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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). Recent acquisition Matt den Dekker will serve in that 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. Rotoworld.com
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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. Rotoworld.com
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  • Goldschmidt goes deep as D'Backs top Angels
    Paul Goldschmidt blasted his second Cactus League homer on Tuesday, helping to propel the Diamondbacks to an 8-7 victory over the Angels.

    Advice: He also picked up a pair of singles, finishing the contest 3-for-5. The 27-year-old slugger is now hitting .255 (13-for-51) with two long balls and five RBI on the spring. Goldschmidt appears to be fully recovered from the fractured hand that cut his 2014 season short, and should be one of the first few names called in all fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:14 pm
  • Arenado blasts fifth homer in loss to Giants
    Nolan Arenado blasted his fifth Cactus League home run in a losing effort against the Giants on Tuesday.

    Advice: He got the Rockies on the board in the fifth inning with a three-run shot off Giants starter Tim Lincecum, providing the extent of the Rockies offense on the day. That was his lone hit in five at-bats in the ballgame. The 23-year-old is having a strong spring, hitting .286 (16-for-56) with five homers and 14 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:52 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:30 pm
  • Josh Thole optioned to Triple-A
    Blue Jays optioned C Josh Thole to Triple-A Buffalo; re-assigned LHP Jeff Francis and INF Munenori Kawasaki to minor league camp.

    Advice: That means Russell Martin will catch knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Thole could eventually get a shot as Martin's backup if the Jays ever trade Dioner Navarro. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:05 pm
     
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  • Crisp (elbow) likely to open season on the DL
    Coco Crisp (elbow) is likely to begin the season on the disabled list after feeling soreness in his right elbow while batting in a minor league game Tuesday.

    Advice: Crisp had experienced improvement after being given a cortisone injection a week ago, but he hit another bump in the road Tuesday. He hasn't played in a Cactus League game since March 23, so the A's can backdate a disabled list stint. There's no guarantee he'll be ready to go when his 15 days are up, however. Oakland is now expected to be without both of their corner outfielders on Opening Day, as Josh Reddick is sidelined with a strained oblique. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:57 pm
  • Pete Kozma goes 2-for-4, doubles
    Pete Kozma went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored Tuesday against the Marlins.

    Advice: At this point, it's no longer a question of whether Kozma will hit .400 this year. No, we're just waiting to see if he bats .500. He's at .435 in 46 at-bats this spring, but he's just warming up. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:28 pm
  • Anthony Rendon to seek third opinion on knee
    Anthony Rendon will seek a third opinion from Dr. Steven Singleton regarding his knee injury.

    Advice: It should be noted that Rendon, and not the team, has chosen to look for the third opinion. He saw Dr. James Andrews on Monday and a left MCL sprain was the confirmed diagnosis. Rendon has been dealing with this sprain since March 9 and is not expected to be ready for Opening Day. Yunel Escobar is tentatively slated to take his place at the hot corner, though Escobar has not played third since 2007. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:30 pm
  • Laird signs five-day extension with D-backs
    According to Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona, Gerald Laird has signed a five-day extension with the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Laird had an opt-out in his contract that had to be exercised (or not) by Tuesday. He'll now remain in camp until Sunday. Arizona is desperate for catching options and despite a batting average of just .200 this spring, it's very likely that Laird will make the Opening Day roster. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:12 pm
     
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  • Brewers option Juan Centeno to Triple-A
    Brewers optioned C Juan Centeno to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Advice: Centeno has a solid glove, though he lacks much pop in his bat (.289/.342/.340 in the minors last season). He'll serve as organizational depth. Rotoworld.com
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  • Coco Crisp (elbow) uncertain for opener
    Coco Crisp (elbow) said that he "doesn't know" if he'll be ready for Opening Day.

    Advice: Crisp played in a minor league camp game on Tuesday, going 0-3 with a walk. The A's have been going slow with Crisp this spring. That he is still uncertain of his status for the opener could be an indication that a DL trip is an increasing possibility. Crisp has been moved to left field from center, in the hopes of preserving the veteran's health. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:16 am
  • Rays release Alexi Casilla
    Rays released INF Alexi Casilla.

    Advice: Casilla hit .278/.328/.340 with 20 stolen bases in 60 minor league games last season, but appeared in just one game with at the big league level for the Orioles. The former Twin was looking to lock down a backup infield gig with the Rays. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:33 am
     
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  • Perez reportedly heading to Baltimore
    According to Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun, the Orioles have acquired C Audry Perez from the Rockies.

    Advice: No word yet as to who the Rockies will be receiving in return. Perez will start his journey with the Orioles in Triple-A. With starting catcher Matt Wieters on the DL, the Orioles are clearly looking at as many options as possible. Caleb Joseph is currently slated to start, with Steve Clevenger, Ryan Lavarnway and J.P. Arencibia among the other catchers who could see at-bats if Joseph struggles. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:26 am
     
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  • Brignac opts out of contract
    Reid Brignac has elected free agency.

    Advice: Brignac, a non-roster invitee this spring, was among the Marlins' final cuts. He hit .222/.300/.346 in 81 at-bats with the Phillies last season. At best, he'll find work as a backup utility infielder, but he's not fantasy relevant. Rotoworld.com
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  • Humberto Quintero not opting out of contract
    Humberto Quintero will not be opting out of his minor league contract with the Red Sox.

    Advice: Manager John Farrell told Quintero that the team still had not settled on a second catcher. Quintero's struggled this spring, hitting only .188/.278/.250 in 16 at-bats, but he's apparently holding out hope that he could still make the big club. Ryan Hanigan is the team's projected starter, with Sandy Leon and Quintero acting as potential back-ups. Prospect Blake Swihart lurks in the background. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:06 am
     
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:20 pm
  • Rendon sees Dr. James Andrews about knee
    Anthony Rendon saw Dr. James Andrews on Monday to get a second opinion on his left knee.

    Advice: Rendon suffered what was termed as a minor MCL sprain in his knee on March 9, but he continues to feel discomfort and went to Andrews to get some answers. The Nationals are still waiting on his diagnosis, but obviously they need to prepare themselves for the possibility that they will be without him for the early part of the season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:15 pm
  • Laird drives in lone run in loss to Rockies
    Gerald Laird plated the Diamondbacks' lone run with a sacrifice fly in Sunday's loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: The veteran backstop had an opportunity to seize the team's starting job behind the plate this spring, but has hit just .200 (5-for-25) with four RBI. He's expected to begin the season as a backup to Tuffy Gosewisch, combining to form the worst catching combination in Major League Baseball. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:27 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. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 4:55 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:16 am
  • Rendon (knee) does lateral jogging Friday
    Anthony Rendon (knee) did light jogging on Friday with an emphasis on lateral movement.

    Advice: Rendon was testing his left knee as he's attempting to rehab from a minor MCL sprain that has shut him down since March 9. The young infielder has no issues when running straight ahead, but continues to have trouble when moving side to side. He still has his sights set on being a part of the Nationals lineup on Opening Day, and barring any setbacks that goal could be realistic. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:21 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. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:00 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:48 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 3:43 pm
  • Rendon (knee) in doubt for Opening Day
    Anthony Rendon underwent another MRI Tuesday which showed that the MCL in his left knee is healing, but still sprained.

    Advice: Rendon suffered a minor MCL sprain on March 9 and he's not back to 100 percent yet, as he told James Wagner of the Washington Post that he still felt something in the knee while doing rotational exercises. The Nationals haven't ruled out the possibility completely, but it's increasingly clear that Rendon will not be ready for the start of the season. Those who were considering Rendon as a late first-round or early second-round pick in mixed fantasy leagues might have to think twice. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:13 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:37 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    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. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:24 pm
  • Arenado swats his fourth homer of the spring
    Nolan Arenado doubled and hit a solo home run in three at-bats Monday against the Brewers.

    Advice: Arenado took Tyler Thornburg out to left center to put the Rockies on the board in the second inning for his fourth home run of the spring. The 23-year-old third baseman has been terrific this spring, batting .308 (12-for-39) with 11 RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:27 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:17 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:10 pm
  • Rendon (knee) might not be ready for opener
    Nationals manager Matt Williams said Monday that Anthony Rendon's left knee remains sore.

    Advice: Rendon suffered a minor MCL spain on March 9 and it still causes him discomfort when he tries to hit. Opening Day is just two weeks away and Rendon has logged only nine Grapefruit League at-bats. He could begin the season on the disabled list. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:46 am
  • Rendon (knee) cleared for baseball activities
    Nationals manager Matt Williams said Anthony Rendon (knee) has been cleared to do baseball activities.

    Advice: "He'll start to throw. He'll start to run. He'll start to do the things he needs to do ... but with that type of nagging injury, it can stay around a while. The good thing about it is that structurally, he's fine," Williams said. Rendon suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee early in camp and he's been sidelined for much of spring. Despite the injury, the team is hopeful he'll be ready for Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
    Mar 22, 11:52 am
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