Eric O'Flaherty
Braves' Eric O'Flaherty: Poised to win bullpen spot
Eric O'Flaherty, RP, ATL
10:31 AM
News: O'Flaherty struck out two in a perfect inning of relief during Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers.

The 32-year-old lefty's now got a 1.86 ERA and 14:2 K:BB through 9.2 spring innings and while he'll still need to be added to the Braves' 40-man roster, O'Flaherty has done more than enough to win a spot in their bullpen. Injuries have limited his innings and effectiveness in recent years, but if he can re-discover the form that allowed him to rack up 60 holds between 2011-12 for Atlanta he could work his way back into a high-leverage role.

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Koda Glover
Nationals' Koda Glover: Roughed up Friday
Koda Glover, RP, WAS
9:40 AM
News: Glover allowed three runs on four hits while striking out one in 1.2 innings during Friday's split-squad game against the Cardinals.

The 23-year-old had only given up one run this spring prior to Friday's outing, but he still has an impressive 12:1 K:BB through 9.2 innings. Glover remains in the mix for the Nats' closer spot, and the fact that he was stretched out a bit in this one is more a reflection of the team's crowded bullpen picture and the possibility that they may not carry a long reliever at all than it is a clue as to Glover's actual role to begin the season.

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Blaine Boyer
Blaine Boyer: Released by Braves
Blaine Boyer, RP, ATL
9:19 AM
News: Boyer was released by the Braves on Saturday.

Boyer was a long shot to earn a bullpen spot from the beginning and struggled throughout Grapefruit League play, finishing with a 10.13 ERA over eight innings. The veteran reliever has a standing invitation from the Braves to begin the season at Triple-A Gwinnett if he fails to find a job elsewhere, though a stay in the minors appears to be the most likely scenario.

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Armando Rivero
Braves' Armando Rivero: Not yet cleared to throw
Armando Rivero, RP, ATL
8:52 AM
News: Rivero (shoulder) hasn't been cleared to throw yet, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.

The report runs contrary to a statement given by manager Brian Snitker a few weeks ago, but it appears Rivero is still dealing with soreness suffered in the Venezuelan Winter League. The Rule 5 draft pick has posted intriguing numbers in the minors over the past few seasons, including a 2.13 ERA and a 105:35 K:BB ratio with Triple-A Iowa last year, though it seems he will begin 2017 recovering from the nagging ailment.

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Mauricio Cabrera
Braves' Mauricio Cabrera: Won't throw for a few days
Mauricio Cabrera, RP, ATL
8:29 AM
News: Cabrera (elbow) will refrain from throwing for a few days, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.

The news further indicates the likelihood that Cabrera begins the season on the DL. The right-hander is coming off a stellar rookie season in which he posted a 2.82 ERA over 41 games and quickly established himself as a future reliever in the Braves' bullpen. Unfortunately, it appears his 2017 campaign will be temporarily sidelined until he returns to full health.

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Dalier Hinojosa
Phillies' Dalier Hinojosa: Reassigned to minor league camp
Dalier Hinojosa, RP, PHI
6:02 AM
News: The Phillies reassigned Hinojosa (shoulder) to minor league camp on Friday, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.

Hinojosa has not pitched this spring due to shoulder issues. He will provide depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley once healthy.

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David Hernandez
Giants' David Hernandez: Granted release by Giants
David Hernandez, RP, SF
3/24/2017
News: Hernandez was released by the Giants on Friday, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area Sports reports.

Hernandez had requested the move after being informed he would not make the Opening Day roster. The 31-year-old was attempting to earn a bullpen spot after appearing in 70 games for Philadelphia last season, but posted a 4.76 ERA over six Cactus League games this spring. He'll look to latch on to a roster elsewhere.

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Josh Ravin
Dodgers' Josh Ravin: Suffers setback in bullpen
Josh Ravin, RP, LAD
3/24/2017
News: Ravin (groin) aggravated his injury Friday and is likely headed for the DL, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

Ravin had been steadily progressing from his groin injury over the past week, but the setback may prove fatal for his Opening Day chances. The right-hander boasts a fastball in the high 90s and impressed in ten appearances with the Dodgers last season, posting a 0.93 ERA and 13 strikeouts, so he should return to the bullpen upon his return. Luis Avilan and Chris Hatcher will likely compete for an expanded relief role in his absence.

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Javy Guerra
Marlins' Javy Guerra: Reassigned to minors
Javy Guerra, RP, MIA
3/24/2017
News: Guerra has been reassigned to minor league camp, Andre Fernandez of the Miami Herald reports.

The news shouldn't come as a major surprise. Guerra was signed to a minor league contract this offseason and has struggled in Grapefruit League play, posting a 9.00 ERA in three appearances. The right-hander is likely to begin the 2017 season at Triple-A New Orleans after spending last season in the Angels' system.

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Carlos Estevez
Rockies' Carlos Estevez: Removes moving parts from delivery
Carlos Estevez, RP, COL
3/24/2017
News: Estevez is focusing on simplifying his delivery to the plate in an effort to produce more consistency, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.

The high-octane right-hander set a Rockies' rookie record by amassing 11 saves last season, but things fell apart toward the end of the season as "Wild Thing" stumbled to the finish line with an ERA north of 5.00. The Rockies believe that these issues stemmed from varying arm slots and too many moving parts in his delivery, so they hope to simplify his throwing process in an effort to help him build off of his strong debut. The initial returns are promising: Estevez currently holds a 2.57 ERA to go with an 11:1 K:BB ratio through eight Cactus League frames. The 24-year-old is fighting for a big league bullpen role this spring, and if he continues to perform this well down the stretch, he could force his way into a prominent role in Denver to begin the season.

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