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  • Report: Rays acquire Bourjos from White Sox
    Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports that the Rays have acquired Peter Bourjos from the White Sox in exchange for cash considerations.

    Advice: Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times first reported that the two sides were working on a deal. Bourjos gives the Rays the right-handed hitting outfielder they were seeking, and he's capable of backing up at all three outfield positions. Slated to turn 30 later this week, Bourjos sports a career .243/.300/.382 batting line. 19 minutes ago
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  • Masterson signs minors deal with Dodgers
    Dodgers signed RHP Justin Masterson to a minor league contract.

    Advice: Masterson first started auditioning for clubs well over a month ago and has finally caught on somewhere. The big right-hander failed to make it up to the majors last season, posting a 4.97 ERA and 32/26 K/BB ratio in 54 1/3 innings with the Triple-A affiliate of the Pirates. Masterson is 32 now and hasn't had any success at the big league level since 2013. He's strictly a no-risk flier. Today, 4:43 pm
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  • Chavez tosses six scoreless frames in win
    Jesse Chavez spun six scoreless frames in a 4-2 victory over the Diamondbacks on Monday in the Cactus League.

    Advice: It was a strong outing against most of the Diamondbacks’ regulars. Chavez gave up just three hits on the afternoon and walked none while striking out three. The 33-year-old owns a 2.51 ERA and 12/0 K/BB ratio in 14 1/3 innings this spring and has assured himself of a rotation spot. While Chavez pitched exclusively in relief last year between the Blue Jays and Dodgers, there could be some appeal here in deeper fantasy formats. Today, 4:43 pm
  • Pollock hitless against Angels
    A.J. Pollock went 0-for-3 with a strikeout Monday against the Angels.

    Advice: This hasn’t been the smoothest spring for Pollock, as he’s batting just .160 (4-for-25) and was recently sidelined for nearly two weeks due to a groin injury. Fantasy owners will have to hope that he can use the remaining days of spring training to get back into the swing of things. There’s big-time upside if he can stay on the field. Today, 4:40 pm
  • Andrelton Simmons has back tightness
    Andrelton Simmons has missed the last two games with back tightness.

    Advice: He could sit out another day or two but is expected to be fine. Simmons has just three hits in 16 at-bats this spring, as he was away for a while to play for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic. Today, 4:28 pm
  • Holland allows two runs over six IP Mon.
    Derek Holland yielded two runs in six innings of work against the Dodgers on Monday.

    Advice: Holland gave up a two-run single to Yasmani Grandal in the bottom of the first, but otherwise he kept the Dodgers off the board. The southpaw allowed five hits and a pair of walks while striking out one. The White Sox signed Holland with the idea of eating up some innings while their young pitchers get some seasoning in the minors, but he’s off the mixed league radar. Today, 4:13 pm
  • Carrasco (elbow) to pitch second game for CLE
    Indians manager Terry Francona announced Monday that Carlos Carrasco will pitch the second game of the regular season.

    Advice: Francona also confirmed that Corey Kluber would pitch Opening Day and that Carrasco would be followed by Danny Salazar, Josh Tomlin and Trevor Bauer. Carrasco underwent an MRI on his right elbow earlier this month after he experienced some swelling, but everything came back clean and he threw three scoreless frames in a Cactus League appearance last Friday. The righty has never thrown 200 innings in his career and that's why he doesn't qualify as a fantasy ace, but it doesn't appear the elbow is a concern at all as we approach Opening Day. Today, 3:57 pm
  • Sandy Leon hits two homers in victory
    Sandy Leon hit two homers, the latter a grand slam, to lead the Red Sox to an 11-9 win over the Orioles on Monday.

    Advice: Both Leon homers came in a nine-run fifth inning. He had been 6-for-26 with no extra-base hits this spring going into this one. One of 2016's biggest surprises, Leon seems likely to disappoint offensively this year, though he'll remain a quality defensive catcher for Boston. Today, 2:33 pm
  • Tyler Thornburg (shoulder) likely to have MRI
    Tyler Thornburg (shoulder) will undergo testing -- likely an MRI -- on Tuesday.

    Advice: Thornburg was scratched from a scheduled Grapefruit League appearance Monday due to an upper right trapezius spasm. He's also battled a "dead arm" phase this spring, as he's been limited to just two spring outings. The testing "is going to hopefully give us more information on what we're actually dealing with here," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "What the root cause to a spasm is, that I don't know at this point." Today, 2:20 pm
  • Max Scherzer strikes out seven Mets
    Max Scherzer struck out seven over five innings as the Nationals topped a Mets split-squad 6-0 on Monday.

    Advice: Scherzer allowed two hits and walked three in an 81-pitch outing. He's all set to take the hill in the Nationals' third game of the regular season despite the late start because of a finger injury. Today, 1:50 pm
  • Phillies release veteran catcher Ryan Hanigan
    Phillies released C Ryan Hanigan.

    Advice: Andrew Knapp will open the 2017 regular season as the Phillies' backup catcher. Hanigan was in camp this spring on a non-guaranteed minor league contract. Today, 11:24 am
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  • Angels reassign Eric Young Jr. to minors
    Angels reassigned OF Eric Young Jr., OF Shane Robinson, RHP Jose Valdez, RHP Deolis Guerra, INF Rey Navarro, and C Tony Sanchez to minor league camp.

    Advice: No big shockers among this round of cuts from Angels camp. Young put up an .882 OPS in 46 at-bats this spring in Cactus League play, but he was always a longshot for a backup outfield job. The 31-year-old is a .246/.314/.327 career hitter at the major league level. Today, 11:16 am
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  • Rockies option Raimel Tapia to Albuquerque
    Rockies optioned OF Ramiel Tapia to Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: Tapia made his MLB debut last year as a September callup, batting .263/.293/.263 over 41 plate appearances. The 23-year-old outfield prospect should get another (longer) look at some point in 2017, though he's somewhat buried on the Rockies depth chart here at the end of camp. Today, 10:24 am
  • Thornburg scratched with trapezius spasm
    Tyler Thornburg was scratched from a scheduled Grapefruit League appearance Monday due to an upper right trapezius spasm.

    Advice: That's not good news for a guy who hasn't pitched in a Grapefruit League game since March 1. He's been working through a dead arm phase, and this trapezius spasm -- even if it turns out to be minor -- could steer him toward the disabled list ahead of Opening Day. Thornburg was acquired from the Brewers in December after registering a brilliant 2.15 ERA with 90 strikeouts in 67 innings last season. Today, 10:04 am
  • Rangers option Eddie Gamboa to Triple-A
    Rangers optioned RHP Eddie Gamboa to Triple-A Round Rock.

    Advice: Gamboa was acquired from the Rays in mid-February for a player to be named later or cash considerations. He will function as organizational rotation and relief depth this year for Texas. Today, 9:29 am
  • Rays have interest in Rob Refsnyder
    According to George A. King III of the New York Post, the Rays have shown interest in Yankees utilityman Rob Refsnyder.

    Advice: King notes that the Yankees subbed Refsnyder into their Grapefruit League game against the Rays on Sunday, having him play an inning in left field and four in right field. Refsnyder went 1-for-1 with a double and a walk at the dish. He's fallen down the depth chart in New York after his disappointing showing in 2016, but the 26-year-old posted promising numbers throughout the minor leagues and was once considered a sizable part of the Yankees' future. King reported back in early March that the Yankees were listening to offers on Refsnyder. Today, 6:53 am
  • Tyler Thornburg to be eased into setup role
    While the Red Sox believe that Tyler Thornburg (arm) will be ready for Opening Day, he'll be eased into the primary setup role in front of closer Craig Kimbrel.

    Advice: Thornburg looked good in a minor league game on Friday and there's growing optimism about his status for the start of the regular season. It sounds like he'll begin the year in lower leverage situations though until he shows that he's fully back to form. In that case, Joe Kelly would likely function in the eighth inning role. Saturday, 6:58 am
  • Jesse Chavez secures spot in Angels rotation
    According to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register, Jesse Chavez has secured a spot in the Angels' Opening Day rotation.

    Advice: The right-hander has pitched decently in Cactus League play, compiling a 4.32 ERA and 1.44 WHIP in 8 1/3 innings. He joins Garrett Richards, Matt Shoemaker and Ricky Nolasco as locks to start the season in the rotation, while the fifth spot could be a revolving door until Tyler Skaggs is ready. Saturday, 6:00 am
  • Carrasco (elbow) goes three innings in return
    Carlos Carrasco allowed one hit and walked a pair over three scoreless innings against the Cubs on Friday.

    Advice: It was his first Cactus League appearance since he was shelled for eight runs over 1 2/3 innings against the White Sox back on March 13. He had some swelling in his elbow after that, but everything appears on track now. It’s unclear when he’ll make his first start during the regular season, but the Indians could delay his debut until they need a fifth starter on April 15. We should have a better idea about the schedule soon. Friday, 3:53 pm
  • Pollock plays four innings in return Friday
    A.J. Pollock (groin) went 0-for-2 with a walk in his return to Cactus League action on Friday.

    Advice: Pollock played four innings in the field and didn't report any discomfort with his groin afterwards. Provided he can avoid any setbacks next week, he should be in the club's Opening Day lineup. Friday, 3:33 pm
  • Thornburg (arm) looks good in minors game
    Tyler Thornburg (arm) walked one and struck out two over a scoreless inning in a minor league game Friday.

    Advice: He was clocked in the 91-94 mph range with his fastball. Thornburg has been going through a "dead arm" phase that has limited him to just two Grapefruit League appearances. However, Friday's showing looks to be a positive step and there remains hope that he'll be ready for Opening Day. Friday, 10:32 am
  • Farrell leaning toward Sandy Leon at catcher
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said if the season started today, Sandy Leon would be the starting catcher.

    Advice: Farrell acknowledged that Christian Vazquez will see time there as well but it looks like Leon will enter 2017 as the Red Sox's starter. Leon enjoyed a breakout season last year, slashing .310/.476/.845 over 252 at-bats. Leon and Vazquez are both plus defenders but Vazquez has struggled to hit against big-league pitching (.233 career average). Thursday, 4:21 pm
  • Pollock (groin) aiming to return to games Fri
    A.J. Pollock (groin) is now aiming to return to Cactus League action on Friday.

    Advice: Pollock had been scheduled to return Thursday, but the Diamondbacks' spring training facility got hit with some morning rain and manager Torey Lovullo said he didn't want to chance anything on wet grass. Pollock hasn't appeared in a Cactus League game since March 12 because of tightness in his left groin, but the expectation is that he will be ready for Opening Day. Thursday, 12:28 pm
  • Max Scherzer goes 4 2/3 innings in start
    Max Scherzer pitched 4 2/3 innings and allowed two runs Wednesday against the Cardinals.

    Advice: Scherzer is back using his normal fastball grip without having any issues with the finger in which he suffered a stress fracture. All signs point to him starting the third game of the season for the Nationals. Wednesday, 1:05 pm
  • Thornburg (arm) to return to game action Fri.
    Tyler Thornburg (arm) is scheduled to return to game action on Friday.

    Advice: Thornburg, who has been slowed this month while going through a dead arm phase, threw 20 pitches in the bullpen on Tuesday with a hitter standing in. Time is running out, but he's still hoping to be ready for the season. If not, Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe writes that Joe Kelly and Heath Hembree would move up the depth chart. Tuesday, 7:42 am
  • Pollock (groin) plays in minors game Monday
    A.J. Pollock (groin) went 1-for-3 at the plate in a minor league game on Monday.

    Advice: Pollock didn't run the bases during the game but did so before the contest. It was his first game action in over a week due to left groin tightness. "I did bases before the game, and that felt really good," Pollock said. "I haven't really felt anything since [March 12], so that's a good sign." Pollock will go through a full minor league game Tuesday before resting Wednesday. If all goes well, he could return to Cactus League action Thursday. "We were really excited to get him back on the field," Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. "It's a good sign for us, so we're excited about it." Mar 20, 8:30 pm
  • Carrasco (elbow) to pitch in minors game Mon.
    Carlos Carrasco (elbow) will pitch in a minor league game on Monday.

    Advice: A previous report said that Carrasco would throw a bullpen session Sunday and return to Cactus League action Friday, but he actually already threw off a mound without issue on Saturday. Pitching in a minor league game would allow the Indians to backdate a potential disabled list stint should Carrasco suffer a setback. It looks like he'll be fine after last week's elbow scare, although it's possible the Indians could delay him until April 15 when they need a fifth starter. Mar 19, 12:22 pm
  • Carrasco (elbow) to throw 'pen session Sunday
    Carlos Carrasco (elbow) will throw a bullpen session Sunday and is on track to start March 24.

    Advice: Alarm bells were sounded last week when Carrasco had some swelling in his pitching elbow, but all signs have pointed to it not being a major deal. Barring a setback, Carrasco should be available around Opening Day or shortly after. The Indians could hold him back until they need a fifth starter on April 15 if they wanted to play it safe. Mar 19, 11:52 am
  • A.J. Pollock (groin) nearing game action
    A.J. Pollock's (groin) return to game action will be as a designated hitter in a minor league contest.

    Advice: When that will happen isn't known yet, but it doesn't seem far off. "It’ll be within the next several days if everything checks out the way it’s supposed to," Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. Pollock is a week removed from suffering a minor left groin strain. He's fully expected to be ready to go on Opening Day, but obviously it would ease the minds of fantasy owners if he can return to games soon and look 100 percent. Mar 19, 6:09 am
  • Holland gives up six runs vs. Cubs
    Derek Holland was tagged for six runs over four innings Friday against the Cubs.

    Advice: Holland retired the first seven batters he faced, but it was all downhill from there. He gave up a bomb of a homer to Kyle Schwarber in the second inning and walked three batters for the second straight start. Holland’s rotation spot should be safe for a little while as prospects Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, and Carson Fulmer get more time in the minors, but he shouldn’t really be on fantasy radars at this point. Mar 17, 3:30 pm
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