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    • Kevin Pillar could be favorite for LF job
      Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com writes that Kevin Pillar could be the "most likely candidate" to start in left field following the injury to Michael Saunders (knee).

      Advice: He'll compete with Ezequiel Carrera, Chris Dickerson and possibly even infielder Danny Valencia, who has never played the outfield at the major league level. There's also Andy Dirks, but he's likely to begin the season at extended spring training after being limited to 14 rehab games in 2014 following back surgery. Pillar is a pretty underwhelming option, which is why there's probably a good chance the Jays find a solution outside the organization. General manager Alex Anthopoulos said he began making calls on Wednesday to teams with outfield depth in order to gauge trade possibilities. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 4:12 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
      Today, 3:59 pm
    • Victorino wants to return to switch-hitting
      Shane Victorino said Thursday that he wants return to switch-hitting this season.

      Advice: Victorino gave up hitting from the left side at the end of the 2013 season due to thumb and hamstring injuries, but he's ready to give it another try. "Yeah, absolutely," explained Victorino. "Everything feels great. It's something I've been successful at and that I would like to go back to. The body feels good, and we'll go from there. It's a good thing to have in your back pocket, being able to switch-hit. I came into camp, I spoke to them about it and I told them I would like to try it again and they were all for it." Red Sox manager John Farrell recently said that Victorino will be the starting right fielder this season as long as he's healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 2:35 pm
    • Mauer to hit no lower than third in order
      Twins manager Paul Molitor said Thursday that Joe Mauer will hit no lower than third in the order this season.

      Advice: It will either be second or third. Molitor's decision will ultimately hinge on where he sees Brian Dozier and Danny Santana hitting. "I've toyed with how different things might shake, but it's hard to be presumptuous because we have a few positions where we don't know who that will be," said Molitor. "It might influence what happens. I don't think he's going to have to worry about being anywhere on the backside of three." Mauer batted just .277/.361/.371 with four homers and 55 RBI over 120 games last season and doesn't hold nearly as much fantasy appeal as he once did now that he's only eligible at first base. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 1:57 pm
    • A's place Taylor Thompson on 60-day DL
      Athletics placed RHP Taylor Thompson on the 60-day disabled list with a right shoulder strain.

      Advice: The move clears a 40-man roster spot for reliever Chad Smith, who was claimed off waivers from the Tigers on Thursday afternoon. Thompson injured his shoulder shortly after arriving at A's camp. He had been in consideration for a bullpen job after posting a strong 2.14 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 59 innings last season at the Triple-A level. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:45 am
       
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    • Romo (shoulder) nearing bullpen sessions
      Sergio Romo (shoulder) is expected to begin throwing off a mound in a couple of days.

      Advice: Romo showed up to camp with some soreness in his right shoulder, but it's so minor that the Giants didn't even call for a precautionary MRI. The 31-year-old has plenty of time to catch back up with the other relievers in camp. He'll serve as a setup man in 2015 for San Francisco closer Santiago Casilla. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:34 am
    • Joe Paterson 'on the radar' for bullpen spot
      Royals manager Ned Yost said Thursday that Joe Paterson is in the hunt for an Opening Day bullpen job.

      Advice: "He's got that funky side delivery. He's on the radar," Yost said. Paterson was signed to a minor league contract back in November after posting a 2.95 ERA and 33/19 K/BB ratio in 42 2/3 innings last season for the Diamondbacks' Triple-A affiliate. The 28-year-old left-hander owns a 6.25 ERA in 40 1/3 career innings at the major league level, so expectations should be tempered. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:18 am
       
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    • 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
      Today, 10:09 am
    • Taylor Thompson won't pitch this spring
      A's manager Bob Melvin told reporters Thursday that Taylor Thompson (shoulder) probably won't factor into Cactus League games this spring.

      Advice: Which obviously puts him out of the running for an Opening Day bullpen job. Thompson was claimed off waivers from the White Sox in November after posting an impressive 2.14 ERA and 68 strikeouts across 59 innings in 2014 at Triple-A. He is recovering from a right shoulder strain. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:24 am
       
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    • Dirks (back) nearing baseball activities
      Andy Dirks (back) is expected to begin baseball-related activities in 7-10 days.

      Advice: Dirks is on the minor league side of Blue Jays camp but could move over to the major league side now that Michael Saunders is done for the first half of the 2015 regular season due to a torn left meniscus. Dirks was limited to 14 rehab games in 2014 following March surgery on his back and has been easing into spring training this year. He signed a minor league contract with Toronto in mid-January. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:33 am
       
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    • Andrelton Simmons suffers strained oblique
      Andrelton Simmons is taking it easy in Braves camp after being diagnosed with a strained oblique.

      Advice: It's no big deal here in late February. Simmons will likely refrain from throwing and hitting for the next week or two, but he has plenty of time to catch up before the start of the 2015 regular season. The 25-year-old shortstop is aiming for a big bounceback after hitting just .244/.286/.331 with seven home runs in 146 games last summer for Atlanta. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:01 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
      Today, 7:46 am
    • Tanaka (elbow) throws 40-pitch 'pen session
      Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) threw a 40-pitch bullpen session Thursday morning in Yankees camp.

      Advice: Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said the ball was coming out of Tanaka's hand well and that he's pleased with the right-hander's progress since last year's diagnosis of a partially-torn elbow ligament. Tanaka has been able to avoid Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery with a successful rehab plan, but he remains a risky fantasy bet for the 2015 season. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:57 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
      Today, 6:52 am
    • Ryu (back) will have another light day Thurs.
      Hyun-Jin Ryu (back) will have another light day Thursday in Dodgers camp.

      Advice: Ryu tweaked a muscle in the middle of his back Tuesday during a fielding drill, but it's not believed to be a serious issue. An MRI taken Thursday showed no structural damage. The 27-year-old left-hander owns a terrific 3.17 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 293/78 K/BB ratio in 344 innings since joining the Dodgers from Korea. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:36 am
    • Yunel Escobar embracing transition to 2B
      Yunel Escobar told Jon Heyman of CBS Sports on Wednesday that he is determined to become "one of the best second basemen in the National League."

      Advice: Escobar had some initial misgivings about moving away from shortstop, but he met with manager Matt Williams and general manager Mike Rizzo to discuss the issue on the first day he reported to Nats camp in Florida. "After what they expressed to me and what their vision is, I feel more comfortable," Escobar said through Alex Esteban, his agent who acted as interpreter. "I am going to play second base with an open mind." Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:08 am
    • Ryu out Wednesday with mid-back tightness
      Hyun-Jin Ryu is currently dealing with mid-back tightness.

      Advice: Ryu will sit out Wednesday, but he shouldn't be sidelined for long. The southpaw has enjoyed a lot of success since coming over to MLB in 2013, posting a 3.17 ERA over 56 starts, and is an underrated option in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:58 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
    • Taylor Thompson (shoulder) a little behind
      Taylor Thompson is not quite ready to throw off a mound due to a sore right shoulder.

      Advice: He'll need at least one more flat ground throwing session before being allowed to throw from the bump. A waiver claim from the White Sox back in November, Thompson will try to win a bullpen job with the A's this spring. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 9:36 am
       
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    • Miguel Cabrera (foot) hitting with no pain
      Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Sunday that Miguel Cabrera (foot) has been hitting without any pain.

      Advice: Cabrera was cleared a few days ago by doctors to begin limited baseball activities, and it appears all is well so far. The Tigers are optimistic that the first baseman will be ready to go come Opening Day, but we won't have a better idea until he ramps things up. Cabrera had surgery last October to remove bone spurs from his right ankle and repair a stress fracture in his foot. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:34 am
    • Romo (shoulder) expects to throw next week
      Sergio Romo (shoulder) said he expects to be throwing by next week.

      Advice: "At this point, I don't have to come in throwing 100 miles an hour. I'm ready physically," Romo said. The shoulder started bothering Romo last month, and he's been playing catch on flat ground even while not throwing off a mound. The 31-year-old is set to be a setup man for the defending champs this season. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 2:21 pm
    • Farrell: Victorino to start in RF if healthy
      Red Sox manager John Farrell said Friday that, as long as he's healthy, Shane Victorino is "our right fielder."

      Advice: Farrell added that Victorino, who battled back and hamstring issues in 2014 (eventually needing back surgery in August), is a "full go" right now. The general feeling has been that Mookie Betts was the favorite to start over Victorino in right, so this news throws some cold water onto his fantasy prospects. However, with the injury-prone Victorino and Hanley Ramirez manning the corner outfield spots and the inexperienced Rusney Castillo in center, there's still a good chance Betts sees ample playing time. If healthy, Victorino should have some fantasy value left in the tank, but that's a big "if." Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:33 am
    • Tanaka (elbow) threw bullpen session Thurs.
      Masahiro Tanaka threw his first bullpen session of the spring on Thursday in Yankees camp.

      Advice: Tanaka tossed 21 pitches -- all fastballs -- in the short mound workout. The right-hander avoided Tommy John surgery last season despite being diagnosed with a partially-torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and he should be a full-go for the start of the 2015 regular season. But this does have the feel of a ticking time bomb. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:46 pm
    • Romo dealing with some shoulder soreness
      Sergio Romo is dealing with some shoulder soreness.

      Advice: But the Giants don't feel an MRI is necessary and are merely going to limit Romo to flat-ground work for a bit in the hope that the soreness naturally dissipates. Romo was re-signed to a two-year, $15 million free agent contract in mid-December and is poised to open the 2015 season as a setup man. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:23 am
    • Victorino (back) ready for start of season
      Shane Victorino (back) expects to be 100 percent for the beginning of the 2015 regular season.

      Advice: Victorino was bothered by multiple injuries in 2014, eventually needing season-ending back surgery in August. But he was an early-arriver to Red Sox camp this year in Florida and should have no restrictions when Grapefruit League play gets underway. The 34-year-old is somewhat buried on Boston's crowded outfield depth chart, so it's difficult to qualify his potential fantasy value at the moment. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:07 am
    • Miguel Cabrera (foot) cleared for workouts
      Miguel Cabrera (foot) has been cleared for running progression and limited baseball activity.

      Advice: Cabrera received clearance after undergoing a CT scan on his surgically-repaired right foot during a checkup on Tuesday. He's basically been cleared for hitting and throwing and will slowly increase his workload with running. As of now, the Tigers are optimistic that he'll be ready "around or close to" Opening Day. Fantasy owners have reason to be cautiously optimistic. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:29 pm
    • 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
    • Miguel Cabrera (foot) undergoes CT scan
      Miguel Cabrera underwent a CT scan on his surgically-repaired right foot Tuesday.

      Advice: The results have been sent to doctors and an update on Cabrera's status will come on Wednesday. The anticipation is that he'll be cleared for baseball activities, assuming the exam shows that everything is healing as expected. We'll obviously know more on Wednesday, but at this point the Tigers remain hopeful that Cabrera will be ready for Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 3:54 pm
    • Tanaka (elbow) played long toss on Tuesday
      Masahiro Tanaka (elbow) played long toss in Yankees camp on Tuesday afternoon.

      Advice: Tanaka arrived in Tampa, Florida on Monday after a fairly normal offseason. He successfully rehabbed a partially-torn ligament in his right elbow last year and the hope remains that he will be able to avoid Tommy John surgery. "So far, everything has been good," Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said Tuesday. "That doesn't mean that it will be going forward, but we're going to do everything we can to make sure that hopefully it is." Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 1:47 pm
    • Tanaka arriving in spring training this week
      The Yankees were expecting Masahiro Tanaka to arrive in Tampa on Monday and perhaps begin workouts on Tuesday.

      Advice: Tanaka, who rehabbed a partially-torn ulnar collateral ligament last year, hasn't had any setbacks with his workouts and throwing program this offseason. Still, the Yankees will be cautious. "You have to be aware of it," said Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild. "We’ll be aware to put schedules together to try to keep him healthy. So far, everything’s been good. That doesn’t mean it will be going forward, but we’re going to do everything we can to make sure that it is." Tanaka's upside is tremendous, but his elbow will make him a risky pick in fantasy leagues this spring. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:46 am
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