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  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:59 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:01 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:57 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:36 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:46 am
     
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  • Culberson (back) plays in minor league game
    Charlie Culberson (back) played in a minor league game Wednesday.

    Advice: Culberson hasn't played in the Cactus League since March 8 due to a bulging disk in his back, but he got in four innings in the minors game. Culberson played defense and batted in the game. His extended absence has hurt his chances of breaking camp with the club. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:40 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:35 pm
  • Chris Taylor (wrist) fielding ground balls
    Chris Taylor (wrist) has begun fielding ground balls.

    Advice: Taylor has been sidelined since March 13 due to surgery to repair a fractured right wrist, so it's a good sign that he's already able to do some baseball activities less than two weeks later. Taylor has yet to swing a bat, a big hurdle he'll have to clear before he can start progressing toward a return. Taylor is expected to miss most of the first month of the season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:33 pm
  • Carlos Correa homers, doubles in victory
    Carlos Correa homered and doubled Wednesday as the Astros beat the Phillies 7-1.

    Advice: Correa has impressed with a .297 average and two homers in 36 at-bats this spring. If not for last June's fractured fibula, he might have been making a Kris Bryant-like push for a spot on the Astros' Opening Day roster. As is, he's probably still a full year away. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:30 pm
     
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  • Phillies reassign Chase d'Arnaud to minors
    Phillies reassigned INF Chase d'Arnaud to minor league camp.

    Advice: The 28-year-old was in Phillies camp on a minor league contract. He's organizational infield depth. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:28 pm
     
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 12:15 pm
  • Andrelton Simmons homers against Phils
    Andrelton Simmons hit his second homer Tuesday against the Phillies.

    Advice: The good news is that Simmons is killing the ball since returning from a strained oblique, batting .467 with 12 RBI in 30 at-bats. The bad is that manager Fredi Gonzalez seems to have had a change of heart about batting him second, what with Eric Young Jr. likely emerging as the leadoff man and Nick Markakis still needing to hit somewhere near the top. As a result, Simmons will find himself in the barren wasteland that is the bottom half of the Braves order. Maybe he'll drive in a tumbleweed now and again. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:10 pm
  • Ryan Flaherty goes 3-for-3, doubles
    Ryan Flaherty went 3-for-3 with a double Tuesday against the Pirates.

    Advice: With Delmon Young and a backup catcher (Caleb Joseph if Matt Wieters is healthy, Steve Clevenger otherwise) guaranteed roster spots, the Orioles are facing tough calls for two spots on the bench. The incumbents are Flaherty and David Lough, but the Orioles also have Everth Cabrera to consider for the infield, an out-of-options Jimmy Paredes and Nolan Reimold making a strong case for an outfield spot. Since Cabrera is playing some outfield, it's possible the Orioles could keep both him and Flaherty. They'd also have the option of sending down Jonathan Schoop and letting Cabrera and Flaherty battle it out for second, though that seems unlikely. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:31 pm
     
    Player Note
    Ryan Flaherty Bal - 2B,3B,SS
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    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. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:12 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:05 am
  • 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." Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:02 pm
  • Simmons says elbow feels fine
    Andrelton Simmons said after Monday's game that his left elbow feels fine.

    Advice: Simmons was hit in the elbow by a pitch Monday and was a bit scared initially after it went numb, but he iced it immediately and already feels improvement. The 25-year-old had his Grapefruit League debut delayed due to a strained oblique, but he's been swinging the bat well this spring. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:58 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:54 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. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:25 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 4:27 pm
     
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:58 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. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:51 pm
  • Flaherty (head) back in O's lineup Thursday
    Ryan Flaherty (head) is back in the Orioles' Grapefruit League lineup on Thursday.

    Advice: Flaherty was pulled from a game Tuesday after taking a pitch off his helmet. He passed multiple concussion tests. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:47 am
     
    Player Note
    Ryan Flaherty Bal - 2B,3B,SS
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:04 pm
  • Flaherty (head) says he's fine
    Ryan Flaherty (head) said Wednesday that he's fine.

    Advice: Flaherty left Tuesday's Grapefruit League game after he was hit in the helmet by a pitch, but he apparently passed concussion tests. He won't play Wednesday, but look for him to return to action in the next day or so. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:19 am
     
    Player Note
    Ryan Flaherty Bal - 2B,3B,SS
  • Culberson nursing back injury
    Charlie Culberson hasn’t played since March 8 due to a back injury.

    Advice: "We know how difficult backs can be, so I'm sure he'll have a different routine every day than he's had in the past just to stay out in front of this thing," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. It’s not clear when Culberson might be ready to return to game action. He’s not expected to make the Opening Day roster. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:58 pm
  • Andrelton Simmons goes 3-for-4
    Andrelton Simmons went 3-for-4 and knocked in three runs Tuesday against the Red Sox.

    Advice: Simmons has been awfully quick to play catchup after missing a couple of weeks with a strained oblique; he's 9-for-16 with a homer since returning to the lineup. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:46 pm
  • Ryan Flaherty (head) expected to be fine
    Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Tuesday that Ryan Flaherty (head) is fine.

    Advice: Flaherty was pulled from Tuesday's Grapefruit League game after taking a pitch off his helmet, but he has apparently passed concussion tests. The infielder won't play Wednesday in the Orioles' road game, but he should be back in action later this week. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 1:26 pm
     
    Player Note
    Ryan Flaherty Bal - 2B,3B,SS
  • Flaherty exits after HBP in helmet by pitch
    Ryan Flaherty exited Tuesday's Grapefruit League game after he was hit in the helmet by a pitch.

    Advice: Flaherty stayed on his feet and actually walked down to first base before being removed from the game. The Orioles understandably didn't want to take any chances and will likely send him for tests to be on the safe side. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:42 am
     
    Player Note
    Ryan Flaherty Bal - 2B,3B,SS
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