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  • Barnes (food poisoning) to pitch Thursday
    Matt Barnes (food poisoning) is scheduled to pitch on Thursday.

    Advice: Nothing to see here. If Barnes makes the Red Sox Opening Day roster, it will be as a reliever, but he's likely to begin the season in Triple-A.
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  • Giles (back) visits doctor for opinion
    Ken Giles (back) saw a doctor after experiencing back pain during Tuesday's Grapefruit League appearance.

    Advice: After the doctor's visit, Giles said that his injury wasn't serious. The 24-year-old is uncertain as to when he'll be able to start pitching again, but this doesn't appear to be a major issue.
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  • Phillies reassign Aumont to minors camp
    Phillies reassigned RHP Phillippe Aumont to minor league camp.

    Advice: As Aumont was out of options, his reassignment means that he cleared waivers. This is at least somewhat surprising, as the 26-year-old was once a relatively highly touted prospect and boasted a 10.6 K/9 in the minors last season. Despite the arm talent, he's yet to sip more than a few cups of coffee at the major league level.
    26 minutes ago
  • Aaron Crow faces likely Tommy John surgery
    An MRI on Aaron Crow's elbow revealed a tear that will likely result in Tommy John surgery.

    Advice: Crow pitched eight innings for the Marlins in Spring Training before he was shut down with the arm injury. The pitcher was acquired from the Royals over the off-season. In 2014, he posted a 4.12 ERA and a 1.288 WHIP over 59 relief innings. Assuming Tommy John, he'll miss the entirety of the 2015 season.
    31 minutes ago
  • Nationals reassign Gwynn Jr. to minors camp
    Nationals reassigned OF Tony Gwynn Jr. to minor league camp.

    Advice: Despite outfield injuries to Jayson Werth and Denard Span, Gwynn was unable to secure a bench spot after a nice spring (.341/.420/.500). Recent acquisition Matt den Dekker will serve in that role. Tyler Moore and Michael Taylor are currently slated to start in the OF alongside Bryce Harper. Should the Nationals see a few more injuries, Gwynn is a possible call-up.
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  • Nationals release Kevin Frandsen
    Nationals released INF/OF Kevin Frandsen.

    Advice: Frandsen recorded just three hits in 35 at-bats this spring. He hit .259/.299/.309 over 236 plate appearances in 2014, but his almost non-existent spring lost him a potential utility role on the Nationals. Danny Espinosa will likely sweep up most of those at-bats now.
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  • Astros option Kevin Chapman to Triple-A
    Astros optioned LHP Kevin Chapman to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Chapman pitched 21 and 1/3 innings for the Astros in 2014, putting up a 4.64 ERA and a WHIP of 1.547. While he's shown the ability to record solid numbers in the minors, the lefty isn't likely to see many high-leverage situations in the majors until he refines his control.
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  • Nelson Cruz clobbers fourth spring home run
    Nelson Cruz clobbered his fourth home run of the Cactus League season as the Mariners fell to the Indians on Tuesday.

    Advice: Not to diminish the fact that he hit one out of the yard, but it was served up by Bruce Chen. Cruz finished the afternoon 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI and is now hitting .333 (14-for-44) with four homers and 10 RBI. He already looks to be in midseason form.
    Yesterday, 7:10 pm
  • Braves add Kelly Johnson to roster
    Braves purchased the contract of INF/OF Kelly Johnson from Triple-A Gwinnett.

    Advice: Johnson hit .286 with a couple homers this spring. The 33-year-old gives the Braves a utility option capable of filling in at first base, second base, third base and the corner outfield spots.
    Yesterday, 7:02 pm
  • Arenado blasts fifth homer in loss to Giants
    Nolan Arenado blasted his fifth Cactus League home run in a losing effort against the Giants on Tuesday.

    Advice: He got the Rockies on the board in the fifth inning with a three-run shot off Giants starter Tim Lincecum, providing the extent of the Rockies offense on the day. That was his lone hit in five at-bats in the ballgame. The 23-year-old is having a strong spring, hitting .286 (16-for-56) with five homers and 14 RBI.
    Yesterday, 6:52 pm
  • Denorfia (hamstring) not ready for games
    Chris Denorfia (hamstring) has yet to be cleared to return to game action.

    Advice: Denorfia took batting practice on Tuesday but hasn't given the go-ahead to play in games yet. He hasn't played since March 17 due to a sore left hamstring and is looking unlikely to be ready for Opening Day. "Opening Day is still in jeopardy," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "You have to figure that out when you fill out the roster, too."
    Yesterday, 4:43 pm
  • Gary Brown designated for assignment
    Giants designated OF Gary Brown for assignment.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for the addition of Justin Maxwell. Brown is a former top prospect who has shown some pop and plenty of speed in the minors, but he had been slated to return to Triple-A for a third straight season after being optioned over the weekend. Still just 26, it's possible he'll draw some interest on waivers.
    Yesterday, 4:32 pm
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  • Tanner Scheppers's MRI comes back clean
    An MRI on Tanner Scheppers' right ankle showed no structural damage.

    Advice: He's been cleared to resume throwing, although it's not clear when he'll return to game action. Scheppers has been limited to just four appearances this spring due to the ankle issue, so he could begin the season on the disabled list even though the MRI revealed good news.
    Yesterday, 3:33 pm
  • Pete Kozma goes 2-for-4, doubles
    Pete Kozma went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored Tuesday against the Marlins.

    Advice: At this point, it's no longer a question of whether Kozma will hit .400 this year. No, we're just waiting to see if he bats .500. He's at .435 in 46 at-bats this spring, but he's just warming up.
    Yesterday, 2:28 pm
  • Tommy Milone goes six against Yankees
    In his first start since being named the Twins' fifth starter, Tommy Milone held the Yankees to one run in six innings to win Tuesday.

    Advice: He struck out five. Milone beat out Mike Pelfrey and Trevor May for the lone opening in Minnesota's rotation. He doesn't come recommended in AL-only leagues, not with the Twins sporting the AL's worst outfield defense.
    Yesterday, 1:38 pm
  • Jays reassign Kawasaki to minors camp
    Blue Jays reassigned INF Munenori Kawasaki to minor league camp.

    Advice: Kawasaki hit well this spring, but he was on the outside looking in for a spot on the Blue Jays' bench. The 33-year-old will function as organizational infield depth.
    Yesterday, 1:36 pm
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  • Wainwright named Cards' Opening Night SP
    Adam Wainwright has officially been named the Cardinals' Opening Night starter.

    Advice: The announcement came after he pitched 6 2/3 innings and allowed two runs -- one earned -- Tuesday against the Marlins. A late-February abdominal strain threatened to alter Waino's schedule, but he was able to make up for lost time over the past three-plus weeks. Wainwright will take the hill this Sunday night at Wrigley Field.
    Yesterday, 1:28 pm
  • Ken Giles pulled from game with pain in back
    Ken Giles was lifted from Tuesday's Grapefruit League game after experiencing pain in his back.

    Advice: The discomfort was in the mid-to-lower part of the 24-year-old right-hander's back. Giles had a terrific rookie season in 2014 and had been pitching well this spring. He expects to be fine for Opening Day.
    Yesterday, 1:24 pm
  • Luke Gregerson officially named Astros closer
    Luke Gregerson has been named the Astros' closer.

    Advice: It was a predictable decision. Gregerson posted a 2.12 ERA and 59/15 K/BB ratio in 72 1/3 innings last season for the A's and should carry considerable fantasy value this year on a quickly-improving Astros team.
    Yesterday, 1:12 pm
  • Brewers option Wooten, Clark and Rogers
    Brewers optioned RHP Rob Wooten, 1B Matt Clark and INF/OF Jason Rogers to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Advice: Wooten was a potential swing reliever coming into the spring. He actually pitched quite well, posting an ERA of 1.26 and a 1.047 WHIP in 14 and 1/3 spring innings. It's likely that he'll be back with the big club when the Brewers need a stretch man.
    Yesterday, 12:57 pm
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  • Anthony Rendon to seek third opinion on knee
    Anthony Rendon will seek a third opinion from Dr. Steven Singleton regarding his knee injury.

    Advice: It should be noted that Rendon, and not the team, has chosen to look for the third opinion. He saw Dr. James Andrews on Monday and a left MCL sprain was the confirmed diagnosis. Rendon has been dealing with this sprain since March 9 and is not expected to be ready for Opening Day. Yunel Escobar is tentatively slated to take his place at the hot corner, though Escobar has not played third since 2007.
    Yesterday, 12:30 pm
  • Laird signs five-day extension with D-backs
    According to Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona, Gerald Laird has signed a five-day extension with the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Laird had an opt-out in his contract that had to be exercised (or not) by Tuesday. He'll now remain in camp until Sunday. Arizona is desperate for catching options and despite a batting average of just .200 this spring, it's very likely that Laird will make the Opening Day roster.
    Yesterday, 12:12 pm
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  • Brewers sign Chris Perez to minor league deal
    Brewers re-signed RHP Chris Perez to a minor league contract.

    Advice: That was fast. The Brewers released Perez just two days ago. It's been a strange week for Perez, who was pulled from Sunday's game with an ankle injury, subsequently released, then re-signed two days later. OK, Brewers, you do you. Perez posted a 4.27 ERA with a 1.36 WHIP in 46 1/3 relief innings with the Dodgers in 2014. He'll serve as bullpen depth in the minors, unless the Brewers opt to cut him again tomorrow.
    Yesterday, 11:56 am
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  • M's re-sign OF Gutierrez to minors deal
    Mariners re-signed OF Franklin Gutierrez to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Gutierrez was released and quickly re-signed, which allows the Mariners to avoid paying a $100,000 retention bonus. The 32-year-old outfielder didn't play at all last season due to health issues and was limited this spring with a groin issue. However, he was likely ticketed for Triple-A all along.
    Yesterday, 11:54 am
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  • Franklin (oblique) handles grounders
    Nick Franklin (oblique) was able to handle straight-on grounders on Tuesday.

    Advice: Franklin's left oblique is progressing well enough that he's able to take the field for some activity, but he's still bound for the DL. There's no concrete timetable for the infielder as of yet. Logan Forsythe is likely to start at second in Franklin's absence, with Alexi Casilla, Tim Beckham and Jake Elmore also options depending on the situation.
    Yesterday, 8:47 am
  • Pirates option Holdzkom to Triple-A
    Pirates optioned RHP John Holdzkom to Triple-A Indianapolis.

    Advice: The 27-year old posted a 3.38 ERA while pitching eight spring innings. Should the Pirates need additional bullpen depth, Holdzkom could see a call-up later this year. In 2014, he put up a 1.73 ERA over 36+ innings in the minors.
    Yesterday, 5:27 am
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  • Denorfia (hamstring) nearing game action
    Chris Denorfia (hamstring) is expected to play in a minor league game by the middle of the week.

    Advice: Denorfia, who has been nursing a left hamstring strain for two weeks, took batting practice Monday. The outfielder's status for Opening Day is up in the air. "I don't like to speculate on things like that," Denorfia said. "When you're rehabbing, anything can happen. As long as everything progresses the way it should, [I should be ready] sometime around that time. The goal is to be ready by then."
    Monday, 4:25 pm
  • Rendon sees Dr. James Andrews about knee
    Anthony Rendon saw Dr. James Andrews on Monday to get a second opinion on his left knee.

    Advice: Rendon suffered what was termed as a minor MCL sprain in his knee on March 9, but he continues to feel discomfort and went to Andrews to get some answers. The Nationals are still waiting on his diagnosis, but obviously they need to prepare themselves for the possibility that they will be without him for the early part of the season.
    Monday, 1:15 pm
  • Scheppers to undergo MRI on ankle
    Tanner Scheppers will get an MRI on his right ankle.

    Advice: Scheppers sprained the ankle in early March and then re-aggravated it on Sunday afternoon. Opening Day is just a week away, so the right-handed reliever may have to spend some time on the disabled list.
    Monday, 8:45 am
  • Laird drives in lone run in loss to Rockies
    Gerald Laird plated the Diamondbacks' lone run with a sacrifice fly in Sunday's loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: The veteran backstop had an opportunity to seize the team's starting job behind the plate this spring, but has hit just .200 (5-for-25) with four RBI. He's expected to begin the season as a backup to Tuffy Gosewisch, combining to form the worst catching combination in Major League Baseball.
    Sunday, 7:27 pm
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  • Brewers release veteran right-hander Perez
    Brewers released RHP Chris Perez.

    Advice: The former closer was in camp as a non-roster invitee and attempting to earn a spot in the team's bullpen. With the team granting his unconditional release with a week remaining in camp, it gives Perez an opportunity to find a bullpen job elsewhere.
    Sunday, 5:17 pm
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  • Chris Perez leaves with sprained ankle Sunday
    Chris Perez was removed from Sunday's Cactus League game with a minor right ankle sprain.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander recorded just one out before he succumbed to the injury. The Brewers are expected to make a decision early in the week whether or not Perez will win a spot in the team's Opening Day bullpen.
    Sunday, 3:41 pm
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  • Gary Brown optioned to Triple-A
    Giants optioned OF Gary Brown to Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: The speedster stole three bases but hit only .158/.256/.263 this spring. Brown was once a nice prospect but is headed back to Triple-A for a third straight season.
    Sunday, 10:05 am
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  • Kelly Johnson reaches three times
    Kelly Johnson doubled and walked twice Saturday as the Braves beat a Blue Jays split-squad 5-3.

    Advice: Despite starting off 2-for-19, Johnson is up to .273/.385/.523 with two homers in 44 at-bats this spring. He's made a very good case for a bench spot, but if the Braves would prefer to go younger, perhaps Johnson will catch on elsewhere.
    Saturday, 2:16 pm
  • Ken Giles throws perfect inning
    Ken Giles bounced back from Thursday's poor outing with a perfect inning Saturday against the Twins.

    Advice: Giles gave up four runs against the Blue Jays two days ago. He had walked a total of seven batters in 7 1/3 innings this spring, but he managed to find the strike zone today.
    Saturday, 12:48 pm
  • Tommy Milone named as Twins fifth starter
    Twins manager Paul Molitor confirmed Saturday that Tommy Milone would open the season as the fifth starter in the team's rotation.

    Advice: The 28-year-old southpaw struggled in his limited time with the Twins in 2014, though he owns a career 3.98 ERA and 1.30 WHIP across 490 1/3 major league innings. He should be a decent backend option in AL-only formats.
    Saturday, 5:45 am
  • Rendon (knee) does lateral jogging Friday
    Anthony Rendon (knee) did light jogging on Friday with an emphasis on lateral movement.

    Advice: Rendon was testing his left knee as he's attempting to rehab from a minor MCL sprain that has shut him down since March 9. The young infielder has no issues when running straight ahead, but continues to have trouble when moving side to side. He still has his sights set on being a part of the Nationals lineup on Opening Day, and barring any setbacks that goal could be realistic.
    Friday, 7:21 pm
  • Adam Wainwright gives up four runs to Marlins
    Adam Wainwright gave up four runs and six hits in 3 2/3 innings Thursday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Wainwright wasn't sharp today, but the stuff looked fine, and it didn't appear that his abdominal strain was any sort of factor while he was taking a couple of big cuts at the plate. He's still expected to be the Cardinals' Opening Night starter.
    Thursday, 2:43 pm
  • Ken Giles gives up four runs to Jays
    Ken Giles was charged with four runs in two-thirds of an inning Thursday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: Giles walked two and allowed two hits, one of them a three-run homer off the bat of Steve Tolleson. We still don't imagine Giles' shaky spring will cost him a roster spot, but he's up to seven walks in 7 1/3 innings. He does need to be better over this next week.
    Thursday, 2:26 pm
  • Tommy Milone gives up three runs
    Tommy Milone surrendered three runs in five innings Thursday in a no-decision versus the Red Sox.

    Advice: It sounds as though the Twins are far from committed to Mike Pelfrey in the rotation, which could lead to Milone getting the gig. He has a 4.50 ERA and an 8/4 K/BB ratio in 14 innings this spring, so he's not exactly running away with the gig.
    Thursday, 1:48 pm
  • Denorfia out with sore hamstring
    Chris Denorfia (hamstring) could begin playing in minor league games next week.

    Advice: Denorfia hasn't played since March 17 due to a sore left hamstring. His status for the season is in question.
    Thursday, 1:32 pm
  • Rendon (knee) in doubt for Opening Day
    Anthony Rendon underwent another MRI Tuesday which showed that the MCL in his left knee is healing, but still sprained.

    Advice: Rendon suffered a minor MCL sprain on March 9 and he's not back to 100 percent yet, as he told James Wagner of the Washington Post that he still felt something in the knee while doing rotational exercises. The Nationals haven't ruled out the possibility completely, but it's increasingly clear that Rendon will not be ready for the start of the season. Those who were considering Rendon as a late first-round or early second-round pick in mixed fantasy leagues might have to think twice.
    Wednesday, 8:13 am
  • Franklin (oblique) to miss start of season
    Rays manager Kevin Cash confirmed Tuesday that Nick Franklin (oblique) will not be ready for Opening Day.

    Advice: Franklin suffered the injury during Monday's Grapefruit League game. Logan Forsythe is now likely to begin the season as the starting second baseman while Alexi Casilla, Tim Beckham, and Jake Elmore could also be in the mix for at-bats.
    Tuesday, 12:23 pm
  • Arenado swats his fourth homer of the spring
    Nolan Arenado doubled and hit a solo home run in three at-bats Monday against the Brewers.

    Advice: Arenado took Tyler Thornburg out to left center to put the Rockies on the board in the second inning for his fourth home run of the spring. The 23-year-old third baseman has been terrific this spring, batting .308 (12-for-39) with 11 RBI.
    Monday, 4:27 pm
  • Ken Giles throws perfect inning
    Ken Giles pitched a perfect ninth for a save Monday against the Twins.

    Advice: Giles was wild early this spring, giving up a run his first time out and five walks total in his first four innings. It looks like he's settling down now, though, pitching 2 2/3 innings without a free pass in his last two appearances. As long as it keeps up, his role as the Phillies' eighth inning guy will be safe.
    Monday, 1:37 pm
  • Nick Franklin diagnosed with strained oblique
    Nick Franklin has been diagnosed with a left oblique strain.

    Advice: Oblique strains usually take at least two weeks to heal and Opening Day is exactly two weeks away, so Franklin figures to begin the year on the disabled list. He'll be the Rays starting second baseman when he returns to good health and should have some AL-only fantasy value. Asdrubal Cabrera has been named the starting shortstop.
    Monday, 12:19 pm
  • Nick Franklin tweaked muscle on left side
    Nick Franklin tweaked a muscle in his left side.

    Advice: That's all the Rays are saying for now; more details should come out after Monday's Grapefruit League game. If it's an oblique strain, Franklin would likely have to open the regular season with a 15-day disabled list stint. He's been trying to lock down Tampa Bay's starting second base gig.
    Monday, 9:43 am
  • Rendon (knee) might not be ready for opener
    Nationals manager Matt Williams said Monday that Anthony Rendon's left knee remains sore.

    Advice: Rendon suffered a minor MCL spain on March 9 and it still causes him discomfort when he tries to hit. Opening Day is just two weeks away and Rendon has logged only nine Grapefruit League at-bats. He could begin the season on the disabled list.
    Monday, 6:46 am
  • Cruz's three-run homer powers M's to a win
    Nelson Cruz went 2-for-2 with a walk and a three-run home run Sunday against the Rangers.

    Advice: Cruz made it a 6-0 game with a three-run blast off of Yovani Gallardo in the third inning. Cruz now has three homers on the spring -- including two in back-to-back games -- along with a .407 average (11-for-27). He's been exactly what the Mariners paid for so far, now it just has to translate into the regular season.
    Mar 22, 4:05 pm
  • Rendon (knee) cleared for baseball activities
    Nationals manager Matt Williams said Anthony Rendon (knee) has been cleared to do baseball activities.

    Advice: "He'll start to throw. He'll start to run. He'll start to do the things he needs to do ... but with that type of nagging injury, it can stay around a while. The good thing about it is that structurally, he's fine," Williams said. Rendon suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee early in camp and he's been sidelined for much of spring. Despite the injury, the team is hopeful he'll be ready for Opening Day.
    Mar 22, 11:52 am
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