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  • Leonys Martin launches homer Thursday
    Leonys Martin belted a two-run homer in Thursday's game versus the Rockies.

    Advice: The longball came in the third inning off of Chad Betts and was Martin's second homer this spring. Recently anointed as the Rangers' leadoff hitter, Martin won't offer much from a power perspective but will give fantasy owners stolen bases and runs.
    Today, 8:41 pm
  • Hamilton decision expected before Opening Day
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Major League Baseball is expected to make a decision regarding Josh Hamilton's situation prior to Opening Day.

    Advice: Heyman notes that "a suspension of some length" is expected following Hamilton's relapse, but "it isn't known what the resolution will be." The feeling is that it could potentially range from 25 games to a full season, although the MLBPA is arguably for only a 15-game ban. Hamilton is already slated to miss the beginning of the season while recording from surgery in early February to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder.
    Today, 5:27 pm
  • Puig homers in his third consecutive game
    Yasiel Puig homered in his third consecutive game, finishing 1-for-4 on Thursday facing the White Sox.

    Advice: Puig now has five homers on the spring along with a .263 average (10-for-38) and 12 RBI. The Cuban superstar had also homered on Sunday against the Indians and Wednesday against the Padres, now giving him three in as many games. Puig looks like he's ready to begin the regular season.
    Today, 4:51 pm
  • Crisp (elbow) could return to action Saturday
    Coco Crisp (elbow) could return to game action on Saturday.

    Advice: The cortisone injection he was given Tuesday for his sore right elbow must have worked, as Crisp unexpectedly did some workouts prior to Thursday's contest and could be back in the lineup Saturday. The A's are moving Crisp to left field this season in hopes of keeping him on the field, but he'll remain a health risk no matter where he plays.
    Today, 3:43 pm
  • Rusney Castillo hits walkoff home run
    Rusney Castillo hit a walkoff homer Thursday as the Red Sox edged the Twins 5-4.

    Advice: Castillo got a hold of a slider from Twins relief prospect Jake Reed, hitting it out. He has two homers and a triple in 10 at-bats since returning from a strained oblique. Still, he's Triple-A bound unless something changes in Boston. There's no room for him on a bench that includes Allen Craig, Daniel Nava, Brock Holt and Ryan Hanigan, so it'd take a Shane Victorino injury or trade to get him a spot.
    Today, 1:53 pm
  • Denorfia out with sore hamstring
    Chris Denorfia (hamstring) could begin playing in minor league games next week.

    Advice: Denorfia hasn't played since March 17 due to a sore left hamstring. His status for the season is in question.
    Today, 1:32 pm
  • Harper sent home early with stomach bug
    Bryce Harper was sent home early from Nationals camp on Thursday due to a stomach virus.

    Advice: Harper tried some light swinging but didn't feel so great. He's expected to return to Grapefruit League action Friday and he'll be in right field for the Nats on Opening Day. Harper has a homer, a stolen base, and an .829 OPS in 12 games this spring.
    Today, 11:34 am
  • Brantley out a few days with back tightness
    Michael Brantley will be sidelined for the next couple of days due to back tightness.

    Advice: Brantley was also bothered by back discomfort earlier this spring, but Indians manager Terry Francona told reporters Thursday that there isn't much concern. Brantley, 27, batted .327/.385/.506 with 20 home runs, 97 RBI, 23 stolen bases, and 94 runs scored in 156 games last season. He ranks sixth among all MLB outfielders in our 2015 Rotoworld Draft Guide.
    Today, 10:03 am
  • Lough (back) expects to resume activity Fri.
    David Lough (back) expects to resume activities Friday.

    Advice: Lough has been shut down for the past couple of days with back spasms. "It's a lot better than when it first happened," he said Thursday. The backup outfielder should be ready for the start of the season.
    Today, 8:30 am
  • Saunders (knee) will not be ready for opener
    Blue Jays manager John Gibbons has acknowledged Michael Saunders (knee) won't be ready for Opening Day.

    Advice: It's impressive that Saunders even made it close after undergoing surgery in late February on his left knee. He should be ready to rock by the middle of April and carries fantasy sleeper potential as the primary left fielder on what should be a potent Blue Jays squad. The 28-year-old hit .273 with eight homers and a .791 OPS in 78 games last season for the Mariners.
    Today, 6:41 am
  • Ellsbury (oblique) to resume games Mar. 31
    Jacoby Ellsbury (oblique) is expected to resume playing in exhibition games around March 31.

    Advice: That would hopefully give him ample time to get properly tuned up for Opening Day. Ellsbury has been sidelined since March 15 with a right oblique strain, but he was able to take dry swings and play catch on Wednesday and he's scheduled to hit some soft toss on Thursday. The 31-year-old center fielder batted .271/.328/.419 with 16 home runs and 39 stolen bases in 2014 -- his first season with the Yankees.
    Today, 6:13 am
  • Blue Jays reassign Ezequiel Carrera to minors
    Blue Jays reassigned OF Ezequiel Carrera to minor league camp.

    Advice: Carrera only had an outside shot at an Opening Day roster spot and managed just two hits in 38 plate appearances this spring. He'll be organizational outfield depth.
    Today, 5:50 am
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  • Gomez homers, knocks in 3 runs vs. Athletics
    Carlos Gomez went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI versus the Athletics on Wednesday.

    Advice: Gomez hit a solo home run off of Sonny Gray in the first inning, knocked in a run with a ground out in the second, and singled in a third run in the third inning. Gomez, a back-to-back All-Star, has had a terrific spring, now carrying a .435 average (10-for-23) with three homers and 10 RBI. The 29-year-old figures to serve as a fantasy monster again this season.
    Yesterday, 4:28 pm
  • Puig blasts fourth spring homer in win vs. SD
    Yasiel Puig went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's Cactus League match-up with the Padres.

    Advice: Puig put the Dodgers up early with a two-run bomb off of Jason Lane in the first inning. The All-Star now has four homers on the spring along with 10 RBI and a .265 average in 34 at-bats. Puig, 24, has been extremely productive in his two seasons with the Dodgers and still has room to grow.
    Yesterday, 3:53 pm
  • Ellsbury (oblique) takes swings, plays catch
    Jacoby Ellsbury (oblique) took dry swings, ran, and played catch on Wednesday in Yankees camp.

    Advice: Ellsbury has been sidelined since March 15 with a right oblique strain, but it's thought to be mild and he should be ready for Opening Day. The dynamic center fielder batted .271/.328/.419 with 16 home runs and 39 stolen bases in his first season with the Yankees and he's capable of even better in his second.
    Yesterday, 2:56 pm
  • Juan Lagares homers, doubles against Yankees
    Juan Lagares homered, doubled and stole a base as the Mets topped the Yankees 7-2 on Wednesday.

    Advice: Lagares entered the spring as the Mets' leadoff man, and he's been tearing it up, with a .395 average, eight extra-base hits and four walks in 42 at-bats. Still, there was a report earlier that the Mets might bypass him in favor of Curtis Granderson anyway. Obviously, it shouldn't happen if Lagares keeps playing like this, but there's plenty of history to suggest that Lagares isn't this good.
    Yesterday, 2:24 pm
  • John Mayberry Jr. hits third homer
    John Mayberry Jr. went 2-for-3 and hit his third homer Wednesday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Mayberry's homer came off Masahiro Tanaka. He's batting .457 with five extra-base hits and a 5/6 K/BB ratio in 35 at-bats, not that it really matters. With Terry Collins' pronouncement that Lucas Duda would be a full-time player at first base, Mayberry won't even have a platoon role on the Mets. The numbers say he should start every time the Mets face a lefty, preferably over Duda but also over Curtis Granderson if necessary. Collins, though, will simply pick his spots.
    Yesterday, 2:20 pm
  • Coco Crisp (wrist) receives cortisone shot
    Coco Crisp is expected to be sidelined for several days after a receiving a cortisone shot in his wrist on Tuesday.

    Advice: The oft-injured outfielder has been battling a sore triceps for the past several weeks, with the wrist ailment just the latest in a serious of problems. The A's are going to take every possible precaution to ensure that he remains healthy. Expect him to return to game action at the end of the week.
    Tuesday, 5:14 pm
  • Ellsbury (oblique) is 'progressing great'
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday that Jacoby Ellsbury (oblique) is "progressing great" from his mild right oblique strain.

    Advice: Ellsbury hasn't played since March 15, but the Yankees continue to express confidence that he'll be ready for Opening Day. He was running sprints in the outfield Tuesday, which is a good sign, but it's not clear when he'll return to game action.
    Tuesday, 12:39 pm
  • Crisp scratched Tuesday with elbow soreness
    Coco Crisp was scratched from Tuesday's Cactus League lineup due to soreness in his throwing arm.

    Advice: The Athletics have been extra cautious with Crisp this spring, who deal with a sore triceps earlier this month, so they aren't going to take any chances this close to the season. Consider him day-to-day for now.
    Tuesday, 12:24 pm
  • Lough out with back spasms
    David Lough was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to back spasms.

    Advice: Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that Lough felt it after picking up a ball during tee work Tuesday morning. Consider him day-to-day.
    Tuesday, 9:52 am
  • Saunders (knee) to play in minors game
    Michael Saunders (knee) will get some at-bats in a minor league game Tuesday.

    Advice: Saunders, who had knee surgery in late February, returned to action in a minor league game last Thursday. The original expectation was that he would miss the start of the season, but he's way ahead of schedule. He makes for a nice late-round flier in mixed fantasy league drafts.
    Tuesday, 8:48 am
  • Lough scratched from Tuesday's lineup
    David Lough was scratched from Tuesday's Grapefruit League lineup.

    Advice: No word on the reason for the change. The Orioles should pass along an update soon.
    Tuesday, 7:56 am
  • Crisp hitless as Athletics fall to the Tribe
    Coco Crisp went 0-for-3 as the Athletics were stomped 10-1 by the Indians on Monday.

    Advice: Crisp has had 0-for-3 performances in back-to-back games. He's been slowed this spring by a sore triceps. The speedy outfielder is carrying a lackluster .133 average over 15 at-bats so far.
    Monday, 4:17 pm
  • Juan Lagares doubles twice, walks
    Juan Lagares reached three times from the leadoff spot Saturday, doubling twice and walking against the Tigers.

    Advice: Lagares is batting .394 with a .459 OBP in 33 at-bats. He hasn't attempted a steal yet, which is kind of surprising given that he's said he intends to do more running this year, but it's the OBP from the leadoff spot that should really matter to the Mets.
    Saturday, 2:28 pm
  • Rusney Castillo goes 2-for-3, triples
    Rusney Castillo went 2-for-3 with a triple in his first start of the spring Saturday against the Pirates.

    Advice: The triple was a wind-aided fly to right field that Jose Tabata should have caught. Still, Castillo has impressed with the bat since debuting with a homer off the bench Friday. If he keeps it up, he's going to force the Red Sox into some tough decisions. Mookie Betts has to start somewhere, and Shane Victorino is expected to be in right field. Castillo, though, might offer both more offense and defense than Victorino.
    Saturday, 1:27 pm
  • Ezequiel Carrera reaches four times
    Ezequiel Carrera, who had been 0-for-28 this spring, went 2-for-2 with a triple and two walks as the Blue Jays' center fielder on Friday.

    Advice: It's too little, too late for Carrera, but at least he's no longer 0-for-28. His chances of making the Jays are really slim with Dalton Pompey playing well and Michael Saunders now a possibility for the Opening Day roster.
    Friday, 2:24 pm
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  • David Lough slumping this spring
    David Lough went 0-for-3 on Friday and is 4-for-24 this spring.

    Advice: Lough isn't a bad use of a bench spot for a major league team, but can the Orioles' carry a left-handed-hitting reserve outfielder when their starting corner outfielders (Alejandro De Aza and Travis Snider) are left-handed hitters? It'll certainly be a tight fit, but at the same time, it'd be hard to give up Lough's defense.
    Friday, 1:53 pm
  • Rusney Castillo homers in spring debut
    In his first at-bat of the spring, Rusney Castillo hit a three-run homer off the Orioles' Steve Johnson on Friday.

    Advice: It was his only at-bat after taking over for Mookie Betts in center field today. Castillo had been out with a strained oblique. It's rather hard to see him breaking camp with the Red Sox given the missed time and the crowded outfield situation, but if he homers in every at-bat going forward, it might sway management.
    Friday, 1:51 pm
  • Bryce Harper hits first homer
    Bryce Harper hit his first homer Friday off the Astros' Jake Buchanan.

    Advice: Harper is hitting just .238 this spring, but it comes with eight walks in 21 at-bats and an .877 OPS. He's been hitting third for the Nationals with Jayson Werth out. It's unclear if he'll stay in that spot once Werth is back, but it appears to be a given that he'll hit somewhere in the middle of the order.
    Friday, 1:29 pm
  • Castillo (oblique) to make spring debut Fri.
    Rusney Castillo (oblique) will make his Grapefruit League debut on Friday.

    Advice: Castillo will come off the bench Friday before being in the lineup Saturday. He was cleared to return to Grapefruit League action after getting through minor league games on Wednesday and Thursday without incident. Castillo has missed most of the month with an oblique strain and might not have time to get in enough at-bats before Opening Day. Even if he does, Mookie Betts has become the clear leader for the center field job.
    Friday, 7:19 am
  • Rusney Castillo (oblique) nears spring debut
    Rusney Castillo (oblique) could make his Grapefruit League debut Saturday.

    Advice: Castillo has missed most of the month with an oblique strain, but he played in minor league games on Wednesday and Thursday without incident. Red Sox manager John Farrell plans to give him playing time in center field and right field once he's ready for Grapefruit League action. He'll only have a brief window to push Mookie Betts for the starting center field job.
    Thursday, 2:46 pm
  • Ellsbury (oblique) says he'll be ready
    Jacoby Ellsbury (oblique) said Thursday that he's "fully confident" that he will be ready on Opening Day.

    Advice: Ellsbury was shut down for seven days after an MRI on Wednesday revealed a mild oblique strain. These injuries are notoriously tricky, so Opening Day is no guarantee, but he still has about two and a half weeks to heal and get ready. It could be close.
    Thursday, 1:57 pm
  • Saunders (knee) takes five AB in minors game
    Michael Saunders (knee) went 1-for-5 in a minor league game Thursday in Blue Jays camp.

    Advice: Saunders told reporters after the game that he didn't feel a thing in his left knee, which needed surgery in late February. The initial timetable for his recovery was several months, but the procedure didn't have to be as invasive as originally expected and there's now talk of him being ready for Opening Day. Saunders carries fantasy sleeper potential into the 2015 season.
    Thursday, 12:01 pm
  • Ellsbury (oblique) shut down next seven days
    Jacoby Ellsbury will be shut down for the next seven days due to a mild oblique strain.

    Advice: Ellsbury suffered the injury earlier this week and underwent an MRI on Wednesday to get an exact diagnosis. It's a low-grade strain, but even those can send players to the 15-day disabled list during the regular season. He'll only be able to get a handful of additional Grapefruit League at-bats before Opening Day.
    Wednesday, 2:40 pm
  • Castillo (oblique) feels good in minors game
    Rusney Castillo (oblique) said he felt good in Wednesday's minor league game.

    Advice: Castillo has missed most of the month with an oblique strain, but he still thinks he can get enough at-bats to be ready for the start of the season and possibly push Mookie Betts for the starting center field job. However, he's also aware that his absence makes the task tougher and that he could begin the season in the minors.
    Wednesday, 12:18 pm
  • Castillo (oblique) hitless in minors game
    Rusney Castillo (oblique) went 0-for-2 in a minor league game Wednesday.

    Advice: Castillo, who has been sidelined for most of the month with an oblique strain, also played center field in his return to game action. Assuming no issues, he'll play again on the minor league side before moving over to Grapefruit League games. Castillo still has a chance to push Mookie Betts for the starting center field job, but time is running out.
    Wednesday, 11:24 am
  • Castillo (oblique) to play in minors game Wed
    Rusney Castillo (oblique) will get a couple of at-bats and play center field in a minor league game Wednesday.

    Advice: Castillo suffered a left oblique strain two weeks ago, but he's ready to get back into game action. He's expected to play on the minor league side again Thursday before moving to Grapefruit League games. Castillo is competing with Mookie Betts for the starting center field job this spring, but the lost time isn't helping his chances. Of course, there could be room for both of them if Shane Victorino is traded.
    Wednesday, 6:52 am
  • Gomez blasts three-run homer to power Brewers
    Carlos Gomez blasted a three-run homer off James Shields, powering the Brewers to a 6-4 victory over the Padres in Cactus League action on Tuesday.

    Advice: His towering shot in the second inning put the Brewers on top 4-1, a lead they wouldn't relinquish. The All-Star outfielder has been on a tear in spring play, slashing .385/.438/.923 with a pair of homers and six RBI. As a true five-category monster, Gomez shouldn't remain on the board past the middle of the first round in most fantasy drafts.
    Tuesday, 8:09 pm
  • Coco Crisp returns to action Tuesday
    Coco Crisp went 1-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base in three plate appearances in his return to the lineup Tuesday.

    Advice: Crisp missed just over a week of action with a sore triceps. "It feels like we have good games -- and I've said it before -- when Coco is on base," A’s manager Bob Melvin said. "It was good to see, too, that he had no hesitation to run." Crisp has had just six at-bats so far this spring, but he’ll be fine for Opening Day if he can avoid a setback.
    Tuesday, 8:02 pm
  • Saunders (knee) set for minors game Thursday
    Michael Saunders is (knee) scheduled to play in a minor league game on Thursday.

    Advice: He’ll be used in the designated hitter spot and will not run the bases. Saunders has made a rapid recovery from surgery to remove 60 percent of the meniscus from his left knee and has a shot to be ready for Opening Day. "He's doing well," Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said. "Every time I see him, he always knows I'm going to ask him just to make sure he doesn't take any chances and he assures me that if he's not ready with his timing, he'll take a few more days just to get the timing. I think from a health standpoint, he's going to end up being there. He hasn't had a spring training, so it'll be at-bats."
    Tuesday, 7:54 pm
  • Castillo (oblique) to play in minors games
    Rusney Castillo (oblique) will play in games on the minor league side of Red Sox camp Wednesday and Thursday.

    Advice: There was talk that Castillo might make his Grapefruit League debut on Wednesday, but the Red Sox are going to let him get his feet wet first against some lesser competition. Castillo should be cleared to play against major leaguers by the weekend. He is battling Mookie Betts for Boston's starting center field gig.
    Tuesday, 1:59 pm
  • Ellsbury day-to-day with abdominal strain
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi clarified his previous comments Tuesday and said that Jacoby Ellsbury is actually dealing with a mild lower abdominal strain.

    Advice: Girardi previously stated that Ellsbury had a mild right quad strain, but it's actually an abdominal injury. Either way, Girardi insists that it's not a big deal. Ellsbury should only miss a couple days of action.
    Tuesday, 12:58 pm
  • Ellsbury day-to-day with mild quad strain
    Jacoby Ellsbury is day-to-day with a mild right quad strain.

    Advice: Ellsbury is out of the lineup Tuesday and isn't expected to play Wednesday. However, Yankees manager Joe Girardi insists that it's minor.
    Tuesday, 12:32 pm
  • Ellsbury out of lineup Tue. and Wed.
    Jacoby Ellsbury is out of Tuesday's Grapefruit League lineup and isn't scheduled to play Wednesday.

    Advice: The Yankees haven't stated the reason for his absence from the lineup. It could be nothing, but it's certainly worth keeping an eye on.
    Tuesday, 11:32 am
  • Castillo (oblique) nearing spring debut
    Rusney Castillo (oblique) remains on track to make his Grapefruit League debut Wednesday.

    Advice: Castillo has been dealing with a left oblique strain for the past two weeks, but he'll finally be cleared for game action assuming he gets through a full workout Tuesday with no issues. He'll have to make up for lost time to beat out Mookie Betts for the starting center field job.
    Tuesday, 7:09 am
  • John Mayberry Jr. hitting .480 this spring
    John Mayberry Jr. went 2-for-4 on Monday and is 12-for-25 this spring.

    Advice: Mayberry has two homers and a 2/4 K/BB ratio in nine games. He should be the Mets' first baseman against left-handers this season, though the team hasn't yet committed to platooning Lucas Duda. Either way, he will be on the roster.
    Mar 16, 1:30 pm
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