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Rangers P Yu Darvish (triceps) pulled from start against Royals
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3:39 pm ET) Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish left Thursday's game against the Royals due to right triceps tightness, according to MLB.com. 

The injury is not believed to be serious and Darvish will be re-evaluated on Friday. 


Mets sign P Matt Harvey and 27 other pre-arbitration players
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3:27 pm ET) The Mets signed 28 pre-arbitration players on Thursday, according to the NJ.com. 

Included in this group are pitchers Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler and Jacob deGrom. Other pitchers signed include Carlos Torres, Jeurys Familia, Josh Edgin, Vic Black, Rafael Montero, Erik Goeddel, Dario Alvarez, Hansel Robles, Steven Matz, Jack Leathersich, Cory Mazzoni, Akeel Morris, Gabriel Ynoa and Sean Gilmartin.

Also signed were catcher Anthony Recker, center fielder Juan Lagares, outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis, catcher Travis d'Arnaud, infielder Wilmer Flores, utility player Eric Campbell, outfielder Matt den Dekker, second baseman Dilson Herrera, shortstop Wilfredo Tovar and outfielder Cesar Puello.


Indians OF Carlos Moncrief continues to swing hot bat in 'B' game
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3:17 pm ET) Indians outfielder Carlos Moncrief, who went 4 for 4 on Wednesday, continued to swing a hot bat on Thursday. Moncrief, originally drafted as a pitcher out of Chipola College in 2008, walked, singled, doubled and homered in his four trips to the plate in a "B" game against the Reds.

"I've been waiting for spring training to come," Moncrief said, per the Northeast Media Group. "It's not like it snuck up on me. Inside, I was burning and waiting for it to come, so just to be able to express that on the field and it comes out, that's what feels good to me."


Indians' Corey Kluber (illness) throws side session on Thursday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3:12 pm ET) Indians pitcher Corey Kluber, who had his start on Saturday pushed back due to flu-like symptoms, threw a side session and appears fully recovered, according to the Northeast Ohio Media Group. The Indians have not announced when Kluber will make his Cactus League debut.

Yankees' Carlos Beltran hopes to be factor again in right field
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3:04 pm ET) After an injury-filled 2014 season, Carlos Beltran is looking to be back in right field for the Yankees. 

A right elbow injury forced Beltran to spend most of his games as a designated hitter. In September, he had surgery to remove a bone spur and three chips. Now that his elbow has healed, Beltran is ready to play both offense and defense in 2015. 

"I just want to be productive," Beltran said, per MLB.com. "When I play baseball, I just want to put myself in a position where I can impact the team in a positive way, defensively or offensively. I understand that as a hitter, I'm going to have my month where I'm hitting .230. That's not going to go away. It's always been like that."

In 2014, Beltran posted a .233 batting average with 15 home runs and 49 RBI, with the elbow injury playing a large reason why. 


Giants' Matt Cain, Tim Hudson nearing Cactus League action
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(2:58 pm ET) Giants pitchers Matt Cain and Tim Hudson both threw to hitters Thursday morning, and are both nearing Cactus League action, according to Comcast SportsNet Bay Area. Cain is recovering from elbow and ankle surgery, which ended his 2014 season. Hudson is coming back from offseason ankle surgery. 

Report: Details finalized in new deal between Brewers and K-Rod
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2:44 pm ET) The Brewers and pitcher Francisco Rodriguez have hashed out the necessary details on his new contract, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

However, Rodriguez has to pass a physical for the deal to become official. It was previously reported that Rodriguez agreed to a two-year, $13 million deal that includes a club option for the 2017 season. 

With the new contract in place, the process for Rodriguez to obtain a work visa from Venezuela has begun. 

Nicknamed K-Rod, the 33-year-old closer reunites with the team he played for from 2011-2013. 


Royals P Tim Collins (elbow) to have MRI on Thursday
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(1:48 pm ET) Royals pitcher Tim Collins is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his sore elbow Thursday, according to MLB.com

Collins left Wednesday's game against the Rangers after experiencing tightness in his elbow. Kansas City won the game 13-2. Though further testing will take place, Collins expressed optimism about the injury. 

"I think it's just spring training," Collins said. "Everybody goes through this. It's just some tightness. I don't know what the plan is yet with the trainers."


Cardinals P Adam Wainwright (abdomen) to throw live BP Sunday
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(1:43 pm ET) Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright plans on throwing a live batting practice this coming Sunday in spring training, according to MLB.com

This would follow a high-intensity bullpen of nearly 50 pitches he threw on Thursday. 

"Good bullpen. I stepped up the intensity and velocity of everything, all my pitches," Wainwright said, via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I threw with a greater convicton. I felt very good coming out of it. I felt very good doing it. So, very good step."

Wainwright is coming off of an abdomen injury sustained in February. 

A's DH Billy Butler back in lineup after sitting out with stomach illness
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1:38 pm ET) Athletics DH Billy Butler was back in the spring lineup Thursday against the Cubs after sitting out Wednesday due to a stomach illness.

“It was a bad 24-hour bug,’’ Butler said, per the Bay Area News Group. “It was nasty. But I’m OK now, good to go.’’


 
 
 
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