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  • Parker (elbow) hits 92 mph in simulated game
    Jarrod Parker (elbow) threw 20 pitches, hitting 92 miles per hour, in a simulated game Saturday.

    Advice: Parker and Athletics manager Bob Melvin seemed very pleased with the outing. Parker is aiming for a mid-season return from Tommy John surgery.
    16 minutes ago
  • Peavy hit hard by the Mariners in 3 1/3 IP
    Jake Peavy was hit hard by the Mariners on Saturday, yielding six runs (five earned) in 3 1/3 innings.

    Advice: The Mariners were relentless, scoring twice in the first, once in the second, and three times in the fourth. They hit two home runs off of Peavy, from Mike Zunino and Kyle Seager. Overall, Peavy gave up seven hits, walked one, and struck out one. The right-hander has had a disappointing spring, but should be counted on to deliver modest fantasy value during the regular season. Last season, between the Red Sox and Giants, he posted a 3.73 ERA with a 158/63 K/BB ratio over 202 2/3 innings.
    25 minutes ago
  • Jacob deGrom goes seven strong in win
    Jacob deGrom limited the Nationals to one run and four hits over seven innings in a win Saturday.

    Advice: Bryce Harper positively crushed a home run off deGrom, but that was the only problem with the right-hander's outing. The 2014 NL Rookie of the Year should remain a very strong starter this year, though the Mets' poor defense will take at least a minor toll on his fantasy value.
    Today, 2:10 pm
  • Curtis Granderson hits three-run homer
    Curtis Granderson hit a three-run homer off the Nationals' Stephen Strasburg on Saturday.

    Advice: Granderson was back in the two hole today after leading off last time out. That he'll be in one of those two spots to begin the season gives his fantasy value a boost; it'll cost him RBI, but the extra at-bats and runs scored outweigh that.
    Today, 2:06 pm
  • Steven Wright gives up five runs
    Steven Wright surrendered five unearned runs in 3 2/3 innings Saturday against the Rays.

    Advice: Wright had it easy for three innings, but he couldn't pitch around Xander Bogaerts' error in the fourth and he had to be taken out. Wright was credited with the win anyway, and since the runs were unearned, he's still sitting pretty with a 3-0 record and a 1.32 ERA. He'll be Boston's fifth start if Joe Kelly opens up on the DL.
    Today, 1:45 pm
  • Smyly (shoulder) to throw bullpen Sunday
    Drew Smyly (shoulder) will throw another bullpen session Sunday.

    Advice: Rays manager Kevin Cash said Smyly could also throw live batting practice during his next throwing session. Smyly will likely open the season on the disabled list, but he's progressing toward a return and should be back sometime in April.
    Today, 1:41 pm
  • Alejandro De Aza hits three-run homer
    Alejandro De Aza had a three-run homer and a sac fly as the Orioles trounced the Yankees 10-2 on Saturday.

    Advice: De Aza has hit in four straight games after opening the spring 2-for-21. He'll be the Orioles' left fielder and leadoff man against right-handed pitchers this year. How much he plays against lefties will probably hinge on his overall performance.
    Today, 1:23 pm
  • Jerome Williams gives up six runs to Twins
    Jerome Williams dropped to 0-3 this spring after giving up six runs -- four earned -- in four innings Saturday against the Twins.

    Advice: Williams has surrendered 11 runs -- eight earned -- and 19 hits over seven innings in his last two starts. You already know to stay far away from him in NL-only leagues, right?
    Today, 12:49 pm
  • Cubs option Eric Jokisch to Triple-A Iowa
    Cubs optioned RHP Eric Jokisch to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: The 25-year-old could have competed for a spot in the Opening Day bullpen, but posted a 6.00 ERA, 1.42 WHIP and 7/2 K/BB ratio in 12 spring innings. He'll provide organizational depth at Triple-A.
    Today, 10:12 am
  • J.J. Hardy undergoing MRA exam on Monday
    J.J. Hardy is scheduled to undergo an MRA exam on his injured left shoulder on Monday.

    Advice: Hardy has been receiving treatment in recent days, but the Orioles want to ensure that there is no structural damage. He's expected to be held out of action until Tuesday.
    Today, 9:38 am
  • Angels option Cam Bedrosian to Triple-A
    Angels optioned RHP Cam Bedrosian to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: The 23-year-old had a chance to secure a spot in the Opening Day bullpen, but posted a 5.06 ERA and 1.88 WHIP in 5 1/3 Cactus League innings. He should get an opportunity with the Angels at some point during the upcoming season.
    Today, 9:12 am
  • Alex Cobb (forearm) not yet cleared to throw
    Alex Cobb (forearm) has been cleared to begin playing catch on Saturday.

    Advice: Cobb indicated on Monday that he's pain-free and is anxious to get back on the field. It looks as though he may miss a start to begin the season, but should be ready to join the Rays rotation in mid-April. His price in fantasy drafts has fallen due to the injury news, so he could wind up being a terrific value in the middle rounds.
    Today, 6:02 am
  • Hardy says shoulder still sore on Saturday
    J.J. Hardy indicated Saturday that his left shoulder was more sore than it was on Friday when he was removed from a Grapefruit League contest after sustaining the injury on a dive up the middle.

    Advice: Hardy received treatment for the injury and will be held out of team workouts on Saturday. The injury is still believed to be minor and isn't expected to effect his availability for the start of the regular season.
    Today, 5:55 am
  • Lucroy smashes third homer as Brewers roll
    Jonathan Lucroy smashed his third Cactus League home run as the Brewers rolled over the Reds 8-6 on Friday.

    Advice: The Brewers jumped on Raisel Iglesias early in this one, with Scooter Gennett leading the game off with a solo homer, and Lucroy adding a two-run bomb just two hitters later. He has been on fire at the plate this spring, hitting .423 (11-for-26) with three homers and eight RBI.
    Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Andrew Susac homers as Giants top Dodgers
    Andrew Susac belted his first Cactus League home run as the Giants topped the Dodgers 8-4 on Friday.

    Advice: His solo blast off Yimi Garcia in the sixth inning increased the Giants advantage to 5-3. Susac also drew a walk in the contest, finishing 1-for-3 with a pair of runs scored. He has been scuffling at the dish this spring, hitting just .222 (4-for-18) with one homer and one RBI.
    Yesterday, 9:55 pm
  • J.J. Hardy suffers shoulder injury
    J.J. Hardy left Friday's game against the Rays with a sore left shoulder.

    Advice: Hardy banged his shoulder on the ground on a dive up the middle. He's expected to be fine, though, as he wanted to take his next at-bat before Orioles manager Buck Showalter overruled him. Consider Hardy day-to-day.
    Yesterday, 11:52 am
  • Lucroy enjoys a three-hit afternoon vs. SEA
    Jonathan Lucroy went 3-for-4 with a walk, a double, and a run scored as the Brewers ran roughshod over the Mariners 15-1 on Thursday.

    Advice: Lucroy has only racked up 23 at-bats this spring due to a hamstring injury, but he's hit well when he's been in the lineup, batting .435 with a pair of doubles, a pair of homers, and six RBI. Lucroy has been among the best at his position for several years and should once again provide tremendous fantasy value. He led the league in doubles with 51 last season while hitting .301 with 13 home runs and 69 RBI.
    Thursday, 4:33 pm
  • 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.
    Thursday, 4:18 pm
  • Collins undecided on leadoff spot
    Mets manager Terry Collins is still deciding between Curtis Granderson and Juan Lagares for the leadoff spot.

    Advice: For what it's worth, Puma hears that the team's statistical analysis says Granderson should be the leadoff man. And it's hard to disagree from a pure baseball perspective, as Lagares has yet to show the ability to get on base consistently. Still, Lagares would be a heck of a lot more interesting from a fantasy perspective if he's the leadoff man.
    Wednesday, 10:43 am
  • Cobb (forearm) could resume throwing soon
    Alex Cobb (forearm) said Wednesday that he could resume throwing in the next couple of days.

    Advice: Cobb said Monday that he's pain-free and a visit with Rays team doctor Koco Eaton went well on Wednesday, so things are looking up for him as he makes his way back from right forearm tendinitis. Still, he's set to begin the season on the disabled list and there's no clear timetable for his season debut yet.
    Wednesday, 5:32 am
  • Peavy goes five innings in start vs. Royals
    Jake Peavy yielded three runs in five innings in Monday's start against the Royals.

    Advice: The Royals scored once in the second inning and two in Peavy's final frame. Overall, he gave up seven hits and a walk, recording three strikeouts in the process. Peavy hasn't set the world on fire this spring, posting a meager 6.75 ERA in 12 innings, but the Giants know what to expect from the veteran right-hander, who posted an aggregate 3.73 ERA with a 158/63 K/BB ratio in 202 2/3 innings in Boston and San Francisco last season.
    Monday, 4:02 pm
  • Smyly (shoulder) throws another bullpen
    Rays manager Kevin Cash said that Drew Smyly (shoulder) threw a 30-pitch bullpen session on Monday and felt good.

    Advice: Smyly recently came down with shoulder tendinitis, but he threw 20 pitches in a bullpen session Saturday and is now progressing nicely. He's likely not far off from facing hitters. While he's expected to begin the season on the disabled list, he could be ready around mid-April if he can avoid setbacks. Don't let him slip too far on your draft board in fantasy leagues.
    Monday, 1:46 pm
  • Alex Cobb (forearm) says he is pain-free
    Alex Cobb (forearm) said Monday that he is pain-free.

    Advice: Cobb has a checkup Tuesday with the Rays' team doctor and is hoping to be cleared to resume throwing. The right-hander has been shut down since leaving a Grapefruit League start last Tuesday with tendinitis in his right forearm. He's likely to begin the regular season on the 15-day disabled list, but a mid-April debut seems doable.
    Monday, 6:12 am
  • Lucroy homers, plates four to lead Brewers
    Jonathan Lucroy homered and drove home four runs on Sunday, powering the Brewers in a 13-4 rout over the White Sox in Cactus League action.

    Advice: Lucroy took Jeff Samardzija deep in the fifth inning for a two-run shot then added a two-run single off Dan Jennings the following frame. He finished the afternoon 2-for-4 and is now hitting a robust .375/.412/.813 with a pair of homers and five RBI in Cactus League play. He looks fully healthy and ready for the regular season to begin.
    Sunday, 6:44 pm
  • Steven Wright goes four scoreless
    Steven Wright blanked the Phillies for four innings in a win Sunday.

    Advice: The Red Sox don't seem to think Joe Kelly will need to open the season on the DL, but Wright would almost certainly be his replacement if one is needed. The knuckleballer has allowed two earned runs in 10 innings this spring.
    Sunday, 1:38 pm
  • Jerome Williams gives up five runs
    Jerome Williams gave up five runs -- four earned -- in three innings against the Red Sox on Sunday.

    Advice: Williams had nothing to keep Red Sox hitters off balance today. He gave up hits to 10 of the 17 batters he faced, and he only made it through three because he got three double-play balls, two of which were pretty well hit. He also didn't help himself by failing to cover first base on a grounder to the right side, resulting in an infield single. Williams remains in line to be the Phillies' No. 2 starter, which is a pretty scary thought.
    Sunday, 1:37 pm
  • Parker (elbow) to face live hitters Monday
    Jarrod Parker (elbow) will throw to live hitters again Monday.

    Advice: Parker threw to hitters Friday for the first time since Tommy John surgery. On Monday, the right-hander will throw two 20-pitch innings. The A's are hoping he'll be back around midseason.
    Sunday, 10:22 am
  • Smyly (shoulder) throws successful bullpen
    Drew Smyly (shoulder) threw a successful 20-pitch bullpen session on Saturday.

    Advice: Smyly said afterwards that he felt great and believed the session was a step in the right direction. He'll repeat the exercise again on Monday and if all goes well could be cleared to face live hitters shortly afterwards.
    Saturday, 8:59 am
  • Andrew Susac (wrist) takes swings
    Andrew Susac (wrist) took some swings on Thursday.

    Advice: Susac was given a cortisone injection to combat an impingement in his right wrist. He's hoping to be back in games early next week.
    Friday, 1:49 pm
  • Jerome Williams (hamstring) to pitch Sunday
    Jerome Williams (hamstring) is slated to start on Sunday.

    Advice: Williams was scratched from a scheduled outing on Tuesday due to right hamstring soreness, but it appears he's over it. The veteran righty will begin the season in the Phillies' rotation.
    Thursday, 6:14 pm
  • Curtis Granderson hits second homer
    Curtis Granderson hit his second homer and walked Thursday versus the Astros.

    Advice: Entering spring training, we were assuming the Mets would bat David Murphy in the two hole and Granderson sixth. That still might be the best bet (they both his second with the Mets playing split-squad games today), but Granderson has been making all of his spring starts in the top third of the order and he's thrived, hitting .381 with seven walks in 23 at-bats. It really would be worth trying for the Mets; Murphy hits for a much better average than Granderson and strikes out less, but Granderson has nearly matched him in OBP anyway and he almost never never grounds into double plays.
    Thursday, 1:32 pm
  • Smyly (shoulder) to throw off mound Sat.
    Drew Smyly (shoulder) is scheduled to throw off a mound on Saturday.

    Advice: Smyly came down with some shoulder tendinitis earlier this month, but he has played catch on back-to-back days from a distance of 100 feet. Barring any setbacks, he should get back on the mound this weekend and progress from there. He'll likely begin the season on the DL, but the hope is that he could be ready for his second turn in the rotation.
    Thursday, 1:21 pm
  • Susac (wrist) could return to action Sunday
    Andrew Susac (wrist) could return to Cactus League play on Sunday.

    Advice: Susac was given a cortisone shot earlier this week after complaining of soreness in his right wrist. He is competing with Hector Sanchez this spring for the backup job behind Giants starting catcher Buster Posey.
    Thursday, 8:47 am
  • Smyly (shoulder) played catch from 100 feet
    Drew Smyly (shoulder) played catch from a distance of 100 feet Wednesday in Rays camp.

    Advice: Rays manager Kevin Cash said it went well. Smyly came down with some shoulder tendinitis earlier this month and is expected to miss his first turn in the Rays' regular-season rotation as he tries to catch back up. The 25-year-old left-hander is still an attractive mid-tier fantasy starter for the 2015 campaign.
    Thursday, 5:48 am
  • Alex Cobb (foream) to rest for 4-7 days
    Rays manager Kevin Cash said Wednesday that the plan calls for Alex Cobb (forearm) to rest for 4-7 days before being reevaluated.

    Advice: Cobb had an early exit from Tuesday's start and is dealing with right forearm tendinitis. His timetable is unclear right now, which isn't the best scenario for fantasy owners, but he's not expected to be ready for the start of the season. Chris Archer, Jake Odorizzi, and Nate Karns appear to be the only locks for the Rays' rotation at the moment, with Matt Andriese, Burch Smith, Enny Romero, Everett Teaford in the mix for the final two spots.
    Wednesday, 7:56 am
  • Cobb (forearm) to miss Opening Day start
    The Rays have confirmed that Alex Cobb has right forearm tendinitis and is expected to miss his Opening Day start.

    Advice: The Rays haven't said anything about his status beyond that, but Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reported late Tuesday that Cobb is likely to miss "the first few weeks" of the season. We should have more clarity on the situation soon, but Cobb is certainly a riskier investment in fantasy leagues right now. Chris Archer is likely to replace him as the Opening Day starter for the Rays.
    Wednesday, 5:53 am
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