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  • Murphy (hamstring) has at-bats in minors game
    Daniel Murphy (hamstring) took five at-bats in a minor league game Saturday.

    Advice: Murphy is trying to get back for the start of the regular season, but he hasn't progressed to playing the field and time is running out. That he's able to hit is a good sign that he's not far off from a return, though. Even if Murphy starts the year on the disabled list, it isn't likely to be a long stay. Rotoworld.com
    48 minutes ago
  • Jonathan Schoop knocks in three runs
    Playing for the first time in six days, Jonathan Schoop went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBI against the Yankees on Saturday.

    Advice: Schoop missed time after having his wisdom teeth removed Wednesday. He hasn't quite had a terrific spring, with his .268 average and his 10/1 K/BB ratio in 41 at-bats, but he's done enough to hold on to his starting job over Everth Cabrera. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:16 pm
  • Tolleson (hand) getting precautionary X-rays
    Steve Tolleson will have precautionary X-rays taken of his right hand after being hit by a pitch Saturday.

    Advice: "I'm not too worried about it," Tolleson told reporters Saturday. Indications are that it's not broken, but the Jays just want to be sure. More will be known about his injury status after the results of the test come back. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:11 pm
  • Gregorius (wrist) heading for X-rays on wrist
    Didi Gregorius (wrist) sprained his left wrist in Saturday's Grapefruit League contest and is heading for precautionary X-rays.

    Advice: The Yankees don't believe that the injury is serious, but are sending him for X-Ray to be sure. If he isn't available for the start of the regular season, the Yankees could slide Stephen Drew over to shortstop. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:08 pm
  • Eddie Rosario optioned to Triple-A Rochester
    Twins optioned OF Eddie Rosario to Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: The 23-year-old prospect hit .233/.227/.442 with a pair of homers and seven RBI in 43 spring at-bats. The Twins would prefer he play everyday at the Triple-A level to begin the season, but he should get an opportunity with the big league club at some point during the 2015 campaign. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:49 am
  • Brandon Phillips plates four in Friday's loss
    Brandon Phillips went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and four RBI as the Reds dropped a Cactus League decision to the Brewers on Friday.

    Advice: Phillips got the Reds on the board with a two-run double off Matt Garza in the first inning then repeated the same feat again in the fifth. The 33-year-old has been off to a slow start this spring, hitting .233 (10-for-43) with no homers and six RBI. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Brewers to announce leadoff hitter this week
    Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Friday that he will wait until after Monday's off day to announce his leadoff hitter.

    Advice: The most likely scenario is that Scooter Gennett gets the job while Carlos Gomez is moved down into a run-producing spot. The issue holding things up is whether Roenicke and company can trust Gennett enough against left-handed pitching to produce in that role. If he is indeed named the leadoff hitter, it will be a nice boost to his overall fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:35 pm
  • Rendon (knee) does lateral jogging Friday
    Anthony Rendon (knee) did light jogging on Friday with an emphasis on lateral movement.

    Advice: Rendon was testing his left knee as he's attempting to rehab from a minor MCL sprain that has shut him down since March 9. The young infielder has no issues when running straight ahead, but continues to have trouble when moving side to side. He still has his sights set on being a part of the Nationals lineup on Opening Day, and barring any setbacks that goal could be realistic. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:21 pm
  • 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
    Yesterday, 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
    Yesterday, 3:59 pm
  • Murphy (hamstring) likely headed for DL stint
    Mets manager Terry Collins indicated Friday that Daniel Murphy (hamstring) is likely to begin the season on the disabled list.

    Advice: "He's running out of time," Collins said. "... We don't have a lot of time. I'm going to talk to Dan tomorrow. We don't have a lot of time to get him ready. I got word of what he did today, and we certainly have to speed it up a little bit. So I'm getting a little concerned he's not going to have enough time." General manager Sandy Alderson expressed a similar sentiment, saying it "would be a little surprising" if Murphy made it back "sooner than roughly Opening Day." Alderson added that Murphy is likely to play in minor league games next week even if plays in games at all. That would allow the Mets to backdate his DL stint, potentially setting him up to miss as few as six games. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:40 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
    Yesterday, 2:01 pm
  • Alberto Callaspo reaches three times
    Alberto Callaspo went 2-for-2 with a walk Friday versus the Red Sox.

    Advice: It's almost certainly too late for Callaspo to salvage the starting job at second base that was practically handed to him when he signed a $3 million contract in December. Still, he'll have a spot on Atlanta's roster, and he's probably more valuable off the bench anyway. Maybe he'll eventually get a chance to start at third if Chris Johnson plays as badly as he did last year. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:26 pm
  • Mookie Betts hits second homer
    Mookie Betts went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk versus the Braves on Friday.

    Advice: Betts is hitting .487 with two homers, two triples and seven doubles in 39 at-bats. That's a .947 slugging percentage, in case you were wondering. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 1:24 pm
  • Jason Kipnis (back) returns to action
    Jason Kipnis (back) returned to Cactus League play on Thursday.

    Advice: Kipnis singled in his first at-bat and also made a diving play in the field. Most importantly, he didn't have any issues with his back. The second baseman got a late start while working his way back from finger surgery and also missed over a week with back spasms, but he fully expects to be fine for Opening Day. "Some guys need 30 at-bats, some guys need 80 at-bats," said Kipnis. "If you're going good, you want to get going faster. I'm feeling good at the plate so I'm ready to start whenever we get there. If I get 20 or 30 more at-bats, that will be great for me." Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:38 am
  • Jace Peterson in line to win Braves' 2B job
    Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes that Jace Peterson "is in line to play second base" for the Braves.

    Advice: Alberto Callaspo has played better recently, but Peterson has looked better all spring and appears poised to wrestle the second base job away from the veteran. The news potentially has notable consequence in fantasy leagues, as Peterson stole 148 bases in 389 games in the minors and has hit over .300 there over the last two seasons. He's a deep league middle infield target. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:12 am
  • Phillips stays cold with 1-for-5 vs. Indians
    Brandon Phillips went 1-for-5 in Thursday's 13-2 drubbing of the Indians in Cactus League action.

    Advice: Phillips remains cold this spring, as his performance drops his average to .205 (8-for-39). Half of his hits are doubles, but that's been the extent of his offensive performance. Phillips hit a career-low eight home runs and knocked in a career-low 51 runs over a near-full slate of plate appearances last season, so the Reds are hoping for a rebound effort from the 33-year-old. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:18 pm
  • Steve Tolleson hits three-run homer
    Steve Tolleson hit a three-run homer off Ken Giles to lead the Jays past the Phillies 4-1 on Thursday.

    Advice: With Devon Travis looking probable for the second base job, it'll probably be between Tolleson and Ryan Goins for a utility gig, with Tolleson having the advantage of being out of options. Tolleson is hitting .259/.310/.556 in 27 at-bats this spring. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:33 pm
  • Daniel Murphy (hamstring) ran Thursday
    Daniel Murphy (hamstring) ran Thursday without issue.

    Advice: He also made it through some light baseball drills on Wednesday. Murphy pulled his hamstring a week ago but seems likely to be fine for the start of the season. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:21 pm
  • Kipnis (back) could see game action Thursday
    Jason Kipnis (back) could get into a Cactus League game Thursday.

    Advice: "The plan is, if he feels good, we'll play him tomorrow," Indians manager Terry Francona said Wednesday. "But, you want to kind of reserve the right to [change your mind], if he needs a day. But, I think all signs are pointing that he was moving around pretty good." Kipnis played in a minor league game Wednesday and came out of it feeling good. He's been sidelined for over a week with back spasms but should still be good to go for Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:30 pm
  • Murphy (hamstring) doing limited activity
    Daniel Murphy (hamstring) did limited baseball activities for a second straight day Wednesday and said he's cautiously optimistic about being ready for the season.

    Advice: "Each day is getting better," said Murphy, who pulled his hamstring last Thursday. As long as he continues to make progress, being in the Opening Day lineup is realistic. The Mets are looking at Matt Reynolds and Danny Muno as alternatives for second base if he needs to start the year on the DL. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:51 am
  • Kipnis (back) playing in minors game Wed.
    Jason Kipnis (back) will play in a minor league game Wednesday.

    Advice: Kipnis has been sidelined for a little over a week with back spasms, but he'll get some at-bats on the minor league side Wednesday and play five innings on defense. The hope is that he'll be cleared to return to Grapefruit League action on Thursday. The Indians remain optimistic that he'll be ready for the start of the season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:28 am
  • Rendon (knee) in doubt for Opening Day
    Anthony Rendon underwent another MRI Tuesday which showed that the MCL in his left knee is healing, but still sprained.

    Advice: Rendon suffered a minor MCL sprain on March 9 and he's not back to 100 percent yet, as he told James Wagner of the Washington Post that he still felt something in the knee while doing rotational exercises. The Nationals haven't ruled out the possibility completely, but it's increasingly clear that Rendon will not be ready for the start of the season. Those who were considering Rendon as a late first-round or early second-round pick in mixed fantasy leagues might have to think twice. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:13 am
  • Schoop having wisdom teeth removed
    Jonathan Schoop is unavailable Wednesday because he's having wisdom teeth removed.

    Advice: The Orioles might give him a couple of days of rest, but he should be back to normal soon. The 23-year-old batted .209/.244/.354 with 16 home runs and 45 RBI across 137 games last season and should at least have a share of the starting second base job this season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:06 am
  • Jason Kipnis (back) takes 50 swings Monday
    Jason Kipnis (back) took 50 swings in the batting cages on Monday without any issues.

    Advice: Kipnis felt good a day after Monday's session and could return to action in a minor league game as early as Wednesday. The Indians and Kipnis remain optimistic on the second baseman's availability for Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:18 pm
  • Mets encouraged by Murphy's progress
    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Tuesday that they are getting encouraging signs on Daniel Murphy's hamstring.

    Advice: Murphy pulled his hamstring last Thursday and is expected to be shut down until later this week. It depends on how he progresses, but the Mets haven't ruled him out for Opening Day. Matt Reynolds and Danny Muno are options to fill in at second base if he needs extra time. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:33 am
  • Kipnis (back) not yet cleared for activities
    Jason Kipnis (back) missed a fifth straight Cactus League game Monday and has yet to be cleared for baseball activities.

    Advice: Kipnis is nursing a back issue and has been limited to indoor exercises to this point. There's been no indication to this point that the ailment could affect his availability for Opening Day, but Kipnis has been limited to just 22 plate appearances this spring due to his recovery from finger surgery and now the back issue. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:54 pm
  • Rendon (knee) might not be ready for opener
    Nationals manager Matt Williams said Monday that Anthony Rendon's left knee remains sore.

    Advice: Rendon suffered a minor MCL spain on March 9 and it still causes him discomfort when he tries to hit. Opening Day is just two weeks away and Rendon has logged only nine Grapefruit League at-bats. He could begin the season on the disabled list. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:46 am
  • Mookie Betts homers, doubles
    Mookie Betts had an inside-the-park homer and a double Sunday versus the Phillies.

    Advice: Odubel Herrera certainly could have done a better job on the ball that led to the homer, but no error was recorded on the play. It's Betts' first homer of the spring, but he's showed plenty of pop, with six doubles already. He's batting .471. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:35 pm
  • Rendon (knee) cleared for baseball activities
    Nationals manager Matt Williams said Anthony Rendon (knee) has been cleared to do baseball activities.

    Advice: "He'll start to throw. He'll start to run. He'll start to do the things he needs to do ... but with that type of nagging injury, it can stay around a while. The good thing about it is that structurally, he's fine," Williams said. Rendon suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee early in camp and he's been sidelined for much of spring. Despite the injury, the team is hopeful he'll be ready for Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:52 am
  • Peterson fighting infection on right pinkie
    Jace Peterson is fighting an infection in his right pinkie finger.

    Advice: Peterson had it stepped on a few days ago, but the second baseman said the injury isn't serious. Peterson is the heavy favorite to win the Braves' starting job at the keystone. Peterson was one of the prospects acquired in the Justin Upton trade this winter. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:25 am
  • Kipnis (back) to remain out through weekend
    Jason Kipnis will be sidelined for the remainder of the weekend due to back spasms.

    Advice: Kipnis was a late scratch from Thursday's lineup and was held out on Friday as well. The Indians aren't yet concerned that the injury will effect his availability for the start of the regular season. He will receive extra at-bats in minor league contests next week provided the issue clears up. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:38 am
  • Daniel Murphy (hamstring) shut down a week
    Daniel Murphy (hamstring) will be shut down for at least the next week.

    Advice: Murphy was given an MRI, with the Mets only saying that the second baseman suffered a pulled right hamstring. It's too soon to say whether he might require a stint on the disabled list, but it's certainly a possibility. The Mets don't plan to bring back Dilson Herrera back from minor league camp, which means Matt Reynolds and Danny Muno would be options at second base should Murphy need to go on the DL. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:55 pm
  • Daniel Murphy undergoes MRI on hamstring
    Daniel Murphy (hamstring) underwent an MRI Friday.

    Advice: The results of the exam are not yet available. Murphy was removed from Thursday's game with tightness in his right hamstring, and while he reported improvement Friday, the Mets want to make sure the ailment isn't worse than expected. An update on his status should be available later Friday or Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:58 pm
  • Rendon (knee) doing weight-bearing exercises
    Anthony Rendon (knee) has been performing weight-bearing exercises.

    Advice: It's not clear when Rendon might be ready for games again, but Nationals manager Matt Williams said Friday that he remains confident the third baseman will be ready for Opening Day. Rendon has been sidelined for nearly two weeks with a minor MCL sprain in his left knee. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:20 am
  • Daniel Murphy (hamstring) day-to-day
    Daniel Murphy reported improvement with his tight right hamstring on Friday.

    Advice: Murphy was lifted from Thursday's game with the ailment. He's considered day-to-day, but the Mets will surely play it cautiously with him so he doesn't have a setback prior to Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:07 am
  • Jason Kipnis scratched with back spasms
    Jason Kipnis was scratched from Thursday's game versus the Mariners with mid-back spasms.

    Advice: It's not clear at this point how long the ailment might sideline him. Kipnis already got a late start to the Cactus League season as he worked his way back from surgery in December to repair tendon damage in his left ring finger. The Indians should have more on his status later Thursday. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:48 pm
  • Daniel Murphy leaves game with tight hammy
    Daniel Murphy was lifted from a Grapefruit League game Thursday due to right hamstring tightness.

    Advice: Murphy singled up the middle and came around to score in the top of the first inning, but he didn't take the field in the bottom half. As long as it's not a hamstring strain, the second baseman should be fine for the beginning of the regular season. Expect updates on Murphy throughout the weekend. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:29 am
  • Red Sox exploring Betts extension internally
    According to WEEI's Rob Bradford, the Red Sox have "discussed the possibility of exploring an extension" with young center fielder Mookie Betts.

    Advice: These have only been internal talks, but Bradford hears the Red Sox may bring the idea to Betts and his agent "in the semi-near future." Betts is tearing up the Grapefruit League this spring and appears to have a wide lead over Rusney Castillo for the Opening Day center field gig. Betts, 22, batted .346/.431/.529 with 11 home runs and 33 stolen bases in 99 games last season between Double-A and Triple-A. He also put up a promising .812 OPS in his first 213 plate appearances at the major league level. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:33 am
  • Steve Tolleson hits two-run homer
    Steve Tolleson went 2-for-4 and hit a two-run homer Wednesday against the Rays.

    Advice: Tolleson would seem to be a big beneficiary of Ramon Santiago's broken collarbone, but even so, his chances of winning a utility job might hinge on Maicer Izturis being named the starter at second base. Izturis is going to be on the roster either way, but Ryan Goins and Devon Travis can both be sent down if they don't start at second base. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:48 pm
  • Jonathan Schoop hits second spring homer
    Jonathan Schoop hit a two-run homer off Ervin Santana as part of the Orioles' 3-2 win over a Twins split-squad on Wednesday.

    Advice: Schoop is hitting .207/.207/.483 with two homers and nine strikeouts in 29 at-bats. With neither Everth Cabrera nor Ryan Flaherty stepping up, he remains the clear favorite to start at second base for Baltimore. The on-base skills aren't there, but he has power and defense working in his favor. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:42 pm
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