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  • Zimmer (groin) goes 0-for-3 in return Thurs.
    Bradley Zimmer (groin) went 0-for-3 in his return to the Indians' Cactus League lineup on Thursday.

    Advice: Zimmer was diagnosed with a mild left groin strain earlier this week, but it shouldn't affect his readiness for the start of the 2018 regular season. The 25-year-old outfielder makes for an intriguing post-hype fantasy outfielder after mostly disappointing offensively as a rookie in 2017. Yesterday, 6:57 pm
  • Michael Conforto to DH vs. Cardinals Friday
    Michael Conforto (shoulder) will DH in Friday's Grapefruit League game against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Conforto wasn't expected to see any action in the Cactus League but the Mets decided the 25-year-old was ready after seeing him hit for the cycle in a minor league game on Thursday. That came a day after Conforto bopped two homers in a minor league scrimmage. Not too long ago it looked like Conforto might miss the entire opening month. Now he's trending toward an early to mid-April return. Yesterday, 6:34 pm
  • Eric Young Jr. left off Halos' 25-man roster
    Eric Young Jr. has been informed he will not be on the Angels' Opening Day roster.

    Advice: INF David Fletcher, LHP Ian Krol, LHP John Lamb, OF Rymer Liriano and RHP Osmer Morales were also left off the Angels' 25-man roster, though all will remain in major league camp. Young hit a respectable .310 in spring training but the Angels are going with Chris Young as their fourth outfielder. It's unclear if the 32-year-old will remain in Los Angeles as minor league depth or look for another opportunity elsewhere. Yesterday, 6:20 pm
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  • Souza diagnosed with right pectoral strain
    Steven Souza has been diagnosed with a right pectoral strain.

    Advice: Souza suffered the injury attempting a diving catch in Wednesday night's Cactus League game against the Giants. Obviously it could have been much worse for Souza, but Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo still expects him to miss a "couple of weeks." And the absence figures to extend through much -- if not all -- of April. Jarrod Dyson and Yasmany Tomas should see more outfield reps in his absence. Dyson gets a fantasy boost as a cheap base-stealing buy. Yesterday, 5:50 pm
  • Jeff Samardzija (shoulder) to undergo MRI
    Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his shoulder.

    Advice: Samardzija suffered the injury during a minor league game on Wednesday. With Opening Day just a week away, the right-hander is sure to begin the year on the disabled list. Derek Holland is the leading candidate to replace Samardzija in the Giants' starting rotation. Yesterday, 4:59 pm
  • Jace Peterson goes 0-for-4 in loss
    Jace Peterson went 0-for-4 on Thursday and is batting just .115 this spring.

    Advice: Peterson hasn't been able to open any eyes with the Yankees this spring after getting non-tendered by the Braves over the winter. He might be looking at spending most of 2018 in Triple-A. Yesterday, 4:10 pm
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  • Ken Giles strikes out the side
    Ken Giles struck out three of the four batters he faced Thursday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Giles gave up four unearned runs in an outing three weeks ago, but that's the only real blemish on his spring ledger. He's struck out 10 and walked one in 6 2/3 innings. Yesterday, 4:03 pm
  • Charlie Morton tagged for nine runs
    Charlie Morton was pounded for nine runs in 3 1/3 innings by the Marlins on Thursday.

    Advice: Morton had allowed just one earned run in 9 2/3 innings this spring, so we'll forgive him the off day. He's lined up to start the Astros' home opener. Yesterday, 4:01 pm
  • Derek Fisher goes 2-for-3 in win
    Derek Fisher went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and a walk Thursday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Fisher hasn't exactly stepped up with his chance to win the starting job in left field this spring, but today pushes his back up to .217/.358/.381 in 42 at-bats. It's not quite the performance he needed to guarantee himself the job, but neither has he ruled himself out. It probably helps his case that Jake Marisnick currently has a .602 OPS in 43 at-bats. Yesterday, 3:56 pm
  • Orioles send down left-hander Tanner Scott
    Orioles optioned LHP Tanner Scott to Triple-A Norfolk.

    Advice: He held his own in the Grapefruit League, producing a solid 3.86 ERA over seven relief outings. The Orioles were hoping to develop Scott as a starter this year but obviously they didn't use him that way during spring training. Either way, Scott is likely to appear at Camden Yards later this year. Yesterday, 2:34 pm
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  • Twins part ways with OF Chris Heisey
    Twins released OF Chris Heisey.

    Advice: Heisey asked for his release and was granted it after failing to make the Twins' Opening Day roster. The 33-year-old had a rough spring, batting just .161 with eight strikeouts over 31 Grapefruit League at-bats. Look for him to catch on elsewhere as minor league depth. Yesterday, 1:24 pm
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  • Francona says Carlos Carrasco (foot) 'fine'
    Indians manager Terry Francona said Thursday that Carlos Carrasco (foot) is "fine."

    Advice: Carrasco suffered a left foot contusion when he was struck by a comebacker in his Cactus League start Wednesday night against the Rangers, but he showed up back to camp Thursday with no lingering issues. He struggled badly in that outing and holds a 6.14 ERA in 14 2/3 innings this spring, but the 31-year-old right-hander remains an upper-tier fantasy starter for the 2018 season. Yesterday, 10:57 am
  • Indians option OF Greg Allen to Triple-A
    Indians optioned OF Greg Allen to Triple-A Columbus.

    Advice: Rajai Davis has claimed the final spot on the Indians' major league outfield depth chart. Allen boasts impressive speed, but he didn't hit the ball well this spring and could use some more minor league seasoning. Yesterday, 10:54 am
  • Cardinals release reliever Jason Motte
    Cardinals released RHP Jason Motte.

    Advice: Motte will shop around for offers from other teams, but it sounds like he could wind up re-signing with the Cardinals on a minor league deal and heading to Triple-A Memphis. The veteran right-hander allowed six runs on 13 hits and two walks over just 5 1/3 innings this spring in the Grapefruit League. He had a troubling 27/20 K/BB ratio in 40 2/3 innings last season with the Braves. Yesterday, 8:40 am
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  • Brantley homers in first Cactus League game
    Michael Brantley (ankle) hit a homer in his first Cactus League came of the season on Wednesday in a loss to the Royals.

    Advice: The plan was for Brantley to take two at-bats, but he was able to get a third in, which is a positive sign. The 30-year-old outfielder is still questionable -- at best -- for Opening Day, but Wednesday was a friendly reminder that he's a very good hitter when healthy. He might be worth a stash on your roster even if he does miss time to begin the year. Wednesday, 9:38 pm
  • Souza leaves with apparent shoulder injury
    Steven Souza left Wednesday's game against the Giants with an apparent shoulder injury.

    Advice: Souza went after diving for a catch in the fourth inning, and stayed on the ground head-first until trainers were able to help him up. He left on his own feet, but held his shoulder in pain while leaving the game. We should find out more about the injury shortly; possibly after the conclusion of the game. Wednesday, 8:43 pm
  • Carrasco exits outing after line drive to leg
    Carlos Carrasco left his Cactus League start against the Royals on Wednesday after a line drive hit him in the leg.

    Advice: Carrasco was struggling mightily before getting struck in the leg by the line drive, giving up six runs and nine hits with zero strikeouts. We should find out shortly if the exit was purely precautionary or if there's some sort of bruise or contusion. He did walk off under his own power. Wednesday, 7:53 pm
  • Michael Conforto homers twice in scrimmage
    Michael Conforto (shoulder) homered twice Wednesday in a minor league scrimmage.

    Advice: Conforto continues to take impressive strides in his recovery from September surgery on his left shoulder and seems sure to beat the original May 1 target date at this point. "I'm pretty close," the 25-year-old outfielder said after Wednesday's game. "I'm starting to feel my legs a little bit and starting to feel like I'm in rhythm with everything. So I'm getting close." He'll open the season on the 10-day disabled list but should be activated by mid-April. Wednesday, 12:30 pm
  • Brantley (ankle) to make Cactus debut Wed.
    Michael Brantley (ankle) is scheduled to make his Cactus League debut on Wednesday night.

    Advice: The plan calls for him to take two at-bats and play three or four innings of left field. Brantley needed major surgery last October to stabilize the ligaments in his right ankle, but he has made steady progress throughout the spring and the Indians have not ruled him out for Opening Day. The 30-year-old outfielder has been productive when healthy over the last four or five seasons. He hit .299/.357/.444 with nine home runs, 52 RBI, and 11 stolen bases over 90 games in 2017. Wednesday, 5:03 am
  • Conforto (shoulder) plays CF in minors game
    Michael Conforto (shoulder) went 1-for-5 with a single and a walk in a minor league game Tuesday in Mets camp.

    Advice: Conforto also played four innings of center field. The 25-year-old has made swift progress from September shoulder surgery and appears on track to join the Mets sometime in mid-April. The original timetable called for him to be sidelined until May. Once an iffy fantasy bet for the 2018 season, he should now be climbing up draft boards. Conforto slashed .279/.384/.555 with 27 home runs and 68 RBI in 109 games last year before injuring his left shoulder. Tuesday, 12:38 pm
  • Bradley Zimmer sitting with mild groin strain
    Bradley Zimmer was scratched from the Indians' Cactus League lineup Monday due to a mild left groin strain.

    Advice: This injury obviously comes with bad timing given that Opening Day is just 10 days away, but perhaps it truly is nothing serious. Tyler Naquin took Zimmer's spot in the lineup versus the Giants. There should be an update on the 25-year-old's status later this week. He's an intriguing post-hype outfielder for the 2018 fantasy baseball season. Monday, 11:49 am
  • Conforto (shoulder) to play in OF Sunday
    Michael Conforto (shoulder) will play in a minor league game and play in the outfield on Sunday.

    Advice: It will be the first time that Conforto is able to play in the outfield during a game since he underwent surgery on his left shoulder to repair a torn posterior capsule. Things seem to be escalating quickly, and you can't help but wonder if he could even see time in a Grapfruit League game before the regular season starts. That's a long shot, but the fact that it's even remotely possible speaks to how well the recovery has gone so far. Sunday, 10:45 am
  • Morton will start Astros' home opener
    Charlie Morton will start the Astros' home opener on April 2 against the Orioles.

    Advice: "I wanted Charlie to pitch the home opener," Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. "I think that’s something special that he’s earned." Justin Verlander was previously announced as the Opening Day starter, and he'll be followed by Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers, Gerrit Cole and finally Morton in the rotation. While Morton won't pile up the innings, the 34-year-old right-hander might strike out enough hitters to be worth a roster spot in deeper fantasy formats. Sunday, 7:48 am
  • Morton allows four runs in 4 2/3 vs Marlins
    Charlie Morton surrendered four runs -- one earned -- in 4 2/3 innings versus the Marlins on Saturday.

    Advice: The Astros made three errors behind him in critical situations but Morton wasn't on top of his game either. He issued three walks and allowed three hits while striking out four batters. The earned run was the first he's allowed through three spring starts. He went 14-7 with a 3.62 ERA in 25 starts for the Astros last year. Saturday, 2:18 pm
  • Carrasco gives up two runs vs. A's
    Carlos Carrasco gave up two runs in four innings against the Athletics on Friday in his latest Cactus League tuneup.

    Advice: Both runs scored in the second inning. Carrasco fanned four and walked a pair. The soon-to-be 31-year-old had his best season yet in 2017 while reaching the 200-inning plateau for the first time. With his strikeout ability and steady control, he’s a no-doubt top-10 starting pitcher in mixed fantasy leagues. Friday, 7:29 pm
  • Zimmer swats solo homer vs. A's
    Bradley Zimmer went 2-for-3 with a solo homer against the Athletics on Friday.

    Advice: Zimmer took Daniel Mengden deep to begin the game. The 25-year-old had a bit of an uneven rookie season, hitting just .241 with a .692 OPS while missing time down the stretch with a fracture in his hand. The strikeouts might continue to hurt his batting average upside, but he offers useful pop and elite speed. He could be worth a late-round look in mixed fantasy leagues. Friday, 7:28 pm
  • Conforto (shoulder) to play in minors game
    Michael Conforto (shoulder) will play in a minor league game on Friday.

    Advice: Conforto is scheduled to get four at-bats in the contest. It will be the first time he'll play in a game since undergoing surgery to repair a torn posterior capsule in his left shoulder. This is certainly a positive development, and it's becoming more and more likely that he'll be able to return earlier than his original May 1 timetable. Friday, 6:15 am
  • Samardzija serves up three homers Thursday
    Jeff Samardzija took it on the chin Thursday, surrendering five hits and five runs over 3 2/3 innings in the Giants’ Cactus League loss to the Padres.

    Advice: He issued three free passes while adding a pair of strikeouts. Samardzija was humming right along until the third inning when he gave up three homers in a span of six batters. It’s been a disastrous spring for the right-hander, who sports a miserable 10.64 ERA over four Cactus League appearances. Samardzija has now let up six long balls over his last two outings. Thursday, 10:04 pm
  • Brantley (ankle) did outfield drills Thursday
    Michael Brantley (ankle) went through outfield drills Thursday in Indians camp.

    Advice: Brantley also took two at-bats in a minor league game on Wednesday, out of the DH spot, and reported feeling strong. "He's doing terrific," manager Terry Francona told reporters Thursday afternoon in Goodyear, Arizona. "We're just looking to see how he responds to what he's done." The 30-year-old outfielder needed surgery last October to stabilize the ligaments in his right ankle. He has not been ruled out for Opening Day. Thursday, 12:24 pm
  • Ken Giles throws perfect inning
    Ken Giles pitched a perfect inning Tuesday against the Mets.

    Advice: Giles gave up four unearned runs in his second appearance of the spring, but he's pitched three hitless innings with three strikeouts and one walk since. He's yet to allow an earned run in 4 2/3 innings. Tuesday, 2:34 pm
  • Conforto hopes to make spring debut next week
    Michael Conforto (shoulder) "fully expects" to play in a Grapefruit League game next week.

    Advice: We wouldn't have expected that coming into the spring, but Conforto is progressing ahead of schedule from last September's surgery to repair a torn posterior capsule in his left shoulder. The Mets have been aiming for a May 1 return, but it's looking more and more possible that he could beat that timetable. Tuesday, 6:55 am
  • Bradley Zimmer hits first Cactus League HR
    Bradley Zimmer hit his first home run of the spring in the Indians' 4-2 Cactus League win over the Rangers on Monday.

    Advice: It was a second-inning solo shot off Rangers reliever Jose Leclerc. Zimmer was a disappointment offensively last season as a rookie, but the 25-year-old outfielder makes for an intriguing post-hype fantasy commodity leading into 2018. Mar 12, 3:43 pm
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