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5:40 PM ET, February 15, 2017

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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:
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
Discussion: Fox Sports
Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Cardinals send Reyes for MRI on pitching elbow
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
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ESPN:
Yankees owner envisions expanded role for A-Rod, noncommittal on future of manager Joe Girardi  —  TAMPA, Fla. — Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner can envision Alex Rodriguez's role with the team growing over time.  —  “Absolutely,” Steinbrenner said Wednesday afternoon …
Discussion: Yahoo Sports and Pinstripe Alley
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.
Kristie Ackert / New York Daily News:
Mets' Neil Walker talks about accepting qualifying offer, desire for long-term deal  —  PORT ST. LUCIE - Before he made the decision to have surgery last summer, Neil Walker got some assurances from the Mets.  Sandy Alderson did not guarantee the second baseman, who was facing free agency for the first time …
Dan Steinberg / Washington Post:
Chris Cooley speculates on-air about Scot McCloughan: ‘Is he drinking?’  —  Over the past few weeks, several Redskins reporters — including The Post's Mike Jones — observed that Redskins GM Scot McCloughan was not being allowed to speak with the media.  This seemed a bit odd, because there's no shortage of appropriate questions.
Discussion: KNBR-AM and ProFootballTalk
Tatiana Siegel / Hollywood Reporter:
New England Patriots Super Bowl Hero's Life Story to Be Told in Biopic (Exclusive)  —  Malcolm Butler's journey — from running the fryolator at Popeyes to becoming the team's star cornerback — will be heading to the big screen in ‘The Secondary’ with the help of Daniel Levin …
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Sean Rodriguez Likely To Miss 2017 Season After Shoulder Surgery  —  Braves infielder Sean Rodriguez underwent a procedure to repair the rotator cuff in his left shoulder, per a club announcement.  Though the team did not provide a timetable, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tweets …
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 …
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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