- The St. Louis Cardinals appear to be losing one of their key starters for the 2017 season before it even begins. Right-hander Alex Reyes reportedly underwent an MRI and the results showed a partial tear of his UCL and will likely require Tommy John surgery per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Reyes was one of the top pitching prospects in the Cardinals organization and got his first taste of MLB action in 2016. He filled in as a long man out of the bullpen and as a starter and put up a 1.57 ERA across 46.0 innings of work. The Cardinals were counting on him being a big part of their rotation. Reyes is looking to get a second opinion on his elbow before making any decision but it does not look promising for him at this point.
- The Cleveland Indians have added former all-star outfielder Grady Sizemore to their front office as a special advisor to their player development staff. Sizemore will work with the outfielders early in Spring Training before working with the minor league players at minor league camp later on in the spring.
- Baltimore Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman looks likely to begin the season on the DL per Rich Kubatko of MASNsports. Tillman received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right shoulder back in December and is currently a couple weeks behind in his recovery. The hope is he’ll be good to go within a short time as the Orioles are thin on pitching depth.