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Dunn allowed one earned run on two hits and two walks while striking out six across four innings of work Thursday.
Dunn continued to generate whiffs at a strong rate and has 13 strikeouts in nine innings this spring. However, as has been the case throughout his minor-league career, Dunn has struggled with surrendering free passes -- he's now issued five during the exhibition season. Already optioned to minor-league camp, Dunn could get a small sample of big-league work later in the season if he impresses throughout the campaign.
Kang went 2-for-4 with a walk-off grand slam, double and strikeout Thursday against Orioles.
Kang continued his power surge this spring, bashing his sixth home run in 36 at-bats. Recently named the starting third baseman for the Pirates, Kang has also posted an alarming strikeout rate, whiffing 17 times in his exhibition sample.
Zimmerman went 1-for-3 with a solo home run and a walk Thursday against the Cardinals.
Zimmerman homered off Chris Beck, so it wasn't the stiffest of competition. It was his second home run of the spring, but perhaps most importantly, there has been no news of injury flareups for the often sidelined Zimmerman. Assuming he remains healthy, Zimmerman should serve as the team's primary first baseman in the regular season and is projected to slot into the fifth spot in the lineup.
Hernandez turned in a scoreless inning of work but walked three batters on Thursday.
Hernandez is fighting for one of the three remaining bullpen sports with the big league club. While he has 12 strikeouts in 11 innings of work this spring, he has also issued eight free passes. Hernandez is just 22-years-old and has pitched only five games above Single-A, so it's likely the team will opt to give him more time to develop in the minors.
Thornburg didn't allow an earned run but walked three batters in one inning of work Thursday.
Thornburg has struggled for much of the spring, as indicated by his 9.0 ERA and 2.8 WHIP. He appeared to be trending in the right direction -- he had one walk in a scoreless outing in his last appearance -- but failed to build on that Thursday. While his rocky spring puts him on the roster bubble, he is out of options and may break camp with the team as a result.
Miller hit two batters and also issued a walk before being pulled after recording just two outs Thursday.
This marks the third time this spring that Miller has failed to complete an inning of work. As a result, he has a bloated 11.81 ERA and 1.88 WHIP across 5.1 innings. Given his track record and previous slow spring starts, there is no need to panic, though his struggles are still worth noting.
Chavez was roughed up in the Cactus League, giving up eight runs and 12 hits over eight innings. The veteran right-hander excelled in 2018, which he credited to lowering his arm angle. He'll do a little bit of everything in the pen, which means eating innings when needed or being deployed in high-leverage situations.
Robinson went 3-for-4 with a double, four RBI, a run scored, and two stolen bases Thursday.
After a slow start to the spring, Robinson has collected six hits in his last 11 at-bats. He now has 10 hits in 39 at-bats, but has also struck out 16 times. This hot stretch is coming at the right time for Robinson as he is competing for a bench spot in a crowded Cardinals lineup, though it appears likely he'll begin the season at Triple-A Memphis.
Gallo (groin) is expected to play in a minor-league game Friday, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Gallo will test out his strained right groin, playing for the first time in a week, and will get as many at-bats as needed. The Rangers don't want to finalize the final 25-man roster until they get a look at how Gallo responds to the activity.
Cabrera went 2-for-2 with a home run, a walk, two RBI and two runs scored in Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Giants.
Cabrera keeps rolling along this spring, as he now has a strong .324/.422/.622 slash line along with three home runs and 10 RBI across 37 at-bats. The 35-year-old looks like he's fully recovered from the ruptured biceps that cut his 2018 campaign short, and while it'd be unfair to expect Cabrera to return to his MVP-level production from a few years ago, he could still be a solid fantasy asset in 2019 if he stays healthy.