Luke Hochevar
Royals pitcher Luke Hochevar (elbow) might start season on DL
Luke Hochevar, RP, KC
3:00 PM
News: Royals manager Ned Yost indicated Monday pitcher Luke Hochevar, who is coming off Tommy John surgery, might start the year on the disabled list. However, he probably won't be on there for long, per The Kansas City Star.

“If he’s not ready for opening day, it’s going to be real soon afterwards," Yost said.

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Joel Peralta
Dodgers' Ryu, Peralta feel good after throwing in bullpen Monday
Joel Peralta, RP, LAD
2:14 PM
News: Dodgers starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (back) and reliever Joel Peralta (shoulder) said they felt fine after throwing bullpen sessions Monday, per the Los Angeles Times.
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Ryan Madson
Royals RP Ryan Madson scratched Monday due to back stiffness
Ryan Madson, RP, KC
1:57 PM
News: Royals reliever Ryan Madson was scratched from throwing Monday due to back stiffness, per The Kansas City Star. The team said it was a precautionary move.
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Phillippe Aumont
Phillies' Phillippe Aumont looking to capitalize on opportunity
Phillippe Aumont, RP, PHI
12:34 PM
News: Phillies pitcher Phillippe Aumont is out of options and must be exposed to waivers if he doesn't make the 25-man roster, but he said Sunday he hasn't thought much about a change of scenery, MLB.com reports.

"Yeah, I mean, it crossed my mind," Aumont said. "But at the moment, I'm here, so I want to compete for this team. If it ever comes down to that and I go somewhere else, then I'll think about it when I'm there. But right now, the Phillies are giving me that opportunity, and I'm taking it and I'm going for it."

Aumont gave up three hits and one run in Sunday's exhibition game against the University of Tampa.

"I feel much better this spring," Aumont said. "I feel like I caught on to some stuff that I've been working on. This is my eighth, ninth spring training. I know how to throw a baseball. I'm not doing it maybe perfectly, but I know how to do it."

Aumont spent most of last season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, where he went 3-3 with a 3.93 ERA and 65:39 K:BB ratio in 55 innings.

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Michael Kirkman
Rangers' Michael Kirkman (shoulder) plays catch Monday
Michael Kirkman, RP, TEX
12:15 PM
News: Rangers pitcher Michael Kirkman (shoulder) played catch on flat ground Monday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Kirkman, who has been dealing with shoulder soreness, said he'll throw from a half-mound Tuesday or Wednesday. He surrendered just one earned run in 5 2/3 innings with the Rangers last season.

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Jack Leathersich
Viola: Mets' prospect Leathersich is a poor man's Sid Fernandez
Jack Leathersich, RP, NYM
11:33 AM
News: Mets relief prospect Jack Leathersich has made a name for himself in the minors as a strikeout artist, as over his four-year career he is striking out 15.2 batters per nine innings. The left-hander is only 24 years old, meaning he could have a long and bright future with the Mets.

"If it all clicks, there's that lefty the Mets have been looking for in the big leagues and he's going to be there for a long time," Mets' Triple-A pitching coach Frank Viola said. "I compare him to a lesser man's Sid Fernandez."

Although, as good as Leathersich has been striking out batters, he has had his issues, particularly with his control. He has walked 4.9 batters per nine innings during his minor-league career.

"We'll give him a chance to see if he can get some left-handed hitters out in spring training," manager Terry Collins said. "You look at his numbers, he strikes people out. You look at his minor-league career, he strikes guys out. This isn't the minor leagues. I can clear that up real fast. This is a little different game. They're not going to swing at some of that stuff up here until you show me you can get them out in certain places, then they'll start to chase. But they're going to make you throw the ball over first. So we'll give him the opportunities."

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Joel Hanrahan
Tigers RP Joel Hanrahan (arm) to visit specialist Tuesday
Joel Hanrahan, RP, DET
9:50 AM
News: Tigers reliever Joel Hanrahan, who has not thrown since Feb. 22 due to arm soreness, will visit a specialist in Texas on Tuesday, manager Brad Ausmus announced Monday.

Hanrahan described the soreness as some days it feels like the bones are rubbing together and other days it feels like someone is pinching his bicep, per the Detroit Free Press. Hanrahan has not pitched since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2013.

“I’m past the frustration part. It’s been long enough. I’m just looking for answers," Hanrahan said.

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Blaine Hardy
Tigers' Blaine Hardy hoping to reign in his accuracy in 2015
Blaine Hardy, RP, DET
3/1/2015
News: Tigers pitcher Blaine Hardy is using this spring training to work on his control. Hardy struggled in 2014 with his control, walking 20 batters in 39 innings pitched.

"Last year I walked more people than I would've liked," he said to MLB.com. "That's definitely a learning point, learning the strike zone. It's a little bit different, a little bit smaller, but more consistent. With that being said, I felt like I had a good year, and hopefully I'll be able to come in and do the same thing with less walks."

Manager Brad Ausmus didn't think Hardy's season was as bad as people believe it was.

"I thought he did a good job for us, quite frankly," Ausmus said. "It kind of irks me a little bit when people want to split players' seasons up: Player X had a good year, but he really struggled in the second half. He still had a good year.

"Guys are going to struggle at some point in the season. It's probably more likely they struggle in the second half as they tire, but you can't discount what they did in the first half. Those games are just as important to win."

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Paul Clemens
Phillies pitcher Paul Clemens fighting for spot in bullpen
Paul Clemens, RP, PHI
3/1/2015
News: Phillies pitcher Paul Clemens has been told he has a great arm. But Clemens, who posted a 5.51 ERA in 48 appearances with the Astros over the last two years, knows it'll take more than that.

"Some pitching coaches tell me how incredible my arm is and that I could play for a long time, so I think I've been showing some guys what I bring to the table," Clemens said. "I had a couple really good conversations with front office and some guys around here, so it's definitely motivating."

He wants to be able to pick out his spots better during spring training, knowing he has to impress as a non-roster invitee.

"Sometimes I think I get too overzealous with my fastball and I just pound it and pound it and pound it. So picking my spots more, being smarter. You can't really challenge guys at this level. Once in a while you've got to pick your spots, but you can't challenge too many guys, even the guys you don't really know their names as much. You've still got to pitch."

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Jim Henderson
Jim Henderson throws off mound Sunday where season ended last year
Jim Henderson, RP, MIL
3/1/2015
News: Brewers pitcher Jim Henderson completed his first session against live batters Sunday and felt a weight lift off his shoulders, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

"That same mound I threw on just now was the same mound that I realized the season was over on last year, so I was thinking about that when I got out there," Henderson said.

"I was like, ‘Forget this mound.’ It was kind of one of those moments where it was like this is where it ended and this is where it's going to begin again."

Henderson threw against three batters in Sunday's practice.

"It went well," he said. "It was just more of getting the feel out there today. Seeing the hitters and getting on a game mound again, just trying to get the feel back. That’s what I was looking for out of it – that competitiveness – and that’s what I got out of it."

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