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  • 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.
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  • Smith (ankle) returns to M's lineup
    Seth Smith (ankle) is in the Mariner 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.
    Today, 8:39 am
  • Werth (shoulder) likely to start season on DL
    Nationals manager Matt Williams indicated that Jayson Werth (shoulder) would probably start the season on the DL.

    Advice: Werth is scheduled for three minor league at-bats on Wednesday as he works his way back from off-season shoulder surgery. While he might start the season on the DL, all signs point to a speedy return for the outfielder.
    Today, 8:23 am
  • Report: Mets, Juan Lagares agree to extension
    According to's Jim Bowden, the Mets have signed OF Juan Lagares to a four-year contract extension.

    Advice: The deal's not quite final yet, though it sounds close. Bowden writes that it's expected to be worth more than $20 million and will include a club option. Already a legitimate defender, Lagares has slashed his way to a .345/.400/.655 line this spring. Don't expect him to hit like that for an extended amount of time. At age 26 and coming off a .281/.321/.382 line over 452 plate appearances in 2014, it's possible that he'll carry over at least some of his spring power, though, making him an an interesting name to keep in mind late in mixed drafts.
    Today, 7:22 am
  • Arcia (illness) scratched from lineup
    Oswaldo Arcia (illness) will miss Wednesday's game.

    Advice: There's nothing serious here. The 24-year-old offers the Twins a power bat, slugging 20 homers in just 103 games last season, and marginal defense.
    Today, 6:29 am
  • Astros designate Alex Presley for assignment
    Astros designated OF Alex Presley for assignment.

    Advice: The Astros would reportedly like to hang on to Presley, who can play all three outfield spots and offers flexibility, but it's possible that they attempt to trade him. While his bat is no great shakes (.244/.281/.346 last season), he's has value as a major league bench piece.
    Today, 6:23 am
  • Orioles release Tuiasosopo
    Orioles released OF Matt Tuiasosopo.

    Advice: Tuiasosopo had been reassigned to minor league camp on March 15. The team granted him his release to look for other Triple-A options. Tuiasosopo spent 2014 at the Triple-A level, batting .240/.357/.379 with 13 homers and 50 RBI over 122 games between the White Sox and Blue Jays' systems.
    Today, 6:17 am
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  • Phillies reassign Bogusevic to minors camp
    Phillies reassigned OF Brian Bogusevic to minor league camp.

    Advice: Bogusevic slugged .611 in 36 spring at-bats, but the strong showing wasn't enough for him to land a bench spot. Bogusevic last saw major league competition with the Cubs in 2013.
    Today, 6:14 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.
    Today, 6:03 am
  • 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.
    Today, 5:38 am
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  • Nationals release Kevin Frandsen
    Nationals released INF/OF Kevin Frandsen.

    Advice: Frandsen recorded just three hits in 35 at-bats this spring. He hit .259/.299/.309 over 236 plate appearances in 2014, but his almost non-existent spring lost him a potential utility role on the Nationals. Danny Espinosa will likely sweep up most of those at-bats now.
    Today, 5:32 am
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    Kevin Frandsen Was - 1B,2B,3B,OF
  • Brandon Moss swats fourth homer to lead Tribe
    Brandon Moss swatted his fourth home run of the Cactus League season, powering the Indians to an 8-6 victory over the Mariners on Tuesday.

    Advice: His two-run blast put an exclamation point on a four-run uprising in the first inning against Mariners ace Felix Hernandez. He would later add an RBI single, finishing the day 2-for-3 with three RBI plus a walk. He's enjoying a solid spring in his first season as an Indian, batting .297 (11-for-34) with four homers and eight RBI.
    Yesterday, 7:17 pm
  • Nelson Cruz clobbers fourth spring home run
    Nelson Cruz clobbered his fourth home run of the Cactus League season as the Mariners fell to the Indians on Tuesday.

    Advice: Not to diminish the fact that he hit one out of the yard, but it was served up by Bruce Chen. Cruz finished the afternoon 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI and is now hitting .333 (14-for-44) with four homers and 10 RBI. He already looks to be in midseason form.
    Yesterday, 7:10 pm
  • Maxwell plates three runs to lead Giants
    Justin Maxwell went 3-for-3 and drove home three runs on Tuesday, leading the Giants to a 4-3 victory over the Rockies in Cactus League play.

    Advice: Maxwell got the Giants on the board with an RBI single in the second inning then added a sacrifice fly in the fourth. He would later come through with a clutch RBI single in the eighth inning to tie the game at 3-3. He has had a strong spring, hitting .349 (21-for-60) with a pair of homers and 14 RBI, earning a spot on the Opening Day roster as a reserve outfielder.
    Yesterday, 7:02 pm
  • Chris Heisey goes deep in loss to White Sox
    Chris Heisey blasted his second home run of the Cactus League season, accounting for all of the Dodgers' offense in a loss to the White Sox.

    Advice: It wasn't a cheap home run either, and came off White Sox top prospect Carlos Rodon. He's having a rough go of it at the plate this spring, hitting just .111 (5-for-44) with two homers and seven RBI. He's still expected to earn a bench spot on the team's Opening Day roster.
    Yesterday, 6:23 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."
    Yesterday, 4:43 pm
  • Gary Brown designated for assignment
    Giants designated OF Gary Brown for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the addition of Justin Maxwell. Brown is a former top prospect who has shown some pop and plenty of speed in the minors, but he had been slated to return to Triple-A for a third straight season after being optioned over the weekend. Still just 26, it's possible he'll draw some interest on waivers.
    Yesterday, 4:32 pm
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  • Giants purchase Justin Maxwell's contract
    Giants purchased the contract of OF Justin Maxwell from Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: Maxwell earned a spot by batting .349 with a couple homers this spring. He could get some playing time against left-handers early on in the season with Hunter Pence (forearm) sidelined.
    Yesterday, 4:27 pm
  • Carlos Gomez to hit leadoff for Brewers
    Carlos Gomez will begin the season as the Brewers' leadoff hitter.

    Advice: That means Scooter Gennett will be moved down to the No. 7 spot, hurting his fantasy value. Gomez will obviously have fewer chances to drive in runs in the leadoff spot, but he should also score a few more runs and possibly run a bit more. While this is manager Ron Roenicke's plan going into the season, it's always possible he'll eventually shake things up and put Gomez into a run-producing spot.
    Yesterday, 4:19 pm
  • X-rays on Andre Ethier's elbow are negative
    X-rays on Andre Ethier's right elbow showed no fracture.

    Advice: Ethier was plunked during Tuesday's game but has managed to avoid a serious injury. He could return to game action as soon as Thursday.
    Yesterday, 3:05 pm
  • Rusney Castillo goes 3-for-6
    Rusney Castillo had three hits in six at-bats against the Rays on Tuesday.

    Advice: It's undeniable that Castillo has been more impressive than Shane Victorino this spring. The Red Sox also have no real financial incentive to send Castillo down to Triple-A. Still, it's practically certain that they'll go that route unless Victorino or Allen Craig is traded before the week is out.
    Yesterday, 2:19 pm
  • Melvin Upton hopes to shed boot Friday
    Melvin Upton is hoping to shed the protective walking boot from his left foot Friday.

    Advice: Upton has been in the walking boot for the last five weeks. He has a checkup with a doctor Friday. The center fielder isn't expected to be ready to play in games for the Braves until sometime in May.
    Yesterday, 1:54 pm
  • Ethier leaves game after HBP on right arm
    Andre Ethier was pulled from Tuesday's Cactus League game after getting hit by a pitch on his arm.

    Advice: The ball got him near his right wrist and he looked to be in a good amount of pain. Ethier was sent for X-rays and there should be an update out of Dodgers camp within the next hour.
    Yesterday, 1:43 pm
  • M's re-sign OF Gutierrez to minors deal
    Mariners re-signed OF Franklin Gutierrez to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Gutierrez was released and quickly re-signed, which allows the Mariners to avoid paying a $100,000 retention bonus. The 32-year-old outfielder didn't play at all last season due to health issues and was limited this spring with a groin issue. However, he was likely ticketed for Triple-A all along.
    Yesterday, 11:54 am
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  • 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.
    Yesterday, 11:08 am
  • Domonic Brown (Achilles) to open season on DL
    Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said that Domonic Brown (Achilles) would begin the season on the DL.

    Advice: Brown was diagnosed with tendinitis of the left Achilles a little over a week ago and has been making slow progress toward recovery. This leaves the team in a state of flux, as their current outfield options to replace Brown are the likes of Jeff Francoeur and Darin Ruf. Brown's timetable for return has still not been set.
    Yesterday, 9:51 am
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  • Blue Jays release Dayan Viciedo
    Blue Jays released OF Dayan Viciedo.

    Advice: Viciedo would have made $2.8 million if he was in the majors this season. He was hitting close to the Mendoza Line in spring ball, with no homers and no walks, so this decision doesn't come as much of a surprise. The outfielder will try to catch on elsewhere.
    Yesterday, 8:42 am
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  • 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.
    Yesterday, 8:38 am
  • Werth (shoulder) uncertain on return date
    Jayson Werth (shoulder) indicated that he wasn't sure when he would be able to return.

    Advice: Werth saw his first action of the spring on Monday, going 1-for-2 in a minor league game. He's recovering from a January shoulder surgery to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder. While he said he felt good following the game, he also noted that he didn't know how things would progress moving forward. Uncertainty aside, all signs point toward Opening Day or shortly thereafter for the veteran.
    Yesterday, 8:28 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
  • Werth (shoulder) hits in minor league game
    Jayson Werth (shoulder) hit in a minor league game Monday for the first time this spring.

    Advice: It was a big step or Werth, who underwent surgery in January to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder. It's unlikely that he'll be ready for the start of the season at this point, but he might not have to miss much time.
    Monday, 2:31 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
  • Oswaldo Arcia homers, doubles for Twins
    Oswaldo Arcia homered and doubled in the Twins' 6-5 win over the Orioles split-squad Sunday.

    Advice: Any chance of the Twins doing something crazy and demoting Arcia has likely vanished with him going 5-for-10 with three extra-base hits in his last three games. He still figures to hit two or three spots too low in the Twins order, but that can be fixed later.
    Sunday, 2:23 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • Gary Brown optioned to Triple-A
    Giants optioned OF Gary Brown to Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: The speedster stole three bases but hit only .158/.256/.263 this spring. Brown was once a nice prospect but is headed back to Triple-A for a third straight season.
    Sunday, 10:05 am
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  • Opening Day 'a stretch' for Werth (shoulder)
    Nationals manager Matt Williams admitted Sunday that Jayson Werth (shoulder) being ready for Opening Day would be "a stretch."

    Advice: It comes as no surprise after Williams revealed recently that Werth still experiences some soreness in his surgically-repaired right shoulder when he tries to hit. The outfielder did have a good session of batting practice Saturday but isn't quite ready for game action yet and is simply running out of time. Werth seems likely to be ready around mid-April if he can avoid setbacks. Tyler Moore should see most of the at-bats in left field until Werth returns.
    Sunday, 6:54 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
  • 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
  • Werth to play defense only in minors game
    Jayson Werth is scheduled to play defense only in a minor league contest on Saturday.

    Advice: Werth is still experiencing some soreness in his surgically-repaired right shoulder when he's hitting, so he'll get his work in without stepping to the plate. At this point, it seems doubtful that he'll be in the Nationals starting lineup on Opening Day, but should be ready in early April.
    Saturday, 7:17 am
  • Brown (Achilles) 'unlikely' for Opening Day
    Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said Friday that it "could be unlikely" Domonic Brown (Achilles) is ready for Opening Day.

    Advice: Sandberg said the outfielder is coming along "slowly" in his recovery from left Achilles tendinitis, an ailment he was diagnosed with a week ago. Brown had been hoping to return to game action around the middle of next week, but it's sounding like that won't happen. The Phillies figure to go with Darin Ruf or maybe Jeff Francoeur in right field on Opening Day.
    Friday, 12:25 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Rusney Castillo hits walkoff home run
    Rusney Castillo hit a walkoff homer Thursday as the Red Sox edged the Twins 5-4.

    Advice: Castillo got a hold of a slider from Twins relief prospect Jake Reed, hitting it out. He has two homers and a triple in 10 at-bats since returning from a strained oblique. Still, he's Triple-A bound unless something changes in Boston. There's no room for him on a bench that includes Allen Craig, Daniel Nava, Brock Holt and Ryan Hanigan, so it'd take a Shane Victorino injury or trade to get him a spot.
    Thursday, 1:53 pm
  • Oswaldo Arcia goes 2-for-3, triples
    Oswaldo Arcia went 2-for-3 with an RBI triple against the Red Sox on Thursday.

    Advice: Arcia thought the triple was a homer and was caught admiring it, though it didn't prevent him from getting to third, at least. There's been a little talk about the Twins sending Arcia down, though that seems just crazy. He's a bad defensive outfielder, but that's not news to anyone, and if the Twins were worried about playing bad defensive outfielders, they wouldn't have signed Torii Hunter. At age 23, Arcia was just as productive of a hitter as Hunter last year, and he should be the better of the two this season.
    Thursday, 1:47 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
  • Werth still experiencing soreness in shoulder
    Nationals manager Matt Williams acknowledged that Jayson Werth still experiences some soreness in his surgically-repaired right shoulder when he tries to hit.

    Advice: "You do run out of time," Williams responded when asked whether Werth will be ready for Opening Day. The veteran outfielder still hasn't been cleared for full-on live batting practice and seems highly doubtful to be active on April 6. Nate McLouth is also at risk of missing the opener due to a shoulder injury, so it could be Tyler Moore in left field for the Nats.
    Thursday, 11:45 am
  • 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
  • Gomez homers, knocks in 3 runs vs. Athletics
    Carlos Gomez went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI versus the Athletics on Wednesday.

    Advice: Gomez hit a solo home run off of Sonny Gray in the first inning, knocked in a run with a ground out in the second, and singled in a third run in the third inning. Gomez, a back-to-back All-Star, has had a terrific spring, now carrying a .435 average (10-for-23) with three homers and 10 RBI. The 29-year-old figures to serve as a fantasy monster again this season.
    Wednesday, 4:28 pm
  • Dayan Viciedo goes 0-for-4 against Orioles
    Dayan Viciedo went 0-for-4 against the Orioles on Wednesday, dropping his average to .219.

    Advice: Viciedo has no homers and no walks in 33 at-bats. It's starting to look like he won't have a spot on the Jays, not with the team having to pay him $2.8 million if he's in the major leagues.
    Wednesday, 2:48 pm
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  • Juan Lagares homers, doubles against Yankees
    Juan Lagares homered, doubled and stole a base as the Mets topped the Yankees 7-2 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Lagares entered the spring as the Mets' leadoff man, and he's been tearing it up, with a .395 average, eight extra-base hits and four walks in 42 at-bats. Still, there was a report earlier that the Mets might bypass him in favor of Curtis Granderson anyway. Obviously, it shouldn't happen if Lagares keeps playing like this, but there's plenty of history to suggest that Lagares isn't this good.
    Wednesday, 2:24 pm
  • Werth (shoulder) plays in minor league game
    Jayson Werth (shoulder) took batting practice and played five innings in a minor league game Wednesday.

    Advice: The Nationals will likely continue to keep him on the minor league side if they need to backdate a potential stint on the disabled list. Werth is still a possibility for Opening Day, but even if he misses it, it sounds like he'll be ready in the early part of the season.
    Wednesday, 8:21 am
  • Brown (Achilles) hopes to return soon
    Domonic Brown (Achilles) hopes to get back in game action in a week or so.

    Advice: Brown has been dealing with soreness in his left Achilles for most of the spring and an MRI last Friday showed moderate tendinitis. He expects to start running again in the next couple of days, but obviously he's going to be cutting it close to get ready for Opening Day.
    Tuesday, 8:04 am
    15-Day DL
  • Braun homers again as Brewers top White Sox
    Ryan Braun connected on his second Cactus League home run on Sunday as the Brewers topped the White Sox.

    Advice: Braun deposited a Jeff Samardzija offering over the wall in center field for a solo shot in the fifth inning. He's still hitting just .167 (3-for-18), but it's a good sign that he homered twice over the weekend.
    Mar 22, 6:41 pm
  • Cruz's three-run homer powers M's to a win
    Nelson Cruz went 2-for-2 with a walk and a three-run home run Sunday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Cruz made it a 6-0 game with a three-run blast off of Yovani Gallardo in the third inning. Cruz now has three homers on the spring -- including two in back-to-back games -- along with a .407 average (11-for-27). He's been exactly what the Mariners paid for so far, now it just has to translate into the regular season.
    Mar 22, 4:05 pm
  • Maxwell, has 2B, HR in quest for bench role
    Justin Maxwell doubled and hit a solo home run in four at-bats Sunday versus the Angels.

    Advice: Maxwell hit a solo home run off of C.J. Wilson in the fourth inning, breaking a 1-1 tie at the time. The 31-year-old hasn't made a lot of noise this spring, but he remains in the running for a bench role with Hunter Pence on the disabled list.
    Mar 22, 3:37 pm
  • Werth (shoulder) could take at-bats Wednesday
    Jayson Werth (shoulder) could take at-bats by Wednesday or Thursday.

    Advice: Werth has been playing defense in minor league games in recent days, and hitting is the next step in his recovery. There's still no timetable for Werth to get into Grapefruit League action. Being ready for Opening Day could be a stretch, but he shouldn't be too far behind, if at all.
    Mar 22, 8:18 am
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