Stephen Vogt
A's C Stephen Vogt expects to be ready for opening day
Stephen Vogt, 1B, OAK
News: Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt believes he'll be ready for opening day, according to

Vogt had foot surgery in October, but had his walking boot removed Thursday. Vogt admitted that he may not be 100 percent by spring training, but said he expects to be ready for opening day. After playing multiple positions due to the injury last season, Vogt said he's eager to get behind the plate again. 

The 30-year-old Vogt hit .279/.321/.431 over 269 at-bats last year. 


Matt Wieters
Showalter: Machado appears more likely for O's opener than Wieters
Matt Wieters, C, BAL
News: Orioles manager Buck Showalter conveyed third baseman Manny Machado has a better chance of being ready for the Orioles season opener than catcher Matt Wieters, according to 

Machado had right knee surgery in August and Wieters underwent Tommy John surgery in June.

"With both of these guys, it will be when and not if. I think if you held a gun up to my head, I think Manny makes the start of the year, and I think Matt is very close thereafter, but we won’t put either one of these guys on the field until it’s time to go, and try to keep the finish line in mind," Showalter said.


Jason Kipnis
Indians' Jason Kipnis undergoes surgery on damaged finger tendon
Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE
News: Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis underwent surgery for a damaged tendon in his finger Tuesday, but is expected to be ready for the beginning of the upcoming season, the team announced Wednesday.

Kipnis, who was in and out of the lineup for Cleveland in 2014 with a hamstring injury, hit .240 last year with six home runs and 41 RBI. He has spent his four-year career in Cleveland, managing a .262 career average.


Justin Ruggiano
Cubs, Mariners agree on deal for OF Justin Ruggiano
Justin Ruggiano, RF, SEA
News: Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano has been sent to the Mariners in a deal that will send minor league pitcher Matt Brazis to Chicago, the team announced Wednesday. 

Ruggiano, who played in 81 games in 2014, hit .281 with six home runs and 28 RBI for the Cubs. He spent the previous two seasons with the Marlins, where in 2012, he hit a career high .313 with 23 doubles and 36 RBI.

Brazis went 8-6 with 14 saves and 2.89 ERA in three years with four teams in the Mariners minor league organization. 


Matt Harrison
Rangers' Matt Harrison could return to throwing in January
Matt Harrison, SP, TEX
News: Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison's back came back as clean after an X-ray was performed Monday. Harrison, who displaced a vertebra in his back in May, has a CT scan scheduled for Wednesday, which he hopes will allow him to start throwing in January. 

Harrison only made four appearances in 2014, throwing 17.1 innings with 4.15 ERA. 


Jake McGee
Rays' Jake McGee will open year on DL following elbow surgery
Jake McGee, RP, TB
News: The Rays announced reliever Jake McGee underwent arthroscopic elbow surgery Friday to remove "a loose body," according to the Tampa Bay Times.

While the Rays said McGee is doing well following the surgery, he will start the season on the disabled list and the team won't have a timetable for his return until spring training.

McGee, who said he had been pitching with a loose body in his elbow for at least a year, added he expects to be back in late April or early May.

McGee went 5-2 with a 1.89 ERA and 0.90 WHIP in 73 games in 2014. He also had a career-high 19 saves last season.


Chris Davis
Showalter: Chris Davis gets approval 'for what he got suspended for'
Chris Davis, 1B, BAL
News: Orioles manager Buck Showalter said in an interview with 105.7 The Fan on Tuesday slugger Chris Davis received approval "for what he got suspended for" during the 2014 season, according to Davis was suspended 25 games late in the season for using Adderall without a therapeutic-use exemption.

Davis, who hit an MLB-best 53 home runs in 2013, struggled offensively in 2014. He hit just .196 in 127 games. He did hit 26 home runs, while also posting 16 doubles, 65 runs and 72 RBI.


Jurickson Profar
Daniels: Rangers won't trade Profar, not likely to make opening day roster
Jurickson Profar, 2B, TEX
News: Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said at the Winter Meetings on Thursday he has no plans to trade infielder Jurickson Profar, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

However, Daniels indicated Profar -- who missed the 2014 season due to a shoulder injury -- is not likely to make the opening day roster.

"Probably not. We're not keeping him as our utility guy," Daniels said.


Garrett Richards
Angels not expecting Garrett Richards to be ready by opener
Garrett Richards, SP, LAA
News: The Angels are not expecting starting pitcher Garrett Richards (knee) to be ready for the start of the season. Manager Mike Scioscia said Wednesday they are hoping Richards will return within the first six weeks of the season.

Richards has been cleared to throw as he works his way back from a torn petallar tendon, which he suffered in late August. He was expected to need 6-9 months to recover from surgery.


Johan Santana
Johan Santana expected to pitch in Venezuela in January
Johan Santana, SP, BAL
News: Free agent pitcher Johan Santana is preparing to pitch in Venezuela in January, his agent Edward Greenberg said, per the New York Post. Santana has been rehabbing since suffering a torn Achilles tendon in June.

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