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  • Jaff Decker dealing with injured calf
    Jaff Decker had to depart Sunday's game against the Braves with left calf discomfort.

    Advice: Decker had to be helped off the field, suggesting that it might not be a minor tweak. The injury probably means that the outfielder will begin the season on the disabled list.
    30 minutes ago
  • Alex Hassan optioned to Triple-A
    Athletics optioned OF Alex Hassan to Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: Hassan is healthy now after finally recovering from a hamstring injury, but he'll begin the season at Triple-A. A waiver claim last month, the 27-year-old made a nice impression with his eight hits in 18 at-bats this spring.
    34 minutes ago
  • Josh Reddick (oblique) playing in minors game
    Josh Reddick (oblique) will play five innings in a minor league game Sunday.

    Advice: Reddick won't be ready for Opening Day but continues to move in the right direction as he recovers from a straight oblique. The A's figure to backdate a DL move with him, so Reddick could miss minimal time.
    Today, 10:14 am
  • Juan Perez optioned to Triple-A
    Giants optioned OF Juan Perez to Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: Justin Maxwell has beaten out Perez for the final outfielder spot. Perez hit only .244/.306/.356 this spring.
    Today, 10:07 am
  • 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.
    Today, 10:05 am
  • Rua 'most likely' to start in LF for Rangers
    Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the "most likely" scenario is Ryan Rua starting in left field for the Rangers.

    Advice: The Rangers uncluttered their left field situation some with Nate Schierholtz's release and Ryan Ludwick's likely impending release. Jake Smolinski would serve as the fourth outfielder and Rule 5 pick Delino DeShields Jr. the fifth outfielder behind Rua, Leonys Martin and Shin-Soo Choo. Rua has earned the job by batting .306/.358/.531 with a homer and eight RBI this spring. The 25-year-old also fared pretty well in spot duty with the Rangers in 2014 and has posted some big numbers in the minors, making him a deep league fantasy option.
    Today, 9:27 am
  • Michael Brantley (back) returns to lineup
    Michael Brantley (back) is back in the Indians' lineup Sunday.

    Advice: Brantley has been bothered by a back issue a couple times this spring and missed a few games this time around. Still, the Indians appeared to have just been exercising caution here. A breakout star last season, Brantley will be ready to roll on Opening Day if he can avoid setbacks.
    Today, 8:16 am
  • 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.
    Today, 8:02 am
  • Ryan Zimmerman (shoulder) to take BP
    Ryan Zimmerman (shoulder) will take batting practice on Sunday.

    Advice: Zimmerman banged up his left shoulder on a diving attempt Saturday, but there appears to be no concern, as he's expected back in the lineup Monday. The Nationals can't afford any more injuries to their regulars.
    Today, 6:56 am
  • Opening Day 'a stretch' for Werth (shoulder)
    Nationals manager Matt Williams admitted Sunday that Jayson Werth (shoulder) being ready for Opening Day would be "a stretch."

    Advice: It comes as no surprise after Williams revealed recently that Werth still experiences some soreness in his surgically-repaired right shoulder when he tries to hit. The outfielder did have a good session of batting practice Saturday but isn't quite ready for game action yet and is simply running out of time. Werth seems likely to be ready around mid-April if he can avoid setbacks. Tyler Moore should see most of the at-bats in left field until Werth returns.
    Today, 6:54 am
  • Guerrero hits one homer, nearly two, vs. LAA
    Alex Guerrero singled and hit a solo home run in four trips to the plate in Saturday's Cactus League game with the Angels.

    Advice: Guerrero might've had two if Mike Trout had not robbed him of a blast to center field in the first inning. He succeeded in taking Matt Shoemaker deep in the third inning, again to center field. The 28-year-old has impressed this spring, hitting .368 (14-for-38) with three home runs and eight RBI. Guerrero, who made his major league debut last season, will eventually succeed Juan Uribe at third base.
    Yesterday, 4:20 pm
  • Braun drives in a pair in loss to Indians
    Ryan Braun went 2-for-4 with two RBI in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the Indians.

    Advice: Braun slammed an RBI double in the first inning and singled in a run in the fifth. After a slow start to spring, the outfielder is now hitting .323 with six RBI. More importantly, his thumb seems to be holding up thus far. When healthy, Braun is one of the premier hitters in the game.
    Yesterday, 4:19 pm
  • Pederson homers again as Dodgers top Halos
    Joc Pederson hit a two-run home run, his only success in three at-bats, facing the Angels on Saturday.

    Advice: Pederson got the scoring started with a two-run home run in the second inning against Matt Shoemaker. That's five spring blasts for the 22-year-old, who has just about wrapped up the competition for the starting center field job. He's currently holding a .373 average (19-for-51) with 11 RBI.
    Yesterday, 4:16 pm
  • Boesch doubles, homers as Reds top the Cubs
    Brennan Boesch contributed a two-run double and a solo home run over four at-bats in Saturday's 9-5 victory over the Cubs.

    Advice: Boesch, starting in center field, doubled in the Reds' second and third runs in their four-run first inning, then added a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh to make it 9-5. Boesch has been superb for the Reds this spring, batting .383 (18-for-47) with four home runs and 13 RBI. He will very likely break camp with the Reds on the 25-man roster as part of the bench.
    Yesterday, 4:11 pm
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  • Fowler hits first homer but Cubs fall to Reds
    Dexter Fowler hit his first Cactus League home run on Saturday, finishing 2-for-4 against the Reds.

    Advice: Fowler hit a solo home run in the top of the seventh inning off of Ben Klimesh, bringing the Cubs within five runs at 8-3. It's been a bit of a slow spring for Fowler, as he's hitting just .237 (9-for-38). The Cubs hope the 29-year-old will be able to reach double digits in both home runs and stolen bases this season as he did in 2012 and '13 with the Rockies.
    Yesterday, 4:08 pm
  • Dickerson leaves with lower back tightness
    Corey Dickerson left Saturday's Cactus League game with lower back tightness.

    Advice: Dickerson exited after the third inning but said it was mostly a precautionary move. It's not something to be too concerned about, and he should be back in action soon.
    Yesterday, 3:00 pm
  • Curtis Granderson hits three-run homer
    Curtis Granderson hit a three-run homer off the Nationals' Stephen Strasburg on Saturday.

    Advice: Granderson was back in the two hole today after leading off last time out. That he'll be in one of those two spots to begin the season gives his fantasy value a boost; it'll cost him RBI, but the extra at-bats and runs scored outweigh that.
    Yesterday, 2:06 pm
  • Nate Schierholtz granted release from Rangers
    Rangers released OF Nate Schierholtz.

    Advice: The club had signed the outfielder to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training, but he was told he would make the club Saturday and asked for his release. He's now a free agent and will attempt to catch on somewhere else.
    Yesterday, 1:29 pm
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  • Danny Santana officially named shortstop
    Twins manager Paul Molitor officially named Danny Santana as his starting shortstop on Saturday.

    Advice: It comes as no surprise, but it is now official. The 24-year-old has had a very strong spring, hitting .341/.356/.455 with two homers, though his 9/1 K/BB ratio is concerning for a player who could hit out of the leadoff slot.
    Yesterday, 7:38 am
  • Blackmon goes 2-for-3, scores twice in loss
    Charlie Blackmon had a nice day at the plate in Friday's loss to the Padres, going 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored.

    Advice: Blackmon also drew a walk in the contest, reaching safely in three of his four plate appearances atop the order. The 28-year-old is hitting .290 (9-for-31) with a homer and three RBI. As long as he's hitting in the second slot of the Rockies lineup, he should once again provide plenty of mixed league value in 2015.
    Friday, 10:36 pm
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