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|3/11/2014||Matt Harrison, P (Tex)||Harrison made his first spring training game appearance, throwing one inning in a "B" game against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday. Harrison threw six strikes among 11 pitches to four batters. He allowed one hit, a single up the middle by Mike Moustakas.
Analysis: He has been slowed this spring training by a back problem. He received a nerve-block injection on the right side of his neck on Feb. 24, but was cleared for his back issue. Harrison won 18 games and was an All-Star in 2012, then got a $55 million, five-year contract. He had never had any back issues before last spring training, and still made his first two scheduled starts. After going 0-2 with an 8.44 ERA, Harrison got two epidural injections and a second opinion before two operations in a matter of weeks.
|3/11/2014||Manny Machado, 3B (Bal)||Machado's contract has been renewed by the Baltimore Orioles at a slight raise, a deal that disappointed the All-Star third baseman. The 21-year-old will receive $519,000 - $19,000 above the major league minimum - and would earn an additional $100,000 for winning the 2013 Platinum Glove Award as the AL's best defensive player. Machado had a $495,000 base salary last season and earned $25,000 for making the AL All-Star team.
Analysis: Teams had until Tuesday to reach agreements with unsigned players on their 40-man rosters, and players not eligible for arbitration were subject to unilateral renewal by their clubs. Machado says "it's the system, and the system is never going to change." He has yet to play this spring training following offseason knee surgery.
|3/11/2014||Kris Medlen, P (Atl)||Medlen has injured a ligament in his right elbow for the second time in less than four years, and Atlanta says it is too earlier to determine the extent of the damage. Medlen had an MRI on Monday that revealed the injury, according to general manager Frank Wren. Wren said Tuesday the 28-year-old right-hander and the team will seek a second medical opinion.
Analysis: Medlen felt the injury on Sunday while pitching against the New York Mets. He grabbed the elbow with two outs in the fourth inning and left with a trainer. Medlen tore his right ulnar collateral ligament while pitching against the Mets on Aug. 4, 2010, and was operated on by Dr. James Andrews that Aug. 18. Medlen didn't pitch for the Braves again until Sept. 25 the following year.
|3/10/2014||Jameson Taillon, P (Pit)||Pitcher Jameson Taillon, one of the Pittsburgh Pirates' top prospects, is among the team's first round of roster cuts.
Analysis: Taillon, the second overall pick in the 2010 amateur draft, was reassigned to minor league camp Monday and is to start the season with Triple-A Indianapolis.
|3/10/2014||Ike Davis, 1B (NYM)||New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis was wearing a walking boot on his right leg Monday.
Analysis: Davis has not played in an exhibition game since March 2 due to calf strains in both legs.
|3/9/2014||Kris Medlen, P (Atl)||Braves starter Kris Medlen left in the fourth inning of Sunday's game against the New York Mets with a strained right forearm.
Analysis: Medlen threw a pitch to Matt Clark, and then grabbed his right elbow and turned his back to home plate. The right-hander who was slated to start opening day for Atlanta removed himself from the game.
|3/9/2014||Hyun-jin Ryu, P (LAD)||Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu will be the Dodgers' starting pitchers in their two-game season-opening series in Australia against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The games will be played March 22-23 at Sydney Cricket Ground.
Analysis: Ryu got the start in Game 2 because of an injury to Zack Greinke, who strained his right calf while throwing four pitches in his only spring appearance on Feb. 27 against Arizona.
|3/9/2014||Clayton Kershaw, P (LAD)||Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu will be the Dodgers' starting pitchers in their two-game season-opening series in Australia against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The games will be played March 22-23 at Sydney Cricket Ground.
Analysis: Kershaw will be making his fourth straight season-opening start for Los Angeles.
|3/8/2014||Yasiel Puig, RF (LAD)||Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has been excused because of a personal matter.
Analysis: Issues like this will not impact Puig's fantasy status, as he should be good to go for Opening Day, making him one of the best outfielders available.
|3/8/2014||Matt Carpenter, 3B (StL)||The St. Louis Cardinals and third baseman Matt Carpenter have agreed to a $52 million, six-year contract. The deal includes a team option for a seventh year in 2020 at $18.5 million. Should the St. Louis decline the option, they would pay Carpenter a $2 million buyout.
Analysis: Carpenter hit .318 while leading the National League in hits (199), doubles (55) and runs (126) last season while playing second base. He is moving to third this season.
|3/6/2014||Bronson Arroyo, P (Ari)||Arizona pitcher Bronson Arroyo is expected to miss a week to 10 days because of a back injury.
Analysis: The 37-year-old right-hander, who agreed last month to a $23.5 million, two-year contract, has never been on the disabled list in his professional career.
|3/5/2014||Ichiro Suzuki, RF (NYY)||Suzuki is looking at a diminished role this season after the Yankees added free agents outfielders Carlos Beltran and Jacoby Ellsbury.
Analysis: There is no need to use him in fantasy play.
|3/5/2014||Derek Jeter, SS (NYY)||Jeter went 0 for 2 to extend his hitless spring training, and the New York Yankees lost to the Baltimore Orioles 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Analysis: The Yankees captain, 0 for 9 in four games, hit into his third double play in the first and had a grounder to third during the third.
|3/4/2014||Andy Dirks, LF (Det)||Detroit Tigers outfielder Andy Dirks is expected to miss three months because of a back problem that requires surgery.
Analysis: General manager Dave Dombrowski says the 28-year-old Dirks will have surgery Monday. Dirks was expected to share the left field spot with Rajai Davis, whom the Tigers signed in the offseason.
|3/4/2014||Michael Gonzalez, P (Was)||Gonzalez has agreed to a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals and will compete with Xavier Cedeno for a bullpen job.
Analysis: The 35-year-old had a 3.03 ERA with no decision in 47 games for Washington in 2012, then had an 0-3 record with a 4.68 ERA in 75 games for Milwaukee last season.
|3/4/2014||Johan Santana, P (Bal)||Santana has agreed to a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles as he tries to come back from the second major operation on his left shoulder.
Analysis: The 34-year-old left-hander became a free agent after completing a $137.5 million, six-year contract with the New York Mets, who declined a $25 million option and paid a $5.5 million buyout. Santana, 139-78 with a 3.20 ERA in 12 seasons with Minnesota and the Mets, missed the 2011 season following shoulder surgery on Sept. 14, 2010, returned to pitch the Mets' first no-hitter on June 1, 2012, then missed last season after an operation on April 2.
|3/3/2014||Scott Elbert, P (LAD)||Elbert will begin 2014 on the 60-day DL due to recovery from left shoulder surgery.
Analysis: Elbert was placed on the DL on Feb. 8.
|3/3/2014||Erik Davis, P (Was)||Davis will begin 2014 on the 60-day DL due to a sprained right elbow.
Analysis: Davis was placed on the DL on Feb. 13.
|3/3/2014||Joseph Ortiz, P (Tex)||Ortiz will begin 2014 on the 60-day DL due to a fractured left foot.
Analysis: Ortiz was placed on the DL on Feb. 16.
|3/3/2014||Eric O'Flaherty, P (Oak)||O'Flaherty will begin 2014 on the 60-day DL due to recovery from left elbow surgery.
Analysis: O'Flaherty was placed on the DL on Feb. 17.
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