Know who you should be watching as you prep for your fantasy baseball draft. Here are a few notables from Tuesday's Spring Training sessions, all involving pitchers:
First, news from the Arizona Diamondbacks. They're reporting that Brandon McCarthy took big strides Tuesday in throwing at a live batter for the first time since he was clocked in the head by a line drive from Erick Aybar last Sept. 5. The injury put him in the hospital for weeks and nearly ended his life.
MLB.com's Steve Gilbert wrote this:
"It honestly is completely normal," McCarthy said. "Anything you would have thought might have been there wasn't. I was more nervous about where my command was at, where my stuff was at."
So no apprehension?
"There's that thought of, 'Is something going to happen? The first time they swing, are you going to duck for cover and run for center?'" McCarthy said. "But it really wasn't there. I threw the first pitch, he didn't swing and it was, 'Oh, this is easy, let's go back and do this again.'"
This is according to Yahoo! Sports: "D-backs general manager Kevin Towers says he expects McCarthy to be one of the team's top starters this season, and with what he saw Monday, Towers says McCarthy is on track for that"
So if you're in a league that doesn't need you to rack up Ks, McCarthy looks to be a great buy-low.
Not great news for Cubs fans waiting to pounce on Matt Garza.
This is from Yahoo! Sports:
"Matt Garza will get an MRI to see how severe his side injury is. Garza, who missed the final two months of 2012 with an elbow injury, re-injured himself on his first day back."
The Cubs initially called Garza's injury a ''mild strain'' but general manager Jed Hoyer said Monday that the right-hander will undergo further tests so team doctors will have a better sense of how long Garza will be sidelined.
''The good news is his arm felt really strong,'' Hoyer said. ''It's unfortunate and it's going to set him back a little bit. But we're still really confident. Our concern was with the elbow injury that shut him down last year.''
And finally a note from MLB.com in regards to Ricky Romero's rehab:
Ya, doesn't sound awesome -- definitely doesn't get my vote of confidence in a comeback season.
But some encouraging news from an MLB.com update in regards to one other vet; Tiger outfielder Torii Hunter:
Hunter had a solid season last year with the Angels, but with a high BABIP and with his older age, many don't think he has any chance of replicating those numbers in Detroit. Hitting at the top of the order in a stacked lineup definitely won't hurt him.