Evan Longoria
Rays' Evan Longoria: Back at workouts Wednesday
Evan Longoria, 3B, TB
2/22/2017
News: Longoria (illness) was feeling better and returned to workouts Wednesday, Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

The veteran third baseman had been dealing with a high fever recently, forcing him to miss the past two days of camp. Although he didn't miss much, he missed some conditioning and him and manager Kevin Cash will have to figure out when he's physically ready to make his Grapefruit League debut.

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Kyle Zimmer
Royals' Kyle Zimmer: Throws bullpen session pain-free
Kyle Zimmer, SP, KC
2/22/2017
News: Zimmer (shoulder) threw his second bullpen session of spring on Tuesday, noting he felt no pain afterwards, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.

This is obviously good news for the 25-year-old, who at this point last season was already starting to feel pain and taper off. The Royals are continuing to bring him along slowly, after he failed to pitch more than 65 innings in each of the last three seasons due to injuries. He is set to start his first Cactus League game Sunday.

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Gavin Floyd
Blue Jays' Gavin Floyd: Uncertain about health of shoulder
Gavin Floyd, RP, TOR
2/22/2017
News: Floyd says he's still not fully recovered from the strained shoulder that ended his 2016 season in June, John Lott reports.

After spending the first 11 years of his MLB career as a starter, Floyd became a full-time reliever in 2016. He admits that he still prepared like a starter and threw too many pitches in his mid-week bullpen sessions. The veteran left-hander attributes his injury woes to the self-imposed workload and is now uncertain where his health stands as Opening Day inches closer. A fierce battle for two bullpen spots is underway at Jays' camp, and Floyd's chances at earning one of those roles is seemingly fading fast.

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Glen Perkins
Twins' Glen Perkins: Increases intensity in bullpen session
Glen Perkins, RP, MIN
2/22/2017
News: Perkins (shoulder) successfully threw a 15-pitch bullpen session Wednesday, Mike Berardino of The Pioneer Press reports

It was the third bullpen session this spring for Perkins and was more intense than either of the other two. The three-time All-Star is seeking to put together a solid spring in order to have a shot at a bullpen position, but could still open the year on the disabled list. Nonetheless, the gradual progress is encouraging after Perkins played just two games last season before undergoing labrum surgery. Look for him to get closer to game action within the coming weeks.

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Steve Cishek
Mariners' Steve Cishek: Expects to throw again Thursday
Steve Cishek, RP, SEA
2/22/2017
News: Cishek (hip) expects to throw again Thursday, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.

Cishek played catch Tuesday for the first time this spring, throwing 25 times. The right-hander said he felt good after the light session, but it's clear he's still far from returning to normal pitching activities. Cishek underwent microfracture surgery this offseason to repair a torn labrum and was projected to compete with Nick Vincent for a setup role in the Seattle bullpen.

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Chris Heston
Mariners' Chris Heston: Starting second game of spring training
Chris Heston, SP, SEA
2/22/2017
News: Heston, who arrived in Seattle in a Dec. 7 trade, will draw the start in Sunday's Cactus League tilt versus the Padres, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

The 28-year-old righty, who is a considerable long shot to carve out a spot in the Mariners' starting rotation, will have an early chance to showcase his wares in starting what will be Seattle's second exhibition game. Heston was limited to just five innings at the big league level with the Giants in 2016 due to a demotion and subsequent oblique injury. His one season of note in San Francisco came in 2015, when he posted a 12-11 record, 3.95 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 141:64 K:BB over 177.2 innings.

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Matt Duffy
Rays' Matt Duffy: Feels good after first batting practice session
Matt Duffy, 3B, TB
2/21/2017
News: Duffy reported that his surgically repaired left heel felt good after his first batting practice session of the spring, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Duffy had tracked pitches in Monday's workout, and as expected, was a full participant in Tuesday's batting practice session. The Rays' shortstop's workload will continue to be carefully managed, but progressively ramped up as the spring unfolds.

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Sam Travis
Red Sox's Sam Travis: Practicing without limitations
Sam Travis, 1B, BOS
2/21/2017
News: Travis (knee) has been participating in all drills and has taken live batting practice, Christopher Smith of MassLive reports.

Travis rehabbed last season's ACL surgery on his left knee and has had no restrictions at spring training. The Chicago native made a splash during last year's spring training and hit well for Triple-A Pawtucket before suffering the season-ending injury in late May. He'll repeat with the PawSox to start the season, but a trip to Boston is expected at some point in 2017. It's just a question of when and which path leads him there -- an organic second-half callup, a struggling Mitch Moreland, or a Hanley Ramirez injury.

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Austin Jackson
Indians' Austin Jackson: Hitting without restrictions
Austin Jackson, CF, CLE
2/21/2017
News: Jackson (left knee) is no longer restricted with his hitting, but is still gradually working his way up to outfield-specific agility drills, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

The thought has been that Jackson could be ready to race for an Opening Day roster spot, but that looks cloudier each week he continues to lag behind the other outfielders in camp. Manager Terry Francona said the veteran still has a ways to go before he'll be ready to compete with the group. "The biggest thing is he has to be able to make his cuts -- reacting," Francona said. "He's a good center fielder. That's part of his skill set. So, asking him to do it before he's ready isn't fair to anybody." Even if healthy and on the 25-man roster, Jackson is best-suited for deeper leagues at best.

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Huston Street
Angels' Huston Street: Arrived at camp, looks to reclaim closer role
Huston Street, RP, LAA
2/21/2017
News: Street (knee) was spotted at Angels' camp Monday. He will look to bounce back from a knee injury and reclaim his closer job this spring.

Street turned in one of his worst seasons as a pro in 2016, posting a 6.45 ERA in an injury-shortened season. It was quite the drop off in production even in his age 33 season, so we have to take his knee injury into consideration when evaluating the lost season. It was already reported that Street had the inside track on regaining his closer role that he vacated last season, so as long as he shows up to camp and shows good health, it should be his job to lose. No official closer has been named, but Street has to be considered the early favorite heading into Cactus League action.

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