Jeremy Hellickson
Diamondbacks' Jeremy Hellickson to start Saturday after resting arm
Jeremy Hellickson, SP, ARI
7:33 PM
News: Jeremy Hellickson will return to the mound for the Diamondbacks on Saturday. 

Hellickson missed his last start to rest a tired arm. 

"Just a little tired, I guess," Hellickson said per MLB.com's Steve Gilbert. "Spring is just really long and I was already at 70 pitches. It usually happens for a lot of guys during Spring Training."

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Jose Fernandez
Jose Fernandez a month away from facing hitters for Marlins
Jose Fernandez, SP, MIA
7:28 PM
News: Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez is about a month away from facing hitters, as he returns from Tommy John surgery.

"There are X amount of bullpens to throw and I think he has like eight left," pitching coach Chuck Hernandez said, per the Miami Herald. "We're doing two a week, so that's a month."

When Fernandez begins facing live hitters progress may slow. "Once he gets past batting practice and stuff, then you could have road bumps because you've repped up a lot, pounded, the intensity goes up. That's why it's not an exact science to it," Hernandez said.

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Julio Teheran
Julio Teheran to start Opening Day for the Braves
Julio Teheran, SP, ATL
4:17 PM
News: As expected, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez announced that pitcher Julio Teheran will be Atlanta's Opening Day starter on April 6 at Marlins Park, per the team's official website.

The announcement came shortly after Teheran's spring outing against the Red Sox. The right-hander yielded two runs on five hits and four walks while striking out three over 5 2/3 innings of work. He has allowed nine earned runs in 14 innings of work.

Teheran is coming off a season in which he posted a 2.89 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP over 221 innings last year. He struck out 186 and walked 51 over that span in 2014. It will be his second-career Opening Day start.

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Johnny Cueto
Reds' Johnny Cueto slated to start vs. minor leaguers Friday
Johnny Cueto, SP, CIN
3:41 PM
News: Reds starting pitcher Johnny Cueto is scheduled to make a start Friday night against a Dodgers' minor-league squad, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. Cueto was away from the team for a week while he returned to the Dominican Republic for a family medical situation. He returned Thursday, and appears on track to pitch on Opening Day.
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Jeff Locke
Pirates SP Jeff Locke picks up second spring win
Jeff Locke, SP, PIT
3:39 PM
News: Pirates starting pitcher Jeff Locke allowed two runs on eight hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings during a 4-2 win Thursday against the Twins. Locke (2-2) struck out two.

Locke, who is competing with Vance Worley for the final spot in the rotation, has a 6.59 ERA through five spring appearances (four starts). He has nine strikeouts through 13 2/3 innings.

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Jordan Zimmermann
Jordan Zimmermann on extension talks: 'It's not looking good'
Jordan Zimmermann, SP, WAS
3:30 PM
News: Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann reiterated he doesn't want to engage in any contract extension talks during the season. When asked if he's likely to receive an extension before the opener, Zimmermann responded: "It's not looking good," per the Washington Post.

Zimmermann posted a 2.66 ERA over 199 2/3 innings last year. He has allowed only two earned runs in 13 2/3 innings of work this spring.

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Jason Marquis
Reds' Marquis happy with way he is throwing baseball post-surgery
Jason Marquis, SP, CIN
12:30 PM
News: Reds starting pitcher Jason Marquis hasn't made a start in the majors since 2013 while working his way back from Tommy John surgery. But the 36-year-old pitcher has had a career resurgence this spring and is on track to open the season in the Reds' rotation.

"The ball is coming out of my hand in a way it hasn't the last five years," Marquis said, per MLB.com. "I've gotten some velocity back, but that's not the big thing. There's just more life on the ball.

"I'm throwing the ball instead of pushing it, guiding it. I think maybe I developed bad habits over those years to protect the elbow so I can pitch. More than anything, that's what I'm happiest with."

Marquis is 2-1 with a 3.15 ERA in five spring starts.

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Jon Gray
Bridich: Rockies' Gray's arbitration timeline won't impact decision
Jon Gray, SP, COL
12:20 PM
News: Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich said starting pitcher prospect Jonathan Gray's arbitration timeline will be a "non-factor" in deciding when the highly touted prospect will make his MLB debut, per The Denver Post.

"That is not part of our consideration," he said. "Jon has pitched very well, but there still are a lot of things to consider, but the decision will not be based on (arbitration)."

Gray, who is competing for the final spot in the rotation with Christian Bergman and Eddie Butler, is 0-1 with a 2.08 ERA in five spring outings (two starts). He has nine strikeouts to one walk in 13 innings.

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Stephen Strasburg
Nats' Drew Storen to pitch Friday, Stephen Strasburg on Saturday
Stephen Strasburg, SP, WAS
9:17 AM
News: Nationals right-handed pitcher Drew Storen is among the pitchers slated to make an appearance in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals, and starter Stephen Strasburg will pitch Saturday against the Mets, according to Comcast SportsNet Washington.

It will be Storen's first outing since he underwent surgery to remove the hook of hamate bone from his left hand back on March 13. Strasburg will also make his first appearance since suffering an ankle injury on March 20.

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A.J. Burnett
Pirates P A.J. Burnett changes tune about shifting
A.J. Burnett, SP, PIT
12:38 AM
News: Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett has not had the highest of opinions when it comes to infield-shifting in the past. In 2013, he let some reporters know what he thought about shifting at the time.

When asked about a shift of shortstop Clint Barmes that year, Burnett stated, “I do not have a problem with (Barmes), I had a problem with the (expletive) shift. We play people in the wrong spot.”

But Burnett seemed to change his tune when reflecting upon the subject.

“As much as I complained about the shifts, they helped,” Burnett said. “They really did. It's that one a game, you've got a no-hitter for four or five innings and one gets through, and where you're like … ‘(expletive) shift.'

“But (shifts) saves you more than anything, and that's the truth.”

The 38-year-old has lost some steam on his fastball at this point in his career and he knows that.

“It took me getting a little older to realize that I'm not able to blow it by guys anymore and ground balls are just as good,” he said.

Burnett has posted a 6.39 ERA with nine earned runs, eight walks and 12 strikeouts in four starts this spring.

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