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    • Chris Owings (shoulder) ahead of schedule
      Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said Saturday that Chris Owings (shoulder) is progressing ahead of schedule.

      Advice: Owings had been slated to miss the first 8-10 Cactus League games as he works his way back from surgery on his non-throwing shoulder, but it sounds like he could be ready sooner than that. "I don't have an exact (return) date," Hale said, "but he's past where I thought he was." Owings has bounce-back potential as a fantasy option if he's able to stay healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:19 am
    • Tulowitzki (hip) to run bases next week
      Troy Tulowitzki (hip) will run the bases next week.

      Advice: Tulo is recovering from surgery to repair his torn left hip labrum, and the Rockies are taking it slow with their superstar as he returns to action. Tulowitzki has already been taking infield practice this spring, another good sign. Assuming his progress continues, Tulo should be ready to roll for Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:29 pm
    • Kipnis to miss 2-3 Cactus League games
      Jason Kipnis (finger) could miss the first 2-3 Cactus League games as he continues to recover from December's surgery to repair tendon damage in his left ring finger.

      Advice: The 27-year-old is progressing nicely in his recovery and should soon be hitting without any restrictions. He's looking to rebound from a tremendously disappointing 2014 campaign in which he slashed .240/.310/.330 with six homers and 41 RBI in 129 contests. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:33 pm
    • Price expects big year from Bradon Phillips
      Reds manager Bryan Price said Saturday that Brandon Phillips is 100 percent healthy and that he expects him to rebound in 2015.

      Advice: "I have not lost one bit of confidence or expectation that he’s going to have a big year" Price indicated. The 33-year-old is coming off a disappointing 2014 season where he slashed just .266/.306/.372 with career worsts of eight homers, 51 RBI and two stolen bases. While a rebound of some sort is likely, his days of fantasy stardom are long gone. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:52 am
    • Cozart to remain Reds starter at shortstop
      Reds manager Bryan Price said Saturday that Zack Cozart remains the team's starter at shortstop and there is no competition from Eugenio Suarez.

      Advice: Cozart is coming off an incredibly disappointing 2014 season where he slashed just .221/.268/.300 with four homers and 38 RBI, ranking dead last in OPS among all qualified shortstops. While Cozart is a terrific defender, the 23-year-old Suarez offers much more upside offensively. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:54 am
    • Mariners to have competition for shortstop
      Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Saturday that the team has yet to settle on their shortstop for the upcoming season.

      Advice: That means that Brad Miller and Chris Taylor will compete for the job this spring. McClendon did note that whichever candidate secures the job, that the shortstop is likely to bat ninth, sapping their already minimal fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:31 am
    • Simmons (oblique) takes some dry swings
      Andrelton Simmons (oblique) did some light throwing and took some dry swings on Friday.

      Advice: It's a surprise given that he was diagnosed with an oblique strain just a day ago. Simmons will likely continue to slowly build up his hitting progression over the next few days, but it sounds like he won't be sidelined very long at all. The slick-fielding shortstop hit .244/.286/.331 with seven home runs in 146 games last season. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:09 am
    • Brendan Ryan (back) to sit out five days
      Brendan Ryan will miss five days on on-field activities after suffering a mid-back sprain while lifting weights.

      Advice: It doesn't seem like a major concern at this point, though it's worth noting that Ryan had back issues last spring, as well, before missing the first five weeks of the season. Ryan is slated to back up at shortstop in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:14 am
    • Omar Infante (shoulder, elbow) 'feels fine'
      Omar Infante (shoulder, elbow) said Thursday that he "feels fine."

      Advice: Infante had shoulder issues last season and has dealt with some soreness in his right elbow early on this spring, but he indicated Thursday that both are non-issues. "The shoulder is fine now," he said. "I don't really feel anything with [the elbow] either, maybe just a little bit. Not worried." Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 4:20 pm
    • Callaspo shows up to camp out of shape
      Mark Bowman of MLB.com writes that Alberto Callaspo showed up to camp with an "unimpressive physique."

      Advice: Callaspo hired a personal trainer over the offseason, but Bowman writes that the infielder "certainly didn't have any reason to come to camp proclaiming that he is in the best shape of his life." The feeling when Callaspo inked a $3 million deal in December was that he'd hold down second base until top prospect Jose Peraza is ready. That might still be the case, but if he has a poor camp he could open the door for Phil Gosselin, Jace Peterson or possibly even Peraza to swoop in and steal the job. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Thursday that the second base competition is "wide open." Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:59 pm
    • Mets likely to let Daniel Murphy walk as FA
      A team source told ESPN New York's Adam Rubin that the Mets don't plan on discussing a contract extension with second baseman Daniel Murphy.

      Advice: Murphy told reporters Thursday morning that he is open to considering a long-term offer from the Mets and would even discuss the deal during the regular season if necessary, but it doesn't sound like the New York front office has any designs on keeping him. Murphy owns a cool .290/.333/.419 in six seasons with the Mets, but he turns 30 years old in April and will likely have a lofty asking price. The second baseman can become a free agent after the 2015 campaign. He's due $8 million in his final year of arbitration. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:52 am
    • Andrelton Simmons suffers strained oblique
      Andrelton Simmons is taking it easy in Braves camp after being diagnosed with a strained oblique.

      Advice: It's no big deal here in late February. Simmons will likely refrain from throwing and hitting for the next week or two, but he has plenty of time to catch up before the start of the 2015 regular season. The 25-year-old shortstop is aiming for a big bounceback after hitting just .244/.286/.331 with seven home runs in 146 games last summer for Atlanta. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 8:01 am
    • Mets, Murphy have not had extension talks
      Daniel Murphy said Thursday morning that he has not engaged in extension talks with the Mets.

      Advice: Though he did say that he is open to having that discussion, even if the negotiations have to take place during the regular season. Murphy, 29, is due to become a free agent five days after the conclusion of the 2015 campaign. He hit .289/.332/.403 with nine homers and 57 RBI in 143 games last year as the Mets' starting second baseman. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 5:46 am
    • Yunel Escobar embracing transition to 2B
      Yunel Escobar told Jon Heyman of CBS Sports on Wednesday that he is determined to become "one of the best second basemen in the National League."

      Advice: Escobar had some initial misgivings about moving away from shortstop, but he met with manager Matt Williams and general manager Mike Rizzo to discuss the issue on the first day he reported to Nats camp in Florida. "After what they expressed to me and what their vision is, I feel more comfortable," Escobar said through Alex Esteban, his agent who acted as interpreter. "I am going to play second base with an open mind." Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 5:08 am
    • Free agent Mark Ellis retiring from baseball
      Free agent second baseman Mark Ellis has retired, he told the San Francisco Chronicle.

      Advice: "It was definitely time," Ellis said. "My kids are getting older and I kind of realized it was time to do something else." The 37-year-old struggled to a .180/.253/.213 line in 73 games with the Cardinals in 2014. It was an unseemly end to a decent career, much of it spent with the Athletics. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:00 pm
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    • Orioles' Cabrera took plea agrement
      Everth Cabrera took a plea agreement for a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest.

      Advice: The incident happened last September when Cabrera was pulled over in San Diego on suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana. However, no trial will be necessary now. He's on probation and will pay a fine and do community service. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:09 am
    • Jimmy Rollins not set in leadoff spot
      Dodgers manager Don Mattingly indicated Wednesday that he's not completely committed to Jimmy Rollins in the leadoff spot.

      Advice: Dee Gordon was the Dodgers' regular leadoff hitter last season, but he was traded to the Marlins over the winter. Rollins owns a .319 on-base percentage over the past three seasons, so he's never been the ideal leadoff hitter, but we still think he's the most likely candidate. Still, Mattingly will keep an open mind about the situation. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:21 am
    • Iglesias (shins) could DH early in spring
      Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Wednesday that Jose Iglesias (shins) could DH early in the spring to get more at-bats and stay off his feet.

      Advice: Iglesias missed all of last season with stress fractures in both of his shins, so the Tigers are easing him back into things. The Tigers could also potentially have him play on the minor league side, where he could lead off each inning. He still has some hurdles to cross, but the Tigers are optimistic he'll be ready to be the regular shortstop at the start of the season. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:40 am
    • Weeks to spent most of time in left field
      Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Wednesday that Rickie Weeks will get most of his outfield work in left field.

      Advice: It's the logical spot for him. Weeks signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Mariners earlier this month and is finally on board with making the transition from second base to the outfield. He's likely to have a part-time role against left-handed pitching. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:23 am
    • O's finalize contract with Everth Cabrera
      Orioles signed INF Everth Cabrera to a one-year, $2.4 million contract.

      Advice: CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported the contract details, which includes $600,000 in potential incentives. Cabrera was non-tendered by the Padres in December after a rough year both on and off the field, but he could play himself into significant playing time at second base in Baltimore. His speed makes him worth watching in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 6:04 am
    • Willie Bloomquist (knee) does some running
      Willie Bloomquist (knee) ran the bases Monday and Tuesday for the first time since undergoing microfracture surgery on his right knee.

      Advice: Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said that Bloomquist is "doing fabulous" and is well ahead of schedule. The M's fully expect the utility player to be ready to go on Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:44 pm
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    • Iglesias not wearing spikes all the time
      Jose Iglesias (shins) is alternating between using spikes, turf shoes and sneakers during his workouts.

      Advice: Iglesias is doing what he can to lessen the impact on his legs after missing all of last season with stress fractures in both shins. "When I do some activities where I don't want to slip, I'll use my spikes," Iglesias said. The shortstop is feeling great so far but obviously will eventually have to start using his spikes all the time. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:52 pm
    • Cano dropped 13 lbs. over the offseason
      Robinson Cano told reporters Tuesday that he dropped 13 pounds over the offseason.

      Advice: Cano also assured the gathered media that the fractured pinkie toe he suffered during MLB's All-Star Series in Japan has fully healed. The 32-year-old second baseman batted .314/.382/.454 with 14 home runs and 82 RBI in 157 games last season for the Mariners. It was the first year of a 10-year, $240 million deal. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:23 pm
    • Rangers place Profar on 60-day DL
      Rangers placed INF Jurickson Profar on the 60-day disabled list.

      Advice: The move clears a spot for Edgar Olmos on the 40-man roster. Profar underwent surgery Monday to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder and will miss his second straight season. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:35 am
      Disabled List
    • Twins' Santana adds seven pounds of muscle
      Danny Santana added about seven pounds of muscle during the offseason.

      Advice: Santana skipped the Dominican Winter League and worked out with trainer Franklin Reynoso instead. After ending last season at around 178 pounds, he checked in at 185 pounds during TwinsFest last month. "Sometimes it was 2 1/2 or three hours," said Santana. "I feel good. We worked a lot on my shoulders and my legs." It will be difficult for the 24-year-old Santana to maintain his .319/.353/.472 batting line from last season, but he offers speed and should begin 2015 with an everyday job. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:00 am
    • Cabrera's deal with O's can max out at $3M
      CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles have completed a one-year, $2.4 million contract with Everth Cabrera.

      Advice: He'll have the chance to earn $600,000 more in incentives. Cabrera is expected to be at the Orioles' spring training complex on Tuesday to finalize the deal. Baltimore will also have an additional year of control of Cabrera, as he was only in his second year of arbitration before the Padres non-tendered him. Cabrera has had off-the-field issues and is coming off a season where he hit just .232/.272/.300, but he was an All-Star in 2013 and is one of the fastest players in the game. The 28-year-old will compete for playing time at second base. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 5:46 pm
    • Utley wants to stay but would consider trade
      Chase Utley said Monday that while he wants to stay with the Phillies, he "would have to listen" if the club ever came to him about a possible trade.

      Advice: "For as much respect as I have for the organization, if they ever came to me and asked me [to consider a trade], I would have to listen, but I don’t think much will change," Utley said. Utley has full no-trade and has been consistent in saying that he doesn't want to go anywhere, but it appears that he's at least leaving the door cracked open. The 36-year-old is owed $10 million in 2015 and has $15 million vesting options each of the next three seasons after that. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 4:57 pm
    • Profar has season-ending surgery on shoulder
      Jurickson Profar underwent surgery Monday to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

      Advice: The rehab for such a procedure takes at least nine months, so Profar can be ruled out for a second consecutive season. The 22-year-old infielder was considered the top prospect in baseball not long ago, but it's pretty difficult to make a career projection on him now. Profar just can't catch a break. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:02 am
      Disabled List
    • Chase Utley sprained his ankle in January
      Chase Utley acknowledged to reporters Monday that he sprained an ankle in January.

      Advice: The veteran second baseman is over the injury by now, but he's going to take it easy for the first couple weeks of spring camp just to be safe. Utley should be fine for the beginning of the regular season. He could be trade bait this summer for the rebuilding Phillies. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:29 am
    • Kozma dons catcher's gear to add versatility
      Pete Kozma is seeing work as an emergency catcher this spring, looking to fulfill the role vacated by the departed Daniel Descalso.

      Advice: Kozma's best chance at making the Cardinals roster is as a utility man, so anything that he can do to improve his versatility is a plus. The 26-year-old spent the majority of the 2014 campaign at Triple-A Memphis where he slashed .248/.330/.372 with eight homers and 54 RBI in 117 games. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 4:03 pm
    • Jonathan Villar to see time at 2B and 3B
      Jonathan Villar will play some second and third base during spring training.

      Advice: Villar has only played shortstop in his two seasons with the Astros, but his best shot at a roster spot in 2015 will be as a utility player. The 23-year-old does have some limited experience at second base (20 games) and third base (three games) from his minor league days. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 6:43 am
    • Desmond, Nationals haven't talked extension
      The Nationals and Ian Desmond's representatives haven't talked about an extension at all this offseason, a source tells William Ladson of MLB.com.

      Advice: At this point it appears Desmond is already out the door following the season. Legend has it Desmond turned down a seven-year, $107 million extension offer from the Nationals last winter, so perhaps the team has already come to grips with the idea that he'll be out the door. It's an unfortunate development for the team but a good one for fantasy owners, as the 29-year-old will be motivated to post strong offensive numbers in a walk year. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 2:58 pm
    • Jose Iglesias (shins) says he's 100 percent
      Jose Iglesias (shins) said Saturday that he feels 100 percent.

      Advice: The defensive wizard is only running at 85-90 percent currently as he doesn't want to rush things. While he'll be a tremendous addition to the Tigers defensively, he offers very little in the way of fantasy value outside AL-only formats. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 11:22 am
    • Infante dealing with inflammation in elbow
      Omar Infante is currently dealing with inflammation in his throwing elbow.

      Advice: The veteran infielder felt soreness in the elbow during throwing sessions before he arrived to Royals camp. It's unclear at the moment how serious the ailment is and if it will cause him to miss any significant time, but he is certainly no stranger to the disabled list. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 8:30 am
    • Kipnis (finger) to hit on field next week
      The Indians are hoping Jason Kipnis (finger) will resume hitting on the field next week and be cleared for game action shortly into the Cactus League schedule.

      Advice: Kipnis had surgery in December on his left ring finger to repair tendon damage. It was considered a relatively minor operation, as the second baseman is unrestricted with defense and throwing and is building up his hitting program gradually. He'll be fine come Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 19, 4:42 pm
    • Profar to have surgery on labrum
      Jurickson Profar's shoulder surgery will be to repair a torn labrum.

      Advice: Profar's labrum issues date back to 2010 and could be the cause of the instability in the shoulder. Dr. Keith Meister will check on other issues during the surgery, so we won't have a clear timetable until after. However, he's obviously at risk for missing his second straight season. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 19, 1:18 pm
      Disabled List
    • Jurickson Profar to undergo shoulder surgery
      Jurickson Profar is scheduled to undergo surgery Monday on his right shoulder.

      Advice: Profar attempted to rehab a teres major muscle strain last season rather than fix it with a procedure, and it seems the experiment has now backfired. An MRI taken Tuesday on the young infielder's right shoulder show increased strain on the subscapularis muscle. It's not clear what his timetable looks like now, though there's talk of him missing yet another full year. Profar, once considered among the top prospects in baseball, should not be selected in standard fantasy drafts this spring. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 19, 12:37 pm
      Disabled List
    • Owings (shoulder) to miss some spring games
      Chris Owings (shoulder) is expected to be held out of the Diamondbacks' first 8-10 spring games.

      Advice: But manager Chip Hale told reporters that the young shortstop should be able to catch up by the opening of the 2015 regular season. Owings batted just .261/.300/.406 with six home runs and 26 RBI in 91 games last season for Arizona, but he's a decent fantasy sleeper at a shallow position heading into 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 19, 11:44 am
    • O's working toward deal with Everth Cabrera
      Orioles GM Dan Duquette said Thursday that the Everth Cabrera contract might not get done this week.

      Advice: But it sounds like it will eventually happen. Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reported Wednesday morning that the O's were close to a one-year contract with Cabrera, but there are obviously still some things to sort out. Cabrera had an awful 2014 with the Padres and various off-field transgressions have piled up in recent years, but he's a speedy shortstop with good defensive range and could prove worth the risk for Baltimore. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 19, 9:25 am
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