Josh Hamilton
Report: MLB split on whether Josh Hamilton should go to rehab
Josh Hamilton, LF, LAA
3/4/2015
News: Major League Baseball is split over whether Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton should go to rehab, according to the Los Angeles Times

The four person panel assigned to Hamilton's case are deadlocked, and the group will have to bring in an arbitrator in order to break the tie. The panel first must decide whether Hamilton violated any rules, and then must agree on a course of treatment. The panel has not been able to agree on the latter of those conditions, which is why an arbitrator is necessary. 

If Hamilton is sent to rehab, he would receive his full salary for 30 days, and then half his salary over the next 30 days. If he's suspended, but does not have to attend rehab, Hamilton would not be paid during the suspension. 

MLB is also trying to determine whether Hamilton should be charged as a fourth-time offender of the drug policy. If that's the case, Hamilton could be suspended for the entire season.

Hamilton, 33, admitted to MLB that he experienced a relapse a few months ago, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Hamilton has dealt with drug and alcohol issues throughout his career, and was suspended for three seasons after failing drug tests as a minor-leaguer. He met with officials in New York in February regarding the incident. 

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Jim Henderson
Brewers' Jim Henderson returns to action with strong game
Jim Henderson, RP, MIL
3/4/2015
News: Brewers reliever Jim Henderson turned in a strong inning of work on Wednesday.

Henderson, who missed the second half of last season due to shoulder surgery, got in his first game action in months. He pitched a scoreless inning, striking out two during the appearance. Henderson did allow one walk.

Following the game, Henderson said he was glad to be back out there. "It felt great to have that umpire back there and a hitter in there," Henderson said. "I think I threw two balls in a row and had to remind myself, 'Just treat it like a live BP type of thing and just focus on the glove.' That's was all I was concerned about."

The 32-year-old Henderson posted a 7.15 ERA over 11 1/3 innings before being shut down last year. He's expected to open the season in Milwaukee's bullpen.

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Jayson Werth
Nationals' Jayson Werth swings bat for first time since surgery
Jayson Werth, RF, WAS
3/4/2015
News: Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth, who has been doing conditioning drills and running, swung a bat on Wednesday for the first time since Jan. 9 shoulder surgery, reports the Washington Post.

Werth took about 20 light swings, mostly dry with roughly five of them coming off a tee. He admitted he's pushing his recovery to be ready in time for opening day.

"We'll see how I react to it," Werth said. "I've been doing a lot. You push it as far as you can without setting yourself really setting yourself back. It's just a tedious process but stuff we got to go through. … It's a start."

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Ji-Man Choi
Mariners' Ji-Man Choi carted off on Wednesday
Ji-Man Choi, 1B, SEA
3/4/2015
News: Mariners first baseman Ji-Man Choi had to be carted off the field on Wednesday, according to MLB.com.

Choi injured his leg or ankle while leaping for an errant throw in the ninth inning. After the game, it was detemined he fractured his right fibula. It's unclear how much time Choi will miss due to the injury. 

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Zack Greinke
Dodgers' Greinke, Ryu could face hitters soon
Zack Greinke, SP, LAD
3/4/2015
News: Dodgers pitchers Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu could face hitters on Friday or Saturday, according to MLB.com.

Both players are dealing with injuries, and remain one start behind the other pitchers on the roster. Greinke has an elbow issue. Ryu is dealing with back stiffness. If they are able to face pitchers this weekend, both players could appear in games as early as Wednesday or Thursday. 

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Brandon Cumpton
Pirates' Cumpton (elbow) not sure when he'll visit Dr. James Andrews
Brandon Cumpton, SP, PIT
3/4/2015
News: Pirates pitcher Brandon Cumpton told reporters he's not sure when he'll visit Dr. James Andrews to get his elbow checked out, but will likely come at some point next week, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Cumpton experienced discomfort in his elbow when he was throwing live batting practice at the start of camp.
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Vincent Velasquez
Astros' Vincent Velasquez still unable to throw off mound
Vincent Velasquez, RP, HOU
3/4/2015
News: Astros pitcher Vincent Velasquez has yet to throw off a mound, according to MLB.com.

Velasquez is dealing with a lat injury, and was expected to miss 2-3 weeks. He has not thrown off a mound yet, and could require more time before he's ready to return to action. Velasquez is fighting for a roster spot this spring. 

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Brad Peacock
Astros' Brad Peacock able to throw bullpen session on Wednesday
Brad Peacock, SP, HOU
3/4/2015
News: Astros pitcher Brad Peacock was able to get through a bullpen session on Wednesday, according to MLB.com.

Peacock is recovering from offseason hip surgery. He's working his way toward live batting practice, but is not expected to throw BP for a few more days. Peacock posted a 4.72 ERA over 131 2/3 innings last season. 

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Mike Minor
Braves' Minor scratched from start with tightness in left shoulder
Mike Minor, SP, ATL
3/4/2015
News: The Braves announced Wednesday starting pitcher Mike Minor was scratched from his spring debut Sunday against the Astros due to tightness in his left shoulder. The Braves said Minor had been fine until feeling tightness Tuesday, which forced them to scratch him from Sunday's start for precautionary reasons.

Shoulder injuries are nothing new for Minor, who missed the first month of the 2014 season due to shoulder soreness.

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Carlos Beltran
Yankees OF Carlos Beltran (elbow) to make spring debut Friday
Carlos Beltran, DH, NYY
3/4/2015
News: Yankees manager Joe Girardi said outfielder Carlos Beltran will make his spring debut Friday, according to The Wall Street Journal. Beltran is coming off surgery in October to remove a bone spur from his elbow.
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