Francisco Cervelli
Pirates' Francisco Cervelli: Injury update delayed for several days
Francisco Cervelli, C, PIT
2:40 PM
News: The Pirates won't update the prognosis of Cervelli (foot) until Wednesday, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

He missed several games in 2016 with a sore right foot. At the very least, it's curious that manager Clint Hurdle said the team wouldn't release Cervelli's status until the middle of next week. Pittsburgh's backstop backups include Elias Diaz and Chris Stewart, with Diaz likely getting the nod if Cervelli is forced to miss an extended period of time.

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Hunter Pence
Giants' Hunter Pence: Takes 25 swings Sunday
Hunter Pence, RF, SF
2:40 PM
News: Pence (side) took 25 swings of live batting practice today and said he felt great after the session, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area reports.

Hitting was the last step of the rehab process left for Pence to complete, so this was a promising sign for his nearing return. His back injury was never considered serious, and the club was simply taking it extra precaution with their veteran outfielder after he was experiencing pain in his side. Assuming there are no setbacks, Pence should get into some spring games and be ready for Opening Day.

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Scott Kazmir
Dodgers' Scott Kazmir: Throws productive batting practice session
Scott Kazmir, SP, LAD
1:55 PM
News: Kazmir (ribs) threw a 25-pitch batting practice session on Sunday and showed no signs of injury, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

This is an encouraging report from Dodgers' camp, as Kazmir's 2016 season ended prematurely due to intercostal spasms. It sounds like he's progressed well since then. If healthy, the 33-year-old could occupy the team's No. 5 spot in the starting rotation to start the season.

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Zack Wheeler
Mets' Zack Wheeler: Successful bullpen session
Zack Wheeler, SP, NYM
12:50 PM
News: Wheeler threw a bullpen session off of the mound on Sunday and experienced no issues, Marc Carig of Newsday reports.

Wheeler experienced tenderness in his elbow after his last bullpen session last week, so the fact that he felt fine after today's session is a definite step in the right direction. His status for Opening Day is still very much in question, but it does appear that the young righty is making progress.

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Colin Rea
Padres' Colin Rea: Placed on 60-day DL
Colin Rea, SP, SD
12:35 PM
News: Rea was placed on the 60-day disabled list on Sunday.

Rea underwent Tommy John surgery in November and will miss the entirety of the 2017 season. His move to the 60-day DL opened a roster spot for recent signee Jered Weaver.

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Jason Stoffel
Pirates' Jason Stoffel: Bothered by shoulder discomfort
Jason Stoffel, RP, PIT
12:10 PM
News: Stoffel did not participate in Sunday's team workout due to right shoulder discomfort, Stephen Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Stoffel signed a minor league deal with the Pirates this offseason which included an invitation to spring training. He's being listed as day-to-day with his shoulder discomfort, so the injury does not appear to be overly serious.

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David Wright
Mets' David Wright: Begins throwing again
David Wright, 3B, NYM
10:30 AM
News: Wright (neck) participated in a throwing session on Sunday for the first time since his June neck surgery, Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reports.

The throwing session marks another significant milestone in Wright's recovery from his June 2016 neck surgery. The veteran third baseman began taking batting practice last week, as well. Though his rehab is progressing, his overall health entering the 2017 season still remains in question.

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Nick Travieso
Reds' Nick Travieso: Begins throwing program
Nick Travieso, RP, CIN
2/18/2017
News: Travieso (shoulder) began throwing earlier this week and was up to 75 feet Friday.

Travieso is behind other hurlers after undergoing an offseason procedure to repair an impingement caused by his scapula pushing against his right shoulder. The 23-year-old right-hander said he's been finding his arm slot and is expected to push out to 90 feet Sunday. Travieso, Cincinnati's 20th-ranked prospect according to RotoWire, had a 3.84 ERA in 117.1 innings over 23 starts at Double-A Pensacola last season while coping with a couple injuries. Moving up to Double-A, he found hitters more selective and his walk rate jumped. If Travieso doesn't start the season at Triple-A Louisville, he's expected to reach that level at some point in 2017.

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Mitch Harris
Cardinals' Mitch Harris: Officially added to spring training roster
Mitch Harris, RP, STL
2/18/2017
News: Harris (elbow) has been officially added to the spring training roster, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports.

Harris did not pitch last season after having the ligament in his right elbow repaired, although contrary to previous reports, he did not require a full reconstruction or Tommy John surgery. The 31-year-old finally made his major league debut in 2015, generating a 2-1 record, 3.67 ERA and 1.59 WHIP over 27 innings. He'd been rehabbing along the major-league pitchers for several weeks, and will now look to demonstrate his readiness for the coming season during spring training.

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Johnny Cueto
Giants' Johnny Cueto: Still in Dominican Republic
Johnny Cueto, SP, SF
2/18/2017
News: Cueto is still in the Dominican Republic taking care of his ailing father, Alex Pavlovic of CSN Bay Area Sports reports.

The absence has lasted longer than initially expected, but manager Bruce Bochy says Cueto is working out in a team facility there. It's nothing to be concerned with at this point and it seems reasonable that the Giants' ace will return as soon as possible.

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