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    • Alex Rodriguez is serving as the designated hitter Monday in an intrasquad game.

      Advice: The game will be played with pitching machines rather than live throwers, so it's more of a drill than a scrimmage. A-Rod arrived at Yankees camp last Monday and seems to be getting along with the other players and coaches just fine. He's been taking some reps at first base but will likely get most of his playing time at DH in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      33 minutes ago
    • Ackley to be in LF platoon with Weeks
      Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon acknowledged to reporters Monday that Dustin Ackley will be in a left-field platoon this season with Rickie Weeks.

      Advice: Ackley has batted just .236/.295/.342 in his career against left-handed pitching so the M's will pair him with the right-handed-hitting Weeks, who was signed to a one-year, $2 million free agent contract last month. It's a bad situation for fantasy purposes. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 7:37 am
    • Michael Taylor has some neck discomfort
      Michael Taylor has complained of some minor neck discomfort.

      Advice: Taylor described it as a "twinge," but he was able to work out Sunday and should be a full participant in drills and games this week. "Anytime that happens, especially early in the spring, we make sure that we take it easy on him," manager Matt Williams said Monday. "He is full go. He is ready to play." The 23-year-old should be busy this spring in the Grapefruit League with Jayson Werth recovering from shoulder surgery. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 6:11 am
    • V-Mart (knee) arrived at Tigers camp Mon.
      Victor Martinez (knee) has arrived at Tigers camp.

      Advice: And he's expected to go through his first spring workout Monday morning. Martinez needed surgery on February 10 to repair the medial meniscus in his left knee and probably won't get into Grapefruit League games for at least two weeks. The veteran designated hitter is not certain to be ready for the opening of the 2015 regular season, though the Tigers are saying for now that he will be a go. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:59 am
    • Arcia sent home early Monday with illness
      Oswaldo Arcia was sent home early from Twins camp on Monday.

      Advice: Arcia is battling a mild illness that seems to be making its way around the Twins' complex. It's not a big deal. The 23-year-old outfielder will be looking to take another big step forward in 2015 after batting .231/.300/.452 with 20 home runs in 103 games last season. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:51 am
    • Grichuk (back) resumed workouts Monday
      Randal Grichuk (back) resumed workouts Monday.

      Advice: Grichuk took it easy this weekend due to some mild lower back soreness and might be held out of the Cardinals' first few Grapefruit League games, but the discomfort doesn't seem like a huge concern. Grichuk is due to open the 2015 season in a backup role behind starting outfielders Matt Holliday, Jon Jay, and Jason Heyward. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:48 am
    • McLouth (shoulder) expects to be ready for OD
      Nate McLouth (shoulder) expects to be ready for the beginning of the 2015 regular season.

      Advice: And he could start in left field on Opening Day if Jayson Werth (shoulder) isn't ready. McLouth underwent surgery last August to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He's nearly up to speed with the other position players in Nats camp this spring. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:37 am
    • Plouffe (illness) back to work Monday
      Trevor Plouffe (illness) got back to work Monday morning in Twins camp.

      Advice: Plouffe sat out of team workouts Saturday and Sunday due to a mild illness. It wasn't a serious concern. Rotoworld.com
      Today, 5:29 am
    • Gordon Beckham getting work all over infield
      While he's competing for the team's starting job at second base, Gordon Beckham is seeing work all over the infield early in the spring.

      Advice: The former top prospect is getting work at shortstop and third base as well, as he prepares for what could wind up being a super utility role for the White Sox. Even if he loses out to Micah Johnson or Carlos Sanchez in the battle at second base, the more time that he sees on the field, the better his chances of carving out value as a middle infielder in AL-only formats. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 5:04 pm
    • Chris Johnson reverts to former swing path
      Chris Johnson is working on a mechanical adjustment to his swing, lowering his hands to allow for a more consistent swing path.

      Advice: It's an effort to return to the form he displayed in 2013 when he competed for the National League batting title. The 30-year-old is looking to rebound from a disappointing 2014 season where he hit just .263/.292/.361 with 10 homers and 58 RBI. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 4:35 pm
    • Phillies lose opener to University of Tampa
      In Sunday's lone spring game, Aaron Altherr went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a steal as the Phillies lost to the University of Tampa 6-2.

      Advice: The Phillies were up 2-0 following fine performances from Paul Clemens and Rule 5 pick Andrew Oliver, but Phillipe Aumont gave up a run in the sixth and Nefi Ogando and Hector Neris combined to allow five in the seventh, leading to a somewhat embarrassing loss. The good news was that Ruben Amaro's nephew, Andrew, had a single and a bases-loaded walk for the Spartans. The Phillies didn't use any probable regulars in the contest. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 2:08 pm
    • Austin Jackson to see extra rest this season
      Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Sunday that Austin Jackson will see extra rest this season in an effort to keep him fresh.

      Advice: The 28-year-old outfielder appeared to wear down as the 2014 season neared its conclusion, hitting just .191 in September. While he struggled in his 54 games with the Mariners to finish the season, McClendon believes that Jackson is a dynamic talent and will be a catalyst atop the M's lineup in 2015. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:50 pm
    • Lucas Duda to begin hitting off tee this week
      Mets manager Terry Collins said Sunday that Lucas Duda (oblique) is scheduled to begin hitting off a tee this week.

      Advice: If all goes well, he'll advance to taking live batting practice the following week. The 29-year-old slugger has been dealing with a minor oblique issue for the past month or so and the team being sure to be cautious in his recovery. Duda is coming off a breakout season where he slashed .253/.349/.481 with 30 homers and 92 RBI in 153 games. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:24 pm
    • Cespedes open to extension with Tigers
      Yoenis Cespedes said through his interpreter on Sunday that he's very comfortable with his new organization and is open to discussing a long-term extension.

      Advice: Cespedes stated, "I would like to be in a Tigers uniform for a lot of years. This is a good team now and will be for a lot of years to come." The 29-year-old outfielder, who arrived in December's deal that sent Rick Porcello to the Red Sox, is set to hit free agency after the 2015 season. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 1:13 pm
    • Jon Jay (wrist) not game-ready yet
      Jon Jay (wrist) will not play in any Grapefruit League games this week.

      Advice: Jay is coming back from offseason surgery on his left wrist and has only done hitting in a batting cage so far. He'll progress to hitting off a machine this week and is not in any danger of not being ready for Opening Day. "This is about April 5," Jay said. "That's the date that matters. I'm getting ready for April 5. I have five weeks now to be ready." Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:47 am
    • Mets will monitor Juan Lagares' elbow
      Mike Vorkunov of the Star-Ledger reports that the Mets have concerns that Juan Lagares' right elbow "will be bothersome" this season.

      Advice: Lagares was shut down with a couple weeks left in last season due to a sprain in the elbow. He didn't require surgery, but apparently a winter of rest hasn't totally alleviated concerns. The Mets will monitor Lagares' elbow closely in hopes of keeping the ailment under control. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:30 am
    • Michael Cuddyer likely to play LF
      Mets manager Terry Collins indicated on Sunday that he's leaning towards playing Curtis Granderson in right field this season.

      Advice: That would put Michael Cuddyer in left field -- a position where he's made only three starts at the major league level. The reason that he's played so little at the position is because he's deaf in his left ear, but that's apparently not a major concern for the Mets. The players will split time in right field this spring before Collins makes an official decision. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 10:13 am
    • Wil Myers an option to hit leadoff for Padres
      Padres manager Bud Black on Friday listed Wil Myers as an option to hit leadoff.

      Advice: "(Yangervis) Solarte, (Wil) Venable, (Cameron) Maybin and Myers – let’s start there," Black said. Myers is the only one of the names Black listed who's guaranteed a spot in the lineup, so it's a reasonable guess that he's the top candidate to bat leadoff. While not a prototypical leadoff hitter, Myers did sport a nice .354 on-base percentage during his American League Rookie of the Year-winning 2013 campaign. Solarte could hit leadoff should he win the third base job, but Will Middlebrooks is the favorite to start there. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 7:28 am
    • Chris Owings (shoulder) ahead of schedule
      Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said Saturday that Chris Owings (shoulder) is progressing ahead of schedule.

      Advice: Owings had been slated to miss the first 8-10 Cactus League games as he works his way back from surgery on his non-throwing shoulder, but it sounds like he could be ready sooner than that. "I don't have an exact (return) date," Hale said, "but he's past where I thought he was." Owings has bounce-back potential as a fantasy option if he's able to stay healthy. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:19 am
    • Yasmany Tomas to get reps in OF
      Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said Saturday that Yasmany Tomas will see some playing time in the outfield during Cactus League play.

      Advice: The D'Backs want Tomas to handle third base well enough to start there, but they'll give him reps in the outfield just in case. "We have to prioritize who gets all these at-bats in spring training," Hale said. "He's one we want to get a lot of at-bats to get a good (look) at his offense, too." Jake Lamb will be in line to start at third base if Arizona ends up having to put Tomas in left field. Rotoworld.com
      Yesterday, 6:16 am
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