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2/15/2017 Steve Cishek, Sea, P
Cishek will likely begin the season on the disabled list as he recovers from offseason hip surgery.

Analysis: The reliever was given a 4-6 month timetable to return from a procedure to repair a torn labrum in his left hip performed in October, and appears to be at the high end of that projection. Cishek, who blew seven of his 32 save opportunities while dealing with the injury last season, will likely serve in a setup role when healthy.
2/15/2017 Chris Bassitt, Oak, P
Bassitt began spring training by throwing off a mound for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery in May.

Analysis: The right-hander is so far on schedule for a projected midseason return, likely some time in June. Bassitt made just five 2016 starts before undergoing the elbow ligmament replacement procedure.
2/14/2017 Brian Flynn, KC, P
Flynn is expected to be sidelined for eight weeks after falling through a barn roof at his Oklahoma residence.

Analysis: The Royals said Tuesday that Flynn broke a rib and had three minor vertebrae fractures. Flynn, who went to Wichita State, had a 2.60 ERA in one start and 35 relief appearances last season, allowing 38 hits in 55 2/3 innings. In 12 relief appearances from July 31-Sept. 6, Flynn did not allow an earned run. Flynn appeared in just one minor league game in 2015 before a shoulder injury.
2/14/2017 Chris Tillman, Bal, P
Tillman won't extend his streak of opening-day starts for Baltimore to four. As spring training opened, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Tuesday the right-hander had a platelet-rich plasma injection on his right shoulder and will not pitch in a spring training game before March 17, As a result, Tillman won't start the season until April 7 at the earliest.

Analysis: Tillman went 16-6 with a 3.77 ERA last year, spending about three weeks on the disabled list with soreness in the right shoulder late in the season. He recovered to start the wild-card game against Toronto. Showalter said Tillman could avoid starting the season on the disabled list but wouldn't be ready until the season's fourth game. If Tillman has any setback, that timetable would be pushed back.
2/14/2017 Álex Reyes, StL, P
Reyes needs season-ending Tommy John surgery on his right arm and will miss the 2017 season.

Analysis: General manager John Mozeliak confirmed the diagnosis after an MRI. Reyes didn't throw his scheduled bullpen session Tuesday because of a sore elbow. The 22-year-old Reyes made his major league debut Aug. 9 and was 4-1 with a 1.57 ERA in five starts and seven relief appearances. His fastball averaged more than 97 mph.
2/14/2017 Jung Ho Kang, Pit, 3B
Kang will not be able to report to Pirates' spring training on time because of an ongoing legal situation in his native South Korea, the team announced Tuesday.

Analysis: Kang, 29, is expected to go on trial for DUI-related charges on Feb. 22. Pittsburgh holds its first full-squad workouts on Friday. Kang was arrested in December and charged with leaving the scene of a DUI accident near a Seoul subway station with a blood alcohol level 0.084 (the legal limit in South Korea is 0.05).
2/14/2017 Chris Narveson, Cle, P
Narveson has agreed to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians.

Analysis: Narveson, who was on Miami's opening-day roster last season, will be at spring training with the AL champions this week in Goodyear, Arizona. Narveson will compete for one of the openings in Cleveland's bullpen. He limited left-handed batters to a .218 average at Triple-A New Orleans and posted a 3.60 ERA in 15 starts.
2/13/2017 Travis Wood, KC, P
Wood has agreed to a $12 million, two-year contract with the Royals.

Analysis: Wood has spent the past five seasons with the Cubs, where he posted a 2.95 ERA while working exclusively out of the bullpen last year. But he will be given an opportunity to earn a job in the Royals' starting rotation this spring.
2/13/2017 Kevin Jepsen, Ari, P
The Diamondbacks have agreed to a minor-league deal with Jepsen. The right-hander was invited to major league camp, which began Monday.

Analysis: The 32-year-old Jepsen appeared in 58 games with the Twins and Rays last season, finishing 2-6 with a 5.98 ERA. He led the AL with 75 appearances and had a 2.33 ERA in 2015. Jepsen is 28-30 with a 3.92 ERA in parts of eight seasons with three teams.
2/13/2017 Brian Matusz, Ari, P
The Diamondbacks have agreed to a minor-league deal with Matusz. The left-hander was invited to major league camp, which began Monday.

Analysis: The 30-year-old Matusz appeared in seven games for Baltimore and one with the Cubs last season. He is 27-41 with a 4.92 ERA in 280 big league games.
2/13/2017 Adam Lind, Was, 1B
The Nationals agreed to a contract with Lind on Monday, according to multiple media reports.

Analysis: The 33-year-old Lind clubbed 20 home runs and had 58 RBIs in 126 games with the Mariners in 2016. It marked the sixth time in his career that Lind hit at least 20 homers.
2/13/2017 Sean Rodríguez, Atl, 2B
Braves general manager John Coppolella isn't sure if it's realistic to hope for a return this season of Rodriguez, who will have shoulder surgery.

Analysis: Rodriguez, who agreed to an $11.5 million, two-year contract with Atlanta in November, hurt his shoulder when a vehicle he was driving was rammed by a stolen police car in Miami on Jan. 28. His wife Giselle and two of their children were hospitalized with injuries she said on her Twitter account were not life-threatening. Rodriguez's shoulder injury was not immediately disclosed.
2/13/2017 Seth Maness, KC, P
Maness has agreed to a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals and will report to big league spring training with a chance to earn a job in their rebuilt bullpen.

Analysis: Maness, whose deal was announced Monday, underwent an experimental procedure on his right elbow in August to repair a damaged ulnar collateral ligament. The injury typically requires Tommy John surgery that would have kept him out this season, but the ''primary repair'' operation has a recovery time of about eight months. That means Maness could be ready by opening day. He had a successful four-year run in St. Louis, where he compiled a 3.19 ERA.
2/12/2017 Nathan Eovaldi, TB, P
Eovaldi is not expected to pitch this season as he recovers from Tommy John surgery, but he and the Rays nonetheless agreed to a one-year, $2 million deal, multiple media outlets reported Sunday. A key component of the deal, considering Eovaldi's health status, is that it includes a club option for the 2018 season.

Analysis: The right-hander spent the past two seasons with the Yankees. Last season, Eovaldi was 9-8 with a 4.76 ERA in 24 appearances, including 21 starts. In his six years in the major leagues, Eovaldi is 38-46 with a 4.12 ERA. Elbow injuries ended his 2016 season in August, and he needed surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon and partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. The Rays are expected to put Eovaldi on the 40-man roster and then move him to the 60-day disabled list.
2/12/2017 Brandon Phillips, Atl, 2B
Phillips has agreed to waive his no-trade clause and has been acquired by the Braves in exchange for minor league pitchers Andrew McKirahan and Carlos Portuondo.

Analysis: The Reds will reportedly pick up all but $1 million on the $14 million Phillips is owed in the final year of his contract. The 35-year-old, who has blocked deals on several occasions over the past two offseasons, will presumably serve as Atlanta' primary second baseman after hitting .291 with 11 homers, 64 RBIs and 14 steals in 2016. For Cincinnati, the move clears a path to regular playing time for youngster Jose Peraza.
2/10/2017 Phil Gosselin, Pit, 2B
The Pirates have acquired Gosselin from Arizona in exchange for minor league pitcher Frank Duncan.

Analysis: A .283 hitter over 216 career games with Atlanta and the Diamondbacks, Gosselin will likely replace free-agent departure Sean Rodriguez as Pittsburgh's primary utility player. The 28-year-old led the majors and set an Arizona season record with 20 pinch hits in 2016.
2/10/2017 Gabriel Ynoa, Bal, P
The Mets traded pitcher Gabriel Ynoa to the Baltimore Orioles for cash, clearing a roster spot for New York to finalize its contract with reliever Fernando Salas.

Analysis: A 23-year-old right-hander, Ynoa made his big league debut last Aug. 13 and was 1-0 with a 6.38 ERA in three starts and seven relief appearances covering 18 1/3 innings. He was 12-5 with a 3.97 ERA in 25 starts with Triple-A Las Vegas of the Pacific Coast League and is 59-30 with a 3.36 ERA in 128 minor league starters and eight relief appearances.
2/9/2017 David Phelps, Mia, P
Phelps won his arbitration case against the Miami Marlins and will have a $4.6 million salary this season.

Analysis: A 30-year-old right-hander, Phelps was 7-6 with a career-best 2.28 ERA in five starts and 59 relief appearances for the Marlins last season, striking out 114 in 68 2/3 innings while walking 38. He earned $2.5 million.
2/9/2017 J.P. Howell, Tor, P
Howell and the Toronto Blue Jays have finalized a $3 million, one-year contract.

Analysis: The 33-year-old pitched for the Blue Jays from 2006-12, then spent the last four seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was 1-1 last year with a 4.09 ERA, his highest since 2011. He struck out 44 and walked 15 in 50 2/3 innings. Howell started his big league career with Kansas City in 2005 and has a 35-29 record with a 3.77 ERA in 33 starts and 498 relief appearances.
2/9/2017 Daniel Mengden, Oak, P
Mengden had right foot surgery Wednesday in Houston after breaking a bone during a bullpen session at home Jan. 31.

Analysis: He is expected to wear a walking boot for six weeks and a return date is not known. The team said Wednesday he fractured the medial tibial sesamoid bone, and the surgery was performed by Dr. Kevin Varner. Mengden had been set to compete for the club's fifth starter spot in spring training beginning next week in Mesa, Arizona.
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