Tyler Thornburg
Brewers' Tyler Thornburg thankful to avoid serious injury
Tyler Thornburg, RP, MIL
News: Brewers pitcher Tyler Thornburg was lucky to avoid Tommy Joh surgery in 2014. After being place on the disabled list in June, Thornburg was diagnosed with a wrist flexor strain. However, after a few more starts, doctors determined Thornburg injured his UCL. Thankfully for Thornburg, rest and time off was enough to allow the injury to heal.

"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.


Jim Henderson
Brewers reliever Jim Henderson throwing again
Jim Henderson, RP, MIL
News: Brewers reliever Jim Henderson, who had shoulder surgery last August, began throwing off a mound last week and will toss bullpen sessions this week, reports MLB.com. Henderson hopes to be 100 percent by Opening Day, the report added.

Henderson was limited to 14 appearances last season. He went 2-1 with a 7.15 ERA.


Boone Logan
Rockies' Boone Logan appears to be fully healthy
Boone Logan, RP, COL
News: Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich said pitcher Boone Logan has completely recovered from elbow issues that ended his 2014 season, reports The Denver Post.

Boone struggled in 2014 and was placed on the disabled list with elbow inflammation. He produced a 6.84 ERA over 25 innings.


Rex Brothers
Rockies still consider pitcher Rex Brothers a closer
Rex Brothers, RP, COL
News: Despite his struggles to close games in 2014, Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich told reporters Saturday he still considers pitcher Rex Brothers a potential closer, reports The Denver Post.

"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.


Shae Simmons
Braves' Shae Simmons ready for new season back from shoulder injury
Shae Simmons, RP, ATL
News: Braves pitcher Shae Simmons was only able to play in 20 games in 2014 after dealing with a right shoulder strain.

"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.


Jonathan Papelbon
Report: Brewers in serious discussions for Phillies' Papelbon
Jonathan Papelbon, RP, PHI
News: The Brewers are engaged in serious discussions for Phillies reliever Jonathan Papelbon, according to Yahoo Sports.

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. 


Dana Eveland
Report: Red Sox to sign Dana Eveland to minor-league contract
Dana Eveland, RP, NYM
News: The Red Sox signed relief pitcher Dana Eveland to a minor-league contract, sources told MLBDailyDish.com. The deal includes an invite to spring training.

The left-handed Eveland went 1-1 with a 2.63 ERA in 27 1/3 innings for the Mets in 2014.


Corey Knebel
Brewers' Knebel is '100 percent' recovered from elbow injury
Corey Knebel, RP, MIL
News: Newly acquired Brewers reliever Corey Knebel said he is fully recovered after being shut down in August due to a slight ligament tear in his pitching elbow, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"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."


Carlos Martinez
Cardinals' Martinez will 'be ready' to compete for spot in rotation
Carlos Martinez, RP, STL
News: Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez performed well in the Dominican winter league this offseason. The right-hander, who will compete for a spot in the Cardinals' rotation this spring, posted a 2.25 ERA with 26 strikeouts and just two talks in 24 innings (five starts). He even won three times, per MLB.com.

"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."


Kevin Siegrist
Cardinals' Kevin Siegrist expected to throw off mound next week
Kevin Siegrist, RP, STL
News: Cardinals reliever Kevin Siegrist is expected to throw off a mound next week, according to MLB.com.

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. 


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