The left-hander threw his first bullpen session since Tommy John surgery back in mid-February, and it seems that each session since then has gone without a hitch. If everything goes as planned, Doubront should be able to progress to live BP sessions later in the month with a clearer timetable for return to follow each step in his recovery.
The right-hander began throwing off a mound in mid-February, and it seems like all has gone well as he continues on the long road to recovery from Tommy John surgery. If all goes well with this upcoming session, he could be ramped up to live BP sessions in the near future, although Bassitt's timeline should become clearer as he progresses further in his rehab process.
The projection would have Harvey pitching about one year after Tommy John surgery. The highly-touted prospect resumed light throwing this December and has been slowly working his way back to normal pitching activities. Harvey started just five games last season after missing all of 2015 with injuries, so expectations should be tempered regarding any comeback attempt.
The right-hander, who has a reputation for being tough on himself, nevertheless came away very pleased with his initial spring appearance, especially considering his rocky 22-inning stint at the tail end of 2016. Cobb had missed all the 2015 campaign following Tommy John surgery, so his fresh start this spring and Tuesday's outing are considerably encouraging. "I'm happy with the results,'' Cobb said after retiring all six Twins he faced. "And I'm happy with two of the three pitches. I was extremely excited to see the movement on the fastball (clocked mostly 89-91 mph), and the ability to throw the curveball in and out of the zone when I wanted to. The changeup wasn't there every time I went to it, but there were glimpses of it.''
This is more great news from a recovery standpoint for Tillman, but he's still unlikely to be ready by Opening Day. The big righty is expected to throw off a half-mound Friday and a full mound Saturday as the next steps in his training program. Barring any setbacks, he will likely see live action later this month.
Keuchel seemed fine during the session and had no problems with his delivery. The southpaw is expected to make his first spring start next week as he works his way back from shoulder inflammation which ended his 2016 campaign. Continue to monitor his progress over the coming days.
It was his first spring start, so results likely don't matter for a veteran with a set spot in the rotation. However, Minnesota's new GM and team president didn't trade for Santiago, so he could have a short leash in the rotation if he struggles early in the regular season. He posted career worsts in ERA, FIP, and K/9 during 2016.
This is a good sign for Ross' progression this spring as he makes his way back from offseason surgery. The veteran right-hander had been throwing from 100 feet everyday, so the escalation likely indicates a gain in strength. Ross is still doubtful to return to game action before late April, but his recovery seems to be on the right track.
Norris' stuff looked good and he didn't allow any runs, but his control was inconsistent. "Sometimes you go out there and you feel like you haven't thrown in forever, so you have to figure something out," Norris said. "You're kind of making stuff up as you go." The young lefty figures to open the season as Detroit's No. 4 starter, but he'll have to be more efficient with his pitches to be successful.
Frias may be the underdog in the competition, but he brings an appealing ability to fill a long-relief role while being able to handle the occasional spot start when needed. Although the numbers may be underwhelming, 15 of Frias' 33 MLB outings have come as a starter, so he is capable of playing the part when the Indians are in a bind. He'll need an extraordinary spring to make the Opening Day roster, but even if the Frias manages to do so, the right-hander doesn't bring fantasy appeal in most formats.