Kevin Gregg
Reds' Kevin Gregg hoping to win a spot in the bullpen
Kevin Gregg, RP, CIN
9:52 PM
News: Reds pitcher Kevin Gregg is hoping to win a spot in the team's bullpen, according to MLB.com.

Gregg may be 36-years-old, but understands he still needs to prove himself.  "I don't mind coming in and earning a spot," he said. "I'm coming off elbow surgery. At this point in my career, it's something I need to do."

Gregg had bone chips removed from his elbow in August, but was able to hit 92 mph in a showcase in February. He believes his velocity has improved since then.

Manager Bryan Price had good things to say about Gregg thus far. "He looks great. He looks durable," Price said. "He's got hand speed. He's crisp with his location. I've been extremely impressed with Kevin to this point."

The 36-year-old tossed just nine innings in the majors last year.

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Matt Reynolds
Diamondbacks pitcher Matt Reynolds sidelined with oblique injury
Matt Reynolds, RP, ARI
9:26 PM
News: Diamondbacks pitcher Matt Reynolds was scheduled to throw batting practice Wednesday, but was unable to do so while dealing with a sore right oblique, reports MLB.com.

"I'm like, 'I'm in here again, I can't get out of this darn room,'" Reynolds said.

Reynolds missed all of 2014 while recovering from Tommy John surgery, but he isn't having any issues with the elbow.

"My elbow feels real good," he said. "It feels strong."

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Brooks Brown
Rockies pitcher Brooks Brown set to make spring debut Thursday
Brooks Brown, RP, COL
8:54 PM
News: Rockies pitcher Brooks Brown is considered one of Colorado's top options this season. What has many people excited is the velocity Brown has on his fastball. But what he wants to work on the most this spring, and the pitch that kept hitters on their toes, is his changeup.

"The more success I was having with it, the more aggressiveness I had with it," said Brown. "It was a pitch I'd always had, but by the All-Star break last year, I found I could throw it to right-handed and left-handed hitters. It became a put-away pitch."

Rockies pitching coach Darren Holmes thinks his changeup should be considered as good as his fastball.

"Brooks came up last year and did a great job," Rockies bullpen coach Darren Holmes said. "When you look at guys that don't throw as hard, for me, my good secondary pitch is a changeup. That's a complete equalizer, I don't care if you throw 85 or you throw 105."

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Jim Henderson
Brewers' Jim Henderson returns to action with strong game
Jim Henderson, RP, MIL
7:45 PM
News: Brewers reliever Jim Henderson turned in a strong inning of work on Wednesday.

Henderson, who missed the second half of last season due to shoulder surgery, got in his first game action in months. He pitched a scoreless inning, striking out two during the appearance. Henderson did allow one walk.

Following the game, Henderson said he was glad to be back out there. "It felt great to have that umpire back there and a hitter in there," Henderson said. "I think I threw two balls in a row and had to remind myself, 'Just treat it like a live BP type of thing and just focus on the glove.' That's was all I was concerned about."

The 32-year-old Henderson posted a 7.15 ERA over 11 1/3 innings before being shut down last year. He's expected to open the season in Milwaukee's bullpen.

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Derek Law
Giants pitcher Derek Law throws off mound Wednesday
Derek Law, RP, SF
6:39 PM
News: Giants pitcher Derek Law was able to throw off a mound for the first time since last June when he underwent Tommy John surgery, reports MercuryNews.com.

Law threw 25 pitches and was suppose to take it fairly easy in his bullpen session.

"I was supposed to go 50 percent," said Law, smiling. "I might have gone 60 percent."

Law is hoping to get back on the mound for a game by June, the one-year anniversary of the injury.

"The first four or five felt a little weird, just getting used to standing on the hill," Law said. "Then it was coming out fine. It was like riding a bike."

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Kevin Slowey
Phillies pitcher Kevin Slowey strikes out two in spring training debut
Kevin Slowey, RP, PHI
4:44 PM
News: Phillies starting pitcher Kevin Slowey posted a fairly routine start in Wednesday's win over the Yankees. Slowey pitched two innings, recording two strikeouts and allowing one hit. Slowey is hoping to earn a spot in the Phillies starting rotation after spring training, according to MLB.com.

"In terms of breaking with the club, it's out of my hands," said Slowey. "As long as I've been playing, every year you sort of realize that a little more. You go out there and you do what you can. For me, once I let go of the ball, that's it and I can prepare as best I can, and that's what I've done. The hope and the goal is to show them I can help the Phillies win and leave the decision up to them."

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Paul Clemens
Phillies pitcher Paul Clemens throws two scoreless innings Wednesday
Paul Clemens, RP, PHI
4:29 PM
News: Phillies pitcher Paul Clemens was able to throw two scoreless innings in Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Yankees. Clemens came on in the third innings and did not surrender a hit in his appearance.

He allowed just one base runner on one walk.

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Brandon Kintzler
Brewers' Kintzler ready to bounce back after injury plagued 2014
Brandon Kintzler, RP, MIL
4:13 PM
News: Brewers pitcher Brandon Kintzler was been bit by the injury bug in 2014. Kintzler was forced to go under the knife with a knee injury last year while dealing with a shoulder issue as well, allowing him to pitch just 58 1/3 innings, posting a 3.24 ERA and 31 strikeouts.

"My arm hasn't felt this good in a while. It feels live," Kintzler said. "I feel like my alignment, my mechanics, is right where I need it to be."

Kintzler also said he wasn't in the right mindset in 2014.

"Mentally, I just wasn't right because I was thinking of mechanics so much," said Kintzler, 30. "I had to go 'around' my knee, and as a sinkerballer, I need to get up over that knee. I would throw one really good sinker and go, 'Yeah, that's it.' Then, the next one, my arm couldn't get there, and it's a flat sinker and a homer. That was so frustrating. I couldn't be consistent."

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Bobby Parnell
Mets' Collins fine with how Parnell handled Syndergaard situation
Bobby Parnell, RP, NYM
2:33 PM
News: Mets reliever Bobby Parnell said he wasn't trying to embarrass starting pitcher prospect Noah Syndergaard when he threw out his lunch plate in the clubhouse Tuesday in an effort to inform the highly touted prospect he needed to be in the dugout for an intrasquad game. Third baseman David Wright also talked to Syndergaard about being in the clubhouse.

"We try to keep those things behind closed doors, but the media was there and saw it," Parnell said in a statement released by the team, per NJ.com. "But it wasn't about embarrassing anyone. Again, it goes back to creating that culture on and off the field."

Parnell said he talked with Syndergaard since the incident became public.

"It's a clubhouse issue that needed to be handled," Parnell said. "We are trying to create a winning culture around here and that what's the whole situation was about."

Mets manager Terry Collins said he has no issue with how Parnell handled the matter.

"I think it's the perfect way he dealt with it," Collins told NJ.com. "Perfect. I think Bobby did what I would do and a number of other guys would've have done. The captain made a statement and it wasn't really adhered to and Bobby said, 'Maybe he didn't hear it'."

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Trevor Rosenthal
Cardinals' Rosenthal considering abandoning the windup
Trevor Rosenthal, RP, STL
1:01 AM
News: Cardinals reliever Trevor Rosenthal is considering ditching the windup this season, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Rosenthal had trouble against the first batter he faced last season, and believes he may be able to get around that by pitching from the stretch. The idea has been discussed, but it's unclear if Rosenthal will follow through with it. 

He did stress that getting ahead of batters is his main goal this season. "Working ahead (in the count). Making quality pitches early in the count. These are the big goals for this year," he said. 

The 24-year-old posted a 3.20 ERA over 70 1/3 innings last season.

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