Matt Stites
Diamondbacks pitcher Matt Stites undergoes MRI on elbow Thursday
Matt Stites, RP, ARI
8:03 PM
News: Diamondbacks pitcher Matt Stites underwent an MRI on his elbow Thursday, reports The Arizona Republic.

Stites' elbow locked up on him when he was throwing batting practice Saturday. The results from the MRI are expected to be known Friday.

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Chad Gaudin
Dodgers' Chad Gaudin shut down, will be examined
Chad Gaudin, RP, LAD
7:45 PM
News: Dodgers pitcher Chad Gaudin (biceps) felt a tingling in his fingers Thursday and was shut down, MLB.com reports.

The pitcher will be examined, and it's possible he's sent for an MRI Friday. Gaudin was pulled from last Friday's outing due to a "tweak" in his biceps. He's surrendered two earned runs in six spring innings.

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Bobby Parnell
Mets' Warthen: Bobby Parnell may throw 100 mph agani
Bobby Parnell, RP, NYM
5:25 PM
News: Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen isn't ready to rule out pitcher Bobby Parnell throwing 100 mph again, ESPNNewYork.com reports.

"I wouldn't say that," Warthen said.

Parnell's fastball say at 87-to-91 mh in a minor-league appearance Wednesday. He averaged a career-high 97.2 mph on his fastball in 2011 and averaged 95 mph in 2013 before missing most of 2014 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. Warthen suggested that Parnell's velocity will be closer to normal in a week to 10 days.

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Chris Denorfia
Cubs' Chris Denorfia might play in minor-league games next week
Chris Denorfia, RF, CHC
5:21 PM
News: Cubs outfielder Chris Denorfia, who has not appeared in a spring game since March 17 due to a sore left hamstring, might start playing in minor-league games next week, per MLB.com.

Denorfia will most likely not be ready to play in the regular-season opener.

"Opening Day is probably in jeopardy," manager Joe Maddon said Thursday.

Denorfia ran at about 40 percent Thursday and has been making progress.

"There's no sense in rushing anything," Maddon said. "When you're talking about [hamstring injuries], and guys try to push 'hammies' too quickly, then you end up with a longer healing process."

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Daniel Murphy
Mets' Murphy runs for first time since sustaining hamstring injury
Daniel Murphy, 2B, NYM
3:57 PM
News: Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy ran for the first time Thursday since suffering a right hamstring pull a week ago, per ESPN. Manager Terry Collins said Murphy ran without apparent discomfort.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson has expressed optimism about Murphy being ready in time for Opening Day. However, Collins said it's "too early" to tell.

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Jon Lester
Cubs' Lester says he has a 'normal day' during minor-league outing
Jon Lester, SP, CHC
3:49 PM
News: Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester threw 54 pitches in a minor-league game Thursday, per MLB.com. Lester gave up one hit and one walk, while striking out three of the 12 batters he faced.

“What I was really watching was him and watching his face and he never seemed like anything bothered him, so I know his arm feels great and that’s all I was worried about,” manager Joe Maddon said. “He felt good and his energy was good (Thursday). … He threw some nice fastballs, nice cutters, yeah, yeah, yeah, but I thought he looked comfortable and that’s the most important thing.”

Thursday was the first time Lester pitched in a game since being scratched last week due to a tired arm. Lester is scheduled to make one more start before the season opener (April 5) against the Cardinals. He is scheduled to throw 75-80 pitches in a minor-league start next week.

“Today was good, today was a normal day,” Lester said. “[I’ll] come back tomorrow and go about work again.”

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Vic Black
Mets RP Vic Black could be ready in time for Opening Day
Vic Black, RP, NYM
3:08 PM
News: Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen said reliever Vic Black is "right on the cusp" of being ready for Opening Day, per NJ.com. Black has been sidelined since mid-March with a shoulder injury.
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Jayson Werth
Nationals OF Jayson Werth not ready to hit in spring game
Jayson Werth, RF, WAS
2:39 PM
News: Nationals manager Matt Williams said Thursday outfielder Jayson Werth is still not ready to hit in a game, per MASNsports.com. He continues to feel soreness in his right shoulder when swinging.

“He’s still working through the swinging part of it,” Williams said, per NatsInsider.com. “But he’s playing defense, jumping from field to field to run bases and do the things he needs to do. So when he is ready to hit, then he’s ready to play. He’s not quite there yet, though.”

Werth has remained optimistic about being ready by Opening Day. Although, Williams isn't as sure.

“I still won’t (rule it out),” Williams said. “You do run out of time, though. There’s a question, sure. The fact he hasn’t had regular at-bats in spring training games makes me question that. But we’ll see.”

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Bryce Harper
Nationals OF Bryce Harper sidelined Thursday due to illness
Bryce Harper, LF, WAS
2:35 PM
News: Nationals manager Matt Williams said outfielder Bryce Harper was held out of Thursday's spring lineup against the Mets due to a stomach illness. Harper is batting .231 (6 for 26) with one double, one home run, three RBI, five runs, seven strikeouts and 10 walks in 12 spring games.

“He was really feeling bad yesterday, and then today he’s still not feeling well,” Williams said, per NatsInsider.com. “He came in, did a little bit of light swinging in the cage, and he’s still not feeling good. So we sent him home again (Thursday). I think he’ll be OK to go (Friday). But we wanted to get him out of here and not get anybody else sick at this point.”

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Tim Federowicz
Padres catcher Tim Federowicz moved to 60-day DL
Tim Federowicz, C, SD
2:21 PM
News: The Padres announced Thursday catcher Tim Federowicz was placed on the 60-day disabled list. Federowicz is slated to miss 3-6 months after undergoing knee surgery in mid-March.
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