Jayson Werth
Nationals' Jayson Werth pleads guilty, sentenced to 5 days in jail
Jayson Werth, RF, WAS
News: Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth will serve five days in jail after pleading guilty to reckless driving, reports The Washington Post.

Werth was pulled over in July by Virginia State Police after driving 105 mph in a 55 mph zone and Werth did not necessarily disagree with the assessment.

"It's possible I exceeded 90 miles per hour," Werth said in court.

Werth was initially convicted of reckless driving Dec. 5, but appealed the verdict. He was originally sentenced to 10 days in jail, but it was reduced to five after Werth's guilty plea.

The prosecutor said Werth will turn himself in Friday and begin serving his sentence, according to NBC4's Northern Virginia Bureau. 


Marco Scutaro
Giants release Marco Scutaro
Marco Scutaro, 2B, SF
News: The Giants have released second baseman Marco Scutaro, according to MLB.com.

Scutaro was designated for assignment by the club Jan. 21. Scutaro underwent back surgery in December, and was expected to miss 4-6 months due to the surgery. The 39-year-old was limited to five games last season due to back issues. He hit .297/.357/.369 over 488 at-bats back in 2013.


Troy Tulowitzki
Rockies' Bridich: 'Highly unlikely' Tulo, CarGo traded before opener
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL
News: Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich told FOX Sports on Tuesday that it is "highly, highly unlikely" shortstop Troy Tulowitzki or outfielder Carlos Gonzalez will be traded before opening day.

Tulowitzki, who has been linked to trade rumors involving the Mets this offseason, is under contract through 2020 on a six-year, $118 million deal. He is also recovering from August hip surgery.

Gonzalez is under contract through the 2017 season on a seven-year, $80 million contract. He is also recovering from surgery in August to repair the patellar tendon in his left knee.


Jim Henderson
Brewers reliever Jim Henderson throwing again
Jim Henderson, RP, MIL
News: Brewers reliever Jim Henderson, who had shoulder surgery last August, began throwing off a mound last week and will toss bullpen sessions this week, reports MLB.com. Henderson hopes to be 100 percent by Opening Day, the report added.

Henderson was limited to 14 appearances last season. He went 2-1 with a 7.15 ERA.


Carlos Gonzalez
Rockies' Bridich: CarGo 'on schedule' in recovery from knee surgery
Carlos Gonzalez, LF, COL
News: Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich said outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, who had surgery to repair the patellar tendon in his left knee in August, is "on schedule" in his recovery, per MLB.com. 

"CarGo is in town right now," said Bridich, who added that Gonzalez's left index finger, where a benign tumor was removed last year, also has healed and the outfielder is throwing. "He's going through the routine check-ins, and he's exactly on schedule. We're hopeful to get him on the field sometime soon. Obviously, it's winter here, so it's tough."


David Wright
Mets' Cuddyer on Wright: 'I see that spark in him again this offseason'
David Wright, 3B, NYM
News: New Mets outfielder Michael Cuddyer has spent some time this offseason working out with third baseman David Wright. Cuddyer said he has seen a much improved Wright from the last time he saw him during a series against the Rockies in September, when Wright was plagued by a shoulder injury.

"I see that spark in him again this offseason," Cuddyer said, per NJ.com. "I see that enthusiasm, that excitement and the strength. He looks strong right now, which is good to see."

Wright, whose injury was diagnosed as a rotator cuff contusion, failed to make the All-Star team last season for just the second time since 2006. He hit .269 with a career-low eight home runs in 134 games. Wright even had 14 home runs in 69 games as a rookie in 2004.


Jose Fernandez
Marlins not expecting Jose Fernandez back until after June 1
Jose Fernandez, SP, MIA
News: Marlins owner Jeffery Loria said he expects starting pitcher Jose Fernandez, who is coming off Tommy John surgery, to return sometime after June 1, according to The Miami Herald

Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill agreed and said Monday about Fernandez's return, "We’re still thinking June, July area."

“Once we get him on the mound, we’ll get a little more clarity," Hill said. "When you’re dealing with those injuries, you’re always cautiously optimistic.

“He’s worked extremely hard. He’s done a tremendous job doing everything he needs to do to get himself back. We won’t put a timetable on it. We don’t want him to feel any pressure.”

The 22-year-old Fernandez was a breakout star in 2013. He not only made the All-Star team, but he won the NL Rookie of the Year and finished third in the NL Cy Young race. Fernandez made eight starts in 2014 before having Tommy John surgery.


Ben Revere
Phillies' Ben Revere out to overcome pain-filled 2014 season
Ben Revere, CF, PHI
News: Phillies centerfielder Ben Revere revealed Tuesday he dealt with a lot of pain in his right ankle for much of the 2014 season. In 2013, Revere's season was cut short after he fractured his ankle, which required surgical screws to be placed in it. The screws stayed in his ankle during the 2014 season.

"The more the season went on it just got worse and worse and worse," Revere said. 

He also received much scarier news from doctors after the season was over.

"The doctors told me after the surgery that the screws were going into my nerves and that is what was causing all the pain," Revere said. "They told me I was lucky I didn't get any nerve damage or anything. It's fully healed now. I can do everything. I can do power lifting. I couldn't even squat last year. I'm squatting 400 pounds now. Last year, my hamstring [shut] down, my quads were weak. Now, I'm getting all my strength back."

New Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said he thinks Revere needs to work on his extra-base hitting heading into the 2015 season.

"He hasn't found his full stride on what he can do on a baseball field," Sandberg said. "He's a strong kid, but he hits all singles. For me, that doesn't add up. I see him as a potential 30 to 40 doubles type of a hitter mainly because he makes so much contact and he is strong. He has the ability to pop the ball to the gaps and down the lines. He does use the whole field when he hits and he's a base stealer, so for me that shows the potential to translate into a doubles hitter."

Revere hit .306 in 2014 with 28 RBI and 71 runs scored in 601 at-bats.


Angel Pagan
Giants' Angel Pagan to open spring training as leadoff hitter
Angel Pagan, CF, SF
News: Giants centerfielder Angel Pagan will open spring training as the the leadoff hitter, but it is subject to change, according to San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy.

He also mentioned the lineup could change if the club determines the lineup is better with newly acquired Norichika Aoki as the leadoff hitter in the lineup.

Hitting as the leadoff man for most of the 2014 season, Pagan hit .300 with a .389 slugging percentage and 21 doubles.


Peter Bourjos
Cardinals OF Peter Bourjos (hip) cleared to start swinging
Peter Bourjos, CF, STL
News: Cardinals outfielder Peter Bourjos has been cleared to start swinging a bat, reports MLB.com. Bourjos underwent hip surgery to repair an impingement in November.

The 27-year-old hit .231/.294/.348 over 264 at-bats last season, and avoided arbitration with a $1.65 million contract for next season. He is expected to be "full go" come spring training.  


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