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  • Cubs option Javier Baez to Triple-A Iowa
    Cubs optioned INF Javier Baez to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Baez batted just .173/.218/.231 with 20 strikeouts in 16 games this spring in the Cactus League, looking like the very same hitter who hit .169/.227/.324 with 95 strikeouts in 52 games last season as a rookie. Tommy La Stella will serve as the Cubs' primary second baseman until the powerful but inconsistent Baez improves his plate discipline.
    27 minutes ago
  • Indians option Tyler Holt to Triple-A level
    Indians optioned OF Tyler Holt to Triple-A Columbus.

    Advice: Holt was 11-for-42 (.262) with two extra-base hits in 18 games this spring in the Cactus League. He'll function as organizational outfield depth for the Tribe.
    56 minutes ago
  • Span (abdomen) likely to return in early May
    Denard Span (abdomen) said Sunday that he isn't sure when he'll be cleared to play in rehab games.

    Advice: Span is making steady progress from his second core muscle surgery -- he ran sprints and took swings with a fungo bat this past weekend in Florida -- but the Nationals have not yet mapped out a rehab assignment for him. Span probably won't be activated from the disabled list until sometime in early-to-mid May. Michael Taylor is expected to be Washington's primary center fielder in April.
    Today, 9:17 am
  • O's reassign Arencibia to minor league camp
    Orioles reassigned C J.P. Arencibia to minor league camp.

    Advice: Arencibia is currently fighting through a flexor mass strain in his right arm. He wasn't expected to make the Orioles' Opening Day roster anyway and will presumably begin the 2015 season at Triple-A Norfolk.
    Today, 8:49 am
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  • Devin Mesoraco (hamstring) expects to be fine
    Devin Mesoraco said Monday morning that he is not concerned about his hamstring.

    Advice: "I think it's going to fine," the young catcher told reporters in Reds camp. Mesoraco was removed from Sunday's Cactus League game after pulling up lame while running the bases and he is not in the lineup Monday. But the Reds believe it was just a cramp and Mesoraco said he would be playing if it were the regular season.
    Today, 8:23 am
  • Juan Uribe (illness) back in lineup Monday
    Juan Uribe (illness) is in the Dodgers' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Uribe was held out of action Sunday due to an upper respiratory issue. It was not a major concern.
    Today, 8:13 am
  • Mesoraco (quad) not in Reds' lineup Monday
    Devin Mesoraco (quad) is not in the Reds' Cactus League lineup on Monday afternoon.

    Advice: Mesoraco was lifted from Sunday's game after pulling up lame while rounding third base on a double by teammate Brennan Boesch. The injury was initially called a cramp, but Mesoraco's absence Monday suggests it might be more serious. Or maybe the Reds are just being careful.
    Today, 8:08 am
  • Seth Smith (ankle) in Cactus lineup Monday
    Seth Smith (ankle) is in the Mariners' starting lineup for Monday's Cactus League game.

    Advice: Smith was scratched from Sunday's game with a sore ankle. It's obviously not a serious injury.
    Today, 7:34 am
  • Brad Miller (stomach) back in lineup Monday
    Brad Miller (illness) is back in the Mariners' Cactus League lineup on Monday.

    Advice: Miller missed three games with a stomach virus. He'll be at shortstop for the M's on Opening Day.
    Today, 7:33 am
  • Josmil Pinto (concussion) cleared for games
    Josmil Pinto (concussion) has been cleared for games.

    Advice: Pinto was shut down for over a week with a concussion. He passed his ImPACT test on Monday morning and is expected to play in a minor league game Monday afternoon. The 25-year-old should be fine for Opening Day.
    Today, 7:22 am
  • Red Sox place C Vazquez on the 60-day DL
    Red Sox placed C Christian Vazquez on the 60-day disabled list with a right elbow injury.

    Advice: This feels like confirmation that Vazquez is going to need season-ending Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. Boston acquired catcher Sandy Leon from the Nationals on Monday morning to back up Ryan Hanigan. And top prospect Blake Swihart may be put on the fast track.
    Today, 7:06 am
  • Jaff Decker says calf is feeling 'better'
    Jaff Decker told reporters Monday morning that his left calf is "feeling a lot better."

    Advice: Decker tweaked the calf Sunday in a Grapefruit League game when his cleats got caught while he was leaving the batter's box. He had to be helped off the field, but this doesn't sound like a major injury.
    Today, 6:43 am
  • Arencibia gets cortisone for right arm
    J.P. Arencibia was given a cortisone injection Monday for his injured right arm.

    Advice: Arencibia has been diagnosed with a flexor mass strain and will remain shut down for the next several days. He is not going to be on the Orioles' active roster when the regular season opens next week.
    Today, 6:15 am
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  • Asche back in Phillies' lineup on Monday
    Cody Asche is back in the Phillies' lineup Monday.

    Advice: Asche sat out a few games with tightness in his back. He will start at third base on Opening Day.
    Today, 5:53 am
  • Marlins release veteran OF Reed Johnson
    Marlins released OF Reed Johnson.

    Advice: Johnson batted just .205/.225/.231 in 40 plate appearances this spring in the Grapefruit League. The 38-year-old was in Marlins camp on a minor league deal and never had a great shot at making the roster.
    Today, 5:45 am
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  • Tigers send Tyler Collins to Triple-A
    Tigers optioned OF Tyler Collins to Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: Andrew Romine and Hernan Perez won the final two bench spots. Collins should get a look at some point.
    Today, 5:41 am
  • Tigers option Bryan Holaday to AAA Toledo
    Tigers optioned C Bryan Holaday to Triple-A Toledo.

    Advice: James McCann will open the 2015 regular season as the backup to starting catcher Alex Avila.
    Today, 5:39 am
  • Juan Uribe sidelined with respiratory ailment
    Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Sunday that Juan Uribe was held out of action on Sunday with an upper respiratory ailment.

    Advice: Mattingly expects Uribe to be back in the lineup on Monday and doesn't expect the issue to be recurring. The 36-year-old will begin the year as the Dodgers starting third baseman, but with Alex Guerrero and Hector Olivera breathing down his neck, it's unclear how long they'll keep him at the hot corner if he comes out of the gates slowly.
    Yesterday, 5:57 pm
  • J.P. Arencibia scratched again on Sunday
    J.P. Arencibia was scratched from Sunday's game due to a flexor mass strain.

    Advice: The injury has kept the veteran backstop out of action since Thursday. At this point, it's very unlikely that he'll be ready for the start of the season, and probably wasn't going to crack the Orioles' Opening Day roster even if he had been completely healthy.
    Yesterday, 1:17 pm
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  • Mesoraco leaves game with cramp in quad
    Devin Mesoraco left Sunday's game against the Angels with a cramp in his left quad.

    Advice: Mesoraco pulled up while rounding third base on a double by teammate Brennan Boesch. It doesn't sound like the injury is serious, but should sideline the young backstop for a couple of days. If it's indeed just a cramp, it's possible he'll be OK for Opening Day.
    Yesterday, 1:15 pm
  • Devin Mesoraco exits with apparent leg injury
    Devin Mesoraco left Sunday's game against the Angels with an apparent injury.

    Advice: Mesoraco pulled up when rounding third base on a Brennan Bosch double, suggesting he tweaked something in his lower half. The Reds should provide an update on his status shortly. Obviously, with Opening Day a week away it's not the best timing for the injury.
    Yesterday, 12:55 pm
  • Vazquez could require Tommy John surgery
    CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Christian Vazquez could require Tommy John surgery after an MRI revealed damage to his right ulnar collateral ligament.

    Advice: The Red Sox haven't commented on the situation, but the fact that Vazquez is being sent to Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday for a second opinion isn't a good sign. Heyman has confirmed everyone's worst fear, as Vazquez would be knocked out for the season if an operation is required. Ryan Hanigan is perfectly capable of holding down the fort, but the Red Sox are reportedly considering keeping top prospect Blake Swihart on the roster.
    Yesterday, 12:44 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.
    Yesterday, 12:28 pm
  • Seth Smith scratched with ankle injury
    Seth Smith was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to a sore ankle.

    Advice: "He rolled his ankle a little bit yesterday," Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. "It's a little swollen. It's just precautionary. We're not going to let him play today. Seventh game of the World Series, he'd be in there." Expect Smith back out there in a day or two.
    Yesterday, 12:27 pm
  • Jaff Decker dealing with injured calf
    Jaff Decker had to depart Sunday's game against the Braves with left calf discomfort.

    Advice: Decker had to be helped off the field, suggesting that it might not be a minor tweak. The injury probably means that the outfielder will begin the season on the disabled list.
    Yesterday, 12:09 pm
  • Jaff Decker suffers left leg injury
    Jaff Decker exited Sunday's game versus the Braves with an apparent left leg injury.

    Advice: Decker injured himself while leaving the batter's box and had to be helped off the field. The 25-year-old has played well this spring as he tries to win a backup job, but the injury could obviously affect his chances.
    Yesterday, 11:34 am
  • Pinto (concussion) could play in game Mon.
    The Twins hope Josmil Pinto (concussion) will be cleared to play in a minor league game Monday.

    Advice: Pinto claims that he is no longer experiencing post-concussion symptoms, but he failed part of his concussion test on Friday. The results of a second test should be available Sunday, at which point he could be cleared for game action. The Twins hope Pinto will be ready for Opening Day, but if he's not they could potentially backdate a DL stint and he'd miss minimal time.
    Yesterday, 8:31 am
  • Vazquez (elbow) to be examined by Andrews
    Christian Vazquez (elbow) will receive a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday.

    Advice: Vazquez said said Saturday that the first MRI "found something" in his right elbow. The Red Sox have offered no details, which probably isn't a good sign. We should find out after Wednesday's exam how serious the ailment is.
    Yesterday, 7:07 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.
    Saturday, 7:45 am
  • Josmil Pinto failed concussion test on Friday
    Josmil Pinto failed part of his concussion test on Friday and is scheduled to retake it again on Sunday.

    Advice: Pinto claims that he is no longer experiencing post-concussion symptoms, but the team isn't quite ready to clear him just yet. As long as he's cleared on Sunday, he should be ready in time for the start of the regular season.
    Saturday, 7:21 am
  • Vazquez's MRI shows 'something' in elbow
    Christian Vazquez (elbow) said Saturday that his MRI "found something" but the team will get a second opinion before making a formal diagnosis.

    Advice: That certainly doesn't sound promising for his chances of suiting up on Opening Day. Vazquez has been battling a sore right elbow for the past week or so which prompted the exam. If he is unavailable for the start of the season, Ryan Hanigan could function as the team's primary catcher.
    Saturday, 5:59 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.
    Friday, 8:53 am
  • Christian Vazquez (elbow) to undergo MRI
    Christian Vazquez (elbow) will undergo an MRI Friday.

    Advice: Vazquez has been dealing with a sore right elbow for over a week and has been unable to get over the hump. He'll catch in a minor league game Friday but won't be allowed to throw to bases. At this point there's been no worry that Opening Day will be affected, but we'll have to wait and see what the MRI says.
    Friday, 6:33 am
  • Pinto (concussion) cleared for activities
    Josmil Pinto (concussion) has been cleared to resume all baseball activities.

    Advice: It's not clear when he'll play in a Grapefruit League game again, but Pinto is apparently no longer experiencing concussion-related symptoms. He's been on the shelf for a week of action. Pinto is expected to open the season as the Twins' primary backup behind Kurt Suzuki.
    Friday, 5:46 am
  • Mesoraco homers as Reds drub the Indians
    Devin Mesoraco went 2-for-5 with a solo home run Thursday facing the Indians.

    Advice: Mesoraco hit a second-inning solo home run off of Danny Salazar, his second long ball of the spring. The catcher has been playing once every three days over the last week and a half, as he's been slowed a bit this spring since taking a foul ball off of his mask. Mesoraco should still be ready to go when the regular season begins.
    Thursday, 4:13 pm
  • Vazquez (elbow) restricted in throwing
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said Thursday that Christian Vazquez (elbow) is still "restricted" in his throwing.

    Advice: Vazquez threw to bases Thursday, but not at full-intensity and Farrell said that he's not game-ready at this point. Still, the 24-year-old backstop is confident that he'll be ready for Opening Day.
    Thursday, 1:10 pm
  • Vazquez (elbow) expects to be ready for OD
    Christian Vazquez (elbow) expressed confidence Thursday that he will be ready for the season-opener.

    Advice: Vazquez has appeared in just one game since March 13 due to elbow soreness, but he threw to bases Thursday in Red Sox camp and felt good. Boston's young starting catcher will play in a minor league game Friday.
    Thursday, 12:15 pm
  • Arencibia scratched with strained flexor mass
    J.P. Arencibia was scratched from a minor league game Thursday with a strained flexor mass.

    Advice: That's typically a serious injury, but the Orioles aren't putting out many details. Arencibia is in O's camp this spring on a non-guaranteed minor league contract. He presumably will not be on the Opening Day roster.
    Thursday, 9:47 am
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  • Asche out Thursday with back tightness
    Cody Asche has been scratched from the Phillies' lineup Thursday due to back tightness.

    Advice: Asche felt the discomfort during pre-game stretching. It doesn't sound like anything to be concerned about. The 24-year-old will open the 2015 season as the Phillies' starting third baseman, though top prospect Maikel Franco is hot on his tail. Asche could eventually move to the outfield.
    Thursday, 8:24 am
  • Pinto (concussion) to hit in cage on Thursday
    Josmil Pinto (concussion) is planning to hit in a batting cage Thursday in Twins camp.

    Advice: Pinto suffered a concussion last Saturday when he was hit in the head by a backswing. He's hoping to get back into Grapefruit League action over the weekend and he should be fine for the start of the season.
    Thursday, 7:23 am
  • Vazquez (elbow) to play minors game Friday
    Christian Vazquez (elbow) is scheduled to catch in another minor league game Friday.

    Advice: Vazquez has appeared in just one Grapefruit League game since March 13 due to soreness in his throwing elbow. He said he should have a "more clear read" on his status for Opening Day by this weekend. The minor league game Friday will be a big test.
    Thursday, 6:50 am
  • Bryan Holaday hits grand slam for Tigers
    Bryan Holaday went 2-for-3 and hit a grand slam to lead the Tigers to an 8-4 win over the Marlins on Tuesday.

    Advice: Holaday entered the day 3-for-22 with no extra-base hits this spring, while James McCann, the Tigers' other backup catcher option, was at .414 with two doubles in 29 at-bats. Still, even with that disparity, there was a good chance the Tigers were leaning towards sticking with Holaday as their backup, allowing McCann to continue to play regularly in the minors. That probably is the better option than letting McCann serve as a backup, but the Tigers should also look to the waiver wire and maybe grab a backup that way (the Yankees' Austin Romine being one possibility).
    Wednesday, 2:02 pm
  • Pinto (concussion) ready for limited activity
    Josmil Pinto (concussion) has been cleared to resume limited baseball activity.

    Advice: Pinto suffered a concussion when he was hit in the head by a backswing on Saturday, but he plans to hit in the cage Wednesday and perhaps even do some catching work. The Twins will surely keep an eye on him to see how he responds, but it sounds like he won't miss much time.
    Wednesday, 6:40 am
  • Pinto (concussion) feeling improvement
    Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Tuesday that Josmil Pinto (concussion) is doing better.

    Advice: Pinto suffered a concussion when he was hit in the head by Adam Jones' backswing on Saturday. He has resumed riding a bike, but it's unclear when he'll be ready for baseball activities. Obviously the Twins will handle the situation with care.
    Tuesday, 10:09 am
  • Uribe knocks in a pair of runs as Dodgers win
    Juan Uribe went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI singles as the Dodgers topped the Diamondbacks 7-4 on Monday.

    Advice: Uribe pushed the Dodgers' lead to 3-1 with an RBI single in the fourth inning. His sixth-inning RBI single made it a 6-4 Dodgers lead. The 36-year-old has otherwise had a quiet spring, as Monday's performance drags his average up to .250 in 32 at-bats.
    Monday, 4:12 pm
  • Jaff Decker goes 2-for-3
    Jaff Decker had two hits in three at-bats Sunday, raising his spring average to .296.

    Advice: Decker has a shot at the reserve outfield job that opened up in Pittsburgh when Travis Snider was traded. With a homer, two doubles and four walks in 27 at-bats, he's sporting an .869 OPS.
    Mar 22, 1:47 pm
  • Pinto (concussion) to be held out 4-5 days
    Josmil Pinto will be held out of baseball activities for 4-5 days due to a concussion.

    Advice: Pinto's teammate Eduardo Escobar told reporters Pinto didn't sustain a concussion in Saturday's game, but that was obviously uninformed opinion. A CT scan came back negative, but Pinto reported feeling dizzy Saturday, Twins manager Paul Molitor said. Concussions are notoriously fickle, so it's tough to say how long Pinto may be sidelined.
    Mar 22, 8:21 am
  • Pinto avoids concussion after rough day
    Josmil Pinto did not suffer a concussion as a result of being hit in the head by Adam Jones' backswing Saturday, teammate Eduardo Escobar said.

    Advice: Pinto was actually hit by Jones' backswing three times, according to St. Paul Pioneer Press reporter Mike Berardino. The backstop was evaluated for a concussion Saturday, but Escobar said his teammate is "OK" and that he's feeling better. Pinto didn't travel with the Twins for their Sunday Grapefruit League game, and the team should give a clearer picture of his status shortly.
    Mar 22, 5:09 am
  • Josmil Pinto being evaluated for concussion
    Josmil Pinto is being evaluated for a concussion after being hit in the head by the backswing of Adam Jones during Friday's Grapefruit League contest.

    Advice: Pinto has already missed time this spring with a quad injury. He's expected to open the season as the primary backup behind Kurt Suzuki, though any missed time at this stage could put those plans in jeopardy. The Twins should have an update on his status shortly.
    Mar 21, 11:52 am
  • Cody Asche hits second homer
    Cody Asche hit his second homer of the spring Friday against the Pirates.

    Advice: With Maikel Franco struggling, Asche appears set to have third base all to himself once the season starts. He got off to a slow start last season, but he was adequate from May onward. We're not expecting a real breakthrough this year, but... well, adequacy isn't such a bad thing.
    Mar 20, 1:35 pm
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