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    • Duda (oblique) nearing Grapefruit debut
      Lucas Duda (oblique) hopes to be game-ready early next week.

      Advice: As it turns out, Duda just hit off a tee and took some soft tosses Friday and didn't take batting practice as originally reported. It's nonetheless a nice step as the slugger works his way back from an oblique strain. Duda will have plenty of time to get ready for Opening Day as long as he doesn't have a setback. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:36 pm
    • Alex Castellanos leaves following HBP
      Alex Castellanos exited Friday's game versus the Tigers after being hit by a pitch on the right middle finger.

      Advice: Castellanos immediately crumpled to the ground after being plunked by the Luke Putkonen offering. The non-roster invitee has been sent for X-rays. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:34 pm
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    • Daniel Murphy (hand) being sent for X-rays
      Daniel Murphy will undergo X-rays on his right hand.

      Advice: The Mets announced that Murphy had a bruise after he was removed from Friday's game following a hit by pitch, but apparently that was just a preliminary diagnosis. For what it's worth, Murphy noted that he's not overly concerned even though his hand was noticeably swollen. An update on his status should be available later Friday. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:22 pm
    • Ali Solis finally signs with Dodgers
      Dodgers signed C Ali Solis to a minor league contract.

      Advice: Solis agreed to terms with the Dodgers in January but saw the deal fall apart due to a contractual issue. Obviously the two sides worked out whatever that problem was. The 27-year-old will serve as organizational depth. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 12:00 pm
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    • Daniel Murphy diagnosed with bruise
      Daniel Murphy has been diagnosed with a bruised right hand.

      Advice: Murphy had to leave Friday's game after being hit by a pitch. It's not clear whether he required X-rays, but either way it appears he dodged a bullet. Murphy could sit out a day or two while the swelling subsides. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:41 am
    • Jose Iglesias leaves with bruised shin
      Jose Iglesias left Friday's game against the Mets with a right shin contusion.

      Advice: It sounds bad given that he missed last season with stress fractures in both shins, but it appears this is unrelated. Iglesias was injured when hit the base awkwardly on a stolen base attempt. "I slid too late and hit it in the wrong spot, but I'll be fine," he said. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:37 am
    • Jose Bautista scratched with tight hamstring
      Jose Bautista was scratched from Friday's game due to right hamstring tightness.

      Advice: There were rainy conditions in Florida, so the Blue Jays were likely just playing things cautiously here. Bautista should be back in action before long. Caleb Gindl took Joey Bats' spot in right field Friday. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:17 am
    • Matt Harvey hits 99 mph in spring debut
      Matt Harvey touched 99 mph while throwing two perfect innings Friday against the Nationals.

      Advice: Harvey struck out three, and he showed good break on his curveball to go along with the blazing heater. It was a terrific sight. The plan is for Harvey to start the Mets' third game of the season on April 9. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 11:01 am
    • Daniel Murphy exits after HBP on hand
      Daniel Murphy left Friday's game against the Tigers after being hit on the hand by a pitch.

      Advice: Murphy stayed in the game to run the bases after being plunked by a David Price pitch, but he was removed before taking the field defensively. The Mets should provide an update on the second baseman's status before long, but he'll likely be sent for X-rays. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:49 am
    • Josmil Pinto (quad) day-to-day
      Josmil Pinto is day-to-day with a minor quad injury.

      Advice: It puts him a little behind schedule, but he'll be fine. Expect Pinto to be game-ready sometime next week. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:47 am
    • Jimmy Nelson cleared for game action
      Jimmy Nelson (hamstring) has been cleared for game action after getting through a session of live batting practice Friday.

      Advice: Nelson is expected to start on Monday or Tuesday. A minor hamstring strain has held him back slightly behind other pitchers, but he's ready to roll now. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:46 am
    • Jonathan Lucroy (hamstring) ahead of schedule
      Jonathan Lucroy (hamstring) could be ready for Cactus League game sooner than expected.

      Advice: Lucroy is just over three weeks into his projected 4-6 week timetable for a right hamstring strain. It's not clear when he might be ready to play in games, but it doesn't sound like it will be too long. Lucroy is on pace to be ready for Opening Day, assuming he continues to progress without hitting any bumps in the road. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:45 am
    • Justin Upton under the weather
      Justin Upton was scratched from Friday's lineup due to flu-like symptoms.

      Advice: He'll return to action in a day or two. Rymer Liriano has taken Upton's spot in left field Friday. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:57 am
    • Lucas Duda (oblique) takes batting practice
      Lucas Duda (oblique) took batting practice on Friday.

      Advice: It's the first time he's faced live pitching since he strained his oblique just over a week ago. Duda was given a cortisone injection for the ailment and it appears it has helped speed along the healing process. It's not clear when he might be game-ready, but Duda should have plenty of time to get ready for Opening Day as long as he doesn't have a setback. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:47 am
    • Stephen Vogt (foot) set to run bases
      Stephen Vogt (foot) will run the bases Friday or Saturday.

      Advice: If that goes well, Vogt will get some at-bats at designated hitter in some Cactus League games soon. His rehab from foot surgery is going well, as Vogt is on track to be ready to roll on Opening Day as long as he can avoid setbacks. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:20 am
    • Mike Carp nursing toe injury
      Mike Carp was scratched from Friday's lineup due to a toe injury.

      Advice: Carp took a pitch off his pinkie toe on Thursday and the toe was still swollen Friday. He should be fine after a couple days of rest. Carp is competing for a bench spot with the Nationals. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:17 am
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    • Yunel Escobar to have back examined
      Yunel Escobar will have his back examined by a doctor Friday.

      Advice: Escobar was scratched from Thursday's game due to what the Nationals said at the time was "general soreness," but it appears the ailment is focused on the infielder's back. Manager Matt Williams isn't too concerned, but we'll obviously know more about Escobar's status after the exam. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:15 am
    • Gavin Floyd shut down with 'general soreness'
      Gavin Floyd had to halt a live batting practice session on Wednesday after seven pitches due to "general soreness."

      Advice: Floyd isn't concerned, but his next step has yet to be determined. Indians manager Terry Francona noted that the soreness the righty is experiencing is in a different spot than was operated on last June. If Floyd were get a late start to the season, Danny Salazar and T.J. House could both be penciled into the Indians' rotation. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:14 am
    • Jorge De La Rosa (groin) scratched from start
      Jorge De La Rosa was scratched from Saturday's scheduled outing due to left groin tightness.

      Advice: It's just a precautionary move, as De La Rosa will play catch Friday, throw off the mound Saturday and plans to make his next scheduled start next week. As long as he doesn't have a setback, the veteran left-hander will be fine for Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 8:05 am
    • Yu Darvish (triceps) set to undergo MRI
      Yu Darvish (triceps) will undergo an MRI on Friday.

      Advice: Darvish had to exit Thursday's Cactus League appearance due to right triceps tightness. He reported improvement Friday and the Rangers don't seem to be worried, but it's protocol for them to order an MRI just in case. Even if the MRI comes back clean, he would figure to rest a bit as a precaution. The results will be in on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:45 am
    • Omar Infante (elbow) scratched from lineup
      Omar Infante was scratched from Friday's lineup due to ongoing soreness in his right elbow.

      Advice: Infante, who has dealt with soreness in his throwing elbow since the beginning of camp, had been slated to serve as the designated hitter. The Royals are hoping he'll be ready to serve as DH on Saturday, but he's set to undergo an MRI on Friday just in case. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:31 am
    • MRI shows damage to Tim Collins' UCL
      An MRI of Tim Collins' left elbow has shown damage to his ulnar collateral ligament.

      Advice: Collins will get a second opinion, but it appears that he's headed for Tommy John surgery. The diminutive left-hander was injured during his first Cactus League appearance on Wednesday. Collins is set to earn $1.475 million this season in his second year of arbitration eligibility. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:22 am
    • Randal Grichuk (back) to play Saturday
      Randal Grichuk (back) will make his Grapefruit League debut on Saturday.

      Advice: Grichuk has dealt with some mild lower back soreness early on in camp, but he's fine. The young outfielder is likely to make the Cardinals' Opening Day roster as a potent bench bat. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:17 am
    • Joey Votto (quad) to make spring debut Sat.
      Joey Votto (quad) will make his Cactus League debut on Saturday.

      Advice: Votto was held back a bit as he returns from last season's quad/knee issue, but he's feeling good and now is ready to play in games. The 31-year-old first baseman will be in the No. 2 spot in the lineup Saturday versus the Royals. Votto stands a good chance to bounce back in 2015 if he can remain healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:16 am
    • Michael Saunders (knee) plays catch again
      Michael Saunders (knee) played catch for the second straight day Friday.

      Advice: He's also hoping to take swings off a tee on Friday. "Everything [in knee] feels stable, strong and healthy," Saunders said. The outfielder underwent surgery a week ago to remove part of the meniscus in his left knee but could be ready to return as soon as mid-April. Saunders will be the Blue Jays' left field once he's recovered. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:09 am
    • Blanks (Achilles) to play in games next week
      Kyle Blanks (Achilles) is scheduled to play in games by mid-to-late next week.

      Advice: The Rangers have been taking things slowly with Blanks after his Achilles issues last season. He'll be limited to working at first base and designated hitter initially but eventually will see work in the outfield as long as his health cooperates. Blanks could see plenty of playing time this season in left field and at designated hitter if he can stay on the field. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:05 am
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    • Shin-Soo Choo nursing an illness
      Shin-Soo Choo was sent home on Thursday due to an upper respiratory infection and flu-like symptoms.

      Advice: He should be fine in a day or two. Choo is also working his way back from elbow and ankle surgeries but is expected to be fine for Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:58 am
    • Parnell (elbow) to appear in game March 10
      Bobby Parnell (elbow) is slated to appear in a "B" game on March 10.

      Advice: He'll then appear in a Grapefruit League contest on March 11. It will be his first game action since last April's Tommy John surgery. Parnell is slated to miss the first month of the season for the Mets but should eventually slide into a setup role. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:45 am
    • Escobar scratched with general soreness
      Yunel Escobar was scratched from Thursday's Grapefruit League game against the Mets due to general soreness.

      Advice: The soreness is apparently due to the extra work he has been putting in with his transition to second base. He should be ready to go in a day or so. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:11 pm
    • Darvish exits spring debut with tight triceps
      Yu Darvish was pulled from his Cactus League debut after one inning Thursday due to right triceps tightness.

      Advice: Darvish had a flawless first inning, ending the frame with a nasty strikeout of Kendrys Morales, but the Rangers didn't let him go back out there for the bottom of the second. Texas is calling the departure a precautionary measure, but Darvish is going to reevaluated by team doctors on Friday. He missed the last seven weeks of the 2014 season because of right elbow inflammation. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 12:34 pm
    • Joey Votto (quad) nearing his Cactus debut
      Reds manager Bryan Price indicated Thursday that Joey Votto's Cactus League debut is imminent.

      Advice: "You won't have to hold your breath, I promise you, you won't have to hold your breath for this," Price said. "Just to reiterate, we just went too far into the rehab and made a commitment to do an extensive rehab to do anything before we feel he's ready. I think he's very close and he's champing at the bit to get in there." Votto missed 100 games last season because of a distal quad strain. The 31-year-old first baseman is an excellent bounceback candidate for 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:30 am
    • Justin Upton homers to kick off the spring
      Justin Upton went 1-for-3 with a solo home run to begin Cactus League action on Wednesday.

      Advice: That's one way to kick things off with a new team. Upton homered in the seventh inning against Forrest Snow, which is a little less impressive. With Upton as well as Matt Kemp and Wil Myers, the Padres revamped their entire outfield and Upton is expected to put up big numbers once again. He bashed 29 home runs with 102 RBI last season with the Braves. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:32 pm
    • Tim Collins leaves game with elbow soreness
      Tim Collins left Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Rangers with left elbow soreness.

      Advice: Collins told reporters he felt tightness and soreness in the elbow but said his level of concern isn't high. Still, he'll undergo an MRI on the elbow Thursday after which more will be known. The Royals are counting on Collins to be an important part of their bullpen from the left side this season. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 3:23 pm
    • Tim Collins leaves appearance with trainer
      Tim Collins left his appearance in Wednesday's Cactus League game accompanied by a trainer.

      Advice: Collins faced four batters, allowing a double and a walk. Only nine of his 17 pitches were strikes. The Royals should provide an update if there is a health concern. Collins missing time would improve the odds of left-handed prospect Brandon Finnegan cracking the Opening Day roster. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:08 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
      Wednesday, 2:01 pm
    • Duda (oblique) expected to swing bat Wed.
      Lucas Duda (oblique) is expected to swing a bat Wednesday.

      Advice: Duda hasn't swung a bat in three weeks due to a minor oblique strain. He received a cortisone shot to deal with the injury and he should have plenty of time to get ready for the season if there are no setbacks. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:30 am
    • Votto won't be out of Reds' lineup for long
      Reds manager Bryan Price said Tuesday that Joey Votto (quad) won't be out of the lineup for long.

      Advice: Votto is not up to game speed, so the Reds are taking it slow with their first baseman. He missed the entirety of the second half of 2014 with a distal strain in his right quadriceps, finishing the season with an uncharacteristic .255/.390/.409 slash line. A return to health could springboard his numbers back into fantasy elite status. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:00 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
    • Yunel Escobar (fever) returns to practice
      Yunel Escobar (fever) missed on-field workouts Monday morning but will be back out on the field Tuesday.

      Advice: The Nationals don't start exhibition play until Thursday against the Mets, so Escobar should be firing on all cylinders then. Escobar, 32, is shifting from shortstop to second base this season. The veteran has limited fantasy value, having consistently hit in the mid-.250's with fewer than 10 home runs in each of the last three seasons. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 6:16 am
    • Harvey likely to make season debut on April 9
      Matt Harvey (elbow) is likely to make his regular season debut on April 9 in Washington against the Nationals, the third game of the regular season, according to Kevin Kernan of the New York Daily News.

      Advice: Harvey should also be good to go for his next turn on April 14 at home against the Phillies, Kernan added. The right-hander is nearly fully recovered from his October 2013 Tommy John surgery. Expect the Mets to take their foot off the gas with Harvey often throughout the season. Innings aside, though, the sky remains the limit for the talented youngster, who finished the 2013 season with a 2.27 ERA and 191/31 K/BB ratio in 178 1/3 innings, good enough for fourth in NL Cy Young Award balloting. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 5:22 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
    • Joey Votto (quad) not yet up to game speed
      Reds manager Bryan Price said Monday that Joey Votto (quad) is not up to game speed.

      Advice: But that was by design heading into the spring, and the 31-year-old first baseman should start seeing his name in Cactus League lineups soon. "I feel really, really good," Votto told reporters Monday. "I'm surprised at how good I feel this early. I feel like I'm trending toward being able to play games here in the not too distant future." He logged only 272 plate appearances in 2014 due to a distal quad strain. The potential is there for a big-time rebound. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:16 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
      Monday, 5:48 am
    • Floyd (elbow) throws live batting practice
      Gavin Floyd (elbow) successfully made it through his first live batting practice session on Sunday without issue.

      Advice: It's the first time that the veteran right-hander had faced a live hitter since sustaining his elbow injury in June. Floyd wound up throwing around 50 pitches including warm-ups and came away from the session feeling good. He'll repeat the exercise again on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 5:47 pm
    • 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
      Sunday, 1:24 pm
    • Jimmy Nelson (hamstring) resumes throwing
      Jimmy Nelson (hamstring) threw a bullpen session Sunday with no issues.

      Advice: Nelson was held back from throwing for a few days due to a balky hamstring, but he's back on track now. The young right-hander is slated to open the season as the Brewers' No. 5 starter. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 11:26 am
    • 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
      Sunday, 10:49 am
    • Saunders (knee) could return to Jays in April
      Michael Saunders underwent successful surgery Friday to remove 60 percent of the meniscus in his left knee and is expected to be sidelined for 4-6 weeks.

      Advice: Initially, the Blue Jays feared he'd be sidelined until around the All-Star break. But the tear wasn't nearly as bad as it could have been and the surgeons were able to fix it simply by trimming the meniscus. With a return set around mid-April, the Jays are no longer forced to scrounge up a suitable replacement and will roll with in-house options to cover left field until Saunders is recovered. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 4:09 pm
    • Jimmy Nelson nursing hamstring ailment
      Jimmy Nelson has been held back from throwing due to a hamstring injury.

      Advice: Brewers manager Ron Roenicke insists that it isn't serious, so it sounds like Nelson will resume throwing in a few days. The young right-hander will be the club's No. 5 starter this season. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:26 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • Harvey to make Grapefruit debut on March 6
      Matt Harvey (elbow) is expected to make his first Grapefruit League start on March 6.

      Advice: It's a home game in Port St. Lucie, Florida against the visiting Tigers. Harvey is 16 months removed from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery and should be a full-go when the 2015 regular season opens, though the Mets will probably limit his workload in some fashion after he missed all of 2014. Harvey can still be a top-tier fantasy starter even if he only logs 160-170 innings this summer. The 25-year-old right-hander owns a fantastic 2.39 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, and 261/57 K/BB ratio in 237 2/3 major league frames. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 6:23 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
    • Michael Saunders tears meniscus, out til ASB
      Michael Saunders tore the meniscus in his left knee Wednesday when he stepped on an underground sprinkler and will likely be out until the All-Star break.

      Advice: He'll have surgery on Friday. It's awful news for the Blue Jays, who were excited about Saunders' potential as their everyday left fielder. The 28-year-old will undergo surgery on the knee next week and his rehabilitation is expected to take close to five months. He was acquired from the Mariners on December 3 for starter J.A. Happ and agreed to a one-year, $2.875 million contract with Toronto on January 16, avoiding arbitration. Kevin Pillar may get the first look in left field. Bringing in outside help is also an option for the Jays. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 5:28 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
      Thursday, 5:08 am
    • Harvey (elbow) to throw batting practice Fri.
      Matt Harvey (elbow) will throw his first batting practice session Friday.

      Advice: Harvey recently incorporated curveballs and sliders into his throwing sessions as he continues to progress from Tommy John surgery. Now he's ready to make the next step. As of now, the Mets are planning on Harvey being a full-go when the season begins. We wouldn't be surprised if it takes the Mets' ace some time to get back to his usual dominant self, as we have seen with other pitchers in the past, but it's worth noting that he is 16 months removed from surgery. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:36 am
    • 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
    • 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
    • Parnell (elbow) to face hitters this weekend
      Bobby Parnell (elbow) will face batters this weekend for the first time since Tommy John surgery.

      Advice: Parnell is scheduled to throw one more bullpen session Thursday as a tuneup. He's expected to begin the season on the disabled list, but should be ready to join the Mets' bullpen around the beginning of May. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 12:15 pm
    • 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
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