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M's reliever Phelps needs Tommy John

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PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Mariners reliever David Phelps will miss this season after tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching arm.

Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto announced the diagnosis Wednesday night.

Phelps was injured on the final pitch of his previous outing March 17 against the Angels. The right-hander will have Tommy John surgery to repair his elbow, though a surgery date has not been set. The typical recovery time for that operation is 12 to 15 months.


Orioles, Cobb finalize 4-year, $57M deal

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) Alex Cobb's comfort and familiarity with the AL East was the deciding factor in his decision to sign with the Baltimore Orioles.

"They used the AL East and the success I've had in it to their advantage," the 30-year-old right-hander said Wednesday after finalizing a $57 million, four-year contract. "They kept challenging me with it and I love the challenge of pitching in this division and they know that over the times we talked. They did a really good job of making me feel like this is where I need to be."


Cubs look to emulate 2016's fast start

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs remember what it was like in 2016, and they remember what happened last year. They remember all the fun they had two years ago, and how tired they were at the end of last season.

The past two years could hold the key to how they perform in 2018.


Cain, Yelich should give Brewers boost

MILWAUKEE (AP) The Milwaukee Brewers' pitching could improve this year better because of two new bats in the lineup: Outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Christian Yelich are just as capable of changing games with their gloves, too.

Think fewer bloopers dropping in for hits, or a hard liner into the gap cut off in time to prevent extra bases. Any edge will help the Brewers in what should be a competitive race in the NL Central.


Wainwright key to Cardinals' hopes

ST. LOUIS (AP) Adam Wainwright believes he can still be the best pitcher in baseball, even at 36 years old and coming off an injury-riddled season that was the worst of his illustrious career.

Whether the right-hander's assessment is anywhere near correct could determine not only his future in baseball, but that of the St. Louis Cardinals.


D-backs' Souza has strained shoulder

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Steven Souza Jr. will get an MRI on Thursday after straining his right shoulder during a spring training game Wednesday night.

The team announced Souza's diagnosis following a 14-0 loss to the San Francisco Giants. Souza left the game in the fourth inning after diving for a ball and missing in right-center field. He kicked his legs in apparent pain while waiting for a team trainer, then walked off the field holding his arm.


Greinke: 'All right' in return to mound

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) An even quieter than usual Zack Greinke declared his return to the mound Wednesday as simply "all right."

The Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander threw 60 pitches in an intrasquad game on a back field at the team's spring training facility.


Hall won't use Wahoo logo on new plaques

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) The baseball Hall of Fame says it no longer will use the Cleveland Indians' Chief Wahoo logo for plaques of new members.

In a statement, the Hall said Wednesday that it "concurs with the commissioner's sentiment and acknowledges the shifting societal view of Native American logos in baseball."


Tigers prospect Manning strains oblique

DETROIT (AP) Another top pitching prospect for the Detroit Tigers is dealing with an injury.

The team announced Wednesday that right-hander Matt Manning, a first-round draft pick in 2016, has an oblique strain. The Tigers say Manning will rest until he is pain free and then resume his throwing program. He is expected to be in extended spring training for a couple weeks before joining Class A West Michigan.

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