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  • Bryan Mitchell goes two scoreless in win
    Bryan Mitchell was perfect for two innings Friday in the Yankees' 9-4 victory over the Phillies.

    Advice: Mitchell, who is working on a splitter this spring, is a leading candidate to claim one of the two vacancies in the Yankees' rotation. We don't find him very interesting for fantasy purposes, but if the splitter comes along and gets him more strikeouts, perhaps he could surprise. 46 minutes ago
  • Miguel Andujar triples, doubles
    Miguel Andujar tripled and doubled in his two at-bats Friday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Andujar was added to the Yankees' 40-man roster in November after hitting .273/.332/.410 between high-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton last season. He has considerable offensive upside, but it's unlikely that he'll be ready to challenge Chase Headley at any point of this season. 50 minutes ago
  • Cody Bellinger to play all three OF spots
    Dodgers prospect Cody Bellinger will play all three outfield spots in addition to first base this spring.

    Advice: Bellinger is a natural first baseman, but he's played some center and left field some the last two seasons in the minors. If the top prospect proves to be capable in the outfield, it could potentially speed up his arrival in the majors. The 21-year-old is ranked by Baseball America as the No. 7 prospect in the game. Today, 12:18 pm
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  • Brandon Drury lost weight, looks more agile
    Brandon Drury lost more than 10 pounds while also adding muscle over the offseason as he looked to become more agile.

    Advice: The D'Backs asked Drury to improve his agility and lateral movements during the offseason as they looked to see whether he could be their regular at second base after shifting all over the field in 2016. The club has been impressed with how he's looked thus far. "We've simplified it for him," manager Torey Lovullo said. "He's not bouncing all over the place. We told him that [second base] is where he needs to focus. I think it's helped him this offseason prepare for this moment. He's looked very good. He's very agile, good angles to the ball, playing through the ball, all the common phrases that you like to hear from an infield standpoint. I've been very impressed with his quickness in turning two. I see a guy that's really agile right now." Drury slugged 16 homers in 499 plate appearances last season and carries intrigue in fantasy leagues as a potential regular in 2017. Today, 10:18 am
  • Logan Ondrusek (ankle) nears mound work
    Logan Ondrusek (ankle) is expected to resume throwing off a mound soon.

    Advice: Ondrusek just said a day ago that he wasn't sure when he'd resume throwing, so he must have experienced a lot of improvement over the last 24 hours. The reliever rolled his ankle nearly a week ago, but he'll be fine. Today, 9:57 am
  • Joe Blanton won't take less than $4 million
    Club executives have told ESPN's Buster Olney that they don't believe Joe Blanton will sign for anything less than the $4 million he made last season.

    Advice: It's certainly a reasonable ask, as Blanton has put up a 2.65 ERA and 159/42 K/BB ratio across 156 innings over the last two seasons while working almost exclusively as a reliever. He did turn 36 over the winter, but the right-hander would seem like a wise investment on a modest, one-year contract. Today, 9:54 am
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  • Cubs give RP Pedro Strop contract extenstion
    Cubs signed RHP Pedro Strop to a one-year, $5.85 million contract extension with a $6.25 million club option for 2019.

    Advice: The two sides avoided arbitration earlier this month with a one-year, $5.5 million contract, and they've now tacked on one and potentially two more years. Strop had been slated to hit free agency next winter. The 31-year-old has been excellent since arriving in Chicago at the 2013 trade deadline, posting a 2.68 ERA with 254 strikeouts across 211 1/3 relief innings. He'll again be a setup man for the Cubs in 2017. Today, 9:47 am
  • Trayce Thompson (back) to play in sim games
    Trayce Thompson (back) will play in simulated games this spring before being cleared for Cactus League action.

    Advice: Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Friday that Thompson is "on track" in his recovery from a pair of stress fractures in his back, but that doesn't mean he's on the same schedule as his teammates. The outfielder had expressed previously that he wanted to get into game action by March 1, but it's unclear whether that will happen. Today, 9:34 am
  • Jairo Diaz (elbow) to throw bullpen session
    Jairo Diaz (elbow) will throw a live bullpen session on Friday.

    Advice: It will be his first since he had Tommy John surgery last March. Diaz has a big arm and could eventually be a key piece in the Rockies' bullpen, but that probably wouldn't happen until well into the season. Today, 7:55 am
  • Beat writer picks Glover to eventually close
    Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post predicted in an interview on Fantasy Sports Radio Friday that Koda Glover will be the Nationals' closer by midseason.

    Advice: General manager Mike Rizzo said earlier this week that it will be Shawn Kelley, Blake Treinen and Glover competing this spring to be the team's closer. Kelley is the obvious favorite of the three, but Glover has electric stuff and could be the Nats' closer of the future. The 23-year-old is a good target in NL-only formats. Today, 7:41 am
  • Dilson Herrera nursing shoulder inflammation
    Dilson Herrera is dealing with some inflammation in his right shoulder.

    Advice: It's keeping him from throwing, but he can still hit and will serve as the Reds' designated hitter on Saturday. Still, it's not a great situation for Herrera as he attempts to make the Opening Day roster. How long it might be before he's able to return to full-time duty isn't known at this point. Today, 7:34 am
  • Jeff Locke (biceps) undergoes MRI
    Jeff Locke (biceps) underwent an MRI on Thursday.

    Advice: Locke first developed biceps tendinitis last weekend and was apparently still in some discomfort when he played catch on Thursday. The Marlins are optimistic that the left-hander isn't dealing with anything serious, but we'll have to see what the exam says. Locke is shut down for now. Today, 7:30 am
  • George Springer won't force things on bases
    George Springer said in an interview on Fantasy Sports Radio that he'll try to steal bases this season only "when the situation says I'm supposed to."

    Advice: Springer disappointed in the stolen base department in 2016, stealing just nine bags while being caught 10 times. Based on how he sounded in the interview, it doesn't appear that he'll be too aggressive on the basepaths in 2017, as he's cognizant of that fact that he shouldn't risk running into outs with the accomplished hitters he'll have batting behind him. Springer will still probably bounce back a tad with his steals this season, but those hoping for him to start running wild like he did in the minors will likely be disappointed. Today, 7:20 am
  • Scherzer (finger) can't throw fastballs yet
    Max Scherzer (finger) will throw only his secondary stuff in a bullpen session Saturday.

    Advice: Scherzer is unable to use his fastball grip without feeling pain in his right ring finger, which is still recovering from a stress fracture that he suffered last August. The right-hander hasn't committed to being ready for Opening Day, so this is a situation that obviously should be watched closely over the next month. Today, 6:06 am
  • Tyler Collins suffers strained lat muscle
    Tyler Collins won't be able to play the field for a couple weeks after suffering a strained left lat.

    Advice: Collins is still able to hit and run, but he can't throw and thus is unable to play defense. It's obviously not ideal as the 26-year-old competes for the Tigers' center field job, although he should still have time to make a nice impression. Collins entered camp as the likely favorite to start in center against right-handers. Today, 5:17 am
  • Scherzer hoping to be game-ready in 2 weeks
    Max Scherzer (finger) is hoping to be game-ready in a couple of weeks.

    Advice: Scherzer is healing from a stress fracture in his right ring finger but is scheduled for a bullpen session on Saturday. With spring training expanded this year to accommodate the World Baseball Classic, Scherzer should have a chance to be ready by Opening Day. "We do have the extra week this year to pace ourselves, needless to say," said pitching coach Mike Maddux. "So Max, if all goes well, he’ll be maybe a start or two behind the other guys." Scherzer led the National League in wins last season en route to his second Cy Young Award. Yesterday, 7:05 pm
  • Jeff Locke (biceps tendinitis) resumes throwing
    Jeff Locke (biceps) threw 15-20 light tosses from 60 feet on Thursday.

    Advice: It was Locke's first time throwing since encountering biceps tendinitis over the weekend. Locke said he feels "a lot better" but still isn't 100 percent. It's unclear when he'll resume mound work or begin facing live hitters. The left-hander is looking for a fresh start in Miami after recording a disappointing 5.44 ERA with the Pirates in 2016. Yesterday, 2:18 pm
  • Scherzer (finger) to throw off mound Saturday
    Max Scherzer (finger) is scheduled to throw his first bullpen session Saturday in Nationals camp.

    Advice: Scherzer has been eased into action this spring after battling a stress fracture in his right ring finger down the stretch in 2016. The ace right-hander told reporters last week that he could not commit to being ready for Opening Day, but it definitely hasn't been ruled out. Nationals manager Dusty Baker said Scherzer threw the ball really well during a long toss session on Wednesday. Yesterday, 10:35 am
  • Ondrusek (ankle) still not throwing
    Logan Ondrusek (ankle) said he's not sure when he will be cleared to resume throwing.

    Advice: Ondrusek rolled his ankle last weekend in Orioles camp and still has some minor swelling. It's not a big issue here in late February, but the right-hander is fighting for a spot at the back end of the Baltimore bullpen and any missed Grapefruit League appearances will hurt his cause. Yesterday, 6:11 am
  • Max Scherzer (finger) plays long toss
    Max Scherzer (finger) played long toss on Wednesday.

    Advice: "I was really shocked he was throwing as hard as he was and as well as he did," said manager Dusty Baker of Scherzer's long-toss work. The reigning NL Cy Young winner is working his way back from a stress fracture in the knuckle of his right right finger, diagnosed in January. He has yet to begin throwing off the mound, as he is still experiencing some pain. His availability for Opening Day should clarify over the coming weeks. Wednesday, 1:23 pm
  • Dodgers' prospect Bellinger repped by Boras
    Dodgers prospect first baseman Cody Bellinger is now represented by Scott Boras.

    Advice: As Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register notes, Boras also represents fellow Dodgers youngsters Corey Seager and Julio Urias. Bellinger, 21, slugged 23 homers with an .843 OPS over 114 games in Double-A last season and is quickly emerging as one of the game's top prospects. Wednesday, 12:17 pm
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  • Scherzer (finger) threw with normal grip Mon.
    Max Scherzer (finger) played catch with his normal two-fingered fastball grip on Monday.

    Advice: That's the good news. What's not so great is that he still feels pain in the knuckle at the base of his right ring finger. He won't throw a bullpen session until that pain subsides. "Achy’s a lot better than sharp pain, isn’t it?" said Scherzer. "That’s what the doctor said to me: They expect an achy feeling in there. Those are screaming symptoms of stress fractures. So it’s literally day-by-day with how I feel." Scherzer pitched through the stress fracture last year, but he doesn't want to do it again. It's a waiting game, but there's still plenty of time for him to get his work in before the start of the season. Tuesday, 11:46 am
  • Ondrusek (ankle) did fielding drills Mon.
    Logan Ondrusek (ankle) did fielding drills on Monday.

    Advice: Ondrusek rolled his ankle on Saturday and still hasn't been cleared to return to mound work, but that should be coming soon. It's a very minor issue here in the early weeks of spring training. Monday, 8:14 am
  • Locke shut down with biceps discomfort
    Jeff Locke has been shut down for a few days due to biceps tendinitis.

    Advice: Marlins manager Don Mattingly said it's not a big concern and that Locke should resume throwing sometime this week. The left-hander signed a one-year, $3.025 million free agent contract with Miami back in early December and is now trying to compete for a spot in the season-opening starting rotation. He can't afford to lose much time. Monday, 6:53 am
  • Logan Ondrusek nursing sore ankle
    Logan Ondrusek may not pitch in an intrasquad game Wednesday after rolling his ankle Saturday.

    Advice: It doesn't sound like anything that will keep him out long. Ondrusek is competing for a spot in the Orioles' bullpen this spring. Sunday, 10:39 am
  • Scherzer (finger) can't commit to Opening Day
    Max Scherzer (finger) played catch Thursday but would not commit to being ready for Opening Day.

    Advice: Scherzer dealt with a stress fracture in the knuckle of his right ring finger down the stretch last season and is still experiencing some symptoms. It's a concern, but not really a huge one yet. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner is expected to throw his first bullpen session of Nats camp within the next few days. Thursday, 9:46 am
  • Max Scherzer (finger) nearing mound work
    Max Scherzer is expected to begin throwing bullpen sessions in a matter of days.

    Advice: Scherzer officially pulled out of the Winter Baseball Classic back in January when he was diagnosed with a stress fracture in the knuckle of his right ring finger, but it's not something that should affect his readiness for the 2017 major league season. Scherzer won the National League Cy Young Award in 2016 with a 2.96 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, and 284/56 K/BB ratio in 228 1/3 innings. Thursday, 8:04 am
  • Thompson (back) behind in Dodgers' camp
    Trayce Thompson (back) is behind schedule in Dodgers' camp.

    Advice: Thompson missed the second half last year due to a pair of stress fractures in his back and he's progressing slowly as camp opens. He's running right now, but his previously-stated goal of being ready for Cactus League games on March 1 might be unrealistic. Stay tuned. Wednesday, 12:29 pm
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