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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
  • Rockies option Charlie Culberson to minors
    Rockies optioned 3B Charlie Culberson to Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: Culberson's chances of breaking camp with the big club were somewhat hampered by a bulging disk in his back. He missed a stretch from March 8 to March 25. Even had he been healthy, he was a long-shot to make the Opening Day roster. He'll serve as organizational depth for the Rockies.
    Today, 9:56 am
  • Gregorius (wrist) still experiencing swelling
    Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that there was no timetable for the return of Didi Gregorius (wrist).

    Advice: The Yankees need to see the swelling in Gregorius' left wrist subside before they're able to give an estimate for his return. He suffered the injury diving for a ball on Saturday. Gregorius previously indicated that he thought he'd be ready to play on Opening Day.
    Today, 9:11 am
  • 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
  • Marlins send Jordany Valdespin to minors camp
    Marlins reassigned 2B Jordany Valdespin to minor league camp.

    Advice: Valdespin had a great spring, hitting .378/.425/.595 in 37 at-bats, but he was a long-shot to make the Opening Day roster barring injuries. In his major league career, he's a .218/.273/.372 hitter. As always, be weary of the apparitions of spring.
    Today, 6:19 am
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  • Lawrie homers twice as A's rout the Rockies
    Brett Lawrie walked, swatted a pair of home runs, and drove in four runs in four trips to the plate on Monday against the Rockies.

    Advice: Lawrie ripped a solo home run to left in the fifth inning against Ryan Arrowood, then added a three-run shot in the sixth off of LaTroy Hawkins. He now has four dingers on the spring along with 10 RBI and a .244 average (10-for-41). Lawrie is hoping to rack up in excess of 500 at-bats this season, which would be a first in the majors for him.
    Yesterday, 4:42 pm
  • Cano goes deep for the first time this spring
    Robinson Cano hit his first home run of the spring, finishing 2-for-4 Monday afternoon versus the Angels.

    Advice: Cano homered in the bottom of the eighth off of Joe Smith. He hit no home runs in Cactus League play last spring, so there's that. He's otherwise been hitting well, carrying a .364 average (16-for-44). After hitting at least 25 home runs from 2009-13, Cano hit only 14 last year, so the Mariners are hoping for a bit more pop from the second baseman in 2015.
    Yesterday, 3:24 pm
  • Kolten Wong goes 0-for-2
    Kolten Wong went 0-for-2 with a pair of walks Monday, leaving him with a .139 average this spring.

    Advice: Well, Wong hit .375 last spring and then struggles so much in April that the Cardinals chose to send him down. Maybe it'll work out the other way this year. Wong's power-speed combination makes him very intriguing as a fantasy second baseman this year, but it's worth noting that he'll likely open up as a No. 8 hitter, which is going to really hurt his run and RBI numbers.
    Yesterday, 2:16 pm
  • Murphy (hammy) no sure thing for opener
    Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Monday that Daniel Murphy (hamstring) is "touch and go" to avoid a stint on the disabled list.

    Advice: Murphy was slated to get some at-bats in another minor league game Monday, but he's not ready to run the bases and Opening Day isn't the be-all and end-all. If he's not quite ready, look for the Mets to use Danny Muno at second base. The Mets could backdate a stint on the DL for Murphy, so he could return as soon as April 11.
    Yesterday, 2:10 pm
  • Josh Harrison homers, triples
    Josh Harrison homered and tripled Monday versus the Phillies.

    Advice: Entering spring training assured of a job for the first time in his life, Harrison has quietly hit .302 with two homers in 43 at-bats. He'll be the Pirates' third baseman and leadoff man.
    Yesterday, 2:00 pm
  • Jace Peterson goes 3-for-5 against Tigers
    Jace Peterson went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored in the Braves' 4-2 defeat of the Tigers on Monday.

    Advice: With his .352 average, Peterson is in line to open the season as the Braves' second baseman and No. 2 hitter. He's not going to hit for much power, but he can maintain a decent average and steal bases, giving him some value in NL-only leagues.
    Yesterday, 1:52 pm
  • Blue Jays release INF Santiago
    Blue Jays released INF Ramon Santiago.

    Advice: Santiago, a non-roster invitee this spring, suffered a broken left collarbone earlier this month and is expected to miss 10 weeks. He'll attempt to latch on with a new team once he's back to full health.
    Yesterday, 1:42 pm
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  • 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
  • Cubs option 2B Javier Baez to Triple-A Iowa
    Cubs optioned INF Javier Baez to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Baez batted just .173/.218/.231 with 20 strikeouts in 16 games this spring in the Cactus League, looking like the very same hitter who hit .169/.227/.324 with 95 strikeouts in 52 games last season as a rookie. Tommy La Stella and Arismendy Alcantara will see time at second base until the powerful but inconsistent Baez improves his plate discipline.
    Yesterday, 10:02 am
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  • Brad Miller (stomach) back in lineup Monday
    Brad Miller (illness) is back in the Mariners' Cactus League lineup on Monday.

    Advice: Miller missed three games with a stomach virus. He'll be at shortstop for the M's on Opening Day.
    Yesterday, 7:33 am
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  • Micah Johnson collects two more hits in win
    Micah Johnson continued his impressive Cactus League season, going 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored as the White Sox topped the Indians 4-1 on Sunday.

    Advice: The speedy infielder has all but locked up the team's starting job at second base, hitting .347 (17-for-49) with a homer, six RBI and three stolen bases. While he'll hit near the bottom of the White Sox lineup, his speed alone should provide plenty of mixed league value.
    Sunday, 5:54 pm
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  • La Stella goes 3-for-3 against the Royals
    Tommy La Stella went 3-for-3 and scored a run in Sunday's Cactus League match-up with the Royals.

    Advice: All three hits were singles, raising his average to .333 (13-for-39). Only two of his 13 hits have gone for extra bases (a double and a triple), which is emblematic of what to expect of him during the regular season. La Stella will mostly contribute off the bench.
    Sunday, 4:21 pm
  • Steve Tolleson's X-rays are clean
    X-rays on Steve Tolleson's right hand came back negative.

    Advice: Tolleson was hit by a pitch during Saturday's game. The 31-year-old has a shot to crack the Opening Day roster as a utility player with Maicer Izturis (groin) slated to open the year on the disabled list.
    Sunday, 9:40 am
  • Delino DeShields Jr. expected to make roster
    Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Rangers "appear to be leaning" toward keeping Rule 5 pick Delino DeShields Jr. on the roster.

    Advice: DeShields is batting an underwhelming .235/.278/.382 this spring, but the Rangers like the speed he brings as an extra outfielder. The 22-year-old hasn't played above Double-A and is unlikely to see much playing time with the Rangers, but he has enough upside to justify a roster spot.
    Sunday, 9:31 am
  • Dan Uggla doesn't want to be bench player
    Dan Uggla indicated Sunday that he's not interested in being a bench player.

    Advice: "I’d have to say no," he said. "I’ve never done it before. It’s not where I feel like I’m at in my career. That’s not what I’m looking to do." Uggla is being unrealistic here. He's 35, has hit .171/.291/.326 over the last two seasons and signed a minor league deal over the winter. To his credit, he's batting .278/.422/.500 with a couple homers this spring, but it's highly unlikely anyone sees him as starting material anymore. He has a shot to make the Nats' roster in a reserve role and is expected to exercise the opt-out clause in his contract if he doesn't make the club.
    Sunday, 7:53 am
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