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  • Anthony DeSclafani rocked by Padres
    Anthony DeSclafani was touched up for six runs over six innings of work on Monday against the Padres.

    Advice: He walked just one and struck out four, but DeSclafani was undone by the longball, serving up three homers. It's a hiccup in what has otherwise been a great spring, as the soon-to-be 25-year-old entered the day with a 1.83 Cactus League ERA. DeSclafani will open the season in the Reds' rotation.
    Today, 5:45 pm
  • Denorfia (hamstring) nearing game action
    Chris Denorfia (hamstring) is expected to play in a minor league game by the middle of the week.

    Advice: Denorfia, who has been nursing a left hamstring strain for two weeks, took batting practice Monday. The outfielder's status for Opening Day is up in the air. "I don't like to speculate on things like that," Denorfia said. "When you're rehabbing, anything can happen. As long as everything progresses the way it should, [I should be ready] sometime around that time. The goal is to be ready by then."
    Today, 4:25 pm
  • Coco Crisp (elbow) won't play field Tuesday
    Coco Crisp (elbow) will not play the field during an appearance in a minor league game Tuesday.

    Advice: The A's are protecting Crisp's elbow, so they'll only have him take some at-bats so he doesn't have to do any throwing. The club is still hoping to have him ready for Opening Day, but they're playing Crisp in minor league contests just in case they have to make a backdated disabled list move.
    Today, 4:20 pm
  • Pirates talking extension with OF Polanco
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Pirates have rekindled extension talks with outfielder Gregory Polanco.

    Advice: Heyman reiterates that the two sides discussed a deal last May, where the Pirates offered a seven-year contract north of $50 million which included three team options. It's believed that Polanco opted against it because of low salaries involving the option years. Details of these new discussions aren't yet known and it's unclear if there will be a resolution by Opening Day. The 23-year-old Polanco has only been in the majors for less than one year and is under team control through 2020.
    Today, 2:16 pm
  • Murphy (hammy) no sure thing for opener
    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Monday that Daniel Murphy (hamstring) is "touch and go" to avoid a stint on the disabled list.

    Advice: Murphy was slated to get some at-bats in another minor league game Monday, but he's not ready to run the bases and Opening Day isn't the be-all and end-all. If he's not quite ready, look for the Mets to use Danny Muno at second base. The Mets could backdate a stint on the DL for Murphy, so he could return as soon as April 11.
    Today, 2:10 pm
  • Freddy Galvis goes 2-for-3, homers
    Freddy Galvis went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer versus the Pirates on Monday.

    Advice: It was his first extra-base hit in 59 at-bats this spring. If Odubel Herrera were a right-handed hitter, he'd probably bat second for the Phillies. However, he's yet another lefty, so the Phillies aren't going to sandwich him in between Ben Revere and Chase Utley at the top. For that reason, Galvis could find himself in the spot, despite his pathetic .259 OBP in 514 major league at-bats. It'd make him more valuable in NL-only leagues for however long it lasts.
    Today, 1:58 pm
  • Jace Peterson goes 3-for-5 against Tigers
    Jace Peterson went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored in the Braves' 4-2 defeat of the Tigers on Monday.

    Advice: With his .352 average, Peterson is in line to open the season as the Braves' second baseman and No. 2 hitter. He's not going to hit for much power, but he can maintain a decent average and steal bases, giving him some value in NL-only leagues.
    Today, 1:52 pm
  • Blue Jays release INF Santiago
    Blue Jays released INF Ramon Santiago.

    Advice: Santiago, a non-roster invitee this spring, suffered a broken left collarbone earlier this month and is expected to miss 10 weeks. He'll attempt to latch on with a new team once he's back to full health.
    Today, 1:42 pm
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  • Rafael Montero goes six scoreless
    Rafael Montero blanked the Marlins for six innings, striking out six, in a win Monday.

    Advice: No wonder the Mets are thinking about trading Dillon Gee. Montero probably won't be in the rotation if Gee sticks around, but he is the more interesting of the two in NL-only leagues. If Gee does get traded, Montero might even be a mixed-league sleeper.
    Today, 1:17 pm
  • Terdoslavich gets injection for sore wrist
    Joey Terdoslavich was given an injection over the weekend for his sore wrist.

    Advice: Terdoslavich injured the wrist on March 21 when he dove for a ball in a Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals. The hope is that he'll be able to return to exhibition games this week. He had been hitting well this spring in his bid for an Opening Day roster spot.
    Today, 11:43 am
  • Cards place Jaime Garcia on 15-day DL
    Cardinals placed LHP Jaime Garcia on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder injury.

    Advice: Garcia was having a really promising spring up until this weekend, when his long-running shoulder issues resurfaced. It's impossible to guess how much the 28-year-old southpaw will be able to contribute this season. Carlos Martinez is expected to be the Cardinals' fifth starter.
    Today, 10:22 am
    15-Day DL
  • Span (abdomen) likely to return in early May
    Denard Span (abdomen) said Sunday that he isn't sure when he'll be cleared to play in rehab games.

    Advice: Span is making steady progress from his second core muscle surgery -- he ran sprints and took swings with a fungo bat this past weekend in Florida -- but the Nationals have not yet mapped out a rehab assignment for him. Span probably won't be activated from the disabled list until sometime in early-to-mid May. Michael Taylor is expected to be Washington's primary center fielder in April.
    Today, 9:17 am
  • Smyly (shoulder) to face live hitters on Wed.
    Drew Smyly (shoulder) has been cleared to throw live batting practice this Wednesday.

    Advice: If that workout goes well, he'll face live hitters again on Saturday. And the next step would be a minor league rehab start. Smyly had to be shut down in early March with shoulder discomfort, but the Rays hope he'll be ready to go by the end of April. The 25-year-old left-hander posted a 1.70 ERA, 0.76 WHIP, and 44/11 K/BB ratio in 47 2/3 innings last season for the Rays.
    Today, 6:47 am
  • Smyly (shoulder) to face live hitters next
    Drew Smyly (shoulder) is expected to face live hitters in his next throwing session.

    Advice: Smyly tossed another bullpen session on Sunday and felt fine. He told reporters that he's confident he'll be able to make his 2015 debut sometime in April. "It would be something that goes on, a setback for me to not pitch in April," said the left-hander.
    Today, 6:02 am
  • Red Sox acquire C Sandy Leon from Nats
    Red Sox acquired C Sandy Leon from the Nationals for cash considerations.

    Advice: Leon was out of options and doubtful to make the Nationals' Opening Day roster. A much better opportunity awaits him in Boston, where he will serve as the backup to starting Red Sox catcher Ryan Hanigan. Christian Vazquez may be facing elbow surgery.
    Today, 5:57 am
  • Tigers option Bryan Holaday to AAA Toledo
    Tigers optioned C Bryan Holaday to Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: James McCann will open the 2015 regular season as the backup to starting catcher Alex Avila.
    Today, 5:39 am
  • Jaime Garcia slated to begin season on DL
    Jaime Garcia (shoulder) is expected to begin the season on the disabled list as he continues to battle arm soreness and fatigue.

    Advice: The good news is that a visit with the team physician on Sunday revealed no new injury for Garcia. Historically it has proven difficult to fully return from thoracic outlet surgery, and Garcia can't seem to stay discomfort-free for more than a couple weeks. He'll continue to work in extended spring training and then would progress to minor league starts before he would be a candidate to join the Cardinals rotation. Unless he can be stashed in a DL spot, the veteran left-hander is not worth a try in mixed leagues.
    Yesterday, 7:44 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Murphy (hamstring) has at-bats in minors game
    Daniel Murphy (hamstring) took five at-bats in a minor league game Saturday.

    Advice: Murphy is trying to get back for the start of the regular season, but he hasn't progressed to playing the field and time is running out. That he's able to hit is a good sign that he's not far off from a return, though. Even if Murphy starts the year on the disabled list, it isn't likely to be a long stay.
    Saturday, 2:30 pm
  • Smyly (shoulder) to throw bullpen Sunday
    Drew Smyly (shoulder) will throw another bullpen session Sunday.

    Advice: Rays manager Kevin Cash said Smyly could also throw live batting practice during his next throwing session. Smyly will likely open the season on the disabled list, but he's progressing toward a return and should be back sometime in April.
    Saturday, 1:41 pm
  • Gregory Polanco homers to lead Pirates
    Gregory Polanco homered off Randy Wolf as the Pirates beat a Blue Jays split-squad 8-3 on Saturday.

    Advice: It was a two-run shot. Polanco also homered Friday against the Twins. Prior to yesterday, he had one extra-base hit in 37 at-bats for the spring.
    Saturday, 1:35 pm
  • Garcia scratched after setback with shoulder
    Jaime Garcia was scratched from his scheduled start Sunday after experiencing a setback with his surgically repaired left shoulder.

    Advice: Garcia has some discomfort in the shoulder, so the club has decided to "hit the brakes" with the left-hander, manager Mike Matheny said. Marco Gonzales will start for the Cardinals in Garcia's place, and it could open the door for Carlos Martinez to win the fifth spot in the rotation after he had appeared to be on the outside looking in. More should be known about Garcia's outlook in a day or two.
    Saturday, 1:08 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Crisp (elbow) likely to return on Tuesday
    Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Saturday that Coco Crisp (elbow) is expected to return to game action on Tuesday.

    Advice: Barring any further setbacks, Melvin believes that the oft-injured outfielder will be ready to go on Opening Day. He always carries substantial injury risk, but hitting atop the A's lineup his combination of power and speed should provide ample fantasy value.
    Saturday, 9:16 am
  • Span (abdomen) throws successful long toss
    Denard Span (abdomen) threw a successful long toss session on Saturday with distances up to 150 feet.

    Advice: Span continues to progress nicely in his recovery from core muscle surgery, but still isn't quite ready for game action. He isn't expected to rejoin the Nationals lineup until the end of April.
    Saturday, 7:45 am
  • Murphy (hamstring) likely headed for DL stint
    Mets manager Terry Collins indicated Friday that Daniel Murphy (hamstring) is likely to begin the season on the disabled list.

    Advice: "He's running out of time," Collins said. "... We don't have a lot of time. I'm going to talk to Dan tomorrow. We don't have a lot of time to get him ready. I got word of what he did today, and we certainly have to speed it up a little bit. So I'm getting a little concerned he's not going to have enough time." General manager Sandy Alderson expressed a similar sentiment, saying it "would be a little surprising" if Murphy made it back "sooner than roughly Opening Day." Alderson added that Murphy is likely to play in minor league games next week even if plays in games at all. That would allow the Mets to backdate his DL stint, potentially setting him up to miss as few as six games.
    Friday, 2:40 pm
  • Gregory Polanco homers, doubles
    Gregory Polanco, who had just one extra-base hit in 37 at-bats this spring, homered and doubled Friday against the Twins.

    Advice: That's better. The Pirates' faith in Polanco hasn't seemed to wane, and it still appears that the plan is to hit him second ahead of Andrew McCutchen. It's a great spot for his fantasy value, if he can hold on to it.
    Friday, 2:18 pm
  • Denard Span (abdomen) to take light swings
    Denard Span (abdomen) will take light swings with a fungo bat on Friday.

    Advice: Span also ran sprints on Friday and has been playing catch for over a week. The outfielder is coming along nicely from core muscle surgery but isn't close to game action and is still expected to miss the first few weeks of the season.
    Friday, 8:53 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.
    Friday, 6:12 am
  • Crisp (elbow) could return to action Saturday
    Coco Crisp (elbow) could return to game action on Saturday.

    Advice: The cortisone injection he was given Tuesday for his sore right elbow must have worked, as Crisp unexpectedly did some workouts prior to Thursday's contest and could be back in the lineup Saturday. The A's are moving Crisp to left field this season in hopes of keeping him on the field, but he'll remain a health risk no matter where he plays.
    Thursday, 3:43 pm
  • Denorfia out with sore hamstring
    Chris Denorfia (hamstring) could begin playing in minor league games next week.

    Advice: Denorfia hasn't played since March 17 due to a sore left hamstring. His status for the season is in question.
    Thursday, 1:32 pm
  • Daniel Murphy (hamstring) ran Thursday
    Daniel Murphy (hamstring) ran Thursday without issue.

    Advice: He also made it through some light baseball drills on Wednesday. Murphy pulled his hamstring a week ago but seems likely to be fine for the start of the season.
    Thursday, 12:21 pm
  • Rafael Montero solid versus Yankees
    Rafael Montero allowed one run over four innings and struck out four against the Yankees on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Mets are still treating Montero as a starter and there's talk about him joining the rotation, even though Terry Collins essentially named Dillon Gee the fifth starter after Zach Wheeler went down. It might be another one of those cases where the front office (Montero) and Collins (Gee) don't see eye to eye. Montero is expected to be on the roster, probably as a middle reliever.
    Wednesday, 2:22 pm
  • Bryan Holaday hits grand slam for Tigers
    Bryan Holaday went 2-for-3 and hit a grand slam to lead the Tigers to an 8-4 win over the Marlins on Tuesday.

    Advice: Holaday entered the day 3-for-22 with no extra-base hits this spring, while James McCann, the Tigers' other backup catcher option, was at .414 with two doubles in 29 at-bats. Still, even with that disparity, there was a good chance the Tigers were leaning towards sticking with Holaday as their backup, allowing McCann to continue to play regularly in the minors. That probably is the better option than letting McCann serve as a backup, but the Tigers should also look to the waiver wire and maybe grab a backup that way (the Yankees' Austin Romine being one possibility).
    Wednesday, 2:02 pm
  • Murphy (hamstring) doing limited activity
    Daniel Murphy (hamstring) did limited baseball activities for a second straight day Wednesday and said he's cautiously optimistic about being ready for the season.

    Advice: "Each day is getting better," said Murphy, who pulled his hamstring last Thursday. As long as he continues to make progress, being in the Opening Day lineup is realistic. The Mets are looking at Matt Reynolds and Danny Muno as alternatives for second base if he needs to start the year on the DL.
    Wednesday, 9:51 am
  • Montero still a possibility for rotation
    Andy Martino of the New York Daily News hears that there's "still conversation" about Rafael Montero earning the fifth starter job.

    Advice: With Zack Wheeler (elbow) out for the year, Dillon Gee is the heavy favorite for the fifth starter job and certainly didn't hurt his case by tossing four scoreless innings Tuesday, but the Mets are intrigued by Montero's ceiling and he could keep his name in the conversation with a strong performance Wednesday. Still, we expect Gee to begin the year in the rotation and Montero to be in the bullpen.
    Wednesday, 6:52 am
  • Coco Crisp (wrist) receives cortisone shot
    Coco Crisp is expected to be sidelined for several days after a receiving a cortisone shot in his wrist on Tuesday.

    Advice: The oft-injured outfielder has been battling a sore triceps for the past several weeks, with the wrist ailment just the latest in a serious of problems. The A's are going to take every possible precaution to ensure that he remains healthy. Expect him to return to game action at the end of the week.
    Tuesday, 5:14 pm
  • Crisp scratched Tuesday with elbow soreness
    Coco Crisp was scratched from Tuesday's Cactus League lineup due to soreness in his throwing arm.

    Advice: The Athletics have been extra cautious with Crisp this spring, who deal with a sore triceps earlier this month, so they aren't going to take any chances this close to the season. Consider him day-to-day for now.
    Tuesday, 12:24 pm
  • Cards to go with Garcia as fifth starter?
    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said on 920 AM in St. Louis that the schedule currently points to Jaime Garcia beginning the season as the fifth starter.

    Advice: Nothing is official yet, but Garcia is healthy and has posted a 3.86 ERA and 13/3 K/BB ratio in 9 1/3 innings across three starts this spring. The Cardinals had him throw an 80-pitch simulated game on Tuesday to keep him in line for the second series of the season or perhaps soon after. He's competing with Marco Gonzales and Carlos Martinez for the fifth spot in the rotation.
    Tuesday, 10:21 am
    15-Day DL
  • Mets encouraged by Murphy's progress
    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Tuesday that they are getting encouraging signs on Daniel Murphy's hamstring.

    Advice: Murphy pulled his hamstring last Thursday and is expected to be shut down until later this week. It depends on how he progresses, but the Mets haven't ruled him out for Opening Day. Matt Reynolds and Danny Muno are options to fill in at second base if he needs extra time.
    Tuesday, 7:33 am
  • Crisp hitless as Athletics fall to the Tribe
    Coco Crisp went 0-for-3 as the Athletics were stomped 10-1 by the Indians on Monday.

    Advice: Crisp has had 0-for-3 performances in back-to-back games. He's been slowed this spring by a sore triceps. The speedy outfielder is carrying a lackluster .133 average over 15 at-bats so far.
    Mar 23, 4:17 pm
  • Smyly (shoulder) throws another bullpen
    Rays manager Kevin Cash said that Drew Smyly (shoulder) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session on Monday and felt good.

    Advice: Smyly recently came down with shoulder tendinitis, but he threw 20 pitches in a bullpen session Saturday and is now progressing nicely. He's likely not far off from facing hitters. While he's expected to begin the season on the disabled list, he could be ready around mid-April if he can avoid setbacks. Don't let him slip too far on your draft board in fantasy leagues.
    Mar 23, 1:46 pm
  • 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.
    Mar 22, 7:25 am
  • Smyly (shoulder) throws successful bullpen
    Drew Smyly (shoulder) threw a successful 20-pitch bullpen session on Saturday.

    Advice: Smyly said afterwards that he felt great and believed the session was a step in the right direction. He'll repeat the exercise again on Monday and if all goes well could be cleared to face live hitters shortly afterwards.
    Mar 21, 8:59 am
  • Daniel Murphy (hamstring) shut down a week
    Daniel Murphy (hamstring) will be shut down for at least the next week.

    Advice: Murphy was given an MRI, with the Mets only saying that the second baseman suffered a pulled right hamstring. It's too soon to say whether he might require a stint on the disabled list, but it's certainly a possibility. The Mets don't plan to bring back Dilson Herrera back from minor league camp, which means Matt Reynolds and Danny Muno would be options at second base should Murphy need to go on the DL.
    Mar 20, 1:55 pm
  • Daniel Murphy undergoes MRI on hamstring
    Daniel Murphy (hamstring) underwent an MRI Friday.

    Advice: The results of the exam are not yet available. Murphy was removed from Thursday's game with tightness in his right hamstring, and while he reported improvement Friday, the Mets want to make sure the ailment isn't worse than expected. An update on his status should be available later Friday or Saturday.
    Mar 20, 12:58 pm
  • Daniel Murphy (hamstring) day-to-day
    Daniel Murphy reported improvement with his tight right hamstring on Friday.

    Advice: Murphy was lifted from Thursday's game with the ailment. He's considered day-to-day, but the Mets will surely play it cautiously with him so he doesn't have a setback prior to Opening Day.
    Mar 20, 6:07 am
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