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    • Simmons (oblique) takes some dry swings
      Andrelton Simmons (oblique) did some light throwing and took some dry swings on Friday.

      Advice: It's a surprise given that he was diagnosed with an oblique strain just a day ago. Simmons will likely continue to slowly build up his hitting progression over the next few days, but it sounds like he won't be sidelined very long at all. The slick-fielding shortstop hit .244/.286/.331 with seven home runs in 146 games last season. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 10:09 am
    • Brendan Ryan (back) to sit out five days
      Brendan Ryan will miss five days on on-field activities after suffering a mid-back sprain while lifting weights.

      Advice: It doesn't seem like a major concern at this point, though it's worth noting that Ryan had back issues last spring, as well, before missing the first five weeks of the season. Ryan is slated to back up at shortstop in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 9:14 am
    • 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
      Yesterday, 8:01 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
      Yesterday, 5:08 am
    • Orioles' Cabrera took plea agrement
      Everth Cabrera took a plea agreement for a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest.

      Advice: The incident happened last September when Cabrera was pulled over in San Diego on suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana. However, no trial will be necessary now. He's on probation and will pay a fine and do community service. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 11:09 am
    • Jimmy Rollins not set in leadoff spot
      Dodgers manager Don Mattingly indicated Wednesday that he's not completely committed to Jimmy Rollins in the leadoff spot.

      Advice: Dee Gordon was the Dodgers' regular leadoff hitter last season, but he was traded to the Marlins over the winter. Rollins owns a .319 on-base percentage over the past three seasons, so he's never been the ideal leadoff hitter, but we still think he's the most likely candidate. Still, Mattingly will keep an open mind about the situation. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 9:21 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
    • O's finalize contract with Everth Cabrera
      Orioles signed INF Everth Cabrera to a one-year, $2.4 million contract.

      Advice: CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported the contract details, which includes $600,000 in potential incentives. Cabrera was non-tendered by the Padres in December after a rough year both on and off the field, but he could play himself into significant playing time at second base in Baltimore. His speed makes him worth watching in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 6:04 am
    • 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
    • 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
    • Rangers place Profar on 60-day DL
      Rangers placed INF Jurickson Profar on the 60-day disabled list.

      Advice: The move clears a spot for Edgar Olmos on the 40-man roster. Profar underwent surgery Monday to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder and will miss his second straight season. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 10:35 am
       
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    • Twins' Santana adds seven pounds of muscle
      Danny Santana added about seven pounds of muscle during the offseason.

      Advice: Santana skipped the Dominican Winter League and worked out with trainer Franklin Reynoso instead. After ending last season at around 178 pounds, he checked in at 185 pounds during TwinsFest last month. "Sometimes it was 2 1/2 or three hours," said Santana. "I feel good. We worked a lot on my shoulders and my legs." It will be difficult for the 24-year-old Santana to maintain his .319/.353/.472 batting line from last season, but he offers speed and should begin 2015 with an everyday job. Rotoworld.com
      Tuesday, 7:00 am
    • Cabrera's deal with O's can max out at $3M
      CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles have completed a one-year, $2.4 million contract with Everth Cabrera.

      Advice: He'll have the chance to earn $600,000 more in incentives. Cabrera is expected to be at the Orioles' spring training complex on Tuesday to finalize the deal. Baltimore will also have an additional year of control of Cabrera, as he was only in his second year of arbitration before the Padres non-tendered him. Cabrera has had off-the-field issues and is coming off a season where he hit just .232/.272/.300, but he was an All-Star in 2013 and is one of the fastest players in the game. The 28-year-old will compete for playing time at second base. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 5:46 pm
    • Profar has season-ending surgery on shoulder
      Jurickson Profar underwent surgery Monday to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder.

      Advice: The rehab for such a procedure takes at least nine months, so Profar can be ruled out for a second consecutive season. The 22-year-old infielder was considered the top prospect in baseball not long ago, but it's pretty difficult to make a career projection on him now. Profar just can't catch a break. Rotoworld.com
      Monday, 11:02 am
       
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    • Jonathan Villar to see time at 2B and 3B
      Jonathan Villar will play some second and third base during spring training.

      Advice: Villar has only played shortstop in his two seasons with the Astros, but his best shot at a roster spot in 2015 will be as a utility player. The 23-year-old does have some limited experience at second base (20 games) and third base (three games) from his minor league days. Rotoworld.com
      Sunday, 6:43 am
    • Desmond, Nationals haven't talked extension
      The Nationals and Ian Desmond's representatives haven't talked about an extension at all this offseason, a source tells William Ladson of MLB.com.

      Advice: At this point it appears Desmond is already out the door following the season. Legend has it Desmond turned down a seven-year, $107 million extension offer from the Nationals last winter, so perhaps the team has already come to grips with the idea that he'll be out the door. It's an unfortunate development for the team but a good one for fantasy owners, as the 29-year-old will be motivated to post strong offensive numbers in a walk year. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 2:58 pm
    • Jose Iglesias (shins) says he's 100 percent
      Jose Iglesias (shins) said Saturday that he feels 100 percent.

      Advice: The defensive wizard is only running at 85-90 percent currently as he doesn't want to rush things. While he'll be a tremendous addition to the Tigers defensively, he offers very little in the way of fantasy value outside AL-only formats. Rotoworld.com
      Saturday, 11:22 am
    • Nick Punto plans to sit out 2015 season
      Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale announced Friday that Nick Punto has backed out of his minor league contract with the club.

      Advice: Punto isn't ready to announce his retirement, but he's decided to take the year off rather than try to make the Arizona roster on a non-guaranteed deal. It's not clear what brought about his decision, but he battled a few injuries last season with the A's, playing in only 73 games. Punto turned 37 in November. Rotoworld.com
      Friday, 12:08 pm
       
      Player Note
      Nick Punto Ari - 2B,SS
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    • Profar to have surgery on labrum
      Jurickson Profar's shoulder surgery will be to repair a torn labrum.

      Advice: Profar's labrum issues date back to 2010 and could be the cause of the instability in the shoulder. Dr. Keith Meister will check on other issues during the surgery, so we won't have a clear timetable until after. However, he's obviously at risk for missing his second straight season. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 1:18 pm
       
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    • Jurickson Profar to undergo shoulder surgery
      Jurickson Profar is scheduled to undergo surgery Monday on his right shoulder.

      Advice: Profar attempted to rehab a teres major muscle strain last season rather than fix it with a procedure, and it seems the experiment has now backfired. An MRI taken Tuesday on the young infielder's right shoulder show increased strain on the subscapularis muscle. It's not clear what his timetable looks like now, though there's talk of him missing yet another full year. Profar, once considered among the top prospects in baseball, should not be selected in standard fantasy drafts this spring. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:37 pm
       
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    • Kang to play primarily SS, 3B this spring
      Pirates manager Clint Hurdle told reporters Thursday that Jung-ho Kang will play primarily at shortstop and third base in Grapefruit League games this spring.

      Advice: If that all goes well, Kang could also see some action at second base. Pittsburgh seems to be viewing the Korean import as a potential utility infielder, though he could begin to steal starts from starting shortstop Jordy Mercer if his transition from the KBO to MLB is a smooth one. Kang batted .356/.459/.739 with 40 home runs and 117 RBI in 117 games last season in Korea. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 12:27 pm
    • Owings (shoulder) to miss some spring games
      Chris Owings (shoulder) is expected to be held out of the Diamondbacks' first 8-10 spring games.

      Advice: But manager Chip Hale told reporters that the young shortstop should be able to catch up by the opening of the 2015 regular season. Owings batted just .261/.300/.406 with six home runs and 26 RBI in 91 games last season for Arizona, but he's a decent fantasy sleeper at a shallow position heading into 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 11:44 am
    • O's working toward deal with Everth Cabrera
      Orioles GM Dan Duquette said Thursday that the Everth Cabrera contract might not get done this week.

      Advice: But it sounds like it will eventually happen. Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reported Wednesday morning that the O's were close to a one-year contract with Cabrera, but there are obviously still some things to sort out. Cabrera had an awful 2014 with the Padres and various off-field transgressions have piled up in recent years, but he's a speedy shortstop with good defensive range and could prove worth the risk for Baltimore. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 9:25 am
    • Sano (elbow) to have normal spring training
      Twins third base prospect Miguel Sano (elbow) is expected to have a normal spring training.

      Advice: Sano missed the entire 2014 season due to Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery, but he's now almost 12 months removed from the procedure and has been doing baseball activities all winter. "At this point there’s nothing he won’t be able to do," Twins minor league director Brad Steil said Thursday in camp. "He’s able to do everything in the workouts." The 21-year-old could make his MLB debut in late 2015 if everything goes right. Rotoworld.com
      Thursday, 7:35 am
    • O's close to 1-yr deal with Everth Cabrera
      Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles are close to finalizing a one-year deal with free agent infielder Everth Cabrera.

      Advice: The deal is believed to be in the range of $2.4 million, which is close to what he made last season. Cabrera was non-tendered by the Padres in December after a disappointing season at the plate and some off-the-field troubles, but we figured someone would take a chance on him eventually. The Orioles already have J.J. Hardy at shortstop, so Cabrera figures to compete with Jonathan Schoop and Ryan Flaherty for playing time at second base. His speed obviously makes him worth monitoring in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
      Wednesday, 5:58 am
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