Mariners' James Paxton: Making progress as spring training approaches
He threw his fastball and changeup Tuesday, but has not thrown a breaking ball this offseason, so Friday will mark an important step in his recovery from a finger injury. Given Paxton's injury history, the
Astros' Evan Gattis: Undergoes hernia surgery
Although the injury is not considered severe, Gattis will need 4-to-6 weeks to recover, meaning the
Mets' Kevin Plawecki: Underwent sinus surgery in December
Plawecki is already at the
White Sox's Carson Fulmer: Might not arrive until 2017?
General manager Rick Hahn said at SoxFest that
Chris Sale and Carlos Rodon were the last two elite collegiate pitchers drafted by the
White Sox's Erik Johnson: Odds of rotation spot diminish with Latos in fold
Erik Johnson 's chances of making the Chicago White Sox 's Opening Day rotation took a hit Tuesday when the club signed Mat Latos.
Johnson's prospect star has diminished from his pre-2014 top-100 status. However, he looked to be a minor sleeper heading into 2016 after posting a sub-3.00 FIP at Triple-A Charlotte and throwing a few good spins for the Sox in September. However, Latos' arrival will either push Johnson back to the minors or John Danks back to the bullpen. Danks has the larger contract, so he is likely the early favorite to hold onto a starting role.
Rangers' Yu Darvish: Hopes to start throwing bullpen sessions in March
Darvish has been throwing six days a week, with some days at longer distances mixed with others at shorter distances, including flat-ground work on his cutter, two-seam and changeup. The timetable hasn't changed much for Darvish's planned return in May, but it's encouraging to see that he's still on track and is mixing in his secondary offerings.
Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka: Throws for first time of offseason
Tanaka had arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow in October, and it appears he's progressing well. It's not entirely clear if he will be a full participant at the start of spring training, but it's an encouraging sign that he's already on a mound after elbow issues plagued the first couple years of his major league career.
White Sox's Travis Ishikawa: Signs with White Sox
Ishikawa had previously agreed to a similar deal with the Mariners less than a month earlier, but it ultimately fell through. The 32-year-old hit just .206/.306/.302 in 44 games in the big leagues last season and the White Sox appear to be set with first base depth, so it's unlikely that he cracks the Opening Day roster out of spring training.
Rangers' Doug Bernier: Signs with Rangers
Bernier spent last season in the Twins' organization, slashing .256/.340/.306 in 95 games at the Triple-A level. The 35-year-old has limited big-league experience in his career and figures to serve as nothing more than infield depth for the Rangers.
Dodgers' Brandon Hicks: Joins Dodgers on minor league deal
A .162/.280/.319 first half of 2014 led to Hicks' removal from the Giants' 40-man roster, and he failed to work his way back up in 2015. Now 30, Hicks can't really play shortstop anymore, but he will provide the Triple-A club with a depth option at second base and third in 2016.