Marco Gonzales
Cardinals' Marco Gonzales: Intense bullpen session Thursday
Marco Gonzales, SP, STL
8:25 PM
News: Gonzales threw an intense 30-pitch bullpen session Thursday, the latest step in his comeback from April 2016 Tommy John surgery, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

The 2013 first-round pick threw all fastballs in the session, splitting his workload over two 15-minute rounds. His velocity represented an increase from that of his previous session, and Gonzales will take things up another notch his next time out after a couple of days of rest. The 25-year-old southpaw owns a career 4-2 record, 4.82 ERA and 1.61 WHIP over 37.1 major league frames and is aiming for a May return to the mound.

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Ryan Garton
Rays' Ryan Garton: Sits with illness
Ryan Garton, RP, TB
5:50 PM
News: Garton will not pitch in the Rays' first spring training game Friday due to illness, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

He should be good to go in a couple days. Garton posted a 4.35 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP over 37 games in his rookie season and is expected to take over a middle-reliever role to begin 2017.

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Lance Lynn
Cardinals' Lance Lynn: Will start Monday split squad game
Lance Lynn, SP, STL
4:55 PM
News: Lynn (elbow), making his return after missing all of 2016 due to Tommy John surgery, will start Monday's split squad game against the Nationals,Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

Lynn will make his long-awaited return to the mound after missing all of last season. The 29-year-old right-hander is looking to earn a spot in the starting rotation and build on his streak of four straight double-digit victory seasons, with Monday's outing serving as his first chance to start building his case,

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Mason Melotakis
Twins' Mason Melotakis: Improved, but not yet throwing
Mason Melotakis, RP, MIN
3:55 PM
News: Melotakis (oblique) has shown improvement, but is not yet throwing, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

The 25-year-old was held out of pitching activities this week, a trend which could continue in the coming days. Melotakis is competing for a spot in the Twins' bullpen after registering a 2.97 ERA and a 42:12 K:BB ratio last season with Double-A Chattanooga.

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Jairo Diaz
Rockies' Jairo Diaz: Throws first live bullpen session
Jairo Diaz, RP, COL
3:35 PM
News: Diaz (elbow) threw a bullpen session Friday, his first since undergoing Tommy John surgery this offseason, Nick Groke of The Denver Post reports.

Diaz progressed steadily through rehab this winter, and bullpen coach Darren Holmes noted the young reliever "looks healthy." The 25-year-old started strong in the Rockies' bullpen last year, posting a 2.37 ERA over 21 games before being sidelined with an elbow injury. Diaz is on pace for a return closer to May, but this is a positive step on the road back.

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Bronson Arroyo
Reds' Bronson Arroyo: Misses workout with flu
Bronson Arroyo, SP, CIN
3:05 PM
News: Arroyo missed Friday's workout due to flu-like symptoms, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Arroyo, who also turned 40 on Friday, is competing for a spot in the Cincinnati rotation after signing a minor league contract this offseason. The veteran right-hander played eight seasons with the Reds from 2006 to 2013, but missed the entirety of last season with a shoulder injury. Expect him back on the mound soon.

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Josh Donaldson
Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson: Takes part in baseball activities
Josh Donaldson, 3B, TOR
2:50 PM
News: Donaldson (calf) played catch and took batting practice in a cage Friday, John Lott of The Athletic reports.

Donaldson reportedly still has a hitch in his gait, but says he "feels good." The three-time All-Star has been steadily progressing since straining his calf while running the bases last week. Expect him to return to game action in early-to-mid March, barring any unforeseen setbacks.

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Logan Ondrusek
Orioles' Logan Ondrusek: Could be back in action soon
Logan Ondrusek, RP, BAL
1:20 PM
News: Ondrusek (ankle) is improving and could return to a mound soon, according to Orioles manager Buck Showalter, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

He was dealing with ankle soreness and swelling earlier this week, but the right-hander may be fine to resume baseball activities in the coming days as organizational relief depth.

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Trayce Thompson
Dodgers' Trayce Thompson: On schedule in recovery but will go slowly
Trayce Thompson, CF, LAD
1:10 PM
News: Thompson (back) is "on track" in his recovery, according to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, though he will participate in simulated games before he returns for spring training matchups, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.

A pair of back fractures cut short his promising 2016, in which despite a .225 average, he hit 13 home runs with five stolen bases in only 236 at-bats. Thompson, who turns 26 in March, will have to compete with a big crowd for outfield at-bats, but any opportunity would make him a mixed league fantasy pickup, and NL-only players can stash him ahead of time hoping for an avenue for work with the Dodgers or someone else.

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Michael Brantley
Indians' Michael Brantley: Taking BP indoors
Michael Brantley, LF, CLE
12:10 PM
News: Brantley (shoulder) is taking normal batting practice pitching at an indoor cage Friday after previously being restricted to a soft-toss program, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

The outfielder's timetable remains up in the air, and a need to rehab into the season looks highly possible. Still, the fact he's taking cuts off live pitches offers a step in the right direction. In the waning rounds of a mixed fantasy draft, owners still can take a logical chance on at least a partial season from the 2014 AL MVP candidate.

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