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  • Brandon Phillips plates four in Friday's loss
    Brandon Phillips went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and four RBI as the Reds dropped a Cactus League decision to the Brewers on Friday.

    Advice: Phillips got the Reds on the board with a two-run double off Matt Garza in the first inning then repeated the same feat again in the fifth. The 33-year-old has been off to a slow start this spring, hitting .233 (10-for-43) with no homers and six RBI.
    Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Brewers to announce leadoff hitter this week
    Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Friday that he will wait until after Monday's off day to announce his leadoff hitter.

    Advice: The most likely scenario is that Scooter Gennett gets the job while Carlos Gomez is moved down into a run-producing spot. The issue holding things up is whether Roenicke and company can trust Gennett enough against left-handed pitching to produce in that role. If he is indeed named the leadoff hitter, it will be a nice boost to his overall fantasy value.
    Yesterday, 8:35 pm
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 7:21 pm
  • Solarte preparing for super utility role
    Yangervis Solarte has embraced his super utility role with the Padres this spring.

    Advice: He entered camp in a competition with Will Middlebrooks for the team's starting job at third base, but it appears that he'll wind up in a reserve role instead. With the ability to play nearly every position on the field, Solarte should find himself in the lineup on an almost nightly basis.
    Yesterday, 7:09 pm
  • Chris Owings collects two hits in win Friday
    Chris Owings went 2-for-3 with a double and a triple as the Diamondbacks topped the Indians 3-2 in Cactus League action.

    Advice: Even with the two-hit attack though, Owings is hitting just .222 (6-for-27) with no homers and five RBI on the spring, and could be in danger of losing his job to Nick Ahmed. The 23-year-old possesses an intriguing blend of power and speed, but will have to remain on the field to carve out mixed league value this season.
    Yesterday, 4:03 pm
  • Jose Ramirez goes hitless on Friday
    Jose Ramirez struggled in Friday's loss to the Diamondbacks, going 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

    Advice: Ramirez is now hitting .250 (12-for-48) in Cactus League play. He'll begin the season as the Tribe's everyday shortstop, but if he struggles to hit in the early going, Francisco Lindor could quickly get the call from Triple-A to replace him.
    Yesterday, 3:59 pm
  • Murphy (hamstring) likely headed for DL stint
    Mets manager Terry Collins indicated Friday that Daniel Murphy (hamstring) is likely to begin the season on the disabled list.

    Advice: "He's running out of time," Collins said. "... We don't have a lot of time. I'm going to talk to Dan tomorrow. We don't have a lot of time to get him ready. I got word of what he did today, and we certainly have to speed it up a little bit. So I'm getting a little concerned he's not going to have enough time." General manager Sandy Alderson expressed a similar sentiment, saying it "would be a little surprising" if Murphy made it back "sooner than roughly Opening Day." Alderson added that Murphy is likely to play in minor league games next week even if plays in games at all. That would allow the Mets to backdate his DL stint, potentially setting him up to miss as few as six games.
    Yesterday, 2:40 pm
  • Jung Ho Kang triples, walks
    Jung Ho Kang tripled and walked Friday against the Twins.

    Advice: The triple got a boost from the wind, but at least it was a well-hit ball, which is something not seen much of from Kang these last two weeks. The Pirates still plan on carrying him as a reserve despite hit .133 average.
    Yesterday, 2:16 pm
  • Stephen Drew goes 3-for-3 against Phillies
    Stephen Drew went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBI against the Phillies on Friday.

    Advice: Drew's bat had showed signs of coming around in recent days, but this is still his first multihit game of the spring. Overall, he's hitting .231/.302/.359 in 39 at-bats.
    Yesterday, 2:01 pm
  • Alberto Callaspo reaches three times
    Alberto Callaspo went 2-for-2 with a walk Friday versus the Red Sox.

    Advice: It's almost certainly too late for Callaspo to salvage the starting job at second base that was practically handed to him when he signed a $3 million contract in December. Still, he'll have a spot on Atlanta's roster, and he's probably more valuable off the bench anyway. Maybe he'll eventually get a chance to start at third if Chris Johnson plays as badly as he did last year.
    Yesterday, 1:26 pm
  • Mookie Betts hits second homer
    Mookie Betts went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk versus the Braves on Friday.

    Advice: Betts is hitting .487 with two homers, two triples and seven doubles in 39 at-bats. That's a .947 slugging percentage, in case you were wondering.
    Yesterday, 1:24 pm
  • Jonathan Villar (ankle) cleared to return
    Jonathan Villar (ankle) has been cleared for game action.

    Advice: Villar was held out of workouts for a day due to a sprained ankle, but he's fine. The 23-year-old has a good shot at a utility role with a .286/.390/.486 batting line so far this camp.
    Yesterday, 12:57 pm
  • J.J. Hardy suffers shoulder injury
    J.J. Hardy left Friday's game against the Rays with a sore left shoulder.

    Advice: Hardy banged his shoulder on the ground on a dive up the middle. He's expected to be fine, though, as he wanted to take his next at-bat before Orioles manager Buck Showalter overruled him. Consider Hardy day-to-day.
    Yesterday, 11:52 am
  • Jason Kipnis (back) returns to action
    Jason Kipnis (back) returned to Cactus League play on Thursday.

    Advice: Kipnis singled in his first at-bat and also made a diving play in the field. Most importantly, he didn't have any issues with his back. The second baseman got a late start while working his way back from finger surgery and also missed over a week with back spasms, but he fully expects to be fine for Opening Day. "Some guys need 30 at-bats, some guys need 80 at-bats," said Kipnis. "If you're going good, you want to get going faster. I'm feeling good at the plate so I'm ready to start whenever we get there. If I get 20 or 30 more at-bats, that will be great for me."
    Yesterday, 7:38 am
  • Jung Ho Kang won't begin season in minors
    Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Friday that the team still plans to carry Jung Ho Kang on the Opening Day roster.

    Advice: Kang has hit just .111 in 11 games this spring, but Huntington has seen enough positives from the Korean import. "We've seen some really good things," the GM said. He'll back up all over the infield for the Pirates and remains an intriguing long-term guy despite his struggles this spring.
    Yesterday, 6:36 am
  • Jace Peterson in line to win Braves' 2B job
    Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes that Jace Peterson "is in line to play second base" for the Braves.

    Advice: Alberto Callaspo has played better recently, but Peterson has looked better all spring and appears poised to wrestle the second base job away from the veteran. The news potentially has notable consequence in fantasy leagues, as Peterson stole 148 bases in 389 games in the minors and has hit over .300 there over the last two seasons. He's a deep league middle infield target.
    Yesterday, 6:12 am
  • Giavotella the favorite for Angels' 2B job's Alden Gonzalez writes of Johnny Giavotella that the Angels' second base job is "pretty much his, for now."

    Advice: Josh Rutledge entered camp as the presumed favorite for the gig, but Giavotella has outplayed him this spring by batting .343 to this point. The former Royals' prospect has always hit in the minors but has been dinged for his defense and was never given a real shot in Kansas City. He could have some AL-only league value.
    Thursday, 5:39 pm
  • Rollins doubles, homers, knocks in 4 in a win
    Jimmy Rollins had a big game against the White Sox on Thursday, batting 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, and 4 RBI.

    Advice: Rollins knocked in his first run with a second-inning ground out, doubled in a run in the fourth, then hit a two-run home run off of Daniel Webb in the sixth. The veteran shortstop has shown good power this spring, now with five doubles, a pair of doubles, and one home run.
    Thursday, 4:54 pm
  • Phillips stays cold with 1-for-5 vs. Indians
    Brandon Phillips went 1-for-5 in Thursday's 13-2 drubbing of the Indians in Cactus League action.

    Advice: Phillips remains cold this spring, as his performance drops his average to .205 (8-for-39). Half of his hits are doubles, but that's been the extent of his offensive performance. Phillips hit a career-low eight home runs and knocked in a career-low 51 runs over a near-full slate of plate appearances last season, so the Reds are hoping for a rebound effort from the 33-year-old.
    Thursday, 4:18 pm
  • Steve Tolleson hits three-run homer
    Steve Tolleson hit a three-run homer off Ken Giles to lead the Jays past the Phillies 4-1 on Thursday.

    Advice: With Devon Travis looking probable for the second base job, it'll probably be between Tolleson and Ryan Goins for a utility gig, with Tolleson having the advantage of being out of options. Tolleson is hitting .259/.310/.556 in 27 at-bats this spring.
    Thursday, 2:33 pm
  • Neil Walker homers, doubles
    Neil Walker homered and doubled off the Braves' Wandy Rodriguez on Thursday.

    Advice: Walker hit second today, but it appears he'll be the Pirates' cleanup man during the regular season, hitting in between Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte. It's a nice spot for him to generate fantasy value.
    Thursday, 1:28 pm
  • Daniel Murphy (hamstring) ran Thursday
    Daniel Murphy (hamstring) ran Thursday without issue.

    Advice: He also made it through some light baseball drills on Wednesday. Murphy pulled his hamstring a week ago but seems likely to be fine for the start of the season.
    Thursday, 12:21 pm
  • Villar (ankle) held out of workouts Thursday
    Jonathan Villar (ankle) was held out of workouts Thursday in Astros camp.

    Advice: Villar left Wednesday's exhibition game with a right ankle sprain, but he told reporters Thursday that he is already feeling much better. The 23-year-old infielder should be fine for the start of the season, though it's unclear what his role will be.
    Thursday, 9:18 am
  • Brewers option Luis Sardinas to AAA level
    Brewers optioned INF Luis Sardinas to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Advice: Sardinas was acquired from the Rangers over the winter as part of the package for starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo. The 21-year-old infielder hasn't hit much in the minors, but he does have good speed and he's one of the only decent prospects in the Brewers' farm system. Sardinas should see some MLB action this season.
    Thursday, 8:55 am
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  • Flores (foot) back in Mets' lineup Thursday
    Wilmer Flores (foot) is back in the Mets' Grapefruit League lineup on Thursday afternoon.

    Advice: And it's a road game. Flores fouled a ball off his foot last Sunday and was left with some bruising and some soreness, but X-rays came back negative and the young shortstop will be fine for the beginning of the 2015 regular season.
    Thursday, 7:53 am
  • J.P. Crawford diagnosed with strained oblique
    Phillies shortstop prospect J.P. Crawford will be sidelined for the next 4-6 weeks with an oblique strain.

    Advice: Crawford hasn't played a game above High-A ball, so this doesn't affect his major league timetable or anything like that. The talented 20-year-old will presumably head to the Phillies' Double-A affiliate once he gets healthy. He was rated the sport's No. 14 overall prospect on Baseball America's latest Top 100.
    Thursday, 5:46 am
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  • Descalso (oblique) plays in minor league game
    Daniel Descalso (oblique) played in a minor league game Wednesday.

    Advice: Descalso was set to play four innings defensively and bat each inning in a minors game. The infielder suffered a strained right oblique roughly 10 days prior. With another 10 days or so left in camp Descalso still has time to get into shape before the start of the season.
    Wednesday, 7:35 pm
  • Tulo swats third spring homer vs. the Giants
    Troy Tulowitzki went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's Cactus League match-up with the Giants.

    Advice: Tulowitzki took Tim Hudson yard in the fourth inning, part of a three-run frame for the Rockies. The shortstop has three homers on the spring along with eight RBI and a .375 average (9-for-24). Tulowitzki should contribute immense fantasy value provided he can stay healthy.
    Wednesday, 3:48 pm
  • Kipnis (back) could see game action Thursday
    Jason Kipnis (back) could get into a Cactus League game Thursday.

    Advice: "The plan is, if he feels good, we'll play him tomorrow," Indians manager Terry Francona said Wednesday. "But, you want to kind of reserve the right to [change your mind], if he needs a day. But, I think all signs are pointing that he was moving around pretty good." Kipnis played in a minor league game Wednesday and came out of it feeling good. He's been sidelined for over a week with back spasms but should still be good to go for Opening Day.
    Wednesday, 3:30 pm
  • Villar exits game with ankle sprain
    Jonathan Villar exited Wednesday's Grapefruit League game with a right ankle sprain.

    Advice: Villar suffered the injury in a collision with his teammate Robbie Grossman. We should have more clarity on his status soon.
    Wednesday, 12:15 pm
  • Murphy (hamstring) doing limited activity
    Daniel Murphy (hamstring) did limited baseball activities for a second straight day Wednesday and said he's cautiously optimistic about being ready for the season.

    Advice: "Each day is getting better," said Murphy, who pulled his hamstring last Thursday. As long as he continues to make progress, being in the Opening Day lineup is realistic. The Mets are looking at Matt Reynolds and Danny Muno as alternatives for second base if he needs to start the year on the DL.
    Wednesday, 9:51 am
  • Kipnis (back) playing in minors game Wed.
    Jason Kipnis (back) will play in a minor league game Wednesday.

    Advice: Kipnis has been sidelined for a little over a week with back spasms, but he'll get some at-bats on the minor league side Wednesday and play five innings on defense. The hope is that he'll be cleared to return to Grapefruit League action on Thursday. The Indians remain optimistic that he'll be ready for the start of the season.
    Wednesday, 9:28 am
  • 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.
    Wednesday, 8:13 am
  • Schoop having wisdom teeth removed
    Jonathan Schoop is unavailable Wednesday because he's having wisdom teeth removed.

    Advice: The Orioles might give him a couple of days of rest, but he should be back to normal soon. The 23-year-old batted .209/.244/.354 with 16 home runs and 45 RBI across 137 games last season and should at least have a share of the starting second base job this season.
    Wednesday, 8:06 am
  • Jason Kipnis (back) takes 50 swings Monday
    Jason Kipnis (back) took 50 swings in the batting cages on Monday without any issues.

    Advice: Kipnis felt good a day after Monday's session and could return to action in a minor league game as early as Wednesday. The Indians and Kipnis remain optimistic on the second baseman's availability for Opening Day.
    Tuesday, 5:18 pm
  • Jung Ho Kang continues to struggle
    The slumping Jung Ho Kang went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts Tuesday against the Orioles.

    Advice: Kang is 3-for-27 with 11 strikeouts. He'll get another week to pull out of this, but if it doesn't happen, he might be looking at some Triple-A time to begin the season.
    Tuesday, 1:26 pm
  • Flores (foot) could return to action Thursday
    Wilmer Flores (foot) could return to Grapefruit League action on Thursday.

    Advice: Flores made it through a range of drills Tuesday in Mets camp without experiencing significant discomfort in his bruised left foot. X-rays taken Sunday came back negative. He'll be fine for Opening Day.
    Tuesday, 1:12 pm
  • Mets encouraged by Murphy's progress
    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Tuesday that they are getting encouraging signs on Daniel Murphy's hamstring.

    Advice: Murphy pulled his hamstring last Thursday and is expected to be shut down until later this week. It depends on how he progresses, but the Mets haven't ruled him out for Opening Day. Matt Reynolds and Danny Muno are options to fill in at second base if he needs extra time.
    Tuesday, 7:33 am
  • Flores (foot) to try activity Tuesday
    Wilmer Flores (foot) plans to throw, stretch, and hit Tuesday.

    Advice: Flores fouled a ball off his foot during Sunday's game, but X-rays came back negative and he only had to wear a walking boot for less than 24 hours. He's not ready to run yet, but it's not expected to be a long-term issue.
    Tuesday, 6:05 am
  • Kipnis (back) not yet cleared for activities
    Jason Kipnis (back) missed a fifth straight Cactus League game Monday and has yet to be cleared for baseball activities.

    Advice: Kipnis is nursing a back issue and has been limited to indoor exercises to this point. There's been no indication to this point that the ailment could affect his availability for Opening Day, but Kipnis has been limited to just 22 plate appearances this spring due to his recovery from finger surgery and now the back issue.
    Monday, 4:54 pm
  • Rollins knocks in a run with a triple, scores
    Jimmy Rollins went 1-for-3 with an RBI triple and a run scored in Monday's Cactus League game versus the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Rollins tied the game at 1-1 with his third-inning triple, then shortly thereafter scored the go-ahead run. The veteran shortstop has been as-advertised this spring, batting .316 (12-for-38) with four doubles and two triples.
    Monday, 4:10 pm
  • Wilmer Flores removes walking boot
    Wilmer Flores removed the walking boot from his left foot Monday morning.

    Advice: It was just a day ago that Flores left a game after fouling a ball off the foot. X-rays came back clean, though, and he fully expects to be fine come Opening Day. "It was bad yesterday -- I couldn't even walk on it," Flores said. "It's a little bit swollen. I'm having a problem walking right now. I'm just going to go day by day and we'll see how it goes."
    Monday, 4:02 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.
    Monday, 6:46 am
  • Wilmer Flores diagnosed with bruised foot
    Wilmer Flores was diagnosed with a bruised foot after X-rays came back negative on Sunday.

    Advice: Flores sustained the injury when he fouled a ball off his foot during Sunday's Grapefruit League game. The Mets sent him for precautionary X-rays to rule out a fracture and have to be thrilled with the diagnosis. He should return to action in a few days.
    Sunday, 6:54 pm
  • Tulowitzki's three-run doubles helps Rox win
    Troy Tulowitzki went 3-for-4 with a bases-clearing double Sunday against the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Tulowitzki doubled with the bases loaded in the fourth inning, running the Rockies' lead to 5-0 at the time. The performance runs his average up to .333 (6-for-18) and he has two home runs and six RBI to go with it. If Tulowitzki can stay healthy, he should post MVP-caliber numbers. He had a 1.035 OPS in 375 plate appearances last season.
    Sunday, 4:39 pm
  • Mookie Betts homers, doubles
    Mookie Betts had an inside-the-park homer and a double Sunday versus the Phillies.

    Advice: Odubel Herrera certainly could have done a better job on the ball that led to the homer, but no error was recorded on the play. It's Betts' first homer of the spring, but he's showed plenty of pop, with six doubles already. He's batting .471.
    Sunday, 1:35 pm
  • Wilmer Flores heading for X-rays on foot
    Wilmer Flores is heading for X-rays after fouling a ball off his left foot during Sunday's Grapefruit League game.

    Advice: Flores is in a walking boot for the time being and noted being in a lot of pain. The Mets should have an update on his status shortly. If he is looking at an extended absence, Ruben Tejada could be forced into the primary shortstop role once again.
    Sunday, 1:25 pm
  • 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.
    Sunday, 11:52 am
  • Giavotella (thumb) to see game action Sunday
    Johnny Giavotella (thumb) will play in the Angels' Cactus League game Sunday.

    Advice: That's good news on Giavotella, who had X-rays taken on his hand after injuring it during Friday's game. Giavotella will play the second half of Sunday's tilt. The infielder is battling with Josh Rutledge, who will also play Sunday, for the Angels' starting second base job.
    Sunday, 9:49 am
  • Peterson fighting infection on right pinkie
    Jace Peterson is fighting an infection in his right pinkie finger.

    Advice: Peterson had it stepped on a few days ago, but the second baseman said the injury isn't serious. Peterson is the heavy favorite to win the Braves' starting job at the keystone. Peterson was one of the prospects acquired in the Justin Upton trade this winter.
    Sunday, 7:25 am
  • Sardinas collects four hits against Rangers
    Luis Sardinas went 4-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored in Saturday's Cactus League win over the Rangers.

    Advice: Facing his former organization, Sardinas showed why the Brewers were willing to part with Yovani Gallardo to acquire him this winter. The 21-year-old likely won't break camp with the club, but he's one of their best prospects and he could see the majors at some point this season.
    Saturday, 4:27 pm
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  • Giavotella (hand) getting precautionary X-ray
    Johnny Giavotella is having precautionary X-rays taken of his hand to rule out a potential fracture.

    Advice: Giavotella injured his hand while sliding in Friday's Cactus League game and the team wants to make sure that no serious damage was done. The 27-year-old has impressed thus far in Angels camp, hitting .280/.357/.600 with a homer and three RBI in his first 25 at-bats.
    Saturday, 12:47 pm
  • Kipnis (back) to remain out through weekend
    Jason Kipnis will be sidelined for the remainder of the weekend due to back spasms.

    Advice: Kipnis was a late scratch from Thursday's lineup and was held out on Friday as well. The Indians aren't yet concerned that the injury will effect his availability for the start of the regular season. He will receive extra at-bats in minor league contests next week provided the issue clears up.
    Saturday, 11:38 am
  • Daniel Murphy (hamstring) shut down a week
    Daniel Murphy (hamstring) will be shut down for at least the next week.

    Advice: Murphy was given an MRI, with the Mets only saying that the second baseman suffered a pulled right hamstring. It's too soon to say whether he might require a stint on the disabled list, but it's certainly a possibility. The Mets don't plan to bring back Dilson Herrera back from minor league camp, which means Matt Reynolds and Danny Muno would be options at second base should Murphy need to go on the DL.
    Friday, 1:55 pm
  • Daniel Murphy undergoes MRI on hamstring
    Daniel Murphy (hamstring) underwent an MRI Friday.

    Advice: The results of the exam are not yet available. Murphy was removed from Thursday's game with tightness in his right hamstring, and while he reported improvement Friday, the Mets want to make sure the ailment isn't worse than expected. An update on his status should be available later Friday or Saturday.
    Friday, 12:58 pm
  • Jung Ho Kang makes start at second
    Jung Ho Kang made his first start at second base on Friday and went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts versus the Twins.

    Advice: Kang is down to .130 (3-for-23) this spring, and he hasn't homered since taking Marco Estrada deep in his debut 17 days ago. If his slump continues all spring, perhaps the Pirates will send him down to keep working at positions besides shortstop. That's still a ways off, though. Most likely, he'll make the team.
    Friday, 12:58 pm
  • Rendon (knee) doing weight-bearing exercises
    Anthony Rendon (knee) has been performing weight-bearing exercises.

    Advice: It's not clear when Rendon might be ready for games again, but Nationals manager Matt Williams said Friday that he remains confident the third baseman will be ready for Opening Day. Rendon has been sidelined for nearly two weeks with a minor MCL sprain in his left knee.
    Friday, 8:20 am
  • Daniel Murphy (hamstring) day-to-day
    Daniel Murphy reported improvement with his tight right hamstring on Friday.

    Advice: Murphy was lifted from Thursday's game with the ailment. He's considered day-to-day, but the Mets will surely play it cautiously with him so he doesn't have a setback prior to Opening Day.
    Friday, 6:07 am
  • Jason Kipnis scratched with back spasms
    Jason Kipnis was scratched from Thursday's game versus the Mariners with mid-back spasms.

    Advice: It's not clear at this point how long the ailment might sideline him. Kipnis already got a late start to the Cactus League season as he worked his way back from surgery in December to repair tendon damage in his left ring finger. The Indians should have more on his status later Thursday.
    Thursday, 4:48 pm
  • Wilmer Flores hits second spring homer
    Wilmer Flores had a homer and a sac fly against the Cardinals on Thursday.

    Advice: Flores' homer came off Jaime Garcia. He's batting a cool .406 in 32 at-bats this spring. If he can just keep that up during the regular season, he'll match Ted Williams.
    Thursday, 2:51 pm
  • Daniel Murphy leaves game with tight hammy
    Daniel Murphy was lifted from a Grapefruit League game Thursday due to right hamstring tightness.

    Advice: Murphy singled up the middle and came around to score in the top of the first inning, but he didn't take the field in the bottom half. As long as it's not a hamstring strain, the second baseman should be fine for the beginning of the regular season. Expect updates on Murphy throughout the weekend.
    Thursday, 10:29 am
  • Red Sox exploring Betts extension internally
    According to WEEI's Rob Bradford, the Red Sox have "discussed the possibility of exploring an extension" with young center fielder Mookie Betts.

    Advice: These have only been internal talks, but Bradford hears the Red Sox may bring the idea to Betts and his agent "in the semi-near future." Betts is tearing up the Grapefruit League this spring and appears to have a wide lead over Rusney Castillo for the Opening Day center field gig. Betts, 22, batted .346/.431/.529 with 11 home runs and 33 stolen bases in 99 games last season between Double-A and Triple-A. He also put up a promising .812 OPS in his first 213 plate appearances at the major league level.
    Thursday, 7:33 am
  • Jung Ho Kang to see time at second base
    Jung Ho Kang will work out at second base sometime this week, according to Stephen J. Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

    Advice: Kang has already worked at shortstop and third base this spring. The Korean infielder is just 3-for-17 in Grapefruit League games. Increasing his versatility will help Kang get on the field in case he can't edge Jordy Mercer for the starting shortstop job.
    Wednesday, 7:04 pm
  • Steve Tolleson hits two-run homer
    Steve Tolleson went 2-for-4 and hit a two-run homer Wednesday against the Rays.

    Advice: Tolleson would seem to be a big beneficiary of Ramon Santiago's broken collarbone, but even so, his chances of winning a utility job might hinge on Maicer Izturis being named the starter at second base. Izturis is going to be on the roster either way, but Ryan Goins and Devon Travis can both be sent down if they don't start at second base.
    Wednesday, 1:48 pm
  • Jonathan Schoop hits second spring homer
    Jonathan Schoop hit a two-run homer off Ervin Santana as part of the Orioles' 3-2 win over a Twins split-squad on Wednesday.

    Advice: Schoop is hitting .207/.207/.483 with two homers and nine strikeouts in 29 at-bats. With neither Everth Cabrera nor Ryan Flaherty stepping up, he remains the clear favorite to start at second base for Baltimore. The on-base skills aren't there, but he has power and defense working in his favor.
    Wednesday, 1:42 pm
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