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Panik was diagnosed with a bruise on his right scapula after taking a hit by pitch in a spring training game Monday, Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports.
X-rays were precautionary, as the Giants didn't expect a major injury, but confirmation is always good. It wouldn't be surprising if Panik sits out of spring action for a few days, but he should be ready to go come Opening Day.
Panik was hit by a pitch in Monday's game against the Reds and left the game an inning later, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Panik was able to get another at-bat in before he left the game, and it still not known whether his exit was actually injury-related or just an ordinary substitution. There should be more information available regarding his status once Monday's game concludes, but as of now, there is nothing to suggest that his exit is a sign of anything serious.
Zobrist (neck) said he expects to return to the lineup Monday or Tuesday, Patrick Finley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Zobrist described his neck as "unmanageable" last week, but he's been able to get in some pregame workouts the last few days. Despite Zobrist's confidence, the Cubs are worried the issue might linger into the beginning of the regular season, which could open up some starts at second base for Javier Baez until the veteran is fully healthy.
Spangenberg went 3-for-4 with his first home run of the spring in Saturday's loss to the Giants.
The speedy infielder is currently locked in a position battle with Ryan Schimpf for regular at-bats at third base. Both players recently returned from minor injuries and have played well this spring. Both infielders also bring different playing styles to the table; Schimpf is a free-swinging power threat, while Spangenberg offers speed and defense. Manager Andy Green hasn't tipped his hand regarding who his starter will be, leaving both players as deep-league targets heading toward Opening Day.
Murphy went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and two RBI in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros.
He also struck out twice, an indication that Murphy still has a bit of work to do at the plate to get ready for Opening Day after he barely played during the WBC. Expect the 31-year-old to receive as many at-bats as he can handle over the final week as he looks to recapture the form that produced a career year in 2016.
Wong could open the season in a platoon at second base, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.
Manager Mike Matheny cited the need to keep Greg Garcia, Jedd Gyorko and Matt Adams fresh as a reason for Wong potentially not seeing everyday at-bats. Wong entered Saturday hitting .190/.277/.262 this spring, which also hasn't helped his case. Gyorko could serve as the right-handed complement to Wong, while Garcia's glove could earn him an occasional start at the keystone against either righties or lefties. When investing in Wong, factor in the likelihood that he only starts against right-handed pitchers this year.
Amarista is batting ninth and starting in left field for Friday's Cactus League contest, Jenny Cavnar of ROOT Sports reports.
Amarista left Wednesday's game after he was stuck in the forearm by a pitch, but it appears he's good to go after a day of rest. The utility man is hitting .235/.316/.294 over 14 games this spring.
Schimpf went 1-for-2 with his first home run of the spring in Thursday's win over the Angels.
Schmipf -- who is currently competing for the Padres' starting third base job -- missed a couple weeks of action due to an oblique injury. Thursday's homer is a good sign that the minor issue is no longer bothering him. It is unclear who manager Andy Green will name as his starter at the hot corner to open the year, but the slugging infielder is worth a flyer for some power upside if he wins the job out of camp.
Anderson was optioned to Double-A Jacksonville on Thursday, Tim Healey of the Sun-Sentinel reports.
He made a strong impression on the Marlins in camp, but the organization will be patient with its No. 8 prospect despite Martin Prado's hamstring injury. Anderson should be in line for a promotion to Triple-A with a good first half, positioning the 23-year-old to potentially make his big league debut late in 2017.
With only 10 games left on their spring exhibition schedule, including split-squad games Friday, the Nats don't have much time left to get Murphy ready for Opening Day, after he received only six at-bats during the WBC while playing behind Ian Kinsler at second base for Team USA. Don't be surprised if Murphy gets off to a slow start this season while the 31-year-old tries to find the timing on his swing.