Brady Feigl
Rangers' Brady Feigl: Traded to Rangers
Brady Feigl, RP, ATL
12/8/2016
News: Feigl was traded to the Rangers on Thursday along with Tyrell Jenkins in exchange for Luke Jackson, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Feigl has made just one appearance with a full-season affiliate over the past two seasons -- he worked exclusively with rookie-level clubs in 2016 while continuing his rehab from Tommy John surgery. A 6-foot-4 lefty, Feigl is still just 25 and flashed an ability to hit his spots and miss bats before going down with the elbow injury.

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Tyrell Jenkins
Rangers' Tyrell Jenkins: Traded to Rangers
Tyrell Jenkins, SP, TEX
12/8/2016
News: The Braves traded Jenkins (elbow) and Brady Feigl to the Rangers on Thursday in exchange for Luke Jackson, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Jenkins finished with seven more walks than strikeouts (26:33 K:BB) in 52 innings with the Braves in 2016, and was hit hard when he did put the ball in the strike zone (11 homers). His 5.88 ERA looks bad enough, but his FIP was almost a full run higher at 6.86. The right-hander also battled some ulnar nerve inflammation late in the year, which caused some numbness in his fingers. It's uncertain how he'll be deployed to begin 2017, but Jenkins seems destined to end up in the bullpen full time.

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Kirk Nieuwenhuis
Brewers' Kirk Nieuwenhuis: Undergoes nerve release surgery
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, CF, MIL
12/8/2016
News: Nieuwenhuis underwent nerve release surgery following the 2016 season, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Nerve release surgery is an alternative to sports hernia surgery with a faster recovery time. The 29-year-old amassed 392 plate appearances across 125 games last season, though he batted just .209. His solid defense and veteran presence were enough to convince the Brewers to tender him a contract for 2017, however. He appears to be on track for the start of spring training, though the team has not officially provided a timetable for his return.

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Ty Hensley
Rays' Ty Hensley: Heads to Rays in Triple-A Rule 5 draft
Ty Hensley, RP, NYY
12/8/2016
News: Hensley (elbow) was selected by the Rays in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 draft Thursday.

The former first round pick has missed the last two seasons due to two Tommy John surgeries and has pitched just 42.2 minor league innings since being drafted in 2012. The Rays are betting on some of that potential he displayed prior to being drafted, but the 23-year-old has a lot of lost time to make up for. The first step is to regain full strength and get some work in within the lower levels of the minor leagues.

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Dylan Covey
White Sox's Dylan Covey: Selected by White Sox in Rule 5 draft
Dylan Covey, SP, CHW
12/8/2016
News: Covey (oblique) was selected by the White Sox with the ninth pick in the Rule 5 draft Thursday.

Covey has back-of-the-rotation upside, but he is not ready to turn over a big league lineup. The 25-year-old righty has just 29.1 innings of experience above High-A, and while his 1.84 ERA looks nice, he posted an ugly 26:17 K:BB in that span. The White Sox will need to keep him on the active roster all season, otherwise he will be exposed to waivers and offered back to the A's. An oblique injury ended his 2016 season in May, but he should be ready for the start of spring training. Look for Covey to be used occasionally as a mop-up man in 2017.

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Glen Perkins
Twins' Glen Perkins: Making 'solid progress' in return from surgery
Glen Perkins, RP, MIN
12/8/2016
News: Perkins (shoulder) is making "solid progress" in his return from shoulder surgery and it's not unreasonable to think that he may be ready to pitch in spring training games, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

As a reliever, Perkins will not need a heavy volume of innings during Grapefruit League play to be ready for Opening Day. However, he's returning from a major injury, and the timetable for his return could be shifted back as needed if he experiences any setbacks in the coming months. Perkins is returning from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his pitching shoulder, and as a result, he should be considered a long shot to return to his pre-2016 form -- at least initially -- upon returning.

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Chris Bassitt
Athletics' Chris Bassitt: On track with Tommy John recovery
Chris Bassitt, SP, OAK
12/8/2016
News: Bassitt (elbow) is on track in his rehab work following Tommy John surgery, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

The right-hander had the procedure in early May, which may keep him out of the mix for a rotation spot in Oakland until the second half of 2017. Bassitt had some success in 2015 with the A's when he piled up 86 innings over 18 appearances (13 starts) and pitched to a 3.56 ERA, and the organizational need for arms capable of starting should keep the door open for him to remain a starter once he's healthy enough to get back on the mound.

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Garrett Richards
Angels' Garrett Richards: Workload will be 'monitored carefully'
Garrett Richards, SP, LAA
12/8/2016
News: Richards (elbow) will have his pitch counts and innings workload monitored carefully in 2017, the Orange County Register reports. "You're not going to see Garrett throwing 220 innings next year," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "I hate to put a floor on (the innings) and hate to get into a range right now, but I can tell you that we are going to be very, very careful with where Garrett is and make sure that he rebounds and maintains his stuff."

To date, everything seems to be going as planned for Richards' recovery from a torn UCL, as he opted for stem-cell therapy instead of Tommy John surgery. Richards was one of several Angels pitchers to succumb to an arm injury in 2016, but Scioscia indicated that there won't be any revisions to the team's program during spring training.

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Chris Heston
Mariners' Chris Heston: Traded to Mariners
Chris Heston, SP, SEA
12/7/2016
News: Heston (oblique) was traded to the Mariners on Wednesday for a player to be named later, FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports.

Considering the Giants may have left Heston off the 40-man roster to accommodate Mark Melancon, it is not surprising that it only required a PTBNL for the Mariners to net the 28-year-old righty. Heston may be behind Nate Karns and Ariel Miranda in the pecking order for the fourth and fifth starter spots in Seattle, but he has a better chance of eventually joining that rotation than if he had remained in the Giants' system. He has a career 4.04 FIP, 1.37 WHIP and 148 strikeouts in 188 big league innings, mostly working as a starter. An oblique injury ended his 2016 season, but he should be recovered by the time spring training rolls around.

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Cam Bedrosian
Angels' Cam Bedrosian: Will compete for closer role
Cam Bedrosian, RP, LAA
12/7/2016
News: Bedrosian (arm) is expected to compete with Huston Street and Andrew Bailey for the closer job in spring training, ESPN.com reports.

Bedrosian underwent season-ending surgery in early September to address a blood clot in his throwing arm but should be a full go for the start of camp. Street has the experience and a $9 million contract for 2017, but Bedrosian has dominant stuff, as evidenced by his 1.12 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 51:14 K:BB in 40.1 innings last season. He figures to be a popular speculative target in early drafts and auctions.

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