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  • Wainwright named Cards' Opening Night SP
    Adam Wainwright has officially been named the Cardinals' Opening Night starter.

    Advice: A late-February abdominal strain threatened Waino's schedule, but he was able to make up for lost time over the past three-plus weeks. Wainwright will take the hill next Sunday night at Wrigley Field.
    32 minutes ago
  • 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. But his status for Opening Day may now be in question.
    36 minutes ago
  • Axford's son bitten by rattlesnake in Arizona
    John Axford left Rockies camp Tuesday after his two-year-old son was bit by a rattlesnake.

    Advice: Jameson Axford got bit twice on the right foot and was taken to a Phoenix hospital, where he was given anti-venom. He is now in stable condition, but his toes may have to be amputated. Awful stuff.
    40 minutes ago
  • 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.
    48 minutes ago
  • Francisco Cervelli hits fourth spring homer
    Francisco Cervelli had a two-run homer and an RBI single in the Pirates' 7-3 victory over the Tigers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Cervelli has four homers in 32 at-bats this spring after hitting just two in 146 at-bats for the Yankees last season. Then again, he has also had four homers in 37 at-bats last spring, so perhaps it's a good idea not to read very much into it. he should be a solid regular for the Pirates after being brought in to replace Russell Martin, but it's not likely to result in a whole lot of fantasy value.
    51 minutes ago
  • Victor Martinez 2-for-21 since returrning
    Victor Martinez went 0-for-4 on Tuesday and is 2-for-21 since rejoining Detroit's starting lineup after knee surgery.

    Advice: Martinez has admitted to some knee soreness, and the Tigers still haven't committed to putting him into the Opening Day lineup, though it'd be quite a surprise if they didn't. He still has a few more days to find his swing before then.
    Today, 12:59 pm
  • 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.
    Today, 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.
    Today, 12:12 pm
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  • Brewers option Juan Centeno to Triple-A
    Brewers optioned C Juan Centeno to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Advice: Centeno has a solid glove, though he lacks much pop in his bat (.289/.342/.340 in the minors last season). He'll serve as organizational depth.
    Today, 12:08 pm
  • Gaudin (arm) to start season in extended ST
    Chad Gaudin (arm) will begin the season in extended spring training.

    Advice: Gaudin has been shut down with a nerve injury in his neck that's caused his fingers to tingle. In addition to the neck injury, he also has been battling arm soreness. He'll continue to rest in Arizona until doctors clear him for baseball activities.
    Today, 11:34 am
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  • Dodgers release RHP Dustin McGowan
    Dodgers released RHP Dustin McGowan.

    Advice: Because of a slew of arm injuries, McGowan has logged only 128 2/3 innings over the last six seasons. In 2014, he finally avoided the DL, posting a 4.17 ERA with a 61/33 K/BB ratio over eight starts and 45 relief appearances for the Blue Jays. But he then allowed six runs in eight innings this spring in Dodgers camp after signing a one-year, $507,500 contract in late February.
    Today, 11:28 am
  • Coco Crisp (elbow) uncertain for opener
    Coco Crisp (elbow) said that he "doesn't know" if he'll be ready for Opening Day.

    Advice: Crisp played in a minor league camp game on Tuesday, going 0-3 with a walk. The A's have been going slow with Crisp this spring. That he is still uncertain of his status for the opener could be an indication that a DL trip is an increasing possibility. Crisp has been moved to left field from center, in the hopes of preserving the veteran's health.
    Today, 11:16 am
  • Endy Chavez opts out of contract
    Mariners released OF Endy Chavez.

    Advice: Chavez was released at this request. While the 37-year-old struggled with the bat in spring training (.190/.292/.238), he is a versatile defender capable of handling all three outfield spots. He also provides a speed element for teams looking for a bench piece.
    Today, 10:51 am
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  • Mike Adams to start season in minors
    Mike Adams told reporters that he will begin the season with Triple-A Oklahoma City.

    Advice: The Dodgers will pay Adams a $100,000 retention bonus. Adams has battled shoulder injuries over the last two season. This spring, he's allowed five runs in 4+ innings. "Health-wise I've been good. I haven't had any outings I've felt bad at all. I've just been inconsistent with performance," said Adams. The team is going slow with him because of his injury history, but if he's able to prove his health, he could serve as bullpen depth later in the season.
    Today, 10:39 am
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  • Panik (ankle) scratched from lineup
    Joe Panik (ankle) is not in Tuesday's lineup.

    Advice: Nothing serious here. Panik tweaked the ankle in Monday's Cactus League game. His absence is merely a precautionary measure.
    Today, 10:21 am
  • Perez reportedly heading to Baltimore
    According to Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun, the Orioles have acquired C Audry Perez from the Rockies.

    Advice: No word yet as to who the Rockies will be receiving in return. Perez will start his journey with the Orioles in Triple-A. With starting catcher Matt Wieters on the DL, the Orioles are clearly looking at as many options as possible. Caleb Joseph is currently slated to start, with Steve Clevenger, Ryan Lavarnway and J.P. Arencibia among the other catchers who could see at-bats if Joseph struggles.
    Today, 9:26 am
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  • Andrus (back) to resume baseball activities
    Elvis Andrus (back) is set to resume baseball activities on Wednesday.

    Advice: Said Andrus, "There's nothing to worry about." He was scratched from the lineup on Monday with a stiff lower back, but it doesn't sound major. The shortstop has been raking this spring, slashing .389/.410/.639 in 39 plate appearances.
    Today, 9:18 am
  • Phillies release Kevin Slowey
    Phillies released RHP Kevin Slowey.

    Advice: In his last two outings, Slowey had allowed nine runs over three innings. He was also part of a benches-clearing incident on Monday. Slowey should be able to latch on with another club, as he's a veteran arm who began Spring Training with a 2.08 ERA in two starts and three relief appearances.
    Today, 9:00 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.
    Today, 8:47 am
  • Blue Jays release Dayan Viciedo
    Blue Jays released OF Dayan Viciedo.

    Advice: Viciedo would have made $2.8 million if he was in the majors this season. He was hitting close to the Mendoza Line in spring ball, with no homers and no walks, so this decision doesn't come as much of a surprise. The outfielder will try to catch on elsewhere.
    Today, 8:42 am
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  • Aaron Thompson optioned to Triple-A
    Twins optioned LHP Aaron Thompson to Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: Thompson pitched well this spring, with a 2.11 ERA in 8+ innings. He'll serve as organizational depth for the Twins.
    Today, 6:22 am
  • Humberto Quintero not opting out of contract
    Humberto Quintero will not be opting out of his minor league contract with the Red Sox.

    Advice: Manager John Farrell told Quintero that the team still had not settled on a second catcher. Quintero's struggled this spring, hitting only .188/.278/.250 in 16 at-bats, but he's apparently holding out hope that he could still make the big club. Ryan Hanigan is the team's projected starter, with Sandy Leon and Quintero acting as potential back-ups. Prospect Blake Swihart lurks in the background.
    Today, 6:06 am
  • J.J. Hardy says shoulder is feeling better
    J.J. Hardy said that his shoulder was feeling "a lot better" than on Monday.

    Advice: Hardy underwent an MRA on the left shoulder on Monday, which revealed a muscle strain. He's being shut down from baseball activities for the next ten days. While it's feeling better, Hardy won't be swinging a bat until the swelling is reduced. He should be able to field grounders while he waits. In the meantime, Everth Cabrera should fill in as starter. In deeper AL-only leagues, Cabrera's speed could make him a short-term asset.
    Today, 5:53 am
  • Blake Wood reassigned to minors
    Pirates reassigned RHP Blake Wood to minor league camp.

    Advice: Wood was knocked around for five runs in 7+ innings during Spring Training. This is par for the course, as he posted a 4.46 ERA in the minors last season. Barring a rash of injuries on the Pirates' big league club, he'll serve as organizational depth.
    Today, 5:48 am
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  • Lough (hamstring) headed to DL
    Orioles placed OF David Lough on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain.

    Advice: This was the expected move. Lough's been dealing with both a sore hamstring and a sore back this spring. The earliest he'll be able to return to the club is April 11, though he's indicated that he's not sure when his hamstring will be ready. On the positive side, Lough said that his back now feels fine.
    Today, 5:37 am
    15-Day DL
  • Coco Crisp (elbow) won't play field Tuesday
    Coco Crisp (elbow) will not play the field during an appearance in a minor league game Tuesday.

    Advice: The A's are protecting Crisp's elbow, so they'll only have him take some at-bats so he doesn't have to do any throwing. The club is still hoping to have him ready for Opening Day, but they're playing Crisp in minor league contests just in case they have to make a backdated disabled list move.
    Yesterday, 4:20 pm
  • Panik has another good day at the plate
    Joe Panik went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Monday's Cactus League matinee with the Cubs.

    Advice: Panik sparked a rally, as his solo shot off of Kyle Hendricks sparked a five-run outburst against the Cubs. The young second baseman has not hit much this spring, but has back-to-back multi-hit games which has pushed his Cactus League average up to .220 (13-for-59).
    Yesterday, 4:17 pm
  • Adams allows two more runs vs. D'Backs
    Mike Adams allowed two more runs in an inning of work facing the Diamondbacks on Monday.

    Advice: Adams has allowed runs in three of his five appearances so far this spring. The Dodgers could use bullpen help, but the 36-year-old right-hander is coming off of a rotator cuff injury. The Dodgers have to tell him by noon EST on Tuesday if he's made the active roster, if he's been cut, or if he'll begin the season in the minors, per SB Nation's Eric Stephen.
    Yesterday, 4:08 pm
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  • Kevin Slowey gives up six runs to Pirates
    Kevin Slowey was pounded for six runs -- five earned -- in two innings by the Pirates on Monday.

    Advice: Slowey also played a role in the benches-clearing incident in the game, apparently because he quick-pitched Sean Rodriguez, who took exception. Slowey, who opened the spring with a 2.08 ERA in two starts and three relief appearances, has put his roster spot in jeopardy by allowing nine runs -- seven earned -- in three innings his last two times out.
    Yesterday, 2:02 pm
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  • J.J. Hardy (shoulder) shut down for 10 days
    J.J. Hardy (shoulder) will be shut down from baseball activities for 10 days.

    Advice: Hardy was sent for an MRA on his ailing left shoulder on Monday, which showed a subscapularis (or muscle) strain. The Orioles will see how he responds to rest before deciding on the next step. It sounds like a return in April is possible if he can avoid setbacks, but Everth Cabrera will likely fill in for now. He's worth a look in deeper fantasy leagues if you need speed.
    Yesterday, 2:00 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.
    Yesterday, 1:15 pm
  • Andrus scratched Monday with stiff back
    Elvis Andrus was scratched from the Rangers' Cactus League lineup Monday with a stiff lower back.

    Advice: It doesn't sound like something that will affect his status for the start of the season. Andrus is batting .389/.410/.639 in 39 plate appearances this spring.
    Yesterday, 9:36 am
  • David Lough expected to start season on DL
    David Lough (back, hamstring) is expected to begin the season on the disabled list.

    Advice: He had been expected to return to game action on Monday, though he has already been ruled out due to a sore hamstring. If placed on the disabled list, Lough wouldn't be eligible to join the Orioles until April 11 at the earliest.
    Sunday, 8:16 pm
    15-Day DL
  • 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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  • Panik's three-hit day spurs Giants to a win
    Joe Panik went 3-for-3 with a walk, a pair of doubles, and three runs scored on Sunday versus the Dodgers.

    Advice: Panik appeared to be heating up, but went hitless in three consecutive games entering Sunday afternoon. His performance against the Dodgers is, hopefully for the Giants, a good sign. He picked his spring average up to .200 (11-for-55). Panik impressed in his rookie campaign, batting .305 in 287 plate appearances last season.
    Sunday, 4:55 pm
  • David Lough (back) to return on Monday
    David Lough (back) will return to game action on Monday.

    Advice: Lough has been battling some back spasms for a few days, but he's feeling much better. He's slated to be an extra outfielder for the Orioles this season.
    Sunday, 8:02 am
    15-Day DL
  • J.J. Hardy (shoulder) reports improvement
    J.J. Hardy reported improvement with his ailing left shoulder on Sunday.

    Advice: It's encouraging, but we won't have a clearer picture on Hardy's status until he undergoes an MRA on Monday. At this point the Orioles don't appear to be concerned that it's anything serious, but we'll just have to wait and see what the exam says.
    Sunday, 8:01 am
  • 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
  • J.J. Hardy undergoing MRA exam on Monday
    J.J. Hardy is scheduled to undergo an MRA exam on his injured left shoulder on Monday.

    Advice: Hardy has been receiving treatment in recent days, but the Orioles want to ensure that there is no structural damage. He's expected to be held out of action until Tuesday.
    Saturday, 9:38 am
  • Crisp (elbow) likely to return on Tuesday
    Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Saturday that Coco Crisp (elbow) is expected to return to game action on Tuesday.

    Advice: Barring any further setbacks, Melvin believes that the oft-injured outfielder will be ready to go on Opening Day. He always carries substantial injury risk, but hitting atop the A's lineup his combination of power and speed should provide ample fantasy value.
    Saturday, 9:16 am
  • Hardy says shoulder still sore on Saturday
    J.J. Hardy indicated Saturday that his left shoulder was more sore than it was on Friday when he was removed from a Grapefruit League contest after sustaining the injury on a dive up the middle.

    Advice: Hardy received treatment for the injury and will be held out of team workouts on Saturday. The injury is still believed to be minor and isn't expected to effect his availability for the start of the regular season.
    Saturday, 5:55 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
  • Chad Gaudin (neck) shut down for now
    The Dodgers have shut down Chad Gaudin (arm) for the time being and are awaiting his MRI results.

    Advice: The veteran right-hander has dealt with a variety of ailments in spring camp, including a tweak in his throwing arm and tingling in his fingers due to nerve issues in his neck. He will remain shut down until the team can determine the cause of his ailments.
    Friday, 3:45 pm
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  • J.J. Hardy suffers shoulder injury
    J.J. Hardy left Friday's game against the Rays with a sore left shoulder.

    Advice: Hardy banged his shoulder on the ground on a dive up the middle. He's expected to be fine, though, as he wanted to take his next at-bat before Orioles manager Buck Showalter overruled him. Consider Hardy day-to-day.
    Friday, 11:52 am
  • Weather forces V-Mart to be scratched
    Victor Martinez (knee) was scratched from Friday's lineup due to weather-related concerns.

    Advice: It's currently sunny in Florida, but showers are expected so the Tigers are playing it safe with V-Mart's surgically-repaired left knee. Martinez admitted to feeling a bit of soreness in the knee during Thursday's game, but it wasn't a cause for concern. Things are pointing towards him being ready for Opening Day.
    Friday, 9:17 am
  • Chad Gaudin (neck) to be examined
    Chad Gaudin will be examined after feeling tingling in his fingers due to the ongoing nerve issues in his neck.

    Advice: Gaudin had surgery a couple years ago but has never been able to totally shake the nerve problems, as this is the second time in the last week he's had issues. He's been shut down and will be sent for an exam before the next course of action is determined.
    Thursday, 4:41 pm
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  • Crisp (elbow) could return to action Saturday
    Coco Crisp (elbow) could return to game action on Saturday.

    Advice: The cortisone injection he was given Tuesday for his sore right elbow must have worked, as Crisp unexpectedly did some workouts prior to Thursday's contest and could be back in the lineup Saturday. The A's are moving Crisp to left field this season in hopes of keeping him on the field, but he'll remain a health risk no matter where he plays.
    Thursday, 3:43 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
  • V-Mart felt some knee soreness Thursday
    Victor Martinez said that he dealt with some soreness in his surgically-repaired knee on Thursday.

    Advice: V-Mart homered Thursday, but Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said that he felt something in the knee while stretching to try to beat out a throw to sixth base in the first inning. The 36-year-old said it's just something he will likely have to deal with. It's not the best sign, but it doesn't sound like something that will impact his readiness for the season.
    Thursday, 1:26 pm
  • Victor Martinez hits first home run
    Victor Martinez homered off the Orioles' Kevin Gausman in Thursday's win.

    Advice: Martinez was playing for the second straight day and making his third start at DH since returning from knee surgery last week. He's 2-for-10.
    Thursday, 12:47 pm
  • Lough (back) expects to resume activity Fri.
    David Lough (back) expects to resume activities Friday.

    Advice: Lough has been shut down for the past couple of days with back spasms. "It's a lot better than when it first happened," he said Thursday. The backup outfielder should be ready for the start of the season.
    Thursday, 8:30 am
    15-Day DL
  • Dayan Viciedo goes 0-for-4 against Orioles
    Dayan Viciedo went 0-for-4 against the Orioles on Wednesday, dropping his average to .219.

    Advice: Viciedo has no homers and no walks in 33 at-bats. It's starting to look like he won't have a spot on the Jays, not with the team having to pay him $2.8 million if he's in the major leagues.
    Wednesday, 2:48 pm
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  • Kevin Slowey gives up three runs in relief
    Kevin Slowey gave up three runs -- two earned -- in one inning of relief Wednesday against the Astros.

    Advice: We're not sure why Slowey got booted from the rotation mix; he allowed one hit over five scoreless innings in his first two starts, but he's made four straight relief appearances since, throwing a total of 4 2/3 innings. He has a good shot of making the Phillies as a reliever, but he probably would have been their best internal option for the fifth spot in the rotation.
    Wednesday, 1:25 pm
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  • 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
  • V-Mart (knee) to DH on Wednesday
    Victor Martinez (knee) will serve as the designated hitter Wednesday.

    Advice: Martinez, who is about six weeks removed from knee surgery, made his Grapefruit League debut Sunday and played in a minor league game Tuesday. Things are looking good for him and Miguel Cabrera (foot) to both be in the Opening Day lineup.
    Wednesday, 7:38 am
  • Elvis Andrus goes deep as Rangers blast Halos
    Elvis Andrus connected on his first home run of the Cactus League season as the Rangers blasted the Angels 15-8 on Tuesday.

    Advice: Andrus victimized Andrew Heaney for the solo shot in the fifth inning. The 26-year-old has been punishing the baseball in Cactus League play, hitting .444 (12-for-27) with four RBI. With Leonys Martin slated to serve as the Rangers leadoff hitter, Andrus will likely fall to the bottom third of the order, severely impacting his potential counting stats.
    Tuesday, 8:04 pm
  • Coco Crisp (wrist) receives cortisone shot
    Coco Crisp is expected to be sidelined for several days after a receiving a cortisone shot in his wrist on Tuesday.

    Advice: The oft-injured outfielder has been battling a sore triceps for the past several weeks, with the wrist ailment just the latest in a serious of problems. The A's are going to take every possible precaution to ensure that he remains healthy. Expect him to return to game action at the end of the week.
    Tuesday, 5:14 pm
  • Crisp scratched Tuesday with elbow soreness
    Coco Crisp was scratched from Tuesday's Cactus League lineup due to soreness in his throwing arm.

    Advice: The Athletics have been extra cautious with Crisp this spring, who deal with a sore triceps earlier this month, so they aren't going to take any chances this close to the season. Consider him day-to-day for now.
    Tuesday, 12:24 pm
  • 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
  • Lough out with back spasms
    David Lough was scratched from Tuesday's lineup due to back spasms.

    Advice: Orioles manager Buck Showalter said that Lough felt it after picking up a ball during tee work Tuesday morning. Consider him day-to-day.
    Tuesday, 9:52 am
    15-Day DL
  • Lough scratched from Tuesday's lineup
    David Lough was scratched from Tuesday's Grapefruit League lineup.

    Advice: No word on the reason for the change. The Orioles should pass along an update soon.
    Tuesday, 7:56 am
    15-Day DL
  • Crisp hitless as Athletics fall to the Tribe
    Coco Crisp went 0-for-3 as the Athletics were stomped 10-1 by the Indians on Monday.

    Advice: Crisp has had 0-for-3 performances in back-to-back games. He's been slowed this spring by a sore triceps. The speedy outfielder is carrying a lackluster .133 average over 15 at-bats so far.
    Monday, 4:17 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.
    Mar 23, 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.
    Mar 23, 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.
    Mar 23, 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.
    Mar 23, 6:46 am
  • 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
  • Gaudin alright after 'a little tweak' in arm
    Chad Gaudin said he's alright after feeling "a little tweak" in his upper right arm Saturday.

    Advice: Gaudin was removed from his Saturday start in the third inning due to the injury, but it appears to be a false alarm. The right-hander has been given a window of opportunity to win a starting job with the Dodgers with Hyun-Jin Ryu set to begin the season on the disabled list. He's likely to take his next turn.
    Mar 21, 2:45 pm
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  • Gaudin leaves start with undisclosed injury
    Chad Gaudin left his Cactus League start Sunday with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: Gaudin had dealt for two innings before getting hit hard in the third. Ultimately, catcher A.J. Ellis came out and called for the trainer. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly opted to remove Gaudin, and the Dodgers should provide an update on his injury shortly.
    Mar 21, 2:06 pm
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  • Martinez (knee) to DH in split squad Sunday
    Victor Martinez will serve as designated hitter in the Tigers' split squad game against the Braves Sunday.

    Advice: Martinez played in a minor league game Saturday, so it's promising that he feels good enough to do it again a day later. The DH even trotted around the bases after homering in his final at-bat of the day. V-Mart is still questionable for the start of the season, but with each new hurdle cleared he gets closer and closer to being in the Tigers' Opening Day lineup.
    Mar 21, 1:19 pm
  • Adam Wainwright goes four innings in debut
    Making his spring debut, Adam Wainwright (abdomen) pitched four scoreless innings against a Braves split-squad in the Cardinals' 1-0 win Saturday.

    Advice: We might be more impressed by four scoreless innings in a minor league game. Wainwright passed the big test, though, and by throwing four innings and 64 pitches (41 strikes) his first time out, he made it clear that, barring a setback, he'll be ready for Opening Night.
    Mar 21, 1:01 pm
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