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  • Yandy Diaz 3B | CLE

    Indians' Yandy Diaz: Clear of groin injury

    Diaz (groin) is currently without restriction following the right groin strain suffered in November, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

    Diaz sustained the injury playing in the Venezuelan Winter League for Leones del Caracas, but has since undergone successful rehab in time for spring training. The 25-year-old slashed .263/.352/.327 in 179 plate appearances for the Indians in last season, with most of his at-bats coming as a third baseman. Diaz is likely to serve a similar role for Cleveland in 2018, and his potential role should become clearer with spring training now underway.

  • Mike Minor SP | TEX

    Rangers' Mike Minor: Still being groomed as starter

    The Rangers are still planning on utilizing Minor as a starting pitcher this season even after supplementing their rotation depth with the February additions of Bartolo Colon and Jesse Chavez, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.

    Along with bringing aboard Colon and Chavez as non-roster invitees, the Rangers signed a pair of veteran starters in Doug Fister and Matt Moore (knee) earlier this offseason on major-league deals and will give hard-throwing reliever Matt Bush a shot at winning a spot in a new-look rotation. Like Bush, Minor plied his trade in the bullpen last season, but the 30-year-old lefty has significant experience working out the rotation, as he racked up 110 starts with the Braves from 2010 to 2014 before shoulder issues prompted a move to relief. Of all the offseason rotation imports, the Rangers have the most money invested in Minor, which could afford him a long leash in a starting role even if he loses some velocity and effectiveness while working more innings than he did a season ago.

  • Roberto Osuna RP | TOR

    Blue Jays' Roberto Osuna: Aiming to regain velocity

    Osuna added upper-body muscle during the offseason and has been working on staying more upright and balanced in his delivery during spring training in an attempt to regain the velocity he lost in 2017, John Lott of The Athletic Toronto reports.

    Compared to his first two years in the big leagues, Osuna saw his velocity drop on each of his three primary pitches last season, including a decline in his fastball from 96.6 miles per hour in 2016 to 95.0 in 2017. Despite that minor dip, Osuna turned in the best season of his career based off his peripherals, with his 1.74 FIP and 29.7 K-BB% representing significant improvements from what were already strong marks the previous two seasons. The fact that the 23-year-old Osuna is already mindful of exploring ways to maintain velocity this early in his career offers encouragement that he'll have some longevity as one of the game's top closers, but even if he fails to regain any ticks in his pitches 2018, he's already shown his arsenal is good enough as is to net elite numbers.

  • Rangers' Jurickson Profar: Expected to crack Opening Day roster

    Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said prior to spring training that Profar isn't being shopped and is expected to be included on the team's Opening Day roster, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

    Once considered the Rangers' second baseman of the future, Profar has since ceded that distinction to Rougned Odor after shoulder injuries derailed the former top prospect's development. Profar, who turned 25 years old Tuesday, would likely have an easier path to everyday at-bats if he were dealt elsewhere, but he looks poised to open the season in a utility role for Texas, assuming the team's projected regulars stay healthy in the spring. Even if injuries open up an opportunity for Profar down the line, he may not make for a particularly attractive pickup in mixed leagues due to the diminished power and stolen-base production he's displayed with the Rangers and Triple-A Round Rock the past two seasons. Profar will at least have a better shot at sticking around in the majors on a full-time basis this season, given that he has no minor-league options remaining.

  • Athletics' Bruce Maxwell: Avoids concussion Friday

    Maxwell (head) is not dealing with a concussion, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

    Maxwell was removed from Friday's contest prematurely after getting hit in the head by a backswing, but it seems like he avoided the worst-case scenario in this instance. Given this report, he'll likely be able to return to game action relatively soon.

  • Yankees' Jordan Montgomery: Likely to open in rotation

    Montgomery is the prohibitive favorite to land the fifth starter job according to Erik Boland of Newsday.

    The 25-year-old held his own over a full season in the big leagues, producing a 3.88 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP in 29 starts. This has him in line to be the Yankees' fifth starter, but his standing could change if the Yankees add another starting pitcher (as general manage Brian Cashman hopes to do). Nonetheless, Montgomery's job seems to be relatively secure as long as he continues to exhibit good control throughout spring training.

  • Gleyber Torres SS | NYY

    Yankees' Gleyber Torres: Competition at second still wide open

    Torres started at second base in the Yankees' Grapefruit League opener, but manager Aaron Boone insists the competition for the position is still wide open, Brendan Kuty of NJ.com reports.

    Torres appears to be the most talented player involved in the competition, which also includes Ronald Torreyes and Tyler Wade, but he still could start the season in the minor leagues. The Yankees could look to keep Torres down long enough to earn an extra year of team control, similar to what the Cubs did with Kris Bryant in 2015. Even if Torres blows out his competition this spring, it may not matter -- Bryant hit .425/.477/1.175 that spring. It may not be talent or performance which decides who the Yankees start at second on Opening Day, but if Torres performs as expected, the job will be his before long.

  • Jairo Labourt RP | DET

    Tigers' Jairo Labourt: Designated for assignment

    Labourt was designated for assignment by the Tigers on Friday.

    Labourt was the casualty in order to make room for Francisco Liriano on the 40-man roster. The southpaw appeared in six big-league games for the club after coming up in September of last year, posting a 4.50 ERA and 1.83 WHIP over six innings of relief. He will likely begin the season at the Triple-A level even if he's claimed by a different organization.

  • Marlins' Drew Steckenrider: Set for high-leverage innings

    Steckenrider seems to be third in line for closing duties, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.

    Incumbent Brad Ziegler is expected to act as the closer to start the season, and Kyle Barraclough appears to be next in line. Steckenrider has plenty to call home about as well, though. The 27-year-old got his first taste of the big leagues last season, and he managed to produce a solid 2.34 ERA to go with a 54:18 K:BB in 34.2 frames. If Ziegler and Barraclough get hurt or falter, Steckenrider would likely get a chance to close.

  • Jose Siri CF | CIN

    Reds' Jose Siri: Dealing with injured thumb

    Updating a previous report, Siri injured his left thumb and had the wind knocked out of him when he collided with the center field wall in Friday's spring game, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic Cincinnati reports.

    The severity of the issue is still unknown, but at least there is clarity on what Siri is dealing with. More information on his status should become available once he's able to be fully examined by team doctors.