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More arm problems interrupt Gavin Floyd’s latest comeback

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More arm problems for Gavin Floyd, who missed most of 2013 and 2014 after Tommy John elbow surgery followed by a fractured elbow.

Floyd signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the Indians in December, but he was held out of his spring training debut over the weekend with “soreness” and is now headed for an MRI exam.

Before all the injuries derailed his career Floyd was a solid mid-rotation starter and he was in the midst of a nice comeback for the Braves in 2014 when the fractured elbow occurred.

Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco has a “minor” concussion

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Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco took a foul top off the mask Saturday and has been diagnosed with what the team is calling a “minor” concussion (also known as a “minor” brain injury).

Mesoraco told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com that he “doesn’t feel too bad when he’s not doing anything.” Which is another way of saying he does feel bad when he is doing something, of course.

Mesoraco signed a four-year, $28 million deal with the Reds in January and manager Bryan Price quickly said he plans to ride the 26-year-old catcher into the ground this season by starting him 145 times behind the plate.

Brett Cecil cleared to throw after shoulder problems

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Some potentially good news from Blue Jays camp, where left-hander Brett Cecil is expected to resume throwing Tuesday after previously being shut down with shoulder soreness last week.

Pitching coach Pete Walker told Ben Nicholson-Smith of Toronto Sportsnet that Cecil “feels good” and the Blue Jays believe he was merely suffering from some minor rotator cuff inflammation.

Barring a late addition to the Blue Jays’ bullpen Cecil is in line to begin the season in the closer role after back-to-back fantastic years as a setup men in which he threw a combined 114 innings with a 2.76 ERA and 146 strikeouts.

Denard Span out at least 4-6 weeks after second surgery

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Nationals center fielder Denard Span, who underwent offseason surgery to repair a sports hernia, went under the knife again Monday to fix a “right core muscle injury.”

Span made his spring training debut Thursday, going 0-for-2 against the Mets, and there was no indication something was wrong then. Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com notes that several prominent players, including Miguel Cabrera, had core muscle surgery in recent years and the typical recovery timetable was at least 4-6 weeks.

That means Span is definitely out for Opening Day and may miss the entire first month of the season. In the meantime 24-year-old prospect Michael Taylor could get a chance to step in for Span as the Nationals’ starting center fielder after hitting .304 with 23 homers and a .915 OPS in 110 games between Double-A and Triple-A last season.

Washington is already without left fielder Jayson Werth and backup outfielder Nate McLouth due to injuries, so the Nationals are running thin at a spot where they previously appeared to have plenty of depth.

Casey Kotchman is making a comeback with the Royals

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Journeyman first baseman Casey Kotchman has signed a minor-league deal with the Royals after sitting out last season.

Kotchman was the Angels’ first-round pick in 2001 and played 10 seasons in the majors for seven different teams, most recently with the Marlins in 2013.

He’s a good defensive first baseman and controls the strike zone well, but Kotchman lacks power for the position and is a career .260 hitter with a .711 OPS in 939 games.

Kansas City has Eric Hosmer at first base and signed Kendrys Morales for a bunch of money to replace Billy Butler at designated hitter, so there isn’t much room for Kotchman beyond serving as Triple-A depth.