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  • 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. Today, 3:35 pm
  • Update: Amarista says he's fine after HBP
    Alexi Amarista told the Denver Post's Patrick Saunders that he was fine after being plunked above the left elbow in Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Indians.

    Advice: Amarista was lifted from Wednesday's contest after being hit by a Boone Logan pitch. He was checked out in the clubhouse sans issue. The Rockies could opt to give him a day or two off from spring work if they feel that he needs a little extra rest, but as matters currently stand, he looks like he will be fine moving forward. Today, 3:22 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. There is no current timetable for his recovery, but Opening Day is looking like a longshot. 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. Today, 2:19 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. Today, 1:03 pm
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    Greg García StL - 2B,3B,SS
  • 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. Today, 1:01 pm
  • Travis (knee) set for Grapefruit debut Friday
    Devon Travis (knee) is slated to make his Grapefruit League debut on Friday.

    Advice: Travis, who is coming back from knee surgery, is slated to play five innings at second base. It's the natural next step for him after he has been playing in minor league games this week. Travis progressed a little slower than originally expected, but he's rounding into shape just in time for Opening Day. Today, 12:49 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. Today, 12:27 pm
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    Jurickson Profar Tex - 1B,2B,3B,SS,OF
  • 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. Today, 8:56 am
  • Angels option INF Cowart to Triple-A
    Angels optioned INF Caleb Cowart to Triple-A Salt Lake.

    Advice: Cowart, 24, owns a rough .176/.210/.267 batting line through his first 139 plate appearances in the majors. He has hit better in the minors over the last two years, though he's now being groomed more as a utility player rather than a regular. Yesterday, 11:00 am
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  • 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. Yesterday, 10:19 am
  • Calhoun homers Monday against Indians
    Dodgers prospect Willie Calhoun homered in his only at-bat in a 14-3 loss to the Indians on Monday.

    Advice: Calhoun may only have point guard height, but there's tremendous raw power in his left-handed bat. Calhoun also has quality hand-eye coordination, and the hit tool has a chance to be above-average as well. The concern with Calhoun is where he's going to play in the field, but if Calhoun keeps hitting, the Dodgers will find a way to get his bat into the lineup, perhaps as soon as this summer. Monday, 4:28 pm
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  • Carlos Asuaje optioned to Triple-A
    Padres optioned INF Carlos Asuaje to Triple-A El Paso.

    Advice: Asuaje is 8-for-39 at the plate this spring. He's rated by as the club's No. 20 prospect. Monday, 4:27 pm
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  • Marco Hernandez doubles twice for Red Sox
    Marco Hernandez doubled twice and scored twice Monday, raising his spring average to .415.

    Advice: Hernandez has done everything he possibly can to earn the final spot on the Red Sox bench. Still, even if he gets it, he's not going to play much at all, what with Brock Holt serving as the primary backup infielder. Monday, 1:39 pm
  • Hernan Perez drives in three vs. Giants
    Hernan Perez finished 2-for-4 with three RBI in the Brewers' 6-4 Cactus League victory over the Giants on Sunday.

    Advice: Perez hit a solo homer off Jeff Samardzija in the fourth inning and then added a two-run single against Samardzija in the fifth. Samardzija gave up six total runs on nine hits over just four innings. Perez, who's lined up for a super-utility role in 2017, got the start at second base on Sunday. Sunday, 4:13 pm
    Player Note
    Hernán Pérez Mil - 2B,3B,OF
  • Kipnis (shoulder) to miss another 4-5 weeks
    Jason Kipnis will be sidelined for another 4-5 weeks after a second opinion confirmed that he has inflammation in his right shoulder.

    Advice: The diagnosis doesn't appear to be any worse here, as we already knew Kipnis was nursing soreness in his rotator cuff. The 4-5 week timeline does give us a bit more clarity, though, and in all likelihood it appears Kipnis will at least miss all of April. The Indians are considering moving Jose Ramirez to second base and using Giovanny Urshela and/or Richie Shaffer at third. They could also simply install Michael Martinez and/or Erik Gonzalez at second base. Sunday, 10:27 am
  • Robinson Cano homers in loss to United States
    Robinson Cano had an RBI double and a solo home run in the Dominican Republic's World Baseball Classic loss to the United States on Saturday.

    Advice: Cano got the scoring going on an RBI double that followed a Brandon Crawford throwing error, and he came around to score on a Carlos Santana base knock to give the Dominicans an early 2-0 lead. The U.S. charged back with four runs in the middle innings, and Cano's solo blast in the seventh wasn't enough. After going undefeated in winning the 2013 World Baseball Classic, the Dominican Republic has been eliminated shy of this year's semifinals. Sunday, 5:26 am
  • Dozier goes 3-for-3 with a run scored Sat.
    Brian Dozier went 3-for-3 with a run scored in a loss to the Red Sox on Saturday.

    Advice: One of the hits was a double. Dozier hasn't played much yet this spring but seems to be rounding into form. He hit his first home yesterday and notched three hits today. The 29-year-old has improved his home run and RBI output every season of his career. That will be hard to do again this year as he will have to beat the 42 home runs he hit in 2016 to keep his streak going. In addition to the homers he batted .268 with 104 runs scored, 99 RBI and 18 stolen bases last year. Saturday, 3:46 pm
  • Turner goes 2-for-2 with a run scored Sat.
    Trea Turner went 2-for-2 with a walk and a run scored against the Astros on Saturday.

    Advice: It has been a rough start to the spring for last season's breakout rookie. He is batting just .229 with one homer and three stolen bases through 35 at-bats. Turner hit the ground running (literally) as a rookie in 2016. He batted .342/.370/.567 with 13 homers and 33 stolen bases in just 73 games. He is flying off fantasy draft boards in the first couple of rounds this month as owners eagerly anticipate what he might do in a full season. Saturday, 3:08 pm
    Player Note
    Trea Turner Was - 2B,OF
  • Logan Forsythe fine after hit by pitch Friday
    Logan Forsythe said Saturday that he's fine after taking a pitch off of his forearm on Friday.

    Advice: He was scheduled to receive a day off on Saturday, so his absence isn't injury-related. He's merely dealing with a bone bruise and should return to the lineup on Sunday. Saturday, 9:47 am
  • Baez swipes three as Puerto Rico advances
    Javier Baez went 1-for-3 and stole three bases as Puerto Rico defeated the United States 6-5 on Friday to advance to the next round of the World Baseball Classic.

    Advice: It's hard to believe that this guy isn't going to play everyday for the Cubs to begin the season. Baez delivered the last of the six consecutive singles to start the game for Puerto Rico then immediately swiped second and third base. He also made a couple of stellar defensive plays in the ballgame, showing why he's one of the most talented all around players in the game today. Friday, 10:35 pm
    Player Note
    Javier Báez ChC - 2B,3B,SS
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