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  • Brad Boxberger throws perfect inning
    Brad Boxberger got the start for the Rays against the Red Sox on Sunday and retired Mookie Betts, Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz in the order.

    Advice: Boxberger was originally scheduled to work later in the game in what was a bullpen day for the Rays, but he requested the chance to face the top of the lineup. Boxberger has allowed two runs in 7 1/3 innings this spring. He'd seem to be the favorite for saves in the Tampa Bay pen while Jake McGee is out. However, it doesn't sound like the Rays will name a closer.
    53 minutes ago
  • Teixeira (knee) expected to return Wednesday
    Mark Teixeira (knee) is expected to return to the Yankees lineup on Wednesday.

    Advice: The veteran slugger was hit by a pitch on his right knee during Friday's Grapefruit League contest, but the club believes it's only a minor issue. He should be fine after resting for a couple of days.
    Today, 2:19 pm
  • Tom Koehler gives up three homers to Nats
    Tom Koehler was roughed up by the Nationals on Sunday, surrendering six runs and 10 hits in four innings.

    Advice: The wind was a factor today, with Koehler giving up three of the game's seven homers. He hadn't previously allowed a single homer in 14 innings. Though Koehler's spring ERA is up to 7.00, he shouldn't be in any danger of being bumped from the rotation. Depending on whether the Marlins stay healthy, that could change once Josh Fernandez is ready to return from Tommy John.
    Today, 2:05 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.
    Today, 1:32 pm
  • Ubaldo Jimenez strong for six innings
    Ubaldo Jimenez turned in another nice performance Sunday, allowing one run over six innings versus the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Jimenez walked one and struck out three against something very close to the Jays' regular-season lineup. The Orioles are clearly giving a lot of thought to going with Jimenez in the rotation and putting Kevin Gausman in the pen. The problem there is less about Jimenez and more about Gausman having the highest ceiling on the staff. Jimenez, at least, is looking like a better bet that he was a few weeks ago. He's walked just two batters over 19 innings in his last four starts.
    Today, 1:28 pm
  • J.P. Arencibia scratched again on Sunday
    J.P. Arencibia was scratched from Sunday's game due to a flexor mass strain.

    Advice: The injury has kept the veteran backstop out of action since Thursday. At this point, it's very unlikely that he'll be ready for the start of the season, and probably wasn't going to crack the Orioles' Opening Day roster even if he had been completely healthy.
    Today, 1:17 pm
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  • Jaff Decker dealing with injured calf
    Jaff Decker had to depart Sunday's game against the Braves with left calf discomfort.

    Advice: Decker had to be helped off the field, suggesting that it might not be a minor tweak. The injury probably means that the outfielder will begin the season on the disabled list.
    Today, 12:09 pm
  • Alex Hassan optioned to Triple-A
    Athletics optioned OF Alex Hassan to Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: Hassan is healthy now after finally recovering from a hamstring injury, but he'll begin the season at Triple-A. A waiver claim last month, the 27-year-old made a nice impression with his eight hits in 18 at-bats this spring.
    Today, 12:05 pm
  • Jaff Decker suffers left leg injury
    Jaff Decker exited Sunday's game versus the Braves with an apparent left leg injury.

    Advice: Decker injured himself while leaving the batter's box and had to be helped off the field. The 25-year-old has played well this spring as he tries to win a backup job, but the injury could obviously affect his chances.
    Today, 11:34 am
  • Joe Kelly to pitch in minors game Wed.
    Joe Kelly (biceps) will appear in a minor league game on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Red Sox are throwing Kelly against minor leaguers just in case they have to backdate a disabled list stint for him. The right-hander hasn't appeared in a game in nearly two weeks due to biceps soreness. "We'll continue to make sure that he's answering the physical questions,'' said John Farrell. "With the number of pitches thrown and a progression that's outlined for him...We're keeping their options open.''
    Today, 9:58 am
  • Mark Teixeira fine after plunking on knee
    Mark Teixeira is expected to be fine after leaving a minor league game Sunday following a hit by pitch on his right knee.

    Advice: Teixeira limped off the field but was then spotted a few minutes later walking fine while sporting a knee pad. He will not have to undergo any tests.
    Today, 8:48 am
  • Tolleson (forearm) to appear in minors game
    Shawn Tolleson (forearm) will appear in a minor league game Sunday.

    Advice: An MRI on Tolleson's forearm revealed no structural damage, but he's still expected to begin the season on the disabled list. By pitching him in minor league games, the Rangers can backdate a DL move.
    Today, 8:33 am
  • Bailey (elbow) to make two more minors starts
    Homer Bailey (elbow) will make two more minor league starts on April 1 and April 6.

    Advice: He'll then likely begin a rehab assignment at Double-A Pensacola or Triple-A Louisville. That means Bailey won't make his season debut until at least April 17 and possibly later if the Reds think he needs more than one rehab start. The right-hander hasn't had any setbacks as he works his way back from last September's flexor tendon surgery, but the Reds are understandably proceeding cautiously with him.
    Today, 8:26 am
  • David Freese (elbow) back in lineup
    David Freese (elbow) is back in the Angels' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Freese hadn't played since suffering a hyperextended left elbow during a collision in Wednesday's game. He's batting .282 with a homer and seven RBI in 14 games this spring and will be fine for Opening Day.
    Today, 8:03 am
  • Alex Hassan (hamstring) returns to action
    Alex Hassan (hamstring) went 2-for-2 Saturday in his return to action.

    Advice: Hassan had been on the shelf for over two weeks with a strained hamstring. He's not expected to make the Opening Day roster.
    Today, 7:47 am
  • Joey Votto looking 'spry' this spring
    Reds manager Bryan Price said that Joey Votto has looked "spry" this spring.

    Advice: John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer adds that Votto "looks to have more energy, more pep in his step" and is "driving the ball with authority." It's worth noting, though, that Votto has played nine innings in a Cactus League contest just once this spring. After being limited to 62 games in 2014 due to a distal quad strain, the first baseman has looked healthy this March and could be poised for a bounce-back season.
    Today, 7:27 am
  • Scott Baker released by Yankees
    Yankees released RHP Scott Baker.

    Advice: They're hoping to re-sign him, but Baker is now free to negotiate with any team. The righty holds a 7.84 ERA this spring, but it's come along with a nice 10/0 K/BB ratio over 10 1/3 innings. He won't be out of work long.
    Today, 7:11 am
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  • 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.
    Today, 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.
    Yesterday, 4:57 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.
    Yesterday, 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.
    Yesterday, 12:08 pm
  • Bailey (elbow) goes three innings in minors
    Homer Bailey (elbow) went three solid innings in a Triple-A game on Friday, allowing just one run on three hits.

    Advice: The 28-year-old right-hander threw 41 pitches on the afternoon, 25 of them for strikes. He continues to progress in his recovery from a tear in the flexor tendon of his right elbow. While he won't be ready for Opening Day, he should be ready to join the Reds rotation in mid-April.
    Friday, 7:31 pm
  • David Freese (elbow) expected to play Sat.
    David Freese (elbow) is expected to return to action on Saturday.

    Advice: Freese suffered a hyperextended left elbow during a collision in Wednesday's game and is taking a couple days off as a precaution. He's batting .282 with a homer and seven RBI in 14 games this spring.
    Friday, 10:53 am
  • Shawn Tolleson's MRI comes back clean
    An MRI on Shawn Tolleson's right forearm showed no structural damage.

    Advice: Tolleson will be examined by Rangers team physician Dr. Keith Meister on Friday to determine his next step. The MRI news is obviously good, but Tolleson is still expected to begin the season on the disabled list. "In our minds it was very positive news," assistant general manager Thad Levine said. "We don’t think he’s lost any significant arm strength."
    Friday, 9:13 am
  • Tolleson to be examined by Dr. Meister Fri.
    Shawn Tolleson will be examined by Dr. Keith Meister, the Rangers' team physician, on Friday.

    Advice: Tolleson has been bothered by right forearm tightness since late last week. The exam Friday will include an MRI, which should help the Rangers map a path for the 27-year-old setup man. Tolleson had an impressive 2.76 ERA in 71 2/3 innings last season.
    Thursday, 1:02 pm
  • Freese out next few days with elbow injury
    David Freese will be out for the next couple of days with a hyperextended left elbow.

    Advice: Freese suffered the injury Wednesday in a collision. He told reporters that he's not concerned about it affecting his readiness for the Angels' season-opener. The third baseman is 11-for-39 (.282) with a homer and seven RBI in 14 games this spring.
    Thursday, 12:45 pm
  • 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.
    Thursday, 9:47 am
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  • Tolleson set to have MRI on right forearm
    Shawn Tolleson will have an MRI on his right forearm.

    Advice: Tolleson was scratched from an appearance Sunday with forearm tightness, so the Rangers are obviously concerned about the reliever's health. Tolleson played catch Tuesday without issue. The results of the MRI will be known Thursday, at which point the club will know more about his outlook. His chances of being ready for Opening Day grow less likely by the day.
    Wednesday, 3:14 pm
  • Ubaldo Jimenez goes five scoreless in win
    Ubaldo Jimenez shut out the Pirates for five innings Tuesday in the Orioles' 9-2 victory.

    Advice: What most pitchers want in spring training is just to gradually improve with each outing, and Jimenez has certainly done that in lowering his ERA from 33.75 to 6.06. He's gone from walking five and giving up two homers in his first two starts to walking one and allowing one homer over 13 innings in the last three. The Orioles still don't figure to put him into their rotation, but he's there if disaster strikes.
    Tuesday, 1:39 pm
  • Jaff Decker goes 2-for-3
    Jaff Decker had two hits in three at-bats Sunday, raising his spring average to .296.

    Advice: Decker has a shot at the reserve outfield job that opened up in Pittsburgh when Travis Snider was traded. With a homer, two doubles and four walks in 27 at-bats, he's sporting an .869 OPS.
    Mar 22, 1:47 pm
  • Tolleson scratched with forearm soreness
    Shawn Tolleson was scratched from a scheduled appearance Sunday with forearm soreness.

    Advice: The Rangers are saying they're not concerned and don't think it's serious. Tolleson was an effective reliever for the club last year, posting a 2.76 ERA in 71 2/3 innings.
    Mar 22, 9:29 am
  • Mark Teixeira goes 2-for-3, doubles
    Mark Teixeira went 2-for-3 with a double as the Yankees edged the Astros 3-2 on Saturday.

    Advice: Teixeira didn't hit the ball with any authority during the first half of the spring, but he has a homer and two doubles in his last four games. We'd have to see quite a bit more to recommend pursuing him in fantasy leagues this year.
    Mar 21, 1:44 pm
  • Joey Votto swats first spring homer on Friday
    Joey Votto swatted his first Cactus League home run on Friday as the Reds topped the Giants 6-5.

    Advice: Votto took Tim Hudson deep to right to get the scoring started in the first inning. He finished the night 1-for-3, going down on strikes in each of his next two at-bats. While he's hitting just .232 on the spring, he boasts a .421 on-base percentage and looks to be fully recovered from the strained quadriceps that ended his 2014 season prematurely.
    Mar 21, 11:46 am
  • Alex Hassan cleared for baseball activities
    Alex Hassan (hamstring) has been cleared for full baseball activities and is close to a return to game action.

    Advice: He won't appear in a Cactus League contest on Saturday but should do so within the next couple of days. The 26-year-old still seems like a long shot to crack the Opening Day roster as a reserve outfielder.
    Mar 21, 9:54 am
  • Joe Kelly (biceps) will not start on Sunday
    Joe Kelly (biceps) will not return to Grapefruit League action on Sunday.

    Advice: He'll throw a side session instead as he continues to deal with minor biceps tightness. Steven Wright will start in his place against the Phillies on Sunday.
    Mar 21, 5:35 am
  • Hassan (hamstring) to take batting practice
    Alex Hassan (hamstring) will take batting practice on Friday.

    Advice: Hassan has been sidelined by a hamstring strain for a little over a week but has been progressing in his baseball activities the last few days. He seems on track to play in games soon.
    Mar 20, 9:29 am
  • Bailey (elbow) to pitch in minors game Sunday
    Homer Bailey (elbow) is scheduled to pitch in a minor league game on Sunday.

    Advice: It'll be his first live competition since undergoing surgery last September to repair a tear of the flexor tendon in his right elbow. Bailey is expected to join the Reds' starting rotation around mid-April. The first year of his six-year, $105 million deal didn't go so well.
    Mar 19, 9:35 am
  • Joe Kelly (biceps) to start spring game Sun.
    Joe Kelly (biceps) is scheduled to return to Grapefruit League action on Sunday.

    Advice: So his biceps tightness will only be a two-day detour. Kelly claims that he's dealt with similar discomfort in the past and knows how to manage it. Still, the right-hander is not a very attractive mixed-league fantasy option for the 2015 season. Kelly owns a 1.37 WHIP and 5.6 K/9 in 274 2/3 career innings as a starting pitcher and he has been getting rocked this spring in Grapefruit League play.
    Mar 19, 6:13 am
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