Anthony DeSclafani
Reds' Anthony DeSclafani: Undergoes platelet-rich plasma injection
Anthony DeSclafani, SP, CIN
4:41 PM
News: DeSclafani (elbow) underwent a platelet-rich plasma injection to try to speed up his healing process, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports.

DeSclafani has been shut down from throwing but has started his rehab. At minimum he'll miss the first month of the season.

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Homer Bailey
Reds' Homer Bailey: First throwing session goes well
Homer Bailey, SP, CIN
4:39 PM
News: Bailey (elbow) threw from 90 feet Monday for the first time since his most recent elbow procedure, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports.

The session went without incident. Thus begins Bailey's most recent long slog back. He's not due back until midseason at best.

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Bronson Arroyo
Reds' Bronson Arroyo: Penciled in as fifth starter
Bronson Arroyo, SP, CIN
4:36 PM
News: Arroyo is tentatively scheduled to make his first start for the Reds on Saturday, April 8 against the Cardinals, but will not be on the Opening Day roster, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports.

Arroyo pitched Tuesday in a minor league game against the Dodgers, throwing 74 pitches over 4.1 innings. He allowed three homers, albeit on a minor league field that manager Bryan Price discounted. He'll make one more minor league start Sunday. The Reds will hold out Cody Reed from bullpen work for the first couple of games of the season just to make sure that Arroyo is healthy enough to make his first start.

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Steven Matz
Mets' Steven Matz: Won't be ready for start of season
Steven Matz, SP, NYM
3:06 PM
News: Matz (elbow) won't be ready for the start of the season, MLB.com's Anthony DiComo reports.

He went for an MRI on his elbow Wednesday and regardless of the result, DiComo says Matz won't be ready for the start of the season, meaning he will start the year on the disabled list. Manager Terry Collins first mentioned Seth Lugo and Rafael Montero as potential replacement options, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports. This comes with the territory with Matz, as he always offers mid-rotation production when healthy, but is essentially a lock to miss time due to injury each year. Lugo is the most promising replacement option for fantasy purposes, as he boasts one of the best curveballs in the world.

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Ricky Nolasco
Angels' Ricky Nolasco: Strikes out six in minor league outing
Ricky Nolasco, SP, LAA
2:47 PM
News: Nolasco gave up two runs over three innings in a Triple-A game Monday. He struck out six batters without issuing a walk.

The 34-year-old remains a lock for the Angels' Opening Day rotation, but it is unclear which spot he will have in the order. Nolasco is a low-end fantasy starter who has only posted an ERA below four twice in his 11-year career. What the veteran does bring to the table is an ability to eat innings and stay in the zone with his pitches (3.0 K/BB or higher in three of his last four seasons). He's really only a deep-league option at this point, but he could have value in standard leagues as a streaming option in the right matchups.

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Paul Clemens
Twins' Paul Clemens: Inks deal with Minnesota
Paul Clemens, SP, SD
2:17 PM
News: Clemens will sign a contract with the Twins, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports.

The details of Clemens' contract aren't known, but it's expected that he's getting a minor-league deal from the Twins after he was cut by the Padres a week after getting throttled in spring training. The Twins don't have much in the way of bullpen depth, so if Clemens performs well with Triple-A Rochester, he could get a look with the big club before long.

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Nick Martinez
Rangers' Nick Martinez: Optioned to Triple-A
Nick Martinez, SP, TEX
2:10 PM
News: Martinez was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock on Wednesday, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Martinez was unable to secure a long-relief role after getting lit up to the tune of a 8.66 ERA and 1.87 WHIP in 17.2 innings during spring training. He'll likely slot into the rotation at Round Rock for the time being and could reemerge as a swingman for the Rangers later in the season if injuries thin the pitching ranks.

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David Paulino
Astros' David Paulino: Will begin throwing program this week
David Paulino, SP, HOU
1:43 PM
News: Paulino (elbow) is expected to begin a throwing program within the next day or two, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports.

Paulino is set to open the season on the disabled list after he was sidelined since March 10 with a bone bruise in his right elbow, but it sounds like three weeks of rest have helped remedy the issue. He'll likely remain at extended spring training for a few weeks while he works to increase his pitch count, and could make rehab appearances at a few of the Astros' lower-level affiliates before likely settling into the Triple-A Fresno rotation. Paulino, who is one of the team's top pitching prospects, could be a rotation option for the Astros at some point later in 2017 if injuries hit the big-league staff.

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Collin McHugh
Astros' Collin McHugh: Will throw sim game Saturday
Collin McHugh, SP, HOU
1:39 PM
News: McHugh (arm) is scheduled to throw a simulated game Saturday in Florida, MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reports.

The Astros have already indicated that McHugh will open the season on the 10-day DL after he was slowed by a case of dead arm in spring training, and the right-hander is still in the process of building up his pitch count. After being tagged for three runs and five hits over 1.2 innings Monday against the Cardinals, McHugh looks like he still has some issues to resolve, so he'll toss approximately 75 pitches Saturday before the Astros reassess his condition. If the simulated game goes well, McHugh is expected to head to a minor-league affiliate for one start next week before being activated. Mike Fiers looks most at risk of losing his rotation spot once McHugh is deemed ready to go.

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Chris Tillman
Orioles' Chris Tillman: Eyeing April 11 return
Chris Tillman, SP, BAL
1:30 PM
News: Tillman (shoulder) is tentatively scheduled to pitch in an extended spring training game April 11, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

The Orioles remain hopeful that Tillman can return to the rotation April 15 - the first day they would need a fifth starter, so the tentative date would give him just three days of rest between appearances. The right-hander is scheduled to throw bullpen sessions Saturday, Monday, and next Wednesday before a batting practice on April 8. Depending on how he progresses, the club's return date could very well occur as planned.

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