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White Sox's Carlos Rodon expected to see more time with Sale injury
by Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer
(5:02 pm ET) The White Sox pitching staff got a little thinner on Saturday. The team announced ace Chris Sale will miss at least three weeks with a broken bone in his foot, leaving an open spot in the rotation for the time being. 

General Manager Rick Hahn suggested Carlos Rodon , Brad Penny, Scott Carroll, and others could see more time in the rotation in the Cactus League this spring, reports ESPN.com.

"You make adjustments," manager Robin Ventura said. "You just keep going. I know guys would like to have him in there but it's not going to be that way. So you keep going, keep rolling. Next man up, fill in, get it done. When he’s back ready, he's going to come in and fill his spot."

Rodon may have the best chance to crack the starting rotation when the season begins, if Sale if out for an extended period of time.

"It doesn't change anything, just stay on the same path I've been on," Rodon said Saturday. "Just take it day by day and work just as hard."


Red Sox SP Justin Masterson feels 'a lot better' this spring
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4:58 pm ET) Red Sox starting pitcher Justin Masterson said after Saturday's live batting practice session that he feels "a lot better" this spring after dealing with injuries throughout the 2014 season, MLB.com reports.

"I feel a lot better. I feel more flexible, I'm getting more rotation and things are going better," Masterson said. "I just wasn't in a good spot last year, and I was trying to battle real hard through some stuff. This year, I'm much better, but I'm still working and still fighting."

Masterson is healthy again but unsure whether he's throwing at peak velocity.

"Like every guy, he's getting his timing in," manager John Farrell said. "I thought the second half of his BP session was more crisp. The sinker and the action of his pitches were on the plate more consistently. He's just following the progression towards games here next week."

Masterson went 7-9 with a 5.88 ERA and 116:69 K:BB ratio in 126 2/3 innings with Indians and Cardinals in 2014.


Phillies' Pettibone steadily progressing in recovery from shoulder injury
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4:54 pm ET) Phillies pitcher Jonathan Pettibone is well on his way to bounce back in 2015. The 24-year-old hasn't made a major league start since 2013, when the shoulder eventually required surgery and forced him out of action, reports MLB.com.

"It's a little tight just grinding through these past couple days -- starting to throw bullpens, stretching out my long toss and everything," Pettibone said. "It's come along great. We haven't had any setbacks, so that's definitely a positive."

Now, the road to recovery begins for Pettibone.

"Anytime after surgery, you're kind of uneasy about the whole situation," said Pettibone. "But I've been kind of staying positive."


Maddon: Cubs' Wada looks 'very, very healthy' Saturday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4:51 pm ET) Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada (hamstring) threw a live batting practice session Saturday with no issues, MLB.com reports.

"I thought he threw the ball really well," manager Joe Maddon said. "I did not see any kind of restriction. He looked very, very healthy. The ball had a lot of movement on it. He looked good for his first time out after having been restricted because of his leg."

Wada had been dealing with a tight left hamstring that caused him to miss a pitching session last weekend. He went 4-4 with a 3.25 ERA and 57:19 K:BB ratio in 69 1/3 innings in his first season with the Cubs last year.


Brewers sign Robinzon Diaz to minor-league deal
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4:39 pm ET) The Brewers have signed catcher Robinzon Diaz to a minor-league contract, the team announced Saturday.

Diaz, 31, hasn't played in the majors since 2009 with the Pirates. He hit .264/.288/.339 with three home runs and 23 RBI in 292 at-bats between Double-A Huntsville and Triple-A Nashville.


Eury Perez, Eric Young Jr. headline Braves' CF options
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4:23 pm ET) The Braves have four candidates to replace the injured Melvin Upton Jr. in center field, the Atlanta Journal-Constition reports.

Eury Perez, Eric Young Jr., Todd Cunningham and Zoilo Almonte all have a chance to win the team's center field job this spring while Upton, who is expected to be sidelined until at least early May, recovers from a left foot injury.

"You’re kidding anybody if you don’t see it as an opportunity," Young said Saturday. "It’s an unfortunate situation. Melvin hopefully gets healthy soon and gets back to playing the game that he loves the way I know he can. But in the meantime, I came into camp with a bunch of gloves, ready for whatever situation or scenario they threw at me. And right now with my speed, we’ve got a void in center and I’ve got this opportunity and just got to go out there and make the most of it."

Perez may be the early favorite as the only natural center fielder of the bunch, but Young is the only player of the quartet with significant major-league experience. Cunningham is a career minor-leaguer and Almonte has limited experience in center field.

"I think the other three guys have played (center) more than Almonte, but we’ll see," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We’ll run them out there and watch. Even E.Y. Jr. has got, I think, 30-some games in center field in the big leagues. Perez is a natural center fielder. (Braves third-base coach) Bo (Porter) had him with the Nationals and he really likes him as a defender."


Yankees' Cashman to Didi Gregorius: Don't try to be Derek Jeter
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4:13 pm ET) Yankees general manager Brian Cashman isn't concerned about Didi Gregorius replacing Derek Jeter heading into the 2015 year, reports the New York Daily News.

"I personally can't worry about a shadow of Derek's somehow affecting the next guy," Cashman said. "All you can do is tell the next guy, 'You're not Derek, so don't even waste your time trying to be. Just be the best you can be.’ It’s going to fall short of anything Derek did, because he’s one of the greatest players of all-time."

The 25-year-old hit .226 with six home runs and 27 RBI in 270 plate appearances in 2014 and Cashman likes what's he's seeing.

"He's a developing guy," Cashman said. "He's definitely not a finished product. He's got a big ceiling. We'll see if we can together reach that ceiling."


Brewers' Jimmy Nelson (hamstring) has BP session moved again
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3:53 pm ET) Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson didn't throw live batting practice as scheduled Saturday, with the team choosing to let his injured hamstring rest, MLB.com reports.

Manager Ron Roenicke reiterated Saturday that Nelson's hamstring injury is minor and that the pitcher is scheduled to throw Sunday. Roenicke added that he "would be surprised" if the pitcher was pushed back again.

Nelson saw his first significant action with the Brewers in 2014, going 2-9 with a 4.93 ERA and 57:19 K:BB ratio in 69 1/3 innings.


White Sox's Jared Mitchel pushing to make opening day roster
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3:52 pm ET) White Sox prospect Jared Mitchell was disappointed he didn't make it to the majors in 2014, but he's not letting that keep him from pushing to make it this spring, reports MLB.com.

"I took it as disappointment and then kind of like straight to, 'Now that's your motivation.' That helps prepare you for where you need to be," Mitchell said. "If you take it the right way, take it in stride and use it as motivation, it can springboard me into a really good year this year."

Mitchell, the team's top pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, has the ability, but needs to get more consistent, according to some in management.

"Mitch's issue is that he has a different feel every day," said White Sox assistant general manager Buddy Bell. "He's got to trust what he can do, but certainly athletically, there's nobody better. He's as athletic as anyone we have."


Astros' Brad Peacock throws pain-free bullpen session Saturday
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3:48 pm ET) Astros pitcher Brad Peacock threw 30 pitches in his third bullpen session of the spring Saturday and reported no pain in his hip, the Houston Chronicle reports.

"No pain," Peacock said. "I felt all right. My arm felt good. I was a little wild, but that’s normal. It was only my third bullpen, but no pain in the hip. I’ll take it."

Peacock is working his way back from offseason hip surgery. He'll take two days off and throw another bullpen Tuesday, when he hopes to increase his session to 35 pitches. If he continues to progrees, he hopes to throw his first live batting practice March 11.


 
 
 
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