From Joe Nathan to Carlos Marmol to Sergio Santos, Major League Baseball pitching staffs are littered with conversion projects: players that took unusual routes to their big league careers by switching roles early in their careers from position players to pitchers.
The minor leagues will feature ...
There's nothing more difficult to predict every year than how a closer will do.
The top two closers in the West Seattle's Brandon League and Los Angeles' Jordan Walden are entering just their second full seasons as closers. The Texas Rangers are gambling that Joe Nathan has returned to his former standout self and Oakland is still trying to settle on its ninth-inning...
Texas Rangers righthander Neftali Feliz exited Tuesday's spring-training game against a Chicago Cubs split squad with shoulder stiffness.
Feliz, who is switching from the team's closer to the starting rotation, pitched three shutout innings before departing.
Cubs closer Carlos Marmol left the game with a cramp in his pitching hand after recording two outs.