the team announced. 

Bourjos is set to receive $1.65 million next season, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The 27-year-old is coming off a season in which he hit .231/.294/.348 over 264 at-bats. 


Rockies co-owner Monfort: Tulo to Mets is 'not happening'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2015) If there was any hope for Mets' fans seeing shortstop Troy Tulowitzki in a New York uniform next season, Rockies co-owner Charlie Monfort did his best Thursday to shoot down that scenario.

“It’s not happening,” Monfort told the New York Post. “I can’t speak for him, but yeah, we want him. I think he’s strong and he’s worked hard and he’ll be back. He’ll be Tulo of old.”

The Mets and Rockies have engaged in trade talks during the offseason, but haven't made progress because the Rockies have asked for significant talent in return, including current major-leaguers and prospects, per the Post. The Rockies have also not offered to pay for any of the $118 million Tulowitzki is still owed on his contract through the 2020 season.

CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported in December that Mets starting pitcher prospect Noah Syndergaard was at the center of the trade talks in a deal for Tulowitzki.


Rockies avoid arbitration with pitcher Tyler Chatwood


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/14/2015) The Rockies have avoided arbitration with pitcher Tyler Chatwood, the team announced.

Chatwood agreed to a two-year deal, though the terms were not released. The 25-year-old made four starts with the club before undergoing UCL surgery in 2014. He's compiled a 4.34 ERA over 342 career inning. 


Wright: 'I'm 100 percent confident I will be physically ready to go'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/14/2015) Mets third baseman David Wright, who was plagued by a left shoulder injury for a good portion of the 2014 season, is swinging a bat again pain-free and is happy with the progress he is making after missing the final weeks of the season.

"I feel really good," Wright told the New York Post. "I’m 100 percent confident that I will be physically ready to go."

Wright, whose injury was diagnosed as a rotator cuff contusion, failed to make the All-Star team last season for just the second time since 2006. He hit .269 with a career-low eight home runs in 134 games. Wright even had 14 home runs in 69 games as a rookie in 2004.

"For me, personally, last year sucked," Wright said. "When you have a passion for something and you fail at it, I want to make sure that never happens again. If I do what I’m capable of doing, we’re a different lineup.

"I feel good. Now it’s just a matter of me trying to get my left shoulder on a par with my right shoulder, just strength-wise. I feel pain-free, which is good, feel like the shoulder is healthy, and now it is just a matter of building up that strength."


Cardinals CF Jon Jay expecting no limitations at start of spring camp


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/13/2015) Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay said Tuesday he was given the green light to begin workouts after having his surgically repaired wrist examined, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"It's too early to tell when I'll be 100 percent, but it's a good thing there are seven weeks until spring," Jay said. "That extra 10 days (before spring workouts start this year) is huge. I've already been working. I feel good. I have the time I need. I expect to be ready."

Jay, who is lining up to be the team's starting center fielder, said he expects to participate without limitations at the beginning of spring training.

"Everything looks good," Jay said. "Getting back to full strength is the next step. I don't anticipate anything that would slow me down. I'm optimistic."


Pirates SP Morton throwing off mound for first time since surgery


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/13/2015) Pirates starting pitcher Charlie Morton, who is coming off late September hip surgery, will throw off a mound Tuesday for the first time since the operation, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Morton remains hopeful of being ready to pitch in April. He went 6-12 with a 3.72 ERA in 26 starts in 2014.


Nationals' Jayson Werth undergoes successful shoulder surgery


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/9/2015) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth underwent successful shoulder surgery on Friday, the team announced. 

Werth had arthroscopic surgery on his right AC joint. Doctors did not find any "structural abnormalities" in his shoulder during the procedure. He's expected to miss 2-3 months while rehabbing the injury.

The 35-year-old hit .292/.394/.455 over 534 at-bats last year. 


Padres' Yonder Alonso: 'I feel amazing'


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/8/2015) Padres first baseman Yonder Alonso has been able to ramp up his activity after August wrist surgery, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Alonso had surgery to repair a damaged tendon in his right wrist in August. He's been able to put in some work in early December, and is optimistic about his health. "I feel amazing," Alonso said regarding his current status. 

The 27-year-old has had a tough time since joining the Padres in 2012. He hasn't hit particularly well, and has missed time with hand, wrist and forearm issues. Alonso hit .240/.285/.397 in 267 at-bats before the injury last season. 


Report: Werth to undergo shoulder surgery Friday, out 2-3 months


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/8/2015) Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder Friday, sources told FOXSports.com.

Werth is expected to rehab for two to three months, which puts his availability for the start of the season in jeopardy.

The Washington Post confirmed Werth will have AC joint repair surgery Friday. Rest was recommended when Werth first injured his shoulder last August, but the issue emerged during offseason workouts.

In 2014, Werth hit .292 with 16 home runs and 82 RBI.


 
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Which of these third basemen would you want on your teams for the second half?

Nolan Arenado, Rockies
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Todd Frazier, Reds
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Martin Prado, Diamondbacks
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Kyle Seager, Mariners
17%
Pedro Alvarez, Pirates
4%

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