"I feel great," Thornburg said. "Honestly, the best thing ever was the timing of everything. Right now and I’m very optimistic and if it works out I definitely feel very blessed for not having to go the other route. We had time; that was the biggest thing. We gave it as much time as possible to heal.
"The way we have it scheduled now, I would be ahead of everyone, " he said. "So it’s just in case of a setback, then I would be perfectly on schedule. But what we have planned right now, if I’m not having any setbacks then we can just kind of scale it back a little bit.
Thornburg finished 2014 with a 3-1 record with a 4.25 ERA in 29 2/3 innings.Analysis:
Henderson was limited to 14 appearances last season. He went 2-1 with a 7.15 ERA.Analysis:
Boone struggled in 2014 and was placed on the disabled list with elbow inflammation. He produced a 6.84 ERA over 25 innings.Analysis:
"You have to learn lessons from struggles," Bridich said.
In 2014, Brothers blew all six of his save opportunities and finished the season with a 5.59 ERA. However, Bridich said the 2014 season was not a typical year for Brothers.
"We're close to seeing the real Rex Brothers," Bridich said.Analysis:
"I haven't had any issues, so I'm kind of excited about that," Simmons said Friday.
Simmons has not experienced any discomfort since beginning his offseason throwing program and will begin throwing off the mound next week.
"I gave my shoulder the rest that it needed and now I'm good," Simmons said. "Now, it's just about getting loose and getting my arm strength back."
Simmons posted a 2.91 ERA with 23 strikeouts in 21 2/3 innings in 2014, including one save.Analysis:
The 34-year-old Papelbon is owed $13 million next season, and has a vesting option for 2016 if he finishes 48 games in 2015. If that option vests, Papelbon would earn $13 million in 2016. Papelbon also has 17 teams on his no-trade list, and it's unclear whether the Brewers are one of those teams. Papelbon posted a 2.04 ERA over 66 1/3 innings last year.
The Brewers recently freed up cash by dealing pitcher Yovani Gallardo, causing some to believe another move was coming. The club did lose Francisco Rodriguez following a resurgent season, and hasn't done much to replace him this offseason. Jonathan Broxton was expected to step in as the team's closer, but he's missed significant time in two of the past four seasons.Analysis:
The left-handed Eveland went 1-1 with a 2.63 ERA in 27 1/3 innings for the Mets in 2014.Analysis:
"That was a precaution because I was feeling some pain," he said. "Everything is good now. I'm at 100 percent and ready to go. It was late in the season and there wasn't any reason to push it. The MRI showed it wasn't serious."Analysis:
"I feel mentally, emotionally really good that I've had that chance to work real hard there and bring that to spring training," Martinez said. "I feel like, yes, this is my spot. I feel like I'm the pitcher I'm meant to be, and I have experience now. I'll be ready."
Martinez added he will dedicate "this year and every year" to fallen teammate and friend Oscar Taveras, who was killed in a car accident in October. Martinez will wear Taveras' No. 18.
"I spoke to [general manager] John Mozeliak, and I'm thankful they've given me the opportunity to wear it," Martinez said. "[Taveras] was a friend, a brother, and it's an honor for me to be able to wear it. I'll wear it for the rest of my career."Analysis:
Siegrist tore a muscle in his left hand in October, and was also dealing with forearm tightness. He's been recovering from the injuries during the offseason, but was able to start throwing in December. If Siegrist is able to get on a mound next week, he'll officially be ahead of schedule in his recovery. Siegrist had no concerns about getting started early, saying "I can tell [my arm is] 100 percent."
Siegrist posted a 6.82 ERA over 30 1/3 innings last year.Analysis: