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  • Jake Smolinski nursing shoulder injury
    Jake Smolinski is not able to play the field yet due to a shoulder issue.

    Advice: Smolinski is able to hit, so he can serve as a designated hitter. However, it could be a while before he's cleared for full-time duty. He's competing for a reserve outfielder job with the A's this spring. Today, 10:29 am
  • Heyward to play two of every three in ST
    Jason Heyward will play two out of every three games this spring and will continue to work on his swing during his days off.

    Advice: Heyward been retooling his swing this offseason following last year's disastrous campaign that saw him hit .230/.306/.325 in the regular season and .104/.140/.167 in the postseason. Results during spring training games are often a lot of fluff, but it will be worth tracking how Heyward does in Cactus League play. Today, 9:45 am
  • Matheny says Wong injury not a big deal
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Sunday that Kolten Wong's right shoulder injury "got made into a bigger deal than it ought to."

    Advice: The skipper added that Wong will make his Grapefruit League debut on Monday. "I heard that got made into a bigger deal than it ought to," said Matheny. "(Wong) wasn’t too happy this morning as to how it was interpreted because it was interpreted as we’re just being cautious. He’s going to be playing tomorrow. He’s doing just fine." Matheny can downplay the ailment all he wants, but the fact that Wong's shoulder is still sore five months after he was injured is a concern. It's something to keep an eye on this spring. Today, 7:57 am
  • Alex Dickerson (back) coming along slowly
    Padres manager Andy Green said of Alex Dickerson's (back) recovery that "it’s been a little bit of a slow process for him."

    Advice: Dickerson has been sidelined for the last week with back stiffness. Green said that the outfielder remains day-to-day but added that Dickerson won't be ready to play in games for at least a few more days. Dickerson is hoping to be the Padres' Opening Day left fielder. Today, 7:31 am
  • Steven Souza (hip) targeting Wednesday
    Steven Souza (hip) is hoping to make his Grapefruit League debut on Wednesday.

    Advice: Souza is a little behind others in Rays camp after undergoing hip surgery last September, but he feels great and is nearly game-ready. He's going to face competition for at-bats this season after putting up a disappointing .237/.310/.405 batting line in his first two years with Tampa. Today, 7:09 am
  • Kolten Wong (shoulder) hopes to play Monday
    Kolten Wong (shoulder) is hoping to be in the lineup Monday.

    Advice: He's sat out the Cardinals' first two Grapefruit League contests due to lingering right shoulder inflammation which first surfaced at the end of last season. The team hasn't expressed much concern about their second baseman to this point, but it's obviously worrisome that the injury isn't healed yet. Today, 6:30 am
  • Adam Frazier scratched with thumb injury
    Adam Frazier was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to left thumb discomfort.

    Advice: It's unclear at this point whether it could be more than a day-to-day situation. Frazier might wind up being an important piece for the Pirates this year, especially if Jung Ho Kang's off-the-field issues linger into the season. Today, 6:23 am
  • Sean Rodriguez (shoulder) lands on 60-day DL
    Braves placed INF Sean Rodriguez on the 60-day disabled list with a left shoulder injury.

    Advice: The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for waiver claim Christian Walker. Rodriguez won't play this season after injuring his shoulder in a car crash and having surgery to repair a badly torn rotator cuff and labrum damage as well as relocating a biceps tendon. Today, 5:17 am
    New Player Note
    Sean Rodríguez Atl - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Daniel Nava could make Opening Day roster
    Phillies GM Matt Klentak feels Daniel Nava has a good chance to make the team's Opening Day roster.

    Advice: "He can play the corner outfield spots, first base, and he’s a switch-hitter, so he’s got a shot," said Klentak. Nava will compete with Aaron Altherr, Chris Coghlan and Tyler Goeddel for one of the Phillies' final bench spots this spring. Including the Phillies, Nava has now been with five teams over his last three seasons. Yesterday, 5:39 pm
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  • Travis Jankowski smacks solo home run
    Travis Jankowski went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: The Mariners were having a fun enough time, teeing off for 17 hits and 13 runs, but Jankowski had his own little moment in the sun, too, swatting his first home run of the spring. The 25-year-old worked to an underwhelming .245/.332/.313 triple-slash in 335 at-bats last season. He does offer alluring wheels, though, swiping 31 bases when he did manage to find his way on base. Yesterday, 3:14 pm
  • Jon Jay picks up pair of hits in spring work
    Jon Jay went 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored in Saturday's split-squad Cactus League win over the A's.

    Advice: Nice work by Jay. The two-bagger was his first of the young spring. The Cubs signed him to a one-year, $8 million contract in November. While he figures to see his fair share of playing time this coming season, he doesn't offer much on the fantasy front beyond average and on-base percentage. For his career, he is a .287/.352/.384 hitter. Yesterday, 3:04 pm
  • Matt Joyce slugs solo home run vs. Cubs
    Matt Joyce smacked a solo home run in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: The dinger was Joyce's first of the spring. The A's signed him near the end of November. Playing with the Pirates in 2016, he posted a .242/.403/.463 triple-slash to pair with 13 home runs across 140 games played. Those in deep AL-only leagues might consider Joyce as a late draft option. He holds a career .803 OPS vs. right-handers. Yesterday, 2:59 pm
  • Wong dealing with inflammation in shoulder
    Kolten Wong continues to deal with inflammation in his shoulder from the injury he sustained last season.

    Advice: While he has been doing strengthening work, they still need to address inflammation in the joint. There's also a possibility that the injury will require surgery, though the club has said "not yet" when asked directly about it. This is certainly a situation worth monitoring this spring. Yesterday, 12:48 pm
  • Bourn will miss four weeks with broken finger
    Michael Bourn is expected to miss the next four weeks due to a broken ring finger on his right hand.

    Advice: Bourn just re-signed with the O's this week and was expected to compete for a reserve outfielder role. He should still have enough time to get ready for the regular season, but this could impact his chances to crack the Opening Day roster. Yesterday, 9:46 am
  • Andre Ethier (leg) looks healthy this spring
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Saturday that Andre Ethier looks healthy and is showing no signs of last year's broken leg.

    Advice: Ethier missed almost the entire 2016 season due to a fractured right fibula, but has had ample recovery time. He's expected to function as the strong side of a platoon in right field and could be a candidate to hit leadoff for the Dodgers. Yesterday, 8:43 am
  • Dariel Alvarez not ready to give up hitting
    Dariel Alvarez confirmed Saturday that he remains focused on being a hitter and an outfielder and isn't interested in switching to pitching at this time.

    Advice: There have been reports that the O's might try to convert him to a pitcher. Alvarez possesses a strong arm and did pitch years ago in his native Cuba. The 28-year-old hit .288/.324/.284 with four homers, 49 RBI and seven stolen bases in 130 games at Triple-A Norfolk in 2016. Yesterday, 7:14 am
  • Howie Kendrick hits second in home opener
    Howie Kendrick is batting second on Saturday as the Phillies deploy a probable Opening Day preview in their Grapefruit League home opener against the Yankees.

    Advice: Kendrick is set to open the season as the Phillies' everyday left fielder and should be able to generate plenty of fantasy value if he remains in a premium lineup spot. Michael Saunders is hitting fifth on Saturday with Tommy Joseph slotted behind him in the sixth spot. Yesterday, 5:18 am
    Player Note
    Howie Kendrick Phi - 1B,2B,3B,OF
  • Dickerson's back injury showing improvement
    Alex Dickerson said Thursday that his back injury has shown "substantial improvement."

    Advice: Dickerson continues to be held out of workouts at Padres camp, but this has been called a minor issue from the jump. The outfielder should be ready for Cactus League games by the middle of next week. Thursday, 8:32 am
  • Bourn could make additional $3.5 MM
    ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that Michael Bourn could make up to $3.5 million in incentives based on plate appearances.

    Advice: The Orioles re-signed Bourn to a minor-league contract on Monday. Should he crack the major league roster, he will make $2 million. There is a March 25 opt-out clause on that minors contract. Bourn, 34, played in 24 games with the O's in 2016, slashing .283/.358/.435 with a pair of homers, eight RBI and two steals. He is currently in spring camp competing to land on the Opening Day roster as a reserve outfielder. Wednesday, 3:32 pm
  • Dickerson (back) misses workout again Wed.
    Alex Dickerson (back) was held out of workouts for the third straight day on Wednesday.

    Advice: Padres manager Andy Green previously downplayed the issue, but it has turned out to be a nagging issue. He's going to be examined by team doctors just to make sure nothing serious is going on. Wednesday, 9:17 am
  • Dickerson (back) missed workout Tues.
    Alex Dickerson (back) missed another workout Tuesday at Padres camp.

    Advice: The corner outfielder also sat out of drills Monday after developing some stiffness in his back over the weekend. Padres manager Andy Green said it's no big deal. There is plenty of time for Dickerson to catch back up. Tuesday, 6:39 pm
  • Orioles re-sign veteran OF Michael Bourn
    Orioles re-signed OF Michael Bourn to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Bourn will receive $2 million if in the majors, and ESPN's Jerry Crasnick adds that the deal includes a March 25 opt-out. The 34-year-old hasn't had an effective full season in a while, but he played well in his brief time with the Orioles last year with a .283/.358/.435 with two home runs, eight RBI and two steals in 24 games. Bourn will compete for a reserve outfielder role. Monday, 4:28 pm
  • Alex Dickerson nursing some back stiffness
    Alex Dickerson was held out of workouts on Monday because of back stiffness.

    Advice: The Padres aren't concerned that it might be a long-term thing. Dickerson is competing for a starting corner outfield job this spring after batting .257/.333/.455 with 10 homers in 285 plate appearances for San Diego last season. Monday, 1:11 pm
  • Rodriguez's shoulder surgery details revealed
    Sean Rodriguez's left shoulder surgery involved the repair of a badly torn rotator cuff, labrum damage and a biceps tendon that had to relocated.

    Advice: It's no wonder that he's essentially already been ruled out for the season. Rodriguez, who suffered the injuries during a car crash in late January, is under contract with the Braves through 2018. Feb 19, 11:36 am
    New Player Note
    Sean Rodríguez Atl - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
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