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Orioles re-sign veteran OF Michael Bourn 02-20-2017
Michael Bourn CF BAL
Orioles re-signed OF Michael Bourn to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Jon Heyman on Twitter
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Bourn will receive $2 million if in the majors. The 34-year-old hasn't had an effective full season in a while, but he played well in his brief time with the Orioles last year with a .283/.358/.435 with two home runs, eight RBI and two steals in 24 games. Bourn will compete for a reserve outfielder role.
Greg Bird (shoulder) says he feels terrific 02-20-2017
Greg Bird 1B NYY
Greg Bird (shoulder) said Monday that he feels better now than he did at the end of the 2015 season.

Yankees.mlb.com
That's obviously encouraging given that he had labrum surgery between now and then. Bird missed all of the 2016 campaign while recovering, but he played in the Arizona Fall League and is participating fully in spring training. He belted a long home run during a simulated game Monday. "Today I felt like I got out there and just got in the box and thought about what I needed to think about," Bird said. "That's huge, being confident in the shoulder every day, coming to the park confident in the shoulder and being able to just focus on what I need to focus on."
Michael Brantley (shoulder) does soft-toss 02-20-2017
Michael Brantley LF CLE
Michael Brantley (shoulder) has advanced to soft-toss but hasn't been cleared to hit on the field yet.

Indians.mlb.com
The Indians are taking every precaution with Brantley this spring after his 2016 campaign was wrecked by multiple shoulder issues and surgeries. He'll be held out of Cactus League action initially, but the hope remains that he'll be ready to go once the season begins.
Dodgers make Franklin Gutierrez deal official 02-20-2017
Franklin GutiƩrrez RF LAD
Dodgers signed OF Franklin Gutierrez to a one-year, $2.6 million contract. The deal was reported over a week ago and has finally become official. Gutierrez, who can make an additional $400,000 through incentives, has batted .265/.339/.520 with 29 home runs over the last two seasons in a platoon role. He cranked 20 of those 29 dingers over just 329 plate appearances versus lefties and should continue to be a weapon against southpaws when healthy.
Avisail Garcia lost 14 pounds over offseason 02-20-2017
Avisail Garcia RF CWS
Avisail Garcia lost 14 pounds over the offseason.

Chicago Sun-Times
He currently checks in at 254 pounds but would like to get down to 248 by the end of spring training. Garcia appears motivated and knows that the 2017 campaign could be a pivotal one for him after he produced just a .252/.308/.374 batting line while playing poor defense over the previous two seasons. "I do my routine every morning,'' Garcia said. "After practice, I go back to the gym. When you work and believe in yourself nothing can stop you."
MRI reveals mild calf strain for Donaldson 02-20-2017
Josh Donaldson 3B TOR
An MRI on Josh Donaldson's right calf revealed only a mild strain.

ESPN.com
Donaldson tweaked his calf while running sprints last Friday, but the Blue Jays think they've dodged a bullet here. "It's not a significant [strain]," general manager Ross Atkins said Monday. "So we're optimistic that he'll be back on his feet and moving pretty quickly." Barring a setback, the star third baseman should be fine come Opening Day.
Rangers have tryout for free agent pitchers 02-20-2017
Justin Masterson P BOS
The Rangers held a tryout for free agent pitchers Justin Masterson, Kameron Loe, Blake Beavan and Kyle Drabek on Monday.

Dallas Morning News
It's unclear whether the Rangers liked enough of what they saw to sign any of the hurlers. Masterson, who will turn 32 next month, has seen his velocity plummet in recent years and hasn't had any success in the majors since 2013.
Bell (knee) fields grounders, hits in cage 02-20-2017
Josh Bell 1B PIT
Josh Bell (knee) fielded grounders and hit in an indoor batting cage for the third straight day on Monday.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
He hasn't taken swings on the field or faced live pitching yet, but Bell looks to be coming along nicely for a guy who's less than three weeks removed from left knee surgery. When he'll be ready for Grapefruit League action remains to be seen, but Bell has a good shot to be available for Opening Day.
Alex Dickerson nursing some back stiffness 02-20-2017
Alex Dickerson LF SD
Alex Dickerson was held out of workouts on Monday because of back stiffness.

AJ Cassavell on Twitter
The Padres aren't concerned that it might be a long-term thing. Dickerson is competing for a starting corner outfield job this spring after batting .257/.333/.455 with 10 homers in 285 plate appearances for San Diego last season.
Hamilton hitting bombs in Rangers camp 02-20-2017
Josh Hamilton LF TEX
According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, Josh Hamilton has been hitting thunderous bombs in batting practice at Rangers camp.

Rangers.mlb.com
Hamilton is in camp with Texas as a non-roster invitee, trying to carve out a DH/1B role. Sullivan says the veteran slugger has been reaching the street beyond the Rangers' complex with some of his moonshots, and farm director Jayce Tingler offered that "it's just a different sound." We'll see if Hamilton can hold up physically.
Workman (elbow) threw to hitters Monday 02-20-2017
Brandon Workman P BOS
Brandon Workman (elbow) threw to hitters Monday.

WEEI
Workman hasn't appeared in a major league game since 2014 due to elbow troubles, but he apparently looked sharp during Monday's workout in Red Sox camp. "I was excited. It was good to be back out there and have batters in the box and just be part of the regular stuff," Workman said. "I felt like it got there." The 28-year-old right-hander is trying to win a spot in the Boston bullpen.
Siegrist (shoulder) nearing mound work? 02-20-2017
Kevin Siegrist P STL
Kevin Siegrist (shoulder) expects to begin throwing off a mound Wednesday.

Jenifer Langosch on Twitter
Siegrist, a guy with a long list of arm troubles, has fallen behind the other pitchers in Cardinals camp due to soreness around his left shoulder and triceps. It's not a huge deal right now, but it's definitely something to monitor. Sigerist projects to pitch in seventh- and eighth-inning setup duty this year for St. Louis, if his health cooperates.
Tigers sign Danny Muno to minors contract 02-20-2017
Danny Muno 3B NYM
Tigers signed INF Danny Muno to a minor league contract.

Evan Woodberry on Twitter
Muno batted just .223/.348/.307 between Double-A and Triple-A in 2016. The 28-year-old third baseman and shortstop will function as organizational infield depth for the Tigers.
Tigers sign Matt Murton to minor league deal 02-20-2017
Matt Murton LF COL
Tigers signed OF Matt Murton to a minor league contract.

Evan Woodberry on Twitter
Murton hit .314/.349/.398 in 76 games last season at Triple-A, after enjoying success in Japan for several years. The veteran outfielder will operate as organizational outfield depth for Detroit.
Cervelli (foot) plans to work out Tuesday 02-20-2017
Francisco Cervelli C PIT
Francisco Cervelli (foot) plans to work out Tuesday.

Adam Berry on Twitter
Cervelli felt some discomfort in his right foot during a team workout Sunday, but it's nothing serious. He should be ready for the start of Grapefruit League play later this week, though the Pirates figure to ease him into full games. Cervelli has ordered new customized insoles for his cleats.
Cueto (family) still has not reported to camp 02-20-2017
Johnny Cueto P SF
Johnny Cueto (family) still has not reported to Giants camp.

Henry Schulman on Twitter
His father is ill and the Giants have allowed him to stay home in the Dominican Republic for as long as he needs, but the first round of the World Baseball Classic may now be in doubt. Cueto is throwing bullpen sessions and streaming them for members of the Giants coaching staff, but his first WBC start is supposed to be on March 5. That may be cutting it too close.
Winkler (elbow) to begin season on the DL 02-20-2017
Daniel Winkler P ATL
Daniel Winkler (elbow) is expected to begin the 2017 season on the disabled list.

Mark Bowman on Twitter
Winkler battled elbow problems throughout 2016 and is still pretty far behind as spring training enters its second week. The right-hander will aim to join the Braves' bullpen sometime in mid-to-late April.
Neil Walker extension talks 'probably dead' 02-20-2017
Neil Walker 2B NYM
According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, "the feeling from the Mets side is the Neil Walker contract extension discussions are probably dead."

Mike Puma on Twitter
Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reported on Sunday that the two sides were discussing a contract extension that would potentially run through 2019, but it sounds like there is a big gap in the financial expectations. Walker will make $17.2 million in 2017 after accepting the Mets' one-year qualifying offer in early November. He is scheduled to become a free agent next winter.
Pomeranz (elbow) throws first 'pen session 02-20-2017
Drew Pomeranz P BOS
Drew Pomeranz (elbow) threw his first bullpen session of Red Sox camp on Monday.

Pete Abraham on Twitter
And it apparently went smoothly. Pomeranz finished last season with elbow problems, but he's had no issues so far this spring and he should have a place in the Red Sox rotation if the story remains the same. Steven Wright and Eduardo Rodriguez are also in the running for the final two spots.
Wright (shoulder) throws bullpen session 02-20-2017
Steven Wright P BOS
Steven Wright (shoulder) threw a successful bullpen session on Monday morning in Red Sox camp.

Pete Abraham on Twitter
It was the first mound session of the spring for Wright, and he said he felt fine. The 32-year-old knuckleballer is in a battle for the final spot in the Red Sox starting rotation. He should be ready for Grapefruit League action sometime in early March.
Kazmir threw live BP on Monday 02-20-2017
Scott Kazmir P LAD
Scott Kazmir threw live batting practice Monday without issue.

Ken Gurnick on Twitter
Kazmir finished last season with an intercostal injury, pitching 136 1/3 innings to the tune of a 4.56 ERA. The 33-year-old left-hander will be in the Dodgers' season-opening starting rotation if he makes it through camp unscathed. He's due $17.7 million in 2017.
Longo out of camp Monday due to illness 02-20-2017
Evan Longoria 3B TB
Evan Longoria was absent from Rays camp Monday due to a minor illness.

Marc Topkin on Twitter
There is a bug going around the club's spring training facilities. Longoria should be back in action by the middle of the week.
Mets extension talks with Walker 'hit a snag' 02-20-2017
Neil Walker 2B NYM
According to Marc Carig of Newsday, the Mets' extension talks with Neil Walker "have hit a snag."

Newsday
Carig says "it's still possible negotiations could heat up once more," but there is nothing imminent at this time. Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reported on Sunday that the two sides were discussing a new deal that would run through 2019 and be worth "north of $40 million," but there are apparently some disagreements in the details. Walker will earn $17.2 million in 2017 after accepting the Mets' one-year qualifying offer in November. He is currently scheduled to become a free agent next winter.
Ondrusek (ankle) did fielding drills Mon. 02-20-2017
Logan Ondrusek P BAL
Logan Ondrusek (ankle) did fielding drills on Monday.

Roch Kubatko on Twitter
Ondrusek rolled his ankle on Saturday and still hasn't been cleared to return to mound work, but that should be coming soon. It's a very minor issue here in the early weeks of spring training.
Cishek (hip) to play catch on Tuesday 02-20-2017
Steve Cishek P SEA
Steve Cishek (hip) is scheduled to play catch Tuesday for the first time since arriving at Mariners camp.

Ryan Divish on Twitter
"It's a big day for me," the rehabbing reliever told reporters on Monday morning. Cishek needed microfracture surgery on his left hip back in October and will almost certainly open the 2017 season on the disabled list, but he could be ready to rock before the end of April.
Andino returns to Orioles camp Monday 02-20-2017
Robert Andino 2B MIA
Robert Andino returned to Orioles camp Monday.

Roch Kubatko on Twitter
Andino was excused on Sunday to tend to a private family matter. The veteran utilityman is trying to win a spot on the Baltimore bench, but that will be a tall task. He posted a weak .583 OPS in 13 games with the Marlins last season.
Swihart making return throws without issue 02-20-2017
Blake Swihart C BOS
Blake Swihart had no throwing issues while catching two sessions of live batting practice on Monday.

Brian MacPherson on Twitter
Swihart developed a minor case of the yips on Friday, sailing return throws in ugly fashion during a round of bullpen work, but all is fine now. The catcher-turned-outfielder-turned-catcher is likely to open the 2017 season at Triple-A Pawtucket due to a roster crunch. He's a .271/.328/.386 hitter in 383 career major league plate appearances.
Kelley, Treinen, Glover vying for Nats closer 02-20-2017
Shawn Kelley P WAS
Nationals GM Mike Rizzo told MLB Network Radio on Monday that Shawn Kelley, Blake Treinen, and Koda Glover are competing to be the team's closer.

Jim Bowden on Twitter
Rizzo also said that he's had no recent trade talks for relief help, so the job will probably go to one of these three. Kelley figures to be the front-runner here in February after registering a strong 2.64 ERA, 0.897 WHIP, and 80/11 K/BB ratio in 58 innings last season for Washington. It's a story we'll be tracking all spring.
Correa 'up and running' in next few days 02-20-2017
Carlos Correa SS HOU
Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Monday morning that the plan is to have Carlos Correa "up and running fully in the next couple days."

Jake Kaplan on Twitter
Correa had his wisdom teeth removed last Thursday and was given the weekend off from baseball activities, though the young shortstop did get in a little cardio. It's no big deal here in February.
Locke shut down with biceps discomfort 02-20-2017
Jeff Locke P MIA
Jeff Locke has been shut down for a few days due to biceps tendinitis.

Joe Frisaro on Twitter
Marlins manager Don Mattingly said it's not a big concern and that Locke should resume throwing sometime this week. The left-hander signed a one-year, $3.025 million free agent contract with Miami back in early December and is now trying to compete for a spot in the season-opening starting rotation. He can't afford to lose much time.
Zimmermann (neck, lat) feeling good 02-20-2017
Jordan Zimmermann P DET
Jordan Zimmermann said he felt good after throwing to hitters on Sunday.

Evan Woodberry on Twitter
And he drew a nice review from Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. Zimmermann battled neck and lat injuries in 2016 and wound up with a rough 4.87 ERA in 105 1/3 innings. His career ERA before last year was 3.32. Maybe a bounceback is coming this season.
Twins sign Seth Rosin to minors contract 02-20-2017
Seth Rosin P PHI
Twins signed RHP Seth Rosin to a minor league contract.

Mike Berardino on Twitter
Rosin allowed eight earned runs on 14 hits in just 8 2/3 innings last season with the Triple-A affiliate of the Padres. The 28-year-old right-hander will be nothing more than organizational bullpen depth for Minnesota.
Nothing imminent between Mets and Walker 02-20-2017
Neil Walker 2B NYM
Marc Carig of Newsday was told Monday morning that "nothing is imminent" in the ongoing extension talks between the Mets and Neil Walker.

Mark Carig on Twitter
Walker and his reps met Sunday with general manager Sandy Alderson and it sounds like there could be an agreement at some point this spring, but we're not there yet. Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News reported this weekend that the two sides have been discussing a contract extension that would run through 2019 and be worth "north of $40 million." Walker, 31, slugged 23 homers with an .823 OPS in 113 games last season before undergoing back surgery. He accepted the Mets' one-year, $17.2 million qualifying offer for 2017.
Familia back in Mets camp on Monday 02-20-2017
Jeurys Familia P NYM
Jeurys Familia returned to Mets camp Monday.

Marc Carig on Twitter
Mike Puma of the New York Post reported Saturday that Familia's weekend absences from the Mets' spring training facilities had something to do with MLB's ongoing investigation into the closer's October domestic violence charge. So maybe we'll be hearing about a suspension soon from MLB commissioner Rob Manfred. Addison Reed projects to open the 2017 season as New York's ninth-inning man, unless Familia somehow avoids punishment.
Steven Wright (shoulder) throws off mound 02-20-2017
Steven Wright P BOS
Steven Wright (shoulder) is scheduled to throw off a mound Monday.

Brian MacPherson on Twitter
It'll be his first time doing so since he arrived at Red Sox camp. Wright missed the final month of the 2016 season due to bursitis and rotator cuff irritation in his left shoulder, so the 32-year-old knuckleballer is taking it easy out of the gate this spring. The hope is he'll be fully caught up by Opening Day.
Pomeranz (elbow) set for mound work 02-20-2017
Drew Pomeranz P BOS
Drew Pomeranz (elbow) is expected to throw his first bullpen session of spring training on Monday.

Brian MacPherson on Twitter
Pomeranz is being eased into action at Red Sox camp after requiring stem cell treatment on his left elbow last October. He'll have a good shot at a starting job if everything goes smoothly from here. Eduardo Rodriguez and Steven Wright are also in the running for the back end of the Boston rotation.