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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
  • Alonso reaches base four times in a tie game
    Yonder Alonso singled three times and walked in four plate appearances on Thursday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Alonso brought his Cactus League average up to .300 (12-for-40) with the effort, but he's only shown a modicum of power this spring with three doubles and a home run. Considering his position, Alonso's bat leaves much to be desired as he's yet to cross the 10-homer threshold over parts of five major league seasons.
    Yesterday, 4:44 pm
  • Lucroy enjoys a three-hit afternoon vs. SEA
    Jonathan Lucroy went 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, and a run scored as the Brewers ran roughshod over the Mariners 15-1 on Thursday.

    Advice: Lucroy has only racked up 23 at-bats this spring due to a hamstring injury, but he's hit well when he's been in the lineup, batting .435 with a pair of doubles, a pair of homers, and six RBI. Lucroy has been among the best at his position for several years and should once again provide tremendous fantasy value. He led the league in doubles with 51 last season while hitting .301 with 13 home runs and 69 RBI.
    Yesterday, 4:33 pm
  • Garrett Jones goes 0-for-3 in loss
    Garrett Jones went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts against the Rays on Thursday.

    Advice: Jones is hitting .175 with no homers and 10 strikeouts through 40 at-bats. If the Yankees wanted to carry their 25 best players coming out of camp, they'd probably consider keeping Rob Refsnyder over Jones, giving them a platoon partner for Stephen Drew at second base. There's not much chance of them going that route, though, and they still might need Jones when Mark Teixeira, Chase Headley or Alex Rodriguez gets hurt.
    Yesterday, 2:06 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.
    Yesterday, 12:37 pm
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  • 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.
    Yesterday, 11:13 am
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  • Arencibia scratched with strained flexor mass
    J.P. Arencibia was scratched from a minor league game Thursday with a strained flexor mass.

    Advice: That's typically a serious injury, but the Orioles aren't putting out many details. Arencibia is in O's camp this spring on a non-guaranteed minor league contract. He presumably will not be on the Opening Day roster.
    Yesterday, 9:47 am
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  • Brewers option Shane Peterson to Triple-A
    Brewers optioned OF/1B Shane Peterson to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Advice: Peterson posted an impressive .308/.381/.460 batting line in 137 games last season for the A's Triple-A affiliate. The former second-round pick of the Cardinals is pretty well buried on the Brewers' depth chart, but he could get a look at some point if there are few injuries on the major league roster.
    Yesterday, 8:57 am
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  • Napoli (ankle) back in Sox lineup on Thursday
    Mike Napoli (ankle) is back in the Red Sox lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Twins.

    Advice: Napoli missed several days of Grapefruit League action due to discomfort in his right ankle. The 33-year-old first baseman should be a full-go for Opening Day and still carries considerable fantasy value as a power threat in the middle of Boston's batting order.
    Yesterday, 6:06 am
  • David Ortiz (flu) back in Sox lineup Thursday
    David Ortiz is back in the Red Sox lineup Thursday.

    Advice: Ortiz was held out of action for about a week while dealing with flu-related dehydration. The big DH is batting third in his return to Grapefruit League play and he should be 100 percent on Opening Day.
    Yesterday, 6:01 am
  • Davis stays hot, homers in loss to Brewers
    Ike Davis went 2-for-3 with an RBI single and a two-run home run in Wednesday's 9-9 Cactus League tie with the Brewers.

    Advice: Davis knocked in the Athletics' first run in the first inning with a single, then hit a two-run home run to center field off of Jimmy Nelson in the third inning. The Athletics' new first baseman has hit well this spring, owning a .520 average (13-for-25).
    Wednesday, 4:28 pm
  • Morneau stays cold with an 0-for-3 game
    Justin Morneau went 0-for-3 with an RBI in Wednesday's 5-2 victory over the Giants.

    Advice: Morneau hasn't registered a hit since March 15, as he's been slowed by a minor elbow injury. The 0-for-3 performance drops his spring average to .125 (3-for-24). The Rockies hope the reigning NL batting champion can get into the swing of things before the start of the regular season.
    Wednesday, 3:48 pm
  • John Mayberry Jr. hits third homer
    John Mayberry Jr. went 2-for-3 and hit his third homer Wednesday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Mayberry's homer came off Masahiro Tanaka. He's batting .457 with five extra-base hits and a 5/6 K/BB ratio in 35 at-bats, not that it really matters. With Terry Collins' pronouncement that Lucas Duda would be a full-time player at first base, Mayberry won't even have a platoon role on the Mets. The numbers say he should start every time the Mets face a lefty, preferably over Duda but also over Curtis Granderson if necessary. Collins, though, will simply pick his spots.
    Wednesday, 2:20 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
  • Red Sox, Giants not making progress on Craig
    FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that there's "no progress" in a possible Allen Craig trade between the Red Sox and Giants.

    Advice: With the Giants expected to be without Hunter Pence (forearm) for all of April, Peter Gammons recently reported that the club inquired about the availability of Craig. However, the Red Sox didn't want to sell low and the Giants could prefer to just go with Gregor Blanco as a stopgap. Craig had a nightmare 2014, but he was hitting .275/.325/.417 across 40 plate appearances this spring coming into Wednesday's action.
    Wednesday, 12:35 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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  • Ortiz takes BP, runs bases
    David Ortiz (general soreness, flu) took a long round of batting practice on Tuesday and also ran the bases.

    Advice: Ortiz has been out almost a week because of a combination of flu and dehydration, but the Red Sox expect he'll be back in Grapefruit League action later this week. All signs point to him being in the lineup on Opening Day.
    Tuesday, 8:08 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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  • 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
  • Lucroy homers, plates four to lead Brewers
    Jonathan Lucroy homered and drove home four runs on Sunday, powering the Brewers in a 13-4 rout over the White Sox in Cactus League action.

    Advice: Lucroy took Jeff Samardzija deep in the fifth inning for a two-run shot then added a two-run single off Dan Jennings the following frame. He finished the afternoon 2-for-4 and is now hitting a robust .375/.412/.813 with a pair of homers and five RBI in Cactus League play. He looks fully healthy and ready for the regular season to begin.
    Sunday, 6:44 pm
  • Ike Davis returns to Cactus League action
    Ike Davis (back) returned to the Athletics lineup and went 1-for-3 on Sunday as the Athletics fell to the Reds in Cactus League play.

    Advice: His lone hit on the afternoon was a single and he also whiffed once. The 28-year-old has been battling back spasms in recent weeks, but the issue isn't expected to hinder his availability for the start of the regular season. He's off to a nice start this spring, slashing .438/.471/.500 in his first 16 at-bats.
    Sunday, 4:40 pm
  • 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
  • David Ortiz expected to rest until Thursday
    Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated Saturday that David Ortiz would likely be held out of action until Thursday.

    Advice: The veteran slugger has been battling the flu and dehydration, in addition to general soreness. The team maintains that they have no doubt Ortiz will be in the lineup for the regular season opener on April 6.
    Saturday, 12:37 pm
  • Mike Napoli scratched with sore ankle
    Mike Napoli was scratched from Friday's lineup due to right ankle soreness.

    Advice: Napoli will rest for a couple days but downplayed the injury, saying the Red Sox are just being safe. He should return to Grapefruit League action early next week.
    Friday, 8:48 am
  • Big Papi (general soreness) out this weekend
    David Ortiz will not play this weekend due to general soreness.

    Advice: Red Sox manager John Farrell said that the soreness is not related to the Achilles issues Big Papi has dealt with in the past. It sounds like it's simply the club doing what it can to keep Ortiz's 39-year-old body as fresh as possible. Ortiz is slated to make $16 million in 2015 and will have an $11 million option for 2016 vest if he reaches 425 plate appearances.
    Friday, 6:45 am
  • Davis (back) to play Friday
    Ike Davis (back) is expected to play Friday.

    Advice: The plan originally called for Davis to play Wednesday, but they didn't want him traveling for a road game just to get two at-bats. The 27-year-old has been out for a week with lower back spasms.
    Wednesday, 8:56 am
  • Davis (back) out of lineup again Wednesday
    Ike Davis (back) is not in Wednesday's Cactus League lineup.

    Advice: Davis has been sidelined for a week with lower back spasms and hoped to return Wednesday as the DH, but he's apparently not ready yet. Perhaps they'll try again Thursday.
    Wednesday, 8:13 am
  • Ortiz (dehydration) out for a couple of days
    David Ortiz will miss his second straight game Wednesday due to dehydration.

    Advice: Red Sox manager John Farrell indicated that it's possible Ortiz could miss another couple of days. Still, it's not a big deal.
    Wednesday, 6:46 am
  • 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
  • Gammons: Giants inquired on Allen Craig
    Peter Gammons of MLB Network reports that the Giants inquired on Allen Craig, but the Red Sox are "not interested in selling low."

    Advice: Gammons adds that San Francisco is "not actively pursuing" an outfielder at this point but would want a power bat should they change their mind. Hunter Pence (forearm) is likely to miss all of April, but the Giants appear content to use Gregor Blanco as a regular until Pence returns. As for the Red Sox go, it’s hard to blame them for hanging on to Craig for now, as his value is at an all-time low.
    Tuesday, 7:48 pm
  • Allen Craig hits first home run
    Allen Craig hit his first homer of the spring Tuesday against the Braves.

    Advice: The opposite-field shot looked like it'd go foul, but it hooked past the pole, getting Craig on the board. He's hitting .292 in 24 at-bats this spring.
    Tuesday, 1:45 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
  • Davis (back) hopes to DH on Wednesday
    Ike Davis (back) hopes to return to the A's lineup as the designated hitter on Wednesday.

    Advice: Davis has missed a week due to lower back spasms, but he's beginning to feel better. He currently projects to get the majority of at-bats at first base against right-handers this season.
    Tuesday, 9:44 am
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