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  • Franklin Perez out 3 months with lat strain
    Tigers' prospect Franklin Perez suffered a right lat strain during a minor league game on March 18.

    Advice: The club announced that at this time, no surgery is recommended for Perez. His recovery time is expected to be a minimum of 12 weeks. He wasn't going to be an option at the big league level until later in the season anyways, so from a fantasy perspective, this news shouldn't impact his fantasy value too much. From a development perspective though, it's a tough blow for the Tigers' top prospect. Yesterday, 5:04 pm
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  • Andrew Heaney to miss start with elbow issue
    Andrew Heaney will miss his next scheduled start due to left elbow inflammation.

    Advice: The left-hander underwent an MRI already which ruled out ligament damage. He'll be cleared to resume throwing once the inflammation subsides. It remains unclear how long he'll be sidelined though. Yesterday, 3:53 pm
  • Rangers release veteran Darwin Barney
    Rangers released INF Darwin Barney.

    Advice: The 32-year-old infielder was in camp as a non-roster invitee, but was informed that he wasn't going to make the Opening Day roster. There's a chance that he could still latch on elsewhere with a club looking for infield depth. Barney hit .300 (9-for-30) with three RBI in Cactus League play. Yesterday, 3:23 pm
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  • Cueto allows four earned runs vs. Indians
    Johnny Cueto surrendered four earned runs over 4 1/3 innings Monday in a Cactus League start against the Indians.

    Advice: Yonder Alonso launched a three-run homer in the top of the first inning and a solo shot in the top of the fifth. Cueto gave up five other hits and also issued two walks. The veteran right-hander is coming off a highly disappointing 2017 season and makes for a risky fantasy bet in 2018. Yesterday, 3:04 pm
  • Royals sign Clay Buchholz to minors deal
    Royals signed RHP Clay Buchholz to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: Buchholz can earn $1.5 million in the majors and another $250,000 via performance-based incentives. The contract has an opt-out date of May 1. Buchholz made only two appearances for the Phillies in 2017 before undergoes surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in his right arm. We're not expecting much from the 33-year-old right-hander in 2018. Yesterday, 2:40 pm
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  • Max Scherzer roughed up against Marlins
    Max Scherzer was lit up for six runs in five innings in Monday's game against the Marlins.

    Advice: In between striking out six batters, Scherzer coughed up three long balls, ballooning his spring ERA to 3.79 after he entered the proceedings having surrendered just two runs in 14 innings. Despite the rough outing, Scherzer has allowed only 12 baserunners across 19 frames. The 33-year-old is a safe first-round pick. Yesterday, 2:19 pm
  • Drew Hutchison goes five strong
    Drew Hutchison limited the Red Sox to one run in five innings on Monday.

    Advice: Hutchison is unlikely to secure a spot in the Phillies' rotation, but maybe someone else will want him if he finishes the spring strong. He has a 3.45 ERA and a 14/5 K/BB ratio through 15 2/3 innings. Yesterday, 2:13 pm
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  • Mark Leiter sent to Philly for tests on arm
    Mark Leiter has been sent to Philadelphia to undergo tests for forearm tightness.

    Advice: That's no good. Leiter was knocked around for four earned runs on seven hits and two walks over three innings in his last Grapefruit League start Friday versus the Blue Jays. There should be more information later this week. The 27-year-old right-hander had been expected to open the 2018 regular season in long relief with the Phillies. Yesterday, 1:24 pm
  • Indians release catcher Ryan Hanigan
    Indians released C Ryan Hanigan.

    Advice: Hanigan was in Indians camp this spring as a non-roster invitee and stood very little chance of cracking the Opening Day roster. The veteran catcher went 2-for-13 (.154) in the Cactus League. Yesterday, 9:30 am
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  • Trea Turner (ingrown toenail) won't play Mon.
    Trea Turner won't play in Monday's Grapefruit League game due to an ingrown toenail.

    Advice: It's unclear whether he'll need minor surgery to remove the toenail, as Bryce Harper did last month. Harper only missed one day of camp following that procedure, so this shouldn't be a big issue either way. Turner enters the 2018 season as a potential top-tier fantasy commodity after tallying 11 home runs and 46 stolen bases in just 98 games last year. Yesterday, 7:14 am
  • Murphy unlikely to be ready for Opening Day
    Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports believes that there's "virtually no chance" Daniel Murphy will be ready in time for Opening Day.

    Advice: The Nationals haven't said as much yet, but everything points in that direction. Murphy has been able to take batting practice and field ground balls, but has yet to play in any game situations. Expect Howie Kendrick to fill in for him at second base until the veteran second baseman is ready to return. Yesterday, 6:07 am
  • Chris Davis (elbow) goes 1-for-3 in return
    Chris Davis (elbow) went 1-for-3 in his return to Grapefruit League action on Sunday.

    Advice: Davis had been sidelined with a sore elbow which required a cortisone injection last weekend. The O's will continue to take precaution with him over the final week-and-a-half of spring training, but it looks like he should be ready to go for Opening Day. Yesterday, 5:01 am
  • Hundley homers, drives in five against Rox
    Nick Hundley went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run, driving in five total in a lopsided win over the Rockies in Cactus League play Sunday.

    Advice: Hundley smashed a two-run double in the third inning before swatting a three-run homer off new Rockies reliever Bryan Shaw in the seventh. The ball was certainly flying as if they were in Coors Field, as his was one of four homers the Giants hit on the afternoon. Hundley remains one of the better-hitting backup catchers in the league. Sunday, 10:07 pm
  • Sandoval has huge day in win over Rockies
    Pablo Sandoval was a snootful Sunday, finishing 2-for-2 with a home run, four RBI and two walks in a decisive win over the Rockies.

    Advice: Sandoval reached base in all four of his plate appearances on the afternoon, raising his spring average to .306 with a .885 OPS. The homer, a three-run shot off Yency Almonte in the fifth inning, was his second in Cactus League play. Given his spring performance and the fact that he'll cost the Giants virtually nothing, the odds of the Kung Fu Panda breaking camp with the club appear to be improving with each passing day. Sunday, 9:58 pm
  • Godley a mixed bag in loss against Reds
    Zack Godley allowed four runs over 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Reds on Sunday.

    Advice: Godley was up and down, striking out seven on the afternoon but also giving up three hits and walking two. Even with the mediocre showing, the 27-year-old has a 2.70 ERA and 0.98 WHIP in his four spring starts. After a breakout 2017 season, Godley appears primed for a strong follow-up campaign this summer. Sunday, 9:11 pm
  • Mark Leiter gives up four runs
    Mark Leiter gave up four runs and seven hits in three innings of relief Friday against the Blue Jays.

    Advice: It could be a costly hiccup for Leiter, whose rotation chances got a big boost with the news that Jerad Eickhoff would miss at least the first month of the season. Leiter, who would seem to be competing with Ben Lively for one spot now, came into this one with a 1.93 ERA and a 13/1 K/BB ratio in 9 1/3 innings. After today, his ERA stands at 4.38, which is higher than Lively's 3.86 mark. Friday, 2:47 pm
  • Davis (elbow) expected to return on Sunday
    Chris Davis (elbow) is expected to return to the lineup for the Orioles on Sunday.

    Advice: There was some hope that Davis might be able to return on Saturday -- which is Davis's birthday -- but Baltimore will reportedly give him one extra day of rest before putting him in the lineup. He'll be ready for Opening Day, and he'll look to bounce back from his disappointing 2017 campaign. Friday, 9:24 am
  • Heaney leaves after 3 2/3 against Rockies
    Andrew Heaney allowed five earned runs over 3 2/3 innings against the Rockies on Thursday.

    Advice: Heaney didn't have it in this one, as he gave up a whopping eight hits in that time frame, although he did strike out two while walking one. This was his worst start in Arizona this spring, but that's partially due to the fact he's been excellent priot to Thursday. Health has consistently been an issue for Heaney, but if he's able to stay on the mound, he could have a breakout campaign for the Angels. Thursday, 2:52 pm
  • Daniel Murphy (knee) still limited to BP
    Daniel Murphy (knee) is still limited to batting practice and fielding grounders hit right at him.

    Advice: Murphy has done very little lateral-movement-type drills this spring and can probably be ruled out for the start of the regular season with Opening Day now just two weeks away. A better target is mid-to-late April. The veteran second baseman underwent microfracture surgery on his right knee last October. Thursday, 7:11 am
  • Trea Turner steals first two bases of spring
    Trea Turner collected his first two stolen bases of the spring in the Nationals' 7-4 Grapefruit League win over the Mets on Tuesday.

    Advice: Turner singled and drew two walks, finishing 1-for-2 with two runs scored. The dynamic 24-year-old shortstop can be a top-tier fantasy contributor in 2018 if he is able to stay healthy. He boasts a .309/.351/.501 batting line with 24 home runs and 79 stolen bases in 171 games over the last two seasons. Tuesday, 7:09 pm
  • Scherzer fans nine in five scoreless innings
    Max Scherzer struck out nine batters over five scoreless innings in a Grapefruit League start against the Mets on Tuesday night.

    Advice: He made it to 75 pitches in the outing. Scherzer now boasts a 1.29 ERA and 21/2 K/BB ratio through 14 innings this spring. The back-to-back National League Cy Young Award winner should go in the first round of standard mixed fantasy league drafts. Tuesday, 6:02 pm
  • Daniel Murphy (knee) takes BP again Tues.
    Daniel Murphy (knee) took another round of batting practice Tuesday in Nationals camp.

    Advice: MASN's Mark Zuckerman was on the scene and noted that Murphy "looked smooth taking swings" but is not yet doing it at 100 percent -- "relying more on his hands than his legs at this point." Murphy seems likely to begin the 2018 regular season on the disabled list following October surgery on his right knee, though the Nationals haven't completely ruled him out for Opening Day quite yet. Tuesday, 4:06 pm
  • Davis (elbow) hopes to play this weekend
    Chris Davis (elbow) hopes to play this weekend.

    Advice: After receiving a cortisone injection in his right elbow on Saturday, Davis was able to take top-hand swings on Monday and two-hand swings on Tuesday. So he's moving in the right direction. Assuming Davis continues to progress, he should still have enough time to get ready for Opening Day. Tuesday, 10:10 am
  • Murphy (knee) takes BP again Monday
    Daniel Murphy (knee) will take on-field batting practice again on Monday.

    Advice: The Nationals have been very cautious with Murphy as he makes his way back from microfracture surgery on his right knee, but general manager Mike Rizzo now says that he's "cautiously optimistic" the veteran second baseman will be ready for Opening Day. It all depends on how he responds to the increased activity. Even if he isn't ready, it sounds like he shouldn't be too long. Howie Kendrick would likely fill in at second base if needed. Monday, 9:08 am
  • Daniel Murphy takes batting practice on field
    Daniel Murphy (knee) took batting practice on the field for the first time of the spring on Saturday.

    Advice: The veteran second baseman is being brought along slowly as he works his way back from October's microfracture surgery on his right knee. It's still unclear if he'll be ready in time for Opening Day, but the Nationals aren't going to push him to do so. Mar 10, 10:48 am
  • Chris Davis gets injection in elbow Saturday
    Chris Davis received a cortisone injection in his right elbow on Saturday.

    Advice: O's skipper Buck Showalter indicated that it wasn't a setback for the veteran slugger, but an attempt to speed up his recovery process. Davis is still tentatively expected to resume baseball activities early in the coming week and should still have enough time to be ready for Opening Day, barring any setbacks. Mar 10, 8:27 am
  • Chris Davis (forearm) nearing activities
    Chris Davis (forearm) is expected to resume baseball activities early next week.

    Advice: He should be ready for game action at some point by the end of next week if all goes well. Davis probably still has time to be ready for Opening Day after dealing with lingering discomfort in his right forearm, but he'll be cutting it close. Mar 9, 10:02 am
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