Robbie Grossman had the most productive offensive season of his big league career last year (.280/.386/.443), and while his .364 BABIP and 12.8 percent HR/FB are well above his career norms, his career-high 14.1 walk rate was a mark in his favor. He was a liability in the outfield however, with a minus-15.2 ultimate zone rating and minus-21 defensive runs saved. Grossman also offers little speed for fantasy purposes. He should open the year on the short side of a left field platoon with Eddie Rosario, as he had a .994 OPS against left-handed pitching, continuing a sharp career platoon split. This should lead to a decline in playing time compared to 2016, especially with a new regime in place that will want to focus on developing the Twins' young core, meaning everyday at-bats for Byron Buxton and Max Kepler.
Grossman (groin) will take 5-6 at-bats and play a few innings in the field during a minor league game Tuesday, Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reports. Grossman took part in full baseball activity Monday and is scheduled to return to action on Tuesday, albeit in a minor league game. If all goes well for the 27-year-old, he should be back in a Grapefruit League game shortly after. According the MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger, barring any setbacks, the Twins still expect Grossman to be ready for Opening Day.
Grossman (groin) took a full batting practice Sunday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Grossman has been sidelined since March 19 after straining his groin while attempting to make a catch, but it looks as if he's on the cusp of a return. He hopes to get back in the outfield for a Grapefruit League game as soon as Monday or Tuesday.
Grossman (groin) is expected to miss 5-to-7 days, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports. The outfielder is battling some tightness in his right groin, but the ailment doesn't appear to be overly serious, as the team noted that it expects Grossman to be ready for the start of the regular season. Grossman will compete for regular time in the outfield and could also see at-bats as the Twins' designated hitter.
Grossman exited Sunday's game against the Red Sox with tightness in his right groin, Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reports. The severity of Grossman's injury is yet to be seen, and it's possible he was simply removed for precautionary reasons. Further reports should become available in the coming days. He'll be considered day-to-day.
Grossman is the leading candidate to win a reserve outfielder role this spring, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. He'll compete with Zach Granite, Daniel Palka, Drew Stubbs and J.B. Shuck. Grossman will most likely begin the season as the fourth outfiedler, but it's possible he could win the DH job or platoon in left field with Eddie Rosario. Grossman had the most productive offensive season of his big league career last year (.280/.386/.443), so it would be an upset if he didn't make the final 25-man roster. His only worry would be if the Twins decided to keep a better outfielder on he bench for his glove, as Grossman was a poor fielder by most advanced metrics.