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  • Gregor Blanco (oblique) still day-to-day
    Gregor Blanco is still considered day-to-day with his oblique injury.

    Advice: Diamondbacks manager Torey Louvullo said Sunday that Blanco would have to return to Cactus League action in order to be included on the Opening Day roster, so his time is quickly running out. The veteran outfielder was already on the bubble for a roster spot, so his injury came at the worst possible time. 29 minutes ago
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  • Mallex Smith likely to make Rays' roster
    Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times believes that Mallex Smith not only will make the Rays' Opening Day roster but will likely be in the lineup for the season opener.

    Advice: Colby Rasmus (hip) isn't ready to play the outfield yet and will begin the season on the disabled list, and Topkin writes that Smith will get "a chance to show what he can do and how dynamic a duo he can form with (Kevin) Kiermaier." Smith probably isn't guaranteed anything beyond fill-in status until Rasmus is ready, but he could certainly play his way into a regular role. He has the potential to be a difference-maker in fantasy leagues with his speed if he sees regular at-bats. Today, 12:42 pm
  • Mike Leake goes six scoreless in win
    Mike Leake scattered seven hits over six innings in the Cardinals' 3-0 shutout of the Marlins on Sunday.

    Advice: Leake lowered his spring ERA to 3.81. He was terrific last spring before his disappointing season, finishing with a 2.25 ERA and a 24/2 K/BB ratio in 20 innings during Grapefruit League action. This year, he has a 14/6 K/BB ratio in 26 innings. He looks like a fringe guy in mixed leagues right now. Today, 12:37 pm
  • Rays could look to trade Curt Casali
    Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times thinks the Rays will attempt to trade Curt Casali.

    Advice: They could also consider dealing Luke Maile following the signing of Derek Norris, but it appears Casali is more likely to be dealt. Jesus Sucre is expected to open the season along with Norris as the team's two catchers until Wilson Ramos (knee) is ready. Casali has hit 18 homers over 369 plate appearances over the last two seasons but has batted just .202/.282/.416 overall. Today, 12:33 pm
  • Wong would rather be traded than platooned
    Kolten Wong said Sunday that he would "100 percent" rather be traded than be platooned at second base.

    Advice: It was one of a host of scathing comments from Wong in the wake of Cardinals manager Mike Matheny saying Saturday that the club would consider a platoon at second base. "I honestly don't give a (censored)," Wong said when asked about the team mulling over a platoon. Wong added that he doesn't want to be "wasting my time" with the Cards if they don't have faith in him. They're words Wong probably shouldn't have aired in public, but you can understand his frustration after the club essentially committed to him as the regular second baseman this winter. That said, Wong could make it all a moot point if he simply played better. He sports an underwhelming career .248/.309/.370 batting line and entered Sunday hitting just .182/.265/.250 this spring. Today, 12:00 pm
  • 60-day DL likely for Glen Perkins (shoulder)
    Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer-Press writes that the "leading option" for Glen Perkins (shoulder) is to start the season on the 60-day disabled list.

    Advice: Perkins has progressed well of late in his recovery from major shoulder surgery, but he hasn't appeared in any games this spring and the Twins are going to proceed extra cautiously with him. It's unclear when he might be ready for game action. Today, 9:55 am
  • Jesse Hahn optioned to Triple-A
    Athletics optioned RHP Jesse Hahn to Triple-A Nashville.

    Advice: Hahn had a shot to open the season in the rotation, but he posted an 8.80 ERA over 15 1/3 innings in the Cactus League. That wasn't going to cut it, especially after last year's 6.02 ERA with the big club. Hahn will try to get on track with Nashville. Today, 9:15 am
  • Trevor Plouffe (hip) says he'll be fine
    Trevor Plouffe said Sunday that his abductor muscle isn't bothering him anymore.

    Advice: Plouffe was lifted from Saturday's game after tweaking the muscle, but it looks to be a very minor injury. He'll be held out until at least Wednesday just to be safe, but it appears he'll be fine. Today, 9:09 am
  • Homer Bailey (elbow) to play catch Monday
    Homer Bailey (elbow) will play catch Monday.

    Advice: It will be his first time throwing since he had surgery last month to remove bone spurs from his right elbow. The Reds are hoping Bailey is ready to rejoin their rotation by June. Today, 9:00 am
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  • Raisel Iglesias (elbow, hips) throwing again
    Raisel Iglesias (elbow, hips) played catch Saturday and is expected to resume throwing off a mound soon.

    Advice: Iglesias fell in the shower a few weeks ago and has dealt with a sore pitching elbow and hips since, but he's making nice progress. Reds manager Bryan Price indicated Sunday that the reliever has a shot to be ready for Opening Day. Iglesias is first in line for saves if healthy, although the Reds aren't planning to name a set closer. Today, 8:58 am
  • Scheppers (abdomen) not ruled out for opener
    Tanner Scheppers (abdomen) reported improvement Sunday and hasn't been ruled out for Opening Day.

    Advice: Scheppers exited an appearance Friday with a left abdominal strain, but it appears the ailment is relatively minor. It's unclear when he might try to throw again. Today, 8:45 am
  • Anthony Gose to give pitching a try
    Anthony Gose will begin throwing bullpen sessions as a conversion to pitcher is considered.

    Advice: Gose will play the outfield for Triple-A Toledo, but he could also eventually get into games as a pitcher if he looks good in side sessions. The 26-year-old threw in the mid-90s in high school. Today, 8:02 am
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  • Dilson Herrera (shoulder) has been throwing
    Dilson Herrera (shoulder) has been fielding grounders and throwing across the diamond for the last several days.

    Advice: Herrera hasn't played the field at all this spring due to nagging shoulder soreness, although it appears he's making progress. He'll begin the season at Triple-A Louisville but could eventually find his way into the Reds lineup if/when they trade Zack Cozart. Today, 7:47 am
  • Jose Berrios optioned to Triple-A
    Twins optioned RHP Jose Berrios to Triple-A Rochester.

    Advice: Berrios looked like the clear favorite for the fifth spot in the rotation after Trevor May (elbow) went down, but he fell behind others in part because he was away for the World Baseball Classic. That's the way the Twins are spinning it, anyway. The 22-year-old held an ugly 8.02 ERA in 14 starts with Minnesota last season and will work on building up his stamina at Rochester. He'll get a shot with the big club soon enough. Today, 6:29 am
  • Tigers release veteran reliever Mark Lowe
    Tigers released RHP Mark Lowe.

    Advice: Lowe signed a two-year, $11 million contract with the Tigers last winter but won't make it to the end of the deal (although the Tigers will still pay him). The veteran reliever struck out a batter per inning for Detroit last season but also posted an ugly 7.11 ERA over 54 appearances. He's put up a 5.19 ERA over nine appearances this spring. Lowe should be able to catch on elsewhere pretty quickly now that he can be had at the veteran minimum. Today, 6:01 am
  • Hahn the 'clear odd man out' in A's rotation
    Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle called Jesse Hahn the "clear odd man out" in the Athletics' starting rotation.

    Advice: Kendall Graveman, Sean Manaea and Jharel Cotton have already been announced as Oakland's No. 1-3 starters and Slusser suspects the final two spots will go to Andrew Triggs and Raul Alcantara. Hahn has had a miserable spring and fared poorly in both the majors and minors last season. Following another meltdown against the Dodgers on Saturday, Hahn's rotation chances are slim to none. Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Trevor Plouffe exits with hip injury
    Trevor Plouffe was pulled from Saturday's Cactus League game against the Reds after tweaking his abductor muscle.

    Advice: In layman's terms, he's dealing with a hip injury. Plouffe went 2-for-2 with a single and a triple before exiting in the sixth inning. Jordan Tarsovich played the rest of the game at third base. Until the A's pass along an update, we'll consider Plouffe day-to-day. Yesterday, 5:08 pm
  • Jesse Hahn struggles in allowing seven runs
    Jesse Hahn had nothing in Saturday's Cactus League game against the Dodgers, surrendering seven runs (five earned) on eight hits over 3 1/3 innings.

    Advice: Ouch, just ouch. This makes two consecutive starts in which Hahn has surrendered seven runs. Five of those seven runs on Saturday touched home in a nightmare fourth inning which saw Hahn cough up a grand slam to Andrew Toles and a subsequent solo home run to Justin Turner. In 15 1/3 frames (five appearances) this spring, he is the owner of a dreadful 8.80 ERA. Yesterday, 5:00 pm
  • Matheny considering second base platoon
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is considering a platoon at second base.

    Advice: Kolten Wong was expected to open 2017 as the Cardinals' everyday second baseman but he's had a poor spring, hitting just .190 through 42 Grapefruit League at-bats. "I think that's something we are going to have to consider," said Matheny. The Cardinals' skipper also praised Greg Garcia, calling his performance this spring "unbelievable." Utility man Jedd Gyorko could also cut into Wong's time at second. Yesterday, 4:06 pm
  • Gregor Blanco (side) feels better Saturday
    Gregor Blanco indicated that his right side is feeling much improved on Saturday.

    Advice: He was removed from Thursday's game due to tightness in his side. The 33-year-old has struggled in Cactus League play, hitting just .225 with one stolen base in 40 at-bats. He needs all of the time possible to earn a reserve spot on the club's Opening Day roster. Yesterday, 9:00 am
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  • Tanner Scheppers has abdominal strain
    Tanner Scheppers has been diagnosed with a left abdominal strain.

    Advice: He'll require further evaluation and no timetable for his return has been noted yet. The club also hasn't ruled out a sports hernia for the right-hander. It looks increasingly likely that he'll start the season on the disabled list. Yesterday, 8:43 am
  • Plouffe has RBI single win over ChiSox
    Trevor Plouffe went 2-for-2 with an RBI single and a run scored Friday against the White Sox.

    Advice: Signed to a one-year, $5.25 million contract over the winter, Plouffe is hitting a cool .395 (15-for-38) with two homers and 10 RBI during Cactus League play. He served as the designated hitter on Friday with Ryon Healy playing third base, but we should see the opposite on most days this season. Friday, 5:34 pm
  • Tanner Scheppers set to undergo MRI
    Tanner Scheppers is set to undergo an MRI after leaving Friday's Cactus League appearance due to pain in his "lower core".

    Advice: While the severity of the injury is not yet known, there's a strong likelihood that the right-hander will begin the 2017 season on the disabled list. Expect the Rangers to provide an update on his status on Saturday after learning the results of the MRI. Friday, 5:23 pm
  • Scheppers leaves game with unknown injury
    Tanner Scheppers was forced to leave Friday's Cactus League game with an undisclosed injury.

    Advice: It's unclear what the injury is, but the right-hander was forced to depart with the athletic trainer in the ninth inning. Rangers manager Jeff Bannister termed it an injury to his "lower half" and said he'll be re-evaluated on Saturday. Scheppers was expected to secure one of the final spot's in the Opening Day bullpen, but that is now in jeopardy. Friday, 4:16 pm
  • Berrios not expected to make Twins' rotation
    LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that the Twins will meet with Jose Berrios on Friday and there's a "good chance" they'll tell him he won't make the Opening Day roster.

    Advice: It sounds like Berrios playing for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic hurt his chances of cracking the rotation, as he didn't pitch much and still needs to build his endurance up. It's a discouraging development for a guy who has disappointed in his big league chances so far but who still holds plenty of upside. Berrios should get his opportunity in the rotation before long, though. Tyler Duffey, Justin Haley, Adalberto Mejia and Nick Tepesch look to be the last men standing in the competition for the final spot in the Twins' rotation. Mejia (1.88 ERA, 14/4 K/BB ratio over 14 1/3 innings) has had easily the best camp of the group. Friday, 7:40 am
  • Plouffe goes 2-for-3 with three runs scored
    Trevor Plouffe went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and three runs scored against the Brewers on Thursday.

    Advice: He now owns a .361 batting average in Cactus League play. Plouffe joined the Athletics as a free agent over the winter after spending his entire seven-year career with the Twins. He battled through an injury-plagued campaign last year, playing in only 84 games while batting .260/.303/.420 with 12 home runs and 47 RBI. Throughout his career he has been a jack-of-all-trades-and-master-of-none. The sort of guy who does a little bit of everything but not quite well enough to be a coveted fantasy asset. He is slated to serve as the Athletics' regular third baseman this season. Thursday, 6:14 pm
  • Gregor Blanco scratched with side tightness
    Gregor Blanco was scratched from Thursday's Cactus League game against the Cubs after experiencing tightness in his right side.

    Advice: He'll be reevaluated on Friday. Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo is calling him day-to-day. The 33-year-old has had a quiet spring, hitting just .225 with two RBI and one steal over 40 Cactus League at-bats. This injury obviously won't help Blanco's chances of making the Opening Day roster. Thursday, 5:22 pm
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  • Raisel Iglesias injured elbow, hips in shower
    Raisel Iglesias revealed Thursday that he injured his right elbow and hips when he fell in the shower three weeks ago.

    Advice: That explains why Iglesias hasn't appeared in a Cactus League game since March 14, and why he underwent an MRI on the elbow of his throwing arm earlier this week. The results of that MRI came back negative, but Iglesias is questionable-to-doubtful for the beginning of the 2017 regular season. Michael Lorenzen, Tony Cingrani, and Drew Storen could all be in line for save opportunities out of the gate in Cincinnati. Reds manager Bryan Price spoke this winter about wanting to use a matchups-based approach at closer in 2017, and this Iglesias injury -- even if it's minor -- gives Price all the more reason to follow through with that plan. Thursday, 9:02 am
  • MRI reveals no structural damage for Iglesias
    An MRI on Raisel Iglesias' injured right elbow revealed no structural damage.

    Advice: Iglesias last worked in a spring game on March 14. He has been shut down with elbow and back concerns ever since. With his MRI coming back clean, the 27-year-old right-hander will begin a throwing program on Sunday. Iglesias' availability for Opening Day is looking less and less likely, but it sounds like he won't out for too long after assuming he is able to progress through his throwing program without setback. Wednesday, 4:44 pm
  • Twins to come up with plan on Perkins
    The Twins will meet this week to come up with a plan for Glen Perkins (shoulder) moving forward.

    Advice: Perkins, the coaching staff, and the medical staff will all be involved in the process. One recent report suggested that the club hasn't ruled out putting Perkins on the 60-day disabled list to begin the season. Either way, it doesn't sound like he's going to be ready in the early part of the season. Perkins is coming back from labrum surgery. Tuesday, 7:00 am
  • Raisel Iglesias getting elbow, back examined
    Raisel Iglesias was scheduled to have his right elbow and back examined on Monday.

    Advice: It's unclear when the right-hander's elbow and back started bothering him, but the Reds don't seem to be concerned at this point. "He should be OK," manager Bryan Price said. "We're going to do a bit more of a thorough once-over today with both the elbow and back. There's no reason to slow him down completely." It doesn't look like this is anything serious, but it's worth noting that the reason Iglesias was made into a full-time reliever is because the Reds doubted his ability to hold up physically as a starter. The club isn't expected to name a regular closer going into 2017, but Iglesias will get the first crack if he's healthy. Monday, 5:10 pm
  • Hahn blasted for seven runs by Rockies
    Jesse Hahn was blasted for seven earned runs over just 3 1/3 innings Sunday in his Cactus League start against the Rockies.

    Advice: Hahn retried all three batters he faced in an efficient 1-2-3 first inning, but the Rockies struck for five runs on three singles, two walks, and a Charlie Blackmon triple in the bottom of the second. Hahn has a 7.50 ERA in 12 innings (four appearances) this spring. He posted a rough 6.02 ERA in just 46 1/3 innings last year during the regular season. Mar 19, 3:27 pm
  • 60-day DL possible for Perkins (shoulder)
    The Twins have not ruled out putting Glen Perkins (shoulder) on the 60-day disabled list to start the season.

    Advice: The 10-day DL is viewed as the most likely scenario, but the 60-day DL is possible if the club is still unsure about a projected return date. The Twins' brass is expected to meet soon to discuss Perkins' situation. The former closer has been throwing the last few weeks without issue and is slated to go through another 20-pitch bullpen session on Sunday. Mar 19, 9:55 am
  • Blanco has two hits, stolen base vs. M's
    Gregor Blanco went 2-for-3 with a stolen base and two runs scored in Friday’s Cactus League game against the Mariners.

    Advice: Blanco, a non-roster invitee, is among the possible alternatives assuming Yasmany Tomas (oblique) needs to begin the season on the disabled list. Jeremy Hazelbaker, who went 0-for-3 on Friday, is also in that mix. Blanco is hitting .242 (8-for-33) with a .718 OPS this spring. Mar 17, 6:01 pm
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