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  • Greg Bird (shoulder) says he feels terrific
    Greg Bird (shoulder) said Monday that he feels better now than he did at the end of the 2015 season.

    Advice: That's obviously encouraging given that he had labrum surgery between now and then. Bird missed all of the 2016 campaign while recovering, but he played in the Arizona Fall League and is participating fully in spring training. He belted a long home run during a simulated game Monday. "Today I felt like I got out there and just got in the box and thought about what I needed to think about," Bird said. "That's huge, being confident in the shoulder every day, coming to the park confident in the shoulder and being able to just focus on what I need to focus on." Yesterday, 4:24 pm
  • Bell (knee) fields grounders, hits in cage
    Josh Bell (knee) fielded grounders and hit in an indoor batting cage for the third straight day on Monday.

    Advice: He hasn't taken swings on the field or faced live pitching yet, but Bell looks to be coming along nicely for a guy who's less than three weeks removed from left knee surgery. When he'll be ready for Grapefruit League action remains to be seen, but Bell has a good shot to be available for Opening Day. Yesterday, 1:17 pm
  • Kennys Vargas takes advice from Manny Ramirez
    Kennys Vargas spent a week over the winter taking hitting lessons in the Dominican Republic from Manny Ramirez.

    Advice: Vargas was introduced by teammate Miguel Sano who declined Ramirez' invitation. Along with working on the mental aspect of hitting, the 26-year-old slugger was encouraged by Ramirez to elevate the ball more. While it isn't a guarantee of success, taking the advice of future Hall of Famers can't hurt Vargas' chances of success in 2017. Sunday, 5:42 pm
  • Eric Hosmer discussing extension with Royals
    Eric Hosmer said Sunday that he and his agent were discussing a long-term contract extension with the Royals.

    Advice: Hosmer understands the nature of the business though and has said that if the two sides don't reach a deal before Opening Day, that he'll test out the free agent market next winter. Hosmer joins a long list of Royals veterans who are entering their walk year, making it a strong possibility that the club could sell off and start rebuilding if they fall out of playoff contention. Sunday, 4:09 pm
  • Rodriguez's shoulder surgery details revealed
    Sean Rodriguez's left shoulder surgery involved the repair of a badly torn rotator cuff, labrum damage and a biceps tendon that had to relocated.

    Advice: It's no wonder that he's essentially already been ruled out for the season. Rodriguez, who suffered the injuries during a car crash in late January, is under contract with the Braves through 2018. Sunday, 11:36 am
    Player Note
    Sean Rodríguez Atl - 1B,2B,3B,SS,RF
  • Albert Pujols (foot) feels 'really good'
    Albert Pujols (foot) said Sunday that his surgically-repaired right foot feels "really good" so far in early workouts.

    Advice: Pujols has been hitting in the cage and doing agility drills, as well as running on an Ultra G treadmill. He can't run on the field yet and it will be a while before he's cleared for game action, but Pujols still has a good chance to be ready for Opening Day. "As long as you get your work, hitting and ground balls, that’s what gets you ready," Pujols said. "I don't think taking three or four at-bats in a game is what gets you ready. It’s the ground balls the first couple weeks and the extra hitting and when we do the sessions down around the (practice) field. Those are the things that get you ready. I'm more focused on the things I do in the cage than what I do in the game." Sunday, 9:43 am
  • Dodgers officially release Darin Ruf
    Dodgers released 1B/OF Darin Ruf.

    Advice: This move had already been in the works as Ruf signed a deal with the Samsung Lions of the Korea Baseball Organization. His release created a spot on the 40-man roster for the recently re-signed Chase Utley. Saturday, 9:30 am
    Player Note
    Darin Ruf LAD - 1B,OF
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  • Roberts has mild concern over Adrian Gonzalez
    Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Saturday that he's only mildly concerned over Adrian Gonzalez' elbow injury.

    Advice: While it doesn't sound like it's going to be a lingering issue, Roberts did say that he didn't want Gonzalez to start as many games in 2017 in an effort to keep him fresh later in the season. Gonzalez has averaged 159 games per year over his 11 full seasons in the big leagues. Saturday, 8:58 am
  • Don Kelly joins Tigers as professional scout
    The Tigers announced Saturday that Don Kelly has joined the organization as a professional scout and assistant to player development.

    Advice: While not an official announcement on his retirement, it would appear that Kelly's playing career is over. The 37-year-old slashed .230/.294/.334 with 23 homers and 98 RBI over 1220 big league plate appearances with the Pirates, Tigers and Marlins over his nine-year MLB career. Saturday, 8:02 am
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  • Nick Swisher officially announces retirement
    Nick Swisher has announced his retirement from baseball and will join FOX Sports as a studio analyst for the 2017 season.

    Advice: Swisher penned a piece for The Players' Tribune in which he officially announced that he was hanging up his cleats. It doesn't come as a surprise, as he's now 36 and played just 55 games in the minors last season. A 12-year major league veteran, Swisher finishes his career with a .249/.351/.447 batting line, 245 home runs and one All-Star team. Friday, 1:56 pm
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  • A-Gone sidelined two weeks with tennis elbow
    Adrian Gonzalez won't swing a bat for two weeks due to a bout with tennis elbow.

    Advice: It shouldn't be a long-term concern for the veteran first baseman, but Gonzalez's ability to play for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic is now in doubt. The Dodgers should have more on Gonzalez's status early next month. He batted .285/.349/.435 with 18 homers and 90 RBI for Los Angeles last season. Friday, 11:38 am
  • Tyler Austin out 6 weeks with fractured foot
    Tyler Austin will be in a boot for three weeks and shut down from baseball activity for six week after being diagnosed with a small fracture in his foot.

    Advice: Austin suffered the break when he fouled a ball off the foot while taking batting practice. The 25-year-old might have been squeezed off the roster following the Chris Carter signing and now he'll begin the season on the disabled list. Austin batted .241/.300/.458 in 31 games for the Yankees last season. Friday, 10:34 am
  • Todd Frazier says finger no longer an issue
    Todd Frazier said Friday that his sprained finger feels fine and that he's been hitting every day since he arrived in White Sox camp.

    Advice: Frazier suffered a sprained finger on his left hand late last season and was still feeling symptoms during offseason workouts. Just a few weeks ago, the third baseman was wearing a splint on the finger. However, it appears for now that the issue might be behind him. Still, it's something to keep an eye on as he gets into Cactus League action. Friday, 8:50 am
  • Josh Bell (knee) cleared to hit off tee
    Josh Bell (knee) has been cleared to hit off a tee.

    Advice: Bell is easing back into baseball activities after having surgery earlier this month to remove a loose body from his left knee. It's unclear when he might be ready for Grapefruit League action, but Bell should have enough time to get ready for Opening Day. Friday, 7:59 am
  • Chris Davis says thumb is no longer an issue
    Chris Davis reiterated on Friday that his left thumb is no longer an issue.

    Advice: Davis dealt with soreness in the thumb for much of last season, and it probably helped lead to a relatively disappointing .221/.332/.459 batting line (although he still hit 38 homers and drove in 84 runs). We could see the slugger's slash line improve in 2017 if he can remain healthy. Friday, 6:08 am
  • Darin Ruf signs with Korea's Samsung Lions
    Yonhap News Agency reports that Darin Ruf has signed a $1.1 million contract with the Samsung Lions of the Korea Baseball Organization.

    Advice: Ruf was acquired by the Dodgers from the Phillies in the Howie Kendrick deal over the offseason, but they've let him head overseas for a nice little raise. The Dodgers' signing of Franklin Gutierrez lessened their need to have a lefty masher like Ruf. Friday, 5:15 am
    Player Note
    Darin Ruf LAD - 1B,OF
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  • NYY announce $3.5M deal with Chris Carter
    Yankees signed 1B/DH Chris Carter to a one-year, $3.5 million contract.

    Advice: The deal was agreed to nine days ago and then finalized Thursday after Carter reported to Yankees camp and passed his pre-signing physical. The big slugger tied Nolan Arenado for the National League lead in home runs last year with 41, but he found surprisingly little interest on the free agent market this winter. Carter, a right-handed-hitter, should start against most southpaws in the Bronx. Thursday, 8:47 am
  • Profar to start in LF for Rangers in 2017
    Jurickson Profar is slated to start in left field for the Rangers in 2017.

    Advice: It's part of the fallout from the Rangers' reunion with veteran first baseman Mike Napoli. The other fallout: Shin-Soo Choo will serve as the regular DH for Texas in 2017 and Joey Gallo will get most of his work this spring at third base. Thursday, 7:46 am
    Player Note
    Jurickson Profar Tex - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Sean Rodriguez undergoes shoulder surgery
    Sean Rodriguez underwent surgery Tuesday to repair the rotator cuff in his left shoulder.

    Advice: Rodriguez, who signed a two-year deal with the Braves earlier this winter, suffered the unfortunate injury in a car crash on January 28. The expectation is that he'll miss the entire season. It's too bad, as he figured to play an important role with Atlanta. The Braves have since acquired Brandon Phillips from the Reds to play second base. Wednesday, 12:13 pm
    Player Note
    Sean Rodríguez Atl - 1B,2B,3B,SS,RF
  • Pujols (foot) has yet to resume running
    Albert Pujols (foot) said Tuesday that he can do everything but run.

    Advice: Pujols is working his way back from December surgery for right plantar fasciitis. It's unclear when he'll begin running, but his status for Opening Day is still in question. We should know more in the coming weeks. He remains a risky fantasy play as he moves into his age-37 season. Tuesday, 10:22 am
  • Josh Bell (knee) did throwing on Monday
    Josh Bell (knee) did some throwing on Monday and said he hopes to resume hitting soon.

    Advice: Bell needed surgery earlier this month to remove a loose body in his left knee. It's early enough that he should be fine for the opening of the 2017 regular season, but as a player with a history of knee issues that isn't something which can be guaranteed. Bell, 24, projects to serve as the Pirates' primary first baseman this year. Monday, 9:52 am
  • Sean Rodriguez (shoulder) out 3-5 months
    According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, Sean Rodriguez will undergo left shoulder surgery next week and is expected to miss 3-5 months.

    Advice: That would explain why the Braves are deep in talks to acquire Brandon Phillips from Cincinnati. Rodriguez suffered the injury in a car accident last week. Rodriguez was expected to platoon with Jace Peterson but now it looks like Phillips will man second base for Atlanta. The 31-year-old hit .270 while contributing a career-high 18 home runs in 140 games for Pittsburgh last season. Feb 11, 9:02 pm
    Player Note
    Sean Rodríguez Atl - 1B,2B,3B,SS,RF
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