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Julio Teheran
Virus impacted mechanics
PDetroit Tigers  NRI
February 27, 2021
Teheran said he didn't have his usual arm or leg strength after contracting COVID-19 last summer, and that impacted his mechanics during the season, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
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Robel Garcia
Claimed by Astros
2BHouston Astros
February 27, 2021
Garcia was claimed off waivers by the Astros on Saturday.
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Javier Baez
Wants to stay in Chicago
SSChicago Cubs
February 27, 2021
Baez, who could become a free agent after the 2021 season, said he is open to a contract extension during spring training, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
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Justin Verlander
Moved to 60-day injured list
PHouston Astros
Elbow
February 27, 2021
Verlander (elbow) was placed on the 60-day injured list Saturday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Joc Pederson
Looks forward to playing daily
OFChicago Cubs
February 27, 2021
Pederson said he is eager to take on an everyday role with the Cubs and face more left-handed pitching, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
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Yasmani Grandal
Slowed by knee inflammation
CChicago White Sox
Knee
February 27, 2021
Grandal twisted his right knee during drills and will sit for at least the first two spring games until his inflammation subsides, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.
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Shohei Ohtani
Touches triple digits
PLos Angeles Angels
February 27, 2021
Ohtani's fastball reached 100 mph in his bullpen session Saturday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
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Austin Slater
Serving as designated hitter
OFSan Francisco Giants
February 27, 2021
Slater (elbow) will bat sixth as the designated hitter in the Giants' spring debut against the Angels on Sunday, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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Anthony Gose
Involved in car accident
PCleveland Indians  NRI
Undisclosed
February 27, 2021
Gose was involved in a car accident Friday, Tom Withers of the Associated Press reports.
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Carlos Martinez
Flashes breaking stuff in BP
PSt. Louis Cardinals
February 27, 2021
Martinez did a good job keeping several Cardinals starters off balance with his breaking pitches during Friday's live batting practice session, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
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Kyle Ryan
Cleared to work out
PChicago Cubs
Undisclosed
February 27, 2021
Ryan (COVID-19 protocols) has been cleared to rejoin the team and participated in workouts Saturday, Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
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Harrison Bader
Off to nice start with bat
OFSt. Louis Cardinals
February 27, 2021
Bader, whose work at the plate will be scrutinized this spring after back-to-back subpar seasons, laced long drives off Ryan Helsley and Kwang Hyun Kim during batting practice Friday, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
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Tommy Edman
Ready for multiple roles if needed
2BSt. Louis Cardinals
February 27, 2021
Edman is still projected to serve as the Cardinals' primary second baseman this coming season but is prepared to put in time at other positions again if necessary, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
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Luis Patino
Impresses in live BP
PTampa Bay Rays
February 27, 2021
Patino was one of the pitchers that caught manager Kevin Cash's eye during live batting practice Friday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
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Luis Severino
Mound work coming soon
PNew York Yankees
Elbow
February 27, 2021
Severino (elbow) is expected to throw off a mound within the next two weeks, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
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Frankie Montas
Ramp-up process begins
POakland Athletics
February 27, 2021
Montas, who was cleared to join spring training Thursday after a stay on the COVID-19 injured list, has already begun his ramp-up process, Martin Gallegos of MLB.com reports.
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Ty France
Getting early reps at third
2BSeattle Mariners
February 27, 2021
France has seen the bulk of his infield reps at third base early in spring training, Daniel Kramer of MLB.com reports.
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Hirokazu Sawamura
Not in closer mix
PBoston Red Sox
Not Injury Related
February 27, 2021
Sawamura will not be the Red Sox's closer this season, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.
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Ivan Nova
Starting Grapefruit League opener
PPhiladelphia Phillies  NRI
February 27, 2021
Nova (triceps) will start the first game of the Grapefruit League season against the Tigers on Sunday, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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Kevin Plawecki
Cleared for workouts
CBoston Red Sox
February 27, 2021
Plawecki cleared the intake process Saturday and resumed workouts, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.
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Nate Pearson
Looking to refine command
PToronto Blue Jays
February 27, 2021
Pearson is focused on improving his command this season, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports. "In the Minors, you can definitely get away with being a little erratic because velo can help you out at times," Pearson said. "I definitely learned up in the big leagues you can't just throw it hard and spray it a lot. You've got to attack the zone and throw strikes and competitive pitches more often than not."
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Yoan Moncada
Able to hit in intrasquad action
3BChicago White Sox
Arm
February 27, 2021
Moncada (arm) won't take the field in Saturday's intrasquad contest but will serve as a designated hitter, James Fegan of The Athletic reports.
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Daniel Castano
Will start spring opener
PMiami Marlins
February 27, 2021
Castano will get the start in the Marlins' Grapefruit League opener Sunday against the Astros, Christina De Nicola of MLB.com reports.
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Corey Dickerson
Ready to rebound from tough 2020
OFMiami Marlins
February 27, 2021
Dickerson feels a set of difficult circumstances off the field last season contributed to his career-worst performance at the plate, Jordan McPherson of The Miami Herald reports. "A lot of people turn on the TV and expect us to be machines," Dickerson said Friday. "They don't see what we're going through... It's just difficult."
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DJ Stewart
Slims down during offseason
OFBaltimore Orioles
February 27, 2021
Stewart shed 10-12 pounds during the offseason, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports.
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