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    • Lagares (elbow) due to make spring debut Wed.
      Juan Lagares (elbow) is due to make his Grapefruit League debut Wednesday against the Braves.

      Advice: Lagares had to be shut down early last season due to a sprained right elbow and the Mets reportedly have concerns that the injury might pop back up in 2015. But everything looks fine for now. The 25-year-old center fielder is a .262/.302/.368 hitter in 237 major league games. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:54 pm
    • Brantley (back) to make spring debut Thurs.
      Michael Brantley (back) is expected to make his Cactus League debut on Thursday.

      Advice: Brantley was slowed by a sore back last week, but it was never a serious concern. The 27-year-old rising star batted .327/.385/.506 with 20 home runs, 97 RBI, 23 stolen bases, and 94 runs scored in 156 games last season. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:52 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
      Today, 10:44 am
    • Jorge Soler bulked up to 242 pounds
      Jorge Soler bulked up to 242 pounds over the winter.

      Advice: And it was muscle, not fat. Soler carries breakout potential into 2015 after posting a .903 OPS in his first 24 major league games last season. The 23-year-old right fielder from Cuba is expected to be the Cubs' primary cleanup hitter. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:30 am
    • CarGo and Tulo run bases for the first time
      Carlos Gonzalez (knee) ran the bases in Rockies camp Monday for the first time this spring.

      Advice: Troy Tulowitzki did the same. Gonzalez is recovering from August surgery to repair the patellar tendon in his left knee, and Tulo is on his way back from a hip procedure. Both players are expected to be ready for the beginning of the 2015 regular season. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:25 am
    • Holliday hopes Cards exercise his '17 option
      Matt Holliday said Monday in Cardinals camp that he hopes the team exercises his $17 million option for 2017.

      Advice: "I'm not too concerned about the money," Holliday told Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. "I like it here." Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt Jr. has indicated to Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the option will likely be exercised. Holliday's seven-year, $120 million contract with the Cardinals has been a big success for both sides, but he will be 37 years old when that 2017 option is due. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:15 am
    • Ackley to be in LF platoon with Weeks
      Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon acknowledged to reporters Monday that Dustin Ackley will be in a left-field platoon this season with Rickie Weeks.

      Advice: Ackley has batted just .236/.295/.342 in his career against left-handed pitching so the M's will pair him with the right-handed-hitting Weeks, who was signed to a one-year, $2 million free agent contract last month. It's a bad situation for fantasy purposes. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:37 am
    • Michael Taylor has some neck discomfort
      Michael Taylor has complained of some minor neck discomfort.

      Advice: Taylor described it as a "twinge," but he was able to work out Sunday and should be a full participant in drills and games this week. "Anytime that happens, especially early in the spring, we make sure that we take it easy on him," manager Matt Williams said Monday. "He is full go. He is ready to play." The 23-year-old should be busy this spring in the Grapefruit League with Jayson Werth recovering from shoulder surgery. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:11 am
    • Arcia sent home early Monday with illness
      Oswaldo Arcia was sent home early from Twins camp on Monday.

      Advice: Arcia is battling a mild illness that seems to be making its way around the Twins' complex. It's not a big deal. The 23-year-old outfielder will be looking to take another big step forward in 2015 after batting .231/.300/.452 with 20 home runs in 103 games last season. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:51 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
      Today, 5:48 am
    • McLouth (shoulder) expects to be ready for OD
      Nate McLouth (shoulder) expects to be ready for the beginning of the 2015 regular season.

      Advice: And he could start in left field on Opening Day if Jayson Werth (shoulder) isn't ready. McLouth underwent surgery last August to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He's nearly up to speed with the other position players in Nats camp this spring. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:37 am
    • Phillies lose opener to University of Tampa
      In Sunday's lone spring game, Aaron Altherr went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a steal as the Phillies lost to the University of Tampa 6-2.

      Advice: The Phillies were up 2-0 following fine performances from Paul Clemens and Rule 5 pick Andrew Oliver, but Phillipe Aumont gave up a run in the sixth and Nefi Ogando and Hector Neris combined to allow five in the seventh, leading to a somewhat embarrassing loss. The good news was that Ruben Amaro's nephew, Andrew, had a single and a bases-loaded walk for the Spartans. The Phillies didn't use any probable regulars in the contest. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:08 pm
    • Alex Guerrero refuses to return to minors
      Alex Guerrero indicated in an interview with Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com that he has no intention of returning the minor leagues.

      Advice: The 28-year-old stated, "I don't want to go down. I'm not going down. I feel like I can get better here at this level and play every day." Guerrero signed a four-year, $28 million deal with the Dodgers before the 2014 season that included a clause that he can't be optioned to the minor leagues without his permission after his first season. That means the Dodgers will be forced to keep him on the roster in a reserve role, trade him elsewhere or release him. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:05 pm
    • Cespedes open to extension with Tigers
      Yoenis Cespedes said through his interpreter on Sunday that he's very comfortable with his new organization and is open to discussing a long-term extension.

      Advice: Cespedes stated, "I would like to be in a Tigers uniform for a lot of years. This is a good team now and will be for a lot of years to come." The 29-year-old outfielder, who arrived in December's deal that sent Rick Porcello to the Red Sox, is set to hit free agency after the 2015 season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:13 pm
    • 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
      Yesterday, 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
      Yesterday, 10:47 am
    • Mets will monitor Juan Lagares' elbow
      Mike Vorkunov of the Star-Ledger reports that the Mets have concerns that Juan Lagares' right elbow "will be bothersome" this season.

      Advice: Lagares was shut down with a couple weeks left in last season due to a sprain in the elbow. He didn't require surgery, but apparently a winter of rest hasn't totally alleviated concerns. The Mets will monitor Lagares' elbow closely in hopes of keeping the ailment under control. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:30 am
    • CarGo (knee) to begin running bases next week
      Carlos Gonzalez (knee) will begin running the bases next week.

      Advice: CarGo is recovering from surgery to repair the patella tendon in his left knee last August. The outfielder won't be in the lineup when Cactus League games begin on Wednesday, but he doesn't appear to be too far away from game action. Assuming things go well, Gonzalez will be in the Rockies' lineup on Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 3:31 pm
    • Juan Lagares is Mets preferred leadoff hitter
      Mets manager Terry Collins admitted Saturday that Juan Lagares is the team's preferred leadoff hitter.

      Advice: That's predicated on Lagares proving that he can handle the role this spring. The 25-year-old is a career .265/.315/.357 hitter in 185 at-bats out of the leadoff spot. Curtis Granderson has also been mentioned as a possible candidate to hit atop the Mets lineup, and may get the job if Lagares struggles during Grapefruit League play. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:40 am
    • 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
    • Brantley sits out sprints due to sore back
      Michael Brantley sat out of the Indians' sprinting competition Tuesday due to a sore back.

      Advice: It was nothing more than a precautionary measure. Brantley had a huge breakout season in 2014, batting .327/.385/.506 with 20 home runs, 97 RBI, 23 stolen bases, and 94 runs scored in 156 games. The 27-year-old outfielder should be a fantasy monster in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:16 pm
    • Cubs to monitor Soler (leg) during spring
      According to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com, the Cubs will be very careful with young outfielder Jorge Soler during spring training to avoid any leg injuries.

      Advice: They won't allow Soler to be on his feet for too long. The 22-year-old appeared in 24 games down the stretch for the Cubs in 2014, slashing an impressive .292/.330/.573 with five homers and 20 RBI. He'll serve as the Cubs primary right fielder in 2015 and is expected to hit cleanup in a much improved lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 1:17 pm
    • Nate McLouth (shoulder) not 100 percent yet
      Nate McLouth (shoulder) admitted Friday that he's not 100 percent yet but anticipates getting there in the next few weeks.

      Advice: Working his way back from last August's surgery to repair the labrum in his right shoulder, McLouth said throwing and swinging a bat "feels normal." but he still needs to work on building up strength. Barring a setback, he'll be fine for Opening Day. "The thing I still have to work up to is the endurance, the volume," he said. "I’ve been swinging fine, throwing fine. But when you get down here and start getting into the season, the volume just increases, the intensity. I think that’s something I’ll ease my way back into hopefully in the next couple weeks. But I’m real happy with the way that it feels." Rotoworld.com
      Feb 20, 2:27 pm
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