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  • Valbuena sent for MRI on sore left hamstring
    Luis Valbuena has been sent for an MRI on his sore left hamstring.

    Advice: Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he's confident the injury is minor, but the club wants to make sure with Opening Day fast approaching. Valbuena left Wednesday's split-squad Cactus League game against the Rangers after experiencing some hamstring soreness. There should be an update on his status Friday. 43 minutes ago
  • 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
  • Chris Johnson hits two-run homer off Archer
    Chris Johnson went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's Grapefruit League showdown with the Rays.

    Advice: Johnson bopped a two-run home run off Chris Archer with one out in the fourth inning for his lone hit on the evening. The tater was his second of the spring. The Orioles signed him to a minor league contract in mid-February. He spent the 2016 season with the Marlins, when he saw 243 at-bats. In that space, the 32-year-old first baseman slashed a meager .222/.281/.329 with five homers and 24 RBI. There is no fantasy intrigue here. Yesterday, 5:52 pm
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  • Cuthbert paces Kansas City with two hits
    Cheslor Cuthbert led the Royals with two hits Wednesday in their Cactus League win over the Padres.

    Advice: Facing a barely-there Jered Weaver, Cuthbert ripped a two-run double in the first and later scored on a two-out single by Whit Merrifield. Later he connected on his first home run of the spring with a solo shot to left field in the sixth. Cuthbert became an everyday player after Mike Moustakas went down with a torn ACL last season, but this year he’ll be his backup. Yesterday, 5:08 pm
  • Luis Valbuena lifted with hamstring soreness
    Luis Valbuena was taken out of Wednesday's split-squad Cactus League game against the Rangers due to left hamstring soreness.

    Advice: Hamstring injuries -- especially at this time of the year -- are troublesome enough in their own right, but in the case of Valbuena, soreness could be of particular concern. The veteran first baseman underwent season-ending hamstring surgery last August. He will be reevaluated in the coming days. Should this injury force him to miss games at the start of the regular season, C.J. Cron would be in line to see additional playing time. Yesterday, 4:57 pm
  • Eduardo Nunez (shoulder) has cortisone shot
    Eduardo Nunez (shoulder) had a cortisone shot and is expected to be out for the next 2-3 days.

    Advice: Nunez has been bothered by right shoulder soreness throughout the spring. That has not alleviated yet. The 29-year-old infielder will take a little time to try to rest up before the final stretch run of spring training. Should this issue continue to linger, it could put Opening Day at risk. For now, rest. Yesterday, 4:09 pm
  • Maikel Franco goes 0-for-3 against Yankees
    Maikel Franco went 0-for-3 with a strikeout Wednesday against the Yankees.

    Advice: Franco started out great, hitting three homers in his first two games, but he's down to .208/.250/.453 for the spring. He's hit .156/.208/.244 in 45 at-bats this month. The Phillies seem to be leaning towards hitting Franco cleanup, but they could flip him and likely No. 6 hitter Tommy Joseph with no repercussions. Yesterday, 1:44 pm
  • Greg Garcia triples, doubles twice
    Greg Garcia tripled and doubled twice Wednesday in the win over the Nationals.

    Advice: The underappreciated Garcia has hit .261/.377/.366 in 303 major league at-bats, playing a perfectly solid shortstop in the process. He'd likely be an upgrade in a starting role for several teams, but on the Cardinals, he's going to continue to be treated as a sixth infielder. Yesterday, 1:03 pm
  • Matt Carpenter knocks in four runs
    Matt Carpenter went 2-for-3 with a triple and four RBI against the Nationals on Wednesday.

    Advice: Carpenter seems over the back soreness now, having played four of the last six days. He's 5-for-15 with a homer this spring. Yesterday, 1:01 pm
  • Profar to see some time in CF
    Rangers manager Jeff Banister said Wednesday that Jurickson Profar will see some game action in center field.

    Advice: Profar played there during the World Baseball Classic, so Banister wants to get a look at him. As of now, Profar figures to see most of his time in left field this season, but he's essentially in a utility role. Yesterday, 12:27 pm
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  • Matt Duffy to see doctor about heel
    Matt Duffy will travel to North Carolina on Thursday to see the doctor who did his heel surgery last September.

    Advice: Duffy has been stuck in neutral in his rehab in Rays' camp, so the hope is that the doctor doesn't see anything concerning and can readjust his plan to get him back on track. Either way, he's projected to begin the season on the disabled list. Yesterday, 12:07 pm
  • Brewers option INF Rivera to Triple-A
    Brewers optioned INF Yadiel Rivera to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

    Advice: Rivera enjoyed a nice spring, hitting .273/.324/.455 over 19 games, but the Brewers think he'd be better off playing regularly in Triple-A than serve as a bench player. He figures to make his way back to the majors at some point this year. Yesterday, 8:56 am
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  • Justin Turner goes 3-for-3 vs. Brewers
    Justin Turner finished 3-for-3 with a solo home run in the Dodgers' exhibition loss to the Brewers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Turner got a lubricating injection two weeks ago in his troublesome left knee, but he's looked plenty healthy lately. The veteran third baseman is now batting .412 with a 1.176 OPS through 43 plate appearances in this year's Cactus League. He has 12 RBI in 14 games. Tuesday, 4:35 pm
  • Hanser Alberto's shoulder is still sore
    Hanser Alberto is still experiencing soreness in his right shoulder when he throws.

    Advice: Alberto was cleared to resume throwing a few days ago but is still having issues. He'll be shut down again for the time being and his availability for Opening Day would seem to be in question. Tuesday, 1:28 pm
  • Yuli Gurriel homers, doubles in victory
    Yuli Gurriel homered and doubled Tuesday against the Marlins.

    Advice: The homer was his first in 42 at-bats this spring, and he also raised his average to .286. The Astros plan on making Gurriel their everyday first baseman this year, but they do have A.J. Reed ready to step in if Gurriel's bat disappoints. Most likely, Gurriel will prove pretty solid in the end. Tuesday, 1:00 pm
  • Schimpf (oblique) back in Tuesday's lineup
    Ryan Schimpf (oblique) is in Tuesday's Cactus League lineup.

    Advice: An oblique injury has kept Schimpf out of action for a couple of weeks, but he apparently felt fine after taking some at-bats in backfield games on Monday. Assuming no setbacks, he should see the bulk of the time at second base to begin the season. The soon-to-be 29-year-old slugged 20 homers with an .869 OPS over 89 games as a rookie last season. Tuesday, 10:19 am
  • Duffy (heel) return up in the air
    Rays manager Kevin Cash said Tuesday that there's no target date for Matt Duffy (heel) to get into games.

    Advice: Cash told Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that Duffy is still "status quo" in strengthening as he makes his way back from last September's Achilles surgery. He could go see his doctor for a follow-up and might try a different rehab program, so a timetable is up in the air right now. He's expected to begin the year on the DL. Tuesday, 8:15 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
  • Franco crushes grand slam vs Pirates Sat.
    Maikel Franco swatted a grand slam in a Grapefruit League loss to the Pirates on Saturday.

    Advice: It was his only hit in five chances. He is now batting .213 with four home runs and 12 RBI in 47 at-bats. Last year Franco hit .255/.306/.427 with 25 home runs and 88 RBI in 152 games. He is still only 24 years old despite entering his fourth season in the major leagues. Saturday, 2:22 pm
  • Ryan Schimpf taking batting practice Friday
    Ryan Schimpf (oblique) is scheduled to take batting practice on Friday.

    Advice: Both he and teammate Manuel Margot, who are each inching closer to returning to Cactus League action, are expected to hit on Friday. Schimpf is battling lingering soreness in his oblique and is hoping to be cleared for game action by the end of next week. Friday, 4:51 pm
  • Hanser Alberto cleared to resume throwing
    Hanser Alberto (shoulder) has been cleared to resume throwing.

    Advice: Alberto was shut down for a couple of days earlier in the sweet due to a bout of shoulder soreness. He's expected to be ready for game action by the start of next week. Friday, 3:58 pm
  • Matt Carpenter returns to Grapefruit League
    Matt Carpenter is in the Cardinals starting lineup and playing first base for Friday's Grapefruit League showdown against the Mets.

    Advice: Carpenter was held out of action, and had to miss the World Baseball Classic, due to a back injury. He said Thursday that he now feels "100 percent" and barring any setbacks he shouldn't have any trouble being ready for the start of the regular season. Friday, 5:11 am
  • Matt Carpenter (back) says he feels '100%'
    Matt Carpenter (back) says he feels "100 percent" and will return to Grapefruit League action Friday.

    Advice: Carpenter has been kept away from strenuous activity for nearly two weeks because of a back injury, and he also had to pull out of the World Baseball Classic. But the 31-year-old first baseman has ample time now to prepare himself for the opening of the 2017 regular season and he makes for a safe early-round pick in fantasy drafts. Thursday, 5:49 am
  • Valbuena (leg) back in Wednesday's lineup
    Luis Valbuena (leg) is back in Wednesday's Cactus League lineup.

    Advice: Valbuena has been nursing some soreness in his left leg recently, but he's finally ready to return to action. If healthy, he should see a good amount of time at first base this season. Wednesday, 9:06 am
  • Turner has RBI double vs. Angels
    Justin Turner went 1-for-3 with an RBI double in Monday’s Cactus League game against the Angels.

    Advice: Turner has now hit safely in all three games since receiving a preventative lubricating injection in his sore left knee last week. There’s no reason for concern here as we approach the start of the season. Monday, 4:19 pm
  • Hanser Alberto to sit out with sore shoulder
    Hanser Alberto will be shut down for a few days due to right shoulder soreness.

    Advice: Alberto has been extra active in Rangers camp because of Rougned Odor, Jurickson Profar and Elvis Andrus being away participating in the World Baseball Classic, and it's possible his shoulder got a little overworked. The hope is that he'll be ready to go later this week. Monday, 1:39 pm
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