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."Analysis:
"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.Analysis:
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.Analysis:
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.Analysis:
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.Analysis:
"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.Analysis:
"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.Analysis:
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.Analysis:
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.Analysis: