Dane De La Rosa gets good news on forearm injury

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Angels right-hander Dane De La Rosa went for an MRI exam after getting knocked around and being pulled from his appearance Thursday, but the initial news is good.

Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that the MRI exam showed no structural damage and De La Rosa is hopeful that he can avoid beginning the season on the disabled list.

He’s not totally out of the woods yet, though. De La Rosa has been diagnosed with a sprain and his description of how his arm felt Thursday is pretty scary:

I just didn’t feel the ball. There were a few times when I just had no idea where it was going. I just couldn’t feel fingertips. If you can’t feel your fingertips when you’re pitching, it’s not a good thing.

De La Rosa had a big workload last season, appearing in 75 games and logging 72 innings with a 2.86 ERA and 65/28 K/BB ratio as a 30-year-old rookie.

Report: Cubs sign Brian Duensing to two-year, $7 million deal

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Cubs have signed pitcher Brian Duensing to a two-year, $7 million contract.

Duensing, 34, spent last season with the Cubs and pitched effectively. He posted a 2.74 ERA with a 61/18 K/BB ratio across 62 1/3 innings. His 23.7 percent strikeout rate marked a career high and he didn’t sacrifice much in the way of control to do so.

According to Heyman, Duensing had offers for “significantly more money” from other teams, but chose to return to the Cubs because he enjoyed his time there in 2017. The lefty will fill the same role as last season, operating as a lefty specialist out of the bullpen.