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  • Inciarte returns to Braves' lineup Thursday
    Ender Inciarte is back in the Braves' lineup Thursday against the Tigers.

    Advice: He's batting leadoff and playing center field. Inciarte is back after spending the last two weeks representing Venezuela at the World Baseball Classic. He impressed at the WBC, hitting . 292 with three RBI over seven games. The 26-year-old is entering his second year with Atlanta after arriving from Arizona in the Shelby Miller trade last offseason. 16 minutes ago
  • Blake Treinen continues scoreless spring
    Blake Treinen struck out a pair in a scoreless inning to record a save in Thursday's win over the Mets.

    Advice: Ty Kelly reached on a one-out single, but Treinen got Michael Conforto to ground out and Juan Lagares to go down swinging to close things out. That Treinen pitched the ninth is notable, as Nationals manager Dusty Baker is the rare skipper who likes to pitch his closers in the final inning during spring training. Still, Treinen might be third in the pecking order behind Shawn Kelley and Koda Glover for saves even though he's struck out six over three scoreless frames this spring. 18 minutes ago
  • Nola allows four runs but whiffs six
    Aaron Nola struck out six batters but gave up four runs over 5 2/3 innings against the Twins on Thursday.

    Advice: The light-hitting Tommy Field took Nola deep in the third inning. Nola is sporting an unsightly 6.62 ERA this spring, but he's struck out 19 over 17 2/3 frames and most importantly not shown any signs of last year's elbow issues. Overall, that's encouraging. 37 minutes ago
  • Cishek (hip) throws 22-pitch pen session
    Steve Cishek (hip) threw a 22-pitch bullpen session on Thursday.

    Advice: It was the first time he's thrown off a mound this spring. Cishek threw at 80 percent effort and is scheduled for another pen session on Sunday. Cishek isn't going to be ready for Opening Day but should join the team as a setup man sometime in April. The right-hander lost his closer's gig to Edwin Diaz about midway through last season. 40 minutes ago
  • Edinson Volquez not great in relief Thursday
    Edinson Volquez allowed two runs -- one earned -- over three innings versus the Cardinals on Thursday.

    Advice: It was Volquez's first outing since returning from the World Baseball Classic and a piggyback start for Volquez and Dan Straily, who got the "official" start. The veteran right-hander has generally pitched pretty well this spring, although he's managed just a 5/5 K/BB ratio across 9 1/3 innings. 54 minutes ago
  • Shawn O'Malley (appendectomy) out 10-14 days
    Shawn O'Malley will need at least 10-14 days to fully recover from his appendectomy.

    Advice: That puts O'Malley in a race against the clock for Opening Day. If O'Malley is unavailable, Taylor Motter would likely fill a utility role during his absence. O'Malley was hitting .278 with four steals in 16 Cactus League appearances before his appendectomy. Today, 1:56 pm
  • Daniel Vogelbach optioned to Triple-A Tacoma
    Mariners optioned 1B Daniel Vogelbach to Triple-A Tacoma.

    Advice: This comes as a stunner. Vogelbach was expected to platoon with Danny Valencia at first base but will instead begin in the minors after hitting just .228 with 19 strikeouts over 57 Cactus League at-bats. The 24-year-old went 1-for-12 with six strikeouts in his first taste of the big leagues last September. Obviously he needs a little more seasoning. Today, 1:26 pm
  • Adam Wainwright goes four against Marlins
    Adam Wainwright was charged with three runs -- one earned -- over four innings of work versus the Marlins on Thursday.

    Advice: He allowed five hits, walked one and struck out one. It wasn't a great outing for Wainwright but was certainly a monumental improvement from his last one when he was lit up for 10 runs over 1 2/3 frames. Waino did pitch well in his two outings prior to the 10-run fiasco, so we'll give him a little break. Today, 12:25 pm
  • Souza ripped open blister on hand Thursday
    Steven Souza ripped open a blister on the palm of his left hand Thursday in a Grapefruit League game.

    Advice: That's why he made an early exit. Souza could be held out of action for a couple of days, but this shouldn't affect his status for the opening of the 2017 regular season. Unless it's a blister of the Rich Hill variety. Today, 11:55 am
  • 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. Today, 11:41 am
  • Montgomery to open season in Cubs bullpen
    Mike Montgomery will begin the 2017 season in the Cubs' bullpen.

    Advice: Montgomery got a look for an Opening Day rotation spot this spring, as promised, but the Cubs are going with Brett Anderson as their No. 5 starter. Montgomery posted an impressive 2.52 ERA in seven starts and 42 relief appearances last year between Seattle and Chicago. Today, 11:35 am
  • Puig (calf) back in Dodgers' lineup Thursday
    Yasiel Puig (calf) is back in the Dodgers' Cactus League lineup on Thursday.

    Advice: Puig has been held out of action this week after feeling a tweak in his left calf Sunday while trying to steal a base. It sounds like this is minor, but we all know about Puig's long history of leg issues. He remains a high-risk, high-reward type of fantasy outfielder leading into the 2017 regular season. Today, 11:25 am
  • Rockies ship SP Jeff Hoffman to Albuquerque
    Rockies optioned RHP Jeff Hoffman to Triple-A Albuquerque.

    Advice: Hoffman had a shot at claiming the final spot in the Rockies' rotation this spring, but he simply didn't pitch well enough. The 24-year-old right-hander should be brought up for good at some point this summer and could take on deep-league fantasy value. He was recently ranked a top-40 prospect by Baseball America. Kyle Freeland and Antonio Senzatela remain in the running for starting jobs in Colorado. Today, 11:16 am
  • Cubs option Jake Buchanan to AAA Iowa
    Cubs optioned RHP Jake Buchanan to Triple-A Iowa.

    Advice: Buchanan had a 7.56 ERA in three starts and one relief appearance this spring in the Cactus League. The right-hander will likely work out of the rotation at Iowa. Today, 11:08 am
  • Graveman picked as A's Opening Day starter
    Kendall Graveman has been named the Opening Day starter for the Athletics.

    Advice: A's manager Bob Melvin made that announcement Thursday in camp, adding that Sean Manaea and Jharel Cotton will follow Graveman in the club's season-opening series against the Angels. The fourth and fifth spots are to be determined. Graveman, 26, posted a relatively underwhelming 4.11 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 108/47 K/BB ratio in 186 innings (31 starts) last season for Oakland. He'll make for a decent streaming option at times in standard fantasy leagues. Today, 10:15 am
  • Jhan Marinez has made Brewers' bullpen
    Jhan Marinez has made the Brewers' bullpen.

    Advice: Marinez is out of minor league options, so he would've had to really tank this spring to miss the Opening Day roster. The right-hander instead posted a sharp 1.13 ERA across eight Cactus League innings. He'll operate in a middle relief role for the Brewers. Today, 10:07 am
  • Pina told he has made Brewers' roster
    Manny Pina was told Thursday that he has made the Brewers' Opening Day roster.

    Advice: It'll be the first Opening Day at the MLB level for the 29-year-old catcher. Pina is putting up big numbers in the Cactus League and could get a decent share of starts behind the plate in Milwaukee, but we still can't recommend drafting him in a standard fantasy league. Jett Bandy and Andrew Susac (trapezius) are also in the mix for playing time at catcher with the Brewers. Today, 9:38 am
  • Raisel Iglesias injured elbow, hips in shower
    Raisel Iglesias revealed Thursday that he injured his right elbow and hips when he fell in the shower three weeks ago.

    Advice: That explains why Iglesias hasn't appeared in a Cactus League game since March 14, and why he underwent an MRI on the elbow of his throwing arm earlier this week. The results of that MRI came back negative, but Iglesias is questionable-to-doubtful for the beginning of the 2017 regular season. Michael Lorenzen, Tony Cingrani, and Drew Storen could all be in line for save opportunities out of the gate in Cincinnati. Reds manager Bryan Price spoke this winter about wanting to use a matchups-based approach at closer in 2017, and this Iglesias injury -- even if it's minor -- gives Price all the more reason to follow through with that plan. Today, 9:02 am
  • Zobrist (neck) out of CHC lineup again Thurs
    Ben Zobrist (neck) is out of the Cubs' Cactus League lineup again on Thursday.

    Advice: Zobrist was scratched from the lineup Wednesday after complaining of some minor neck stiffness. It doesn't sound like something that will affect the veteran's readiness for the opening of the 2017 regular season. Today, 8:54 am
  • Rays reassign Casey Gillaspie, others
    Rays reassigned 1B Casey Gillaspie, OF/1B Jake Bauers, OF Johnny Field, INF Jake Hager, INF/OF Patrick Leonard, OF Dayron Varona, RHP Andrew Kittredge, and RHP Neil Wagner to minor league camp.

    Advice: A big round of cuts from Rays camp. Gillaspie is on track to make his MLB debut at some point in 2017 after batting .284/.388/.479 with 18 home runs and 64 RBI in 132 games last season between Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham. The 24-year-old first base prospect was selected 20th overall by the Rays in the 2014 MLB June Amateur Draft. Today, 8:13 am
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  • Taylor (family) returns to Nats camp
    Michael Taylor is back in Nationals camp Thursday.

    Advice: Taylor was excused from the club for a week following the death of his father. The funeral is actually on Monday, but Taylor is fighting for a spot on the Nationals' bench and wanted to get back and play. Today, 7:34 am
  • Huntington: Kang won't be ready for opener
    Pirates general manager Neal Huntington confirmed Thursday that Jung Ho Kang will not be ready for Opening Day.

    Advice: That assumption could have been made without Huntington's help given that Opening Day is less than two weeks away and Kang still hasn't arrived at Pirates camp in Bradenton, Florida. The infielder is trying to secure a work visa in South Korea, but his latest criminal case is complicating matters. Kang was charged with his third DUI in seven years on December 2 in Seoul when he struck a guardrail with his car and fled the scene. He later tried to pin it on the person in the passenger seat but authorities quickly proved that false. There is no timetable for Kang's return to the Pirates' active roster. Today, 6:00 am
  • Strasburg in line for Nats' Opening Day start
    Stephen Strasburg is lined up to start on Opening Day for the Nationals.

    Advice: The nod would have gone to reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, but he was slowed this spring by a stress fracture in his right ring finger and currently projects to start Washington's third regular-season game. Gio Gonzalez is in line for the second game of the season, and Tanner Roark likely will start the fourth. Granted, none of this is official yet. Today, 5:30 am
  • Angel Pagan doubles to end Stroman no-hit bid
    Angel Pagan went 2-for-4 with a double in Puerto Rico's loss to the United States in Wednesday's World Baseball Classic final.

    Advice: Pagan played spoiler in this one, as his double against Marcus Stroman to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning was the first hit of the game for Puerto Rico. Alas, the game was all but over at that point -- the United States held a 7-0 lead at the time of Pagan's two-bagger. The veteran outfielder remains a free agent as the season nears. He reportedly had a contract agreement with the Orioles that fell through earlier in March due to a failed physical. Yesterday, 9:56 pm
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  • Marcus Stroman dazzles in WBC finals victory
    Marcus Stroman was dominant in helping the United States to down Puerto Rico 8-0 in Wednesday's World Baseball Classic finals, allowing one hit over six-plus scoreless innings.

    Advice: Working with a brutally heavy sinker, Stroman turned in a dominant performance in the WBC-clincher. He did not allow a hit through his first six innings of work. Angel Pagan finally snapped the no-no with a double to lead off the seventh, after which Stroman took a well-deserved ovation on his way to the dugout. He struck out three and walked one in the big spring victory, finishing the title-clincher having thrown 73 pitches (44 for strikes). As for the coming season, the 25-year-old right-hander will look to improve upon the 4.37 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 166/54 K/BB ratio he registered in 204 innings during the 2016 campaign. Yesterday, 9:54 pm
  • MRI reveals no structural damage for Iglesias
    An MRI on Raisel Iglesias' injured right elbow revealed no structural damage.

    Advice: Iglesias last worked in a spring game on March 14. He has been shut down with elbow and back concerns ever since. With his MRI coming back clean, the 27-year-old right-hander will begin a throwing program on Sunday. Iglesias' availability for Opening Day is looking less and less likely, but it sounds like he won't out for too long after assuming he is able to progress through his throwing program without setback. Yesterday, 4:44 pm
  • Ben Zobrist (neck) scratched from lineup
    Ben Zobrist has been scratched from the lineup for Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Reds due to a stiff neck.

    Advice: This does not appear to be anything major, but with the season rapidly approaching, the Cubs figure to play it safe with any minor spring aches and pains when it comes to their core players such as Zobrist. Consider him day-to-day moving forward. Yesterday, 3:35 pm
  • Shawn O'Malley (appendectomy) returns to camp
    Shawn O'Malley is back in camp after undergoing a successful appendectomy.

    Advice: O'Malley's surgery took place on Tuesday. He should recover in about two weeks, but Opening Day is looking like it might be a ship passing in the night. Said manager Scott Servais, "The surgery went fine. He should recover and it won't be an issue. But obviously anytime you have a little surgery, it's going to take a little time to get him back." Prior to this unfortunately-timed surgery, the 29-year-old infielder was competing with Taylor Motter to serve as a utility bench piece for the Mariners during the coming campaign. Yesterday, 2:19 pm
  • Cishek (hip) to throw bullpen Thursday
    Steve Cishek (hip) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session Thursday.

    Advice: It's a big step for Cishek, who is coming back from surgery to fix a torn labrum and microfracture surgery. If all goes well, the veteran reliever could be back in his set-up role by the end of April. Yesterday, 10:00 am
  • Taylor away from Nats due to family matter
    Michael Taylor remains away from the Nationals due to a family matter.

    Advice: Taylor originally left the team over the weekend. Nationals manager Dusty Baker described the matter as "very serious" and said that he told the young outfielder to take all the time he needs. Yesterday, 8:06 am
  • Shawn O'Malley to have appendectomy
    Shawn O'Malley will undergo an appendectomy Tuesday evening.

    Advice: Awful timing for O'Malley, who will now obviously not be ready for Opening Day. He was competing for a bench job after batting .234/.322/.325 over parts of the last two seasons with Seattle. Tuesday, 6:24 pm
  • Pina swats three-run homer vs. Dodgers
    Manny Pina swatted a three-run homer Tuesday in the Brewers' 5-4 Cactus League defeat of the Dodgers.

    Advice: Pina went deep off Dodgers reliever Luis Avilan as part of the Brewers' four-run fifth inning. The 29-year-old catcher is batting .405 with a 1.178 OPS in 38 plate appearances this spring, with three home runs and 11 RBI in 15 games. But we still can't recommend drafting him in a standard fantasy league. Tuesday, 4:43 pm
  • Inciarte to return to game action Thursday
    Ender Inciarte is expected to return to Grapefruit League action on Thursday.

    Advice: Inciarte was originally slated to return on Tuesday, but Braves manager Brian Snitker wanted to give him some extra time to rest after returning from his stint in the World Baseball Classic. They'll wait until after Wednesday's off-day. Tuesday, 11:37 am
  • 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
  • Raisel Iglesias getting elbow, back examined
    Raisel Iglesias was scheduled to have his right elbow and back examined on Monday.

    Advice: It's unclear when the right-hander's elbow and back started bothering him, but the Reds don't seem to be concerned at this point. "He should be OK," manager Bryan Price said. "We're going to do a bit more of a thorough once-over today with both the elbow and back. There's no reason to slow him down completely." It doesn't look like this is anything serious, but it's worth noting that the reason Iglesias was made into a full-time reliever is because the Reds doubted his ability to hold up physically as a starter. The club isn't expected to name a regular closer going into 2017, but Iglesias will get the first crack if he's healthy. Monday, 5:10 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
  • Yasiel Puig (calf) out through Wednesday
    Yasiel Puig (calf) is unlikely to play until at least Thursday.

    Advice: Puig felt something in his left calf while stealing a base on Sunday and had to be scratched from Monday's lineup. It doesn't appear the Dodgers are considering an MRI, so they must feel the ailment is minor. However, it must be noted that Puig has a long history of leg issues. It would become worrisome if he's not playing by the end of this week. Monday, 4:39 pm
  • Puig sitting Monday with left calf tightness
    Yasiel Puig was scratched from the Dodgers' lineup Monday due to left calf tightness.

    Advice: Any injury at this point in the spring can threaten Opening Day availability, but it's also possible Puig will be just fine. There should be more information out of Dodgers camp soon. Puig has a cool .927 OPS with three home runs in 32 at-bats this spring in the Cactus League. Monday, 11:29 am
  • 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
  • Mike Montgomery fans five against Royals
    Mike Montgomery had mixed results in Sunday's Cactus League start against the Royals, allowing two runs on two hits in his three innings of work.

    Advice: The southpaw flashed his dominance in the outing, racking up five strikeouts while walking just one. All of the damage was inflicted by Mike Moustakas, with a solo blast in the first and a sacrifice fly in the third. Montgomery's primary competition for fifth starter's role in Chicago, Brett Anderson, gave up three runs in his 3 1/3 innings of work later in the contest. Sunday, 9:40 pm
  • 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. Sunday, 4:47 pm
  • Stephen Strasburg yields two runs to Marlins
    Stephen Strasburg pitched 4 1/3 innings of two-run ball Sunday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Strasburg allowed four hits, walked one and struck out three. Working exclusively out of the stretch, he's been less than dominant this spring, though his 7.30 ERA is mostly the result of one dreadful outing on March 8 (he's allowed four runs over 10 1/3 innings in the other three). Right now, he wouldn't seem to rate as a great value pick on draft day. Sunday, 1:49 pm
  • Michael Taylor away due to family matter
    Michael Taylor will be away from Nationals camp for several days while he deals with a family matter.

    Advice: Manager Dusty Baker told Taylor to take as much time as he needs. The young outfielder is 16-for-36 with two homers and six stolen bases this spring. Sunday, 7:58 am
  • Jung Ho Kang still waiting for work visa
    Jung Ho Kang remains in South Korea as he waits to receive his work visa.

    Advice: Kang had been hopeful of receiving it this past week, but obviously it didn't happen. He's been working out in Korea and is in good shape, but Kang hasn't faced any live pitching yet this offseason. The hope remains that he'll be cleared soon and report to the Pirates' spring training complex in Florida, but it's very likely at this point that he'll begin the season on the restricted list. "He’s going to need some work, some game at-bats," general manager Neal Huntington said. "We can set up some sim games, we can set up a lot of at-bats for him in a short period of time. But it’s hard to say until we get him here." Sunday, 7:18 am
  • Manny Pina launches three-run home run
    Manny Pina went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run in Saturday's Cactus League win over the Cubs.

    Advice: Pina came through with his second home run of the spring on Saturday, this one coming with two aboard and two outs in the first inning. The 29-year-old backstop saw 71 at-bats with the Brewers last season, but managed just a .254/.346/.394 triple-slash in that space. There is no fantasy upside here, even if he does make the Opening Day roster as a bench piece. Saturday, 4:40 pm
  • Jake Buchanan struggles against Brewers
    Jake Buchanan yielded four runs on six hits over two innings in Cactus League action against the Brewers on Saturday.

    Advice: The Brewers jumped on Buchanan to score a quartet of runs in the first inning. The 27-year-old right-hander managed to survive the second without further run-scoring damage. He left his last Cactus League start after being hit in the right arm by a comebacker, but unless word surfaces to the contrary, that injury did not have an impact on Saturday's performance. Triple-A will likely be his home to start the 2017 season, but he could potentially see a few cups of coffee with the big league club down the road. Saturday, 4:27 pm
  • Graveman sharp over six innings vs. Padres
    Kendall Graveman pitched well in Saturday's Cactus League game against the Padres, allowing just one run on two hits over six innings.

    Advice: Graveman struck out six without walking a batter. As far as tune-up starts go, these are encouraging results. He posted a 4.11 ERA across 31 starts a year ago. He has low-grade appeal in deep AL-only formats, though that is dulled somewhat given his lack of strikeout prowess. Graveman fanned just 108 batters in 186 innings during the past campaign. Saturday, 3:31 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. Saturday, 9:26 am
  • Rough first inning dooms Marcus Stroman
    Marcus Stroman was doomed by a rough first inning on Friday, allowing four runs on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings.

    Advice: Stroman walked one and struck out two on the night. The first six hitters for Puerto Rico started the game with singles, pushing four runs across and putting the United States in an early hole. Stroman was luckily able to settle in afterwards and give manager Jim Leyland some valuable innings while keeping the U.S. in the game. Danny Duffy will get the call in a must-win game against the Dominican Republic next time out. Friday, 10:27 pm
  • Adam Wainwright torched for 10 runs
    Adam Wainwright was blasted for 10 runs in 1 2/3 innings by the Mets on Friday.

    Advice: Well, he got his work in. Wainwright was all over the place today, walking four, but he said afterwards that he felt fine and that he intended to go to the video to see what was up with his mechanics. He had been pitching fine this spring -- he allowed one earned run over his previous eight innings -- so there's little reason to worry overly much about one bad outing, no matter how bad it happened to be. Friday, 3:08 pm
  • Michael Taylor collects two hits, two steals
    Michael Taylor had two hits and two steals Friday against the Marlins.

    Advice: Taylor is batting .444 and slugging .722 in 36 at-bats. He's also a perfect 6-for-6 stealing bases. It remains to be seen if it will earn him a roster spot or not. The Nationals are already committed to four veterans for the bench (Jose Lobaton, Adam Lind, Stephen Drew and Chris Heisey) and they have to decide whether it makes sense to keep Taylor as a seldom-used player initially or to let him get at-bats in Triple-A. Friday, 2:10 pm
  • Aaron Nola gives up four runs to Jays
    Aaron Nola was charged for four runs in 4 2/3 innings by the Blue Jays on Friday.

    Advice: Nola had allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings when Troy Tulowitzki walked and Kendrys Morales got a grounder through Hector Gomez. Nola was pulled, and Ben Lively came in and went HBP, bases-loaded walk, grand slam. Nola walked four, which is hardly ideal, but he wasn't bad otherwise. Friday, 1:42 pm
  • Braves tried to sign Angel Pagan
    According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Braves have made "a couple" attempts to sign free agent Angel Pagan.

    Advice: Pagan has been linked to a number of teams and actually had a deal fall through with Baltimore after failing a physical. Apparently he's holding out for a big league contract in the range of $5 million. So far the 35-year-old has hit .188 with six strikeouts over 16 at-bats for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic. Thursday, 8:43 pm
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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. Thursday, 4:44 pm
  • Puig goes 0-for-3 with two strikeouts
    Yasiel Puig went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts in Thursday's loss to the Cubs.

    Advice: He has historically been a monster in spring training games, but not this year. He is now batting just .214 in 28 at-bats. On the other hand, three of his six hits have been home runs, giving him a .920 OPS despite the poor batting average. Puig is expected to be the starter in right field, although he may end up in a timeshare with Andre Ethier. Thursday, 4:17 pm
  • Zobrist swats solo home run vs. Diamondbacks
    Ben Zobrist went 1-for-3 with a solo home run in Wednesday's Cactus League showdown with the Diamondbacks.

    Advice: Zobrist and Addison Russell went belly-to-belly with solo home runs off Taijuan Walker in the fourth inning. The dingers were the first spring shots for both players. For his part, Zobrist had to breathe just a little easier after socking that homer. He entered Wednesday's contest with a mere four hits in 21 at-bats. Wednesday, 10:01 pm
  • Steven Souza knocks in three against Orioles
    Steven Souza went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI against the Orioles on Tuesday.

    Advice: Souza's production has been pretty modest in his two years with the Rays and he's had trouble staying on the field as well, so there's little reason for the team to remain patient if he can't get off to a solid start this year. The right field job will be his alone on Opening Day, but he shouldn't be assured much after that. He's batting .292 with no homers and an 8/0 K/BB ratio in 24 at-bats this spring. Tuesday, 1:42 pm
  • Graveman gives up three runs vs. Reds
    Kendall Graveman surrendered three runs in 3 2/3 innings in Monday’s Cactus League start against the Reds.

    Advice: Graveman came into Monday’s outing with six scoreless frames (this includes an exhibition start against Italy) over his first three outings this spring. Brandon Dixon did all of the damage against him in this one, including a two-run homer in the fourth inning. Coming off a 4.11 ERA over 31 starts last season, Gravemen will need to strike out more batters to be an impact starter in standard mixed fantasy leagues. Monday, 3:33 pm
  • Jake Buchanan exits after taking comebacker
    Jake Buchanan exited an appearance Monday after being hit in the upper right arm with a comebacker.

    Advice: Buchanan is being called day-to-day and it sounds like there are no tests planned. He should be fine. Monday, 3:31 pm
  • Stephen Strasburg strikes out five Tigers
    Stephen Strasburg fanned five while allowing two runs in four innings Monday against the Tigers.

    Advice: Strasburg allowed three hits and walked none. Though he gave up a homer to J.D. Martinez, it was a far better effort than his last start, when he surrendered six runs in two innings versus the Cardinals. Mar 13, 2:11 pm
  • Ethier (hip, back) takes grounders at 1B
    Andre Ethier (hip) was able to take grounders at first base on Monday.

    Advice: That's a big step for the veteran outfielder, who's been bothered by hip and back discomfort for the last week. Ethier is aiming to return to Cactus League action within the next few days. He was 4-for-9 with six walks through six games this spring but has been absent from the Dodgers' lineup since March 6. Mar 13, 10:18 am
  • Ethier (hip) remains sidelined on Monday
    Andre Ethier (hip) remains sidelined Monday.

    Advice: The veteran outfielder is still having trouble with a hip spasm. He's also dealt with back discomfort this spring. These are minor injuries, but Ethier carries real health question marks after appearing in just 16 games for the Dodgers last season. Mar 13, 8:43 am
  • Cishek (hip) nearing full mound work
    Steve Cishek (hip) is 7-10 days from a full bullpen session.

    Advice: Cishek is ticketed for the 15-day disabled list to open the 2017 campaign, but it appears right now that he could be ready before the end of April. The setup man underwent offseason microfracture surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip. Mar 13, 8:25 am
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