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  • McCutchen fine after slipping on home plate
    Andrew McCutchen said he's fine after leaving Wednesday's Grapefruit League game.

    Advice: McCutchen was removed after failing to run out a ground ball in the eighth inning, but it was just precautionary. He slipped on home plate getting out of the box and didn't want to push it. "I think I made the team already," McCutchen said after the game. Crisis averted.
    Yesterday, 6:58 pm
  • McCutchen leaves with undisclosed injury
    Andrew McCutchen left Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: McCutchen grounded out to end the top of the eighth inning, and he appeared to pull up lame coming out of the box. He didn't run out the ground ball and walked off slowly before being removed. After dealing with lower body soreness earlier in camp, a lower-body injury is a bad sign for the superstar. The Pirates should give us an update on his condition shortly.
    Yesterday, 6:30 pm
  • MRI shows Ryan has Grade 2 right calf strain
    An MRI showed Brendan Ryan has a Grade 2 right calf strain.

    Advice: That's pretty serious, and the severity was underlined by the Yankees' expedience in acquiring shortstop Gregorio Petit from the Astros. Ryan will start the year on the disabled list, and it's unclear at this point how long the strain will keep him sidelined.
    Yesterday, 5:49 pm
  • Avisail Garcia homers, drives in four vs. M's
    Avisail Garcia went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI in Wednesday's Cactus League win over the Mariners.

    Advice: Garcia opened the scoring for the White Sox, singling in a run in the first inning. He plated another with an RBI single in the second, but the big hit was a two-run homer in the fourth. The 23-year-old is hitting .328 with eight RBI this spring, and after injury marred his 2014 season a healthy Garcia should deliver on his big promise this year.
    Yesterday, 4:30 pm
  • Abreu collects two more hits against Mariners
    Jose Abreu went 2-for-4 with two runs scored in a win over the Mariners on Wednesday.

    Advice: The two-hit afternoon actually lowered the first baseman's Cactus League average to a ridiculous .518. Abreu doubled off Mariners starter James Paxton and also singled in the game. The regular season can't get here soon enough for the red hot slugger.
    Yesterday, 4:30 pm
  • Solarte finishing out the spring with a bang
    Yangervis Solarte went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's 8-2 win against the White Sox.

    Advice: Solarte went yard off of David Robertson in the fifth inning for his second spring home run. Officially in a super utility role, Solarte nears the end of spring training carrying a .310 average (18-for-58).
    Yesterday, 3:48 pm
  • Ryan likely headed to DL with calf strain
    Brendan Ryan is likely to begin the season on the disabled list after suffering a calf strain Wednesday.

    Advice: Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he would be "very surprised" if Ryan is ready for the season opener after being helped off the field in the sixth inning of Wednesday's Grapefruit League game. Ryan will undergo an MRI to determine the severity of the strain. He was slated to be the primary backup to shortstop Didi Gregorius, so while the injury affects the Yankees it doesn't have much bearing on fantasy.
    Yesterday, 3:32 pm
  • Jake Marisnick doubles twice for Astros
    Jake Marisnick doubled twice and drove in a run as the Astros edged the Tigers 3-2 on Wednesday.

    Advice: The demotion of Jonathan Singleton on Wednesday has Marisnick's stock on the rise. He's set to be the Astros' primary center fielder, with Colby Rasmus primarily in left and Evan Gattis spending most of his time at DH. Marisnick probably won't be a factor in mixed leagues, but he's a likely 20-steal guy if he starts 120-130 games, giving him AL-only value.
    Yesterday, 2:18 pm
  • Nationals reassign Stewart to minors camp
    Nationals reassigned INF Ian Stewart to minor league camp.

    Advice: Stewart was vying for a spot on the Nationals' bench and put up nice spring numbers, hitting .286/.348/.548. It wasn't enough to land him a utility role. Given that Anthony Rendon is currently dealing with a knee injury and Ryan Zimmerman deals with an injury of some kind almost every year, Stewart is likely to see some time with the Nationals this season.
    Yesterday, 12:55 pm
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  • Brendan Ryan limps off field with leg injury
    Brendan Ryan limped off the field in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game with a possible leg injury.

    Advice: Uh oh. Ryan apparently had to be carried down the dugout stairs with what appeared to be a right knee injury. He was only starting on Wednesday because regular shortstop Didi Gregorius is currently nursing a wrist injury. The Yankees are now calling the injury a "strained right calf." Ryan is set to undergo an MRI to determine the severity of the injury.
    Yesterday, 11:54 am
  • Denorfia (hamstring) tests legs on bases
    Chris Denorfia (hamstring) ran the bases on Wednesday.

    Advice: The outfielder suffered the injury on March 17. Denorfia has yet to be cleared for game action, but he's starting to ramp up his activity in an attempt to test a sore left hamstring. He took batting practice on Tuesday and was seen running on Wednesday. It's still unlikely he'll be ready for Opening Day.
    Yesterday, 10:39 am
  • Braun feeling slight hamstring tightness
    Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said that Ryan Braun was experiencing a slight tightness in his hamstring.

    Advice: Roenicke doesn't consider it to be serious. Braun underwent October thumb surgery, but the thumb's healed up nicely and so long as the hamstring is a non-issue, he looks like he'll be ready for Opening Day.
    Yesterday, 10:23 am
  • Gregorius (wrist) says swelling is down
    Didi Gregorius (wrist) noted that the swelling in his wrist was subsiding.

    Advice: Gregorius should be able to play on Thursday. He took part in fielding drills and batting practice on Wednesday and reported full range of motion in the wrist. This is a good sign for the Yankees, who are hopeful that Gregorius will be all-systems-go for Opening Day.
    Yesterday, 9:34 am
  • Rangers option Carlos Peguero to Triple-A
    Rangers optioned OF Carlos Peguero to Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Peguero slashed .350/.435/.500 over 46 plate appearances this spring. In regular season play, his numbers have never come close to approaching these, as he's a career .196/.245/.379 hitter. He has enough power (30 home runs in Triple-A last season) that the Rangers will likely give him his share of chances to prove that he's more than a Quadruple-A player.
    Yesterday, 9:07 am
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  • Smith (ankle) returns to M's lineup
    Seth Smith (ankle) is in the Mariners lineup on Wednesday.

    Advice: Smith was scratched from Monday's game and had a scheduled off-day on Tuesday. The ankle injury was never considered serious. He should be ready for Opening Day.
    Yesterday, 8:39 am
  • Gregorius (wrist) being held out of lineup
    Didi Gregorius (wrist) was not in Wednesday's lineup.

    Advice: Brendan Ryan will start in Gregorius' place. Gregorius injured his wrist trying to make a diving play on Saturday. Initially, the Yankees hoped he would be able to play by mid-week. His absence doesn't necessarily mean that he'll miss Opening Day and the injury is still being classified as relatively minor.
    Yesterday, 7:47 am
  • Astros option Jon Singleton to Triple-A
    Astros optioned 1B Jon Singleton to Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: Singleton hit just .213/.288/.340 during spring ball. He offers some pop in the bat (13 home runs in 310 at-bats in 2014). Singleton is still just 23 years old and has room to grow. Should he see a call-up later this season, he'll have value in deeper AL-only leagues.
    Yesterday, 6:10 am
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  • Astros option L.J. Hoes to Triple-A
    Astros optioned OF L.J. Hoes to Triple-A Fresno.

    Advice: Hoes hit decently during spring training, but he doesn't amount to much more than a backup outfielder. He is a career .235/.288/.331 hitter.
    Yesterday, 6:03 am
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  • Nationals reassign Gwynn Jr. to minors camp
    Nationals reassigned OF Tony Gwynn Jr. to minor league camp.

    Advice: Despite outfield injuries to Jayson Werth and Denard Span, Gwynn was unable to secure a bench spot after a nice spring (.341/.420/.500). This is due mostly to Gwynn having options. Recent acquisition Matt den Dekker will serve the bench role. Tyler Moore and Michael Taylor are currently slated to start in the OF alongside Bryce Harper. Should the Nationals see a few more injuries, Gwynn is a possible call-up.
    Yesterday, 5:38 am
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  • Abreu goes 4-for-4 as White Sox top Dodgers
    Jose Abreu went 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI as the White Sox topped the Dodgers 2-1 in Cactus League action on Tuesday.

    Advice: Abreu has been on an absolute tear all spring, hitting .519 (27-for-52) with a homer and eight RBI. It's scary to think that he could be even better than the .317/.383/.581 he slashed with 36 bombs and 107 RBI in his first season stateside in 2014. He shouldn't last past the middle of the first round in all fantasy drafts.
    Tuesday, 6:30 pm
  • Denorfia (hamstring) not ready for games
    Chris Denorfia (hamstring) has yet to be cleared to return to game action.

    Advice: Denorfia took batting practice on Tuesday but hasn't given the go-ahead to play in games yet. He hasn't played since March 17 due to a sore left hamstring and is looking unlikely to be ready for Opening Day. "Opening Day is still in jeopardy," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "You have to figure that out when you fill out the roster, too."
    Tuesday, 4:43 pm
  • Ryan Braun's thumb no longer an issue
    Brewers manager Ron Roenick said that Ryan Braun's thumb is no longer a concern.

    Advice: Braun underwent thumb surgery in October and has been on the mend ever since. He appears to be fully recovered. Braun will be ready for Opening Day. As long as he's healthy, he remains one of the best hitters in the game. The thumb issue is one to watch during the season, but for now, he should be good to go.
    Tuesday, 11:08 am
  • Gregorius (wrist) still experiencing swelling
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that there was no timetable for the return of Didi Gregorius (wrist).

    Advice: The Yankees need to see the swelling in Gregorius' left wrist subside before they're able to give an estimate for his return. He suffered the injury diving for a ball on Saturday. Gregorius previously indicated that he thought he'd be ready to play on Opening Day.
    Tuesday, 9:11 am
  • Smith (ankle) could have played on Monday
    Seth Smith (ankle) was a precautionary scratch on Monday, but is not expected to miss any significant time.

    Advice: Smith's getting a scheduled off-day on Tuesday. It looks like he should be good to go for the season-opener.
    Tuesday, 8:38 am
  • 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."
    Monday, 4:25 pm
  • Seth Smith out Monday with sore ankle
    Seth Smith was scratched from the Mariners' lineup on Monday due to ongoing ankle soreness.

    Advice: Smith also missed Sunday's game, but the Mariners don't seem all that concerned. His readiness for the Mariners' season-opener is not in question at the moment.
    Monday, 11:55 am
  • Seth Smith (ankle) in Cactus lineup Monday
    Seth Smith (ankle) is in the Mariners' starting lineup for Monday's Cactus League game.

    Advice: Smith was scratched from Sunday's game with a sore ankle. It's obviously not a serious injury.
    Monday, 7:34 am
  • X-Rays come back negative on Hoes wrist
    X-Rays came back negative on the hand and wrist of L.J. Hoes on Sunday.

    Advice: Hoes was drilled by a pitch in Saturday's Cactus League contest, but luckily avoided and breaks in either his hand or his wrist. He should be able to return to the lineup in a couple of days once the swelling subsides.
    Sunday, 1:32 pm
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  • Seth Smith scratched with ankle injury
    Seth Smith was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to a sore ankle.

    Advice: "He rolled his ankle a little bit yesterday," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. "It's a little swollen. It's just precautionary. We're not going to let him play today. Seventh game of the World Series, he'd be in there." Expect Smith back out there in a day or two.
    Sunday, 12:27 pm
  • Didi Gregorius (wrist) feeling much better
    Didi Gregorius (wrist) said he felt much better Sunday.

    Advice: Gregorius injured his left wrist when he dove for a ball during Saturday's game. He'll rest for three days but believes he'll be fine come Opening Day. Gregorius is slated to be the Yankees' primary shortstop.
    Sunday, 6:10 am
  • Hoes headed for X-rays on right hand, wrist
    L.J. Hoes will have X-rays taken of his right hand and wrist after being hit by a pitch Saturday.

    Advice: Hoes was hit by Marlins reliever Aaron Crow in the eighth inning of Saturday's Grapefruit League game. The outfielder had his hand and wrist wrapped after the game, saying it "hurts pretty bad." More will be known after the tests, but it certainly doesn't look good for the outfielder trying to win a bench job with the Astros.
    Saturday, 4:57 pm
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  • Abreu adds two more hits in a loss to the A's
    Jose Abreu went 2-for-5 with a run scored as the White Sox fell to the Athletics 10-4 on Saturday.

    Advice: Humorously enough, the 2-for-5 performance actually lowered Abreu's spring average to .479 (23-for-48), which shows just how well he's hit in the Cactus League. Both hits were singles, which has been emblematic of his spring -- 19 of his 23 hits are singles -- but the power should reveal itself on a frequent basis during the regular season. Abreu belted 36 home runs and knocked in 107 runs en route to winning the AL Rookie of the Year award last year.
    Saturday, 4:55 pm
  • Braun drives in a pair in loss to Indians
    Ryan Braun went 2-for-4 with two RBI in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Braun slammed an RBI double in the first inning and singled in a run in the fifth. After a slow start to spring, the outfielder is now hitting .323 with six RBI. More importantly, his thumb seems to be holding up thus far. When healthy, Braun is one of the premier hitters in the game.
    Saturday, 4:19 pm
  • Didi Gregorius (wrist) to take three days off
    Didi Gregorius (wrist) will take the next three days off.

    Advice: X-rays came back negative on the wrist, which Gregorius sprained diving for a ball, and the Yankees hope a few days of rest will go a long way. Yanks manager Joe Girardi said he hopes to get Gregorius back in the lineup on Wednesday. If that timetable holds true, the 25-year-old should be in the Yankees' lineup on Opening Day.
    Saturday, 4:04 pm
  • Gregorius (wrist) heading for X-rays on wrist
    Didi Gregorius (wrist) sprained his left wrist in Saturday's Grapefruit League contest and is heading for precautionary X-rays.

    Advice: The Yankees don't believe that the injury is serious, but are sending him for X-Ray to be sure. If he isn't available for the start of the regular season, the Yankees could slide Stephen Drew over to shortstop.
    Saturday, 12:08 pm
  • Solarte preparing for super utility role
    Yangervis Solarte has embraced his super utility role with the Padres this spring.

    Advice: He entered camp in a competition with Will Middlebrooks for the team's starting job at third base, but it appears that he'll wind up in a reserve role instead. With the ability to play nearly every position on the field, Solarte should find himself in the lineup on an almost nightly basis.
    Friday, 7:09 pm
  • Abreu goes 3-for-3 in a loss to the Dodgers
    Jose Abreu singled three times in as many at-bats as the White Sox fell 9-6 to the Dodgers on Thursday.

    Advice: Abreu hit his first spring home run on Tuesday, which might have given one the impression he was having a slow spring. That is certainly not the case, as Thursday's effort brings his Cactus League average up to .488 (21-for-43). The lack of power -- two doubles, one triple, one homer -- shouldn't be concerning unless it persists into May.
    Thursday, 5:00 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
  • Braun collects three hits in win over the A's
    Ryan Braun finished 3-for-4 with an RBI double in Wednesday's Cactus League game versus the Athletics.

    Advice: Braun is now on a five-game spring hitting streak. Wednesday's performance helped lift his average to .280 (7-for-25). Two of those seven hits are solo homers. Braun had battled a thumb injury over the last two seasons but it appears to be a non-issue now.
    Wednesday, 4:28 pm
  • Jon Singleton in 2-for-23 slump
    Jon Singleton went 0-for-4 on Wednesday and is a 2-for-23 slump over the last 11 days.

    Advice: There's been talk of the Astros keeping both Singleton and Marisnick on the roster, though that would seem to mean having one on the bench each day (perhaps both could play when Colby Rasmus sits). From our perspective, it'd still make a lot more sense to send one back to Triple-A, allowing both to play regularly. Singleton got off to the hot start, but Marisnick has the better numbers now and the Astros are also a lot better defensively with Marisnick in center and Evan Gattis either at first base or DH (rather than left field). It'd seem to give Marisnick the advantage.
    Wednesday, 1:22 pm
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  • Jose Abreu blasts first spring homer Tuesday
    Jose Abreu blasted his first Cactus League home run in a losing effort against the Rockies on Tuesday.

    Advice: The reigning American Rookie of the Year launched a solo shot off Jairo Diaz in the fifth inning. While it was his first time leaving the yard, he has been hammering the ball all over the field in Cactus League play, hitting .459 (17-for-37) with seven RBI. He looks like a very strong pick in the opening round of fantasy drafts.
    Tuesday, 5:37 pm
  • Jake Marisnick hits first homer
    Jake Marisnick went 2-for-2 and hit his first spring homer Tuesday against the Mets.

    Advice: Marinick got a hanging slider from Zach Thornton in the seventh inning and treated it exactly as it deserved. While power hasn't been part of Marisnick's game in the majors, he has the raw strength to hit 12-15 homers per year. First, he needs to secure a starting job. He's back up to .310 for the spring now after going 0-for-11 in his previous five games.
    Tuesday, 2:42 pm
  • Andrew McCutchen back in Pirates' lineup
    Andrew McCutchen (lower body soreness) is back in the Pirates' Grapefruit League lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: As expected. McCutchen hasn't appeared in a Grapefruit League game since March 12, but he has downplayed the situation all along and plans to be ready for the start of the season. The 28-year-old has dynamic across-the-board ability and should be one of the first players selected in all fantasy drafts.
    Tuesday, 5:24 am
  • Abreu extends hitting streak to nine games
    Jose Abreu went 1-for-3 with a walk in Monday's 10-1 loss to the Padres.

    Advice: Abreu extended his Cactus League hitting streak to nine games with an eighth-inning single. The slugger has been on fire this spring, now hitting .471 (16-for-34) with two doubles and a triple. He has yet to homer, though.
    Monday, 4:10 pm
  • McCutchen expected to return to lineup Tues.
    Andrew McCutchen (lower body soreness) is expected to return to the Pirates' spring lineup on Tuesday.

    Advice: McCutchen hasn't appeared in a Grapefruit League game since March 12, but the Bucs insist that the extended absence was precautionary. He is fully expected to be ready for the beginning of the regular season and the 28-year-old center fielder should be one of the first players off the board in all standard mixed league fantasy drafts.
    Monday, 9:03 am
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