Braves GM Frank Wren said Ervin Santana will throw a bullpen session and live batting practice before making his first exhibition start.
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The Braves will ease him into things and expect Santana to join the rotation in mid-April. Atlanta swooped in and signed Santana to a one-year, $14.1 million contract (his initial asking price was reportedly in the $100 million range) on Wednesday morning to help patch up a rotation that is dealing with injuries to Kris Medlen (forearm) and Brandon Beachy (elbow). Santana, 31, posted a 3.24 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 161/51 K/BB ratio in 211 innings last season for the Royals.
Rangers manager Ron Washington prefers that either Neftali Feliz, Joakim Soria or Tanner Scheppers emerges as closer, but he won't rule out the possibility of a closer-by-committee.
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The competition remains wide open, with Feliz and Soria the favorites and Scheppers -- who is being stretched out as a starter -- lingering as the dark horse. "You'd always like one guy to do it, but if I have to use all three to help shut down a game, I'll do it," Washington said. "We haven't made a decision."
Jeremy Hellickson (elbow) will throw a bullpen session Wednesday.
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It's the first time he's thrown in six weeks. Tampa Bay expects the right-hander to be sidelined until mid- to late-May after undergoing minor arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow late last month. Jake Odorizzi is the heavy favorite to fill the No. 5 spot until he returns.