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    • Javier Baez remains hitless in Cactus League
      Javier Baez had a rough day at the dish in Friday's loss to the Reds, going 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

      Advice: Baez is now hitless in his first five at-bats in Cactus League play. The 22-year-old has immense talent and potential but struggled mightily in his time with the Cubs in 2014, slashing .169/.227/.324 with a 95/15 K/BB ratio in 213 at-bats. He's going to strike out plenty and is likely to hit for a poor average, but the power is legit and should lead to plenty of mixed league value. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:26 pm
    • Owings (shoulder) takes batting practice
      Chris Owings (shoulder) took batting practice for the first time of the spring on Friday without any issues.

      Advice: He's in the process of recovering from October surgery to repair the posterior labrum in his left shoulder. Owings is expected to miss the team's first 8-10 Cactus League contests but barring any setbacks should have no problem getting enough work in to be ready for Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:49 pm
    • Daniel Murphy (hand) expected to be fine
      Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that preliminary X-rays on Daniel Murphy's hand came back negative on Friday.

      Advice: The belief is that Murphy sustained merely a bruised right hand after being hit by a pitch during Friday's Grapefruit League contest. The Mets could play things safely and hold him out of action for a day or two, but he's expected to be fine. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:35 pm
    • Pedro Ciriaco goes 3-for-4, homers
      Pedro Ciriaco went 3-for-4 with a homer, a double and three RBI against the Nationals on Friday.

      Advice: Ciriaco is in the running for a spot on the Braves bench, though it won't help matters that he's not on the 40-man. The Braves are already looking at adding Eric Young Jr., at least one pitcher and maybe Kelly Johnson to a 40-man that currently stands at 39, so they might prefer to carry Jace Peterson, who is already on the roster. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:37 pm
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    • Jordany Valdespin triples, singles in win
      Jordany Valdespin went 2-for-5 with a triple and two runs scored as the Marlins' leadoff man Friday in a 5-3 win over the Red Sox.

      Advice: Valdespin probably won't have a spot on the Marlins' Opening Day roster, but his bat remains intriguing. Last year, he had a really impressive 29/36 K/BB ratio in 265 plate appearances while hitting .270/.374/.437 in Triple-A. That's a huge improvement from, say, 2011, when he came in at 110/32 in 670 plate appearances for the Mets' Triple-A club. If he gets another chance at some point, he could surprise. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:43 pm
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    • Josh Rutledge favorite for Angels' 2B job
      CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Josh Rutledge is viewed as the favorite for the Angels' second base job.

      Advice: It's not really a revelation, as Rutledge has looked like the obvious favorite since camp opened. He's competing with Johnny Giavotella, Taylor Featherston and Grant Green for the gig. Rutledge doesn't have nearly as much fantasy appeal in Anaheim as he did in Denver, but he could still carve out some usefulness in fantasy leagues as a middle infielder. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:41 pm
    • Daniel Murphy (hand) being sent for X-rays
      Daniel Murphy will undergo X-rays on his right hand.

      Advice: The Mets announced that Murphy had a bruise after he was removed from Friday's game following a hit by pitch, but apparently that was just a preliminary diagnosis. For what it's worth, Murphy noted that he's not overly concerned even though his hand was noticeably swollen. An update on his status should be available later Friday. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:22 pm
    • Daniel Murphy diagnosed with bruise
      Daniel Murphy has been diagnosed with a bruised right hand.

      Advice: Murphy had to leave Friday's game after being hit by a pitch. It's not clear whether he required X-rays, but either way it appears he dodged a bullet. Murphy could sit out a day or two while the swelling subsides. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:41 am
    • Pennington scratched for personal issue
      Cliff Pennington was scratched from Friday's lineup due to a personal issue.

      Advice: There's no word yet on how long he might be away. Nick Ahmed took Pennington's spot in the lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:21 am
    • Daniel Murphy exits after HBP on hand
      Daniel Murphy left Friday's game against the Tigers after being hit on the hand by a pitch.

      Advice: Murphy stayed in the game to run the bases after being plunked by a David Price pitch, but he was removed before taking the field defensively. The Mets should provide an update on the second baseman's status before long, but he'll likely be sent for X-rays. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:49 am
    • Omar Infante (elbow) scratched from lineup
      Omar Infante was scratched from Friday's lineup due to ongoing soreness in his right elbow.

      Advice: Infante, who has dealt with soreness in his throwing elbow since the beginning of camp, had been slated to serve as the designated hitter. The Royals are hoping he'll be ready to serve as DH on Saturday, but he's set to undergo an MRI on Friday just in case. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:31 am
    • Cano's productive day helps Mariners win
      Robinson Cano went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored Thursday versus the Padres.

      Advice: Cano singled and scored in the first inning, then doubled and scored in the third. The 32-year-old's power dropped off last year, his first in Seattle, but posted robust numbers in the average and on-base percentage departments. The Mariners are hoping to see him get back into the 20-homer club this season, the second year of his ten-year contract. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:37 pm
    • Luis Valbuena goes 2-for-2, homers
      Luis Valbuena went 2-for-2 with a wind-aided homer Thursday versus the Philies.

      Advice: The homer, which came off Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, was described by the Phillies' radio guys as looking like a routine flyball off the bat. Still, he'll take it. Valbuena appears set to serve as the Astros' third baseman against right-handed pitching, giving him value in AL-only leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:27 pm
    • Owings (shoulder) to take live BP on Friday
      Chris Owings (shoulder) is scheduled to take live batting practice Friday for the first time this spring.

      Advice: Owings has already been ruled out for the Diamondbacks' first 8-10 spring games, but he should be nearing Cactus League action by the end of next week. The young shortstop underwent surgery in October to repair the posterior labrum in his left (non-throwing) shoulder. He'll be looking to take a step forward in 2015 after batting just .261/.300/.406 in 91 games last season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:21 pm
    • Kipnis (finger) to make Cactus debut on Sat.
      Jason Kipnis (finger) is scheduled to make his 2015 Cactus League debut on Saturday.

      Advice: Kipnis needed surgery in December to repair tendon damage in his left ring finger, but he is expected to be 100 percent by the beginning of the regular season. The 27-year-old second baseman was a disappointment in 2014, but that just makes him a better value in drafts for the 2015 campaign. There's huge fantasy upside here. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:49 am
    • Josh Harrison says left ankle injury is minor
      Josh Harrison told reporters Thursday morning that his left ankle injury is "a little minor."

      Advice: Harrison was pulled from Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Blue Jays after rolling his left ankle. But he caught himself before he turned it too severely and should be back in action by early next week. The 2014 National League All-Star will open the 2015 season as the Pirates' starting third baseman. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:14 am
      Player Note
      Josh Harrison Pit - 2B,3B,OF
    • LeMahieu knocks two hits in spring opener
      D.J. LeMahieu went 2-for-2 in Wednesday's Cactus League loss to the Diamondbacks.

      Advice: LeMahieu won a Gold Glove at second base last season so his job is pretty safe, but a good spring would ease some minds after he hit .267/.315/.348 last year. The 26-year-old was a good hitter in the minors, and he holds some NL-only value if he can keep the position locked down all year. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:33 pm
    • Jace Peterson reaches three times
      Jace Peterson reached all three times he was up Wednesday, doubling and walking twice.

      Advice: Peterson, a product of the Justin Upton trade, has a chance to win a spot on the Braves as a part-time second baseman and utilityman. The Melvin Upton Jr. injury likely helps his case, since Eric Young Jr. is now being viewed as more of an outfielder than a part-time second baseman. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:01 pm
    • Wilmer Flores 'fine' after HBP on lower arm
      Mets manager Terry Collins told reporters that Wilmer Flores (wrist, hand) is "fine."

      Advice: Flores was lifted from Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Braves after taking a pitch off his lower left arm. MLB.com's Anthony DiComo says there appeared to be "nothing lingering" from the HBP. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 1:24 pm
    • Harrison leaves game with ankle discomfort
      Josh Harrison exited Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Blue Jays with left ankle discomfort.

      Advice: Harrison led off the game with a single, but was later doubled off second base and then departed. No word yet on the severity of the injury. The Pirates should provide an update on his status soon. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:35 am
      Player Note
      Josh Harrison Pit - 2B,3B,OF
    • Flores exits game after hit-by-pitch in wrist
      Wilmer Flores left Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Braves after he was hit in the wrist area by a pitch.

      Advice: The severity of the injury isn't yet known, but Mets manager Terry Collins clearly didn't want to take any chances. The Mets should pass along an update soon. Ruben Tejada and Matt Reynolds are the backup options at shortstop if Flores needs to miss significant time. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:28 am
    • Kipnis (finger) likely to play this weekend
      Indians manager Terry Francona said Tuesday that Jason Kipnis (finger) will likely make his Cactus League debut this weekend.

      Advice: The Indians are easing Kipnis into things after December surgery to repair tendon damage in his left ring finger. The 27-year-old is coming off a disappointing season in which he batted just .240/.310/.330 with six home runs and 41 RBI over 129 games, but there's serious rebound potential if he's feeling good. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:04 am
    • Chris Owings (shoulder) ahead of schedule
      Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said Saturday that Chris Owings (shoulder) is progressing ahead of schedule.

      Advice: Owings had been slated to miss the first 8-10 Cactus League games as he works his way back from surgery on his non-throwing shoulder, but it sounds like he could be ready sooner than that. "I don't have an exact (return) date," Hale said, "but he's past where I thought he was." Owings has bounce-back potential as a fantasy option if he's able to stay healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:19 am
    • Kipnis to miss 2-3 Cactus League games
      Jason Kipnis (finger) could miss the first 2-3 Cactus League games as he continues to recover from December's surgery to repair tendon damage in his left ring finger.

      Advice: The 27-year-old is progressing nicely in his recovery and should soon be hitting without any restrictions. He's looking to rebound from a tremendously disappointing 2014 campaign in which he slashed .240/.310/.330 with six homers and 41 RBI in 129 contests. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 12:33 pm
    • Omar Infante (shoulder, elbow) 'feels fine'
      Omar Infante (shoulder, elbow) said Thursday that he "feels fine."

      Advice: Infante had shoulder issues last season and has dealt with some soreness in his right elbow early on this spring, but he indicated Thursday that both are non-issues. "The shoulder is fine now," he said. "I don't really feel anything with [the elbow] either, maybe just a little bit. Not worried." Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 4:20 pm
    • Mets likely to let Daniel Murphy walk as FA
      A team source told ESPN New York's Adam Rubin that the Mets don't plan on discussing a contract extension with second baseman Daniel Murphy.

      Advice: Murphy told reporters Thursday morning that he is open to considering a long-term offer from the Mets and would even discuss the deal during the regular season if necessary, but it doesn't sound like the New York front office has any designs on keeping him. Murphy owns a cool .290/.333/.419 in six seasons with the Mets, but he turns 30 years old in April and will likely have a lofty asking price. The second baseman can become a free agent after the 2015 campaign. He's due $8 million in his final year of arbitration. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:52 am
    • Mets, Murphy have not had extension talks
      Daniel Murphy said Thursday morning that he has not engaged in extension talks with the Mets.

      Advice: Though he did say that he is open to having that discussion, even if the negotiations have to take place during the regular season. Murphy, 29, is due to become a free agent five days after the conclusion of the 2015 campaign. He hit .289/.332/.403 with nine homers and 57 RBI in 143 games last year as the Mets' starting second baseman. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 5:46 am
    • Cano dropped 13 lbs. over the offseason
      Robinson Cano told reporters Tuesday that he dropped 13 pounds over the offseason.

      Advice: Cano also assured the gathered media that the fractured pinkie toe he suffered during MLB's All-Star Series in Japan has fully healed. The 32-year-old second baseman batted .314/.382/.454 with 14 home runs and 82 RBI in 157 games last season for the Mariners. It was the first year of a 10-year, $240 million deal. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:23 pm
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