Clayton Richard
Padres' Clayton Richard: Throws bullpen session
Clayton Richard, RP, SD
12:30 PM
News: Richard (finger) threw a bullpen session Saturday, his first since fouling a ball off his finger, Bill Center of MLB.com reports.

X-rays came back negative after the incident and Richards will likely return to normal pitching activities this coming week. It's good news nonetheless for the Padres, as Richard is set to take a top spot in the starting rotation this season. Expect additional updates as his recovery progresses.

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Louis Coleman
Reds' Louis Coleman: Dealing with biceps tendinitis
Louis Coleman, RP, CIN
11:45 AM
News: Coleman is dealing with right biceps tendinitis and will take a few days off from throwing, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

The ailment isn't considered to be serious at this point. Coleman signed a minor league contract with the Reds this offseason after amassing a 4.69 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 48 innings with the Dodgers last year. Consider him day-to-day unless anything changes.

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Liam Hendriks
Athletics' Liam Hendriks: Could play in WBC second round
Liam Hendriks, RP, OAK
11:30 AM
News: Hendriks has informed Team Australia that he may be available if they advance to the second round of the World Baseball Classic, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

Hendriks withdrew from the WBC on Saturday because he doesn't feel he's where he needs to be for high-intensity games. The decision appears to be advisory, as the right-hander spent a good portion of last season on the DL with elbow inflammation. Whether he plays or not, Hendriks appears to be focused on preparing for the season in the most efficient way possible.

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Seth Lugo
Mets' Seth Lugo: Two shutout innings in spring opener
Seth Lugo, RP, NYM
11:25 AM
News: Lugo tossed two shutout innings Friday in the Mets' Grapefruit League opener against the Red Sox, allowing no hits and walking two while striking out three.

The strikeouts are nice to see after Lugo posted just a 6.3 K/9 in his first taste of the big leagues last year, but this early in the spring pitchers tend to be far ahead of hitters. The 27-year-old will join Team Puerto Rico for the first round of the WBC in March, before rejoining the Mets and continuing his push to win the fifth starter role.

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Jeff Locke
Marlins' Jeff Locke: MRI comes back clean
Jeff Locke, RP, MIA
10:15 AM
News: Locke's (shoulder) MRI showed no structural damage, but he won't throw for a week, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.

It's a sigh of relief for Locke and the Marlins, especially considering that the southpaw is already dealing with biceps tendinitis. The 29-year-old will receive some much needed rest before returning to regular pitching activities. Expect Locke to continue competing for a starting spot when he returns.

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Carson Fulmer
White Sox's Carson Fulmer: Will start Cactus League opener
Carson Fulmer, RP, CHW
10:00 AM
News: Fulmer will start the White Sox's spring opener Saturday against the Dodgers in Glendale (Ariz.), Scott Merkin of the White Sox's official site reports.

Fulmer gets the honor of kicking off the Cactus League for the White Sox after he was battered around by major league hitters in 2016 when he pitched out of the bullpen. However, he feels a switch was turned on late last year when he allowed one run over his final 15 innings at Triple-A Charlotte. The Knights' pitching coach, Richard Dotson, got Fulmer to stand taller during his delivery, a tweak that gave him more angle and was the difference between getting hit hard and forcing weak contact. Fulmer will return to being a starter in 2017 and is expected to start the season at Charlotte.

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Francis Martes
Astros' Francis Martes: Developing changeup with help from Oswalt
Francis Martes, RP, HOU
9:25 AM
News: Martes has changed the grip of his changeup from a two-seam to a four-seam grip, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Martes impressed several hitters during his first live batting-practice session of the spring Friday, using his mid-90s fastball, power slider and a still-developing changeup. The 21-year-old right-hander has been receiving tutoring from former Astros ace Roy Oswalt, who spent time this week working on the Martes' changeup, a pitch Oswalt believes is pivotal to the prospect's development. Martes had been throwing a two-seam changeup despite not throwing a two-seam fastball. Oswalt suggested the four-seam changeup to better deceive hitters.

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Jharel Cotton
Athletics' Jharel Cotton: Continues impressing Friday
Jharel Cotton, RP, OAK
2/24/2017
News: Cotton, the frontrunner for the fourth spot in the rotation, was impressive again Friday, Joe Stiglich of CSN Bay Area reports.

The young right-hander has been wowing in early workouts and continued his impressive stretch of performances in Friday's session. Cotton's dominance of hitters led manager Bob Melvin to remark that "the deception just stands out with him. He's got an assortment of breaking pitches." Cotton is slated to see his first Cactus League action Tuesday versus the Indians.

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Ryan Garton
Rays' Ryan Garton: Sits with illness
Ryan Garton, RP, TB
2/24/2017
News: Garton will not pitch in the Rays' first spring training game Friday due to illness, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

He should be good to go in a couple days. Garton posted a 4.35 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP over 37 games in his rookie season and is expected to take over a middle-reliever role to begin 2017.

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Sean Doolittle
Athletics' Sean Doolittle: Throws first bullpen of spring
Sean Doolittle, RP, OAK
2/24/2017
News: Doolittle threw his first bullpen session of spring training Friday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

Plagued by shoulder issues over the past two seasons, Doolittle appears to be getting back on track as spring games begin. The left-hander has shown he still has potential, posting a 3.23 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and a 45:8 K:BB ratio in 44 games last year. Barring any setbacks, expect Doolittle to compete for a setup role in the Oakland bullpen when he returns to game action.

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