Twins' Glen Perkins says he's 100 percent
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2015) Twins reliever Glen Perkins said he's 100 percent heading into the season, according to MLB.com.

Perkins missed the last two weeks of the regular season due to a forearm injury, but said that's no longer a problem. He took two weeks off once the season concluded, and went for a precautionary MRI just to make sure the injury wasn't serious. "I took two weeks off and started doing shoulder stuff as part of the rehab to strengthen it and everything went well," Perkins said. "I started throwing again in mid-December. The way I've been able to ramp up throwing, everything has been good."

The 31-year-old Perkins posted a 3.65 ERA over 61 2/3 innings last season.


Brewers have discussed Francisco Rodriguez
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2015) The Brewers have discussed reliever Francisco Rodriguez, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

The news shouldn't come as a major surprise. Rodriguez has been linked to the club since the team traded Yovani Gallardo, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Brewers owner Mark Attanasio basically confirmed the news, saying agent Scott Boras contacted the team following the Gallardo trade in order to try and convince them to sign some of his players. Attanasio didn't rule out the move, and said general manager Doug Melvin is considering everything. "Frankie [Rodriguez] had an 89 percent save percentage and the guy has never been on the disabled list," he said. "We know he likes Milwaukee."

Rodriguez posted a 3.04 ERA over 68 innings last year. 


Brewers' Tyler Thornburg thankful to avoid serious injury
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2015) Brewers pitcher Tyler Thornburg was lucky to avoid Tommy Joh surgery in 2014. After being place on the disabled list in June, Thornburg was diagnosed with a wrist flexor strain. However, after a few more starts, doctors determined Thornburg injured his UCL. Thankfully for Thornburg, rest and time off was enough to allow the injury to heal.

"I feel great," Thornburg said. "Honestly, the best thing ever was the timing of everything. Right now and I’m very optimistic and if it works out I definitely feel very blessed for not having to go the other route. We had time; that was the biggest thing. We gave it as much time as possible to heal.

"The way we have it scheduled now, I would be ahead of everyone, " he said. "So it’s just in case of a setback, then I would be perfectly on schedule. But what we have planned right now, if I’m not having any setbacks then we can just kind of scale it back a little bit.

Thornburg finished 2014 with a 3-1 record with a 4.25 ERA in 29 2/3 innings.


Brewers reliever Tyler Thornburg throwing bullpen sessions
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2015) Brewers reliever Tyler Thornburg, who missed the second half of last season with an elbow injury, is throwing bullpen sessions as he tries to prepare for spring training, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Thornburg went 3-1 with a 4.25 ERA in 27 appearances before getting shut down in June.

Brewers reliever Jim Henderson throwing again
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2015) Brewers reliever Jim Henderson, who had shoulder surgery last August, began throwing off a mound last week and will toss bullpen sessions this week, reports MLB.com. Henderson hopes to be 100 percent by Opening Day, the report added.

Henderson was limited to 14 appearances last season. He went 2-1 with a 7.15 ERA.


Rockies' Boone Logan appears to be fully healthy
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2015) Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich said pitcher Boone Logan has completely recovered from elbow issues that ended his 2014 season, reports The Denver Post.

Boone struggled in 2014 and was placed on the disabled list with elbow inflammation. He produced a 6.84 ERA over 25 innings.


Tigers sign pitcher Al Alburquerque for $1.725 million
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2015) The Tigers have re-signed pitcher Al Alburquerque to a $1.725 million contract with a $12,500 bonus for 75 appearances, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Alburquerque originally filed for $2.05 million in arbitration while Detroit offered $1.375 million, according to Heyman. The team made the deal official Sunday, avoiding arbitration.

The five-year veteran went 3-1 in 2014 with a 2.51 ERA in 72 games. 


Rockies still consider pitcher Rex Brothers a closer
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2015) Despite his struggles to close games in 2014, Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich told reporters Saturday he still considers pitcher Rex Brothers a potential closer, reports The Denver Post.

"You have to learn lessons from struggles," Bridich said.

In 2014, Brothers blew all six of his save opportunities and finished the season with a 5.59 ERA. However, Bridich said the 2014 season was not a typical year for Brothers.

"We're close to seeing the real Rex Brothers," Bridich said.


Twins' Brian Duensing avoids arbitration, signs one-year deal
by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2015) Twins pitcher Brian Duensing avoided arbitration after agreeing to a one-year, $2.7 million contract for the 2015 season, reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

In 2014, Duensing went 3-3 with a 3.31 ERA.


Vin Mazzaro signs minor-league deal with Marlins
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/24/2015) The Marlins have signed reliever Vin Mazzaro to a minor-league contract, with an invitation to spring training on Wednesday, per FOX Sports Florida.

After a strong 2013 campaign, Mazzaro struggled to make it back to the majors in 2014. He registered 2.52 ERA over 50 innings of relief at Triple-A Indianapolis. He posted a 3.48 ERA in just 10 1/3 innings of work with the Pirates last season.


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