Indians' Shawn Morimando: Throws two innings in spring debut
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(2:30 pm ET) Morimando allowed a run on three hits and one walk while striking out two Cubs in Sunday's exhibition matchup.

Even though he allowed a run, Morimando looked solid in his first appearance of the spring. The righty has been a starter throughout his professional career, but will need to adjust his mindset in order to make the Tribe's Opening Day roster. Morimando is a realistic bullpen option that can serve in a long-relief role and possibly make a spot start when needed.

Indians' Nick Goody: Tosses scoreless inning
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(2:20 pm ET) Goody allowed a hit and struck out one in his first inning of spring work Sunday against the Cubs.

The 25-year-old appeared in 27 games for the Yankees last season (29 innings). He began the 2016 campaign well, but after an awful nine-game stretch in June (7.88 ERA, 1.75 WHIP and .371 BAA), Goody spent most of the second half in triple-A. The Indians' acquired him in late-December and he'll spend the spring competing for a middle-relief spot.

Tigers' Chad Bell: Impresses in Tigers debut
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(1:00 pm ET) Bell retired three batters on five pitches in an inning of work in Sunday's spring training loss to the Mets. He struck out one.

Bell was traded to the Tigers in May and he spent the rest of the season with Triple-A Toledo. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has said he's intrigued by the lefty, who can hit 93-94 mph on the gun. Bell will likely start the year at Toledo again, but he could work his way into the mix at the MLB level.

Athletics' Santiago Casilla: Still not in camp
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(11:45 am ET) Casilla has still not reported to camp due to visa issues, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

This is starting to become a mild concern for both parties, since Casilla is planning on participating in the World Baseball Classic with his hometown Dominican Republic. Although Casilla isn't at fault, the longer it takes him to report to camp, the less confident the A's will feel with him participating in the WBC.

Blue Jays' Dominic Leone: Strikes out side in first spring appearance
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(8:30 am ET) Leon allowed one hit, one run and walked one over one inning in his spring debut Sunday against the Phillies. The righty also managed to record all three of his outs via strikeout.

Leon joined the Jays during the offseason, marking the 25-year-old's third change of uniform through his first four years in the league. The righty was impressive his rookie season in Seattle, achieving a 2.17 ERA with 70 strikeouts over 57 appearances (66.1 innings). Since then, Leon's struggled -- to say the least -- and has only tallied 44 MLB innings while seeing his career-ERA balloon to 4.07. Leon is still young and the Jays' are hopeful he'll develop into a strong middle-relief option in the years ahead.

White Sox's Zach Putnam: Back on the mound
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(8:20 am ET) Putnam (elbow) has thrown off a mound several times over the past month and faced live hitters last week for the first time since last June, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Putnam was a key bullpen piece last season, posting a 2.30 ERA in 25 appearances before his barking elbow was no longer manageable. He underwent surgery to remove bone fragments from his arm and admits to feeling "a little bit of residual soreness," but chalks that up to not having pitched in a while.

White Sox's David Robertson: Pitches scoreless inning Sunday
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(8:10 am ET) Robertson (knee) threw a scoreless inning during Sunday's game against the Rockies.

Robertson surrendered a hit and struck out one during his one-inning stint Sunday. The knee appears to be sound as he readies himself for participation in the WBC.

Astros' Brady Rodgers: Mixed results in Sunday's start
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(8:00 am ET) Rodgers allowed one run on two hits and struck out a batter in two innings against the Braves on Sunday. He allowed a first-inning run before settling into a 1-2-3 second inning.

The 26-year-old right-hander will need a rash of injuries to hit Houston's projected starters to make the team out of camp. However, a strong spring will put Rodgers atop the rotation at Triple-A Fresno and as potentially the first starter called up should the need arise. With 247.2 innings already amassed at the Triple-A level over the past two seasons, including being named the Pacific Coast League's Pitcher of the Year in 2016, Rodgers has nothing left to prove in the minors, but his brief stint with Houston last September indicated he's not yet ready to help a team that should be a playoff contender.

Twins' Trevor May: Healthy in first spring outing
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(12:55 am ET) May threw 1.2 scoreless innings allowing one hit with two walks and one strikeout in his spring debut in Sunday's win over Washington.

May is competing for the fifth starter job after working out of the bullpen last season. May looked set to become a key factor in Minnesota's bullpen last season, but his year was sidetracked with a stress fracture in his back that helped result in a a 5.27 ERA and 1.5 HR/9. With a 12.66 K/9 and a 93.9 mph average fastball last season, he'll be an intriguing option if he's able to win a spot in the rotation.

Angels' Kirby Yates: Makes spring debut, will compete for bullpen spot
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(2/26/2017) Yates threw a clean inning in his Cactus League debut Saturday. He will compete for a bullpen job this spring.

Yates had terrible numbers as a Yankee last season (5.23 ERA and 1.45 WHIP), but he does posses big strikeout potential (10.9 K/9) and there is opportunity available in the back end of the Angels' bullpen. Saturday's clean inning was a good start, but he will have to prove himself to earn a spot on the 25-man roster come April.

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