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    • Blue Jays sign Viciedo to minor league deal
      Blue Jays signed OF Dayan Viciedo to a minor league contract.

      Advice: The deal will pay Viciedo $2.5 million if he makes the team out of spring. Viciedo can be a useful player against left-handed pitching, but his days as a viable everyday starting outfielder have gone. Viciedo hit 21 homers last season, so at the very least he can provide some additional pop for the Jays. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:55 pm
       
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    • Report: Blue Jays agree on deal with Viciedo
      A source tells Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that the Blue Jays and OF Dayan Viciedo have agreed on a minor league deal.

      Advice: No terms were known. Viciedo was cut loose by the White Sox but still has some value as a right-handed power hitter. The 25-year-old hit 21 homers in 523 at-bats this past season. With Michael Saunders out for a period of time to start the year, he could see time as a starter with the Jays in the early going if he breaks camp with the club. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:19 pm
       
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    • CarGo (knee) to begin running bases next week
      Carlos Gonzalez (knee) will begin running the bases next week.

      Advice: CarGo is recovering from surgery to repair the patella tendon in his left knee last August. The outfielder won't be in the lineup when Cactus League games begin on Wednesday, but he doesn't appear to be too far away from game action. Assuming things go well, Gonzalez will be in the Rockies' lineup on Opening Day. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 3:31 pm
    • Hamilton's suspension would begin Opening Day
      Josh Hamilton's potential suspension for drug use would begin at the start of the season, a source tells Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com.

      Advice: That's meaningful because Hamilton is also in the process of recovering from shoulder surgery, so the recovery and his suspension could coincide. In fact, there's a chance that Hamilton could actually end up serving his entire suspension, whatever it may be, while rehabbing. Any decision on a potential suspension isn't expected anytime soon, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:05 pm
    • Coco Crisp sidelined with case of pink eye
      Coco Crisp has been sidelined early in Athletics camp as he's dealing with a case of pink eye.

      Advice: Crisp experienced the same issue during the 2012 season where he was forced to miss more than a week of action. While it won't impact his availability for the start of the regular season, it serves as a reminder to the fragility of the veteran outfielder. He has averaged just 118 games per season during his five years in Oakland. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:20 am
    • Pagan (neck) to face live pitching Saturday
      Angel Pagan (neck) will take live batting practice on Saturday.

      Advice: Pagan had been held out of workouts the previous two days and was scheduled to have Saturday off as well, but felt significant improvement in his neck. While he's on track to be ready for Opening Day, he remains a significant injury risk. He has averaged just 84 games played over the past two seasons. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:57 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
      Yesterday, 8:40 am
    • Boesch to work at all three outfield spots
      Reds manager Bryan Price said that non-roster invitee Brennan Boesch will see work at all three outfield spots, as well as first base, as he competes for a bench spot on the team's Opening Day roster.

      Advice: If he can adequately cover center field and first base defensively, the added versatility would go a long way toward earning Boesch a spot on the roster. The 29-year-old is a career .256/.309/.412 hitter and would represent a nice left-handed bat off the bench. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 8:37 am
       
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    • Mariners likely to bat right fielder second
      Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon indicated Saturday that whoever plays right field could end up batting second in the Mariners lineup.

      Advice: The M's skipper mentioned that Seth Smith, Justin Ruggiano and Rickie Weeks were all capable of hitting in that second spot in the lineup. Smith figures to see the majority of the at-bats against right-handed pitching with Ruggiano or Weeks imposing their will against opposing southpaws. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:46 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
      Yesterday, 6:16 am
    • Khris Davis works to improve plate discipline
      Khris Davis indicated Friday that he's working to improve his overall plate discipline, getting back to the approach that made him successful in the minor leagues.

      Advice: Davis admitted his over-aggressiveness led to struggles during his first full season, "I was a little eager, wanting to please too much, too early. I found out I'm human." As the 2014 season progressed, Davis became more impatient at the dish and his numbers suffered. Still, the 27-year-old slashed .244/.299/.457 with 22 homers and 69 RBI in 144 games and could be poised for an even bigger year in 2015 if he can indeed improve his discipline. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:35 pm
    • Saunders (knee) could return to Jays in April
      Michael Saunders underwent successful surgery on Friday to remove 60% of the meniscus in his left knee and is expected to be sidelined for 4-to-6 weeks.

      Advice: Initially, the team feared he'd be sidelined until around the All-Star break, though the tear wasn't as bad as they had feared and they were able to get by simply 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
    • Perez favorite to fill in for Upton in CF?
      MLB.com's Mark Bowman believes Eury Perez is the early favorite to be the Braves' Opening Day center field following Melvin Upton's (foot) injury.

      Advice: It makes sense, as Eric Young and Zoilo Almonte are both better suited for the corner outfield and Perez is likely a better option than Todd Cunningham. Perez has just 23 plate appearances in the majors but is a career .305/.360/.384 hitter in the minors and has put up gaudy stolen base totals. His speed could give him some fantasy value if he finds his way into the lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:59 pm
    • A's, Blue Jays interested in Dayan Viciedo
      FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Athletics and Blue Jays are among the teams talking to Dayan Viciedo.

      Advice: Both clubs have an opening in left field following Michael Saunders' (knee) injury, so it makes sense. Viciedo is a poor defender and has a career .298 OPS, but he's also slugged 60 homers over the last three seasons. His ideal landing spot for fantasy purposes would be in Toronto, where his power would play well at Rogers Centre. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 2:44 pm
       
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    • Melvin Upton (foot) to begin season on DL
      Melvin Upton has been diagnosed with sesamoiditis in his left foot and is expected to miss all of spring training.

      Advice: Sesamoiditis is inflammation in the bone behind the ball of his foot. Upton will be in a cast for two weeks and a walking boot for 4-6 weeks after that. He won't be allowed to resume baseball activity until at least early April and is expected to be out until at least May 1. It's a tough break for a guy in desperate need of a bounce-back season after hitting just .198/.279/.314 in his first two seasons with the Braves. Eury Perez, Eric Young and Zoilo Almonte are options to fill in for Upton in center field. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 12:54 pm
    • A's claim Alex Hassan off waivers
      Athletics claimed OF Alex Hassan off waivers from the Orioles.

      Advice: It's the second time this offseason that they've claimed him. Hassan batted .287/.378/.426 with eight homers at Triple-A with the Red Sox last season and got a cup of coffee with the big club. He could compete for a bench job with Oakland. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 12:37 pm
    • 'Could be weeks' before Hamilton decision
      Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that the Angels are not expecting a decision regarding Josh Hamilton's impending suspension anytime soon.

      Advice: Fletcher adds that it "could be weeks" and the club is "hoping by Opening Day" a decision will be made. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi have reported that Hamilton is likely facing a suspension of at least 25 games following his drug relapse, but it's a complicated process and new commissioner Rob Manfred could show the outfielder some compassion given his efforts to remain sober. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 11:02 am
    • Melvin Upton to have X-rays on injured toe
      Melvin Upton has been sent for X-rays on his ailing toe.

      Advice: There's no word yet on the results, but MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports that "it sounds like Upton will be sidelined for more than just a few days." It's not clear at this point how Upton was injured. An update on the outfielder's status could be available later Friday. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 10:42 am
    • Angel Pagan battling neck injury
      Angel Pagan was held out of workouts for a second straight day Friday due to a sore neck.

      Advice: It doesn't appear to be a major concern at this point, but with Pagan's history of injuries there's always some worry when anything pops up. Pagan is coming back from back surgery but entered camp with no restrictions. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:52 am
    • Juan Pierre officially announces retirement
      Juan Pierre has officially announced his retirement from baseball.

      Advice: Pierre, 37, didn't play last season but only now has officially decided to hang up his cleats. It was quite a career for the speedster, as Pierre sported a .295/.343/.361 batting line over his 14 seasons while stealing 614 bases. He never made an All-Star team, but Pierre finished in the top-20 in National League MVP voting twice and won a World Series ring with the Marlins in 2003. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:48 am
       
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    • Melvin Upton has minor toe injury
      Melvin Upton is dealing with a minor toe injury.

      Advice: It doesn't sound like anything to get worked up about. Upton is going by a new name this season and is shooting for a bounce-back year after batting just .198/.279/.314 in his first two seasons with the Braves. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 9:02 am
    • Alex Gordon cleared to hit off tee
      Alex Gordon (wrist) has been cleared to hit off a tee.

      Advice: It's the next step in his hitting program after he took some dry swings earlier this week. "He’s progressing fine," Royals manager Ned Yost said. Making his way back from offseason wrist surgery, Gordon is on pace to be ready to roll well before Opening Day as long as he can avoid setbacks. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 8:49 am
    • Hamilton suspension likely at least 25 games
      FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi report that Josh Hamilton "is likely to be suspended for at least 25 games but less than a full season."

      Advice: The report says that commissioner Rob Manfred is "not close to a decision" due to "various complexities" in Hamilton's case. While Hamilton's relapse this offseason is not considered his first major league violation (he was on the Rays' 40-man roster from February 18, 2004 through June 1, 2006), MLB is considering "showing compassion" for the outfielder because they "have a favorable view of (his) efforts to remain sober." Hamilton was already due to get a late start to the season because of shoulder surgery. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 5:42 am
    • 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
      Thursday, 4:12 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
      Thursday, 2:35 pm
    • 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
    • Giancarlo Stanton (face) tracks live pitches
      Giancarlo Stanton faced live pitching Thursday for the first time since last year's brutal season-ending beaning.

      Advice: Stanton suffered multiple facial fractures and dental damage when he was struck in the face last September by a Mike Fiers pitch. He will wear a protective guard on his helmet this season, though he did not sport it Thursday because he was only tracking pitches, not swinging. Stanton signed a 13-year, $325 million contract extension with the Marlins in November. He should again be a fantasy monster in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:45 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
       
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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
      Thursday, 8:33 am
       
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    • 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
    • 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
    • Report: Hamilton relapsed; cocaine involved
      A source tells Jon Heyman of CBS Sports that Josh Hamilton relapsed a few months back involving "at least cocaine."

      Advice: Heyman says Hamilton turned himself in and that, if true, he would be put in a drug program as a first-time offender. Without a positive test, it's unclear how MLB could suspend Hamilton for the incident. Reports were that the 33-year-old had a meeting with MLB Wednesday to discuss what happened. More should be known shortly. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:02 pm
    • Josh Hamilton's offense 'worse' than PEDs
      A major league executive told FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal that Josh Hamilton's coming disciplinary action is not for performance-enhancing drugs.

      Advice: The executive said it's "worse" than that. Hamilton was summoned to New York City on Wednesday for a hearing with MLB officials and the Angels are said to be bracing for a serious penalty. It's silly to speculate before more information is revealed, but we must note that Hamilton has a well-chronicled history of drug and alcohol addiction. This is trending in a very concerning direction. Anaheim owes the 33-year-old slugger $25.4 million in 2015, $32.4 million in 2016, and another $32.4 million in 2017. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 2:03 pm
    • Indians remain interested in Dayan Viciedo
      According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Indians remain interested in Dayan Viciedo but only if he accepts a minor league deal.

      Advice: Viciedo was designated for assignment by the White Sox at the end of January and then given his outright release in early February. Multiple teams have come knocking since, but the 25-year-old is probably holding out for a guaranteed major league roster spot. He is a bad defensive outfielder and posted a rough .686 OPS in 2014 with the White Sox, though his power should eventually land him a spot in some team's camp. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 1:07 pm
       
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    • Hamilton sees MLB about 'disciplinary issue'
      According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, Josh Hamilton is meeting with MLB officials Wednesday about a disciplinary issue and the Angels are bracing for possible penalties.

      Advice: That doesn't sound good. Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto confirmed to DiGiovanna that Hamilton was in New York to meet with MLB officials, but wouldn't go into any details about his situation. "I can say that Josh is going to meet with league officials in New York," said Dipoto. "At this point I have no other information to offer." While there's nothing to indicate that there's a connection, Hamilton has had past issues with addiction for cocaine and alcohol and is drug tested three times a week. He had been working out at a friend's ranch in Houston and doesn't have a locker with his name on it at the Angels' spring training complex in Arizona. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 12:51 pm
    • Mike Trout hopes to increase stolen bases
      Mike Trout said Wednesday that two of his biggest goals for this season are to cut down on his strikeouts and increase his stolen bases.

      Advice: Both goals would be a good thing for fantasy owners. Trout led the AL with 184 strikeouts last season, which he believes was a result of him chasing the high pitch. He plans to show more restraint in 2015, so getting his average closer to .300 again isn't out of the realm of possibility. Trout stole just 16 bases last season after amassing 33 in 2013 and 49 in 2012. We'd like to see some more speed from him, but it would really just be a bonus. He should be the consensus No. 1 pick in most fantasy leagues this year. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 8:22 am
    • Kubel not actively seeking contract
      Michael Tonkin told Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that Jason Kubel isn't "actively seeking" a contract.

      Advice: Tonkin is Kubel's brother-in-law, so he would likely know. Kubel, who turns 33 in May, batted just .224/.313/.295 with one home run over 176 plate appearances for the Twins last season before being released in June. He's not officially retired, but a return doesn't sound imminent. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 6:49 am
       
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    • O's designate Hassan for assignment
      Orioles designated OF Alex Hassan for assignment.

      Advice: The move clears a spot for the newly-signed Everth Cabrera on the 40-man roster. Hassan has already bounced from the Red Sox to the A's to the Orioles this offseason and he could soon be on the move again. The 26-year-old batted .287/.378/.426 in Triple-A last season. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 6:09 am
    • Alex Gordon (wrist) able to take dry swings
      Alex Gordon (wrist) took 15 dry swings with a fungo bat on Tuesday afternoon in Royals camp.

      Advice: Gordon got through the workout with no issues. He was cleared for throwing on Monday and should progress to live batting practice by early next week. The 31-year-old outfielder expects to be ready for the start of the 2015 regular season: "No question," Gordon said Tuesday. "Not even a doubt in my mind." Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 2:18 pm
    • Pagan has no restrictions after back surgery
      Angel Pagan said Tuesday that he has no restrictions following back surgery.

      Advice: Pagan dealt with a back injury for most of last season before undergoing surgery in September to repair a bulging disc and also narrow the nerve canal, but he's now back to 100 percent. "I'm good, I'm perfect," said Pagan. "I feel like never before." The 33-year-old projects to be the Giants' regular center fielder in 2015, but it's possible he'll be moved down in the order when Nori Aoki is in the lineup. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 8:35 am
    • Alex Gordon (wrist) cleared for dry swings
      Alex Gordon (wrist) has been cleared to take 15 dry swings on Tuesday.

      Advice: It's the next step in his recovery from January wrist surgery. Gordon was cleared for throwing on Monday morning and should be able to progress to live batting practice in about a week. He is expected to be ready for the beginning of the regular season. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 10:26 am
    • Alex Gordon (wrist) gets clearance to throw
      Alex Gordon (wrist) has been cleared for throwing.

      Advice: And he hopes to be cleared for batting practice by the end of this week. Gordon underwent an extensor retinaculum repair on his right wrist in early January but is only a couple days behind the other outfielders in Royals camp this spring. If everything goes smoothly from this point on, he should be ready for the beginning of the 2015 regular season. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 9:08 am
    • B.J. Upton to go by Melvin in 2015
      Braves president of baseball operations John Hart said Sunday that B.J. Upton will go by his given name Melvin in 2015.

      Advice: Upton's given name is Melvin Emanuel Upton and he's apparently decided to go by that this season. Regardless of what he wants to be called, Upton will be trying to bounce back from a disappointing first two seasons in Atlanta when he's batted just .198/.279/.314. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 22, 10:07 am
    • Gordon uncertain about exercising 2016 option
      Alex Gordon indicated he's unsure if he'll exercise his $13.25 million option for 2016.

      Advice: "That’s a question that honestly doesn’t need to be answered right now," Gordon said. "Because I don’t know the answer right now. I don’t know how this year is going to go, or how it’s going to look at the end of the year. Honestly, I don’t know." That goes against what Gordon said last summer, when he said he would exercise the option. It makes sense for him to back off that commitment -- he could certainly get more on the open market, and there's no reason for him to decide one way or the other on February 21. The situation will certainly be of interest for the Royals and their fans this summer. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 21, 3:03 pm
    • Hamilton (shoulder) could be out 12 weeks
      Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto revealed Friday that Josh Hamilton (shoulder) could miss as much as 12 weeks rather than the 6-8 weeks as initially projected.

      Advice: Nothing has changed regarding Hamilton's rehab from surgery to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder, but rather Dipoto is just admitting that the club isn't quite sure how long the outfielder will be sidelined. "It could be six to eight weeks, it could be as much as 12 weeks," Dipoto said. "He had a bone shaved down to create less friction in an arthritic shoulder. Until he gets on site and on the field, it’s tough to determine how long it will take." Hamilton, who had the procedure on February 3, could wind up missing all of spring training and not make his season debut until sometime in May. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 20, 2:20 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
      Feb 20, 9:33 am
    • Hamilton (shoulder) to do rehab in Houston
      Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Thursday that Josh Hamilton (shoulder) will do his rehab in Houston until "an unspecified time."

      Advice: Hamilton underwent surgery two weeks ago to repair the AC joint in his right shoulder. He's not ready for baseball activities yet and remains a question mark for the start of the season. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 19, 2:22 pm
    • Trout likely to bat second this season
      Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Thursday that he is leaning toward batting Mike Trout second this season.

      Advice: Scioscia indicated in December that he was toying with the idea of batting Trout third, but he said Thursday that the No. 2 spot "is where he fits us best right now," even with Josh Hamilton likely to start the year on the DL. Of course, Trout batted almost exclusively out of the No. 2 spot last year, so Scioscia appears content with the status quo. The 23-year-old should be the first player off the board in most fantasy drafts again this spring. Rotoworld.com
      Feb 19, 2:02 pm
    • 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
      Feb 19, 11:07 am
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