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  • Goldschmidt hitless in four AB's vs. Padres
    Paul Goldschmidt went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in Thursday's 3-3 Cactus League tie with the Padres.

    Advice: Goldschmidt hasn't registered a hit since March 20, a span of four hitless games. The first baseman missed a large chunk of last season with a fractured hand, but still should be held in extremely high regard as he was in 2013, when he led the league in home runs, RBI, slugging percentage, and OPS.
    Today, 4:48 pm
  • Chad Gaudin (neck) to be examined
    Chad Gaudin will be examined after feeling tingling in his fingers due to the ongoing nerve issues in his neck.

    Advice: Gaudin had surgery a couple years ago but has never been able to totally shake the nerve problems, as this is the second time in the last week he's had issues. He's been shut down and will be sent for an exam before the next course of action is determined.
    Today, 4:41 pm
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  • 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.
    Today, 4:08 pm
  • Edwin Encarnacion reaches twice in return
    Edwin Encarnacion went 0-for-1 with two walks in his return to Toronto's lineup on Thursday.

    Advice: Encarnacion hadn't played since March 8 because of back soreness. He started hitting in minor league games Tuesday.
    Today, 2:24 pm
  • Jonny Gomes hits first home run
    Jonny Gomes went 2-for-4 and delivered a homer off the Pirates' Clayton Richard on Thursday.

    Advice: Gomes was hitting .175/.227/.200 in 40 at-bats this spring. Ideally, he'd get all of his starts against left-handed pitching this season. However, it appears that he'll be something close to a fixture against righties, too, at least until Melvin Upton Jr. returns. Even if he's OK offensively, which is always possible, he'll give it right back with the glove.
    Today, 1:30 pm
  • Krauss (back) aims to return to action Friday
    Marc Krauss (back) aims to return to action Friday.

    Advice: Krauss has been out of the Angels' Cactus League lineup for the last four days with back discomfort, but he felt fine while hitting in camp Thursday. The 27-year-old was off to a pretty good start in his bid for a bench spot, batting .500 (9-for-18) in 13 spring games.
    Today, 12:37 pm
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  • 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.
    Today, 12:21 pm
  • Robertson has experienced forearm soreness
    White Sox manager Robin Ventura admitted Thursday that David Robertson has battled some forearm soreness this spring.

    Advice: That might help explain Robertson's 7.71 Cactus League ERA. Ventura added that he's not concerned about the $46 million closer being ready for Opening Day, but this is obviously something to monitor. Robertson had a 3.08 ERA with 39 saves and a 96/23 K/BB ratio in 64 1/3 innings last season with the Yankees. Zach Putnam and Jake Petricka are presumably next in line for saves in Chicago, though they're not worth grabbing yet in non-holds leagues.
    Today, 12:18 pm
  • Harper sent home early with stomach bug
    Bryce Harper was sent home early from Nationals camp on Thursday due to a stomach virus.

    Advice: Harper tried some light swinging but didn't feel so great. He's expected to return to Grapefruit League action Friday and he'll be in right field for the Nats on Opening Day. Harper has a homer, a stolen base, and an .829 OPS in 12 games this spring.
    Today, 11:34 am
  • Reds get 1B Dan Johnson from the Astros
    Reds acquired 1B Dan Johnson from the Astros for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

    Advice: Johnson, 35, was batting .158 in 25 plate appearances this spring with the Astros. He'll head to the minor league side of Reds camp and won't be in consideration for the Opening Day roster.
    Today, 11:13 am
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  • Indians option C.C. Lee to AAA Columbus
    Indians optioned RHP C.C. Lee to Triple-A Columbus.

    Advice: Lee walked five batters and yielded four hits in six innings this spring. He's organizational relief depth.
    Today, 9:28 am
  • Alex Rios out a few days with jammed thumb
    Alex Rios will get the next two or three days off after jamming his thumb.

    Advice: Rios jammed the same thumb last season, so the Royals are going to play it safe. The 34-year-old outfielder is batting .308 with three home runs and a .940 OPS in 40 plate appearances this spring in the Cactus League. He's had a rollercoaster career production-wise, but his fantasy ceiling is always pretty high.
    Today, 8:43 am
  • Asche out Thursday with back tightness
    Cody Asche has been scratched from the Phillies' lineup Thursday due to back tightness.

    Advice: Asche felt the discomfort during pre-game stretching. It doesn't sound like anything to be concerned about. The 24-year-old will open the 2015 season as the Phillies' starting third baseman, though top prospect Maikel Franco is hot on his tail. Asche could eventually move to the outfield.
    Today, 8:24 am
  • Flores (foot) back in Mets' lineup Thursday
    Wilmer Flores (foot) is back in the Mets' Grapefruit League lineup on Thursday afternoon.

    Advice: And it's a road game. Flores fouled a ball off his foot last Sunday and was left with some bruising and some soreness, but X-rays came back negative and the young shortstop will be fine for the beginning of the 2015 regular season.
    Today, 7:53 am
  • Saunders (knee) will not be ready for opener
    Blue Jays manager John Gibbons has acknowledged Michael Saunders (knee) won't be ready for Opening Day.

    Advice: It's impressive that Saunders even made it close after undergoing surgery in late February on his left knee. He should be ready to rock by the middle of April and carries fantasy sleeper potential as the primary left fielder on what should be a potent Blue Jays squad. The 28-year-old hit .273 with eight homers and a .791 OPS in 78 games last season for the Mariners.
    Today, 6:41 am
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 9:51 am
  • Flores (foot) could return to action Thursday
    Wilmer Flores (foot) could return to Grapefruit League action on Thursday.

    Advice: Flores made it through a range of drills Tuesday in Mets camp without experiencing significant discomfort in his bruised left foot. X-rays taken Sunday came back negative. He'll be fine for Opening Day.
    Tuesday, 1:12 pm
  • Krauss still dealing with back pain
    Marc Krauss said Tuesday that his back feels "a little better," but that he still has pain.

    Advice: Krauss is currently dealing with back spasms and isn't sure when he'll be ready to return. He's hoping in a couple of days, but it's no sure thing. The 28-year-old is 9-for-18 with a home run this spring as he competes for a bench spot.
    Tuesday, 9:50 am
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  • Saunders (knee) to play in minors game
    Michael Saunders (knee) will get some at-bats in a minor league game Tuesday.

    Advice: Saunders, who had knee surgery in late February, returned to action in a minor league game last Thursday. The original expectation was that he would miss the start of the season, but he's way ahead of schedule. He makes for a nice late-round flier in mixed fantasy league drafts.
    Tuesday, 8:48 am
  • Encarnacion (back) playing in minors game Tue
    Edwin Encarnacion (back) will play in a minor league game Tuesday.

    Advice: Encarnacion has been sidelined for about two weeks with back soreness, but he's doing much better now. The plan calls for him to return to Grapefruit League action on Thursday, which should give him plenty of time to get tuned up for the season.
    Tuesday, 8:18 am
  • 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
  • Flores (foot) to try activity Tuesday
    Wilmer Flores (foot) plans to throw, stretch, and hit Tuesday.

    Advice: Flores fouled a ball off his foot during Sunday's game, but X-rays came back negative and he only had to wear a walking boot for less than 24 hours. He's not ready to run yet, but it's not expected to be a long-term issue.
    Tuesday, 6:05 am
  • Marc Krauss nursing back spasms
    Marc Krauss is day-to-day with back spasms.

    Advice: Krauss tried to return to action Sunday but showed up to camp Monday with more tightness. The former Astro is 9-for-18 with a homer and five walks in Cactus League play as he tries to win a bench spot, but he obviously needs to get healthy.
    Monday, 5:04 pm
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  • Wilmer Flores removes walking boot
    Wilmer Flores removed the walking boot from his left foot Monday morning.

    Advice: It was just a day ago that Flores left a game after fouling a ball off the foot. X-rays came back clean, though, and he fully expects to be fine come Opening Day. "It was bad yesterday -- I couldn't even walk on it," Flores said. "It's a little bit swollen. I'm having a problem walking right now. I'm just going to go day by day and we'll see how it goes."
    Monday, 4:02 pm
  • Wilmer Flores diagnosed with bruised foot
    Wilmer Flores was diagnosed with a bruised foot after X-rays came back negative on Sunday.

    Advice: Flores sustained the injury when he fouled a ball off his foot during Sunday's Grapefruit League game. The Mets sent him for precautionary X-rays to rule out a fracture and have to be thrilled with the diagnosis. He should return to action in a few days.
    Sunday, 6:54 pm
  • Rios has double, RBI, and SB in win vs. SF
    Alex Rios went 2-for-3 with an RBI single, a double, and a stolen base in Sunday's 4-2 Cactus League win over the Giants.

    Advice: Rios singled in Eric Hosmer to break a scoreless tie, then stole second base but was stranded. He also doubled in the sixth inning before he was replaced with a pinch-runner. Rios, 34, is having a terrific spring, batting .306 (11-for-36) with three doubles, three home runs, eight RBI, and two stolen bases.
    Sunday, 4:03 pm
  • Wilmer Flores heading for X-rays on foot
    Wilmer Flores is heading for X-rays after fouling a ball off his left foot during Sunday's Grapefruit League game.

    Advice: Flores is in a walking boot for the time being and noted being in a lot of pain. The Mets should have an update on his status shortly. If he is looking at an extended absence, Ruben Tejada could be forced into the primary shortstop role once again.
    Sunday, 1:25 pm
  • 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
  • Gaudin alright after 'a little tweak' in arm
    Chad Gaudin said he's alright after feeling "a little tweak" in his upper right arm Saturday.

    Advice: Gaudin was removed from his Saturday start in the third inning due to the injury, but it appears to be a false alarm. The right-hander has been given a window of opportunity to win a starting job with the Dodgers with Hyun-Jin Ryu set to begin the season on the disabled list. He's likely to take his next turn.
    Saturday, 2:45 pm
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  • Gaudin leaves start with undisclosed injury
    Chad Gaudin left his Cactus League start Sunday with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Gaudin had dealt for two innings before getting hit hard in the third. Ultimately, catcher A.J. Ellis came out and called for the trainer. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly opted to remove Gaudin, and the Dodgers should provide an update on his injury shortly.
    Saturday, 2:06 pm
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  • 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.
    Friday, 1:55 pm
  • Cody Asche hits second homer
    Cody Asche hit his second homer of the spring Friday against the Pirates.

    Advice: With Maikel Franco struggling, Asche appears set to have third base all to himself once the season starts. He got off to a slow start last season, but he was adequate from May onward. We're not expecting a real breakthrough this year, but... well, adequacy isn't such a bad thing.
    Friday, 1:35 pm
  • Bryce Harper hits first homer
    Bryce Harper hit his first homer Friday off the Astros' Jake Buchanan.

    Advice: Harper is hitting just .238 this spring, but it comes with eight walks in 21 at-bats and an .877 OPS. He's been hitting third for the Nationals with Jayson Werth out. It's unclear if he'll stay in that spot once Werth is back, but it appears to be a given that he'll hit somewhere in the middle of the order.
    Friday, 1:29 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.
    Friday, 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.
    Friday, 6:07 am
  • Wilmer Flores hits second spring homer
    Wilmer Flores had a homer and a sac fly against the Cardinals on Thursday.

    Advice: Flores' homer came off Jaime Garcia. He's batting a cool .406 in 32 at-bats this spring. If he can just keep that up during the regular season, he'll match Ted Williams.
    Thursday, 2:51 pm
  • Saunders (knee) takes five AB in minors game
    Michael Saunders (knee) went 1-for-5 in a minor league game Thursday in Blue Jays camp.

    Advice: Saunders told reporters after the game that he didn't feel a thing in his left knee, which needed surgery in late February. The initial timetable for his recovery was several months, but the procedure didn't have to be as invasive as originally expected and there's now talk of him being ready for Opening Day. Saunders carries fantasy sleeper potential into the 2015 season.
    Thursday, 12:01 pm
  • Daniel Murphy leaves game with tight hammy
    Daniel Murphy was lifted from a Grapefruit League game Thursday due to right hamstring tightness.

    Advice: Murphy singled up the middle and came around to score in the top of the first inning, but he didn't take the field in the bottom half. As long as it's not a hamstring strain, the second baseman should be fine for the beginning of the regular season. Expect updates on Murphy throughout the weekend.
    Thursday, 10:29 am
  • Robertson serves up homer in inning of work
    David Robertson surrendered a two-run home run to Todd Frazier in his one inning of work as the White Sox downed the Reds 9-4 on Wednesday.

    Advice: The White Sox were leading 5-1 at the time and managed to tack on more towards the end of the game, so it wasn't a big deal. Robertson has allowed runs in two of his four appearances to begin the spring. The 29-year-old did an excellent job replacing Mariano Rivera for the Yankees last season and the White Sox expect him to excel as their new closer starting this season. He posted a 3.08 ERA with 39 saves and a 96/23 K/BB ratio in 64 1/3 innings in 2014.
    Wednesday, 4:39 pm
  • Encarnacion (back) to hit off tee Wednesday
    Edwin Encarnacion (back) will hit off a tee on Wednesday and take batting practice Thursday.

    Advice: Encarnacion has been sidelined for about a week with back soreness, but he's slowly increasing baseball activities. The hope is that he could be ready to return to game action at some point next week.
    Wednesday, 8:41 am
  • Saunders (knee) set for minors game Thursday
    Michael Saunders is (knee) scheduled to play in a minor league game on Thursday.

    Advice: He’ll be used in the designated hitter spot and will not run the bases. Saunders has made a rapid recovery from surgery to remove 60 percent of the meniscus from his left knee and has a shot to be ready for Opening Day. "He's doing well," Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. "Every time I see him, he always knows I'm going to ask him just to make sure he doesn't take any chances and he assures me that if he's not ready with his timing, he'll take a few more days just to get the timing. I think from a health standpoint, he's going to end up being there. He hasn't had a spring training, so it'll be at-bats."
    Tuesday, 7:54 pm
  • Encarnacion (back) a week away from games
    The Blue Jays hope to have Edwin Encarnacion ready to return to Grapefruit League action in seven days.

    Advice: Encarnacion hit off a tee Tuesday and will take batting practice later this week. The Blue Jays remain confident that the slugger will be fine by the time Opening Day rolls around, though he could be given a little extra rest early in the season. "Feeling better; I talked to him before the off-day and he's not concerned at all," general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. "I said, 'No concern on your end about being ready for Opening Day?' And he said 'Absolutely not.' He'll be ready to go. The MRI was clean, just a little bit of inflammation. He's absolutely confident he's going to be fine. I think he's supposed to hit here this week and we'll get him going soon."
    Tuesday, 7:53 pm
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