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    • Miguel Cabrera (foot) running at 72 percent
      Miguel Cabrera (foot) is running at 72 percent of his body weight on an anti-gravity treadmill.

      Advice: Once he gets to 80 percent, Cabrera will be cleared to run outside and field groundballs. The veteran slugger has been hitting for weeks in Tigers camp and still has a good shot at making the Opening Day lineup. Cabrera is recovering from October surgery to remove painful bone spurs from his right ankle and repair a stress fracture in his right foot. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:24 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
      Today, 6:14 am
    • Sano (elbow) singles, steals base vs. UM
      Miguel Sano (elbow) registered a single, a walk, and a stolen base in the Twins' exhibition win over the University of Minnesota on Wednesday night.

      Advice: Sano was forced to miss the entire 2014 season due to Tommy John surgery, but he's been a restriction-free participant in Twins camp this spring and put on a show Wednesday night with fellow top prospect Byron Buxton, who smacked two doubles against the Golden Gophers. "This is the team for the future in Minnesota," Sano told reporters after the 3-1 victory. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:47 am
    • Semien drives in three more runs Wednesday
      Marcus Semien stayed hot Wednesday, going 2-for-2 with a walk and three RBI in a Cactus League win over the Giants.

      Advice: Semien is now 5-for-5 with a walk and six RBI in six plate appearances this spring. The 24-year-old shortstop was one of the focal points for the Athletics in the Jeff Samardzija trade, and he's showing why early in camp. Semien is penciled in as the Athletics' starting shortstop and he should be on AL-only fantasy radars -- if not as a flier in deep mixed leagues -- this draft season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:58 pm
    • McGehee has two hits in loss to Athletics
      Casey McGehee went 2-for-2 in the Giants' Cactus League loss to the Athletics Wednesday.

      Advice: The Giants acquired McGehee from the Marlins this winter to fill the void left by Pablo Sandoval. The third baseman batted .287/.355/.357 with the Fish last year, and he'll look to continue that career resurgence in San Francisco. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:47 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
      Yesterday, 2:01 pm
    • Iglesias (shins) ran 'full bore' on Wednesday
      Jose Iglesias told reporters that he "ran full bore" for the first time in Wednesday's game.

      Advice: Iglesias played three innings in Wednesday's Grapefruit League tilt against the Orioles. He grounded out in both of his at-bats, but the throw only got him by about a half-a-step each time. "Three weeks from now, I will beat those," the shortstop said. He missed the entire 2014 season because of dual stress fractures in his shins. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:01 pm
    • Castellanos (hand) hits two-run homer vs. O's
      Nick Castellanos hit a two-run homer in the Tigers' 5-4 win over the Orioles on Wednesday.

      Advice: The hand contusion that knocked Castellanos out of Tuesday's game obviously wasn't a lingering issue. The sophomore hit cleanup for the Tigers today, though he'll probably open the regular season in the seventh spot in the lineup if everyone is healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:38 pm
    • A-Rod singles and walks in Grapefruit debut
      Making his exhibition debut, Alex Rodriguez singled and walked in his three plate appearances Wednesday versus the Phillies.

      Advice: Rodriguez swung through Kevin Slowey's first two fastballs in the first before getting a third at 89-mph and sending a little liner into left field. He grounded out on the first pitch of his second at-bat and then walked on a full count before getting pulled for a pinch-runner in the sixth inning. Rodriguez's bat didn't exactly look fast in the game, but he came through day one just fine. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:42 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
      Yesterday, 11:35 am
    • Cabrera (foot) takes BP on the field again
      Miguel Cabrera (foot) took batting practice on the field Wednesday for the second straight day.

      Advice: Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that Cabrera felt really good. He still has to progress with his running program, but the Tigers couldn't ask for much more at this stage of his rehab. He still has some work to do, but Opening Day isn't unrealistic. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:14 am
    • Castellanos (hand) in Wednesday's lineup
      Nick Castellanos (hand) is in Wednesday's lineup against the Orioles.

      Advice: Castellanos left Tuesday's Grapefruit League game after suffering a left hand contusion on a hit-by-pitch, but X-rays came back negative. It sounds like the Tigers aren't too worried about it. Castellanos, who turns 23 on Wednesday, hit .259 with 11 home runs and a .700 OPS across 148 games as a rookie last year and should be poised to take another step forward in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:58 am
    • Marcus Semien homers twice in Cactus debut
      Marcus Semien homered twice and drove in four runs in Tuesday's Cactus League win over the Giants.

      Advice: Not a bad way to kick off his Oakland career. Semien took World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner deep to center field in the first inning, singled in a run in the second and again went deep to center field in the fifth. He also tried to steal a base but was thrown out. Some scouts question whether Semien will be able to hit at the big league level, but there's no doubt he possesses an intriguing power/speed combo. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:51 pm
    • Carlos Santana goes 0-for-3 in Cactus debut
      Carlos Santana went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in the Indians' loss to the Reds on Tuesday in Arizona.

      Advice: Santana got ahold of a pitch in the first inning and sent into deep right-center field, but Billy Hamilton was able to track it down. Santana will try to avoid getting off to slow start in 2015 after batting just .159/.327/.301 over his first 50 games of the 2014 regular season. He went on to register an .872 OPS between the beginning of June and end of September. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:30 pm
    • Pedro Alvarez homers, knocks in four runs
      Pedro Alvarez had a three-run homer and an RBI double as the Pirates held on to beat the Blue Jays 8-7 on Tuesday.

      Advice: Alvarez went opposite field off Aaron Sanchez in the first. The double also dropped down the left field line. Dalton Pompey lost that one in the sun, though since he was shading Alvarez to pull, he might not have gotten to it anyway. Since he's set to be platooned, Alvarez's fantasy upside might not quite be what it once was. Still, he's a candidate for 30 homers anyway, and he should hit for a higher average since he won't start against lefties. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:58 pm
    • Castellanos hit in hand by pitch, day-to-day
      Nick Castellanos left Tuesday's Grapefruit League game after suffering a left hand contusion.

      Advice: Castellanos was hit in the hand by a pitch, but fortunately X-rays came back negative. He's considered day-to-day, so it's not a major concern. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 11:58 am
    • Iglesias to play three innings on Wednesday
      Brad Ausmus plans to let Jose Iglesias play three innings in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles.

      Advice: Iglesias played one inning when the Tigers matched up against Florida Southern on Monday, so his workload is ramping up gradually. The talented shortstop is recovering from two stress fractures in each of his shins, and the Tigers are hopeful he'll be ready by Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:33 am
    • Iglesias (shins) plays one inning in field
      Jose Iglesias (shins) played one inning in the field Monday in the Tigers' exhibition game against Florida Southern.

      Advice: Iglesias, who missed the entire 2014 season with stress fractures in both of his shins recorded one put-out on a pop-up and grounded out in his lone at-bat. It wasn't much, but he was thrilled. "I was really excited to get back on the field," said Iglesias. "Really happy." He's not feeling any soreness so far, but the Tigers plan to take it easy with him early in the spring. He's slated to return to the lineup Wednesday against the Orioles. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 2:56 pm
    • A-Rod to make Grapefruit debut Wednesday
      Alex Rodriguez will make his Grapefruit League debut Wednesday against the Phillies.

      Advice: The Yankees will open their exhibition schedule on Tuesday against the Phillies in Clearwater, but A-Rod won't make the trip. He's expected to be the designated hitter on Wednesday and receive two or three at-bats. It will be his first game action since September of 2013. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 1:54 pm
    • Miguel Cabrera (foot) takes on-field BP
      Miguel Cabrera (foot) took on-field batting practice Monday for the first time this spring.

      Advice: He's been hitting without pain for a while, but this was his first true live outdoor BP since he arrived at the Tigers' spring training complex. Cabrera is also running at about 75 percent on an anti-gravity treadmill and aiming to get into Grapefruit League games around the middle of March. The Tigers are hoping he'll be fully rehabbed from his foot and ankle surgeries by the beginning of the 2015 regular season. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 12:43 pm
    • A-Rod goes 0-for-2 in intrasquad game Mon.
      Alex Rodriguez went 0-for-2 with a groundout and flyout in Monday's intrasquad game.

      Advice: It was against a pitching machine, not a live thrower. A-Rod served as the designated hitter, which is where he'll get the majority of his playing time this season. He's expected to take some reps at first base this spring in the Grapefruit League. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:33 am
    • D'Backs open to moving Hill, Ross, and Cahill
      According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Diamondbacks are shopping Aaron Hill, Cody Ross, and Trevor Cahill.

      Advice: D'Backs general manager Dave Stewart has denied Heyman's source, for what that's worth. Hill was very good in 2012 and 2013, but he had a rough 2014 season and is owed a total of $24 million in 2015-2016. These aren't exactly blockbuster trade chips for the Diamondbacks, who are rebuilding under new chief baseball officer Tony La Russa. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:48 am
       
      Player Note
      Aaron Hill Ari - 2B,3B
    • A-Rod serving as DH in intrasquad game
      Alex Rodriguez is serving as the designated hitter Monday in an intrasquad game.

      Advice: The game will be played with pitching machines rather than live throwers, so it's more of a drill than a scrimmage. A-Rod arrived at Yankees camp last Monday and seems to be getting along with the other players and coaches just fine. He's been taking some reps at first base but will likely get most of his playing time at DH in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 8:08 am
    • Plouffe (illness) back to work Monday
      Trevor Plouffe (illness) got back to work Monday morning in Twins camp.

      Advice: Plouffe sat out of team workouts Saturday and Sunday due to a mild illness. It wasn't a serious concern. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 5:29 am
    • Gordon Beckham getting work all over infield
      While he's competing for the team's starting job at second base, Gordon Beckham is seeing work all over the infield early in the spring.

      Advice: The former top prospect is getting work at shortstop and third base as well, as he prepares for what could wind up being a super utility role for the White Sox. Even if he loses out to Micah Johnson or Carlos Sanchez in the battle at second base, the more time that he sees on the field, the better his chances of carving out value as a middle infielder in AL-only formats. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 5:04 pm
    • Chris Johnson reverts to former swing path
      Chris Johnson is working on a mechanical adjustment to his swing, lowering his hands to allow for a more consistent swing path.

      Advice: It's an effort to return to the form he displayed in 2013 when he competed for the National League batting title. The 30-year-old is looking to rebound from a disappointing 2014 season where he hit just .263/.292/.361 with 10 homers and 58 RBI. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 4:35 pm
    • Yasmany Tomas to get reps in OF
      Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said Saturday that Yasmany Tomas will see some playing time in the outfield during Cactus League play.

      Advice: The D'Backs want Tomas to handle third base well enough to start there, but they'll give him reps in the outfield just in case. "We have to prioritize who gets all these at-bats in spring training," Hale said. "He's one we want to get a lot of at-bats to get a good (look) at his offense, too." Jake Lamb will be in line to start at third base if Arizona ends up having to put Tomas in left field. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:16 am
    • Plouffe (illness) misses workout Saturday
      Trevor Plouffe missed Saturday's workout due to illness.

      Advice: Plouffe attended the team's morning meeting before being sent home. He'll probably take it easy for a couple of days, but it certainly isn't anything that will impact his availability for the start of the regular season. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 10:52 am
    • Alex Rodriguez getting reps at first base
      Alex Rodriguez received reps at first base on Friday for the first time in his big league career.

      Advice: The Yankees are trying to determine if A-Rod can be a serviceable backup behind Mark Teixeira at the position. Rodriguez has been open to the idea and is said to be "anxious to learn" the new position. While he's slated to see most of his action out of the designated hitter spot, increasing his versatility would provide manager Joe Girardi with more options to getting his bat in the lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:19 am
    • Gillaspie bulks up, quits chewing tobacco
      Conor Gillaspie bulked up over the offseason and quit chewing tobacco in an effort to get stronger and help get through the grind of the long season.

      Advice: Gillaspie added 15-20 pounds of muscle to prevent the late-season swoon that he endured in 2014, where he slashed just .208/.259/.333 with three homers over his final 47 contests. He's expected to bat sixth in a much-improved White Sox lineup, which should provide plenty of RBI chances. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 9:10 am
    • Jake Lamb wants to battle for third base job
      Jake Lamb admitted Saturday that he plans to battle Yasmany Tomas for the Diamondbacks starting job at third base.

      Advice: "It doesn't matter who it is, I'm going to give them a battle at third base" Lamb said Saturday. He also noted that he'll do whatever he can to help the team, even if Tomas secures the starting job. Lamb slashed .230/.263/.373 with four homers and 11 RBI in 37 games as a rookie in 2014. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:01 am
    • Chris Davis to get some work in RF
      Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Friday that Chris Davis will get some playing time in right field this spring.

      Advice: Davis has made 39 starts in the outfield during his career, though none of them have come over the last two seasons. It's just a matter of giving him some reps there just in case he might be needed at the position, as Davis is slated to be the regular first baseman. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:54 am
    • Aramis Ramirez likely to retire after 2015
      Aramis Ramirez said Friday that the 2015 season will likely be his final one.

      Advice: Ramirez, who exercised a $14 million option for this season, will turn 37 in late June. While injuries have hampered him the last couple years, the third baseman has had an incredibly productive career, sporting a .285/.344/.496 batting line with 369 homers and 1,342 RBI across 17 seasons. He's a three-time All-Star and has also finished in the top-10 in National League MVP voting on three occasions. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 7:44 am
    • 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
    • Danny Valencia to see some action in LF
      Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Thursday that Danny Valencia will see some time in left field this spring.

      Advice: Toronto is scrambling all of its internal options to replace Michael Saunders, who was expected to open the 2015 season as the Blue Jays' starting left fielder but suffered a torn meniscus Wednesday when he stepped on an underground sprinkler. Saunders is expected to miss the entire first half. Valencia has never played the outfield at the major league level and is not a good bet to win the job outright, but he could see a bit of action there against left-handed starters if the Jays don't add anybody. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:31 am
    • Miguel Cabrera (foot) running on treadmill
      Miguel Cabrera (foot) is running on an anti-gravity treadmill at about 65 percent of his body weight.

      Advice: He's also able to set the treadmill at a slight incline without experiencing any discomfort in his surgically-repaired right foot. Cabrera underwent a procedure last October to remove painful bone spurs from his right ankle and repair a stress fracture in his foot. He's hoping to be ready for Opening Day, but it's hard to get a clear picture at this point on whether that's realistic. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:46 am
    • Yasmany Tomas 'bobbled balls' in 3B drills
      According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, Yasmany Tomas "bobbled some balls, misplayed others and at times did not appear to have proper technique" during third base drills Wednesday.

      Advice: Tomas played a bit of third base in Cuba, but he was primarily a corner outfielder. Arizona signed him to a six-year, $68.5 million contract in late November and the hope is that he'll become the club's starter at the hot corner, but it's very much a work in progress. "At some point when we start evaluating whether he can play third base in the major leagues, we're just going to have to leave him alone and his game is either going to play or not play," said Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 6:52 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
    • Report: NYY confident they can avoid bonuses
      A source tells Jon Heyman of CBS Sports that the Yankees are confident they can avoid paying Alex Rodriguez for home run milestone bonuses.

      Advice: The presumption has long been that the club will have to pay A-Rod the money, which could reach as much as $30 million in bonuses, but wording in the marketing agreement and perhaps the ability to put A-Rod under oath in a potential grievance hearing could let the team off the hook. It's just one of the issues on which the team and the player have disagreed in recent weeks. It could be a long year in the Bronx. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:10 pm
    • Iglesias (shins) could DH early in spring
      Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Wednesday that Jose Iglesias (shins) could DH early in the spring to get more at-bats and stay off his feet.

      Advice: Iglesias missed all of last season with stress fractures in both of his shins, so the Tigers are easing him back into things. The Tigers could also potentially have him play on the minor league side, where he could lead off each inning. He still has some hurdles to cross, but the Tigers are optimistic he'll be ready to be the regular shortstop at the start of the season. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 7:40 am
    • Chris Davis has TUE for Vyvanse
      According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, Chris Davis was granted a therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for Vyvanse, not Adderall.

      Advice: Davis received a 25-game suspension last September after a second positive test for unauthorized use of Adderall. Initial reports this winter said that he received a new therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for Adderall, but it was actually for Vyvanse, another stimulant medication for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Davis ultimately opted for Vyvanse because it lasts longer and is less likely to be abused for non-therapeutic reasons. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:46 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
    • Iglesias not wearing spikes all the time
      Jose Iglesias (shins) is alternating between using spikes, turf shoes and sneakers during his workouts.

      Advice: Iglesias is doing what he can to lessen the impact on his legs after missing all of last season with stress fractures in both shins. "When I do some activities where I don't want to slip, I'll use my spikes," Iglesias said. The shortstop is feeling great so far but obviously will eventually have to start using his spikes all the time. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 4:52 pm
    • Machado (knee) wants extra ABs this spring
      Manny Machado (knee) wants to get extra at-bats this spring.

      Advice: Machado underwent surgery last August to repair a partially-torn ligament in his right knee, but he hasn't had any setbacks in his rehab. It sounds like he'll be a full-go this spring, so he's right on pace for the start of the season. The 22-year-old could be primed for a big year if he can stay healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:43 am
    • Alex Rodriguez has arrived at Yankees camp
      Alex Rodriguez arrived at the Yankees' spring training complex in Tampa, Florida on Monday.

      Advice: He took a physical at George M. Steinbrenner Field and then headed over to the minor league side of camp for his first workout. Rodriguez released a hand-written apology to baseball fans last week and is hoping to turn over a new leaf after serving a season-long PED suspension in 2014. If all goes well this spring, the 39-year-old will open the 2015 campaign as the Yankees' primary designated hitter. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 23, 10:03 am
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