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  • Crisp (elbow) likely to return on Tuesday
    Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Saturday that Coco Crisp (elbow) is expected to return to game action on Tuesday.

    Advice: Barring any further setbacks, Melvin believes that the oft-injured outfielder will be ready to go on Opening Day. He always carries substantial injury risk, but hitting atop the A's lineup his combination of power and speed should provide ample fantasy value.
    Today, 9:16 am
  • Span (abdomen) throws successful long toss
    Denard Span (abdomen) threw a successful long toss session on Saturday with distances up to 150 feet.

    Advice: Span continues to progress nicely in his recovery from core muscle surgery, but still isn't quite ready for game action. He isn't expected to rejoin the Nationals lineup until the end of April.
    Today, 7:45 am
  • Shane Robinson will make Twins roster
    Twins manager Paul Molitor indicated Saturday that Shane Robinson will make the Opening Day roster.

    Advice: Robinson is expected to platoon in center field with Jordan Schafer to begin the season. The 30-year-old is a career .231/.303/.308 hitter in 402 big league at-bats, so his fantasy value is minimal outside of the deepest AL-only formats.
    Today, 7:41 am
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  • 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.
    Today, 7:38 am
  • Werth to play defense only in minors game
    Jayson Werth is scheduled to play defense only in a minor league contest on Saturday.

    Advice: Werth is still experiencing some soreness in his surgically-repaired right shoulder when he's hitting, so he'll get his work in without stepping to the plate. At this point, it seems doubtful that he'll be in the Nationals starting lineup on Opening Day, but should be ready in early April.
    Today, 7:17 am
  • Zimmerman (shoulder) likely to miss 2-3 days
    Ryan Zimmerman is expected to be sidelined for the next 2-3 days after jamming his left shoulder on a diving play in Friday's Grapefruit League contest.

    Advice: The Nationals don't believe that the injury is serious and do not have an MRI scheduled. Zimmerman remains fully confident that he will be in the team's lineup on Opening Day.
    Today, 6:16 am
  • Twins option struggling Hicks to Triple-A
    Twins optioned OF Aaron Hicks to Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: Once again, Hicks had an opportunity to seize the team's starting job in center field with a strong spring, but hit just .206/.300/.324 with a 9/5 K/BB ratio in 34 spring at-bats. It appears as though Jordan Schafer will function as the team's starting center fielder to begin the season.
    Today, 6:12 am
  • Mets reassign Alex Castellanos to minors camp
    Mets reassigned INF/OF Alex Castellanos and RHP Chase Bradford to minor league camp.

    Advice: The 28-year-old was in camp competing for a spot on the Mets bench, but struggled to the tune of .222/.263/.472 with one homer, four RBI and a 12/1 K/BB ratio in 36 at-bats. He'll function as organizational depth at Triple-A for the time being.
    Today, 6:06 am
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  • Blackmon goes 2-for-3, scores twice in loss
    Charlie Blackmon had a nice day at the plate in Friday's loss to the Padres, going 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored.

    Advice: Blackmon also drew a walk in the contest, reaching safely in three of his four plate appearances atop the order. The 28-year-old is hitting .290 (9-for-31) with a homer and three RBI. As long as he's hitting in the second slot of the Rockies lineup, he should once again provide plenty of mixed league value in 2015.
    Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • CarGo exits game with soreness in left knee
    Carlos Gonzalez was removed from Friday's Cactus League contest against the Padres with a sore left knee.

    Advice: The oft-injured outfielder walked off with the team trainer in the middle of the fourth inning. The Rockies announced that he was pulled for precautionary reasons, so at the moment it doesn't sound to be a serious concern. This shouldn't impact his availability for the start of the regular season.
    Yesterday, 8:51 pm
  • Alex Rios (thumb) feeling better on Friday
    Alex Rios said Friday that his injured thumb is feeling better, though he acknowledges it's a condition that he will have to manage throughout the season.

    Advice: Rios jammed his thumb during Thursday's Cactus League contest, the same thumb that he had issues with during the 2014 season. Historically, thumb injuries have been known to sap a player's power, so make sure to factor that into your valuation on draft day if considering calling the veteran outfielder's name.
    Yesterday, 3:49 pm
  • Aaron Hicks goes 0-for-3 in loss
    Aaron Hicks went 0-for-3 with a strikeout Friday and misplayed a ball in center field.

    Advice: Barring a very surprising reversal putting Danny Santana back in the outfield, the Twins lack a quality alternative to Hicks in center field. Still, they might opt to go to Jordan Schafer if they get frustrated enough. Hicks started off hot this spring, but he's in a 2-for-22 slump, leaving him with a .206/.300/.324 line this spring.
    Yesterday, 2:14 pm
  • Dalton Pompey goes 2-for-2, homers
    Dalton Pompey went 2-for-2 and hit his first homer Friday as the Blue Jays beat the Tigers 4-1 in a rain shortened game.

    Advice: The game was called in the bottom of the fifth. Pompey has done everything he's needed to in order to secure a starting job by batting .347 this spring and playing fine defense throughout the outfield. It'd be quite a surprise if he's not starting in center on Opening Day.
    Yesterday, 1:12 pm
  • Nolan Reimold homers, doubles
    Nolan Reimold homered and doubled in his two at-bats before Friday's Orioles-Rays game was called due to rain.

    Advice: The Orioles were up 4-3 in the fourth when the game ended. Since it's not official, stats from the game won't count. That's too bad for Reimold, who needs every hit he can muster to force the Orioles to free up a roster spot for him. They probably can't carry all three of him, Delmon Young and David Lough as bench players. Including today, Reimold is batting .353 with two homers and a 5/6 K/BB ratio in 34 at-bats.
    Yesterday, 1:01 pm
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  • Kole Calhoun (triceps) expected back Sat.
    Kole Calhoun (triceps) is expected back in the lineup Saturday.

    Advice: Calhoun is sitting Friday after having to leave Thursday's game following a hit by pitch in his right triceps. The Angels are just being careful, though, as the outfielder is fine.
    Yesterday, 10:52 am
  • Denard Span (abdomen) to take light swings
    Denard Span (abdomen) will take light swings with a fungo bat on Friday.

    Advice: Span also ran sprints on Friday and has been playing catch for over a week. The outfielder is coming along nicely from core muscle surgery but isn't close to game action and is still expected to miss the first few weeks of the season.
    Yesterday, 8:53 am
  • Nick Swisher (knees) plays in minors game
    Nick Swisher (knees) played in a minor league game Thursday.

    Advice: He was cleared after testing out his surgically-repaired knees with some sliding drills prior to the game. "He slid on the mat," said Indians manager Terry Francona. "He needed to do that. You can't let a guy get in a game without being able to slide because you never know what can happen." Swisher has made nice progress recently but will begin the season on the disabled list.
    Yesterday, 7:48 am
  • Kole Calhoun (triceps) could play Friday
    Angels manager Mike Scioscia hopes that Kole Calhoun (triceps) will be able to return to action on Friday.

    Advice: Calhoun had to exit Thursday's contest after being hit in the right triceps with a pitch, but he was diagnosed only with a bruise and will be fine. The outfielder is batting .293 during Cactus League play.
    Thursday, 7:15 pm
  • Kole Calhoun departs with bruised triceps
    Kole Calhoun has been diagnosed with a bruised right triceps.

    Advice: Calhoun suffered the injury when he was hit by a pitch during Thursday's game versus the Cubs. He initially remained in the game, suggesting his removal was merely precautionary. Until we hear otherwise, it's probably safe to assume this is just a day-to-day situation.
    Thursday, 5:19 pm
  • Kole Calhoun exits with apparent injury
    Kole Calhoun left Thursday's game against the Cubs with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Calhoun was hit by a pitch in the right shoulder and also slid hard into second base in the game. It's not clear at this point which incident caused him to leave or if it might be a bit of both. The Angels should update his status shortly.
    Thursday, 4:33 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.
    Thursday, 3:43 pm
  • Werth still experiencing soreness in shoulder
    Nationals manager Matt Williams acknowledged that Jayson Werth still experiences some soreness in his surgically-repaired right shoulder when he tries to hit.

    Advice: "You do run out of time," Williams responded when asked whether Werth will be ready for Opening Day. The veteran outfielder still hasn't been cleared for full-on live batting practice and seems highly doubtful to be active on April 6. Nate McLouth is also at risk of missing the opener due to a shoulder injury, so it could be Tyler Moore in left field for the Nats.
    Thursday, 11:45 am
  • Alex Rios out a few days with jammed thumb
    Alex Rios will get the next two or three days off after jamming his thumb.

    Advice: Rios jammed the same thumb last season, so the Royals are going to play it safe. The 34-year-old outfielder is batting .308 with three home runs and a .940 OPS in 40 plate appearances this spring in the Cactus League. He's had a rollercoaster career production-wise, but his fantasy ceiling is always pretty high.
    Thursday, 8:43 am
  • Nolan Reimold hitting well this spring
    Nolan Reimold went 2-for-2 on Wednesday and is batting .333 with a homer and six walks in 30 at-bats.

    Advice: ESPN's Jayson Stark noted yesterday that Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Reimold might be their year's Steve Pearce. Of course, it's injuries that have held Reimold back, and he's not as athletic as he once was. He still might be a nice player in a part-time role, but most likely, he'll have to go to Triple-A for the first month or two and wait for a job to open up.
    Wednesday, 2:47 pm
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  • Calhoun (hand) back in Wednesday's lineup
    Kole Calhoun (hand) is back in Wednesday's Cactus League lineup.

    Advice: Calhoun exited Monday's Cactus League game with pain in his right hand, but it turned out to just be a minor scare. The 27-year-old batted .272/.325/.450 with 17 home runs, 58 RBI, five stolen bases, and 90 runs scored across 127 games last season and should continue to hold significant fantasy value in 2015.
    Wednesday, 9:19 am
  • Werth (shoulder) plays in minor league game
    Jayson Werth (shoulder) took batting practice and played five innings in a minor league game Wednesday.

    Advice: The Nationals will likely continue to keep him on the minor league side if they need to backdate a potential stint on the disabled list. Werth is still a possibility for Opening Day, but even if he misses it, it sounds like he'll be ready in the early part of the season.
    Wednesday, 8:21 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • Calhoun (hand) won't hit Tuesday
    Kole Calhoun (hand) will not hit Tuesday.

    Advice: Calhoun exited Monday's Cactus League game with pain in his right hand, but he felt improvement a few minutes later and is expected to be fine. He should be back in the starting lineup in the next day or so.
    Tuesday, 9:46 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
  • Swisher (knee) did base-running work Sun.
    Nick Swisher (knees) told reporters Monday that his base-running workout Sunday "went great."

    Advice: Swisher ran the bases for the first time without wearing any braces. He is recovering from surgery on both of his knees and is expected to open the 2015 season on the 15-day disabled list. When he's activated, he'll DH and play some right field.
    Monday, 9:14 am
  • Rios has double, RBI, and SB in win vs. SF
    Alex Rios went 2-for-3 with an RBI single, a double, and a stolen base in Sunday's 4-2 Cactus League win over the Giants.

    Advice: Rios singled in Eric Hosmer to break a scoreless tie, then stole second base but was stranded. He also doubled in the sixth inning before he was replaced with a pinch-runner. Rios, 34, is having a terrific spring, batting .306 (11-for-36) with three doubles, three home runs, eight RBI, and two stolen bases.
    Sunday, 4:03 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.
    Sunday, 1:27 pm
  • Werth (shoulder) could take at-bats Wednesday
    Jayson Werth (shoulder) could take at-bats by Wednesday or Thursday.

    Advice: Werth has been playing defense in minor league games in recent days, and hitting is the next step in his recovery. There's still no timetable for Werth to get into Grapefruit League action. Being ready for Opening Day could be a stretch, but he shouldn't be too far behind, if at all.
    Sunday, 8:18 am
  • Swisher to serve as OF or DH upon return
    Nick Swisher (knees) will primarily play outfield or serve as the team's designated hitter when he returns.

    Advice: Swisher has been a first baseman for the majority of his time with the Indians, but the thinking is that the position would be too hard on his surgically repaired knees. The 34-year-old ran the bases Friday and will run the bases Sunday without knee braces. He's making progress, but Swisher will still likely open the year on the disabled list.
    Sunday, 7:16 am
  • Gonzalez collects two more hits in win vs LAD
    Carlos Gonzalez collected two hits in three at-bats in Saturday's 6-4 win over the Dodgers.

    Advice: Gonzalez is up to .421 (8-for-19) in Cactus League play so far. The 29-year-old had knee surgery last August, but is looking to play a full season in 2015. If he can stay off of the disabled list, he can still be an MVP-caliber player and would be almost a lock for a 20/20 season.
    Saturday, 4:22 pm
  • Blackmon hits first spring homer versus Tribe
    Charlie Blackmon homered and scored twice in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the Indians.

    Advice: The homer was Blackmon's first of the spring, also giving him his first RBI. The outfielder broke out in 2014, hitting .288/.335/.440 with 19 homers and 28 steals, but some regression is expected in his follow-up campaign. Still, the combination of power and speed in Coors Field makes him plenty mixed league worthy.
    Saturday, 4:19 pm
  • Castellanos day to day with right foot bruise
    Alex Castellanos is day-to-day with a bruised right foot.

    Advice: The outfielder left Saturday's Grapefruit League game after rolling his ankle in a collision at first base. It doesn't seem to be serious, and it likely won't cost him too much time. The non-roster invite likely won't break camp with the club regardless.
    Saturday, 1:52 pm
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  • Alex Castellanos departs with apparent injury
    Alex Castellanos was forced to leave Saturday's Grapefruit League game with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Castellanos was involved in a collision at first base as he reached into the runner's path on an errant throw from the catcher. It appeared to have been an issue with his right ankle, but the Mets should provide an update on his status shortly.
    Saturday, 12:23 pm
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  • Carlos Gonzalez plates two in loss to A's
    Carlos Gonzalez went 2-for-3 and drove home two runs as the Rockies fell to the Athletics in Cactus League action on Friday.

    Advice: Gonzalez singled and doubled in his three trips, raising his spring average to .375 while plating his first two runs of Cactus League play. He appears to be recovering nicely from August's knee surgery, though counting on a full season of health from the oft-injured outfielder is a difficult proposition.
    Saturday, 11:21 am
  • Aaron Hicks goes hitless against Pirates
    Aaron Hicks went 0-for-3 on Friday and is 1-for-11 in his last four games.

    Advice: Hicks got off to a 5-for-12 start this week, but he's cooled off over the last week. The Twins probably wish they had more competition for Hicks in center field, but there isn't really anyone to start over him, not unless they reverse course and move Danny Santana back to center.
    Friday, 12:53 pm
  • Calhoun goes 3-for-4 in a tie with Dodgers
    Kole Calhoun went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI in Thursday's 7-7 tie with the Dodgers.

    Advice: Calhoun singled in a run in the sixth inning to bring the Angels back to within 6-5 at the time. He is now hitting .357 (10-for-28) on the spring, though he's yet to register an extra-base hit. The 27-year-old was productive last season, batting .272/.325/.450 with 17 home runs and 58 RBI. He'll again get regular action in right field for the Halos.
    Thursday, 4:53 pm
  • Dalton Pompey goes 2-for-3, steals base
    Dalton Pompey went 2-for-3 with a steal and two runs scored against the Red Sox on Thursday.

    Advice: Pompey is batting .303 with a couple of steals in 33 at-bats. He remains the favorite to serve as the Blue Jays' center fielder, and his stolen base potential could make him an asset in fantasy leagues, even though he'll be hitting at the bottom of the order.
    Thursday, 2:22 pm
  • Span (abdomen) played catch on Thursday
    Denard Span (abdomen) played catch on Thursday.

    Advice: It's a step in the right direction for the rehabbing outfielder, who is expected to miss the first month of the 2015 regular season. Span underwent surgery on March 9 to repair a right core muscle injury. Michael Taylor should to be the Nationals' starting center fielder on Opening Day.
    Thursday, 8:50 am
  • Werth (shoulder) to play in minors game Fri.
    Jayson Werth (shoulder) is likely to play defense in a minor league game on Friday.

    Advice: But the Nationals aren't going to let him hit quite yet. Werth underwent surgery in January to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder and remains questionable for Opening Day. If he's not ready, Nate McLouth figures to start in left field for the Nationals. Michael Taylor is already covering Denard Span (abdomen) in center field.
    Thursday, 6:51 am
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