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  • Rajai Davis comes through with two-run homer
    Rajai Davis went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and three runs scored in Saturday's split-squad Cactus League affair with the Reds.

    Advice: Davis socked a two-run home run off Amir Garrett in the third inning. That was his first homer of the spring. The veteran outfielder is not much of a power threat on the whole -- his 12 dingers a year ago were the most he has hit in a season -- but offers a strong speed aspect for fantasy owners, having swiped at least 35 bases in four of the last five seasons. He stole 43 during the 2016 season. Yesterday, 5:56 pm
  • Kris Bryant homers in split-squad victory
    Kris Bryant went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and a double in Saturday's split-squad Cactus League win over the Reds.

    Advice: Spring results matter naught for the reigning NL MVP, but for history's sake, his two-run home run on Saturday was his fourth of the spring, the double his second. The stud third baseman is coming off a 2016 season in which he slashed .292/.385/.554 with 39 homers and 102 RBI over the course of 603 at-bats. Yesterday, 5:41 pm
  • Alcantara blasts two-run home run vs. Cubs
    Arismendy Alcantara went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Saturday's split-squad Cactus League loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: Alcantara's two-run home run in the fourth inning was not in and of itself able to propel the Reds to victory, but that aside, the dinger was his third of the spring. He has a shot at the Opening Day roster as a potential utility piece after hitting .278/.325/.467 with 12 homers and 32 steals in 108 minor league games last season. The Reds picked him up off waivers from the A's in early October. Yesterday, 5:36 pm
  • Andrew Toles crunches grand slam in win
    Andrew Toles rapped a grand slam off Jesse Hahn in Saturday's Cactus League win over the A's.

    Advice: Toles came through for the granny against Hahn with the bases loaded and one out in the fourth inning. That well-timed home run was his first of the spring. He is set to start in left field for the Dodgers during the coming campaign. In a utility role last season, Toles slashed .314/.365/.505 with three homers and 19 RBI across 105 at-bats. Yesterday, 5:22 pm
  • Ethier to miss more time with back injury
    Andre Ethier (back) won't resume baseball activities until the first week of April.

    Advice: The decision was made after Ethier met with a back specialist on Saturday. Ethier will obviously open the year on the disabled list but manager Dave Roberts said he doesn't anticipate the injury being a "6-8 week thing." The injury-prone Ethier was limited to just 16 games last season and is now facing another extended absence. Yesterday, 5:02 pm
  • Jason Heyward whacks two-run home run
    Jason Heyward went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the Rockies.

    Advice: Heyward rocked German Marquez for a two-run home run with one out in the sixth inning. It was his second dinger of the spring. Heyward has adjusted his swing in the hopes of generating more consistency during the coming season, but until he offers proof of concept -- he has largely struggled in Cactus League play -- he will remain nothing more than a filler outfield option for fantasy purposes. Yesterday, 4:50 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
  • Domingo Santana strikes for spring double
    Domingo Santana went 1-for-3 with a double in Saturday's Cactus League game against the Royals.

    Advice: The double was Santana's second of the spring. He has also bopped three homers in 48 at-bats. This past season, he managed a .256 average to pair with 11 homers and 32 RBI across 246 at-bats. He is a palatable sleeper in deeper fantasy formats. Yesterday, 3:53 pm
  • Collins whacks three-run homer vs Pirates
    Tyler Collins went 1-for-3 and drilled a three-run bomb in a loss to the Pirates on Saturday.

    Advice: This was his second game back in action after missing time with a strained lat muscle that has bothered him throughout camp. He is batting just .220 with two homers in 41 at-bats. Collins has a very shaky hold on the starting centerfield job in Detroit. The 26-year-old has seen limited major league action over the last three seasons, holding a career line of .253/.309/.401 with nine home runs and 44 RBI in 134 games. Yesterday, 3:52 pm
  • Taylor Motter takes Gamboa pitch out
    Taylor Motter went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's Cactus League contest against the Rangers.

    Advice: Motter's homer off Eddie Gamboa in the sixth inning was the second he has hit since the start of spring action. In an even 50 at-bats, he is hitting .280. Motter saw 93 plate appearances with the Rays in 2016, but struggled in that space, slashing just .188/.290/.300. Yesterday, 3:51 pm
  • Ryan Rua swats solo homer in loss to M's
    Ryan Rua went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the Mariners.

    Advice: Rua burned Dillon Overton for the solo shot with two outs in the first inning. The dinger was his third of the spring. He will likely land on the Rangers' Opening Day bench. Over the course of 99 games during the 2016 campaign, he posted a .268/.331/.400 triple-slash, eight home runs and nine steals. He offers tons of position versatility. Yesterday, 3:47 pm
  • Meadows rips pinch-hit homer vs Tigers
    Austin Meadows drilled a pinch-hit solo home run in a win over the Tigers on Saturday.

    Advice: He was batting for Andrew McCutchen in the eighth inning when he took southpaw Kyle Ryan deep to provide the winning run. Meadows is batting .308 with two homers in 39 chances this spring. The 21-year-old top prospect is knocking on the door of the major leagues but it will likely take an injury or a trade involving one of the Pirates' stellar outfielders before he gets an opportunity. Yesterday, 3:32 pm
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  • Dickerson goes 1-for-3 with a solo home run
    Corey Dickerson went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Saturday's loss to the Red Sox.

    Advice: It was his fourth homer of the spring. He owns a .367 batting average in 49 at-bats. He needs a strong Grapefruit League campaign to cement his role as an everyday player for the Rays. He hit .245/.293/.469 with 24 home runs and 70 RBI in 148 games in 2016. Yesterday, 3:17 pm
  • Bradley goes 2-for-3 with a home run Saturday
    Jackie Bradley Jr. went 2-for-3 and drilled a solo home run against the Phillies on Saturday.

    Advice: He is rounding into form as the regular season approaches and now has a .244 batting average with three home runs in Grapefruit League play. The Red Sox starting centerfielder broke out last year with a .267 batting average, 26 home runs, 94 runs scored, 87 RBI and nine stolen bases. Yesterday, 2:40 pm
  • Tomas playing in minor league game Saturday
    Yasmany Tomas (oblique) is playing in a minor league game on Saturday.

    Advice: He's expected to get at least four at-bats. Tomas should be back with the Diamondbacks in a few days if he makes it out of Saturday's game in one piece. Manager Torey Lovullo has already said he expects Tomas to be ready for Opening Day. Yesterday, 2:08 pm
  • Conforto goes 2-for-3 with solo homer Sat.
    Michael Conforto went 2-for-3 and whacked a solo homer in a win over the Braves on Saturday.

    Advice: It was his third home run of the spring schedule but first in nearly a month. He has a .346 batting average in 52 at-bats. He has done everything in his power to prove that he deserves a spot on the Mets' Opening Day roster and perhaps even a starting role. Yesterday, 1:12 pm
  • Chisenhall (shoulder) to miss a few games
    Lonnie Chisenhall said his right shoulder was still sore on Saturday and he's expected to be held out for the next few days.

    Advice: Chisenhall was forced to leave Friday's game after sustaining the injury when he collided with the outfield wall while chasing down a ball. It doesn't sound like this should impact his status for Opening Day, but the regular season is fast approaching. Yesterday, 10:47 am
  • Ethier (back) to get prognosis on Saturday
    Andre Ethier (back) is expected to receive a prognosis from his doctors on Saturday.

    Advice: The veteran outfielder continues to battle a multitude of ailments and can't seem to get healthy. At this point, it's hard to count on him for much heading into 2017 as even when he gets on the field he'll be facing stiff competition for at-bats in the outfield. Yesterday, 9:52 am
  • Rangers also discussing extension with Mazara
    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Rangers have also discussed a contract extension with Nomar Mazara.

    Advice: They reportedly agreed to a six-year extension with Rougned Odor on Saturday and may not be finished with locking up their young stars. Unlike Odor though, there are no indications that a deal is close in this instance. Mazara hit .266/.320/.419 with 20 homers and 64 RBI in 145 games as a 21-year-old rookie in 2016. Yesterday, 9:43 am
  • 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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  • Carlos Gomez expects to take swings on Sunday
    Carlos Gomez (shoulder) is expected to take swings on Sunday and return to Cactus League action early in the week.

    Advice: Gomez hasn't swung a bat since jamming his left shoulder during Tuesday's game. He's still considered day-to-day and looks as though he should be ready for Opening Day as long as he avoids any setbacks this week. Yesterday, 8:47 am
  • Polanco scratched due to shoulder discomfort
    Gregory Polanco was scratched from Saturday's Grapefruit League lineup due to left shoulder discomfort.

    Advice: While it doesn't sound like anything more than a minor issue, it's not the type of thing you want to be hearing so close to the start of the regular season, especially right in the thick of fantasy draft season. This shouldn't impact his availability for Opening Day, but could cause the risk-averse drafters to let him slide a few more picks. Yesterday, 7:45 am
  • Tyron Taylor (hamstring) out 4-6 weeks
    Tyrone Taylor is expected to miss 4-6 weeks after tweaking his hamstring during an outfield drill.

    Advice: The Brewers have a wealth of young talent in the outfield both at the major league level and in the minor leagues, so it's hard to see Taylor breaking through to the big leagues in 2017. The 23-year-old hit .232/.303/.327 with nine homers, 34 RBI and nine stolen bases in 134 games at Double-A Biloxi in 2016. Yesterday, 7:31 am
  • Cardinals option Tommy Pham to Triple-A
    Cardinals optioned OF Tommy Pham to Triple-A Memphis.

    Advice: This move comes as a bit of a surprise, as Pham entered spring training as the favorite to secure a reserve outfielder role with the club. He hurt his chances by hitting just .209/.320/.279 with a 16/4 K/BB ratio in 43 spring at-bats. His departure brings Jose Martinez closer to cracking the Opening Day roster. Yesterday, 7:10 am
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  • Colby Rasmus expected to open year on DL
    Colby Rasmus (hip) said Saturday that he expects to open the season on the disabled list.

    Advice: The veteran outfielder, who has been serving as the designated hitter in Grapefruit League play, said he isn't yet comfortable playing in the outfield and that manager Kevin Cash said that's a prerequisite for making the active roster. Even if he starts the season on the DL, it should only be for a week or two. Yesterday, 6:26 am
  • Steve Pearce makes first start in outfield
    Steve Pearce is making his first start in the outfield on Saturday in an exhibition against the Canadian junior team.

    Advice: It isn't quite Grapefruit League action, but it's a very encouraging sign. Pearce is hitting cleanup and playing left field in that lineup. Barring any setbacks, he should be able to play the outfield on Opening Day as he has been targeting. Yesterday, 5:34 am
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  • Heyward singles, hitting just .140 in spring
    Jason Heyward went 1-for-3 with a single in Friday’s loss to the Indians in Cactus League action.

    Advice: Much was made out of Heyward’s revamped swing this spring, but even after getting a hit on Friday, he’s batting just .140 with 10 strikeouts and a .469 OPS over 43 at-bats during Cactus League action. It’s a frustrating situation for the Cubs, but fortunately fantasy owners can pass on him in drafts. Friday, 3:52 pm
  • Tyler Collins goes 1-for-3 in return
    Tyler Collins returned to action Friday and went 1-for-3 against the Braves.

    Advice: Collins missed a few more days with his troublesome lat muscle. He was able to play center field today, which seems like a good sign. Still, it's been a rough spring for him while dealing with the injury -- he's hit just .211/.225/.342 in 38 at-bats -- and it remains to be seen what the Tigers will do with him. While he's not a particularly good platoon option in center field, he is out of options and the Tigers don't want to lose him. Friday, 2:57 pm
  • Lonnie Chisenhall leaves with shoulder injury
    Lonnie Chisenhall was pulled from Friday's game against the Cubs with a right shoulder injury.

    Advice: Chisenhall was hurt when he collided with the outfield wall while trying to chase down a Munenori Kawasaki triple. The Indians are listing him as day-to-day right now, but that might not necessarily mean much until he's evaluated further. They should have more to say after the game is over. Friday, 2:28 pm
  • Lonnie Chisenhall exits after wall collision
    Lonnie Chisenhall exited Friday's game against the Cubs after colliding with the outfield wall.

    Advice: Chisenhall appeared to be grabbing at his right shoulder as he walked off the field with a trainer and manager Terry Francona. The Indians should have an update on their right fielder shortly. Friday, 1:41 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. Thursday, 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. Thursday, 5:15 pm
  • 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. Thursday, 11:41 am
  • Colby Rasmus homers and drives in three
    Colby Rasmus went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run and an RBI single in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles.

    Advice: Rasmus is working his way into the groove late, having just made his spring debut on Sunday. The slow start is due to the fact that he underwent surgery to repair his left hip labrum and his core muscle in October. On Wednesday, the veteran outfielder came through with an RBI single in the first inning and a two-run home run in the fifth. While Rasmus has popped double-digit home runs in each of the past five seasons, health has been a major issue for him throughout his career. He has played in more than 120 games just once over the last four years. Wednesday, 5:51 pm
  • Collins (lat) being held out until Friday
    Tyler Collins (lat) is being held out of action until Friday.

    Advice: Collins had a bit of a setback with a lat muscle injury over the weekend, so the Tigers are giving him some rest. He's one of a handful of players in the mix for center field duties this season. Wednesday, 9:31 am
  • Carlos Gomez downplays shoulder issue
    Carlos Gomez (shoulder) doesn't expect to miss much time.

    Advice: Gomez exited Tuesday's Cactus League game after jamming his left shoulder, but it doesn't sound like a major concern. Consider him day-to-day for now. Wednesday, 8:33 am
  • Carlos Gomez exits after jamming shoulder
    Carlos Gomez departed Tuesday's game against the White Sox after jamming his left shoulder while sliding into third base following a triple.

    Advice: The Rangers don't think the injury is serious, so it sounds like his exit was precautionary. However, Gomez will be re-evaluated on Wednesday and we should know more about his status then. The fiery outfielder is having a nice spring so far, going 11-for-32 at the plate with three home runs. Tuesday, 7:46 pm
  • 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
  • Alcantara drives in three runs vs. Royals
    Arismendy Alcantara went 2-for-2 with three RBI and a run scored in Monday’s 10-6 win over the Royals in Cactus League play.

    Advice: After entering the game in the sixth inning, Alcantara delivered a pair of RBI singles in the Reds’ marathon eight-run eighth inning. He’s now hitting .262/.273/.500 over 20 games during Cactus League action. The 25-year-old was claimed off waivers from the Athletics back in October and is out of options as he competes for a bench job this spring. Monday, 4:43 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
  • 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
  • Tyler Collins (lat) played long toss Monday
    Tyler Collins (lat) played long toss Monday morning in Tigers camp.

    Advice: Collins was scratched from a Grapefruit League game Sunday after experiencing a flareup of discomfort in his left lat muscle, but it's clearly not a major setback. The outfielder will look to return to live action sometime this week. Mar 20, 7:23 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. Mar 19, 4:47 pm
  • Carlos Gomez slugs two-run homer vs. M's
    Carlos Gomez slugged a two-run homer in the Rangers' 3-2 Cactus League defeat of the Mariners on Sunday.

    Advice: Gomez went deep off Mariners left-hander Dillon Overton in the bottom of the third inning. It was the third home run of the spring for the 31-year-old center fielder, who's sporting a .333 batting average and 1.115 OPS through 34 plate appearances in the Cactus League. Mar 19, 3:48 pm
  • Tommy Pham reaches twice
    Tommy Pham doubled in a run and walked Sunday against the Braves.

    Advice: Pham left Friday's game with a lip laceration, but it didn't cost him any time. That's fortunate, since he has a fight on his hands to make the Cardinals. Mar 19, 1:34 pm
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  • Colby Rasmus has rough spring debut
    Colby Rasmus, who is coming back from surgery on his abdomen and hip, struck out all three times up Sunday as the Rays' DH in his spring debut.

    Advice: So, he's a little rusty. Rasmus should get plenty of at-bats from here on in, and as long as he avoids any setbacks, he'll likely begin the season on the active roster. Mar 19, 1:03 pm
  • Tyler Collins has setback with strained lat
    Tyler Collins was scratched from Sunday's lineup after having a setback with his strained left lat.

    Advice: The Tigers are saying it's in a different area of his back this time, but it's a setback nonetheless. Collins is likely to start against righties in center field if his health cooperates, but he's had trouble staying on the field this spring. Mar 19, 9:05 am
  • Rasmus (hip, core muscle) making spring debut
    Colby Rasmus (hip, core muscle) will make his Grapefruit League debut in the designated hitter spot on Sunday.

    Advice: He'll be used in the DH slot again Monday before receiving a couple days off. We're just two weeks away from Opening Day, but Rays manager Kevin Cash said Sunday that Rasmus playing Sunday and Monday is a "great" sign that he'll be ready to go on Opening Day. Even if he is ready, you'd have to figure the Rays would be careful with his playing time initially. Rasmus had surgery last October to repair his left hip labrum and core muscle. Mar 19, 6:54 am
  • Domingo Santana scratched with bruised hip
    Domingo Santana (hip) was scratched from Saturday's Cactus League game against the Cubs.

    Advice: He's dealing with a bruised left hip. Scooter Gennett will sub in for Santana in right field. Santana has shown off his power stroke this spring, clubbing three homers in 40 at-bats. He's day to-day. Mar 18, 12:48 pm
  • 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. Mar 18, 9:26 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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  • Tommy Pham leaves with lip laceration
    Tommy Pham exited Friday's game against the Mets because of a laceration on his lip.

    Advice: Pham was hurt on a steal attempt and is likely day-to-day. He's in a battle to keep his reserve outfield spot this year. Mar 17, 11:30 am
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  • Colby Rasmus could start to DH next week
    Rays manager Kevin Cash said Friday that Colby Rasmus (hip, core muscle) could begin to play in Grapefruit League games as the DH next week.

    Advice: Rasmus has been brought along very slowly this spring after undergoing surgery in October to repair his left hip labrum and his core muscle. The 30-year-old still has time to get enough at-bats to be ready for Opening Day. Mar 17, 6:57 am
  • Pearce expected to be ready to play outfield
    Steve Pearce (forearm) has progressed well in his recovery and is on track to be able to play the outfield on Opening Day.

    Advice: Pearce is scheduled to hit in a minor league game on Friday and will play first base on Sunday. Provided there are no setbacks in his throwing program, he could be cleared to play the outfield at the start of the regular season. Mar 17, 6:45 am
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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. Mar 16, 4:44 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). Mar 16, 1:23 pm
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