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3/17/2017 Chi Chi González, Tex, P
Gonzalez will be sidelined indefinitely due to a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow.

Analysis: An MRI exam on Friday revealed the severity of the injury after Rodriguez complained of elbow soreness, the Dallas Morning News reported. Team physician Dr. Keith Meister prescribed six weeks of rest and an injection of Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) for the 25-year-old Rodriguez, a first-round draft pick in 2013. ¶ Expected to compete for a spot in the back of the starting rotation this spring, Gonzalez has been knocked around for eight earned runs and 12 hits.
3/17/2017 Micah Johnson, Atl, 2B
Johnson will need surgery to repair a fractured left wrist and will be out indefinitely.

Analysis: Johnson, acquired from the Dodgers in January, was bidding to make the opening day roster as a utility player. He suffered the injury Tuesday when making a diving catch in the outfield.
3/17/2017 Alex Dickerson, SD, RF
Dickerson has been diagnosed with a disc protusion in his back and is expected to be sidelined from 3 to 4 weeks.

Analysis: The injury won't require surgery but will land the 26-year-old on the disabled list to begin the season. Dickerson entered spring training as the favorite to be the Padres' regular left fielder after recording 10 homers and 37 RBIs in 253 at-bats last season.
3/17/2017 Kevin Gadea, TB, P
Gadea will be shut down for a minimum of four weeks after being diagnosed with tendinitis in his right elbow.

Analysis: Gadea is a Rule 5 selection from the Mariners who has to make the Rays' roster to stay with the organization, which he'd be able to do if placed on the disabled list. The injury will have Tampa Bay a little extra time to evaluate the 22-year-old.
3/17/2017 Michael Fulmer, Det, P
Fulmer told reporters after Friday's spring training outing his right ankle is 100 percent and he'll be ready for the start of the regular season.

Analysis: The 2016 AL Rookie of the Year, who missed a turn earlier this month after spraining his ankle during an agility drill, threw 59 pitches while allowing three runs and four hits over 3 1/3 innings against the Yankees. "Obviously he didn't have his command for whatever reason, but he got his pitches in," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "He's progressing, his velocity was good."
3/17/2017 Logan Ondrusek, Bal, P
Ondrusek, due to have his elbow examined next week by Dr. James Andrews, has been released by the Baltimore Orioles.

Analysis: Ondrusek agreed in December to a non-guaranteed $650,000, one-year contract. The Orioles officially made the move Wednesday, and he is entitled to 30 days' termination pay, $106,557. Ondrusek's locker at Baltimore's spring training camp was taken over Thursday by pitcher Gabriel Ynoa. If doctors determine Ondrusek is injured, there might be a grievance arguing he should not be released but instead placed on the disabled list.
3/17/2017 Yasmany Tomás, Ari, LF
Tomas has a strained oblique and will be re-evaluated in a few days.

Analysis: Arizona hopes to have Tomas ready for opening day.
3/15/2017 Ernesto Frieri, NYY, P
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi says the team has added former Los Angeles Angels closer Frieri to the spring training roster.

Analysis: The 31-year-old Frieri had 37 saves for the Angels in 2013. The right-hander last pitched in the majors with Tampa Bay in 2015.
3/15/2017 Salvador Pérez, KC, C
Perez should be ready for Kansas City's season opener after tests showed there was no structural damage to his injured left knee. The Royals, though, are still concerned about his hyperextended left elbow. Royals manager Ned Yost said Perez would probably be ready to play in a week.

Analysis: Perez returned to the Royals camp Wednesday after playing for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic. He was injured Saturday in a collision at the plate with his Royals backup, Drew Butera, who was playing for Italy. Initially, the knee was Perez's main concern, and he had a second MRI on Tuesday. But the test only showed inflammation, not serious damage.
3/15/2017 Derek Norris, Was, C
The Nationals have unconditionally released Norris, who at one point appeared to be penciled in as Washington's starting catcher but became expendable after the club signed free agent Matt Wieters. The Nationals announced the move Wednesday via Twitter.

Analysis: Norris, originally a first-round draft pick by Washington in 2007, was reacquired by the team in December via a trade with the San Diego Padres for minor league right-hander Pedro Avila. Norris batted .186 with 14 homers and 42 RBIs with San Diego last season. With Washington's starting catcher in 2016, Wilson Ramos, gone after signing as a free agent with Tampa Bay, Norris was in line for the job.
3/14/2017 Jerad Eickhoff, Phi, P
Eickhoff tossed five scoreless innings, allowing three hits and fanning five, Tuesday against the Braves.

Analysis: The right-hander showed promise in his first full major league season in 2016 despite a losing record (11-14), posting a 3.65 ERA with a good strikeout-to-walk ratio (167 to 42).
3/14/2017 Carlos Carrasco, Cle, P
Carrasco is dealing with some soreness in his right elbow and will have his next Cactus League start skipped, though an MRI revealed no structural damage.

Analysis: The injury helps explain the right-hander's awful outing on Monday, when he was rocked for eight runs and eight hits in 1 2/3 innings against the White Sox. Carrasco still has enough time to be ready for the start of the season, assuming the discomfort doesn't linger.
3/14/2017 Jake Smolinski, Oak, CF
Smolinski had right shoulder surgery on Friday and will be in a sling for the next four weeks.

Analysis: There is no timetable for a return for Smolinski, who was off to a solid start to the spring, batting .316 with a homer and four doubles in 38 at-bats.
3/14/2017 Tom Murphy, Col, C
Murphy will miss four to six weeks with a hairline fracture in his right forearm.

Analysis: Manager Bud Black said Murphy broke his arm Saturday in a game against the Cubs when he was hit by Anthony Rizzo's bat while throwing to second base on a steal attempt. The ball sailed into center field and Rizzo was called for interference. Murphy stayed in the game until the seventh, as planned. His injury wasn't discovered until later. Murphy is in a splint but won't need surgery, Black said.
3/13/2017 Carlos Carrasco, Cle, P
Carrasco had a rough outing Monday, allowing eight runs and eight hits in 1 2/3 innings against the White Sox.

Analysis: While it's apparent Carrasco still needs to fine-tune some things after missing all of Cleveland's run to the 2016 World Series with a broken right hand, there's no real cause for alarm here. The right-hander still has three weeks to get himself right for the regular season.
3/13/2017 Shae Simmons, Sea, P
Simmons will likely open the season on the disabled list after being diagnosed with a forearm strain.

Analysis: The reliever, acquired from Atlanta during the offseason, missed most of last season recovering from Tommy John surgery, so the Mariners will likely be cautious in bringing him back. Simmons stands a decent chance of holding down a spot in the Seattle bullpen once he's ready to go.
3/13/2017 Bryce Harper, Was, RF
Harper had homered in three straight games for Washington before going 0 for 1 against Detroit on Monday. Five of his eight spring hits have been homers and he's added a double for good measure.

Analysis: The four-time All-Star outfielder is hitting .313 in exhibition play and began the day tied with San Diego's Jabari Blash for the spring training lead in home runs.
3/13/2017 Steven Wright, Bos, P
Wright went two hitless innings against Toronto in his first exhibition start after missing the final month last season due to a right shoulder strain.

Analysis: Wright, a first-time AL All-Star last year, retired six of seven Toronto hitters. His lone baserunner reached on an error.
3/13/2017 Devon Travis, Tor, 2B
Travis (right knee) is set to play in his first big league exhibition game Friday.

Analysis: His status for the start of the regular season has not been determined.
3/12/2017 Brandon Nimmo, NYM, LF
Nimmo is returning to the New York Mets' spring training camp after pulling his right hamstring while playing for Italy in the World Baseball Classic.

Analysis: The Mets said Monday that Nimmo, a native of Cheyenne, Wyoming, will be re-evaluated once he arrives back at camp. This likely rules out any chance Nimmo had at making the Mets' opening-day roster, as he's expected to miss a few weeks.
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