All quotes care of Rotowire:
Tankersley will have his shoulder examined on Friday, and if the results are positive he'll begin throwing from flat ground on Saturday, the Palm Beach Post reports.
"It is realistic to be (throwing) off a mound a week to 10 days from Saturday," he said. Tankersley still thinks he can be ready for Opening Day.
Gregg has struggled a little so far in spring training action, and might have lost his favorite status for the Marlins' closing job to Matt Lindstrom, the Marlins' official site reports.
It's way too early to read too much into a couple of outings, but the takeaway here is that if you invest in Gregg for potential saves, you might also need to go out and get Lindstrom or Henry Owens too. Meanwhile, Taylor Tankersley is currently out with shoulder soreness.
Gregg isn't dominant but he's not a terrible pitcher:
You could do a heck of a lot worse at closer than Gregg. A few major league teams ARE doing a heck of a lot worse than Gregg as we speak.
Following up, here are Tankersley's numbers from last year in the majors:
While that era looks pretty his projected era based on his k/9, bb/9 and hr/9 is a less stellar 3.93. Sure he's a more dominant pitcher as far as striking guys out but that doesn't immediately make you a better closer, especially in this era today where closers typically start innings. Getting the strikeout isn't as important as not putting people on base and Tankersley has yet to show the ability to keep batters off base. His minor league whip was 1.26 and that's against lesser competition. I'm not sure whether Tankersley can win this battle healthy, let alone hurting.