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  • Swihart could make roster if Vazquez needs DL
    Red Sox catching prospect Blake Swihart could be in the mix for an Opening Day roster spot if Christian Vazquez (elbow) needs a disabled list stint.

    Advice: Swihart has already been optioned to Triple-A, but the club can always bring him back to major league camp. It seems unlikely unless Vazquez, whose MRI results will be revealed Friday, is set for an extended absence. Humberto Quintero and Luke Montz are also options to fill in behind the plate.
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  • Niese has had shoulder fatigue this spring
    Jon Niese admitted Thursday to battling fatigue in his left shoulder this spring.

    Advice: He tweaked his delivery during an intrasquad game Thursday and said the shoulder "actually felt a lot better. I wasn’t fatigued at the end." Niese has dealt with shoulder problems each of the last two seasons and it seems clear at this point that he's probably never going to pitch at 100 percent again. There's been no indication that the shoulder will affect his readiness for Opening Day, but the ailment certainly lowers Niese's ceiling and makes him susceptible to stints on the disabled list.
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  • Yankees name Tanaka Opening Day starter
    The Yankees have named Masahiro Tanaka their Opening Day starter.

    Advice: Tanaka's elbow has held up thus far in camp, so it's a no-brainer to send him out there on April 6 versus the Blue Jays. The Yanks also announced that Tanaka would be followed in the rotation by Michael Pineda, CC Sabathia and Nathan Eovaldi. Adam Warren is the favorite to capture the final spot in the rotation. Tanaka's upside his sky-high, but he remains a big health risk in 2015.
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  • Nick Swisher (knees) plays in minors game
    Nick Swisher (knees) played in a minor league game Thursday.

    Advice: He was cleared after testing out his surgically-repaired knees with some sliding drills prior to the game. "He slid on the mat," said Indians manager Terry Francona. "He needed to do that. You can't let a guy get in a game without being able to slide because you never know what can happen." Swisher has made nice progress recently but will begin the season on the disabled list.
    Today, 7:48 am
  • Danny Salazar not a lock for Tribe's rotation
    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes that Danny Salazar "might have cost himself a spot in the rotation" with his poor outing Thursday.

    Advice: Salazar gave up seven runs on six hits in 3 1/3 innings against the Reds. Indians manager Terry Francona noted that the club "would never make a decision on one start," but it's possible Salazar is behind Zach McAllister in the pecking order now. Salazar has a 15/5 K/BB ratio over 11 innings this spring but has allowed 13 runs (10 earned). McAllister holds a 3.21 ERA over his 14 frames to go along with a 15/4 K/BB ratio. Perhaps just as important, McAllister is out of options and Salazar has one left. Fantasy owners are certainly rooting for the immensely talented Salazar to pull through.
    Today, 7:46 am
  • Taijuan Walker looking like M's No. 5 starter
    Taijuan Walker is next scheduled to start on Monday, while Roenis Elias is not currently penciled in for any more Cactus League starts.

    Advice: As Bob Dutton of the Tacoma New Tribune notes, it's a pretty clear indication that Walker will be the Mariners' No. 5 starter even if the team hasn't announced it yet. While Elias holds a 6.75 ERA and 8/7 K/BB ratio over 14 2/3 innings this spring, Walker is unscored upon over 18 frames while boasting a 19/4 K/BB ratio. The 22-year-old looks to have won the job going away and is a potential breakout performer from the back-end of an impressive Mariners rotation.
    Today, 7:29 am
  • Marlins expected to keep Brad Hand's Joe Frisaro reports that the Marlins "are leaning towards retaining" Brad Hand.

    Advice: It was reported last week that the Marlins were discussing a deal with the Rangers involving Hand. This could be a ploy to get Texas to up their offer, or perhaps Miami has indeed decided they're better off keeping Hand around as depth. Frisaro says that the club had already been hesitant to move Hand even before MLB's investigation into Jarred Cosart's link to gambling.
    Today, 6:55 am
  • Drew Storen (hand) returns to game action
    Drew Storen (hand) is scheduled to return to Grapefruit League action on Friday.

    Advice: Storen is two weeks removed from surgery to remove the hamate bone from his left (non-throwing) hand. The Nationals' closer will be ready to roll for Opening Day.
    Today, 6:41 am
  • Jung Ho Kang won't begin season in minors
    Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Friday that the team still plans to carry Jung Ho Kang on the Opening Day roster.

    Advice: Kang has hit just .111 in 11 games this spring, but Huntington has seen enough positives from the Korean import. "We've seen some really good things," the GM said. He'll back up all over the infield for the Pirates and remains an intriguing long-term guy despite his struggles this spring.
    Today, 6:36 am
  • Eury Perez optioned to Triple-A
    Braves optioned OF Eury Perez to Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Perez had a chance to win the center field job while Melvin Upton (foot) was out, but it appears Eric Young has topped him. The speedy outfielder will give the Braves depth in the minors.
    Today, 6:22 am
  • Jace Peterson in line to win Braves' 2B job
    Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes that Jace Peterson "is in line to play second base" for the Braves.

    Advice: Alberto Callaspo has played better recently, but Peterson has looked better all spring and appears poised to wrestle the second base job away from the veteran. The news potentially has notable consequence in fantasy leagues, as Peterson stole 148 bases in 389 games in the minors and has hit over .300 there over the last two seasons. He's a deep league middle infield target.
    Today, 6:12 am
  • Eric Young Jr. expected to fill in in CF
    Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes that Eric Young Jr. "appears to have the edge" in center field while Melvin Upton (foot) is out.

    Advice: Even though Young is a poor defensive outfielder, it's not a surprise that he's leading the competition given his level of experience. He could even hit leadoff for the Braves for a while, giving him ample fantasy value with his ability on the basepaths. Eury Perez was optioned to Triple-A Friday, giving Young and even tighter grip on the job.
    Today, 6:05 am
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  • Bobby LaFromboise optioned to Triple-A
    Pirates optioned LHP Bobby LaFromboise to Triple-A Indianapolis; re-assigned OFs Jose Tabata and Gorkys Hernandez, 3Bs Brent Morel and Deibinson Romero, INFs Steve Lombardozzi and Gustavo Nunez, RHPs Deolis Guerra, Josh Wall and Brad Lincoln, LHP Charlie Leesman and C Sebastian Valle to minor league camp.

    Advice: Tabata is the biggest name here, but he wasn't expected to crack the Opening Day roster with Corey Hart, Andrew Lambo and Sean Rodriguez all capable of being backups in the outfield. LaFromboise struck out eight but allowed five runs over 5 1/3 innings this spring.
    Today, 5:58 am
  • Brian Duensing (quad) to pitch Friday
    Brian Duensing (quad) is scheduled to return to Grapefruit League action on Friday.

    Advice: Duensing has been battling a bruised left quad but is evidently over the ailment. He'll serve in middle relief for the Twins this season.
    Today, 5:48 am
  • Pinto (concussion) cleared for activities
    Josmil Pinto (concussion) has been cleared to resume all baseball activities.

    Advice: It's not clear when he'll play in a Grapefruit League game again, but Pinto is apparently no longer experiencing concussion-related symptoms. He's been on the shelf for a week of action. Pinto is expected to open the season as the Twins' primary backup behind Kurt Suzuki.
    Today, 5:46 am
  • Salazar lit up over 3 1/3 innings vs. Reds
    Danny Salazar was lit up in Thursday's start against the Reds, surrendering seven runs (six earned) over 3 1/3 innings.

    Advice: The Reds' first two runs came on a first-inning Todd Frazier solo home run and a second-inning Devon Mesoraco solo shot. From there, the floodgates opened, as Salazar gave up six hits overall, walked none, and struck out six. Salazar has been rather inconsistent, but he has the potential to be an elite fantasy asset if he can put it all together for an entire season.
    Yesterday, 4:08 pm
  • Pinto (concussion) to hit in cage on Thursday
    Josmil Pinto (concussion) is planning to hit in a batting cage Thursday in Twins camp.

    Advice: Pinto suffered a concussion last Saturday when he was hit in the head by a backswing. He's hoping to get back into Grapefruit League action over the weekend and he should be fine for the start of the season.
    Yesterday, 7:23 am
  • Taijuan Walker goes six scoreless vs. Cubs
    Taijuan Walker twirled six scoreless innings Wednesday night against the Cubs.

    Advice: It wasn't a loaded lineup for Chicago -- no Kris Bryant or Anthony Rizzo -- but Walker probably would have dominated anybody the way he was pitching. The 22-year-old right-hander has now logged 18 scoreless innings this spring and should have a firm grip on the final spot in the Mariners' season-opening rotation. Walker needs to be drafted in most standard fantasy leagues.
    Yesterday, 6:37 am
  • Masahiro Tanaka strikes out seven
    Masahiro Tanaka allowed three runs -- two earned -- in 4 2/3 innings and struck out seven Wednesday versus the Mets.

    Advice: Tanaka was throwing his sinker more today, though you'd never know that from the results (besides the strikeouts, he ended up with two outs on the ground and three through the air). He was generally showing less velocity as a result, but that seemed to be by design. Tanaka will soon be named the Yankees' Opening Day starter.
    Wednesday, 2:17 pm
  • Pinto (concussion) ready for limited activity
    Josmil Pinto (concussion) has been cleared to resume limited baseball activity.

    Advice: Pinto suffered a concussion when he was hit in the head by a backswing on Saturday, but he plans to hit in the cage Wednesday and perhaps even do some catching work. The Twins will surely keep an eye on him to see how he responds, but it sounds like he won't miss much time.
    Wednesday, 6:40 am
  • Tanaka expected to start on Opening Day
    Masahiro Tanaka is expected to be named the Yankees' Opening Day starter.

    Advice: Yankees skipper Joe Girardi admitted Tuesday that C.C. Sabathia can't start on Opening Day because he would be on short rest. Tanaka would certainly be deserving of the honor after a phenomenal rookie season in 2014. He's attempting to pitch through a partially torn UCL though, so how long he lasts into the 2015 season remains a mystery.
    Tuesday, 8:29 pm
  • Jung Ho Kang continues to struggle
    The slumping Jung Ho Kang went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Tuesday against the Orioles.

    Advice: Kang is 3-for-27 with 11 strikeouts. He'll get another week to pull out of this, but if it doesn't happen, he might be looking at some Triple-A time to begin the season.
    Tuesday, 1:26 pm
  • Pinto (concussion) feeling improvement
    Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Tuesday that Josmil Pinto (concussion) is doing better.

    Advice: Pinto suffered a concussion when he was hit in the head by Adam Jones' backswing on Saturday. He has resumed riding a bike, but it's unclear when he'll be ready for baseball activities. Obviously the Twins will handle the situation with care.
    Tuesday, 10:09 am
  • Eric Young Jr. goes 3-for-5 in win
    Eric Young Jr. went 3-for-5 with a double as the Braves topped the Astros 14-10 on Monday.

    Advice: The Braves seem taken with Young, though he wasn't having a particularly strong spring going into the day, and it's practically assured that he'll be in the lineup regularly until Melvin Upton Jr. returns. It could make him an option in mixed leagues early on this year.
    Monday, 2:41 pm
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  • Swisher (knee) did base-running work Sun.
    Nick Swisher (knees) told reporters Monday that his base-running workout Sunday "went great."

    Advice: Swisher ran the bases for the first time without wearing any braces. He is recovering from surgery on both of his knees and is expected to open the 2015 season on the 15-day disabled list. When he's activated, he'll DH and play some right field.
    Monday, 9:14 am
  • Pinto (concussion) to be held out 4-5 days
    Josmil Pinto will be held out of baseball activities for 4-5 days due to a concussion.

    Advice: Pinto's teammate Eduardo Escobar told reporters Pinto didn't sustain a concussion in Saturday's game, but that was obviously uninformed opinion. A CT scan came back negative, but Pinto reported feeling dizzy Saturday, Twins manager Paul Molitor said. Concussions are notoriously fickle, so it's tough to say how long Pinto may be sidelined.
    Sunday, 8:21 am
  • Peterson fighting infection on right pinkie
    Jace Peterson is fighting an infection in his right pinkie finger.

    Advice: Peterson had it stepped on a few days ago, but the second baseman said the injury isn't serious. Peterson is the heavy favorite to win the Braves' starting job at the keystone. Peterson was one of the prospects acquired in the Justin Upton trade this winter.
    Sunday, 7:25 am
  • Swisher to serve as OF or DH upon return
    Nick Swisher (knees) will primarily play outfield or serve as the team's designated hitter when he returns.

    Advice: Swisher has been a first baseman for the majority of his time with the Indians, but the thinking is that the position would be too hard on his surgically repaired knees. The 34-year-old ran the bases Friday and will run the bases Sunday without knee braces. He's making progress, but Swisher will still likely open the year on the disabled list.
    Sunday, 7:16 am
  • Pinto avoids concussion after rough day
    Josmil Pinto did not suffer a concussion as a result of being hit in the head by Adam Jones' backswing Saturday, teammate Eduardo Escobar said.

    Advice: Pinto was actually hit by Jones' backswing three times, according to St. Paul Pioneer Press reporter Mike Berardino. The backstop was evaluated for a concussion Saturday, but Escobar said his teammate is "OK" and that he's feeling better. Pinto didn't travel with the Twins for their Sunday Grapefruit League game, and the team should give a clearer picture of his status shortly.
    Sunday, 5:09 am
  • Salazar strikes out five in win over Rockies
    Danny Salazar struck out five, allowing one run, over four innings in Saturday's Cactus League win over the Rockies.

    Advice: Salazar served up a solo home run to Charlie Blackmon, one of three hits he allowed on the afternoon. He also walked two in the game. The right-hander owns a 4.70 ERA in spring action as he attempts to avoid a repeat of 2014. On the contrary, Salazar is one of the more popular bounce-back candidates for fantasy purposes.
    Saturday, 4:12 pm
  • Rangers, Marlins talking trade for LHP Hand
    The Rangers and Marlins are discussing a trade for left-hander Brad Hand, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald.

    Advice: Hand could help the pitching-needy Rangers, as he is capable of both starting and relieving. The southpaw likely won't have a rotation spot in Miami, freeing him up for a trade. Hand, 25, is out of options and would need to clear waivers if the Marlins don't keep him on their 25-man roster.
    Saturday, 3:40 pm
  • Josmil Pinto being evaluated for concussion
    Josmil Pinto is being evaluated for a concussion after being hit in the head by the backswing of Adam Jones during Friday's Grapefruit League contest.

    Advice: Pinto has already missed time this spring with a quad injury. He's expected to open the season as the primary backup behind Kurt Suzuki, though any missed time at this stage could put those plans in jeopardy. The Twins should have an update on his status shortly.
    Saturday, 11:52 am
  • Jung Ho Kang makes start at second
    Jung Ho Kang made his first start at second base on Friday and went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts versus the Twins.

    Advice: Kang is down to .130 (3-for-23) this spring, and he hasn't homered since taking Marco Estrada deep in his debut 17 days ago. If his slump continues all spring, perhaps the Pirates will send him down to keep working at positions besides shortstop. That's still a ways off, though. Most likely, he'll make the team.
    Friday, 12:58 pm
  • Red Sox send C Blake Swihart to minors camp
    Red Sox optioned C Blake Swihart to Triple-A Pawtucket.

    Advice: Swihart made a good impression while in big league camp, batting .389/.450/.556 with a homer in 20 plate appearances while also showing good defense. The top prospect could debut at some point in 2015, though the Red Sox already have a pair of catchers they like in Christian Vazquez and Ryan Hanigan.
    Friday, 6:02 am
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  • Taijuan Walker spins four shutout innings
    Taijuan Walker recorded five strikeouts while tossing four shutout innings in Thursday's Cactus League game versus the Indians.

    Advice: He walked two and hit a batter but allowed just two singles. It's another terrific effort from Walker, who now boasts 12 shutout frames and a 13/3 K/BB ratio to start off his Cactus League season. His primary competitor for the fifth spot in the rotation, Roenis Elias, has allowed four runs and 13 hits over 7 2/3 innings. Fantasy owners are certainly rooting for the 22-year-old Walker to win the gig.
    Thursday, 8:51 pm
  • Jon Niese strikes out six in victory
    Jon Niese moved to 2-0 this spring by allowing one run in four innings as a Mets split-squad topped the Cardinals 7-2.

    Advice: Niese had his good curve working today. He's become more important for the Mets in light of Zack Wheeler's injury. Given his occasional shoulder woes and the big decline in his velocity last year, he has a pretty risky profile. On the other hand, he has managed to make 84 starts with perfectly solid results the last three seasons.
    Thursday, 2:57 pm
  • Jung Ho Kang to see time at second base
    Jung Ho Kang will work out at second base sometime this week, according to Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

    Advice: Kang has already worked at shortstop and third base this spring. The Korean infielder is just 3-for-17 in Grapefruit League games. Increasing his versatility will help Kang get on the field in case he can't edge Jordy Mercer for the starting shortstop job.
    Wednesday, 7:04 pm
  • Swisher ‘felt good, not great’ running bases
    Nick Swisher (knees) said he "felt good, not great" while running the bases Tuesday for the first time this spring training.

    Advice: Swisher noted that he was fine "once I got going," but "decelerating has always been an issue." Indians manager Terry Francona wasn’t ready to say when Swisher would be cleared for game action. "It's a big step, but after that you have to go to live stuff," said Francona. "All the things he's doing know, he knows what direction he's going." Swisher is making some progress slowly but surely, but the odds at this point of him being ready for Opening Day appear to be long.
    Tuesday, 8:01 pm
  • Peterson favorite to start at 2B for Braves?
    Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Tuesday that he plans to play Jace Peterson alongside Andrelton Simmons in the middle infield "as much as I can" this spring.

    Advice: With Alberto Callaspo out of shape and struggling, Peterson has "put himself in a favorable position" to win the second base job, according to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I’m going to try to play those guys (Peterson and Simmons) as much as I can, and we will," Gonzalez said. "They’ll get plenty of reps (repetitions) between the games and practice and fungoes. They’ll be fine." Peterson struggled in his brief time with the Padres last season but is a career .287/.381/.411 hitter in the minors and has piled up gaudy stolen base totals. He makes for a fine late-round target in fantasy leagues for those looking for some cheap speed.
    Tuesday, 7:50 pm
  • Brad Hand goes four scoreless for Marlins
    Despite walking three batters, Brad Hand pitched four scoreless innings Tuesday against the Mets.

    Advice: The Marlins' rotation is set and David Phelps is also available as a fallback, so Hand, who is out of options, would seem to be trade bait if anyone wants him. He had a 4.38 ERA in 16 starts and 16 relief appearances for the Marlins last year. So far this spring, he has a 2.25 ERA and a 4/6 K/BB ratio in eight innings.
    Tuesday, 1:06 pm
  • Nick Swisher (knee) to run bases Tuesday
    Nick Swisher (knee) is scheduled to run the bases Tuesday for the first time this spring.

    Advice: It's an important day for Swisher, who is working his way back from last August's season-ending debridement surgeries on both of his knees. He's making progress, but Opening Day could be pushing it. The Indians are likely looking at a combination of Brandon Moss, David Murphy, and Ryan Raburn between right field and the DH spot.
    Tuesday, 10:24 am
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