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White Sox P Nate Jones still progressing through Tommy John rehab
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3:50 pm ET) Still working his way back from Tommy John surgery, White Sox pitcher Nate Jones is now throwing from 120 feet on flat ground, according to ESPN Chicago. 

Jones had Tommy John surgery last summer and has taken a patient approach to the rehab process. He won't be able to throw a bullpen session, though, until he begins to throw from 150 feet away. 

Likely to stay in extended spring training through May, Jones is taking his continued recovery day by day. 

“You get out of it what you put into it so boom, from the first day I’ve been getting after it for that day and just making sure I get through that day healthy and check it off and move to the next,” Jones said. “[But] you can’t get going too quickly, that’s when problems start. You have to let the biology of the healing of the body take over when you’re going through this rehab. They talked about that too, just stay the course and not get too far ahead of myself.” 


Big Papi working at 1B in prep for season-opening series in NL park
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:50 pm ET) Red Sox DH David Ortiz is working at first base early in spring training in an effort to be prepared for the season-opening series at Philadelphia.

“We don’t want to not cover that and limit his availability to us,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said, per the Boston Herald. “So three games in Philly in the National League, there’s going to be some time at first base.”

Ortiz, who usually plays less than 10 games per season at first base, hasn't made an error since 2009.

“It's something I'm not really thinking about right now,” Ortiz said. “All I'm worrying about now is timing and hitting. First base is something I do occasionally. Mike Napoli's our first baseman. We all know he's getting ready to play first base. Me in my case, it's just a few times. The basic thing that I do when I play first base, everyone knows, that's why you see me out there a few days doing drills but it's nothing we have to worry about.”


Twins' Molitor receiving good reports on Miguel Sano
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:42 pm ET) Twins manager Paul Molitor hasn't watched much batting practice thus far in spring training, but he keeps hearing good reports about prospect Miguel Sano, per the Pioneer Press.

“I just keep hearing how far balls are going,” Molitor said after Monday’s workout. “It’s fun for people to see. I hope he’s working on his whole game.

“He’s a young kid. But he’s doing fine. It’s good to see him healthy. He hasn’t had any issues with that (surgically repaired) elbow, and that’s what we’re trying to make sure we protect against as spring unfolds.”

While Molitor is pleased with how Sano is doing offensively, he really wants to see how Sano is progressing in the field.

“I was working today on the bunt defenses; he’s trying,” Molitor said. “There are things that are going to be a challenge for him. We’ve got to keep an eye on him. He’s a big boy. He carries it pretty well, but you’ve got to have some athleticism. He’s got to keep that … if he wants to play a corner-infield position in the big leagues, especially third base.”


Phillies' Ben Revere learning to bunt for base hits
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3:38 pm ET) Phillies outfielder and leadoff hitter Ben Revere has been practicing bunting for base hits, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer

Manager Ryne Sandberg said the goal is for Revere to notch 10-to-15 base hits from bunts this upcoming season. A year ago, Revere posted a career-best .306 batting average. Both Revere and Sandberg are hoping if this skill develops that his numbers can increase even more. 

"Just having that is going to put more pressure on the defense," Revere said. "Are we going to come up or are we going to stay back? Because I can slap a line drive right by them that could be for a base hit or a double. The infield won't know what to do."


Kang doesn't see big difference between MLB and KBO pitchers
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:32 pm ET) Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang played three innings at shortstop during Monday's intrasquad game, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He got a putout assist on his one fielding chance and grounded out in his lone plate appearance.

“Step by step, I'm still getting used to it,” Kang said through translator H.K. Kim. “I'm having fun. It'll get better as the spring goes on.”

Kang added he did not see "a big difference" between the pitchers he's hit against in camp compared to those he played against in the Korea Baseball Organization.


Mariners P Jordan Pries impresses manager Lloyd McClendon
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3:22 pm ET) Though Mariners pitcher Jordan Pries isn't expected to break with the club out of camp, manager Lloyd McClendon had some positive things to say about his start to spring training

“I’ve been impressed,” McClendon said, via The News Tribune. “He’s been a strike-thrower. He shows a lot of poise. I’m excited about him being at the Triple-A level.”

Pries is expected to head to Triple-A Tacoma when spring training is over. In the minors a year ago, Pries went 9-8 and posted a 4.06 ERA.




Mets' Warthen: Matt Harvey could have pitched at end of last year
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:22 pm ET) Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen admitted Monday starting pitcher Matt Harvey could have returned from Tommy John surgery last season, per NJ.com. But the team kept him out all year because there was no point in activating him off the disabled list late in the year.

"I thought that he could have even pitched at the end of last year and I think that Matt thought he was ready," Warthen said. "I think that we made the right decision. It would have done us no good but he was ready to pitch then."

Harvey, who had Tommy John surgery in Oct. 2013, will make his spring debut Friday against the Tigers. He is slated to throw 35-40 pitches.

"That's the best possible time to a little bit longer," Warthen said of a 17 1/2-month timeframe for a return from Tommy John surgery. "And that has to draw into it as well because the guys that have waited for 17 and a half months have been able to go 200 innings and not been hurt the next year and go 200 the next year and the next year and the next year. So that was part of our thinking. And also, we weren't going anywhere. We weren't going to win anything. Don't take a chance."


Mariners P Hisashi Iwakuma hits OF Gabriel Guerrero in batting practice
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3:16 pm ET) Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma was forced to throw a modified batting practice since rain canceled a scheduled intrasquad scrimmage. Iwakuma got his work in by throwing to batters that were not allowed to swing since they were in a confined area.

However, Iwakuma didn't live up to his end of the bargain as he accidentally hit outfielder Gabriel Guerrero with a pitch during the session

“It was a split-finger [fastball] that just kind of slipped out of my finger,” Iwakuma said through interpreter Antony Suzuki, via The News Tribune. “I felt kind of bad for [Guerrero].”

Iwakuma's first scheduled start of spring training is slated for this Saturday against the Diamondbacks. 


Padres' Will Middlebrooks to get reps at first base this spring
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:14 pm ET) Padres third baseman Will Middlebrooks said he will eventually get reps at first base this spring, according to MLB.com. He said manager Bud Black told him to "to take 100 percent of your reps at third and 20 percent at first base."

Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar (elbow) might start season on DL
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3:00 pm ET) Royals manager Ned Yost indicated Monday pitcher Luke Hochevar, who is coming off Tommy John surgery, might start the year on the disabled list. However, he probably won't be on there for long, per The Kansas City Star.

“If he’s not ready for opening day, it’s going to be real soon afterwards," Yost said.


 
 
 
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