Domingo German
Yankees' Domingo German: Receives invitation to spring training
Domingo German, SP, NYY
2/5/2016
News: German has received an invitation to spring training.

German is still recovering from Tommy John surgery that he had last April, but he'll get a good chance to learn from the major leaguers even if he doesn't pitch a lot. He'll likely head back to the minors once he's healthy.

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Cesar Puello
Yankees' Cesar Puello: Receives invitation to spring training
Cesar Puello, RF, NYY
2/5/2016
News: Puello received an invitation to spring training Friday, Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal reports.

The 25-year-old played only one game last season due to a back injury, but did post a .738 OPS at Triple-A in the Mets organization in 2014. He'll likely head back to the minors once the regular season starts due to the Yankees outfield already being primarily established.

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Diego Moreno
Yankees' Diego Moreno: Signs a minor league contract with Yankees on Friday
Diego Moreno, RP, NYY
2/5/2016
News: Moreno signed a minor league contract with the Yankees on Friday that includes an invitation to spring training, Jared Diamond of the Wall Street Journal reports.

Moreno spent most of 2015 with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, but also got a dose of the majors after posting a 2.18 ERA with the Rail Riders. The Yankees are pretty well off in the bullpen, so it's likely that he'll head to the minors after spring training concludes.

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Jesse Hahn
Athletics' Jesse Hahn: Will enter camp completely healthy
Jesse Hahn, SP, OAK
2/4/2016
News: A's manager Bob Melvin said recently that Hahn (forearm) will enter spring training completely healthy, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

The elbow and forearm issues that Hahn dealt with over the second half of last year inevitably led to speculation of a second Tommy John surgery, but it seems the club's cautious approach paid off. That doesn't mean the injury concerns will go away anytime soon, though, as Hahn's health history and the arm stress created by his signature curveball are both red flags. If indeed healthy, Hahn should compete for a rotation spot in spring training.

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Devon Travis
Blue Jays' Devon Travis: Won't be ready for the opener
Devon Travis, 2B, TOR
2/2/2016
News: Travis (shoulder) remains on track to miss the start of the 2016 season, ESPN's Buster Olney reports.

With plenty of offense in tow, the Jays can afford to take their time with the young second baseman. Upon having surgery on his left shoulder in November, the expectation was that Travis would need 16-20 weeks to recover. Ryan Goins remains the favorite to pick up the extra playing time at second base while Travis is on the shelf.

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Michael Brantley
Indians' Michael Brantley: Opening Day unlikely
Michael Brantley, LF, CLE
2/2/2016
News: Indians manager Terry Francona acknowledged that it is unlikely Brantley (shoulder) will be ready to rejoin the team's lineup by Opening Day, the Indians' official site reports. "He won't open the season, most likely, with us," Francona said of Brantley. "We'll look at a number of guys. We'll see what fits the best. We'll probably have some platooning going on, especially earlier in the year. There's a number of guys that are coming in [to help]."

A report in December suggested that Brantley was behind schedule in his rehab following offseason shoulder surgery, but the Indians quickly released a statement to shoot that down. With Lonnie Chisenhall already expected to see regular time in right field against right-handed starters, there may be an open competition in spring training for the starts on that side of the platoon in left while Brantley goes through the final stages of his recovery in April. Barring the addition of a left-handed hitting veteran to the outfield mix this spring, James Ramsey could emerge as a candidate to work in tandem with Rajai Davis, Joey Butler, and Collin Cowgill.

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Greg Bird
Yankees' Greg Bird: Undergoes shoulder surgery Tuesday, expected to miss 2016 season
Greg Bird, 1B, NYY
2/1/2016
News: Bird will undergo shoulder surgery Tuesday and is expected to miss the entire 2016 season, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

This is a decent blow to the Yankees, as Bird was one of their top prospects and was the main fill-in at first base when Mark Teixeira was injured. The 23-year-old had an impressive .872 OPS and 10.7% walk rate in 178 plate appearances with the major league club last season, but he also struck out in nearly one-third of his at-bats. With this development, Brian McCann might need to play more games at first base, or else the Yankees may have to search around for a new backup first baseman.

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Maicer Izturis
Blue Jays' Maicer Izturis: Signs minor league contract with Blue Jays on Friday
Maicer Izturis, 2B, TOR
1/29/2016
News: Izturis signed a minor league contract with the Blue Jays on Friday that included an invitation to spring training, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsbet reports.

Izturis had his club option for 2016 declined, but the 35-year-old is back with Toronto anyway. He hasn't appeared in the majors since 2014 due to injuries, where he batted .286 in 38 plate appearances. He'll likely serve as organizational depth with the infield pretty well solidified for the AL East champions.

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Stephen Vogt
Athletics' Stephen Vogt: Undergoes right elbow surgery Friday
Stephen Vogt, C, OAK
1/29/2016
News: Vogt underwent right elbow surgery Friday and is expected to be recovering for four to six weeks and be ready for opening day, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

It wasn't known that there was an issue with Vogt's elbow since he had some trouble with it in the summer, but apparently something was bad enough that it required an arthroscopic procedure Friday. The 31-year-old backstop could miss the first week or two of spring training games, but it's promising to know that the front office think's he'll be ready by Opening Day. The situation is worth monitoring in case of any setbacks, however.

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Jesus Sucre
Mariners' Jesus Sucre: Out six months after leg surgery
Jesus Sucre, C, SEA
1/28/2016
News: Sucre will miss the next six months after undergoing leg surgery to repair a broken fibula and a severely sprained right ankle, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

Sucre was originally expected to miss six weeks recovering from the injury, but his timetable has been drastically extended since he opted for surgery. This doesn't change the Mariners' pecking order at catcher much, as Chris Ianetta, Mike Zunino, and Steve Clevenger are all slated ahead of him. The updated timetable projects Sucre to return in late July or early August.

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