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  • Wright (neck) played catch again Tuesday
    David Wright (neck) played catch on a back field Tuesday at Mets camp.

    Advice: The veteran third baseman is being kept away from the media as he tries to return from last June's cervical discectomy and fusion surgery. "We don’t want him overexposed to where ... if he makes a bad throw, all of a sudden, it’s a big story," manager Terry Collins said. "We want to make sure that when he starts out there throwing in front of everybody, that he’s certainly ready to let it loose." Wright is aiming to be ready for Opening Day, but the question marks abound. Today, 2:07 pm
  • Longoria still battling illness
    Rays manager Kevin Cash said Tuesday that Evan Longoria still had a high fever this morning.

    Advice: Longoria was also held out of Rays' camp on Monday, but it's not a long-term concern. He should be back to normal soon. Today, 10:23 am
  • MRI reveals mild calf strain for Donaldson
    An MRI on Josh Donaldson's right calf revealed only a mild strain.

    Advice: Donaldson tweaked his calf while running sprints last Friday, but the Blue Jays think they've dodged a bullet here. "It's not a significant [strain]," general manager Ross Atkins said Monday. "So we're optimistic that he'll be back on his feet and moving pretty quickly." Barring a setback, the star third baseman should be fine come Opening Day. Yesterday, 2:28 pm
  • Longo out of camp Monday due to illness
    Evan Longoria was absent from Rays camp Monday due to a minor illness.

    Advice: There is a bug going around the club's spring training facilities. Longoria should be back in action by the middle of the week. Yesterday, 8:27 am
  • 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
  • Donaldson (calf) expected to miss 2-3 weeks
    Josh Donaldson (calf) was walking around on crutches Sunday and is expected to be sidelined for 2-3 weeks.

    Advice: Donaldson suffered a strained right calf while running on Friday. He should be fine for Opening Day as long as he can avoid a setback, but the Blue Jays will obviously take a cautious approach with their star third baseman. Donaldson has played at least 155 games each of the last four seasons. Sunday, 8:54 am
  • David Wright (neck) plays catch indoors Sun.
    David Wright (neck) played catch indoors on Sunday.

    Advice: He didn't play catch outside with the rest of his Mets teammates, but it was the first time Wright has done any throwing since last June's cervical discectomy and fusion surgery. The club will continue to bring the veteran third baseman along slowly this spring, as Wright's participation in Grapefruit League games figures to be fairly limited. He's obviously a major health question mark going into 2017. Sunday, 8:23 am
  • Pablo Sandoval resumes switch-hitting
    Pablo Sandoval has resumed switch-hitting.

    Advice: He struggled mightily from the right side in 2015 and eventually abandoned hitting right-handed altogether before giving it another go this offseason. Sandoval worked tirelessly with Miguel Cabrera to repair his swing and has looked comfortable hitting from the right side at spring training. Sandoval is looking to bounce back after shoulder surgery limited him to just three games in 2016. The 30-year-old has reportedly lost over 40 pounds since last season. Saturday, 3:10 pm
  • Chase d'Arnaud taking reps at first base
    Chase d'Arnaud took reps at first base on Saturday.

    Advice: Utility man Sean Rodriguez was slated to back up Freddie Freeman at first base in addition to playing second base against left-handed pitchers, but now he's likely out for the season after injuring his shoulder in a car accident. D'Arnaud claims he hasn't played first since Little League but is willing to give it a shot with Rodriguez sidelined indefinitely. Nick Markakis, who has started five career games at first base, will also get reps there this spring. Saturday, 2:55 pm
    Player Note
    Chase d'Arnaud Atl - 2B,3B,SS,OF
  • Yulieski Gurriel transitioning to first base
    Yulieski Gurriel is expected to work primarily at first base during spring training.

    Advice: The 32-year-old spent most of his rookie season at the hot corner but this year that position will be filled by Alex Bregman. Gurriel did make a few cameos at first last season, drawing four starts there in 2016. "He obviously knows third, but first base is a huge priority for him for the spring," said manager A.J. Hinch. "I will sprinkle in third base and be a little more bullish about his first-base time." Gurriel hit .262 with three homers and 15 RBI over 130 at-bats last year in his first taste of the big leagues. Saturday, 2:02 pm
  • Donaldson diagnosed with right calf strain
    Josh Donaldson's MRI revealed a right calf strain.

    Advice: He suffered the injury while running on Friday. The Blue Jays say Donaldson will be treated daily and are optimistic he'll be ready for Opening Day. Donaldson has been remarkably durable throughout his career, missing just 19 games over his last four seasons. Unless we hear of a setback, Donaldson remains a borderline first-round pick in redraft formats. Saturday, 1:26 pm
  • Josh Donaldson heads for MRI on right calf
    Josh Donaldson was sent for a precautionary MRI on Saturday after feeling a small tweak in his right calf while running on Friday.

    Advice: The team is still awaiting the results of that exam. Donaldson suffered a similar calf strain early during the 2016 season and didn't miss any time because of it. This shouldn't impact his availability for the start of the regular season. Saturday, 12:51 pm
  • Donaldson (calf) misses Jays first workout
    Josh Donaldson skipped the Blue Jays first full workout on Saturday after feeling something in his right calf.

    Advice: It doesn't sound as anything more than a precautionary measure, but the club should have an update on his status later in the day. Donaldson has proven to be one of the most durable players in all of baseball, averaging 157 games per year over the past four seasons. Saturday, 7:57 am
  • Adrian Beltre (calf) holding out hope for WBC
    Adrian Beltre (calf) said Saturday that he has yet to rule himself out for the first round of the World Baseball Classic.

    Advice: Beltre was diagnosed earlier in the week with a Grade 1 strain of his left calf which was expected to sideline him for 2-3 weeks. Reports on Friday had him very unlikely to play in the first round, with a chance that he could return for the rest of the tournament, but Beltre seems intent on playing for his country if he's physically able to. Saturday, 7:10 am
  • Reyes expected to lead off 3-4 days per week
    The Mets plan to have Jose Reyes bat leadoff 3-4 days per week.

    Advice: It could be more than that, of course, depending on how David Wright's (neck) health is. The Mets aren't sure yet who will bat leadoff for them on days when Reyes doesn't start. Reyes is slated to see time all over the infield and some in the outfield this spring as he prepares for a super utility role. He could be a sneaky value in fantasy drafts this spring as a guy who doesn't technically have a starting job but who is likely to wind up playing a lot. Friday, 9:53 am
  • David Wright (neck) to play catch on Sunday
    David Wright (neck) is tentatively scheduled to play catch on Sunday.

    Advice: It would be his first time throwing a baseball since last June. The Mets are bringing Wright along slowly this spring as he works his way back from a cervical discectomy and fusion surgery. His health status figures to be a daily topic of conversation throughout spring training. Friday, 9:51 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
  • Adrian Beltre strains calf, could miss WBC
    Adrian Beltre could miss the World Baseball Classic after suffering a Grade 1 left calf strain on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's expected to be sidelined for 2-3 weeks. A Grade 1 strain is the least severe, and Beltre wouldn't rule out playing for his native Dominican Republic in the WBC. However, he's obviously not going to push things and risk aggravating the ailment prior to Opening Day. Barring any setbacks, the injury should not affect his availability for the beginning of the season. Friday, 7:35 am
  • Aaron Hill inks minor league deal with Giants
    Giants signed INF Aaron Hill to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

    Advice: ESPN's Buster Olney says Hill will make $2 million if in the majors, with a possible $1 million more available in incentives. Hill, who will turn 35 next month, batted .262/.336/.378 with 10 home runs last season for the Brewers and Red Sox. He can play both second and third base and will compete for a bench job with the Giants, but the veteran infielder isn't going to have any fantasy value. Friday, 7:22 am
    Player Note
    Aaron Hill SF - 2B,3B
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  • Sandoval's weight in the 240s
    Scott Lauber of reports that Pablo Sandoval reported to camp with his weight "in the 240s."

    Advice: It was reported back in December that he was below 250 pounds, so not much has changed. Still, he's about 40 pounds below his peak weight from last season. If anything, it shows his dedication about getting his career back on track after shoulder surgery and two disappointing seasons in Boston. Travis Shaw and Yoan Moncada were both traded during the offseason, so Sandoval is going to get every chance to win the starting third base job back. He's going to be an important player to track this spring. Thursday, 2:02 pm
  • 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
  • Francona: Ramirez to be primary third baseman
    Indians manager Terry Francona said Wednesday that Jose Ramirez is his third baseman.

    Advice: Francona hasn't ruled out Ramirez seeing some time at shortstop during camp, but putting him in left field isn't part of the plan right now. Assuming Michael Brantley misses the start of the season, Brandon Guyer and Abraham Almonte are among the options for left field. Wednesday, 11:43 am
  • Mets outright Ty Kelly to Triple-A
    Mets sent INF/OF Ty Kelly outright to Triple-A Las Vegas.

    Advice: Kelly successfully passed through waivers after being designated for assignment late last week. He'll remain with the club as a non-roster invite this spring and will provide depth at the Triple-A level to begin 2017. Tuesday, 12:06 pm
    Player Note
    Ty Kelly NYM - 3B,OF
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  • Wright (neck) could take some grounders at 1B
    Mets manager Terry Collins hasn't ruled out David Wright (neck) taking some grounders at first base later in camp.

    Advice: The possibility of Wright seeing some time at first base has been raised in the past, so it's not surprising to see it come up again. Whether it actually comes to fruition is another matter altogether. Wright is just easing back into some baseball activities as he makes his way back from a cervical discectomy and fusion surgery. He hasn't even begun throwing yet, so it's hard to know what to expect until he starts ramping things up. Either way, the expectation is that he'll see some time at designated hitter before playing the field. Jose Reyes is the backup plan at third base. Tuesday, 9:12 am
  • Jung Ho Kang won't report to ST on time
    Pirates president Frank Coonelly confirmed Tuesday that Jung Ho Kang won't report to spring training on time.

    Advice: Pirates' position players are scheduled to report for spring training on February 16, with their first workout on February 17. Meanwhile, Kang is expected to have a trial in South Korea for his DUI charge on February 22. It's unclear how long the trial will last, so his status is up in the air right now. The Pirates have David Freese as an alternative for third base and recently added Phil Gosselin in a trade with the Diamondbacks. Tuesday, 7:43 am
  • Wright (neck) to begin throwing this week
    Mets manager Terry Collins said Monday that David Wright (neck) will begin throwing sometime this week.

    Advice: Wright resumed baseball activities earlier this month and took batting practice in the cage on Monday as he eases back into things following a cervical discectomy and fusion surgery. "It’s a day to day," Collins said Monday. "We want to try and set something down on paper for David, to be smart. We realize it has to be adjusted each and every day. There are going to be times he is going to get up in the morning, he’s not going to feel very good and we’re going to have to adjust that day." As Collins alluded to, the Mets have no idea what they're going to get out of Wright and will proceed cautiously with him following two years plagued by back and neck issues. Jose Reyes offers insurance at third base. Feb 13, 1:41 pm
  • 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
  • Kang won't try to change change court date
    Jung Ho Kang will not attempt to move his February 22 court date in South Korea.

    Advice: Kang is due in court following his third DUI arrest. He'll miss the start of spring training and could be out indefinitely. With Kang's status up in the air, the Pirates added some infield depth Friday by acquiring Phil Gosselin in a trade with Arizona. David Freese could also see time at the hot corner with Kang sidelined. Feb 11, 1:31 pm
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