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    • 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
      Today, 6:43 am
    • Daniel Nava considers ditching switch-hitting
      Daniel Nava has been hitting exclusively from the left side of the plate this spring and is considering giving up switch-hitting.

      Advice: Nava has had significantly more success as a left-handed hitter so the idea certainly has merit. He has been putting in extra time to work from his strong side against left-handed pitching to see if his approach could work. With a career .209/.287/.298 slash from the right-side, it won't take much to notice an improvement. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:16 am
    • Ryan Howard comes to camp in good shape
      Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro said Friday that Ryan Howard showed up to camp in the best shape "since I've known him."

      Advice: Amaro made up with Howard at the beginning of spring training after saying over the winter that the club would be better off without him, and now he's bragging about the veteran's physical condition. None of it really means much. Howard is still slated to start versus righties at first base as long as he's healthy and still with the Phillies on Opening Day. He's remains capable of providing some home run pop but doesn't offer much else. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:23 pm
    • 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
      Yesterday, 10:54 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
    • 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
      Thursday, 1:57 pm
    • 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
    • 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
    • Canha ahead of Freiman for backup job
      Athletics manager Bob Melvin told reporters Thursday morning that Mark Canha is currently ahead of Nate Freiman for an Opening Day backup job.

      Advice: Canha was acquired from the Rockies back in mid-December after Colorado selected him from the Miami in the Rule 5 Draft. The 26-year-old first baseman hit .303/.384/.505 with 20 home runs and 82 RBI in 127 games for Triple-A New Orleans last season. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:28 am
       
      Player Note
      Mark Canha Oak - 1B,OF
    • 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
    • Suspensions may result from batter's box rule
      A player can be suspended for displaying "willful disregard" of the rule about stepping out of the batter's box, a source tells FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

      Advice: David Ortiz has been outspoken in his lack of concern regarding the rule, calling the rule BS and saying he won't change his game regardless of the punishment. When that was simply monetary fines it was one thing, but Rosenthal said a sixth offense would be viewed as neglect and could be met with a suspension. Papi may change his tune if missing games is on the table. It will be something to monitor once the season begins. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:50 pm
    • Brandon Moss (hip) takes batting practice
      Brandon Moss (hip) took batting practice on the field Wednesday for the first time this spring.

      Advice: Moss is currently rehabbing from October hip surgery. Indians manager Terry Francona said earlier this week that he's not ready to commit to him being ready for Opening Day, but the expectation is that he could be cleared for game action by mid-March. If so, he shouldn't need many at-bats to be tuned up. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:33 pm
    • Teixeira added 13 pounds of muscle
      Mark Teixeira said Wednesday that he put on 13 pounds of muscle during the offseason.

      Advice: Teixeira, who turns 35 in April, also trimmed his body fat by five percent of the winter. He got there by hiring a new trainer and going a gluten-free diet. The veteran first baseman is determined to rebound after hitting just .216 with 22 home runs and a .711 OPS last season. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:10 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
    • Ortiz will be with BOS 'as long as he wants'
      Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said Tuesday that David Ortiz will be with the club "as long as he wants to be."

      Advice: Ortiz will make $16 million in 2015 and will have an $11 million option for 2016 vest if he reaches 425 plate appearances. There are also plate appearance incentives that could take his 2016 deal up to $16 million. While Cherington said Tuesday that there's "been no discussion" on Big Papi's deal recently, he said that the designated hitter is "part of the Red Sox legacy" and indicated that he essentially has a lifetime contract. Ortiz, who will turn 40 next offseason, has indicated previously that it's possible the 2015 campaign will be his last. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:36 pm
    • 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
    • Pearce could see time at 3B in spring
      Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Tuesday that Steve Pearce could get some time at third base this spring.

      Advice: It's not something that will happen early on in spring training and the Orioles just want to keep their options open. Pearce hasn't played third base since 2011 as a member of the Pirates. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:21 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
    • Lind to see at-bats vs. LHP in spring
      Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Tuesday that he wants to see Adam Lind against left-handers in the spring.

      Advice: The assumption was that Lind would sit against most left-handers, as he has been awful against them for a few years running, but Roenicke wants to see for himself. We still see this shaking out as a platoon situation, but fortunately Lind will be on the strong side. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 9:39 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
    • Edwin Encarnacion to play 1B for Blue Jays
      The Blue Jays have decided to use Edwin Encarnacion at first base this season.

      Advice: The club had previously indicated that Encarnacion would be the primary designated hitter, but they've reversed course. Encarnacion has had some back issues in the past, so he'll likely still see some time in the DH spot when he needs a mini-breather. Justin Smoak, Daric Barton, Danny Valencia and Dioner Navarro are candidates to handle DH duties. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:59 pm
    • Moss (hip) not a given for Indians' opener
      Indians manager Terry Francona on Monday wouldn't commit to Brandon Moss (hip) being ready for Opening Day.

      Advice: Moss is currently working on building up his running program as he rehabs his way back from hip surgery. He's expected to be cleared for game action by mid-March, which should give him enough time to be ready for Opening Day as long as he doesn't have any setbacks. However, his manager obviously isn't ready to commit his name to the Opening Day lineup just yet. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 3:24 pm
    • 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
    • Kyle Blanks (Achilles) encouraged by progress
      Kyle Blanks (Achilles) indicated Saturday that he's been encouraged by his recovery from an Achilles injury.

      Advice: Blanks has been running for nearly three weeks now and hasn't experienced any setbacks. While he'll be limited to working at first base and designated hitter at the start of the spring, if he continues to progress he could compete for a starting spot in left field before Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:38 am
       
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    • Eric Campbell to serve as emergency catcher
      Eric Campbell is expected to serve as the Mets emergency catcher this season.

      Advice: It's a strong indication that the 27-year-old utility man is viewed as a favorite to earn a spot on the Opening Day roster. He appeared in 85 games for the Mets in 2014, slashing .263/.322/.358 with three homers and 16 RBI while appearing at six different defensive positions. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 8:04 am
       
      Player Note
      Éric Campbell NYM - 1B,3B,OF
    • 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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    • Stephen Vogt (foot) won't catch yet
      Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Friday that Stephen Vogt (foot) won't catch at the beginning of the Cactus League schedule.

      Advice: That's been the anticipation. Vogt also will not play first base or the outfield at all during spring training as he works his way back from foot surgery. However, the A's are just being cautious here, as they fully expect him to be ready for Opening Day. Vogt is set to serve as the club's primary catcher in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:30 am
       
      Player Note
      Stephen Vogt Oak - C,1B,OF
    • Yasmani Grandal will catch Kershaw some
      The Dodgers don't plan to make A.J. Ellis the personal catcher for Clayton Kershaw.

      Advice: Kershaw loves throwing to Ellis and likely will continue to do so most starts in 2015, but it sounds like Yasmani Grandal will also get a chance. President of baseball operations Andrew Friedman noted that Grandal is better versus righties and Ellis is better against lefties, so it has the makings of mostly a platoon situation. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 4:56 pm
    • Moss (hip) on pace for games by mid-March
      Brandon Moss (hip) is on pace to be cleared for Cactus League games by mid-March.

      Advice: Working his way back from hip surgery, Moss is doing sprints and overhand-toss hitting drills. He is expected to begin position-specific running drills within the next 7-10 days and hitting on the field by the end of February or early March. Hip injuries can be worrisome, but all signs point to Moss being ready to go on Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 4:46 pm
    • Cron will have no limitations in spring
      Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Thursday that C.J. Cron (wrist) should have no limitations in spring training.

      Advice: Cron had minor surgery over the winter to address a cyst in his right wrist, but he's apparently ready to go. The 25-year-old hit .256 with 11 home runs and a .739 OPS as a rookie last season and should at least share at-bats out of the DH spot this season. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 2:11 pm
    • Pedro Alvarez wins arb. hearing vs. Pirates
      Pedro Alvarez won his arbitration hearing against the Pirates and will make $5.75 million in 2015.

      Advice: Pittsburgh's front office countered at $5.25 million but didn't win the argument in Wednesday's arbitration hearing. Alvarez is poised to open the 2015 season as the Pirates' primary first baseman. He batted just .231/.312/.405 in 122 games last year while earning a salary of $4.25 million. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:11 am
    • Goldschmidt says left hand is fully healed
      Paul Goldschmidt told reporters Thursday that his broken left hand is completely healed.

      Advice: Goldschmidt broke the hand last August, ending his 2014 season with a .300/.396/.542 batting line, 19 home runs, and 69 RBI in 109 games. The 27-year-old first baseman will wear a protective pad under his left batting glove this season and should again be a fantasy monster. He produced 36 home runs, 125 RBI, and 15 stolen bases in 2013. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 10:32 am
    • V-Mart to continue workouts away from team
      Victor Martinez (knee) will continue working out on his own away from Tigers' camp when the club begins full-squad workouts next week.

      Advice: Martinez underwent surgery last week to repair the medial meniscus in his left knee. The expectation is that he'll resume full activity by around mid-March or slightly after, so he should be ready for Opening Day if there are no setbacks. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:49 pm
    • 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
    • Howard still looks like 1B for Phillies
      Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said Wednesday that Ryan Howard will be the team's starting first baseman unless he's unseated.

      Advice: It doesn't really tell us much. It's no secret that the Phillies would like to turn the page on Howard and appear willing to cover most of his contract in order to trade him, but they haven't received any serious interest until this point. Darin Ruf and/or Maikel Franco would benefit if the situation changes, but Howard is at the top of the depth chart at first base as spring training gets underway. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:25 am
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