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Appears primed for resurgence
Alvarado, whose 2019 season was derailed by a month-plus absence due to a personal matter, has entered summer camp with extremely high expectations for the coming season, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. "I've been working every day, and right now I'm ready to go," he said. "I'm very happy, because everything is good. I'm very excited, because I'm feeling like 100-percent ready to go, ready to compete in the games."
Early camp returns impressive
Paxton appears to be fully recovered from early February back surgery if his Sunday live batting practice is any indication, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports. "I thought he spun the ball really well for being the first time out," manager Aaron Boone said. "He looked fairly sharp. I think it was clearly a steppingstone for him, of getting back out there and getting in a little bit of competition against some hitters."
Not present for unknown reasons
2020 status still in flux
Ready for heavy workload
Lorenzen, who logged a career-high 73 appearances last season, feels ready to take on as heavy a workload as necessary in the shortened 2020 season, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports. "I would like to throw in every single game, to be honest," Lorenzen said. "We only have 60 of them going into the playoffs. I'm going to be lobbying to throw in every single game. I've told D.J. that, and he said he just might. We've got 60 games. I'm prepped for it."
Returns to Yankee Stadium
In contention for No. 5 role?
Decision should have domino effect
Hernandez's decision to sit out the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns, which his agent Wilfredo Polidor announced via his Twitter account Saturday night, opens the door for either Sean Newcomb or Kyle Wright to enter the starting rotation, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
Chances of rotation spot increase
Positive developments after scare
Plans to play in 2020
Chance of '20 debut stronger?
Health status to be evaluated
Will be monitored closely
Pirates career in jeopardy?
Chance of opt out
Players considered "high risk" can opt out of the 2020 season and still receive their full pro-rated salary, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. Carrasco is likely considered "high risk" after he was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia last year.
Possible late-season closer
Bass, who had five saves for the Mariners last season, could return to closing this year if the Blue Jays trade Ken Giles.
Repped by Scott Boras
Could sign with KBO team
Wants to play one more MLB season
Colon said Monday in a video call with Marly Rivera of ESPN.com that he isn't ready to retire and remains hopeful to play one more season in the majors. "I thought that last year maybe I would have the opportunity," Colon said. "I know that if it didn't happen last year, this year would be less likely. I'm getting older and the game is all about the young pitchers coming up."
Staying prepared for 2020 season
Harvey said that he's continuing to throw bullpen sessions "once or twice a week" with the hope of getting another opportunity with an MLB organization, Dan Martin of the New York Post reports. "I feel like I'm in high school again, where I have to showcase myself and start all over," Harvey said. "I just want to put myself in position to be ready and if it doesn't work out, to know I put the effort in to make a comeback."
Not eyeing retirement
Lester suggested Monday in an interview with Rob Bradford of WEEI.com that he intends to play beyond the 2020 season. "We'll figure that out one way or the other," Lester said, regarding his future with the Cubs beyond this season. "I will either be here or a free agent...I'm open-minded to anything."
May be ready upon restart