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  • Blue Jays and Phillies linked to Angel Pagan
    Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports the Blue Jays and Phillies have shown interest in free agent Angel Pagan.

    Advice: Pagan had a deal fall through with Baltimore after failing a physical this month, but looked healthy in the World Baseball Classic, hitting .286 in eight games for runner-up Puerto Rico. The 35-year-old has received minor league offers but is reportedly holding out for a major league deal in the range of $5 million. His market should pick up as we near Opening Day. Yesterday, 6:54 pm
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  • Contreras goes 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run
    Willson Contreras went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored in Thursday's tie with the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: The sophomore catcher is now batting .333 with three home runs through 39 at-bats. He turned in a very promising rookie season in 2016, notching a .282 batting average with 12 home runs and 35 RBI in 76 games. He figures to benefit from a much larger share of the playing time behind the plate in Chicago this season. He is going as one of the top five catchers in fantasy drafts this month. Yesterday, 5:41 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. Yesterday, 5:22 pm
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  • Yasmany Tomas should be ready for Opening Day
    Yasmany Tomas (oblique) hit in the batting cage on Thursday.

    Advice: He hasn't played in a Cactus League game since injuring his left oblique on March 6. Tomas is expected to ramp up his activity on Friday. "I feel very comfortable in saying that if he has another good day on [Friday] that he's going to be ready for Opening Day," said manager Torey Lovullo. Tomas led the Diamondbacks with 31 homers last year and remains a solid option in the later rounds of mixed league drafts. Yesterday, 5:15 pm
  • Zobrist (neck) hoping to return on Saturday
    Ben Zobrist said his neck was feeling better on Thursday.

    Advice: Zobrist missed his second game in a row on Thursday but is targeting Saturday for his return. There was never much doubt about his availability for Opening Day. The reigning World Series MVP has hit .200 over 30 Cactus League at-bats this spring. Yesterday, 4:54 pm
  • Almonte goes 3-for-3 with two RBI and a run
    Abraham Almonte went 3-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored during a win over the Rockies on Thursday.

    Advice: All three hits were singles, including a grounder to right field that drove in a pair of runs. He is now batting .385 with two homers and 10 RBI so far this spring. Almonte missed the first 80 games of last season to a PED suspension before returning to hit .264/.294/.401 with one home run and 22 RBI in 194 plate appearances. He hopes his performance in Cactus League action will earn him a roster slot as a backup outfielder. Yesterday, 4:43 pm
  • Starling Marte belts grand slam Thursday
    Starling Marte cranked a grand slam off of the Red Sox' Heath Hembree on Thursday.

    Advice: It was Marte's only hit in four trips to the dish, although he also plated an additional run with an RBI groundout. Marte's Grapefruit League action was interrupted by the World Baseball Classic and a minor ankle injury, but he's 6-for-15 with a home run and a couple steals so far. Yesterday, 3:21 pm
  • Inciarte returns to Braves' lineup Thursday
    Ender Inciarte is back in the Braves' lineup Thursday against the Tigers.

    Advice: He's batting leadoff and playing center field. Inciarte is back after spending the last two weeks representing Venezuela at the World Baseball Classic. He impressed at the WBC, hitting . 292 with three RBI over seven games. The 26-year-old is entering his second year with Atlanta after arriving from Arizona in the Shelby Miller trade last offseason. Yesterday, 2:57 pm
  • Odubel Herrera knocks first spring homer
    Odubel Herrera smacked his first homer of the spring and also added a single in Thursday's loss to the Twins.

    Advice: Herrera was scratched from Wednesday's lineup due to some cramping, but clearly he's fine. He took Nick Tepesch deep in the first inning and then showed off his trademark bat flip that we've all come to know and love. Herrera has eight hits in 22 at-bats this spring and will open the season as the Phillies' No. 3 hitter. Yesterday, 2:26 pm
  • 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
  • Pollock (groin) aiming to return to games Fri
    A.J. Pollock (groin) is now aiming to return to Cactus League action on Friday.

    Advice: Pollock had been scheduled to return Thursday, but the Diamondbacks' spring training facility got hit with some morning rain and manager Torey Lovullo said he didn't want to chance anything on wet grass. Pollock hasn't appeared in a Cactus League game since March 12 because of tightness in his left groin, but the expectation is that he will be ready for Opening Day. Yesterday, 12:28 pm
  • Souza ripped open blister on hand Thursday
    Steven Souza ripped open a blister on the palm of his left hand Thursday in a Grapefruit League game.

    Advice: That's why he made an early exit. Souza could be held out of action for a couple of days, but this shouldn't affect his status for the opening of the 2017 regular season. Unless it's a blister of the Rich Hill variety. Yesterday, 11:55 am
  • Ethier underwent X-rays, CT scan Tuesday
    Andre Ethier underwent X-rays and a CT scan on his ailing back Tuesday.

    Advice: Ethier also received an epidural injection and told reporters Thursday that he felt immediate pain relief afterward. He's still awaiting the full results of Tuesday's exam. The veteran outfielder looks questionable for the beginning of the 2017 regular season, but there is nothing official yet. Yesterday, 11:41 am
  • Puig (calf) back in Dodgers' lineup Thursday
    Yasiel Puig (calf) is back in the Dodgers' Cactus League lineup on Thursday.

    Advice: Puig has been held out of action this week after feeling a tweak in his left calf Sunday while trying to steal a base. It sounds like this is minor, but we all know about Puig's long history of leg issues. He remains a high-risk, high-reward type of fantasy outfielder leading into the 2017 regular season. Yesterday, 11:25 am
  • Zobrist (neck) out of CHC lineup again Thurs
    Ben Zobrist (neck) is out of the Cubs' Cactus League lineup again on Thursday.

    Advice: Zobrist was scratched from the lineup Wednesday after complaining of some minor neck stiffness. It doesn't sound like something that will affect the veteran's readiness for the opening of the 2017 regular season. Yesterday, 8:54 am
  • Taylor (family) returns to Nats camp
    Michael Taylor is back in Nationals camp Thursday.

    Advice: Taylor was excused from the club for a week following the death of his father. The funeral is actually on Monday, but Taylor is fighting for a spot on the Nationals' bench and wanted to get back and play. Yesterday, 7:34 am
  • Angel Pagan doubles to end Stroman no-hit bid
    Angel Pagan went 2-for-4 with a double in Puerto Rico's loss to the United States in Wednesday's World Baseball Classic final.

    Advice: Pagan played spoiler in this one, as his double against Marcus Stroman to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning was the first hit of the game for Puerto Rico. Alas, the game was all but over at that point -- the United States held a 7-0 lead at the time of Pagan's two-bagger. The veteran outfielder remains a free agent as the season nears. He reportedly had a contract agreement with the Orioles that fell through earlier in March due to a failed physical. Wednesday, 9:56 pm
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  • Ben Zobrist (neck) scratched from lineup
    Ben Zobrist has been scratched from the lineup for Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Reds due to a stiff neck.

    Advice: This does not appear to be anything major, but with the season rapidly approaching, the Cubs figure to play it safe with any minor spring aches and pains when it comes to their core players such as Zobrist. Consider him day-to-day moving forward. Wednesday, 3:35 pm
  • 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
  • Taylor away from Nats due to family matter
    Michael Taylor remains away from the Nationals due to a family matter.

    Advice: Taylor originally left the team over the weekend. Nationals manager Dusty Baker described the matter as "very serious" and said that he told the young outfielder to take all the time he needs. Wednesday, 8:06 am
  • Odubel Herrera scratched from Wed. lineup
    Odubel Herrera was scratched from Wednesday's Grapefruit League lineup for precautionary reasons.

    Advice: Herrera is dealing with some cramping, so the Phillies didn't want to take any chances. He should be back to normal soon. Wednesday, 5:45 am
  • 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
  • Odubel Herrera doubles, knocks in two runs
    Odubel Herrera went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI in the Phillies' 9-5 victory over the Twins on Tuesday.

    Advice: Herrera was making his first appearance for the Phillies since returning from the WBC. The team plugged him right into the third spot in the lineup, which is where he figures to hit during the regular season. It should enhance his chances of finishing as a top-25 fantasy outfielder this year. Tuesday, 2:00 pm
  • Inciarte to return to game action Thursday
    Ender Inciarte is expected to return to Grapefruit League action on Thursday.

    Advice: Inciarte was originally slated to return on Tuesday, but Braves manager Brian Snitker wanted to give him some extra time to rest after returning from his stint in the World Baseball Classic. They'll wait until after Wednesday's off-day. Tuesday, 11:37 am
  • Andre Ethier (back) has mild disc herniation
    Andre Ethier was diagnosed with a mild herniation of a disk in his back.

    Advice: Ethier recently dealt with a hip issue, but he was scratched from Sunday's lineup due to tightness in his back. He received an epidural on Monday and will be shut down for 7-10 days. There's no clear timetable for his return, but it's believed to not be as serious as what staff ace Clayton Kershaw dealt with last year. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts hasn't ruled him out for Opening Day quite yet, but it looks unrealistic at this point. Tuesday, 9:55 am
  • Pollock (groin) plays in minors game Monday
    A.J. Pollock (groin) went 1-for-3 at the plate in a minor league game on Monday.

    Advice: Pollock didn't run the bases during the game but did so before the contest. It was his first game action in over a week due to left groin tightness. "I did bases before the game, and that felt really good," Pollock said. "I haven't really felt anything since [March 12], so that's a good sign." Pollock will go through a full minor league game Tuesday before resting Wednesday. If all goes well, he could return to Cactus League action Thursday. "We were really excited to get him back on the field," Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. "It's a good sign for us, so we're excited about it." Monday, 8:30 pm
  • Andre Ethier (hip) won't play for a while
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Monday that Andre Ethier (hip) probably won't play for several days even if his MRI came back clean.

    Advice: Ethier underwent an MRI on Monday for his nagging hip/back injury, but the results aren't in yet. He's looking iffy for Opening Day even if the exam doesn't reveal anything serious. Monday, 4:42 pm
  • Yasiel Puig (calf) out through Wednesday
    Yasiel Puig (calf) is unlikely to play until at least Thursday.

    Advice: Puig felt something in his left calf while stealing a base on Sunday and had to be scratched from Monday's lineup. It doesn't appear the Dodgers are considering an MRI, so they must feel the ailment is minor. However, it must be noted that Puig has a long history of leg issues. It would become worrisome if he's not playing by the end of this week. Monday, 4:39 pm
  • Puig sitting Monday with left calf tightness
    Yasiel Puig was scratched from the Dodgers' lineup Monday due to left calf tightness.

    Advice: Any injury at this point in the spring can threaten Opening Day availability, but it's also possible Puig will be just fine. There should be more information out of Dodgers camp soon. Puig has a cool .927 OPS with three home runs in 32 at-bats this spring in the Cactus League. Monday, 11:29 am
  • Ethier scheduled to undergo MRI on Monday
    Andre Ethier is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his back Monday.

    Advice: Ethier was scratched from the Dodgers' Cactus League lineup on Sunday due to back tightness, after missing nearly two weeks with a nagging hip issue. He said he's not concerned about this new back injury, but the veteran outfielder makes for a very iffy fantasy bet in 2017 after logging just 26 total plate appearances at the major league level last year. Monday, 8:18 am
  • Andre Ethier scratched with back tightness
    Andre Ethier was scratched from the Dodgers' Cactus League lineup due to tightness in his back.

    Advice: The severity of the injury is unclear, but he's heading for an MRI in the next day or two. At this point, his status for the start of the regular season is up in the air. Sunday, 4:47 pm
  • Michael Taylor away due to family matter
    Michael Taylor will be away from Nationals camp for several days while he deals with a family matter.

    Advice: Manager Dusty Baker told Taylor to take as much time as he needs. The young outfielder is 16-for-36 with two homers and six stolen bases this spring. Sunday, 7:58 am
  • A.J. Pollock (groin) nearing game action
    A.J. Pollock's (groin) return to game action will be as a designated hitter in a minor league contest.

    Advice: When that will happen isn't known yet, but it doesn't seem far off. "It’ll be within the next several days if everything checks out the way it’s supposed to," Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. Pollock is a week removed from suffering a minor left groin strain. He's fully expected to be ready to go on Opening Day, but obviously it would ease the minds of fantasy owners if he can return to games soon and look 100 percent. Sunday, 6:09 am
  • Andre Ethier returns to Cactus League play
    Andre Ethier (hip) has returned to the Dodgers' Cactus League lineup on Saturday.

    Advice: It's the first time he has played since March 6 due to a nagging hip issue. He's expected to begin the season in a platoon role, finding at-bats in both corner outfield spots against right-handed pitching. Saturday, 9:26 am
  • Abraham Almonte goes deep in victory Friday
    Abraham Almonte belted his first home run of the Cactus League season as the Indians topped the Rangers 3-2 on Friday night.

    Advice: Almonte joined teammates Lonnie Chisenhall and Erik Kratz with solo blasts off of Rangers' starter A.J. Griffin. Almonte finished the night 1-for-3 and is now hitting .300 (9-for-30) with a homer and five RBI on the spring. He's competing for a reserve outfielder role on the club's Opening Day roster. Friday, 7:39 pm
  • 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. Friday, 6:01 pm
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  • Michael Taylor collects two hits, two steals
    Michael Taylor had two hits and two steals Friday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Taylor is batting .444 and slugging .722 in 36 at-bats. He's also a perfect 6-for-6 stealing bases. It remains to be seen if it will earn him a roster spot or not. The Nationals are already committed to four veterans for the bench (Jose Lobaton, Adam Lind, Stephen Drew and Chris Heisey) and they have to decide whether it makes sense to keep Taylor as a seldom-used player initially or to let him get at-bats in Triple-A. Friday, 2:10 pm
  • Braves tried to sign Angel Pagan
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Braves have made "a couple" attempts to sign free agent Angel Pagan.

    Advice: Pagan has been linked to a number of teams and actually had a deal fall through with Baltimore after failing a physical. Apparently he's holding out for a big league contract in the range of $5 million. So far the 35-year-old has hit .188 with six strikeouts over 16 at-bats for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic. Thursday, 8:43 pm
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  • Ethier to play in split-squad game Friday
    Andre Ethier (hip) will return to Cactus League action on Friday.

    Advice: He's set to play in one of the Dodgers' split-squad games after making it through a full workout on Thursday. Ethier has been sidelined with a hip injury since March 6. The long-time Dodger will open the year as a bench player behind starters Joc Pederson, Yasiel Puig and Andrew Toles. Thursday, 4:44 pm
  • Puig goes 0-for-3 with two strikeouts
    Yasiel Puig went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts in Thursday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: He has historically been a monster in spring training games, but not this year. He is now batting just .214 in 28 at-bats. On the other hand, three of his six hits have been home runs, giving him a .920 OPS despite the poor batting average. Puig is expected to be the starter in right field, although he may end up in a timeshare with Andre Ethier. Thursday, 4:17 pm
  • Tomas (oblique) to be reevaluated in 4-6 days
    Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said Yasmany Tomas (oblique) will be reevaluated in 4-6 days.

    Advice: He was recently diagnosed with a strained oblique. Those injuries tend to linger but Lovullo is still counting on Tomas being ready for Opening Day. Fantasy owners are obviously hoping for a fast recovery following Tomas' breakout season in 2016 (career-high 31 homers and 83 RBI). Thursday, 1:23 pm
  • Zobrist swats solo home run vs. Diamondbacks
    Ben Zobrist went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Wednesday's Cactus League showdown with the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Zobrist and Addison Russell went belly-to-belly with solo home runs off Taijuan Walker in the fourth inning. The dingers were the first spring shots for both players. For his part, Zobrist had to breathe just a little easier after socking that homer. He entered Wednesday's contest with a mere four hits in 21 at-bats. Wednesday, 10:01 pm
  • MRI reveals strained oblique for Tomas
    Yasmany Tomas has been diagnosed with a strained oblique following an MRI.

    Advice: Tomas was thought to be dealing with a lower back injury, but his MRI has shed more light on what turned out to be a strained oblique. There is no current timetable for his return. His readiness for Opening Day could become rather murky unless he is able to make a speedy recovery. Wednesday, 8:01 pm
  • Marte (ankle) expected to return Thursday
    The medical staff for the Dominican Republic team expects Starling Marte (ankle) to return to game action on Thursday.

    Advice: Marte tweaked his ankle last Wednesday. He returned to action on Saturday before missing the final two games during pool play. However, it sounds like he'll at least be available off the bench for Thursday's game against Venezuela. Wednesday, 12:08 pm
  • Contreras launches third home run of spring
    Willson Contreras slugged his third home run in Cactus League play on Tuesday versus the Brewers.

    Advice: Contreras went yard off Brewers starter Zach Davies for a solo shot in the bottom of the second inning. Kris Bryant and Chris Dominguez also homered for the Cubs in the eventual 7-7 tie. Contreras, 24, is batting .360 with a 1.248 OPS through 25 at-bats this spring. Tuesday, 4:08 pm
  • Pollock says groin injury 'more of a cramp'
    A.J. Pollock said Tuesday that his left groin injury is "more of a cramp than anything" and that he feels "great."

    Advice: Pollock felt something in his groin while rounding the bases following a home run Sunday. It was a little worrisome since his season ended last year because of a left groin injury, but it does appear that the Diamondbacks are just being cautious here by holding him out for a few more days. "It was probably me being a little more nervous because I did it last year," Pollock said. "I think if I didn't have the thing last year, I probably would've stayed in and kind of ran around and it probably would've been fine." Tuesday, 3:03 pm
  • Steven Souza knocks in three against Orioles
    Steven Souza went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI against the Orioles on Tuesday.

    Advice: Souza's production has been pretty modest in his two years with the Rays and he's had trouble staying on the field as well, so there's little reason for the team to remain patient if he can't get off to a solid start this year. The right field job will be his alone on Opening Day, but he shouldn't be assured much after that. He's batting .292 with no homers and an 8/0 K/BB ratio in 24 at-bats this spring. Tuesday, 1:42 pm
  • A.J. Pollock (groin) not ready to return
    Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said Tuesday that A.J. Pollock (groin) still needs another couple of days of rest.

    Advice: Pollock was forced to exit Sunday's game due to left groin tightness. It's considered minor, but the Diamondbacks will give him some extra rest just to be on the safe side. Tuesday, 12:36 pm
  • Tomas (back) likely out a couple more days
    Yasmany Tomas (back) will likely be sidelined for another couple of days.

    Advice: Tomas has been battling an issue with his lower back over the past week and the Diamondbacks don't want to take any chances. There's still plenty of time for him to heal up before Opening Day. Tuesday, 12:23 pm
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