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Casali had hamate surgery on his left hand in mid-December and is limited at the start of camp, but he said Saturday that he's playing catch and taking swings in the cage with no pain. Casali expects to start catching bullpen sessions soon and isn't concerned about having enough time to get ready for the April 1 opener in Seattle. Kansas City Royals

McCann spoke with deGrom during the offseason and again on Tuesday, and is ready to pepper him with questions as the two build a rapport.Los Angeles Angels

His above-average command from his softer-tossing pitchability days is still around, and his fastball and slider both play as 55s or 60s on the 20-80 scale depending on the day. His curveball and changeup are both around average, so he's got a real chance to be a mid-rotation starter, with some small chance to be a frontline power lefty if it all comes together.New York Mets

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But with the scheduled Opening Day just 45 days away, it does seem like MLB is cutting off its nose to spite its face. There has been an industry-wide push for more offense, and the sport-wide use of the DH could help with that. Front offices want the DH to protect pitchers, their most valued assets, from the heightened injury risks that come with swinging a bat, bunting or running the bases.

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“I still have not been able to be on the field for the last out to celebrate a championship, and that’s something I’m determined to show up and work for every day and have that experience at the end of this year.”Arizona Diamondbacks

The Dodgers have the World Series trophy sitting in their collection. The Padres have one postseason appearance in the last 14 years. But Tatis is transforming San Diego from a baseball afterthought to perennial contenders. And he’s doing it with a smile and some passion.

"It's nice," Posey said of returning to play. "It's different. Look at what we're doing right now [conducting an interview over video conference] -- it's not the same. You're still in masks, so that's obviously different as well. There's normalcy, too. There's the normalcy of standing on the foul line and stretching. Playing catch, catching 'pens. Yeah, it's great to be back, and hopefully as this vaccine continues to roll out, we'll be able to all get to experience the game like we're used to."