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    • 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
      Today, 12:33 pm
    • Price expects big year from Bradon Phillips
      Reds manager Bryan Price said Saturday that Brandon Phillips is 100 percent healthy and that he expects him to rebound in 2015.

      Advice: "I have not lost one bit of confidence or expectation that he’s going to have a big year" Price indicated. The 33-year-old is coming off a disappointing 2014 season where he slashed just .266/.306/.372 with career worsts of eight homers, 51 RBI and two stolen bases. While a rebound of some sort is likely, his days of fantasy stardom are long gone. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:52 am
    • Mariners to have competition for shortstop
      Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Saturday that the team has yet to settle on their shortstop for the upcoming season.

      Advice: That means that Brad Miller and Chris Taylor will compete for the job this spring. McClendon did note that whichever candidate secures the job, that the shortstop is likely to bat ninth, sapping their already minimal fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:31 am
    • Brendan Ryan (back) to sit out five days
      Brendan Ryan will miss five days on on-field activities after suffering a mid-back sprain while lifting weights.

      Advice: It doesn't seem like a major concern at this point, though it's worth noting that Ryan had back issues last spring, as well, before missing the first five weeks of the season. Ryan is slated to back up at shortstop in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 9:14 am
    • 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
    • Callaspo shows up to camp out of shape
      Mark Bowman of MLB.com writes that Alberto Callaspo showed up to camp with an "unimpressive physique."

      Advice: Callaspo hired a personal trainer over the offseason, but Bowman writes that the infielder "certainly didn't have any reason to come to camp proclaiming that he is in the best shape of his life." The feeling when Callaspo inked a $3 million deal in December was that he'd hold down second base until top prospect Jose Peraza is ready. That might still be the case, but if he has a poor camp he could open the door for Phil Gosselin, Jace Peterson or possibly even Peraza to swoop in and steal the job. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Thursday that the second base competition is "wide open." Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 3:59 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
    • Free agent Mark Ellis retiring from baseball
      Free agent second baseman Mark Ellis has retired, he told the San Francisco Chronicle.

      Advice: "It was definitely time," Ellis said. "My kids are getting older and I kind of realized it was time to do something else." The 37-year-old struggled to a .180/.253/.213 line in 73 games with the Cardinals in 2014. It was an unseemly end to a decent career, much of it spent with the Athletics. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:00 pm
       
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    • Weeks to spent most of time in left field
      Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Wednesday that Rickie Weeks will get most of his outfield work in left field.

      Advice: It's the logical spot for him. Weeks signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Mariners earlier this month and is finally on board with making the transition from second base to the outfield. He's likely to have a part-time role against left-handed pitching. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:23 am
    • Willie Bloomquist (knee) does some running
      Willie Bloomquist (knee) ran the bases Monday and Tuesday for the first time since undergoing microfracture surgery on his right knee.

      Advice: Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said that Bloomquist is "doing fabulous" and is well ahead of schedule. The M's fully expect the utility player to be ready to go on Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:44 pm
       
      Player Note
      Willie Bloomquist Sea - 1B,2B,3B,SS
    • 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
    • Rangers place Profar on 60-day DL
      Rangers placed INF Jurickson Profar on the 60-day disabled list.

      Advice: The move clears a spot for Edgar Olmos on the 40-man roster. Profar underwent surgery Monday to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder and will miss his second straight season. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:35 am
       
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    • Utley wants to stay but would consider trade
      Chase Utley said Monday that while he wants to stay with the Phillies, he "would have to listen" if the club ever came to him about a possible trade.

      Advice: "For as much respect as I have for the organization, if they ever came to me and asked me [to consider a trade], I would have to listen, but I don’t think much will change," Utley said. Utley has full no-trade and has been consistent in saying that he doesn't want to go anywhere, but it appears that he's at least leaving the door cracked open. The 36-year-old is owed $10 million in 2015 and has $15 million vesting options each of the next three seasons after that. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 4:57 pm
    • Profar has season-ending surgery on shoulder
      Jurickson Profar underwent surgery Monday to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

      Advice: The rehab for such a procedure takes at least nine months, so Profar can be ruled out for a second consecutive season. The 22-year-old infielder was considered the top prospect in baseball not long ago, but it's pretty difficult to make a career projection on him now. Profar just can't catch a break. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:02 am
       
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    • Chase Utley sprained his ankle in January
      Chase Utley acknowledged to reporters Monday that he sprained an ankle in January.

      Advice: The veteran second baseman is over the injury by now, but he's going to take it easy for the first couple weeks of spring camp just to be safe. Utley should be fine for the beginning of the regular season. He could be trade bait this summer for the rebuilding Phillies. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:29 am
    • Infante dealing with inflammation in elbow
      Omar Infante is currently dealing with inflammation in his throwing elbow.

      Advice: The veteran infielder felt soreness in the elbow during throwing sessions before he arrived to Royals camp. It's unclear at the moment how serious the ailment is and if it will cause him to miss any significant time, but he is certainly no stranger to the disabled list. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:30 am
    • Donnie Murphy inks minors deal with Brewers
      Brewers signed INF Donnie Murphy to a minor league contract.

      Advice: He'll presumably be invited to spring training. Murphy, who will turn 32 in a couple weeks, batted just .196/.268/.330 over 128 plate appearances with the Rangers last season. He'll give the Brew Crew some infield depth in the minors. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:57 pm
       
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    • Nick Punto plans to sit out 2015 season
      Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale announced Friday that Nick Punto has backed out of his minor league contract with the club.

      Advice: Punto isn't ready to announce his retirement, but he's decided to take the year off rather than try to make the Arizona roster on a non-guaranteed deal. It's not clear what brought about his decision, but he battled a few injuries last season with the A's, playing in only 73 games. Punto turned 37 in November. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 12:08 pm
       
      Player Note
      Nick Punto Ari - 2B,SS
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    • Mookie Betts behind Victorino on depth chart
      Red Sox manager John Farrell said Friday that Shane Victorino will start in right field as long as he's healthy.

      Advice: It's bad news for Mookie Betts, who most considered the favorite to start in right. Betts could wind up battling Rusney Castillo for the center field job or also might wind up back in the minors. Of course, the odds of both Victorino and Hanley Ramirez both staying healthy throughout the season aren't high, so Betts stands a good chance at playing a lot regardless. Still, there's no doubt this news puts a damper on his fantasy prospects. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:53 am
    • Kipnis (finger) to hit on field next week
      The Indians are hoping Jason Kipnis (finger) will resume hitting on the field next week and be cleared for game action shortly into the Cactus League schedule.

      Advice: Kipnis had surgery in December on his left ring finger to repair tendon damage. It was considered a relatively minor operation, as the second baseman is unrestricted with defense and throwing and is building up his hitting program gradually. He'll be fine come Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 4:42 pm
    • Profar to have surgery on labrum
      Jurickson Profar's shoulder surgery will be to repair a torn labrum.

      Advice: Profar's labrum issues date back to 2010 and could be the cause of the instability in the shoulder. Dr. Keith Meister will check on other issues during the surgery, so we won't have a clear timetable until after. However, he's obviously at risk for missing his second straight season. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 1:18 pm
       
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    • Jurickson Profar to undergo shoulder surgery
      Jurickson Profar is scheduled to undergo surgery Monday on his right shoulder.

      Advice: Profar attempted to rehab a teres major muscle strain last season rather than fix it with a procedure, and it seems the experiment has now backfired. An MRI taken Tuesday on the young infielder's right shoulder show increased strain on the subscapularis muscle. It's not clear what his timetable looks like now, though there's talk of him missing yet another full year. Profar, once considered among the top prospects in baseball, should not be selected in standard fantasy drafts this spring. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:37 pm
       
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    • Owings (shoulder) to miss some spring games
      Chris Owings (shoulder) is expected to be held out of the Diamondbacks' first 8-10 spring games.

      Advice: But manager Chip Hale told reporters that the young shortstop should be able to catch up by the opening of the 2015 regular season. Owings batted just .261/.300/.406 with six home runs and 26 RBI in 91 games last season for Arizona, but he's a decent fantasy sleeper at a shallow position heading into 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:44 am
    • Callaspo to play a lot of 3B this spring
      Alberto Callaspo is expected to see a lot of playing time at third base this spring.

      Advice: The assumption was that Callaspo would be the Braves' regular second baseman, but the club wants to keep their options open. If Callaspo and Chris Johnson end up sharing the third base job, Phil Gosselin would likely be the favorite to start at second base. Of course, he would merely be a placeholder until top prospect Jose Peraza is ready for the big leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 10:55 am
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