Wilson made adjustments to his throwing program in the offseason that he hopes will propel him past the competition late in spring training, Rich Dubroff of MLB.com reports.
Wilson, who will get the start when the Orioles begin Grapefruit League play on Friday against the Tigers, is fighting to win one of the team's two remaining roster spots. Last year, Wilson open the year in the Orioles bullpen, moved into the starting rotation in late-April, and was sent to Triple-A Norfolk on July 3. The 27-year-old righty thought long and hard during the offseason on how he could improve his odds to have success in 2017. "Coming into camp, I'm trying to be a lot more responsible as far as my workload [going] into the season," Wilson said. "I made some adjustments in the offseason as far as length of throwing. I started a little later, to hopefully peak later on in spring training and later on in the season, and be able to withstand that deeper into the season."
Johnson didn't give up a hit while striking out three and walking one in two scoreless innings Thursday against Northeastern University.
We're not reading too much into a scoreless outing against a college team, but Johnson was nonetheless pleased with how the ball came out of his hand. If he can get back to form he showed two spring trainings ago, prior to an elbow injury and anxiety issues took him off schedule, Johnson should find his way to Boston at some point this season.
Voracek is fine and will play Saturday's outdoor game in Pittsburgh, Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Turns out that the injury that Voracek suffered in practice is nothing serious and he'll be ready to go without missing his first game of the season. While he's not scoring at the outrageous clip that he showed in mid-December, he does have four points in his last six games and still averages 3:43 of average ice time on the power play.
Patterson has signed a deal with the Hawks for the remainder of the season, Chris Vivlamore of AJC.com reports.
The Hawks initially held off retaining Patterson to keep a roster spot open for the trade deadline. Now that the deadline has passed and the team has an open spot on the roster, they've decided to sign Patterson for the remainder of the year. He's made four appearances with the Hawks this season, only seeing 7.5 minutes per game, so he'll likely remain largely irrelevant in the majority of fantasy circles.
Kelly and the Hawks have agreed on a contract through the end of this season, Chris Vivlamore of AJC.com reports.
Kelly was waived by the Hawks on Jan. 7 as a result of the trade that sent Kyle Korver to the Cavaliers, but has been re-acquired by the team. Kelly has only appeared in nine games this season, and will likely hold a similar role once more with the team, making him largely irrelevant in the vast majority of fantasy leagues.
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