Gerrit Cole
Pirates' Gerrit Cole: Officially named Opening-Day starter
Gerrit Cole, SP, PIT
4:40 PM
News: Cole has officially been named the Pirates' Opening Day starter, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

It will be the first career Opening Day start for Cole, who will take the mound on April 3 against the Red Sox. The 26-year-old struggled with injuries last season and he'll look to rediscover his 2015 form, which saw him win 19 games while posting a 2.60 ERA.

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Brett Anderson
Cubs' Brett Anderson: Could share rotation spot
Brett Anderson, SP, CHC
2:20 PM
News: Manager Joe Maddon said that Anderson could share the fifth spot in the rotation with Mike Montgomery, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

It's somewhat surprising news, considering the two left-handers have been competing for the final rotation spot throughout camp. Maddon says he's considering the move because neither pitcher has reached the 200 inning plateau in a season yet. Anderson, in particular, missed a majority of last season with wrist and finger injuries and has been inconsistent throughout his career as a starter. It's a move that would obviously decrease his fantasy value, so the situation is worth monitoring.

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Tyler Wilson
Orioles' Tyler Wilson: Flawless in first spring outing
Tyler Wilson, SP, BAL
1:30 PM
News: Wilson struck out one over two perfect innings Friday against the Tigers in the team's Grapefruit League opener.

Wilson only needed six pitches to retire all-star's Ian Kinsler, Victor Martinez and Miguel Cabrera in the opening frame. Originally, manager Buck Showalter thought that Wilson would throw only an inning, but he made such quick work of the Tigers that he came out for a second. The right-hander, who is battling for one of the final spots on the Orioles' pitching staff, finished the day with 21 pitches. Wilson's main competition will come from right-handers Logan Verrett and Mike Wright, both of whom can start and relieve, as well as newly-acquired southpaws Richard Bleier and Vidal Nuno.

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Eduardo Rodriguez
Red Sox's Eduardo Rodriguez: Unhindered in BP session
Eduardo Rodriguez, SP, BOS
12:55 PM
News: Rodriguez showed no hesitation in his delivery while throwing his first live batting practice Saturday, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.

Rodriguez will make his spring training debut Thursday as he returns from an offseason knee injury. The 24-year-old has been held out from certain drills thus far in camp, but it appears all systems are go at this point. More importantly, pitching coach Carl Willis said that Rodriguez is ahead of both Drew Pomeranz and Steven Wright for the final two spots in the rotation, a strong indication that he'll be a player to monitor this spring.

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Johnny Cueto
Giants' Johnny Cueto: Not expected to arrive this weekend
Johnny Cueto, SP, SF
12:10 PM
News: Cueto is not expected to arrive in camp this weekend as he attempts to obtain a visa for his father, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports.

Cueto has been working out in the Dominican Republic through the entirety of spring camp as he takes care of his ill father, a trend which will continue indefinitely. There's no concern the All-Star pitcher will be ready for Opening Day, though he may not be available for the World Baseball Classic, which begins March 9. His return to the U.S. is still up in the air for now.

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Mike Clevinger
Indians' Mike Clevinger: Not in mix for bullpen role
Mike Clevinger, SP, CLE
12:05 PM
News: Manager Terry Francona says Clevinger is not in the mix for a bullpen role and that his development as a starter is more important, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

Francona had said earlier that Clevinger was a candidate for the bullpen, but more likely to open 2017 as a starter with Triple-A Columbus. Nonetheless, it appears the 26-year-old righty will be exclusively developed as a starter this spring and serve as rotation depth going forward. Cleveland has a strong rotation heading into the season, but any injury could open the door for Clevinger, who went 1-3 with a 5.93 ERA in ten major league starts last year.

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Hyun-Jin Ryu
Dodgers' Hyun-Jin Ryu: Will throw another BP session
Hyun-Jin Ryu, SP, LAD
11:55 AM
News: Ryu will throw another live batting practice session as his next assignment, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Ryu was impressive in throwing batting practice Friday and there was speculation he would return to game action as the next step in his training regimen. Evidently, it appears the Dodgers are being cautious with the young southpaw as he makes his way back from a litany of injuries over the past two seasons.

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Marcos Molina
Mets' Marcos Molina: Sharp in spring opener
Marcos Molina, SP, NYM
11:05 AM
News: Molina pitched two shutout innings Friday in the Mets' Grapefruit League opener against the Red Sox, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. He retired Andrew Benintendi, Hanley Ramirez and Jackie Bradley Jr. in order in the fourth inning.

The Mets' No. 9 prospect in Rotowire's rankings, Molina missed all of last season recovering from Tommy John surgery, but it looks like all systems are go headed into 2017. The 21-year-old will need to stay healthy to capitalize on the upside suggested by his raw stuff, including a plus changeup and a fastball that touched 96 mph prior to his surgery. Look for the Mets to limit his workload this season, but a strong showing could put him in line for a 2018 big league debut.

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Henry Owens
Red Sox's Henry Owens: Some good, some bad in spring debut
Henry Owens, SP, BOS
11:00 AM
News: Owens walked one batter and struck out four over two innings in Friday's game against the Mets.

The bulked up Owens, who added 15 pounds of muscle during the offseason, showed improved arm strength in bullpen sessions this spring, but still needs work on command. "We're going to hone in on the overall command. It bit him a little bit after the first hitter of the game (Friday)," manager John Farrell told Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald.

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Hisashi Iwakuma
Mariners' Hisashi Iwakuma: Being eased into game action
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP, SEA
10:45 AM
News: Iwakuma is on a slower-paced spring training plan and won't see game action until March, Bob Dutton of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

The strategy appears to be precautionary from a managerial standpoint after Iwakuma faltered down the stretch last season en route to a 199 inning campaign. The 35-year-old has expressed that he wants to shoulder the same workload in 2017 while producing at a higher level, an evident goal from his current regimen. Iwakuma is scheduled for side work this Monday as he continues to progress towards Opening Day.

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