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  • Athletics reassign three to minor league camp
    Athletics reassigned INF Andy Parino, C Luke Carlin and 1B Max Muncy to minor league camp.

    Advice: The 29-year-old Parrino hit just .196 (9-for-46) with 11 strikeouts in Cactus League play. He'll continue to function as organizational infield depth for the A's. Carlin is expected to return to big league camp on Tuesday where he'll catch for Barry Zito.
    Today, 3:55 pm
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  • Cardinals option Dean Anna to Triple-A
    Cardinals optioned INF Dean Anna to Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: The 28-year-old was expected to secure a reserve infielder job on the team's Opening Day roster, but hit a paltry .200 (4-for-20) with no homers and three RBI in Grapefruit League play. He'll function as organizational depth at Triple-A, and should be called upon at some point during the season.
    Today, 2:38 pm
  • Jung Ho Kang homers, knocks in three
    Jung Ho Kang delivered a two-run homer and an RBI single in the Pirates' 4-2 win over the Braves on Sunday.

    Advice: The homer was Kang's first since March 3, when he took Marco Estrada deep in his second at-bat of the spring. The Pirates will carry him as a backup at shortstop and second base. He'll also likely add third base to his arsenal as time goes on.
    Today, 2:34 pm
  • Brad Miller still battling stomach bug
    Brad Miller missed a third straight game Sunday with a stomach virus.

    Advice: Miller said he was feeling better, so he should be back out there in a day or so. The 25-year-old will be the Opening Day shortstop for the Mariners.
    Today, 12:28 pm
  • J.J. Hardy (shoulder) reports improvement
    J.J. Hardy reported improvement with his ailing left shoulder on Sunday.

    Advice: It's encouraging, but we won't have a clearer picture on Hardy's status until he undergoes an MRA on Monday. At this point the Orioles don't appear to be concerned that it's anything serious, but we'll just have to wait and see what the exam says.
    Today, 8:01 am
  • Didi Gregorius (wrist) feeling much better
    Didi Gregorius (wrist) said he felt much better Sunday.

    Advice: Gregorius injured his left wrist when he dove for a ball during Saturday's game. He'll rest for three days but believes he'll be fine come Opening Day. Gregorius is slated to be the Yankees' primary shortstop.
    Today, 6:10 am
  • Ahmed has two hits, stolen base vs. Royals
    Nick Ahmed went 2-for-3 with a stolen base and a run scored in Saturday's loss to the Royals.

    Advice: Ahmed also drove in a run with a sixth-inning single. The stolen base was Ahmed's third of the spring, and he's now scored nine runs in Cactus League action. With Chris Owings sidelined early, Ahmed had plenty of time to make a good impression and he has done just that. The shortstop is hitting .319 and has moved into position to be the team's Opening Day starter with just a few games left in spring.
    Yesterday, 5:14 pm
  • Barmes drives in two in win over Rangers
    Clint Barmes went 2-for-3 with two RBI in a win over the Rangers on Saturday.

    Advice: With the bases loaded in the seventh inning, Barmes smacked a two-run single to tie the game. The Padres' likely Opening Day shortstop is hitting .233 in Cactus League action, but he's in the lineup for his glove.
    Yesterday, 4:15 pm
  • Didi Gregorius (wrist) to take three days off
    Didi Gregorius (wrist) will take the next three days off.

    Advice: X-rays came back negative on the wrist, which Gregorius sprained diving for a ball, and the Yankees hope a few days of rest will go a long way. Yanks manager Joe Girardi said he hopes to get Gregorius back in the lineup on Wednesday. If that timetable holds true, the 25-year-old should be in the Yankees' lineup on Opening Day.
    Yesterday, 4:04 pm
  • Xander Bogaerts has ugly game versus Rays
    Xander Bogaerts went 0-for-3 and made a costly error at shortstop Saturday against the Rays.

    Advice: The error on a routine play kickstarted a five-run inning for the Rays. Bogaerts homered in two of his first three games of the spring, but he's 5-for-27 with no homers since. On the plus side, he still has a nice 5/6 K/BB ratio for the spring. There won't be as much pressure on him in Boston this year, as he's facing no competition at shortstop and he's being asked to hit towards the bottom of a productive lineup. He's still being counted on to step up his play, though.
    Yesterday, 1:40 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.
    Yesterday, 12:08 pm
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 9:38 am
  • Danny Santana officially named shortstop
    Twins manager Paul Molitor officially named Danny Santana as his starting shortstop on Saturday.

    Advice: It comes as no surprise, but it is now official. The 24-year-old has had a very strong spring, hitting .341/.356/.455 with two homers, though his 9/1 K/BB ratio is concerning for a player who could hit out of the leadoff slot.
    Yesterday, 7:38 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.
    Yesterday, 5:55 am
  • 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.
    Friday, 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.
    Friday, 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.
    Friday, 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.
    Friday, 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.
    Friday, 12:57 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.
    Friday, 11:52 am
  • 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.
    Friday, 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.
    Thursday, 9:18 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.
    Thursday, 5:46 am
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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.
    Wednesday, 12:15 pm
  • 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.
    Tuesday, 1:26 pm
  • Ahmed in the mix to start at SS for D'Backs's Steve Gilbert writes that "it certainly seems" Nick Ahmed could be the Diamondbacks' starter at shortstop.

    Advice: MLB Network's Peter Gammons reported earlier Monday that manager Chip Hale "has made it clear" Ahmed would start at short. Hale denied that anything has been decided but also didn't shoot down the possibility. "To name him the starter is hard to do, because we still have camp left," Hale said. "I'm not ready to do that. He's been very impressive. [Gammons] was assuming because of the way we were glowing about [Ahmed]." General manager Dave Stewart also said Monday that Chris Owings is "going to be a starter" if he's healthy. It's been presumed that his position would be shortstop, but it's possible he could play second base and Aaron Hill could move to third, bumping Yasmany Tomas to the outfield (or the minors). Ahmed's apparent rise could be bad news for Jake Lamb's chances at capturing the third base job.
    Mar 23, 4:30 pm
  • Danny Santana goes 4-for-5 in Twins' win
    Danny Santana singled four times from the leadoff spot as the Twins topped the Marlins 5-3 on Sunday.

    Advice: Santana is hitting .394. Twins manager Paul Molitor said before the game that there haven't been any thoughts of moving Santana back to the outfield, even though fallback shortstop Eduardo Escobar has been more impressive than projected center fielder Aaron Hicks. The Twins figure to keep Santana at shortstop for at least the first couple of months of the regular season before reevaluating their plans.
    Mar 22, 1:27 pm
  • 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.
    Mar 20, 12:58 pm
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