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    • Arruebarrena has two hits in Dodgers victory
      Erisbel Arruebarrena had a nice day at the dish in a split-squad victory over the Mariners on Friday, going 2-for-3 with an RBI.

      Advice: The 24-year-old appeared in just 22 games with the Dodgers in 2014, hitting an anemic .195/.244/.220 with four RBI and a 17/3 K/BB ratio. He'll need a strong showing this spring to earn a spot as a reserve infielder on the Opening Day roster. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:27 pm
    • Chris Taylor homers, plates three in loss
      Chris Taylor had a monster day at the plate in a losing effort against the Dodgers on Friday, going 2-for-2 with a homer, triple and three RBI.

      Advice: Taylor tripled against Dustin McGowan and scored in the third inning, then belted a two-run homer off J.P. Howell in the fifth. The 24-year-old is in an open competition with Brad Miller for the team's starting job at shortstop and he threw the first punch with his effort on Friday. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:23 pm
    • Erick Aybar triples, scores in Angels victory
      Erick Aybar went 1-for-2 with a triple and a run scored as the Angels topped the Rockies 3-0 in Cactus League play on Friday.

      Advice: The speedy shortstop lined a one-out triple off Christian Bergman in the fourth inning then scored on an RBI single off the bat of Collin Cowgill. The 31-year-old is fresh off a strong 2014 campaign where he slashed .278/.321/.379 with seven homers, 68 RBI and 16 swipes for the Halos. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 3:02 pm
    • Josh Rutledge favorite for Angels' 2B job
      CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Josh Rutledge is viewed as the favorite for the Angels' second base job.

      Advice: It's not really a revelation, as Rutledge has looked like the obvious favorite since camp opened. He's competing with Johnny Giavotella, Taylor Featherston and Grant Green for the gig. Rutledge doesn't have nearly as much fantasy appeal in Anaheim as he did in Denver, but he could still carve out some usefulness in fantasy leagues as a middle infielder. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:41 pm
    • Jose Iglesias leaves with bruised shin
      Jose Iglesias left Friday's game against the Mets with a right shin contusion.

      Advice: It sounds bad given that he missed last season with stress fractures in both shins, but it appears this is unrelated. Iglesias was injured when hit the base awkwardly on a stolen base attempt. "I slid too late and hit it in the wrong spot, but I'll be fine," he said. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:37 am
    • Pennington scratched for personal issue
      Cliff Pennington was scratched from Friday's lineup due to a personal issue.

      Advice: There's no word yet on how long he might be away. Nick Ahmed took Pennington's spot in the lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:21 am
    • Yunel Escobar to have back examined
      Yunel Escobar will have his back examined by a doctor Friday.

      Advice: Escobar was scratched from Thursday's game due to what the Nationals said at the time was "general soreness," but it appears the ailment is focused on the infielder's back. Manager Matt Williams isn't too concerned, but we'll obviously know more about Escobar's status after the exam. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:15 am
    • Seager walks twice, scores two runs vs. CHW
      Corey Seager walked twice and scored two runs in three at-bats Thursday against the White Sox.

      Advice: The Dodgers' shortstop prospect will start the season at Triple-A but could make the major leagues during the season. Seager posted excellent numbers between Single-A and Double-A last year, hitting a combined 1.004 OPS with 20 home runs and 97 RBI. Jimmy Rollins currently owns the shortstop position for the Dodgers. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:55 pm
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    • Escobar scratched with general soreness
      Yunel Escobar was scratched from Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets due to general soreness.

      Advice: The soreness is apparently due to the extra work he has been putting in with his transition to second base. He should be ready to go in a day or so. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:11 pm
    • Owings (shoulder) to take live BP on Friday
      Chris Owings (shoulder) is scheduled to take live batting practice Friday for the first time this spring.

      Advice: Owings has already been ruled out for the Diamondbacks' first 8-10 spring games, but he should be nearing Cactus League action by the end of next week. The young shortstop underwent surgery in October to repair the posterior labrum in his left (non-throwing) shoulder. He'll be looking to take a step forward in 2015 after batting just .261/.300/.406 in 91 games last season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:21 pm
    • Sano (elbow) singles, steals base vs. UM
      Miguel Sano (elbow) registered a single, a walk, and a stolen base in the Twins' exhibition win over the University of Minnesota on Wednesday night.

      Advice: Sano was forced to miss the entire 2014 season due to Tommy John surgery, but he's been a restriction-free participant in Twins camp this spring and put on a show Wednesday night with fellow top prospect Byron Buxton, who smacked two doubles against the Golden Gophers. "This is the team for the future in Minnesota," Sano told reporters after the 3-1 victory. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:47 am
    • Ramirez knocks in a trio as White Sox win
      Alexei Ramirez notched two hits in three at-bats and knocked in a trio of runs in Wednesday's Cactus League opener.

      Advice: Ramirez bursts out of the gate with a nice showing. He singled in a run in the second inning, then doubled in a pair in the fifth. The shortstop had his best offensive showing in years last season, finishing with 15 home runs, 74 RBI, and 21 stolen bases. Ramirez's combination of power and speed arguably make him a top-five fantasy shortstop. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:59 pm
    • Iglesias (shins) ran 'full bore' on Wednesday
      Jose Iglesias told reporters that he "ran full bore" for the first time in Wednesday's game.

      Advice: Iglesias played three innings in Wednesday's Grapefruit League tilt against the Orioles. He grounded out in both of his at-bats, but the throw only got him by about a half-a-step each time. "Three weeks from now, I will beat those," the shortstop said. He missed the entire 2014 season because of dual stress fractures in his shins. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:01 pm
    • J.J. Hardy reaches three times
      J.J. Hardy went 2-for-2 with a walk as the Orioles' No. 2 hitter Wednesday versus the Tigers.

      Advice: We won't read too much into it, but it's a little curious that Hardy hit second and Manny Machado occupied the seventh spot today. It's typically been Machado hitting second while healthy the last couple of years. Hardy, while moderately productive for a shortstop, has finished with OBPs of .282, .306 and .309 the last three years. Probably best just not to read much into it. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 1:29 pm
    • Wilmer Flores 'fine' after HBP on lower arm
      Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters that Wilmer Flores (wrist, hand) is "fine."

      Advice: Flores was lifted from Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Braves after taking a pitch off his lower left arm. MLB.com's Anthony DiComo says there appeared to be "nothing lingering" from the HBP. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 1:24 pm
    • Flores exits game after hit-by-pitch in wrist
      Wilmer Flores left Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Braves after he was hit in the wrist area by a pitch.

      Advice: The severity of the injury isn't yet known, but Mets manager Terry Collins clearly didn't want to take any chances. The Mets should pass along an update soon. Ruben Tejada and Matt Reynolds are the backup options at shortstop if Flores needs to miss significant time. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:28 am
    • Andrus (knee) not in first four spring games
      Elvis Andrus (knee) won't play in the Rangers' first four Cactus League games.

      Advice: The Rangers don't consider Andrus' knee issue to be serious, but they are taking extra precaution. The 26-year-old is coming off a disappointing season in which he batted just .263 with two homers and a .647 OPS while going 27-for-42 in stolen base attempts. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:42 am
    • Crawford dealing with shoulder soreness
      Brandon Crawford is currently battling shoulder soreness.

      Advice: Crawford also dealt with it last year and it's not believed to be serious. He's still healthy enough to DH, like he'll do on Wednesday, but the Giants don't plan to have him play in the field until next week. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:51 am
    • Drury playing second base Wednesday
      Brandon Drury will start at second base in Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Rockies.

      Advice: It's an interesting note, as Drury has mostly played third base in the minors. The 22-year-old batted .299/.362/.510 with 23 home runs and 95 RBI across 136 games between High-A and Double-A last season and is considered one of the Diamondbacks' top position prospects. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:12 am
    • Jung-Ho Kang homers in debut
      Jung-Ho Kang homered off the Blue Jays' Marco Estrada in his second at-bat of the spring Tuesday.

      Advice: The right-handed-hitting Kang took the ball out to right-center, showing some of the power than allowed him to hit 40 homers in Korea last year. He also grounded out and walked in the contest. The plan appears to be for him to open the season as a utilityman, but if he shows a potent bat all spring, it will be difficult to keep him out of the lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:53 pm
    • Ryan Goins goes 2-for-3 against Pirates
      Ryan Goins singled twice Tuesday before striking out bunting in the ninth of Tuesday's loss to the Pirates.

      Advice: Goins was sent up to sacrifice with two men on in the ninth, but he showed poor technique and failed three times to get the bunt down, erasing any good feelings left over from his two knocks earlier in the contest. Goins is battling Maicer Izturis and Devon Travis for the second base job in Toronto, with Ramon Santiago and Steve Tolleson on the fringes of the race. Goins offers the best glove of the group, but he's mostly gotten the bat knocked out of his hands during previous major league stints. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:51 pm
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    • Simmons (oblique) is 'taking it slow'
      Andrelton Simmons (oblique) said he's "taking it slow" with swinging a bat.

      Advice: Simmons was diagnosed with an oblique strain last week, but has already resumed some baseball activities. However, the Braves don't want to push it this early in spring training, as a setback could cost him multiple weeks. He's unlikely to play in the early Grapefruit League games. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:23 am
    • Jimmy Rollins will be Dodgers' leadoff man
      Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday that Jimmy Rollins will serve as the team's leadoff man.

      Advice: Mattingly indicated last week that he wasn't completely committed to Rollins in the leadoff spot, but he said Tuesday that they "don't truly have anyone else who fits in that role." He's not wrong, but Rollins isn't the ideal leadoff hitter either, as he owns a .319 on-base percentage over the last three seasons. Still, it certainly enhances his fantasy value for 2015 if he sticks there. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:11 am
    • Andrus won't play in Cactus League opener
      Elvis Andrus (knee) will not play in Wednesday's Cactus League opener against the Royals.

      Advice: Andrus doesn't believe his knee issue to be serious, so he should get into the Rangers' lineup soon. The shortstop has put up mediocre numbers in each of the last two seasons, sporting a sub-.660 OPS. After stealing 42 bases in 2013, he stole only 27 bags last season while leading the league, having been caught stealing 15 times. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:10 am
    • Iglesias to play three innings on Wednesday
      Brad Ausmus plans to let Jose Iglesias play three innings in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles.

      Advice: Iglesias played one inning when the Tigers matched up against Florida Southern on Monday, so his workload is ramping up gradually. The talented shortstop is recovering from two stress fractures in each of his shins, and the Tigers are hopeful he'll be ready by Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:33 am
    • Yunel Escobar (fever) returns to practice
      Yunel Escobar (fever) missed on-field workouts Monday morning but will be back out on the field Tuesday.

      Advice: The Nationals don't start exhibition play until Thursday against the Mets, so Escobar should be firing on all cylinders then. Escobar, 32, is shifting from shortstop to second base this season. The veteran has limited fantasy value, having consistently hit in the mid-.250's with fewer than 10 home runs in each of the last three seasons. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:16 am
    • Franklin eyeing Rays' starting shortstop job
      Nick Franklin believes he will become the Rays' starting shortstop, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times writes.

      Advice: The Rays can go one of several ways with their middle infield. One would involve using Asdrubal Cabrera at second base and Franklin at short, and another could reverse the positions. The Rays could also give some of Franklin's playing time to Tim Beckham (at shortstop) and/or Logan Forsythe (at second base). Franklin joined the club at the trade deadline last season in the three-way David Price trade. He has a career .647 OPS with 13 home runs and 51 RBI in 412 plate appearances. Those in deep mixed leagues and AL-only leagues will want to monitor how this situation plays out over the course of the spring. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:38 am
    • Iglesias (shins) plays one inning in field
      Jose Iglesias (shins) played one inning in the field Monday in the Tigers' exhibition game against Florida Southern.

      Advice: Iglesias, who missed the entire 2014 season with stress fractures in both of his shins recorded one put-out on a pop-up and grounded out in his lone at-bat. It wasn't much, but he was thrilled. "I was really excited to get back on the field," said Iglesias. "Really happy." He's not feeling any soreness so far, but the Tigers plan to take it easy with him early in the spring. He's slated to return to the lineup Wednesday against the Orioles. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 2:56 pm
    • Simmons (oblique) a week from spring debut
      Andrelton Simmons (oblique) probably won't make his Grapefruit League debut for another week.

      Advice: Simmons is thought to be over his oblique strain, but the Braves are going to play it extra safe here in early March. He should be 100 percent for the start of the 2014 season and will try to rebound offensively after batting just .244/.286/.331 with seven home runs in 146 games last year. Simmons is only 25 years old. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:23 am
    • Tulowitzki (hip) begins base-running work
      Troy Tulowitzki (hip) began base-running work Monday.

      Advice: He is easing into action this spring after undergoing season-ending hip surgery last August. Tulowitzki should be ready for Opening Day and remains a first-round fantasy guy because of his immense level of production when healthy. He hit .340/.432/.603 with 21 home runs and 52 RBI in 91 games last season. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:28 am
    • Andrus left workout Sunday with sore knee
      Elvis Andrus left the Rangers' team workout Sunday with minor soreness in his left knee.

      Advice: Andrus paid a visit to Dr. Keith Meister, who told Rangers general manager Jon Daniels that it's not a significant injury. The 26-year-old shortstop may take it easy for a couple of days, but he should get into Cactus League games soon enough. He's trying to get his career back on track after batting just .263/.314/.333 in 2014. Andrus was also caught stealing on 15 of his 42 stolen base attempts last year. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:02 am
    • 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
      Sunday, 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
      Saturday, 3:29 pm
    • 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
      Saturday, 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
      Saturday, 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
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