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2/28/2017 Masahiro Tanaka, NYY, P
Tanaka's first pitch of spring training was a wild one, sailing all the way to the backstop. Then, the New York Yankees ace quickly settled in. Tanaka struck out two over two hitless innings during his initial exhibition start Tuesday in the Yankees' split-squad 9-5 win over the Detroit Tigers.

Analysis: Tanaka is scheduled to start on opening day April 2 at Tampa Bay. He was a concern at the start of spring training last year after arthroscopic surgery in October 2015 to remove a bone spur from his throwing elbow. He went 14-4 with a 3.07 ERA in 31 starts, throwing a career-high 199 2-3 innings.
2/28/2017 Joe Blanton, Was, P
A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that Blanton and the Washington Nationals have agreed to a $4 million, one-year contract. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity on Tuesday because the agreement had not been announced.

Analysis: The 36-year-old Blanton was a free agent after pitching for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2016, when the right-hander went 7-2 with a 2.48 ERA and 80 strikeouts in 80 innings across 75 regular-season appearances. He then went 1-0 and allowed only one hit in five scoreless innings in four games for LA during an NL Division Series victory over Washington.
2/28/2017 David Wright, NYM, 3B
Wright has returned from spring training to New York, been diagnosed with impingement in his right shoulder and was told not to throw for two weeks.

Analysis: The team says the third baseman was examined Tuesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery after feeling discomfort. He will be evaluated again after the two weeks, and it is possible he could be a designated hitter then.
2/27/2017 Anthony DeSclafani, Cin, P
DeSclafani was scratched from his first scheduled start of spring training because of a tender elbow, another setback for the Reds' top starter. The 26-year-old right-hander felt some tenderness in his elbow after throwing batting practice this month. Manager Bryan Price said skipping the start, scheduled for Tuesday, was more of a precaution.

Analysis: DeSclafani was on target to start the Reds' season opener last year before straining an oblique during his final spring training appearance. He had setbacks during his recovery and wasn't activated until June 10. He made 20 starts, going 9-5 with a 3.28 ERA.
2/26/2017 Jason Kipnis, Cle, 2B
Kipnis has a strained rotator cuff and will stop throwing for a couple days.

Analysis: Kipnis got a cortisone shot on Saturday, and manager Terry Francona says he should be ''raring to go'' when he resumes throwing. The 29-year-old Kipnis hit .275 with 23 homers and 82 RBIs last season, helping Cleveland to the AL Central title. He added four more homers and eight RBIs in the playoffs as the Indians made it all the way to the World Series before losing to the Chicago Cubs in seven games.
2/25/2017 Michael Bourn, Bal, CF
Bourn broke his right ring finger while playing catch with a football during a team workout and will miss about four weeks.

Analysis: Bourn was hoping to make the Orioles as a reserve outfielder and missing most of spring training certainly won't help his cause.
2/24/2017 Carlos Villanueva, SD, P
The Hanwha Eagles in South Korea have agreed to a $1.5 million, one-year contract with pitcher Carlos Villanueva.

Analysis: A 33-year-old right-hander, Villanueva was 2-2 with a 5.96 ERA last year in 51 relief appearances for San Diego.
2/24/2017 Dilson Herrera, Cin, 2B
Herrera has inflammation in his right shoulder and will not throw for a couple days. The injury will prevent Herrera from playing for his native Colombia in the World Baseball Classic.

Analysis: Reds manager Bryan Price says Herrera can hit and field grounders, but probably won't throw again until Monday or Tuesday. Herrera also experienced shoulder soreness at the end of last season. He is a .215 hitter in 49 career major league games, all with the Mets.
2/23/2017 Josh Hamilton, Tex, LF
Hamilton has had another surgery on his balky left knee, ending any chance of the 2010 AL MVP making the Rangers' opening day roster. The arthroscopic procedure Monday was to repair some damaged meniscus cartilage in his left knee. There were no issues with the surgically repaired ACL in that knee.

Analysis: Hamilton had left spring training in Arizona and returned to Houston for the second time in less than a week to be examined by Dr. Walt Lowe, who also performed Hamilton's season-ending surgery last June. The latest knee procedure is the 11th in Hamilton's career, and the third since the 35-year-old slugger last played in the majors in 2015. Hamilton, in camp on a minor league contract, faces six weeks of rehabilitation before he will be able to start running again.
2/21/2017 Jorge De La Rosa, Ari, P
The Diamondbacks on Tuesday signed De La Rosa to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training.

Analysis: The 35-year-old left-hander has pitched 13 seasons, the last nine with the Rockies. He was 8-9 with a 5.51 ERA in 27 appearances last season, 24 of them starts. De La Rosa's best season was 2013, when he was 16-6 with a 3.49 ERA for Colorado, where pitchers struggle because of the high altitude. He has a 101-84 career record with a 4.64 ERA.
2/21/2017 Matt Wieters, Was, C
Wieters and the Washington Nationals agreed to a two-year contract worth $21 million on Tuesday, ESPN reports.

Analysis: The four-time All-Star will earn $10 million in the 2017 season and $11 million in 2018, according to ESPN's Jim Bowden. The deal reportedly includes an opt-out clause after one season.
2/20/2017 Michael Bourn, Bal, CF
Bourn will return to the Orioles after agreeing to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training. The veteran outfielder will reportedly earn $2 million if he makes the roster.

Analysis: The 34-year-old hit .283 with two homers in 24 games after being acquired by the Orioles from Arizona on Aug. 31. Bourn will compete with Joey Rickard and fellow non-roster invite Craig Gentry for a spot as a reserve outfielder.
2/19/2017 Jonathon Niese, NYY, P
The Yankees have signed Niese to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to spring training.

Analysis: Niese, who's spent nearly all of his nine-year major league career pitching for the crosstown Mets, should have an opportunity to earn a spot in a Yankees rotation that has two openings behind Masahiro Tanaka, Michael Pineda and CC Sabathia. The 30-year-old also is trying to bounce back from a poor 2016 season in which he posted a 5.50 ERA in 29 appearances (20 starts) with the Mets and Pirates.
2/19/2017 Charlie Tilson, CWS, CF
Tilson will be shut down from impact activities for the next 10 days as he deals with a stress reaction in his right foot. An MRI exam on Saturday revealed the injury for Tilson, who is aiming to return from a torn left hamstring that occurred in his lone game with the White Sox last season.

Analysis: Tilson, who is bidding to be Chicago's starting center fielder this season, was acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals in a trade deadline deal for left-hander Zach Duke in July. Tilson, however, saw his season come to an end on Aug. 2 after attempting to run down a blast from Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera.
2/19/2017 Clayton Kershaw, LAD, P
Kershaw is the no-brainer decision to start for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day when the left-handed ace will tie a franchise record.

Analysis: Kershaw, who is healthy after missing 2 1/2 months last season with a back injury, was officially named the starter by manager Dave Roberts on Saturday, tying him with Don Drysdale and Don Sutton with seven.
2/17/2017 Adrián González, LAD, 1B
Gonzalez is taking a two-week break from hitting to heal tendinitis in the Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman's right elbow. Gonzalez still hopes to play for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic next month, he said Friday after reporting to camp.

Analysis: Gonzalez said he pursued his usual varied offseason workout program, including weightlifting and boxing exercises. It left him with a case of tennis elbow, or inflammation on the outside of the elbow after forearm tendons are overused. The hitting break is purely a precaution, and Gonzalez said the injury isn't thought to be serious by the Dodgers.
2/17/2017 Peter Moylan, KC, P
Moylan agreed to a minor league contract with the Royals on Friday and will report to major league spring training.

Analysis: Moylan was 2-0 with a 3.43 ERA in 43 relief appearances last season with the Royals. A 38-year-old Australian with a sidearm delivery, Moylan is 24-9 with a 2.93 ERA in 381 big league relief appearances.
2/17/2017 Adrián Béltre, Tex, 3B
Beltre reported to spring training Friday with a strained left calf muscle that will sideline him about three weeks and keep him out of the opening round of the World Baseball Classic.

Analysis: Beltre said he injured the muscle working out at his home in California on Tuesday. He was planning to play for the Dominican Republic in the world classic, and could join the team after the first round if it advances.
2/17/2017 Tyler Austin, NYY, RF
Austin fouled a ball off his left foot early this week taking batting practice during a pre-spring training workout at the minor league complex, and Yankees manager Joe Girardi said an MRI Friday found a small bone break. Austin will be in a boot for three weeks and won't start baseball activities for six weeks.

Analysis: Austin's bid to unseat Greg Bird at first base during spring training is over. He hit .241 with five homers and 12 RBIs in 31 games last season.
2/16/2017 Mat Latos, Tor, P
Latos agreed to a minor league contract with the Blue Jays, reported for big league spring training and will try to earn a spot on the 40-man roster.

Analysis: The 29-year-old right-hander went 6-2 with a 4.62 ERA in 11 starts for the Chicago White Sox last year, was released, then was 1-1 with a 6.52 ERA in one start and five relief appearances for Washington. An eight-year major league veteran, Latos is 71-58 with a 3.60 ERA.
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