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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:
Reyes headed for Tommy John surgery, will miss 2017 season  —  JUPITER, Fla.  • One of the best pitching prospects in all of baseball and an early favorite for a Rookie of the Year will have to wait a year to prove it.  —  Alex Reyes has a complete rupture of a ligament in his right elbow …
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals braced for the worst after Reyes' elbow flares up  —  JUPITER, Fla.  • Before the first official pitch of spring training workouts had even been thrown Tuesday, alarm spread through the Cardinals that rookie pitcher Alex Reyes could miss an extended period of time with an elbow injury.
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Matt Harvey couldn't feel his hand for three days after surgery  —  PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Matt Harvey was scared and humbled.  Last summer, after a confusing three months of trying to pitch with cold, tingling fingers and not being able to command a baseball, Harvey had ominously been diagnosed with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome.
Discussion: Fox Sports
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals send Reyes for MRI on pitching elbow
Discussion: Bleacher Nation and MLB Daily Dish
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' Kyle Schwarber officially cleared to catch  —  Cubs' Kyle Schwarber on his knee, catching and batting leadoff at spring training on Feb. 14, 2017.  (Mark Gonzales/Chicago Tribune)  —  Chicago Tribune  —  Kyle Schwarber will get his wish, as the Chicago Cubs announced Wednesday morning …
Discussion: FanRag Sports
Mark Gonzales / Chicago Tribune:
Cubs hope late-winter insurance protects rotation from rigors of season
Erik Boland / Newsday:
Yankees' Michael Pineda focused on finishing outs and innings  —  TAMPA, Fla. — CC Sabathia has experience in such matters.  —  And so when the veteran lefthander, having won a Cy Young award in 2007 with Cleveland, used that award and the eternally inconsistent Michael Pineda in the same sentence Tuesday, it raised a few eyebrows.
Ariel Helwani / MMA Fighting:
Georges St-Pierre and UFC agree to terms, close to finalizing new contract  —  At long last, Georges St-Pierre appears headed back to the UFC.  —  St-Pierre, the former UFC welterweight champion, is on the verge of signing a new multi-fight contract with the promotion, multiple sources confirmed with MMA Fighting.
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 …
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 …
Evan Grant / Dallas Morning News:
Why money might not be the only reason Texas could let Yu Darvish walk after 2017  —  SURPRISE, Ariz. — When spring training officially begins Wednesday, the Rangers will trot out the best 1-2 punch they've ever had to start a year in Cole Hamels and Yu Darvish.
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
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
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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Red Sox TV analyst Remy announces cancer diagnosis
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