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    • Michael Taylor has some neck discomfort
      Michael Taylor has complained of some minor neck discomfort.

      Advice: Taylor described it as a "twinge," but he was able to work out Sunday and should be a full participant in drills and games this week. "Anytime that happens, especially early in the spring, we make sure that we take it easy on him," manager Matt Williams said Monday. "He is full go. He is ready to play." The 23-year-old should be busy this spring in the Grapefruit League with Jayson Werth recovering from shoulder surgery. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:11 am
    • V-Mart (knee) arrived at Tigers camp Mon.
      Victor Martinez (knee) has arrived at Tigers camp.

      Advice: And he's expected to go through his first spring workout Monday morning. Martinez needed surgery on February 10 to repair the medial meniscus in his left knee and probably won't get into Grapefruit League games for at least two weeks. The veteran designated hitter is not certain to be ready for the opening of the 2015 regular season, though the Tigers are saying for now that he will be a go. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:59 am
    • Arcia sent home early Monday with illness
      Oswaldo Arcia was sent home early from Twins camp on Monday.

      Advice: Arcia is battling a mild illness that seems to be making its way around the Twins' complex. It's not a big deal. The 23-year-old outfielder will be looking to take another big step forward in 2015 after batting .231/.300/.452 with 20 home runs in 103 games last season. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:51 am
    • Grichuk (back) resumed workouts Monday
      Randal Grichuk (back) resumed workouts Monday.

      Advice: Grichuk took it easy this weekend due to some mild lower back soreness and might be held out of the Cardinals' first few Grapefruit League games, but the discomfort doesn't seem like a huge concern. Grichuk is due to open the 2015 season in a backup role behind starting outfielders Matt Holliday, Jon Jay, and Jason Heyward. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:48 am
    • McLouth (shoulder) expects to be ready for OD
      Nate McLouth (shoulder) expects to be ready for the beginning of the 2015 regular season.

      Advice: And he could start in left field on Opening Day if Jayson Werth (shoulder) isn't ready. McLouth underwent surgery last August to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He's nearly up to speed with the other position players in Nats camp this spring. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:37 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
      Today, 5:29 am
    • Chase Utley won't play in Grapefruit opener
      Chase Utley will not play in the Phillies Grapefruit League opener against the Yankees on Tuesday.

      Advice: The Phillies insist that the veteran infielder is fine, they are simply being cautious as Utley recovers from a mild ankle sprain he incurred while working out in January. The 36-year-old has still been participating in workouts and has been taking batting practice, and should appear in game action before the end of the week. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:22 pm
    • 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
      Yesterday, 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
      Yesterday, 4:35 pm
    • Wieters to begin throwing drills on Monday
      Matt Wieters (elbow) is scheduled to begin catch and throw drills on Monday.

      Advice: Wieters isn't expected to be cleared to begin throwing with any real force until March 17, but Monday represents a big step in his recovery. To this point, he has been limited to playing long toss. So long as he avoids any setbacks, there's no reason to expect he won't be behind the dish when the O's open up the regular season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:19 pm
    • Phillies lose opener to University of Tampa
      In Sunday's lone spring game, Aaron Altherr went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a steal as the Phillies lost to the University of Tampa 6-2.

      Advice: The Phillies were up 2-0 following fine performances from Paul Clemens and Rule 5 pick Andrew Oliver, but Phillipe Aumont gave up a run in the sixth and Nefi Ogando and Hector Neris combined to allow five in the seventh, leading to a somewhat embarrassing loss. The good news was that Ruben Amaro's nephew, Andrew, had a single and a bases-loaded walk for the Spartans. The Phillies didn't use any probable regulars in the contest. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:08 pm
    • Alex Guerrero refuses to return to minors
      Alex Guerrero indicated in an interview with Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com that he has no intention of returning the minor leagues.

      Advice: The 28-year-old stated, "I don't want to go down. I'm not going down. I feel like I can get better here at this level and play every day." Guerrero signed a four-year, $28 million deal with the Dodgers before the 2014 that included a clause that he can't be optioned to the minor leagues without his permission after his first season. That means the Dodgers will be forced to keep him on the roster in a reserve role, trade him elsewhere or release him. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:05 pm
    • Austin Jackson to see extra rest this season
      Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Sunday that Austin Jackson will see extra rest this season in an effort to keep him fresh.

      Advice: The 28-year-old outfielder appeared to wear down as the 2014 season neared its conclusion, hitting just .191 in September. While he struggled in his 54 games with the Mariners to finish the season, McClendon believes that Jackson is a dynamic talent and will be a catalyst atop the M's lineup in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:50 pm
    • Eric Young could be favorite for center field
      David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution believes that Eric Young Jr. could be the early favorite to win the Braves' Opening Day job in center field.

      Advice: Young Jr. has impressed the Braves coaching staff with his ability, conditioning and work habits early in camp. The 29-year-old is fresh off a disappointing 2014 season where he slashed .229/.299/.311 with one homer, 17 RBI and 30 stolen bases in 100 games with the Mets. Should he beat out Eury Perez for the job, he immediately gains mixed league relevancy. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:29 pm
       
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    • Lucas Duda to begin hitting off tee this week
      Mets manager Terry Collins said Sunday that Lucas Duda (oblique) is scheduled to begin hitting off a tee this week.

      Advice: If all goes well, he'll advance to taking live batting practice the following week. The 29-year-old slugger has been dealing with a minor oblique issue for the past month or so and the team being sure to be cautious in his recovery. Duda is coming off a breakout season where he slashed .253/.349/.481 with 30 homers and 92 RBI in 153 games. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:24 pm
    • Cespedes open to extension with Tigers
      Yoenis Cespedes said through his interpreter on Sunday that he's very comfortable with his new organization and is open to discussing a long-term extension.

      Advice: Cespedes stated, "I would like to be in a Tigers uniform for a lot of years. This is a good team now and will be for a lot of years to come." The 29-year-old outfielder, who arrived in December's deal that sent Rick Porcello to the Red Sox, is set to hit free agency after the 2015 season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:13 pm
    • Randal Grichuk (back) working out again
      Randal Grichuk (back) took swings off a tee and off soft toss on Sunday.

      Advice: He expects to go through a full workout on Monday. Grichuk rested for a couple days due to lower back soreness, but it was never considered to be a big deal. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:49 am
    • Jon Jay (wrist) not game-ready yet
      Jon Jay (wrist) will not play in any Grapefruit League games this week.

      Advice: Jay is coming back from offseason surgery on his left wrist and has only done hitting in a batting cage so far. He'll progress to hitting off a machine this week and is not in any danger of not being ready for Opening Day. "This is about April 5," Jay said. "That's the date that matters. I'm getting ready for April 5. I have five weeks now to be ready." Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:47 am
    • Mets will monitor Juan Lagares' elbow
      Mike Vorkunov of the Star-Ledger reports that the Mets have concerns that Juan Lagares' right elbow "will be bothersome" this season.

      Advice: Lagares was shut down with a couple weeks left in last season due to a sprain in the elbow. He didn't require surgery, but apparently a winter of rest hasn't totally alleviated concerns. The Mets will monitor Lagares' elbow closely in hopes of keeping the ailment under control. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:30 am
    • Michael Cuddyer likely to play LF
      Mets manager Terry Collins indicated on Sunday that he's leaning towards playing Curtis Granderson in right field this season.

      Advice: That would put Michael Cuddyer in left field -- a position where he's made only three starts at the major league level. The reason that he's played so little at the position is because he's deaf in his left ear, but that's apparently not a major concern for the Mets. The players will split time in right field this spring before Collins makes an official decision. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:13 am
    • Wil Myers an option to hit leadoff for Padres
      Padres manager Bud Black on Friday listed Wil Myers as an option to hit leadoff.

      Advice: "(Yangervis) Solarte, (Wil) Venable, (Cameron) Maybin and Myers – let’s start there," Black said. Myers is the only one of the names Black listed who's guaranteed a spot in the lineup, so it's a reasonable guess that he's the top candidate to bat leadoff. While not a prototypical leadoff hitter, Myers did sport a nice .354 on-base percentage during his American League Rookie of the Year-winning 2013 campaign. Solarte could hit leadoff should he win the third base job, but Will Middlebrooks is the favorite to start there. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:28 am
    • Alex Avila (back) returns to workouts
      Alex Avila (back) will resume baseball activities on Sunday.

      Advice: Avila was sidelined a couple days with tightness in his back, but it was never considered worrisome. "Feels better," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said of Avila. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:07 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
      Yesterday, 6:19 am
    • 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
      Yesterday, 6:16 am
    • Tulowitzki (hip) to run bases next week
      Troy Tulowitzki (hip) will run the bases next week.

      Advice: Tulo is recovering from surgery to repair his torn left hip labrum, and the Rockies are taking it slow with their superstar as he returns to action. Tulowitzki has already been taking infield practice this spring, another good sign. Assuming his progress continues, Tulo should be ready to roll for Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 3:29 pm
    • Matt Wieters (elbow) to catch intrasquad game
      Matt Wieters (elbow) is set to start at catcher for Sunday's intrasquad game.

      Advice: It will be the first time Wieters has been behind the dish since last May. While he'll serve as the backstop, Wieters still won't be allowed to throw at 100 percent until March 17. He's slated to catch two innings in Sunday's game. Everything is trending toward the 28-year-old being ready for Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 2:09 pm
    • 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
    • Juan Lagares is Mets preferred leadoff hitter
      Mets manager Terry Collins admitted Saturday that Juan Lagares is the team's preferred leadoff hitter.

      Advice: That's predicated on Lagares proving that he can handle the role this spring. The 25-year-old is a career .265/.315/.357 hitter in 185 at-bats out of the leadoff spot. Curtis Granderson has also been mentioned as a possible candidate to hit atop the Mets lineup, and may get the job if Lagares struggles during Grapefruit League play. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:40 am
    • Cozart to remain Reds starter at shortstop
      Reds manager Bryan Price said Saturday that Zack Cozart remains the team's starter at shortstop and there is no competition from Eugenio Suarez.

      Advice: Cozart is coming off an incredibly disappointing 2014 season where he slashed just .221/.268/.300 with four homers and 38 RBI, ranking dead last in OPS among all qualified shortstops. While Cozart is a terrific defender, the 23-year-old Suarez offers much more upside offensively. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 7:54 am
    • Victor Martinez to arrive to camp on Monday
      Victor Martinez (knee) is scheduled to arrive to Tigers spring training camp on Monday.

      Advice: He's currently recovering from surgery earlier in the month to repair the medial meniscus in his left knee, but could still be ready for the start of the regular season. Martinez indicated that he may swing a bat and take soft toss as early as Monday. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:43 am
    • Alex Avila (back) held out again on Saturday
      Alex Avila (back) was held out of workouts for a second consecutive day on Saturday due to tightness in his back.

      Advice: Tigers manager Brad Ausmus noted that Avila was feeling better on Saturday and that he would be shocked if the veteran backstop didn't return on Sunday. While he's considered day-to-day, it's a situation worth monitoring as back injuries can tend to be of the recurring variety. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 6:34 am
    • Alex Avila has minor back ailment
      Alex Avila was held out of workouts on Friday due to back tightness.

      Advice: The Tigers don't think it's a big deal and are considering him day-to-day. Avila battled concussion issues for a good chunk of the 2014 season but enter spring with a clean bill of health. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:37 am
    • Duda (oblique) won't swing for another week
      Lucas Duda (oblique) won't swing for another week.

      Advice: Duda was given a cortisone shot earlier this month for an oblique issue, and he's obviously still dealing with some discomfort. It's not a major concern here in late February, but the first baseman will quickly begin falling behind the other players in Mets camp if this lingers much longer. Duda posted an impressive .830 OPS with 30 home runs and 92 RBI in 153 games last season. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:09 am
    • Grichuk (back) sits out workouts Thursday
      Randal Grichuk sat out of workouts Thursday in Cardinals camp due to lower back soreness.

      Advice: He expects to get back on the field Friday. Grichuk will serve as an active fourth outfielder this season in St. Louis behind starters Matt Holliday, Jon Jay, and Jason Heyward. Peter Bourjos is also in the mix. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:47 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
    • Lucas Duda dealing with mild oblique issue
      Lucas Duda won't swing a bat for a few days due to an oblique issue.

      Advice: Duda actually needed a cortisone shot earlier this month and hasn't swung a bat for a couple of weeks. The Mets are hoping some rest will do the trick. Duda, 29, posted an .830 OPS, 30 home runs, and 92 RBI in 153 games last season as the Mets' first baseman. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:44 am
    • V-Mart (knee) likely to report in a week
      Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Tuesday that Victor Martinez (knee) is "a week out, right around there" from reporting to spring training.

      Advice: Martinez underwent surgery earlier this month to repair the medial meniscus in his left knee and has been working out on his own away from camp. He's on pace to be ready around mid-March or slightly after, which means that he should have plenty of time to get at-bats before Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:32 am
    • 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
    • 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
    • Nate McLouth (shoulder) not 100 percent yet
      Nate McLouth (shoulder) admitted Friday that he's not 100 percent yet but anticipates getting there in the next few weeks.

      Advice: Working his way back from last August's surgery to repair the labrum in his right shoulder, McLouth said throwing and swinging a bat "feels normal." but he still needs to work on building up strength. Barring a setback, he'll be fine for Opening Day. "The thing I still have to work up to is the endurance, the volume," he said. "I’ve been swinging fine, throwing fine. But when you get down here and start getting into the season, the volume just increases, the intensity. I think that’s something I’ll ease my way back into hopefully in the next couple weeks. But I’m real happy with the way that it feels." Rotoworld.com
      Feb 20, 2:27 pm
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