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Jose Alvarado
Appears primed for resurgence
PTampa Bay Rays
July 5, 2020
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."
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James Paxton
Early camp returns impressive
PNew York Yankees
July 5, 2020
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."
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Aaron Nola
Not present for unknown reasons
PPhiladelphia Phillies
July 5, 2020
Nola has yet to report to Phillies summer camp, but the reasons for his absence have not been disclosed, Jim Salisbury of NBC Philadelphia reports.
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Zack Wheeler
2020 status still in flux
PPhiladelphia Phillies
July 5, 2020
Wheeler, who signed a $118 million deal with the Phillies this offseason, remains unsure of how he'll continue to manage the threat of COVID-19 alongside his wife's pregnancy, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
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Michael Lorenzen
Ready for heavy workload
PCincinnati Reds
July 5, 2020
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."
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Masahiro Tanaka
Returns to Yankee Stadium
PNew York Yankees
July 5, 2020
Tanaka (concussion) was at Yankee Stadium on Sunday and was "acting like his normal self" per teammate Brett Gardner, Brendan Kuty of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
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Kyle Wright
In contention for No. 5 role?
PAtlanta Braves
July 4, 2020
Wright has an opportunity to compete with Sean Newcomb for the No. 5 role in the starting rotation now that Felix Hernandez has opted out of playing in 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
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Felix Hernandez
Decision should have domino effect
PAtlanta Braves
July 4, 2020
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.
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Sean Newcomb
Chances of rotation spot increase
PAtlanta Braves
July 4, 2020
Newcomb's chances of a rotation spot have increased with Felix Hernandez's decision to sit out the 2020 season due to coronavirus-related concerns, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
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Masahiro Tanaka
Positive developments after scare
PNew York Yankees
July 4, 2020
Tanaka, who was struck in the head by a line drive off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton in the Yankees' first workout of summer camp Saturday, was displaying several encouraging signs several hours later, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
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Yu Darvish
Plans to play in 2020
PChicago Cubs
June 29, 2020
Darvish intends to report to the Cubs' "summer camp" this week, despite voicing his concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic back in March, Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
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Clarke Schmidt
Chance of '20 debut stronger?
PNew York Yankees
June 28, 2020
Schmidt's inclusion in the Yankees' 60-man player pool Sunday ups the chances he makes his big-league debut in 2020, MLB.com reports.
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Brett Cecil
Health status to be evaluated
PSt. Louis Cardinals
June 28, 2020
The Cardinals will have further clarity on the health of Cecil (hamstring), who Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports is in the player pool for the team's summer camp, when players report July 1.
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Jordan Hicks
Will be monitored closely
PSt. Louis Cardinals
June 28, 2020
Hicks' workload early in the regular season remains difficult to predict due to multiple health-related precautions he'll be subject to, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
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Edgar Santana
Pirates career in jeopardy?
PPittsburgh Pirates
June 28, 2020
Santana, who missed all of 2019 due to Tommy John surgery, will also sit out all of 2020 and part of 2021 as a result of the 80-game suspension he was handed Sunday, ESPN.com reports.
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Carlos Carrasco
Chance of opt out
PCleveland Indians
June 24, 2020
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.
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Anthony Bass
Possible late-season closer
PToronto Blue Jays
June 23, 2020
Bass, who had five saves for the Mariners last season, could return to closing this year if the Blue Jays trade Ken Giles.
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Luke Weaver
Repped by Scott Boras
PArizona Diamondbacks
June 19, 2020
Weaver is now represented by Scott Boras and is slated to reach arbitration eligibility in advance of the 2021 season, Robert Murray of TheScore.com reports.
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Matt Harvey
Could sign with KBO team
PFree Agent  
June 5, 2020
There is mutual interest for Harvey to sign with a KBO team, Jason Lee of Jays Journal reports.
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Francisco Rodriguez
Attempting comeback
PFree Agent  
May 18, 2020
Rodriguez is attempting an MLB comeback, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.
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Bartolo Colon
Wants to play one more MLB season
PFree Agent  F
May 18, 2020
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."
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Matt Harvey
Staying prepared for 2020 season
PFree Agent  
May 17, 2020
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."
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Jon Lester
Not eyeing retirement
PChicago Cubs
May 5, 2020
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."
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Shohei Ohtani
May be ready upon restart
PLos Angeles Angels
April 18, 2020
Ohtani (elbow) began throwing bullpen sessions this week, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
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Yimi Garcia
Possible closer?
PMiami Marlins
April 7, 2020
Garcia, who ranked 11th on Statcast's 2019 xERA leaderboard, could close down the line for Miami.
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