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  • Kevin Kiermaier TB CF
    Rays' Kevin Kiermaier: Scratched with neck soreness
    20m ago

    Kevin Kiermaier was scratched from Wednesday's Grapefruit League game with neck soreness, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    The Tampa Bay Rays say it's nothing serious, so hopefully the day off is a simple precaution. Dayron Varona will take his place in the outfield. The situation is worth monitoring, but consider Kiermaier day-to-day for now.

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  • Felix Doubront OAK SP
    Athletics' Felix Doubront: Expects to throw curves soon
    23m ago

    Felix Doubront (elbow) could begin incorporating curveballs in his next bullpen sessions, John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group reports.

    The left-hander threw his first bullpen session since Tommy John surgery back in mid-February, and it seems that each session since then has gone without a hitch. If everything goes as planned, Doubront should be able to progress to live BP sessions later in the month with a clearer timetable for return to follow each step in his recovery.

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  • Rickie Weeks TB 2B
    Rays' Rickie Weeks: Stays hot with three-hit day Tuesday
    25m ago

    Rickie Weeks went 3-for-3 with a double, three-run homer and three runs overall in Tuesday's 19-0 Grapefruit League win over the Twins.

    The veteran filled the DH role in Tuesday's blowout and continued his white-hot hitting by taking the Twins' Felix Jorge deep in the third with Corey Dickerson and Brad Miller aboard. Factoring in Tuesday's production, Weeks is hitting .833 with Tuesday's double, two homers, four RBI and four runs over his first three spring games.

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  • J.P. Howell TOR RP
    Blue Jays' J.P. Howell: Motivated by challenge of pitching in AL East
    27m ago

    J.P. Howell believes he will thrive against the competition in the AL East, Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star reports.

    Howell, a native of the west coast, said the unique ballpark environments of the hard-hitting division is one reason he chose to join Toronto this offseason. "The AL East is so intense. All season long it's usually a close race, so there's usually no letup," the lefty said. "The crowd plays a huge factor when you're tired or struggling, in all aspects, really. But when you need it, they're there. You can get something out of it and it can break some guys down, too." The 33-year-old veteran will replace the departed Brett Cecil as the team's go-to lefty in 2017, affording Howell a realistic opportunity to notch 15-plus holds during the campaign.

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  • Chris Bassitt OAK SP
    Athletics' Chris Bassitt: Set to throw curves next bullpen session
    28m ago

    Chris Bassitt (elbow) is expected to be allowed to throw curveballs in his next bullpen session, John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group reports.

    The right-hander began throwing off a mound in mid-February, and it seems like all has gone well as he continues on the long road to recovery from Tommy John surgery. If all goes well with this upcoming session, he could be ramped up to live BP sessions in the near future, although Bassitt's timeline should become clearer as he progresses further in his rehab process.

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  • Jake Bauers TB 1B
    Rays' Jake Bauers: Blasts grand slam in spring win
    29m ago

    Jake Bauers went 2-for-3 with a double, grand slam and two runs in Tuesday's 19-0 Grapefruit League win over the Twins.

    The Tampa Bay Rays ' No. 3-ranked prospect had been hitless in his first six at-bats of spring before launching a third-inning Tyler Duffey offering into the right-field stands to drive in Curt Casali, Tim Beckham and Joe McCarthy. The 20-year-old Bauers is getting his first taste of major league ball slashing .274/.370/.420 with 28 doubles, one triple, 14 homers, 78 RBI and 10 stolen bases at Double-A Montgomery in 2016.

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  • Brian McCann HOU C
    Astros' Brian McCann: Scratched with stomach ailment
    2h ago

    Brian McCann was scratched from Wednesday's Grapefruit League game with a stomach ailment, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Max Stassi will get the start behind the plate instead. It's likely nothing too serious for McCann, who should be back in action within a couple days. The veteran catcher was traded to Houston this offseason after spending the last three seasons with the Yankees.

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  • A.J. Ellis MIA C
    Marlins' A.J. Ellis: Will take two days rest
    3h ago

    Manager Don Mattingly says A.J. Ellis (hamstring) will rest for two days before resuming any baseball activities.

    Ellis was scratched from Tuesday's Grapefruit League game after feeling tightness while warming up. Mattingly added there's no definitive timetable for when the veteran catcher could return to games, but his status for the World Baseball Classic is in jeopardy. Tomas Telis, a backup catcher who took Ellis' DH spot Tuesday, will likely continue receiving opportunities.

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  • Derek Norris WAS C
    Nationals' Derek Norris: Homers Tuesday
    3h ago

    Derek Norris went 1-for-2 with a solo home run off Astros closer Ken Giles during Tuesday's Grapefruit League game.

    He's essentially auditioning for a role on another team at this point, as the Matt Wieters signing makes him expendable, but at least Norris isn't letting his job security issues affect him at the plate. He'll need more than one early spring homer to shake off the stink of last year's .583 OPS, however.

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  • Travis d'Arnaud NYM C
    Mets' Travis d'Arnaud: Homers in Tuesday's game
    3h ago

    D'Arnaud went 1-for-3 with a solo home run off Marlins closer A.J. Ramos in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game.

    His offseason work to simplify and improve his swing has paid quick dividends to begin the spring, and Travis d'Arnaud is now hitting .500 (4-for-8) through the New York Mets ' first few Grapefruit League games. He remains little more than a lottery ticket in shallower fantasy formats, but the 28-year-old catcher still has time to get his career back on track if he can just stay off the DL.

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  • Francisco Cervelli PIT C
    Pirates' Francisco Cervelli: Makes Grapefruit League debut
    15h ago

    Francisco Cervelli (foot) caught two innings and went hitless in two at-bats Tuesday in his spring debut, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

    Cervelli was added to the lineup about an hour before the start of the game. "We were targeting today if everything went well," manager Clint Hurdle said. "We got good reports on him (Monday), so he's back in play. We'll see how he feels tomorrow." He leads all big league catchers with a .372 OBP over the past three seasons but offers little in the way of power.

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  • Chris Herrmann ARI C
    Diamondbacks' Chris Herrmann: Enters spring action healthy
    21h ago

    Chris Herrmann (hand) is hitless in three at-bats this spring.

    Few people reported on the status of Herrmann's hand injury that he incurred back in September, but it seems like the catcher is back to his old self. The Arizona Diamondbacks have been easing him back into game action, however, as he only was the DH in his first appearance and he caught for a few innings over the weekend. That being said, the 29-year-old seems to be nearly ready to take over the primary catching duties in Arizona.

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  • Lucas Duda NYM 1B
    Mets' Lucas Duda: Return to hitting goes well
    42m ago

    Lucas Duda (back) resumed swinging Wednesday and his first session went without a hitch, Matt Ehalt of The Record reports.

    The slugger received cortisone shots in his hip Friday, but it seems like his return to his normal routine was good enough to quell any doubts that he'll be fine moving forward. Look for Duda to make his spring debut in the coming days unless another setback in his recovery process comes forth.

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  • Josh Bell PIT 1B
    Pirates' Josh Bell: Making progress from surgery
    2h ago

    Bell, Josh (knee) has been cleared to run the bases and will begin playing in simulated games in the coming week, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. "He is in the final stages of his preparation for game activity," trainer Todd Tomczyk said.

    Bell underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee one month ago. He's been taking grounders and running in straight lines, but the latest news is even more encouraging. "Actually, it's felt great for a couple weeks now," Bell said. "I guess the soreness from the incision points where they scoped into the knee, the soreness there has gone away. I feel as close to 100 percent as I'm going to feel."

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  • Josh Hamilton TEX 1B
    Rangers' Josh Hamilton: Will remain in Houston for rehab
    2h ago

    Josh Hamilton (knee) will stay in Houston for post-op rehab, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

    Hamilton underwent arthroscopic surgery on his meniscus Monday and the current timetable has him rehabbing for six weeks before running again. The 35-year-old tweaked his left knee running the bases at the beginning of spring camp, a devastating blow for the five-time All-Star. Hamilton will be out of action for most of the spring, but could continue his comeback attempt sometime in April.

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  • Lucas Duda NYM 1B
    Mets' Lucas Duda: Cleared to resume swinging
    4h ago

    Lucas Duda (back) was cleared Wednesday to resume swinging a bat, Marc Carig of Newsday reports.

    Duda has been sidelined for nearly a week while dealing with a back issue that was indirectly addressed with a pair of cortisone shots in his hips a few days ago, and with the shots apparently having taken effect, he'll now be able to resume activity. The first baseman is expected to make his Grapefruit League debut in the upcoming days, which should assuage some of the concerns about Duda's health that those drafting fantasy teams may have had about the first baseman this spring.

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  • Rowdy Tellez TOR 1B
    Blue Jays' Rowdy Tellez: Capturing manager's attention at camp
    6h ago

    Rowdy Tellez was touted by manager John Gibbons as the team's prospect who is closest to being ready for the majors, Paul Hagen of MLB.com reports.

    Gibbons' remarks mirror the consensus among scouts and a majority of prospect rankings. "The guy can hit," Gibbons said of Tellez. "He's not going to steal a lot of bases, but he'll surprise you at times. It's kind of interesting. I was talking to [Tim Raines] the other day and asked him what kind of baserunner Rowdy was. And he said he might be the best in the system. I mean, he's not a fast guy. But that tells you something about him. He's a complete player. He's a talented kid." Even though the 21-year-old first baseman (an unstable position for the Jays) is slated to begin the year in the minors, it wouldn't be irrational for owners in extremely deep leagues to take a risk on draft day and stash Tellez on the bench in hopes of a mid-season call-up. Regardless of where he begins the 2017 campaign, he should be rostered in the vast majority of dynasty formats.

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  • Tommy Joseph PHI 1B
    Phillies' Tommy Joseph: Hits first homer of spring Tuesday
    7h ago

    Tommy Joseph went 1-for-3 with his first homer of the spring in Tuesday's 7-5 win over the Orioles.

    Joseph will open the season as the Philadelphia Phillies ' regular first baseman after hitting .257/.308/.505 with 21 home runs in 315 at-bats last year while splitting time with Ryan Howard. With Howard out of the picture, Joseph will see the majority of the starts at first base and could top 30 home runs this season.

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  • Robinson Cano SEA 2B
    Mariners' Robinson Cano: Run-scoring single in Tuesday win
    1h ago

    Robinson Cano went 1-for-2 with an RBI single, a walk and two runs in Tuesday's 8-1 Cactus League win over the White Sox.

    The All-Star second baseman got his first hit of the spring in the second, driving in the red-hot Jean Segura and giving the Seattle Mariners a 6-0 lead at the time. Cano has shown excellent plate discipline thus far, as Tuesday's walk was his fourth overall in three games. His constant presence on the bases has resulted in Cano tying Segura, Nelson Cruz and Guillermo Heredia for the team lead with four runs. The veteran is getting bit more work than usual this spring as a result of his imminent departure to join Team Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic.

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  • Erik Gonzalez CLE 2B
    Indians' Erik Gonzalez: Breaks through with two hits Tuesday
    1h ago

    Erik Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple in Tuesday's exhibition game against Oakland.

    In his third Cactus League game, Gonzalez finally reached base after going 0-for-3 with a strikeout over the first two contests. Headed into Arizona, the 25-year-year old Gonzalez appeared to be on track for a reserve role on Opening Day. That plan has been hampered by the late-January addition of Ronny Rodriguez. Manager Terry Francona has spoken highly of the latter this spring, indicating Gonzalez will need to make a statement during camp to secure a spot of the 25-man-roster in April.

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  • Jonathan Schoop BAL 2B
    Orioles' Jonathan Schoop: Heads to WBC on high note
    6h ago

    Jonathan Schoop , playing in his final game before leaving Baltimore Orioles camp to join the Netherlands for the World Baseball Classic, hit a home run in Monday's game against the Yankees.

    The second baseman is 3-for-8 with two doubles and a homer in three spring games. Schoop played in all 162 games for the Orioles last season and tied for sixth among MLB second basemen with 615 at-bats. His 38 doubles and 25 home runs in 2016 were both good for fifth-best at the position. Schoop can be counted on to fill the stat sheet once again in 2017.

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  • Josh Rutledge BOS 2B
    Red Sox's Josh Rutledge: Dealing with knee injury
    14h ago

    Josh Rutledge missed a fourth straight game Tuesday due to an issue with his surgically repaired left knee, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports. He experienced some swelling in the knee after playing in Boston's spring-training opener.

    When Rutledge underwent surgery last August, his doctors said full recovery is usually eight-to-nine months, so it's not surprising he's experiencing a bump in the recovery road. The injury obviously impacts his ability to compete with Pablo Sandoval and Brock Holt at third base.

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  • Kolten Wong STL 2B
    Cardinals' Kolten Wong: Makes first spring appearance despite shoulder pain
    23h ago

    Kolten Wong (shoulder) went 1-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout in his Grapefruit League debut Monday.

    Wong is still apparently experiencing shoulder soreness from an injury he incurred in September, but consistent with previous reports, he seems to be intent on playing through the pain. It doesn't seem to be hampering him much given his ability to garner a hit while manning the keystone for a good portion of the game. This situation will be one to monitor moving forward, but it's a good sign that the 26-year-old can still be productive in games even with the ailment lingering into spring training.

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  • Jemile Weeks CHC 2B
    Cubs' Jemile Weeks: Day-to-day with knee injury
    1d ago

    Jemile Weeks hyperextended his left knee during Monday's collision and is considered day-to-day, MLB.com's Carrie Muskat reports.

    He was able to walk off the field slowly after suffering the injury, but may need to miss a few days. Weeks will serve as organizational infield depth, likely spending most, if not the whole season at Triple-A.

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  • Yunel Escobar LAA 3B
    Angels' Yunel Escobar: Leaves camp to take citizenship test
    1h ago

    Yunel Escobar left camp Wednesday to take a citizenship test in Miami, Maria Guardado of MLB.com reports.

    He's expected to be back in camp by Thursday night, so it will likely serve as a rest day for the veteran infielder. Escobar is coming off another productive season, in which he slashed .304/.355/.391 and cemented himself as the Los Angeles Angels ' everyday second baseman.

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  • Yandy Diaz CLE 3B
    Indians' Yandy Diaz: Transitioning to right field
    6h ago

    Yandy Diaz is scheduled to get work in right field this spring, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

    Diaz, who made the All-Star Futures Game last summer, packed the stat sheet in 2016 over 121 games combined between Double-A Akron and Triple-A Columbus. Manager Terry Francona acknowledged that Diaz appears MLB ready from an offensive standpoint, but the prospect isn't quite there defensively. Transitioning Diaz to the outfield will shorten his track to the majors, making him a viable pick in deeper leagues.

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  • Todd Frazier CHW 3B
    White Sox's Todd Frazier: Feels good after Monday's activity
    16h ago

    Todd Frazier 's strained left oblique responded well Tuesday after testing it Monday, Scott Merkin of the Chicago White Sox official site reports.

    Frazier engaged in baseball-related activities Monday, taking 35 swings and fielding 35 ground balls. It sounds like he's on pace to start playing in games later this week.

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  • Yunel Escobar LAA 3B
    Angels' Yunel Escobar: Makes Cactus League debut Monday
    19h ago

    Yunel Escobar made his spring training debut in Monday's tilt against the Padres. He batted leadoff and started at third base, going 0-for-3 in a 5-3 loss.

    While the position in the batting lineup is unlikely to stick, the regular role at third base should. Escobar played in 132 games for the Los Angeles Angels last year, slashing .304/.355/.391 in 567 plate appearances. He had deep league value as a batting average booster and a solid source of runs, and the same should hold true if his at-bats remain constant. There is a possibility that the newly-acquired Luis Valbuena cuts into some of his playing time at the hot corner, so there is a bit of risk for those investing in deeper formats.

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  • Matt Duffy TB 3B
    Rays' Matt Duffy: Participates in fielding drills
    21h ago

    Matt Duffy (heel) fielded ground balls Tuesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

    The tentative plan is for Duffy to start playing in games around the middle of March. As long as he continues progressing without any setbacks, it's entirely possible that Duffy will be ready to take on the starting spot at shortstop by Opening Day.

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  • Ryon Healy OAK 3B
    Athletics' Ryon Healy: Blast two-run double in Monday win
    21h ago

    Ryon Healy went 1-for-3 with a two-run double in Monday's 5-4 Cactus League win over the Giants.

    Healy's blast to deep left center plated Jaff Decker and Rajai Davis in the second, staking the A's to a 4-0 lead at the time. It was the 25-year-old's first appearance of spring as he begins his quest to build on his impressive majors debut last season. Healy posted an eye-opening .305/.337/.524 line in 2016 that included 20 doubles, 13 homers and 37 RBI over 283 plate appearances, and he shapes up as a primary backup at the corner infield spots heading into the coming campaign.

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  • Addison Russell CHC SS
    Cubs' Addison Russell: Homers again Tuesday
    3h ago

    Addison Russell homered for the second time in as many days in Tuesday's spring training loss to the Angels.

    Russell hit 13 home runs in 475 at-bats in his 2015 rookie season, then followed that up with 21 home runs in 525 at-bats last year. Entering his age-23 season, Russell could approach 30 home runs as he continues to grow comfortable at the MLB level. He a has a high ceiling for 2017 and beyond.

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  • Marcus Semien OAK SS
    Athletics' Marcus Semien: Smacks first homer of spring Tuesday
    12h ago

    Marcus Semien went 1-for-3 with two-run home run in Tuesday's 5-4 Cactus League victory over the Indians.

    The slugging shortstop took a Mike Clevinger pitch deep to right field with Jed Lowrie aboard in the first, his first homer of the spring. Despite a drop in batting average and OBP over the previous year, Semien exploded for a career-high 27 doubles, 27 homers and 75 RBI last season, which led to .435 slugging and .735 OPS figures that also represented high-water marks. His homer Tuesday served as his second hit over three spring contests, while also generating his first pair of RBI.

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  • Zack Cozart CIN SS
    Reds' Zack Cozart: Spring debut delayed
    19h ago

    Zack Cozart was a healthy scratch from Tuesday's spring training game against the White Sox.

    Cozart was set to make his spring training debut, but the rains that hit the Phoenix area prior to the game might have encouraged the Cincinnati Reds to remain cautious with him. The Reds reported this as a healthy scratch and not a setback with his knee.

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  • Nick Ahmed ARI SS
    Diamondbacks' Nick Ahmed: Returns to lineup following hip surgery
    21h ago

    Nick Ahmed (hip) is 1-for-4 over two Cactus League games.

    Ahmed underwent hip surgery in August but has successfully rehabbed himself back to full health. Ahmed was used as a pinch hitter in one of the games he played in, but played multiple innings at shortstop in the other. If he stays healthy, Ahmed could leverage a solid spring showing into regular appearances at shortstop in the upcoming season.

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  • Jean Segura SEA SS
    Mariners' Jean Segura: Three-hit day in Monday loss
    22h ago

    Jean Segura was 3-for-3 with a single, RBI double and two-run home run in Monday's 14-3 rain-shortened Cactus League loss to the Royals.

    Segura has been outstanding over his first two games, going 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles. one homer, three RBI and two runs. The prospect of a locked-in Segura hitting ahead of Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager is sure to give opposing pitchers plenty of apprehension this coming season, and the offseason acquisition looks primed for even better production than his superb 2016 campaign in Arizona with his spring performances thus far.

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  • Addison Russell CHC SS
    Cubs' Addison Russell: Connects on first spring home run
    1d ago

    Addison Russell hit his first home run of spring training on Monday, taking White Sox rookie Lucas Giolito deep.

    Russell led off the second inning with the home run against the top prospect. After posting 21 home runs and 95 RBI a season ago, the 23-year-old will look to build on those numbers as he establishes himself as one of the best shortstops in the league.

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  • Mitch Haniger SEA CF
    Mariners' Mitch Haniger: Three-RBI outburst in Tuesday win
    1h ago

    Mitch Haniger went 2-for-3 with a three-run homer and two runs overall in Tuesday's 8-1 Cactus League victory over the White Sox.

    The Seattle Mariners ' new starting right fielder had only a single in his first five spring at-bats before exploding Tuesday, driving in Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz with a three-run blast off White Sox starter Michael Kopech. Haniger carries some intriguing potential, having slashed a solid .290/.370/.490 over a 455-game minor league career. He brings solid power and above-average speed, with 111 doubles, 15 triples, 61 homers and 38 stolen bases to his credit over that span as well. His ability to contribute across the box score and the wealth of explosive offensive talent around him could make Haniger one of this coming season's true sleepers.

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  • Cesar Puello TEX RF
    Rangers' Cesar Puello: Dealing with leg soreness
    3h ago

    Cesar Puello is dealing with minor leg soreness and will take it easy in workouts Wednesday, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

    It doesn't seem to be anything to worry about at this point. The 25-year-old NRI hit .283 with 31 RBI last season for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and is competing for a reserve role in the Texas Rangers ' outfield. Consider him day-to-day.

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  • Michael Taylor WAS CF
    Nationals' Michael Taylor: Pops walkoff homer Tuesday
    3h ago

    Michael Taylor replaced Bryce Harper in right field during Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros and went 1-for-2 with a walkoff solo home run.

    He's off to a good start at the plate in camp, and hitting a walkoff in the Nats' first game at their new spring training complex in Palm Beach certainly can't hurt Taylor's chances of beating out Brian Goodwin for the fourth outfielder role. Despite his ability to supply both power and speed, though, his initial fantasy value would be restricted to deep NL-only leagues even if he does win the job.

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  • Alex Dickerson SD LF
    Padres' Alex Dickerson: Plays catch for first time since injury
    3h ago

    Alex Dickerson (back) played catch for the first time since the first time since the opening week of camp, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reports.

    Dickerson said he was feeling good after the light throwing session, a small but important step on the road to recovery. Nonetheless, expect the San Diego Padres to be apprehensive with putting him back in game lineups before he feels completely healthy. A clearer timetable should be available as he progresses towards regular workouts.

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  • Alex Kirilloff MIN CF
    Twins' Alex Kirilloff: Set for Tommy John surgery next week
    4h ago

    Alex Kirilloff will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery next Wednesday to address a lingering elbow injury, MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger reports.

    Kirilloff, who was drafted 15th overall by the Minnesota Twins last June, first hurt his elbow in late August while playing in the Appalachian League, and while it was expected that a full offseason of recovery would be all the outfielder needed before returning to the field, the injury proved to be more serious than the organization realized. The 19-year-old won't be able to resume baseball activity for five months, and is expected to endure a nine-month rehab process in total, which could prevent him from playing in winter ball, in addition to the entire minor-league season. While Kirilloff is expected to make a full recovery from the procedure and more or less maintain his skills, he's nonetheless in store for a slower climb through the Twins' minor-league system. He slashed .306/.341/.454 with seven homers and 33 RBI across 232 plate appearances with rookie-level Elizabethton upon signing with the Twins last summer.

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  • Leury Garcia CHW CF
    White Sox's Leury Garcia: Fuels comeback win Tuesday
    14h ago

    Leury Garcia went 3-for-4 with a walk, a run scored and four RBI in Tuesday's game against the Reds.

    Garcia started in center field, becoming the fourth different player to start there since Charlie Tilson suffered a foot injury last week. Tilson had been the frontrunner in center, but the more time he misses, the greater the opportunity for someone like Garcia or Peter Bourjous to perform their way onto the roster. The soon-to-be 26-year-old Garcia has a career .188 average, so he'll need more days like Tuesday if he's going to nail down a spot on the Opening Day roster.

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  • Chris Tillman BAL SP
    Orioles' Chris Tillman: Throws off flat mound
    1h ago

    Chris Tillman (shoulder) successfully threw off a flat mound Wednesday for the first time this spring, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.

    This is more great news from a recovery standpoint for Tillman, but he's still unlikely to be ready by Opening Day. The big righty is expected to throw off a half-mound Friday and a full mound Saturday as the next steps in his training program. Barring any setbacks, he will likely see live action later this month.

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  • Dallas Keuchel HOU SP
    Astros' Dallas Keuchel: Throws second BP of spring
    2h ago

    Dallas Keuchel (shoulder) faced hitters Wednesday for the second time this spring, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.

    Keuchel seemed fine during the session and had no problems with his delivery. The southpaw is expected to make his first spring start next week as he works his way back from shoulder inflammation which ended his 2016 campaign. Continue to monitor his progress over the coming days.

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  • Hector Santiago MIN SP
    Twins' Hector Santiago: Ugly outing in spring debut
    2h ago

    Hector Santiago didn't make it through a second inning of work in Monday's spring training outing, giving up five runs on two home runs with no strikeouts while retiring three batters.

    It was his first spring start, so results likely don't matter for a veteran with a set spot in the rotation. However, Minnesota's new GM and team president didn't trade for Santiago, so he could have a short leash in the rotation if he struggles early in the regular season. He posted career worsts in ERA, FIP, and K/9 during 2016.

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  • Tyson Ross TEX SP
    Rangers' Tyson Ross: Amps up throwing regimen
    2h ago

    Tyson Ross (shoulder) will make 25 throws from 125-135 feet and 15 pitches from flat ground Wednesday, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

    This is a good sign for Ross' progression this spring as he makes his way back from offseason surgery. The veteran right-hander had been throwing from 100 feet everyday, so the escalation likely indicates a gain in strength. Ross is still doubtful to return to game action before late April, but his recovery seems to be on the right track.

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  • Mike Foltynewicz ATL SP
    Braves' Mike Foltynewicz: Flashes pickoff move in spring debut
    3h ago

    Mike Foltynewicz tossed two shutout innings in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out one.

    He worked his way out of trouble in the first inning, picking Magneuris off first base after a leadoff single then starting a double play by catching Kolten Wong straying too far off second base with runners on first and second. Foltynewicz is the favorite to win the fifth starter role for the Atlanta Braves to begin the season, but if he stumbles this spring Matt Wisler or Aaron Blair could push their way into the mix.

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  • Jeremy Guthrie WAS SP
    Nationals' Jeremy Guthrie: Sharp in spring debut Tuesday
    3h ago

    Jeremy Guthrie tossed two shutout innings while striking out two in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros.

    The 37-year-old is trying to resume his career after not pitching in the majors at all last season, and while Guthrie has no shot at winning a spot in a stacked Nats rotation, he could break camp as the long man in the bullpen with a good spring. Tuesday's sharp outing was a step in the right direction.

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  • J.P. Howell TOR RP
    Blue Jays' J.P. Howell: Motivated by challenge of pitching in AL East
    28m ago

    J.P. Howell believes he will thrive against the competition in the AL East, Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star reports.

    Howell, a native of the west coast, said the unique ballpark environments of the hard-hitting division is one reason he chose to join Toronto this offseason. "The AL East is so intense. All season long it's usually a close race, so there's usually no letup," the lefty said. "The crowd plays a huge factor when you're tired or struggling, in all aspects, really. But when you need it, they're there. You can get something out of it and it can break some guys down, too." The 33-year-old veteran will replace the departed Brett Cecil as the team's go-to lefty in 2017, affording Howell a realistic opportunity to notch 15-plus holds during the campaign.

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  • Nick Travieso CIN RP
    Reds' Nick Travieso: Backed off throwing for a bit
    1h ago

    Nick Travieso (shoulder) received a cortisone shot in his bicep Tuesday and will not throw for the next three-to-five days, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    The Cincinnati Reds prospect was already behind the rest of the pitchers in camp due to offseason shoulder surgery, and this only delays him further. Travieso had been ramping up the distance of his throws over the past couple weeks, but it seems like this development could keep him out of spring action for another couple weeks at least.

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  • Ryan Tepera TOR RP
    Blue Jays' Ryan Tepera: Tosses scoreless inning in spring debut
    1h ago

    Ryan Tepera pitched a scoreless inning, allowing three hits and picking up a strikeout in Monday's exhibition game against the Pirates.

    Tepera allowed three singles, but mixed in a double-play before striking out Pirates star Gregory Polanco on three pitches. The right-hander has appeared in 52 games for the Jays over the past two seasons while holding opponents to a .208 BAA en route to a 3.16 ERA over 51.1 innings. A starter at the beginning of his professional career, Tepera has been a full-time reliever in the majors and minors since 2014. He's competing for an Opening Day bullpen job.

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  • Steve Cishek SEA RP
    Mariners' Steve Cishek: Continues progressing well in rehab
    1h ago

    Steve Cishek (hip) is playing catch on a regular basis and is "continues to progress' according to manager Scott Servais, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

    Cishek has been playing catch every other day since last week in his recovery from microfracture hip surgery and has been setback-free by all accounts thus far. The former closer, whose most realistic return date increasingly appears to be sometime after late April, will likely start the season as a setup option with Edwin Diaz now in possession of the ninth-inning role.

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  • Tony Zych SEA RP
    Mariners' Tony Zych: Takes promising step in recovery
    1h ago

    Tony Zych , working his way back from bicep tendon transfer surgery in his right shoulder, threw off a bullpen mound Tuesday for the first time this spring, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. "It's a big thing for me," said the 26-year-old right-hander. "Everything felt great. It took a few throws to kind of get comfortable and obviously I wasn't trying to do too much. Just hit the glove and feel good about it."

    Zych fired 20 pitches at what he estimated was 85 percent velocity and is scheduled to toss his next bullpen session later this week. Assuming no setbacks, he could be ready for game action shortly after Opening Day. Zych flashed promise in his brief major league stint last season, posting a 1-0 record and 3.29 ERA over 13.2 innings.

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  • Carter Capps SD RP
    Padres' Carter Capps: Will be eased into game action
    1h ago

    Carter Capps (elbow) will be eased into game action this spring, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

    Capps, who underwent Tommy John surgery last March, will likely throw a simulated game before making his spring debut. The right-hander has been steadily progressing in his rehab work and his ultimate goal is to be ready for Opening Day. Capps showed great promise in his last major league season, when he compiled a 1.16 ERA over 30 games with Miami in 2015, but he'll need to work his way back to full strength before returning to major league form.

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  • Nelson Cruz SEA DH
    Mariners' Nelson Cruz: Smacks second homer in as many games Sunday
    2d ago

    Nelson Cruz went 2-for-2 with a single, solo homer, RBI walk and two runs in Sunday's 13-2 Cactus League victory over the Padres.

    Cruz appears intent on getting a full spring training's worth of production in before departing in March for the WBC, as he's now gone 3-for-4 with two homers and five RBI over his first two Cactus League games. Sunday's blast came off Padres starter Zach Lee in the second inning, and Cruz then drove in another run in the third with a bases-loaded walk that plated Ben Gamel. He'll get Monday's tilt against the Royals off after playing in back-to-back games.

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  • Nelson Cruz SEA DH
    Mariners' Nelson Cruz: Kicks off spring with three-run homer
    3d ago

    Nelson Cruz went 1-for-2 with a three-run homer in Saturday's 13-3 Cactus League victory over the Padres.

    Cruz got his spring off to a momentous start by taking Padres starter Paul Clemens deep in the first inning. The veteran slugger played four innings overall and will be back in action in Sunday's rematch. The Seattle Mariners have stated they'll get Cruz and fellow Team Dominican Republic teammate Robinson Cano plenty of work before they depart for the WBC in March.

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  • Evan Gattis HOU DH
    Astros' Evan Gattis: Will man DH spot in Sunday's lineup
    3d ago

    Evan Gattis (shoulder) will man the DH spot and bat in the cleanup spot in Sunday's Grapefruit League game against the Braves, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

    Gattis received an anti-inflammatory injection in his right shoulder a little over a week ago and has been limited in workouts lately, but it appears the worst of the injury is behind him. It remains to be seen when the Houston Astros will use him behind the plate in a game, but the fact that he's serving as the DH on Sunday suggests that the issue is probably nothing to worry about.

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  • Avisail Garcia CHW DH
    White Sox's Avisail Garcia: Generates offense Saturday
    3d ago

    Avisail Garcia went 2-for-2 with two runs scored in Saturday's game against the Dodgers.

    Garcia was given the inside track on the starting right-field job by manager Rick Renteria earlier this spring and immediately established himself as the front-runner. He had a perfectly mediocre season at the dish in 2016, when he mainly served as the team's designated hitter. Garcia said he wasn't thrilled about being the DH, suggesting it affected his bat, and worked hard on his conditioning to put himself back on the radar in the outfield. The key question is if his improved conditioning leads to better outfield defense. He's a minus-23 in Defensive Runs Saved since becoming a major leaguer in 2012, which suggests he's probably not totally free of DH.

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  • Albert Pujols LAA DH
    Angels' Albert Pujols: Has started light defensive work
    4d ago

    Albert Pujols (foot) is still recovering from December surgery, but he has begun light defensive work at first base, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.

    Pujols is slowly making his way back, but it's unlikely he will see much Cactus League action. He is starting to work in the field and run on a treadmill, so it's a start. The veteran is optimistic he'll be ready for Opening Day, but you'll want plenty of depth on hand if he is in your draft day plans.

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  • Byung Ho Park MIN DH
    Twins' Byungho Park: Homers in second spring game
    4d ago

    Byung Ho Park went 1-for-2 with a home run in Saturday's spring training loss to the Red Sox.

    Park is 2-for-4 with a double and home run in his first two games. Park will need to have a stellar spring to win the DH job over Kennys Vargas, but he's at least off to a hot start.

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