Hyun-Jin Ryu
Dodgers' Mattingly: Hyun-Jin Ryu's (back) next step will be BP
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, LAD
12:22 PM
News: Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told reporters that starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu came out of Monday's bullpen session "fine," and that his next step will likely be throwing batting practice, according to SB Nation.

Ryu is dealing with a back injury, but has been throwing the last couple of days without pain. At this point, Ryu remains without a timetable for his first spring game. He went 14-7 in 2014 with a 3.38 ERA and 139 strikeouts in 152 innings pitched last season.

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Kyle Hendricks
Cubs' Kyle Hendricks targeting 200 innings in 2015
Kyle Hendricks, SP, CHC
12:01 PM
News: Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks, who was awarded the No. 4 spot in the starting rotation, told MLB.com that he's targeting 200 innings in 2015.

"That's one of the biggest goals I have for myself is consistency, No. 1, but then eating up innings," Hendricks said. "That's something I pride myself on is staying in ballgames and giving my team a chance to win. I think with the number I threw last year, 200 shouldn't be out of the question for me."

Hendricks put together a solid rookie campaign in 2014, registering a 2.46 ERA and 47:15 K:BB ratio over 80 1/3 innings with the Cubs. Overall, he totaled 183 innings between his time at Triple-A and the majors.

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Dillon Gee
Mets not in significant trade talks with other clubs for Dillon Gee
Dillon Gee, SP, NYM
11:37 AM
News: Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters there's barely any dialogue between other clubs about potential trades for pitcher Dillon Gee, who was on the block during the winter meetings. Gee is scheduled to start Wednesday's Grapefruit League opener against Atlanta, though he's slated to start the regular season as a long reliever.

"I think most clubs, including ours, are focused on what's going on in camp and evaluating what they already have," Alderson said, per ESPN. "If there's going to be any significant trade talk, I think typically it's going to happen later in spring training, unless there's an injury of some sort. By and large, I think that comes more in the second half of spring training."

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Brooks Hall
Brooks Hall outrighted to Triple-A Colorado Springs
Brooks Hall, SP, MIL
11:18 AM
News: The Brewers outrighted pitcher Brooks Hall to Triple-A Colorado Springs  on Tuesday, per the team's official website. Milwaukee's 40-man roster now stands at 39.
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Josh Johnson
Josh Johnson scheduled to throw to catcher on flat ground next week
Josh Johnson, SP, SD
10:19 AM
News: Padres starting pitcher Josh Johnson (elbow) said he is scheduled to throw to a catcher on flat ground next week, per U-T San Diego. He will long toss from 240 feet this week.
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Matt Harvey
Reports: Mets eyeing third game of season for Matt Harvey's debut
Matt Harvey, SP, NYM
9:52 AM
News: It appears the Mets are leaning toward having starting pitcher Matt Harvey, who has not pitched in a regular season game since Aug. 2013 due to Tommy John surgery, make his season debut in the third game at Washington, several team sources told the New York Post.

The Mets are targeting the third game on the road, as opposed to the season and home openers, because they don't want Harvey to feel added pressure given the circumstances, particularly if he makes his first start in front of an exhilarated home crowd.

"All that has been discussed,’’ one source said.

“Things can change, but that schedule makes sense,’’ another source said.

Harvey seems fine with whatever the Mets have in store.

“Anything they want to do is good,’’ Harvey said.

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Aaron Harang
Phillies' Harang opts to skip spring debut Wednesday
Aaron Harang, SP, PHI
9:41 AM
News: Phillies starting pitcher Aaron Harang was scratched from his spring debut Wednesday against the Yankees.

Although Harang had an ice pack on his lower back Tuesday, according to The News Journal, he told reporters he will miss Wednesday's start because he needs to work on his mechanics and is not ready to pitch in a game. Harang added he does intend to be ready the next time his turn in the rotation comes up. 

Harang dodged questions about his back issues, but he did mention he went to see a chiropractor a few days ago to get his back realigned.

Kevin Slowey will start in Harang's place Wednesday.

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Brandon Cumpton
Pirates' Cumpton to meet with Dr. Andrews concerning elbow issue
Brandon Cumpton, SP, PIT
9:31 AM
News: Pirates pitcher Brandon Cumpton is slated to meet with Dr. James Andrews on Monday after feeling discomfort in his elbow, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Cumpton first noticed an issue when he was throwing live batting practice last week.
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Taylor Jungmann
Brewers' Taylor Jungmann taking new approach into this season
Taylor Jungmann, SP, MIL
3/2/2015
News: Brewers pitcher Taylor Jungmann is taking a new approach into this season, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Jungmann got off to a slow start last season, but a change in approach prompted him to reverse his fortunes. Triple-A pitching coach Fred Danby suggested Jungmann shift from the left side of the pitching rubber to the right side. Jungmann said he had always been told his stuff played better from the left side, but felt a change instantly after switching spots.

"I can’t explain it but I started throwing more strikes," he said. "My mechanics were a little more fluid. I didn’t change a whole lot; I just moved to the other side of the rubber. It felt natural. It made it a little easier to be consistent with my (pitching) motion. The biggest thing was getting my breaking ball back."

Jungmann comes into camp fighting for a spot in the team's rotation. He's already been listed as sixth on the starting pitching depth chart.

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Brandon Morrow
Padres' Black on Morrow: 'We like what we've seen'
Brandon Morrow, SP, SD
3/2/2015
News: Padres manager Bud Black has been impressed by how pitcher Brandon Morrow has handled his various ailments as well as his overall approach to the mound, MLB.com reports.

"I like his delivery, I like his arm action, I like his stuff," Black said. "First of all, I think he's got a good head. We're still getting to know him. We've only known him less than two weeks. But we like what we've seen."

Morrow has made just 16 starts across the last two season while dealing with forearm and hand injuries. As a result, he says he's begun doing a "pre-hab" program, which is "basically doing what you're doing in rehab, but doing it before you get hurt."

Morrow is competing for a rotation spot, but he doesn't look at the early portion of camp as a competion.

"The last three starts are when it will be more competition mode, I guess," Morrow said. "Right now, I'm still trying to get my arm and body in shape and easing into that. I'm not going to try and go out and blow it out in live batting practice ... Rather than just trying to strike everybody out, I'm going out there and doing some pitching. It's still the same repertoire and still mostly the same approach. But it's taking some speed off here, adding it here."

Morrow posted ERAs of 5.63 and 5.67 in his last two seasons in Toronto while battling through injuries.

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