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  • Cardinals expected to go with Peralta at 3B
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny indicated Friday that Jhonny Peralta will be the team's starting third baseman and Jedd Gyroko will be a utility infielder.

    Advice: It's been the expectation since the beginning of camp. It ultimately probably doesn't matter much which of the two is the "starter" at third base, as both Peralta and Gyorko are going to play a lot. Gyorko, who led the Cards with 30 homers last season, figures to handle second base versus lefties. 36 minutes ago
  • Yanks not happy about Didi's usage in the WBC
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Yankees were "a bit dismayed" at how Didi Gregorius (shoulder) was used in the World Baseball Classic.

    Advice: Gregorius strained his right shoulder Saturday while playing in an exhibition game for Team Netherlands. Per Heyman, the Yankees are upset that Gregorius got hurt playing second base, a position he hasn't played since 2014. "It is what it is," said manager Joe Girardi. "He’s hurt. There’s nothing you can do about it." Ronald Torreyes and Tyler Wade are the most likely candidates to fill in at shortstop during his absence. Yesterday, 6:43 pm
  • Eduardo Nunez won't need shoulder surgery
    An MRI on Eduardo Nunez's right shoulder determined that surgery won't be necessary.

    Advice: Nunez's right shoulder has bothered him all spring but at least he won't need surgery. He had a cortisone shot on Wednesday, which should dull the pain, at least temporarily. Nunez's goal is to be ready for Opening Day against the Diamondbacks on April 2. That gives him 10 days to get healthy. Yesterday, 3:45 pm
  • Ronald Torreyes goes deep versus Rays
    Ronald Torreyes singled and swatted a solo home run on Thursday against the Rays.

    Advice: Torreyes took former closer Shawn Tolleson deep in the seven inning. He got off to a slow start this spring but now has eight hits over his last 23 at-bats. Torreyes played third base Thursday but is competing to be the fill-in at shortstop while Didi Gregorius (shoulder) is out. Yesterday, 3:01 pm
  • Giants dump infielder Gordon Beckham
    Giants released INF Gordon Beckham.

    Advice: Beckham reportedly asked for his release. He was always a long shot to make the team with so many mouths to feed in San Francisco's crowded infield. Beckham was due a $100,000 retention bonus on March 28, which was also a contributing factor in his release. The 30-year-old hit just .194 over 36 Cactus League at-bats. Yesterday, 3:00 pm
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  • Shawn O'Malley (appendectomy) out 10-14 days
    Shawn O'Malley will need at least 10-14 days to fully recover from his appendectomy.

    Advice: That puts O'Malley in a race against the clock for Opening Day. If O'Malley is unavailable, Taylor Motter would likely fill a utility role during his absence. O'Malley was hitting .278 with four steals in 16 Cactus League appearances before his appendectomy. Yesterday, 1:56 pm
  • Alex Meyer rouged up versus Texas
    Alex Meyer didn’t have his best stuff Wednesday in the Angels’ Cactus League loss to the Rangers, allowing five hits, five runs (four earned) and three walks over 2 1/3 innings.

    Advice: He recorded two fly outs, one groundout and four strikeouts. The Rangers went to work right away, pounding Meyer for three runs in the opening frame. Meyer limited the damage to one run in the second but was lifted after creating another mess in the third. Meyer’s spring ERA shot up from 4.70 to 7.20 in the wake of Wednesday’s collapse. The 6’9" right-hander had an outside chance at winning a rotation spot earlier this spring, but now it looks like he’s probably destined for Triple-A. Wednesday, 5:30 pm
  • Eduardo Nunez (shoulder) has cortisone shot
    Eduardo Nunez (shoulder) had a cortisone shot and is expected to be out for the next 2-3 days.

    Advice: Nunez has been bothered by right shoulder soreness throughout the spring. That has not alleviated yet. The 29-year-old infielder will take a little time to try to rest up before the final stretch run of spring training. Should this issue continue to linger, it could put Opening Day at risk. For now, rest. Wednesday, 4:09 pm
  • Update: Amarista says he's fine after HBP
    Alexi Amarista told the Denver Post's Patrick Saunders that he was fine after being plunked above the left elbow in Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Indians.

    Advice: Amarista was lifted from Wednesday's contest after being hit by a Boone Logan pitch. He was checked out in the clubhouse sans issue. The Rockies could opt to give him a day or two off from spring work if they feel that he needs a little extra rest, but as matters currently stand, he looks like he will be fine moving forward. Wednesday, 3:22 pm
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    Alexi Amarista Col - 2B,SS,OF
  • Shawn O'Malley (appendectomy) returns to camp
    Shawn O'Malley is back in camp after undergoing a successful appendectomy.

    Advice: O'Malley's surgery took place on Tuesday. He should recover in about two weeks, but Opening Day is looking like it might be a ship passing in the night. Said manager Scott Servais, "The surgery went fine. He should recover and it won't be an issue. But obviously anytime you have a little surgery, it's going to take a little time to get him back." Prior to this unfortunately-timed surgery, the 29-year-old infielder was competing with Taylor Motter to serve as a utility bench piece for the Mariners during the coming campaign. Wednesday, 2:19 pm
  • Greg Garcia triples, doubles twice
    Greg Garcia tripled and doubled twice Wednesday in the win over the Nationals.

    Advice: The underappreciated Garcia has hit .261/.377/.366 in 303 major league at-bats, playing a perfectly solid shortstop in the process. He'd likely be an upgrade in a starting role for several teams, but on the Cardinals, he's going to continue to be treated as a sixth infielder. Wednesday, 1:03 pm
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    Greg García StL - 2B,3B,SS
  • Profar to see some time in CF
    Rangers manager Jeff Banister said Wednesday that Jurickson Profar will see some game action in center field.

    Advice: Profar played there during the World Baseball Classic, so Banister wants to get a look at him. As of now, Profar figures to see most of his time in left field this season, but he's essentially in a utility role. Wednesday, 12:27 pm
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    Jurickson Profar Tex - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Matt Duffy to see doctor about heel
    Matt Duffy will travel to North Carolina on Thursday to see the doctor who did his heel surgery last September.

    Advice: Duffy has been stuck in neutral in his rehab in Rays' camp, so the hope is that the doctor doesn't see anything concerning and can readjust his plan to get him back on track. Either way, he's projected to begin the season on the disabled list. Wednesday, 12:07 pm
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    Matt Duffy TB - 3B,SS
  • Yanks weighing external options for SS
    According to Brendan Kuty of NJ Advance Media, the Yankees have floated the Reds' Zack Cozart, the Tigers' Jose Iglesias, and the Diamondbacks' Nick Ahmed as possible replacements for Didi Gregorius (shoulder) at shortstop.

    Advice: The Yankees are trying to figure out how to get by now that Gregorius is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a right shoulder strain. These external targets would seem to indicate that they are concerned the absence could be longer. If the Yankees decide to stick with internal options, Tyler Wade and Ronald Torreyes are probably the front-runners. Wednesday, 9:54 am
  • Mets option INF Cecchini to Triple-A
    Mets optioned INF Gavin Cecchini to Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: Cecchini, 23, had a brief stint with the Mets down the stretch last season. He doesn't really hard the arm to play the left side of the infield, but the Mets are hopeful he could find a home at second base. Wednesday, 5:20 am
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  • Mets option Reynolds to minors camp
    Mets optioned INF Matt Reynolds to Triple-A Las Vegas; reassigned RHP Ben Rowen and OF Travis Taijeron to minor league camp.

    Advice: Reynolds played in 47 games with the Mets last season while batting .225/.266/.416 in 96 plate appearances. He's likely to see some time again in the majors in 2017. The cut of Rowen makes it increasingly likely that Paul Sewald will be in the Opening Day bullpen. Wednesday, 5:18 am
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  • Yankees, Rays interested in Nick Ahmed
    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that Yankees and Rays are showing interest in Nick Ahmed.

    Advice: The Padres have also previously shown interest in Ahmed. All three landing spots make sense, as the Yankees' (Didi Gregorius) and Rays' (Matt Duffy) starting shortstop will begin the season on the disabled list and the Padres have an open competition at the position. Ahmed is a career .221/.268/.329 hitter and had season-ending hip surgery last August, but he's a slick fielder and has looked healthy this spring. Tuesday, 7:24 pm
  • Gleyber Torres re-assigned to minors camp
    Yankees re-assigned SS Gleyber Torres to minor league camp.

    Advice: Torres has gone 13-for-28 with two homers this spring and the Yankees suddenly have an opening at shortstop with Didi Gregorius (shoulder) going down. However, the club is committed to developing the top prospect, as Torres hasn't played above A-ball yet. He could possibly push to debut at some point this season. Tuesday, 7:11 pm
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  • Shawn O'Malley to have appendectomy
    Shawn O'Malley will undergo an appendectomy Tuesday evening.

    Advice: Awful timing for O'Malley, who will now obviously not be ready for Opening Day. He was competing for a bench job after batting .234/.322/.325 over parts of the last two seasons with Seattle. Tuesday, 6:24 pm
  • Seager (oblique) pain-free during minors game
    Corey Seager (oblique) said he had no discomfort while taking three at-bats in a minor league game Tuesday.

    Advice: Seager served as a designated hitter in what was his first game action in nearly three weeks. The shortstop will take a day off Wednesday before playing five innings on Thursday. His at-bats this spring are going to be limited, but Seager should be ready for Opening Day as long as he avoids a setback. Tuesday, 3:11 pm
  • Hanser Alberto's shoulder is still sore
    Hanser Alberto is still experiencing soreness in his right shoulder when he throws.

    Advice: Alberto was cleared to resume throwing a few days ago but is still having issues. He'll be shut down again for the time being and his availability for Opening Day would seem to be in question. Tuesday, 1:28 pm
  • Braves not worried about Albies' knee
    Braves manager Brian Snitker said after Tuesday's game that he's not concerned about Ozzie Albies' knee.

    Advice: Albies was forced to exit Tuesday's Grapefruit League game after fouling a ball of his knee, but Snitker compared the issue to hitting his funny bone. Fortunately, the expectation is that he'll be close to normal in the next couple of days. Tuesday, 1:01 pm
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  • Gregorius (shoulder) shut down for two weeks
    Didi Gregorius has been shut down for two weeks due to a right shoulder strain.

    Advice: It could have been worse, but obviously Gregorius can be ruled out for Opening Day and Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the shortstop could miss all of April. Tyler Wade or possibly Ronald Torreyes will probably be the primary shortstop for the Yankees to begin the regular season. The club could also consider using Starlin Castro there. Tuesday, 12:58 pm
  • Albies exits game after fouling ball off knee
    Braves prospect infielder Ozzie Albies exited Tuesday's Grapefruit League game after he appeared to foul a ball of his knee.

    Advice: Albies wanted to stay in the game, but he was forced to leave in the middle of his at-bat. The Braves should pass along an update soon on the promising young infielder. Tuesday, 12:12 pm
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  • White Sox announce Tim Anderson extension
    White Sox signed SS Tim Anderson to a six-year, $25 million extension.

    Advice: Scott Merkin of first reported that the two sides were close to a deal while FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and Bob Nightengale of USA Today passed along contract details. The deal includes a pair of club options valued at $25.5 million, so the deal could max out at $50.5 million. The White Sox have bought out all of his arbitration seasons and his first two seasons of free agency. While this is a record guarantee for a player with fewer than one year of MLB service time, it could be quite the bargain if he progresses as hoped. The 24-year-old batted .283/.306/.432 with nine home runs and 10 stolen bases over 99 games as a rookie last season. Chicago considers him as an important building block. Tuesday, 10:05 am
  • Seager (oblique) to play in minor league game
    Corey Seager (oblique) is slated to get three at-bats out of the DH spot in a minor league game on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Dodgers are easing Seager back into things after his recent oblique issue. He's expected to take Wednesday off before playing five innings on Thursday. If all goes well, he should be in the lineup on Opening Day. Tuesday, 9:49 am
  • Flaherty (shoulder) expected to play Friday
    Ryan Flaherty (shoulder) is expected to return to game action on Friday.

    Advice: Flaherty has been dealing with shoulder soreness for most of the Grapefruit League schedule, but he has felt improvement since receiving a cortisone shot. The original expectation was that he would return to game action on Tuesday, but the Orioles are going to hold him out through Thursday's off-day. The expectation is that he'll be fine for the start of the regular season. Tuesday, 8:19 am
  • Duffy (heel) return up in the air
    Rays manager Kevin Cash said Tuesday that there's no target date for Matt Duffy (heel) to get into games.

    Advice: Cash told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that Duffy is still "status quo" in strengthening as he makes his way back from last September's Achilles surgery. He could go see his doctor for a follow-up and might try a different rehab program, so a timetable is up in the air right now. He's expected to begin the year on the DL. Tuesday, 8:15 am
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    Matt Duffy TB - 3B,SS
  • White Sox, Anderson agree on $25M extension
    FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the White Sox and Tim Anderson have reached agreement on an extension which is expected to include six guaranteed years.

    Advice: Scott Merkin of first reported that the two sides were closing in on a deal, but now the final details are trickling in. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the deal is worth $25 million, which would be the new record for a player with less than one year of service time. Rays right-hander Chris Archer ($20 million guaranteed) had the previous record. The deal includes a pair of club options which could bring the total value to $51.5 million. An official announcement should come soon. Tuesday, 6:02 am
  • ChiSox talking long-term deal w/ Tim Anderson's Scott Merkin reports that the White Sox are discussing a multi-year contract with Tim Anderson.

    Advice: The potential parameters of the deal aren't known at this point. Anderson isn't arbitration-eligible until after the 2019 season, but the White Sox obviously see something special in him and want to make a long-term commitment to him. The shortstop batted .283/.306/.432 with nine home runs and 10 stolen bases over 431 plate appearances for the White Sox last season. Monday, 2:51 pm
  • Tim Anderson out Mon. for personal reasons
    Tim Anderson remains out of the White Sox lineup Monday for personal reasons.

    Advice: Anderson has now missed three straight games, but the White Sox say it's nothing to worry about. The young shortstop carries lofty fantasy upside into the 2017 season after batting .283/.306/.432 with nine home runs and 10 stolen bases over his first 99 major league games last year. Monday, 9:01 am
  • Gregorius (shoulder) leaves Team Netherlands
    Didi Gregorius has left Team Netherlands because of a right shoulder injury.

    Advice: Gregorius is flying back to Yankees camp in Tampa for more tests Monday after undergoing a preliminary MRI on Sunday. The initial diagnosis is a hematoma of the subcapsular muscle. There should be more clarity on the situation by Tuesday. Gregorius obviously won't be suiting up for Team Netherlands against Team Puerto Rico in the WBC semifinals on Monday night. Monday, 8:26 am
  • Addison Russell blasts fifth Cactus League HR
    Addison Russell blasted his fifth home run of the Cactus League season as the Cubs fell to the Royals on Sunday night.

    Advice: The hard-hitting shortstop tagged Mike Minor for a solo shot to get the Cubs on the board in the eighth inning. He finished the night 2-for-3 and is now hitting .300 with five bombs and nine RBI this spring. Sunday, 9:40 pm
  • Giants option Orlando Calixte to Triple-A
    Giants optioned INF/OF Orlando Calixte to Triple-A Sacramento.

    Advice: Calixte was competing for a bench spot on the Giants' Opening Day roster but hit just .192/.222/.231 with two RBI in 26 at-bats during Cactus League competition. He'll function as organizational depth at Triple-A to begin the season. Sunday, 5:42 pm
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  • Corey Seager could return to game on Thursday
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Sunday that Corey Seager will go through two more full days of workouts on Monday and Tuesday before returning to game action.

    Advice: The Dodgers have an off day on Wednesday, so his return would be on Thursday, either to Cactus League action or a minor league game. As long as he meets that expectation and doesn't suffer a setback along the way, he should be ready in time for Opening Day. Sunday, 5:04 pm
  • Dansby Swanson returns to lineup
    Dansby Swanson started at shortstop Sunday and struck out in both of his at-bats versus the Cardinals.

    Advice: Swanson missed 11 days because of back tightness. The Braves indicated that he would have returned several days ago had it been the regular season. Sunday, 1:30 pm
  • Freddy Galvis goes hitless in loss
    Freddy Galvis went 0-for-3 on Sunday and is just 9-for-44 this spring.

    Advice: Galvis was supposed to play for Venezuela in the WBC, but he skipped the tourney because of a minor groin injury sustained last month. It hasn't cost him time in the Grapefruit League, but his performance thus far has been really lacking. One can take solace in the fact that it's nothing new for him; he had a .497 OPS last spring and hasn't topped .700 since 2013. Even with a top prospect behind him in J.P. Crawford, his job shouldn't be in any danger during the first part of the year. Sunday, 1:01 pm
  • Seager (oblique) to go through full workout
    Corey Seager (oblique) will go through another full workout on Sunday.

    Advice: Seager went through a full workout on Thursday and didn't have any issues with his oblique. He would seem to be progressing toward a return to Cactus League action soon, although the Dodgers haven't revealed a target date for that. All signs point to Seager being ready for Opening Day as long as he can avoid a setback. Sunday, 8:38 am
  • Ryan Flaherty (shoulder) to play Tuesday
    Ryan Flaherty (shoulder) will return to Grapefruit League action on Tuesday.

    Advice: Flaherty's sore right shoulder has made steady improvement since he was given a cortisone shot. He'll be fine for Opening Day. Sunday, 8:24 am
  • Ryan Flaherty (shoulder) could play Monday
    Ryan Flaherty (shoulder) could return to Grapefruit League games as soon as Monday.

    Advice: Flaherty has been nursing a sore right shoulder for much of camp, but he's feeling better after receiving a cortisone shot. He's expected to be fine for Opening Day. Sunday, 7:06 am
  • Swanson to take at-bats in minor league game
    Dansby Swanson (back) will take at-bats in a minor league game on Saturday.

    Advice: He had been expected to return to Grapefruit League action, but instead will get his swings in a more controlled environment. Swanson confirmed Saturday that the injury was more to his side than his back, which helps to explain the longer recovery time. Saturday, 6:20 am
  • Dansby Swanson remains out of Braves lineup
    Dansby Swanson (back) remains out of the Braves starting lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: The budding superstar was expected to return to Grapefruit League action on Saturday against the Tigers, but it appears as though his back tightness is still lingering. Expect him to return to action in the next couple of days. Saturday, 5:19 am
  • Hanser Alberto cleared to resume throwing
    Hanser Alberto (shoulder) has been cleared to resume throwing.

    Advice: Alberto was shut down for a couple of days earlier in the sweet due to a bout of shoulder soreness. He's expected to be ready for game action by the start of next week. Friday, 3:58 pm
  • Ozzie Albies reaches twice
    Ozzie Albies reached twice and swiped a base Friday against the Astros.

    Advice: Albies is 4-for-11 with a three walks since joining the Braves lineup last week. He was held back at the beginning of the spring because of a fractured elbow suffered last September. The top prospect will open this year in Triple-A. Friday, 1:22 pm
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  • Diamondbacks willing to listen on Nick Ahmed
    According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, the Diamondbacks are willing to listen to trade offers on shortstop Nick Ahmed.

    Advice: The D'Backs are dealing with a very crowded middle infield situation, so dealing away Ahmed seems to make sense. He has proven his health this spring following hip surgery and is a very skilled defender both at shortstop and at second base. Friday, 7:49 am
  • Dansby Swanson (back) to return Saturday
    Dansby Swanson (back) is expected to return to Grapefruit League action Saturday against the Tigers.

    Advice: Back tightness has sidelined Swanson for the past two weeks but it looks like he's ready to roll after taking batting practice on Thursday. Swanson was having a productive spring before he got hurt, hitting .438 over six appearances. Adonis Garcia (hamstring) could also return on Saturday. Thursday, 1:35 pm
  • Corey Seager (oblique) runs, throws, swings
    Corey Seager (back, oblique) ran, threw, and took 25-30 swings at half speed on Thursday.

    Advice: Seager said he felt strong during and after the workout. "It was fun sweating," he told reporters. The star shortstop has been held out of Cactus League action since March 3 due to discomfort in his back and oblique, but the Dodgers believe he will be fully ready for the beginning of the 2017 regular season. Seager won National League Rookie of the Year honors in 2016 with a .308/.365/.512 batting line, 26 home runs, 72 RBI, and 105 runs scored in 127 games. Thursday, 10:40 am
  • Flaherty says shoulder feels 100 percent
    Ryan Flaherty told reporters Thursday that his right shoulder feels "100 percent."

    Advice: Flaherty was administered a cortisone injection earlier this week after battling minor shoulder soreness for several days. It looks like the 30-year-old utilityman will be ready for the 2017 regular season. Thursday, 10:16 am
  • Corey Seager (back, oblique) cleared to throw
    Corey Seager (back, oblique) will take grounders and throw from 60-90 feet on Thursday.

    Advice: Seager has been held out of Cactus League action since March 3 due to discomfort in his back and oblique, but Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has maintained that his star shortstop will be fine for the opening of the 2017 regular season. Seager will look to return to spring games sometime next week. Thursday, 9:54 am
  • Swanson (back) nearing return to action
    Dansby Swanson (back) took batting practice Thursday morning in Braves camp.

    Advice: Swanson has not appeared in a Grapefruit League game since March 4 due to a back injury and he is out of the Braves' lineup again on Thursday, but the young shortstop could be ready to rock this weekend. He had tallied seven hits through his first 16 at-bats this spring in Grapefruit League play. Thursday, 6:05 am
  • Gleyber Torres homers, doubles in loss
    Gleyber Torres collected his second homer and his fourth double Tuesday against the Rays.

    Advice: Torres started at second base, a position he was introduced to in the Arizona Fall League last year. He's never played anywhere other than shortstop in a minor league game, but that seems likely to change this year. Still, the best-case scenario would be that he proves strong enough at shortstop to push Didi Gregorius and his overrated glove to second. Torres is 10-for-22 with seven extra-base hits this spring. Tuesday, 2:08 pm
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  • Flaherty receives cortisone shot in shoulder
    Ryan Flaherty received a cortisone shot in his right shoulder.

    Advice: Flaherty has been dealing with shoulder soreness for a couple of weeks now, so the hope is that the cortisone shot will get him back on track. He'll be shut down for a few days for now. Tuesday, 8:16 am
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