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    • Randal Grichuk (back) to play Saturday
      Randal Grichuk (back) will make his Grapefruit League debut on Saturday.

      Advice: Grichuk has dealt with some mild lower back soreness early on in camp, but he's fine. The young outfielder is likely to make the Cardinals' Opening Day roster as a potent bench bat. Rotoworld.com
      59 minutes ago
    • Michael Saunders (knee) plays catch again
      Michael Saunders (knee) played catch for the second straight day Friday.

      Advice: He's also hoping to take swings off a tee on Friday. "Everything [in knee] feels stable, strong and healthy," Saunders said. The outfielder underwent surgery a week ago to remove part of the meniscus in his left knee but could be ready to return as soon as mid-April. Saunders will be the Blue Jays' left field once he's recovered. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:09 am
    • Shin-Soo Choo nursing an illness
      Shin-Soo Choo was sent home on Thursday due to an upper respiratory infection and flu-like symptoms.

      Advice: He should be fine in a day or two. Choo is also working his way back from elbow and ankle surgeries but is expected to be fine for Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:58 am
    • Hunter Pence (arm) to be out 6-8 weeks
      Hunter Pence will be sidelined 6-8 weeks after an X-ray confirmed he has a non-displaced fracture in his left forearm.

      Advice: Pence suffered the break when he was hit by a pitch just above his wrist during a Cactus League game Thursday. With a 6-8 week timetable, you would have to figure there's a good chance he'll be sidelined for the entire month of April. Pence has played in a major league-leading 383 consecutive games, as he's yet to miss a game since joining the Giants. Obviously that streak will come to an end. Gregor Blanco should be in line to see the bulk of the at-bats during Pence's absence. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:07 pm
    • Cruz homers as Mariners top the Padres
      Nelson Cruz went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in Thursday's Cactus League victory against the Padres.

      Advice: Cruz made his 2015 Cactus League debut in style, homering off of Ian Kennedy in the third inning to bring in teammate Robinson Cano. Cruz led the majors in home runs with 40 last season. Despite a move to a more pitcher-friendly park, the slugger is still expected to provide plenty of offense this year. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:33 pm
    • Hunter Pence diagnosed with fractured forearm
      Preliminary tests have determined that Hunter Pence has a fractured left forearm.

      Advice: The Giants are still awaiting X-ray results that they anticipate will confirm the diagnosis of the team's doctor. "Doesn't look good," manager Bruce Bochy said. Pence was injured when he was hit by a pitch during Cactus League play on Thursday. There's no timetable yet for how long he'll be out, but obviously he's not going to be ready for the start of the regular season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:22 pm
    • Hunter Pence could have fractured hand
      Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that "there seems to be some pessimism" regarding the prognosis of Hunter Pence (hand).

      Advice: Pence underwent X-rays after having to leave Thursday's Cactus League game following a hit by pitch. Schulman cautions that there's no official word yet, but it sounds like he's hearing Pence's hand could be fractured. An update on the outfielder is expected soon. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:06 pm
    • Hunter Pence going for X-rays on hand
      Hunter Pence will undergo X-rays on his hand.

      Advice: Pence left Thursday's Cactus League game after he was hit in the hand by a pitch in the sixth inning. We should have more clarity on his status soon. In the meantime, Giants fans will have to cross their fingers. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:46 pm
    • Joey Butler doubles, homers off bench
      Joey Butler doubled and homered off the bench to drive in both Rays runs Thursday against the Orioles.

      Advice: The soon-to-be 29-year-old Butler had 12 at-bats with the Rangers in 2013 and five for the Cardinals in 2014 before spending the second half of last season in Japan. He's typically been an excellent OBP guy, but also a huge strikeout guy in the minors, and most teams have figured he didn't have the power to make up for all of the strikeouts. The Rays will probably start him off in Triple-A unless they can find a taker for David DeJesus this spring. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:13 pm
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    • Hunter Pence exits game after HBP in hand
      Hunter Pence left Thursday's Cactus League game after he was hit in the hand by a pitch.

      Advice: Pence walked down to first base initially before leaving the game. The Giants should pass along an update soon, but obviously they can't afford to lose him from the middle of their lineup. Pence has appeared in all 162 games in back-to-back seasons. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:06 pm
    • Garrett Jones reaches three times
      Facing his former team, Garrett Jones went 2-for-2 with an RBI double and a walk as the Yankees edged the Pirates 2-1 on Thursday.

      Advice: Jones could well end up with 300 at-bats for the Yankees this year, but he'll be at the mercy of injuries for playing time initially. Fortunately for him, as old as the Yankees lineup is, DL stints figure to be pretty common. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:00 pm
    • J.D. Martinez goes 3-for-3
      J.D. Martinez collected three singles in three at-bats Thursday versus the Braves.

      Advice: Even though Martinez hit an exceptional .315/.358/.553 last year, he's probably looking at being dropped a spot from fifth to sixth in the Detroit lineup, a result of the Yoenis Cespedes acquisition. He can't possibly be quite so good again anyway, though he should retain value in mixed leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:42 pm
    • Robbie Grossman goes 2-for-3, homers
      Robbie Grossman went 2-for-3 with a homer and two RBI as the Astros beat the Phillies 6-3 on Monday.

      Advice: That Evan Gattis now seems set to spend more time in left field than at first base this spring isn't very good news for Grossman. He probably belongs in a bench role anyway, and he might get one, though it doesn't help his case that he has an option year left and Alex Presley doesn't. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:31 pm
    • Corey Hart (foot) took grounders Thursday
      Corey Hart (foot) took grounders Thursday morning.

      Advice: Hart had to be shut down for a couple of days after slicing his foot while getting into a hot tub this weekend at the Pirates' spring training complex. He should be ready for Grapefruit League action early next week and will then begin to work his way into a first-base platoon with the left-handed-hitting Pedro Alvarez. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:39 am
    • Jay (wrist) takes BP on field for first time
      Jon Jay (wrist) took batting practice on the field Thursday for the first time this spring.

      Advice: According to MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch, that puts Jay ahead of schedule in his recovery from offseason wrist surgery. The 30-year-old center fielder is not in danger of missing the start of the regular season. He signed a two-year, $10.975 million contract with the Cardinals in early February that covers his final two years of salary arbitration. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:58 am
    • Josh Harrison says left ankle injury is minor
      Josh Harrison told reporters Thursday morning that his left ankle injury is "a little minor."

      Advice: Harrison was pulled from Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Blue Jays after rolling his left ankle. But he caught himself before he turned it too severely and should be back in action by early next week. The 2014 National League All-Star will open the 2015 season as the Pirates' starting third baseman. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:14 am
      Player Note
      Josh Harrison Pit - 2B,3B,OF
    • Dodgers offering to pay half of Ethier's deal
      The Dodgers are offering to pay off "about half" of Andre Ethier's remaining contract in order to trade him, a source tells Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

      Advice: Ethier is due $56 million over the next three years, so the team is offering to pay roughly $28 million to get a deal done. Of course, the more the team pays, the more it will want in return in a trade. With Yasiel Puig, Carl Crawford and youngster Joc Pederson likely occupying the three starting outfield spots Ethier is expendable, and he's said he would like to be dealt if he isn't a starter. What team would be willing to take on Ethier as a starter, for whatever his contract may be, is still unclear. Perhaps the picture will become clearer as spring moves forward. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:20 pm
    • Kemp goes 0-for-3 in his Cactus League debut
      Matt Kemp was hitless in three at-bats in Wednesday's 4-3 Cactus League loss to the Mariners.

      Advice: Kemp struck out once and also grounded into a double-play. The 30-year-old outfielder was quite productive in a bounce-back season for the Dodgers last year, finishing with a .287 average, 25 home runs, and 89 RBI. The Padres are hoping he comes close to replicating those numbers in a more pitcher-friendly home ballpark. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:42 pm
    • Rios kicks off spring in style with HR, 3 RBI
      Alex Rios homered and knocked in three runs in three at-bats to open Cactus League play against the Rangers on Wednesday.

      Advice: Rios did the damage against his former team. He topped off a six-run first inning with a solo home run, then added an RBI double in the third and an RBI ground out in the fourth. Rios, 34, has seen his production tumble down in each of the last two seasons. If he's able to regain any of the power that vanished last year, he could still provide a decent amount of value as he can be counted on for 15-20 stolen bases. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:25 pm
    • Garcia makes an impact as White Sox top LAD
      Avisail Garcia walked, doubled twice, knocked in a run, and scored a run in three at-bats as the White Sox earned a 6-4 victory over the Dodgers on Wednesday.

      Advice: Garcia played in only 46 games last season due to an avulsion fracture in his shoulder. The White Sox sorely missed his abilities last season and hope Wednesday's effort is an indication of what they can expect in 2015. Garcia batted .244 with seven home runs and 29 RBI in 190 plate appearances in 2014. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:10 pm
    • Anthony Gose goes 2-for-3 against Orioles
      Anthony Gose went 2-for-3 and scored from the leadoff spot Wednesday versus the Orioles.

      Advice: Brad Ausmus knows that baseball's dirtiest word is "platoon," so he hasn't committed to starting Gose in center field against right-handers and Rajai Davis against left-handers, even though that would seem to make the most sense. It's also not yet certain where Gose will hit when he does play. Given his track record, he should hit eighth or ninth until he shows he's worth moving up. However, he might make some appearances batting first or second early on. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 1:32 pm
    • Beltran to make Grapefruit debut on Friday
      Carlos Beltran (elbow) will make his Grapefruit League debut on Friday.

      Advice: The Yankees are understandably easing Beltran into things this spring, as he turns 38 in April and is coming back from surgery to remove loose pieces and a bone spur from his right elbow. He's hoping for better results in his second season in the Bronx. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:42 pm
    • Harrison leaves game with ankle discomfort
      Josh Harrison exited Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Blue Jays with left ankle discomfort.

      Advice: Harrison led off the game with a single, but was later doubled off second base and then departed. No word yet on the severity of the injury. The Pirates should provide an update on his status soon. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:35 am
      Player Note
      Josh Harrison Pit - 2B,3B,OF
    • Blackmon (abdominal) not in lineup Wed.
      Charlie Blackmon is not in Wednesday's Cactus League lineup due to slight abdominal discomfort.

      Advice: He's expected to take batting practice Wednesday, so it doesn't sound like something that will keep him out of the lineup for long. Blackmon is coming off a breakout season in which he batted .288/.335/.440 with 19 home runs and 28 stolen bases. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:53 am
    • Moya (back) checks out OK
      Steven Moya (back) is available off the bench Wednesday.

      Advice: Moya was held out of the Tigers' Grapefruit League opener Tuesday due to back spasms, but he checked out fine Wednesday morning and is good to go. The 23-year-old is the Tigers' top position prospect, but figures to begin 2015 in the minors. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:54 am
    • Jayson Werth (shoulder) hits off tee Wed.
      Jayson Werth (shoulder) hit off a tee Wednesday.

      Advice: It wasn't much -- he only took 10 swings -- but it was a step in the right direction for Werth, who underwent surgery in early January to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder. The veteran outfield has some hurdles to cross, but he remains hopeful of being ready for the season. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:57 am
    • Moya held out Tuesday due to back spasms
      Steven Moya was held out of the Tigers' Grapefruit League opener Tuesday due to back spasms.

      Advice: Moya will be evaluated by the Tigers' training staff on Wednesday morning. It shouldn't be a big issue. The 23-year-old outfielder is probably on the outside looking in for an Opening Day roster spot. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:27 pm
    • Mookie Betts leads off, plays center
      Mookie Betts started in center field and went 1-for-2 as Boston's leadoff man Tuesday against Northeastern.

      Advice: The Red Sox might well have rolled out their Opening Day lineup to kick things off this spring: Betts, 2B Dustin Pedroia, DH David Ortiz, LF Hanley Ramirez, 3B Pablo Sandoval, 1B Mike Napoli, RF Shane Victorino, SS Xander Bogaers and C Christian Vazquez. Betts will have to fight Rusney Castillo for the job, and it's possible both will start if Victorino is traded. Right now, though, fantasy owners should feel a little safer investing in Betts than in Castillo. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:10 pm
    • Brandon Moss "streaking" through rehab
      Indians manager Terry Francona said that Brandon Moss (hip) has been "streaking" through his rehab.

      Advice: Moss had hip surgery in October, so it sounds like he is making good progress. He ran the bases on Monday. Francona wouldn't say whether or not to expect Moss to be ready for Opening Day, but he should at least find himself in the spring lineup by mid-March. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:58 am
    • Phillies not interested in Victorino reunion
      The Phillies are not interested in acquiring Shane Victorino in any trade with the Red Sox, as they are intent on bringing back younger, cheaper talent, Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports.

      Advice: The Phillies are in rebuilding mode, so Victorino wouldn't make much sense for them despite sporting an incomplete outfield. Victorino missed large chunks of time last season due to hamstring and back issues, but is John Farrell's favorite to claim the starting job in right field. When he's healthy, he provides speed and power, but it remains to be seen if his recent bout with injuries has sapped him of either. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:39 am
    • Stanton not in Marlins' lineup vs. Hurricanes
      Giancarlo Stanton (face) is not in the Marlins' starting lineup for Tuesday's exhibition game against the Miami Hurricanes.

      Advice: Stanton was hit in the hip during an intrasquad game over the weekend, but he was only grazed. The Marlins are just taking it easy with Stanton early on. He'll be back in the lineup on Thursday when the Marlins open Grapefruit League action against the Cardinals. Stanton was hit in the face with a fastball in September last season, requiring surgery. He will be wearing a new, more protective helmet and should still be counted on for elite fantasy numbers as he begins a record 13-year, $325 million contract signed in November. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:31 am
    • Corey Hart needs stitches after slicing foot
      Corey Hart needed stitches after slicing his foot while getting into a hot tub at the Pirates' spring training complex on Sunday.

      Advice: The gash will sideline him for a couple of days, but he should be fine to begin appearing in Grapefruit League games by early next week. Hart signed a one-year, $2.5 million free agent contract with the Pirates in December and could fit into a first-base platoon with Pedro Alvarez if his health cooperates. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:44 am
    • Grichuk (back) resumed workouts Monday
      Randal Grichuk (back) resumed workouts Monday.

      Advice: Grichuk took it easy this weekend due to some mild lower back soreness and might be held out of the Cardinals' first few Grapefruit League games, but the discomfort doesn't seem like a huge concern. Grichuk is due to open the 2015 season in a backup role behind starting outfielders Matt Holliday, Jon Jay, and Jason Heyward. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 5:48 am
    • Randal Grichuk (back) working out again
      Randal Grichuk (back) took swings off a tee and off soft toss on Sunday.

      Advice: He expects to go through a full workout on Monday. Grichuk rested for a couple days due to lower back soreness, but it was never considered to be a big deal. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 10:49 am
    • Jon Jay (wrist) not game-ready yet
      Jon Jay (wrist) will not play in any Grapefruit League games this week.

      Advice: Jay is coming back from offseason surgery on his left wrist and has only done hitting in a batting cage so far. He'll progress to hitting off a machine this week and is not in any danger of not being ready for Opening Day. "This is about April 5," Jay said. "That's the date that matters. I'm getting ready for April 5. I have five weeks now to be ready." Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 10:47 am
    • Saunders (knee) could return to Jays in April
      Michael Saunders underwent successful surgery Friday to remove 60 percent of the meniscus in his left knee and is expected to be sidelined for 4-6 weeks.

      Advice: Initially, the Blue Jays feared he'd be sidelined until around the All-Star break. But the tear wasn't nearly as bad as it could have been and the surgeons were able to fix it simply by trimming the meniscus. With a return set around mid-April, the Jays are no longer forced to scrounge up a suitable replacement and will roll with in-house options to cover left field until Saunders is recovered. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:09 pm
    • Victorino wants to return to switch-hitting
      Shane Victorino said Thursday that he wants return to switch-hitting this season.

      Advice: Victorino gave up hitting from the left side at the end of the 2013 season due to thumb and hamstring injuries, but he's ready to give it another try. "Yeah, absolutely," explained Victorino. "Everything feels great. It's something I've been successful at and that I would like to go back to. The body feels good, and we'll go from there. It's a good thing to have in your back pocket, being able to switch-hit. I came into camp, I spoke to them about it and I told them I would like to try it again and they were all for it." Red Sox manager John Farrell recently said that Victorino will be the starting right fielder this season as long as he's healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 2:35 pm
    • Grichuk (back) sits out workouts Thursday
      Randal Grichuk sat out of workouts Thursday in Cardinals camp due to lower back soreness.

      Advice: He expects to get back on the field Friday. Grichuk will serve as an active fourth outfielder this season in St. Louis behind starters Matt Holliday, Jon Jay, and Jason Heyward. Peter Bourjos is also in the mix. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:47 am
    • Giancarlo Stanton (face) tracks live pitches
      Giancarlo Stanton faced live pitching Thursday for the first time since last year's brutal season-ending beaning.

      Advice: Stanton suffered multiple facial fractures and dental damage when he was struck in the face last September by a Mike Fiers pitch. He will wear a protective guard on his helmet this season, though he did not sport it Thursday because he was only tracking pitches, not swinging. Stanton signed a 13-year, $325 million contract extension with the Marlins in November. He should again be a fantasy monster in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:45 am
    • Michael Saunders tears meniscus, out til ASB
      Michael Saunders tore the meniscus in his left knee Wednesday when he stepped on an underground sprinkler and will likely be out until the All-Star break.

      Advice: He'll have surgery on Friday. It's awful news for the Blue Jays, who were excited about Saunders' potential as their everyday left fielder. The 28-year-old will undergo surgery on the knee next week and his rehabilitation is expected to take close to five months. He was acquired from the Mariners on December 3 for starter J.A. Happ and agreed to a one-year, $2.875 million contract with Toronto on January 16, avoiding arbitration. Kevin Pillar may get the first look in left field. Bringing in outside help is also an option for the Jays. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 5:28 am
    • Brandon Moss (hip) takes batting practice
      Brandon Moss (hip) took batting practice on the field Wednesday for the first time this spring.

      Advice: Moss is currently rehabbing from October hip surgery. Indians manager Terry Francona said earlier this week that he's not ready to commit to him being ready for Opening Day, but the expectation is that he could be cleared for game action by mid-March. If so, he shouldn't need many at-bats to be tuned up. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:33 pm
    • Werth (shoulder) limited early in spring
      Nationals manager Matt Williams said that Jayson Werth (shoulder) will be limited early on in spring training.

      Advice: Werth underwent surgery in early January to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder. The original timeline called for 2-3 months of rehab time and he's currently a little over six weeks into the process. He's aiming to be ready for Opening Day, but it's going to be close. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:43 am
    • Ethier says he wants to start or be traded
      Andre Ethier said Tuesday that he would prefer to be traded if there isn't an everyday job for him on the Dodgers.

      Advice: The Dodgers tentatively project to have Carl Crawford in left field, Joc Pederson in center, and Yasiel Puig in right, so Ethier realizes that a change of scenery would be the best thing for him. "You're not wishing for it ever to end, but sometimes that opportunity takes you somewhere else," said Ethier. "I'm not going to do anything to sit here and force it. Hopefully it works itself out." Ethier is owed $53.5 million over the next three years with a $17.5 vesting option for 2018, so a trade is easier said than done. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:59 pm
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