Alex White
Hinch: Astros 'likely' to use seven-man bullpen in 2015
Alex White, SP, HOU
12:15 PM
News: Astros manager A.J. Hinch indicated that the team is likely to use a seven-man bullpen this season, leaving two spots open for competition this spring, the Houston Chronicle reports.

"Likely," Hinch said of a seven-man bullpen. "There’s always a chance that (changes) depending on how the schedule plays out, and there’s always a debate on how many pitchers to carry during interleague. Now interleague is pretty much year round, so I mean, in a perfect world with our roster, it’s likely to carry a seven-man ‘pen. If we feel like we need an extra pitcher or injury happens, there’s different ways to shape our roster, then we will, but likely 12."

The two open spots will likely be filled by a left-handed pitcher and a long reliever. The competition for the second lefty in the pen likely comes down to Kevin Chapman and nonroster invitees Joe Thatcher and Darin Downs. The long relief role has a broader list of candidates, including Alex White and Asher Wojciechowski, who will prepare both as starters and relievers.

"We’re going to stretch out a lot of our guys," Hinch said. "Some of them are because they’re competing in that fifth starter spot, some of them are bullpen guys. Will Harris is going to throw multiple innings. Obviously (Sam) Deduno has been a starter in the past, he’s in a competition for the fifth man spot. Wojo, White, those guys are going to need to, going to plan for the season on both fronts, whether it’s a starter or reliever. But we’re preaching multiple innings. It’s important if you have a seven-man bullpen that you have a couple of guys that can get four, five, six outs if needed and be a bridge to the rest of the bullpen."


Asher Wojciechowski
Astros' Asher Wojciechowski moves to opposite side of pitching rubber
Asher Wojciechowski, SP, HOU
11:26 AM
News: In an attempt to improve his delivery, Astros right-hander Asher Wojciechowski has moved from the third-base side of the pitching rubber to the first-base side, the Houston Chronicle reports.

"I'm really pleased with Wojciechowski, coming off his health issues and everything," pitching coach Brent Strom said. "He's throwing the ball extremely well.

"Wojo was a right-handed pitcher throwing from the third-base side of the rubber, slightly across body, which created a tough angle. We moved him to the far first-base side of the rubber, freed his arm up."

Strom advised Wojciechowski's new position this spring after the 26-year-old was slowed down by a lat injury in 2014. Wojciechowski is on the 40-man active roster and is considered an outside candidate for the rotation. He's competing against Dan Straily and Roberto Hernandez for a spot on the opening day roster.


Alex Meyer
Twins' Alex Meyer: I'm not far from the other pitchers in camp
Alex Meyer, SP, MIN
11:13 AM
News: Twins pitcher Alex Meyer, who missed several days last week due to personal reasons and is also dealing with an illness, tossed live batting practice on Monday and told reporters he's not far from the other pitchers in camp, per the Star Tribune.

The Twins have yet to decide if he'll make an appearance in Wednesday's exhibition game against the University of Minnesota.


Derek Holland
Rangers' Derek Holland to throw in 'pen before making spring debut
Derek Holland, SP, TEX
11:13 AM
News: Rangers starting pitcher Derek Holland (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session Thursday or Friday before being cleared to make his spring debut, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

James Paxton
McClendon: Mariners' Paxton feeling good after playing catch Monday
James Paxton, SP, SEA
10:23 AM
News: Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Tuesday starting pitcher James Paxton (forearm) felt great after playing catch Monday, per The Seattle Times. Paxton will long toss Tuesday.

Johan Santana
Blue Jays' Santana slated to start throwing program Tuesday
Johan Santana, SP, TOR
10:13 AM
News: Blue Jays starting pitcher Johan Santana is slated to start a throwing program Tuesday, as he is scheduled to play catch, according to the National Post

Santana, who suffered a torn Achilles in June, was shut down in January after having some shoulder discomfort while pitching in the Venezuelan winter league.


Brandon Workman
Red Sox looking at Brandon Workman as a reliever
Brandon Workman, SP, BOS
1:12 AM
News: The Red Sox are looking at pitcher Brandon Workman as a reliever this spring, according to the Boston Herald

Manager John Farrell seemed to think Workman would be more than adequate in the role. "His mentality is one that embraces those higher leverage type of innings," Farrell said. "In one-inning stints, his stuff plays up a little bit more with power, a little bit more swing-and-miss ability with his fastball."

Workman seems open to the change. "If John tells me that’s where I’m going to fit in, that’s where I’ll fit in," he said.

The 26-year-old Workman posted a 5.17 ERA over 87 innings last year. 


Kyle Gibson
Twins' GM believes Kyle Gibson can get to the next level
Kyle Gibson, SP, MIN
12:44 AM
News: Twins general manager Terry Ryan believes pitcher Kyle Gibson can get to the next level, according to the Star Tribune.

"The guy has too good of stuff not to be more consistent," Ryan said. "I don’t think it’s 'if' he makes another jump. He’s going to make a jump. It’s a matter of how high."

Gibson showed flashes of promise in 2014. While his overall numbers were just average, Gibson was solid during the first half of the year. He posted a 3.92 ERA over 101 innings to start the year, but struggled with a 5.17 ERA in the second half. Gibson said the reason for his success last year had to do with execution.

"The reason for the jump was my focus on executing pitches," Gibson said. "In 2013 I got caught up in all the information and the scouting reports instead of realizing this is the pitch I need to execute so let’s execute it."

Gibson said he's hoping to increase his strikeout rate this season, but wants to make sure he can still retain his strong ground ball rate. The 27-year-old posted a 4.47 ERA over 179 1/3 innings last season. 


Colby Lewis
Rangers' Lewis, Gallardo to throw on Wednesday
Colby Lewis, SP, TEX
News: The Rangers will throw both Colby Lewis and Yovani Gallardo on Wednesday, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

The Rangers will take on the Royals during the contest. It's unclear how long either player will throw during the outing. Both players are expected to open the year in the team's rotation. 


Brad Peacock
Astros' Brad Peacock to throw live batting practice in 8-10 days
Brad Peacock, SP, HOU
News: Astros pitcher Brad Peacock is hoping to throw live batting practice in 8-10 days, according to the Houston Chronicle. 

Peacock had offseason hip surgery, but has been able to take part in bullpen sessions. He's still a bit behind the other pitchers in camp, but the team is aiming for mid-March for his first batting practice. Manager A.J. Hinch said Peacock will need to throw a few of those before he's ready for game action.

The 27-year-old Peacock posted a 4.72 ERA over 131 2/3 innings last season. 


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