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7:15 AM ET, February 15, 2017

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Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs will use restraint to ease Kyle Schwarber into limited catching role  —  Cubs' Kyle Schwarber on his knee, catching and batting leadoff at spring training on Feb. 14, 2017.  (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)  —  Chicago Tribune  —  The protective brace on Kyle Schwarber's left knee represents insurance for the future.
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Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs hope late-winter insurance protects rotation from rigors of season
ESPN:
Cardinals prospect Alex Reyes has partial tear in elbow  —  St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Alex Reyes has a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow and will get a second opinion, but season-ending Tommy John surgery is likely, a source told ESPN's Jim Bowden.  —  EDITOR'S PICKS
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Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals send Reyes for MRI on pitching elbow
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish and Bleacher Nation
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Reds Claim Nefi Ogando  —  The Reds have claimed righty Nefi Ogando off waivers from the Pirates, according to Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer (via Twitter).  He follows Lisalverto Bonilla in moving from Pittsburgh to Cincinnati via the waiver wire.
Discussion: Bucs Dugout
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Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Reds Claim Lisalverto Bonilla
Hannah Jeter / The Players' Tribune:
The Derek I Know  —  This is the first of a new editorial series in which family members, friends, and those closest to them, share special insights into the athletes they love.  —  I thought he was a pitcher.  —  I know it sounds strange that I didn't know he was a shortstop.
Adam Kilgore / Washington Post:
MLB spring training is unnecessarily long.  Blame pitchers.  —  Cubs pitchers Jake Arrieta and Wade Davis play catch at spring training on Feb. 13, 2017.  (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)  —  Early in his career, Ryan Zimmerman received a piece of advice from a veteran relief pitcher.
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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:
Target Recalls Patio Benches Due to Fall Hazard  —  Recall Summary  —  Name of product:  —  Threshold patio benches  —  Hazard:  —  The patio benches can collapse while in use, posing a fall hazard to consumers.  —  Remedy:  —  Consumer Contact:  —  Target at 800-440-0680 from 7 …
Discussion: WHTM-TV
Marc Raimondi / MMA Fighting:
Brock Lesnar notifies UFC of his retirement from MMA  —  Brock Lesnar has made no official announcements, but he has notified the UFC of his retirement from MMA, a UFC spokesperson confirmed with MMA Fighting on Tuesday.  —  Lesnar has also been removed from the USADA drug-testing pool …
Associated Press:
Rays' Jake Odorizzi, Cardinals' Michael Wacha go to salary arbitration  —  ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Jake Odorizzi of Tampa Bay and Michael Wacha of St. Louis have gone to salary arbitration and are among six first-time eligible starting pitchers who could get decisions Tuesday.
Discussion: Yahoo Sports and DRaysBay
Pete Blackburn / Fox Sports:
The Miami Marlins are tweaking their policy on facial hair  —  Regardless of where they finish in the standings, this season will be much hairier than last for the Miami Marlins.  —  That was assured when it was revealed recently that the team would be making some changes to the policy …
Discussion: FanRag Sports
Baseball Prospectus:
The Top 101 Prospects of 2017  —  While it's entirely likely you'll skip right ahead to the rankings, we wanted to provide some context for the list.  As always, prospect lists are a snapshot in time—in this case January 1, when the list was compiled.  It's possible a prospect's situation …
ESPN:
Sources: MLB wants 30-second limit for managers to decide on replay challenges  —  As it zeroes in on ways to improve its pace of play, Major League Baseball has turned its attention to an area of built-in dead time — instant replay.  —  And its first target is managers.
Tampa Bay Times:
MLB Network ranks Rays' Kiermaier surprisingly low among MLB centerfielders  —  PORT CHARLOTTE — CF Kevin Kiermaier is considered by many the best defensive centerfielder in the game and has a pair of Gold Gloves to prove it, plus an improving offensive portfolio.
Discussion: DRaysBay
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Braves' Rodriguez to miss significant time for shoulder injury  —  As pleased as the Braves were to trade for second baseman Brandon Phillips and pay such a relatively small price for the former All-Star, they felt awful about the reason they needed to make the move: to replace injured Sean Rodriguez.
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ESPN:
Reds trading second baseman Brandon Phillips to Braves
 
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