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  • Masahiro Tanaka will start opener for Yankees
    Masahiro Tanaka has been named the Yankees' Opening Day starter.

    Advice: It's no surprise, of course. He'll be followed by CC Sabathia and Michael Pineda, with the other two spots in the rotation to be determined. Tanaka put up a 3.07 ERA across 31 starts for the Yankees last season. 11 minutes ago
  • Chris Stewart (groin) day-to-day
    Chris Stewart exited Friday's game against the Rays with a sore left groin.

    Advice: The Pirates are calling him day-to-day, so it doesn't sound like anything that might keep him from being available for Opening Day. Stewart will be the Bucs' backup catcher this season. 13 minutes ago
  • David Hernandez released by Giants
    Giants released RHP David Hernandez.

    Advice: Hernandez requested and was granted his released after being told he wasn't going to make the Opening Day roster. The veteran reliever posted a 4.76 ERA over six relief appearances this spring. He has struck out over a batter per inning during his career and shouldn't be out of a job long. 17 minutes ago
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  • Will Smith to undergo Tommy John surgery
    Will Smith will undergo Tommy John surgery on his left elbow next week.

    Advice: A pair of doctors recommended it, and Smith has decided to go under the knife now rather than risk a failed rehab attempt that could delay his start to 2018. Dr. Neal ElAttrache will perform the operation in Los Angeles. Smith is under team control through 2019. Today, 11:25 am
  • 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. Today, 10:32 am
  • Adam Rosales has minor shoulder injury
    Adam Rosales is dealing with a minor shoulder injury.

    Advice: As a result, he'll play in a minor league game Friday instead of a Cactus League action. Rosales should be fine. Today, 10:27 am
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  • Khris Davis is nursing minor quad injury
    Khris Davis will be held out of game action until at least Sunday because of a minor quad injury.

    Advice: It sounds like the Athletics are just being cautious with their slugger here. Davis is batting .250 this spring and has yet to homer after going deep 42 times in his first season in Oakland. Today, 10:25 am
  • Addison Russell scratched with stiff back
    Addison Russell was scratched from Friday's lineup due to a stiff back.

    Advice: It looks to be a day-to-day situation. Russell is batting .281 with five home runs this spring. Today, 10:20 am
  • Estrada expected to start Opening Day for TOR
    Sportsnet's Arash Madani reports that Marco Estrada is expected to be the Blue Jays' Opening Day starter.

    Advice: He'll be followed by J.A. Happ, Marcus Stroman, Francisco Liriano and Aaron Sanchez. Estrada has earned the Opening Day assignment after putting up a 3.30 ERA across 63 appearances -- 57 starts -- for the Blue Jays over the last two seasons. Today, 10:19 am
  • Seager (oblique) playing in minors game
    Corey Seager (oblique) will play seven innings in a minor league game Saturday.

    Advice: Seager got three at-bats in a minor league game Tuesday and played five innings in one Thursday, so he's slowly but surely upping his progression. It's possible he'll continue to be held out of Cactus League action just in case the Dodgers need to backdate a disabled list stint in the event of a setback. However, all signs are pointing to Seager being ready to go on Opening Day. Today, 10:11 am
  • Carlos Rodon to undergo MRI on tight biceps
    Carlos Rodon was scratched from Friday's start and will undergo an MRI due to tightness in his left biceps.

    Advice: Uh oh. The White Sox don't seem to think Rodon has any structural damage, but he's probably going to miss the first couple starts of the season, anyway. The left-hander was already being eased into things this spring as he was prepped for an increased workload in 2017, so he's not totally built up yet. Obviously, more will be known once the exam results are revealed. Today, 9:44 am
  • Jesse Winker optioned to Triple-A
    Reds optioned OF Jesse Winker to Triple-A Louisville.

    Advice: Winker has batted .273/.333/.409 with one home run over 44 at-bats during Cactus League play. He's one of the club's better position player prospects and will hope in 2017 to regain some of the pop he lost last season at Louisville (five homers). Today, 9:32 am
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  • A.J. Cole (triceps) resumes throwing
    A.J. Cole (triceps) threw a bullpen session Friday.

    Advice: Cole was shut down for a few days with triceps soreness. He should have time to get ready by Opening Day if he can avoid a setback, but Cole is set to begin the year in the minors. Today, 9:29 am
  • Griffin expected to be in Rangers' rotation
    Rangers manager Jeff Banister indicated Friday that A.J. Griffin is likely to be part of the team's rotation.

    Advice: Griffin probably had a spot before Andrew Cashner (biceps) got injured, and he was a virtual shoo-in after that. The right-hander holds a 6.48 ERA this spring and put up a 5.07 mark last season for Texas, but he also struck out 107 over 119 innings. Griffin is more of an AL-only than mixed league option in fantasy leagues. Today, 9:28 am
  • Smith's (elbow) bullpen 'surprisingly good'
    Red Sox manager John Farrell said Friday that Carson Smith's (elbow) first full bullpen session earlier this week was "surprisingly good."

    Advice: Smith has been throwing off a mound for a few weeks but earlier this week he threw his full arsenal of pitches at 100 percent effort. The Red Sox are hoping to add him to their bullpen in June after he completes his rehab from Tommy John surgery. Today, 8:49 am
  • Cardinals expected to go with Peralta at 3B
    Cardinals manager Mike Matheny indicated Friday that Jhonny Peralta will be the team's starting third baseman and Jedd Gyroko will be a utility infielder.

    Advice: It's been the expectation since the beginning of camp. It ultimately probably doesn't matter much which of the two is the "starter" at third base, as both Peralta and Gyorko are going to play a lot. Gyorko, who led the Cards with 30 homers last season, figures to handle second base versus lefties. Today, 8:31 am
  • Nimmo (hamstring) not close to playing
    Mets manager Terry Collins said Thursday that Brandon Nimmo (hamstring) is not close to returning to game action.

    Advice: Nimmo had a good shot at a bench spot going into spring training, but it's looking like he might be headed for the disabled list. It could open up a spot for Michael Conforto. Today, 8:25 am
  • McHugh (arm) unlikely to be ready by opener
    Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Friday that it's looking more and more likely that Collin McHugh (arm) will get a late start to the season.

    Advice: McHugh has been battling through a "dead arm" phase and hasn't made any Grapefruit League appearances this spring. He pitched in a minor league game Wednesday and is set to throw in another one Monday, so the Astros would be able to backdate a disabled list stint. The right-hander should be ready to rejoin the rotation sometime in April. Today, 8:21 am
  • Astros name Keuchel Opening Day starter
    Astros manager A.J. Hinch announced Friday that Dallas Keuchel will be the team's Opening Day starter.

    Advice: The only thing that would've prevented this is Keuchel showing up to camp with his shoulder still bothering him as it did last season. Instead, he's said he feels great and it's shown with a 1.50 ERA over three Grapefruit League outings. Keuchel should be in line for a bounce-back season if he can stay healthy. Today, 8:16 am
  • Berrios not expected to make Twins' rotation
    LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that the Twins will meet with Jose Berrios on Friday and there's a "good chance" they'll tell him he won't make the Opening Day roster.

    Advice: It sounds like Berrios playing for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic hurt his chances of cracking the rotation, as he didn't pitch much and still needs to build his endurance up. It's a discouraging development for a guy who has disappointed in his big league chances so far but who still holds plenty of upside. Berrios should get his opportunity in the rotation before long, though. Tyler Duffey, Justin Haley, Adalberto Mejia and Nick Tepesch look to be the last men standing in the competition for the final spot in the Twins' rotation. Mejia (1.88 ERA, 14/4 K/BB ratio over 14 1/3 innings) has had easily the best camp of the group. Today, 7:40 am
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