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  • Fields (groin) says he feels 'pretty close'
    Josh Fields (groin) indicated that he's close to returning from injury.

    Advice: "I feel like things have been coming along pretty good," Fields said. Fields is likely to begin the season on the disabled list and has not thrown off the mound in the last week. He suffered the right groin strain in a Grapefruit League game on March 23. Despite the pitcher's confidence, there's still no timetable for his return.
    20 minutes ago
  • Twins option Caleb Thielbar to Triple-A
    Twins optioned LHP Caleb Thielbar to Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: Thielbar was knocked around for 19 hits and eight runs (seven earned) in 11 spring innings. He's better than those numbers, though, putting up a 2.59 ERA with a 74/30 K/BB in 94 innings over the last two seasons. If the team needs an extra lefty in the bullpen at some point, they could do a lot worse. As of now, Brian Duensing is the only left-hander in their bullpen outside of closer Glen Perkins.
    37 minutes ago
  • Colome (illness) to throw live BP on Friday
    Alex Colome (illness) will throw live BP on Friday.

    Advice: Colome is working his way back from pneumonia, which has sidelined him for most of the spring. He's making steady progress and remains on track for a mid-April return.
    58 minutes ago
    15-Day DL
  • 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 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.
    Today, 6:10 am
  • 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
  • Barnes (food poisoning) to pitch Thursday
    Matt Barnes (food poisoning) is scheduled to pitch on Thursday.

    Advice: Nothing to see here. If Barnes makes the Red Sox Opening Day roster, it will be as a reliever, but he's likely to begin the season in Triple-A.
    Today, 5:59 am
  • Giles (back) visits doctor for opinion
    Ken Giles (back) saw a doctor after experiencing back pain during Tuesday's Grapefruit League appearance.

    Advice: After the doctor's visit, Giles said that his injury wasn't serious. The 24-year-old is uncertain as to when he'll be able to start pitching again, but this doesn't appear to be a major issue.
    Today, 5:56 am
  • Phillies reassign Aumont to minors camp
    Phillies reassigned RHP Phillippe Aumont to minor league camp.

    Advice: As Aumont was out of options, his reassignment means that he cleared waivers. This is at least somewhat surprising, as the 26-year-old was once a relatively highly touted prospect and boasted a 10.6 K/9 in the minors last season. Despite the arm talent, he's yet to sip more than a few cups of coffee at the major league level.
    Today, 5:52 am
  • Aaron Crow faces likely Tommy John surgery
    An MRI on Aaron Crow's elbow revealed a tear that will likely result in Tommy John surgery.

    Advice: Crow pitched eight innings for the Marlins in Spring Training before he was shut down with the arm injury. The pitcher was acquired from the Royals over the off-season. In 2014, he posted a 4.12 ERA and a 1.288 WHIP over 59 relief innings. Assuming Tommy John, he'll miss the entirety of the 2015 season.
    Today, 5:47 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
  • Astros option Kevin Chapman to Triple-A
    Astros optioned LHP Kevin Chapman to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Chapman pitched 21 and 1/3 innings for the Astros in 2014, putting up a 4.64 ERA and a WHIP of 1.547. While he's shown the ability to record solid numbers in the minors, the lefty isn't likely to see many high-leverage situations in the majors until he refines his control.
    Today, 5:25 am
  • Ken Giles pulled from game with pain in back
    Ken Giles was lifted from Tuesday's Grapefruit League game after experiencing pain in his back.

    Advice: The discomfort was in the mid-to-lower part of the 24-year-old right-hander's back. Giles had a terrific rookie season in 2014 and had been pitching well this spring. He expects to be fine for Opening Day.
    Yesterday, 1:24 pm
  • Josh Fields (groin) likely bound for DL
    Astros manager A.J. Hinch indicated Monday that Josh Fields (groin) is likely to begin the season on the disabled list.

    Advice: Fields hasn't thrown off a mound in a week due to a groin malady and it's not clear when he'll be cleared to throw off the bump. "It's getting tough," Hinch said. "At some point, we're going to run out of time. Now that we're a week away from Opening Day and [Fields] hasn't been on the mound for a long time, it's getting dangerously close. At the same time, we have to make sure that there are no setbacks and no length into the season that he wouldn't be available."
    Monday, 4:04 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
  • 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
  • Colome (illness) throws 40-pitch session
    Alex Colome (illness) threw a 40-pitch bullpen session Saturday.

    Advice: Colome has already been ruled out for the start of the year after pneumonia knocked him down in early March, but it shouldn't be a long-lasting affliction. He's expected back in mid-April.
    Saturday, 1:38 pm
    15-Day DL
  • Ken Giles throws perfect inning
    Ken Giles bounced back from Thursday's poor outing with a perfect inning Saturday against the Twins.

    Advice: Giles gave up four runs against the Blue Jays two days ago. He had walked a total of seven batters in 7 1/3 innings this spring, but he managed to find the strike zone today.
    Saturday, 12:48 pm
  • Rays place Alex Colome (pneumonia) on DL
    Rays placed RHP Alex Colome on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 27, with pneumonia.

    Advice: The 26-year-old hurler spent five days in the hospital earlier in the month while battling the illness and is still working to regain his full strength. He's expected to be ready to join the Rays in mid-April.
    Saturday, 7:50 am
    15-Day DL
  • Ken Giles gives up four runs to Jays
    Ken Giles was charged with four runs in two-thirds of an inning Thursday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Giles walked two and allowed two hits, one of them a three-run homer off the bat of Steve Tolleson. We still don't imagine Giles' shaky spring will cost him a roster spot, but he's up to seven walks in 7 1/3 innings. He does need to be better over this next week.
    Thursday, 2:26 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
  • Fields (groin) not ready to throw
    Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Wednesday that Josh Fields (groin) won't throw off a mound for a couple of days.

    Advice: Fields left Monday's game with a mild right groin strain, so the Astros are giving him a bit of a break. There's still a chance he'll be ready for the season.
    Wednesday, 9:11 am
  • Fields has mild right groin strain
    Josh Fields left Monday's game with a mild right groin strain.

    Advice: It's not expected to be serious, so consider him day-to-day for now. Fields, 29, had a 4.45 ERA and 70/17 K/BB ratio across 54 2/3 innings last season and should pitch in a set-up capacity in 2015.
    Monday, 2:02 pm
  • Ken Giles throws perfect inning
    Ken Giles pitched a perfect ninth for a save Monday against the Twins.

    Advice: Giles was wild early this spring, giving up a run his first time out and five walks total in his first four innings. It looks like he's settling down now, though, pitching 2 2/3 innings without a free pass in his last two appearances. As long as it keeps up, his role as the Phillies' eighth inning guy will be safe.
    Monday, 1:37 pm
  • Josh Fields departs game with apparent injury
    Josh Fields left a Grapefruit League appearance Monday against the Braves with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Fields faced just one batter before leaving the field with a trainer. The Astros should provide an update soon on the right-hander, who is expected to pitch in a setup role this season.
    Monday, 12:48 pm
  • Colome (pneumonia) throws bullpen session
    Alex Colome (pneumonia) tossed a 20-pitch bullpen session Monday morning in Rays camp.

    Advice: Colome said he was throwing at around 70 percent effort. The 26-year-old right-hander spent five days in the hospital last week with pneumonia and will need to complete two more bullpen sessions before he's cleared to face hitters. Colome is not going to be up to speed by the beginning of the regular season.
    Monday, 7:49 am
    15-Day DL
  • Colome (pneumonia) set for mound session
    Alex Colome (pneumonia) is scheduled to throw the first of three bullpen sessions on Monday.

    Advice: Colome spent five days in a Florida hospital last week with pneumonia. He was also a late arrival to Rays camp due to visa issues in the Dominican Republic. The 26-year-old right-hander obviously isn't going to be ready for the beginning of the regular season, though he should be ready around the middle of April.
    Mar 23, 6:19 am
    15-Day DL
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