Bill Baer examines several pitchers returning from injury and predicts how they will fare in 2015.

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Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson looks at Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw and thinks of what might have been. ”In a perfect scenario, I’d be like my guy over here,” he said as he looked at Kershaw in a nearby dressing stall in the Dodgers’ clubhouse. Injuries have always seemed to prevent Anderson from reaching the potential that was evident when he broke into the major leagues in 2009 with the Oakland Athletics. Now, the left-hander is with the Dodgers, working on another comeback after signing a one-year deal on Dec. 31.

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Post info: By TheSmallBallWay on February 23rd, 2015
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NEW YORK (AP) — Right-handers Koby Gauna of Oakland and Richie Tate of Atlanta have been suspended for 50 games each for violating baseball’s minor league drug program.

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Two of the pitchers at spring training with the Oakland Athletics are getting ready for June, not April. Right-handers Jarrod Parker and A.J. Griffin are both coming off Tommy John surgery, Parker for the second time. Parker had elbow ligament-replacement surgery for the second time on March 24, following an initial operation in October 2009, when he was with Arizona. Griffin had Tommy John surgery for the first time on April 30.

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The busy offseason is over for the Chicago White Sox. After making big news with a trade for Jeff Samardzija and the free-agent signings of David Robertson, Adam LaRoche and Melky Cabrera, the South Siders raised their profile and have high hopes of competing for an AL Central title and beyond. ”I expect us to make the playoffs,” manager Robin Ventura said Friday as pitchers and catchers formally reported to camp at Camelback Ranch. You look at the guys they brought in here and the depth that we have.” For the first time in 16 years, the White Sox begin a season without Paul Konerko.

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Pitchers and catchers reported for the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday and there are plenty of questions at both positions for new manager Chip Hale. Hale, bench coach for Bob Melvin in Oakland, took over for the fired Kirk Gibson, He says 12 to 14 pitchers have a chance to make the rotation. Hale says all eight catchers in camp have a chance to make the team.

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Left-hander Barry Zito is returning to the Oakland Athletics with a minor contract that includes an invitation to major league spring training, two people with knowledge of the agreement said Tuesday. The deal was first reported by the San Francisco Chronicle. He was taken by Oakland in the first round of the 1999 amateur draft and began his major league career with the A’s the following year. He signed a $126 million, seven-year contract before the 2007 season to join the San Francisco Giants but had a largely disappointing stint across the bay.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — All-Star third baseman Josh Donaldson has lost to the Toronto Blue Jays in salary arbitration.

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