Marco Scutaro
Sabean: Giants 2B Scutaro undergoes back surgery
Marco Scutaro, 2B, SF
4:28 PM
News: Giants general manager Brian Sabean has announced that second baseman Marco Scutaro, who lost almost all of last season to back issues, had fusion surgery Sunday that won't reveal if he can return to action for at least 4-6 months.

Scutaro came back in mid-July, but was sidelined again after just 11 at-bats and done for the year.

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Troy Tulowitzki
Yankees have inquired about Rockies SS Tulowitzki
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, COL
10:20 AM
News: The Yankees have thrown their hat in the ring in the pursuit of Rockies star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman has reported.

Tulowitzki is open to a trade to a contender and the Yankees have a significant need at shortstop. But it remains to be seen how committed Colorado is to dealing him.

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Matt Wieters
Scott Boras: Matt Wieters will be ready by opening day
Matt Wieters, C, BAL
12/21/2014
News: Orioles catcher Matt Wieters will be ready by opening day, according to his agent, Scott Boras. 

Wieters underwent Tommy John surgery is June, and is working his way back from the injury. It's unclear if Wieters will be able to catch full-time at the beginning of the year, or if he'll have to be worked in slowly. Manager Buck Showalter recently told reporters he wasn't sure Wieters would be ready by opening day, but he expected him to good shortly after. Wieters hit .308/.339/.500 over 104 at-bats before having surgery. 

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Stephen Vogt
A's C Stephen Vogt expects to be ready for opening day
Stephen Vogt, 1B, OAK
12/18/2014
News: Athletics catcher Stephen Vogt believes he'll be ready for opening day, according to MLB.com.

Vogt had foot surgery in October, but had his walking boot removed Thursday. Vogt admitted that he may not be 100 percent by spring training, but said he expects to be ready for opening day. After playing multiple positions due to the injury last season, Vogt said he's eager to get behind the plate again. 

The 30-year-old Vogt hit .279/.321/.431 over 269 at-bats last year. 

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Nick Markakis
Hart: Braves expecting Markakis to be 'full go' in spring training
Nick Markakis, RF, ATL
12/18/2014
News: Braves outfielder Nick Markakis underwent fusion surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck Wednesday, per MLB.com. The team expects Markakis to resume baseball activities before the start of spring training. 

"We talked to (Dr.) Steve Wray after the surgery and he said it really went well," Braves president of baseball operations John Hart said. "He said [the procedure] really went well, and he thinks that this guy will be ready to go full go in spring training. The only thing is that there will be a little bit of a disruption for his normal routine getting ready for spring training."

Markakis is expected to be cleared for physical activities within the next month, and the hope is he will be fully cleared within six weeks. Markakis agreed to a four-year, $44 million deal with the Braves in early December.

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Derek Dietrich
Marlins' Derek Dietrich to miss rest of winter ball with ankle injury
Derek Dietrich, 2B, MIA
12/17/2014
News: Marlins infielder Derek Dietrich is going to miss the rest of the winter ball season after suffering an ankle injury that required him to be carried off the field Tuesday, according to the Sun Sentinel.

Dietrich was hurt while playing in the Dominican league when covering second base and a runner collided with him trying to grab the ball. 

Dietrich played in 20 games for Miami in 2014, hitting .290 with two triples and 11 RBI. It is unknown if this injury will keep Dietrich out into spring training and the beginning of the regular season. 

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Jason Kipnis
Indians' Jason Kipnis undergoes surgery on damaged finger tendon
Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE
12/17/2014
News: Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis underwent surgery for a damaged tendon in his finger Tuesday, but is expected to be ready for the beginning of the upcoming season, the team announced Wednesday.

Kipnis, who was in and out of the lineup for Cleveland in 2014 with a hamstring injury, hit .240 last year with six home runs and 41 RBI. He has spent his four-year career in Cleveland, managing a .262 career average.

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Justin Ruggiano
Cubs, Mariners agree on deal for OF Justin Ruggiano
Justin Ruggiano, RF, SEA
12/17/2014
News: Cubs outfielder Justin Ruggiano has been sent to the Mariners in a deal that will send minor league pitcher Matt Brazis to Chicago, the team announced Wednesday. 

Ruggiano, who played in 81 games in 2014, hit .281 with six home runs and 28 RBI for the Cubs. He spent the previous two seasons with the Marlins, where in 2012, he hit a career high .313 with 23 doubles and 36 RBI.

Brazis went 8-6 with 14 saves and 2.89 ERA in three years with four teams in the Mariners minor league organization. 

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Matt Harrison
Rangers' Matt Harrison could return to throwing in January
Matt Harrison, SP, TEX
12/16/2014
News: Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison's back came back as clean after an X-ray was performed Monday. Harrison, who displaced a vertebra in his back in May, has a CT scan scheduled for Wednesday, which he hopes will allow him to start throwing in January. 

Harrison only made four appearances in 2014, throwing 17.1 innings with 4.15 ERA. 

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Jake McGee
Rays' Jake McGee will open year on DL following elbow surgery
Jake McGee, RP, TB
12/16/2014
News: The Rays announced reliever Jake McGee underwent arthroscopic elbow surgery Friday to remove "a loose body," according to the Tampa Bay Times.

While the Rays said McGee is doing well following the surgery, he will start the season on the disabled list and the team won't have a timetable for his return until spring training.

McGee, who said he had been pitching with a loose body in his elbow for at least a year, added he expects to be back in late April or early May.

McGee went 5-2 with a 1.89 ERA and 0.90 WHIP in 73 games in 2014. He also had a career-high 19 saves last season.

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