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Matt Kemp homers in return to Dodgers 02-23-2018
Matt Kemp LF LAD
Matt Kemp went 2-for-2 with a three-run homer in the Dodgers' 13-5 victory over the White Sox to begin Cactus League play. Welcome back, Matt Kemp. The Dodgers reacquired the veteran outfielder in a swap of bad contracts with the Braves during the offseason. Most assumed the Dodgers wouldn't keep him around for long, but he's in the mix for playing time in left field and is clearly motivated to get back on track after being plagued with leg issues in 2017. He looks noticeably slimmer. Enrique Hernandez, another part of the left field competition, also went deep on Friday.
Thompson has two hits Friday vs. CHW 02-23-2018
Trayce Thompson CF LAD
Trayce Thompson went 2-for-3 with an RBI single and two runs scored Friday versus the White Sox. Thompson showed some promise early on in 2016 before suffering stress fractures in his back and struggled between the majors and the minors last season. The 26-year-old is out of options this spring, so the Dodgers would have to expose him to waivers if he doesn't make the Opening Day roster. He's yet another factor in a complicated outfield situation with the Dodgers.
Justin Turner homers in spring debut 02-23-2018
Justin Turner 3B LAD
Justin Turner slugged a solo homer, drew a walk, and scored two runs Friday against the White Sox. There could be some durability concerns with fantasy owners as Turner goes into his age-33 season, but he continues to get better as a hitter. In addition to posting a career-best .945 OPS (149 OPS+) in 2017, he was one of just five qualified hitters who had more walks than strikeouts. Joey Votto, Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon, and Anthony Rizzo were the others.
Anderson launches three-run homer Friday 02-23-2018
Tim Anderson SS CWS
Tim Anderson clubbed a three-run homer in Friday's Cactus League opener against the Dodgers. Anderson owns a flawed approach - with a scary 162/13 K/BB ratio last season - but he finally showed off his speed last September with nine steals. He amassed nine homers in 99 games as a rookie and 17 in 146 games last year, so he could be an interesting fantasy option if he can pick things up on the speed front over a full season. Getting on base more often would help. He has a lowly .289 on-base percentage over his first two seasons in the bigs.
Cain has two hits in return to Brewers 02-23-2018
Lorenzo Cain CF MLW
Lorenzo Cain finished 2-for-2 with a pair of singles as the split-squad Brewers defeated the Giants 6-5 on Friday. Originally drafted by the Brewers, Cain returned to Milwaukee over the winter on a five-year, $80 million contract. He batted third on Friday, but he's slated to serve as the regular leadoff hitter this season. It's a great situation for fantasy owners.
Villar singles, scores run Friday 02-23-2018
Jonathan Villar 2B MLW
Jonathan Villar went 1-for-3 with a run scored Friday against the Giants. Villar is hoping to rebound after disappointing with a .241/.293/.372 batting line over 122 games in 2017. First things first, he'll have to hold off Eric Sogard and Hernan Perez for the starting second base job.
Duggar has two-run double Friday vs. MIL 02-23-2018
Steven Duggar OF SF
Steven Duggar delivered a two-run double in Friday's Cactus League loss to the split-squad Brewers. It was part of a four-run second inning for the Giants, but they were unable to hold the lead. It got ugly, as they committed six errors. The Giants' center field situation is unsettled at the moment, but ideally Duggar would see more time in the minors. The 24-year-old missed time last season due to elbow and hip injuries and has only played 13 games at the Triple-A level. Austin Jackson, Gorkys Hernandez, Gregor Blanco, and Austin Slater are also being considered for center field duties.
Wilkerson starts spring with scoreless frame 02-23-2018
Aaron Wilkerson P MLW
Aaron Wilkerson struck out two batters in a scoreless inning of work in his spring debut Friday against the Giants. Wilkerson is in the hunt for one of the final two rotation spots, but it would likely take a heck of a spring and poor performance/injury from Brent Suter, Junior Guerra, Yovani Gallardo, and Brandon Woodruff in order to walk away with one. Acquired from the Red Sox in the Aaron Hill deal, the 28-year-old appeared in three games (two starts) with the Brewers last season and posted a 3.16 ERA and 143/36 K/BB ratio in 142 1/3 innings over 24 starts at the Double-A level. While they were impressive numbers, Wilkerson doesn't possess overpowering stuff.
Twins sign Aybar to minor league contract 02-23-2018
Erick Aybar SS SD
Twins signed SS Erick Aybar to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports the deal will pay him $1.25 million plus incentives if he makes the major league roster. He can opt out before the end of spring training. The 34-year-old spent last season batting .234/.300/.348 with seven homers, 22 RBI and 11 steals in 108 games with the Padres. The former Gold Glove winner will compete for a backup role with the Twins. Aybar may get a chance to fill in for Miguel Sano, who reported to camp out of shape and may also be subject to a disciplinary suspension.
J.D. Martinez still not officially w/ Red Sox 02-23-2018
J.D. Martinez DH BOS
Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports that the Red Sox' delayed introduction of J.D. Martinez could indicate a complication in his medical review.

NBC Sports Boston
Martinez's five-year, $110 million deal with the Red Sox was reported in the press on Monday but has still not been officially announced by the Red Sox. Drellich says an issue may have arisen in the team's medical-review process. He believes that even if this is true it is unlikely to nullify the agreement, although it could result in changes to the years or money involved. Red Sox manager Alex Cora couldn't say if Martinez was still in Fort Myers, where the Red Sox hold their spring training camp.
Miranda allows a run, two walks vs Padres 02-23-2018
Ariel Miranda P SEA
Ariel Miranda yielded one run on two hits in two innings as his team beat the Padres 3-2 on Friday. He surrendered an RBI single to Carlos Asuaje in the first inning. Miranda walked two batters and fanned one in his first action of the spring. He will need a strong performance in camp to earn a slot at the back of the Mariners' starting rotation. He went 8-7 with a 5.12 ERA in 29 starts and two relief appearances last year.
Kyle Seager goes 2-for-2 vs Padres 02-23-2018
Kyle Seager 3B SEA
Kyle Seager went 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI in a Cactus League win over the Padres on Friday. He laced an RBI double off starter Brett Kennedy in the first inning. The 30-year-old is solidly entrenched as the Mariners' starting third baseman after registering a .249 batting average with 27 home runs and 88 RBI a year ago.
Barnhart drills two-run bomb against Indians 02-23-2018
Tucker Barnhart C CIN
Tucker Barnhart cracked a two-run homer as the Reds beat the Indians 6-4 on Friday. He took reliever Dan Otero deep with a runner aboard in the third inning. Barnhart is set to be the Reds' primary catcher this year with veteran Devin Mesoraco serving as the backup.
Alonso cracks solo homer against Reds 02-23-2018
Yonder Alonso 1B CLE
Yonder Alonso belted a solo home run in Friday's spring training opener against the Reds. He took starter Sal Romano over the wall in his first at-bat in an Indians uniform. He joined the Tribe as a free agent following a breakout season with the Athletics and Mariners. Alonso slugged .266/.365/.501 with 28 homers and 67 RBI in 142 games last year.
Santana has nice start to spring 02-23-2018
Domingo Santana RF MLW
Domingo Santana went 2-for-2 with two doubles and a walk as the split-squad Brewers topped the Cubs 2-1 on Friday. It was a nice start to the spring for Santana, but barring an injury or a trade, he's likely to begin the season in a diminished role following the additions of Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain. The best outcome for all involved would be for Santana to be moved for a pitcher, but nothing has materialized as of yet.
Sogard has two-run triple in Brewers' win 02-23-2018
Eric Sogard 2B MLW
Eric Sogard had a two-run triple in Friday's Cactus League victory over the Cubs. It was the difference in the ballgame. There's a competition for second base this spring, with Sogard vying for playing time against Jonathan Villar and Hernan Perez. Sogard, 31, enjoyed his most productive season to date last year with a strong .273/.393/.378 batting line with more walks (45) than strikeouts (37) over 94 games. He wasn't nearly as productive as the year moved along - and Neil Walker eventually took over second base - but Sogard offers strong on-base ability. Villar is the more exiting fantasy option, but he had a .293 on-base percentage last season. Meanwhile, Perez owns a .283 career on-base percentage.
Suter works scoreless inning Friday 02-23-2018
Brent Suter P MLW
Brent Suter walked one batter over a scoreless inning of work Friday against the Cubs. Chase Anderson, Zach Davies, and Jhoulys Chacin are locked into rotation spots to begin the year, but there's a wide-open competition beyond that. Suter will be in that mix after posting a 3.42 ERA over 14 starts and eight relief appearances last season. He could also be an option for the bullpen. Junior Guerra, last year's Opening Day starter, also pitched a scoreless inning on Friday as he tries to state his case for the rotation. Yovani Gallardo, Brandon Woodruff, and Aaron Wilkerson are also in the mix. This competition likely won't be decided until late in the spring.
Schwarber draws walk, strikes out on Friday 02-23-2018
Kyle Schwarber LF CHC
Kyle Schwarber drew a walk and struck out in his two plate appearances Friday against the Brewers. It was reported in November that Schwarber was "on a mission" to "transform his body" and the early evidence from spring training suggests that he has. The 24-year-old delivered a .211/.315/.467 batting line last season, but he slugged 18 homers with a .903 OPS after returning from the minors in July. There's reason to be optimistic going into 2018.
Clevinger tosses scoreless frame vs Reds 02-23-2018
Mike Clevinger P CLE
Mike Clevinger drew the start versus the Reds on Friday and tossed a perfect inning on three pitches. He induced first-pitch flyouts from Billy Hamilton and Eugenio Suarez before getting Joey Votto to ground out to first base. Clevinger is battling Josh Tomlin and Danny Salazar for the last two slots in the Indians' starting rotation. The 27-year-old should have a leg up on the others after going 12-6 with a 3.11 ERA in 21 starts and six relief appearances last year. He struck out 137 batters in 121 2/3 innings.
Romano yields one run in two innings 02-23-2018
Sal Romano P CIN
Sal Romano went two innings and allowed one run while earning the win in his start against the Indians on Friday. He gave up a solo homer to first baseman Yonder Alonso but otherwise looked strong. He made it through two innings on just 10 pitches -- all of which were strikes. He fanned one and didn't issue a walk. Romano is part of an eight-man cage match battling for the last slot in the Reds' starting rotation. He made 16 starts as a rookie for the Reds last year, going 5-8 with a 4.45 ERA.
Jairo Labourt designated for assignment 02-23-2018
Jairo Labourt P DET
Tigers designated LHP Jairo Labourt for assignment. The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Francisco Liriano. Labourt put up some nice numbers last season in his first year as a full-time reliever and could draw some interest on waivers.
Siri hurts thumb, has wind knocked out of him 02-23-2018
Jose Siri CF CIN
Jose Siri had his left thumb bent back and got the wind knocked out of him when he collided with the outfield wall Friday, forcing him from the game.

C. Trent Rosecrans on Twitter
The incident didn't look good but it sounds like it could have been worse. The Reds are expected to know more on Siri's status later this weekend.
Louis Coleman inks minors deal with Tigers 02-23-2018
Louis Coleman P LAD
Tigers signed RHP Louis Coleman to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Chris Cotillo on Twitter
Coleman, 31, spent all of 2017 at the Triple-A level, posting a 2.25 ERA and 77/32 K/BB ratio over 64 relief innings. He boasts a career 3.51 ERA with over a strikeout per inning in the majors, although most of that success came a few years ago.
Jose Siri exits after crashing into wall 02-23-2018
Jose Siri CF CIN
Jose Siri departed Friday's game versus the Indians after crashing face-first into the outfield wall.

Mark Sheldon on Twitter
Siri was attempting a catch of what turned out to be a two-run triple for Richie Shaffer. The top prospect was down for a while but was able to walk off the field under his own power. The Reds should have more on his status later Friday.
Kevin Kiermaier knocks in two 02-23-2018
Kevin Kiermaier CF TB
Kevin Kiermaier singled in a pair of runs as the Rays bested the Pirates 6-3 on Friday. With Evan Longoria, Corey Dickerson and Steven Souza gone, Kiermaier is probably going to open up as the Rays' No. 3 hitter. That doesn't bode very well for the team's offense, but it will help Kiermaier's fantasy value some. He hit .276/.338/.450 with 15 homers and 16 steals in 380 at-bats last year.
Austin Meadows goes 3-for-3, doubles twice 02-23-2018
Austin Meadows CF PIT
Austin Meadows went 3-for-3 with two doubles, two RBI and a walk against the Rays on Friday. The Pirates might have liked to have transitioned directly from Andrew McCutchen to Meadows in their outfield, but that won't happen after Meadows disappointed with a .250/.311/.359 line in 72 games in Triple-A last year. He's also missed time with injuries the last two years. Still, Meadows is just 22 (23 in May) and he was very good in Double-A in 2016. He might hit his way to the majors in the second half of the season.
Bruce Maxwell (head) says he's fine 02-23-2018
Bruce Maxwell C OAK
Bruce Maxwell (head) said after Friday's game against the Angels that he was fine.

Julian McWilliams on Twitter
Maxwell was pulled after he was hit in the head by a backswing, but it appears he's not dealing with a concussion. He's slated to be the A's primary catcher this season.
Scott Van Slyke homers twice in win 02-23-2018
Scott Van-Slyke LF CIN
Scott Van Slyke hit two homers and knocked in five runs in leading the Marlins to a 6-4 win over the Cardinals on Friday. A useful lefty masher for the Dodgers a few years back, Van Slyke totaled just 143 at-bats and three homers in the majors the last two seasons. He has a better opportunity to contribute this year, as he could make the Marlins as a platoon partner for Derek Dietrich in left field.
Dillon Peters goes two scoreless in start 02-23-2018
Dillon Peters P MIA
Dillon Peters pitched two scoreless innings and struck out three Friday against the Cardinals. Peters should have a spot in the Marlins' rotation with a solid spring, and the ability is there for him to be of some use in NL-only leagues. The 25-year-old had a 5.17 ERA and a 27/19 K/BB ratio over 31 1/3 innings in six starts last year.
Michael Saunders signs on with Royals 02-23-2018
Michael Saunders RF TOR
Royals signed OF Michael Saunders to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Jeffrey Flanagan on Twitter
Saunders agreed to terms with the Pirates on a minor league deal this week and was even at their spring training complex earlier Friday. However, it appears he asked out of the agreement after they traded for Corey Dickerson. Saunders will probably have a better shot to make the Royals' Opening Day roster. He batted just .202/.256/.344 with six homers over 73 games for the Phillies and Blue Jays last season.
Jack Flaherty perfect for two innings 02-23-2018
Jack Flaherty P STL
Jack Flaherty was perfect for two innings Friday in his start versus the Marlins. Flaherty is sixth on the Cardinals' rotation depth chart, so it will probably take an injury to get him a spot in the majors at the beginning of the year. That's not such a bad thing, since he's just 21 and he struggled some last September. He could have fantasy value later on.
Jordan Schafer gives up five runs in loss 02-23-2018
Jordan Schafer CF MIN
Jordan Schafer gave up five runs in one-third of an inning Friday in a relief appearance against the Marlins. Schafer converted to the mound a year ago, only to hurt his elbow in the spring and miss the entire season. The Cardinals seemed impressed with his stuff as he returned to the mound this spring, but nothing worked for him today. He's destined for some minor league time at the start of the year.
Luke Voit reaches all three times up 02-23-2018
Luke Voit 1B STL
Luke Voit went 2-for-2 with a walk as the Cardinals' first baseman Friday. Voit held his own in 114 major league at-bats last year, hitting .246/.306/.430 with four homers. He's probably not a quality regular first baseman, but he's a nice insurance policy. Unfortunately, he's playing for a team in St. Louis that has a better one in Jose Martinez.
Zack Wheeler strikes out two in inning 02-23-2018
Zack Wheeler P NYM
Zack Wheeler pitched a scoreless inning, striking out two, in a start against the Braves on Friday. While most starters are penciled in for two innings in their debuts, Wheeler was slated for just one today. The Mets will tread carefully with him after he missed the end of last season with a stress reaction in his arm. He's not necessarily locked into the Mets' rotation after the Jason Vargas acquisition, but, most likely, there will be room for him if he shows he's healthy.
Tigers announce deal with Francisco Liriano 02-23-2018
Francisco Liriano P DET
Tigers signed LHP Francisco Liriano to a one-year, $4 million contract. The deal, which was first reported by Robert Murray of FanRag Sports, also contains a possible $1 million more in incentives. Liriano has posted an unsightly 5.05 ERA over the last two seasons and is now 34, but his velocity was fine in 2017 and the Tigers are risking little here on a modest one-year deal. He'll compete for a spot in the rotation.
Rio Ruiz fans three times versus Mets 02-23-2018
Rio Ruiz 3B ATL
Rio Ruiz, making a start at first base, struck out all three times up Friday against the Mets. The Braves are going to give Ruiz a look at first this spring, even though they have Freddie Freeman there and Johan Camargo at Ruiz's natural position at third. Increased versatility is never a bad thing, but at this point, it doesn't seem likely that Ruiz will hit enough to be very useful at third, much less first.
Aaron Slegers goes two scoreless in start 02-23-2018
Aaron Slegers P MIN
Aaron Slegers pitched a pair of hitless innings Friday in his start against the Red Sox. Slegers is in the mix for a spot in Minnesota's rotation after going 0-1 with a 6.46 ERA in three starts and one relief appearance down the stretch last year. He was 15-4 with a 3.40 ERA in Triple-A.
Maxwell exits after taking backswing to head 02-23-2018
Bruce Maxwell C OAK
Bruce Maxwell was lifted from Friday's game against the Angels after taking a backswing to the head.

Susan Slusser on Twitter
Maxwell was checked on by the trainer and eventually walked off the field slowly. The Athletics will likely put him through concussion tests and could have an update on the catcher later Friday.
Joe Biagini goes two scoreless in win 02-23-2018
Joe Biagini P TOR
Joe Biagini shut out the Phillies for two innings in the Blue Jays' 2-1 victory Friday. The Jaime Garcia signing means that Biagini is bullpen bound if everyone stays healthy, but the Jays will stretch him out for now, just in case. If he's in the pen, he'll serve as a setup man in front of Roberto Osuna.
Nick Pivetta gives up two runs in loss 02-23-2018
Nick Pivetta P PHI
Nick Pivetta surrendered two runs in two innings Friday in a loss to the Blue Jays. Pivetta should be a part of the Phillies' rotation if he turns in a strong spring. He ended up with a 6.02 ERA in 26 big-league starts last year, but the 140 strikeouts in 133 innings demonstrates that there's some potential here.
Curtis Granderson homers for Jays 02-23-2018
Curtis Granderson LF TOR
Curtis Granderson hit a leadoff homer off the Phillies' Nick Pivetta on Friday. Jays manager John Gibbons suggested before the game that he doesn't see Granderson as a leadoff hitter, even though Granderson seems to be the most obvious choice to occupy that spot against right-handers. Perhaps he'll reconsider as the spring goes along. There just aren't any prototypical leadoff men on the roster. Devon Travis could prove to be a nice fit up there, but at least against righties, he's not a better bet than Granderson from an OBP or slugging standpoint.
Nick Williams goes 2-for-2 versus Jays 02-23-2018
Nick Williams RF PHI
Nick Williams went 2-for-2 with a double against the Blue Jays on Friday. The most likely arrangement for the Phillies outfield right now has Williams and Aaron Altherr platooning in right, with Williams getting the starts against righties. We prefer Altherr, but Williams does deserve the shot after exceeding expectations in the majors last season.
Tommy Milone goes two scoreless 02-23-2018
Tommy Milone P NYM
Tommy Milone pitched two scoreless innings and struck out three Friday in his start against the Astros. A.J. Cole is the favorite to serve as the Nationals' fifth starter and we still wouldn't be surprised to see the team add a veteran for that gig, but if Cole falters and no one else is acquired, Milone would be a threat to win the job. Unfortunately, his recent history leaves much to be desired; he had a 7.63 ERA in eight starts and nine relief appearances for the Brewers and Mets last year.
Julio Urias (shoulder) placed on 60-day DL 02-23-2018
Julio Urias P LAD
Dodgers placed LHP Julio Urias on the 60-day disabled list with a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder. The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for waiver claim J.T. Chargois. Urias isn't expected to be ready to pitch until the second half after having shoulder surgery last June.
Carlos Rodon (shoulder) likely out until June 02-23-2018
Carlos Rodon P CWS
Carlos Rodon (shoulder) is not expected to make his season debut with the White Sox until June.

Daryl Van Schouwen on Twitter
Rodon had arthroscopic surgery on his pitching shoulder last September. He's begun a throwing program, but the White Sox will understandably proceed extra cautiously with their left-hander. Rodon didn't pitch for the White Sox last season until June because of a biceps ailment.
Luiz Gohara dealing with groin tightness 02-23-2018
Luiz Gohara P ATL
Luiz Gohara is nursing some groin tightness early on in spring training.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
It's unclear at this point when Gohara might be cleared for game action. The big left-hander is competing for a spot in the Braves' rotation after holding a 4.91 ERA and 31/8 K/BB ratio over 29 1/3 innings with the big club last season.
Ryder Jones to have MRI on hamstring 02-23-2018
Ryder Jones 3B SF
Ryder Jones will undergo an MRI after tweaking his right hamstring Thursday.

Henry Schulman on Twitter
Jones says the hamstring is already feeling better after he received treatment, but the Giants will be careful here. He's competing for a bench job.
Report: Tigers to sign Francisco Liriano 02-23-2018
Francisco Liriano P DET
Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports that the Tigers have signed Francisco Liriano to a one-year, $4 million contract.

Robert Murray on Twitter
Murray says Liriano can earn $1 million more in incentives and will compete for a spot in the Tigers' rotation. The left-hander held a 5.66 ERA for the Blue Jays and Astros last season in what was his second straight disappointing year. Liriano is now 34 and could be used in relief if he's unable to crack the rotation.
Dustin Fowler (knee) hoping for clearance 02-23-2018
Dustin Fowler CF OAK
Dustin Fowler (knee) is visiting his doctor in Chicago on Friday and hopes to be cleared for game action "soon thereafter," according to Athletics manager Bob Melvin.

Jane Lee on Twitter
Fowler ruptured his right patella tendon in his major league debut last June when he was with the Yankees, but his rehab has progressed without any bumps in the road to this point. The A's probably won't put too much on his plate this spring, but all signs point to him being ready for Opening Day and it's possible he'll win the center field job.
Cooper scratched with tight hamstring 02-23-2018
Garrett Cooper 1B MIA
Garrett Cooper was scratched from the Marlins' Grapefruit League lineup Friday due to right hamstring tightness.

Tim Healey on Twitter
It's not expected to keep Cooper out long. He's trying to win a bench job with the Marlins this spring.
Jose Pirela getting reps at second base 02-23-2018
Jose Pirela LF SD
Jose Pirela got reps at second base during drills Friday.

AJ Cassavell on Twitter
Pirela has mostly been an outfielder with the Padres, but he has plenty of experience at second base and other infield positions and is expected to play often at the keystone this spring. It's possible he could push for the starting job there if he proves to be proficient enough defensively. Pirela is also in the running for the left field job.
Yasiel Puig nursing hip soreness 02-23-2018
Yasiel Puig RF LAD
Yasiel Puig was scratched from Friday's Cactus League lineup due to hip soreness.

Ken Gurnick on Twitter
Puig was breaking in a new pair of cleats and it's believed that's what caused his hip soreness. He's expected to play Saturday.
Twins 'prefer' Lynn among remaining FA SP 02-23-2018
Lance Lynn P STL
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Twins "seem to prefer" Lance Lynn among the remaining free agent starting pitchers.
Heyman notes, however, that "there's still a gap in talks," with one Twins source telling him Lynn's asking price "hasn't moved much, or enough, to this point." Minnesota seems to be content with their rotation for now after adding Jake Odorizzi, but they aren't ruling out addition upgrades if the cost reaches a certain level. Of course, many clubs would figure to have interest in Lynn if his demands drop significantly.
Multiple teams interested in Tim Lincecum 02-23-2018
Tim Lincecum P LAA
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Dodgers, Padres, Giants and Rangers "are believed to have interest" in Tim Lincecum.
Grant Brisbee of SB Nation has reported that Lincecum has a guaranteed contract offer from one club, but it's unclear but it's unclear at this point which team it is (he did rule out the Giants). The two-time Cy Young winner didn't pitch anywhere in 2017 after posting a 9.16 ERA and 2.37 WHIP in nine starts with the Angels in 2016.
Ryan Raburn scratched with tight side 02-23-2018
Ryan Raburn LF WAS
Ryan Raburn was scratched from the Nationals' Grapefruit League lineup Friday due to left side tightness.

Mark Zuckerman on Twitter
The Nationals are calling the move precautionary, but you never want to mess around with a potential oblique injury this early in spring training. Raburn is in camp as a non-roster invitee.
Hamilton is Reds' leadoff man 'right now' 02-23-2018
Billy Hamilton CF CIN
Reds manager Bryan Price said Friday that Billy Hamilton is projected as the team's leadoff hitter "right now."

Mark Sheldon on Twitter
Price didn't commit to Hamilton always hitting at the top of the order, though, and noted that Jesse Winker is a possibility to bat leadoff when he's in the lineup. Hamilton is the fastest player in the game, but he is and always has been a poor fit for the leadoff spot because he simply doesn't get on base enough. He sported a .299 OBP in 2017 and has had an OBP over .300 in only one of his four full seasons.
Bobby Bradley lost 30 pounds over winter 02-23-2018
Bobby Bradley 1B CLE
Indians first base prospect Bobby Bradley lost 30 pounds over the offseason.

Paul Hoynes on Twitter
Ranked as the team's No. 3 prospect by, Bradley hit .251/.331/.465 with 23 home runs at the Double-A level last season. The 21-year-old will move up to Triple-A in 2018 and could conceivably push for playing time with the big club by the end of the season. "I told him not only is he knocking on the door because of where he plays, but we want to see him knock the door down," manager Terry Francona said.
Rob Segedin (wrist) nearly game-ready 02-23-2018
Rob Segedin 1B LAD
Rob Segedin (wrist) expects to be cleared for game action next Wednesday.

Ken Gurnick on Twitter
Segedin had surgery over the winter to fuse two bones in his right wrist. He'll compete for a bench job this spring.
Astros, White Sox possible suitors for CarGo 02-23-2018
Carlos Gonzalez RF COL
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Carlos Gonzalez is a "possibility" for the White Sox and that there's "been some contact" with the Astros, as well.
CarGo would provide the White Sox with a much-needed power bat either in a corner outfield spot and/or the designated hitter slot. Of course, Chicago probably isn't going to contend anytime soon and if CarGo gets a short-term deal it makes it a curious fit. The Astros could use Gonzalez in a corner spot and/or DH, as well, and would make more sense as a destination on a one-year "pillow" contract. The Orioles are one team that's been connected to Gonzalez, although they might move on after signing Colby Rasmus. The Rockies also haven't ruled out re-signing CarGo.
White Sox 'could be a fit' for Mike Moustakas 02-23-2018
Mike Moustakas 3B KC's Jon Morosi said on MLB Network Thursday that the White Sox "could be a fit" for Mike Moustakas.

MLB Network on Twitter
Morosi cautions that he's "not entirely sure how aggressively they are courting (Moustakas) right now" and also notes that general manager Rich Hahn told The Athletic this week that he's not really looking at any additions from outside the organization. However, Morosi was told by multiple executives that the White Sox "might be the most logical remaining fit" for Moustakas at this point. "Moose" hasn't been able to gain much traction in the market this offseason.
'No common ground' between Braves, Moose 02-23-2018
Mike Moustakas 3B KC
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Braves "have talked about" Mike Moustakas, but "so far there's no common ground."
The Braves could use a third baseman but likely only would want Moustakas on a short-term deal and so far the free agent doesn't appear willing to accept those terms. The market for Moustakas has been eerily quiet to this point, so he might not have a choice but to lower his demands.
Miguel Castro dealing with knee tendinitis 02-23-2018
Miguel Castro P BAL
Miguel Castro has been scratched from Sunday's scheduled Grapefruit League start due to tendinitis in both knees.

Roch Kubatko on Twitter
It doesn't seem to be anything the Orioles are overly concerned with at this point, but they won't rush the young right-hander back. Castro is currently lined up to compete for a spot in the Baltimore rotation, but he might wind up in the bullpen or at Triple-A Norfolk.
Jonathan Schoop nursing elbow bursitis 02-23-2018
Jonathan Schoop 2B BAL
Jonathan Schoop is dealing with bursitis in his left elbow.

Roch Kubatko on Twitter
Schoop banged the elbow on something and had to have it drained after it swelled up on him. He was scratched from Friday's lineup and the Orioles couldn't say for sure when he'll return to action, but it shouldn't be too long. It's the second baseman's non-throwing elbow.
Gerardo Parra has stitches removed 02-23-2018
Gerardo Parra LF COL
Gerardo Parra had the stitches removed from his surgically-repaired right hand.

Nick Groke on Twitter
He had the hamate bone removed from his right hand earlier this month. Parra will shag flies on Saturday and resume swinging a bat early next week. He hopes to be ready for all baseball activities in 10 days and for games about a week after that.
Marco Hernandez has setback with shoulder 02-23-2018
Marco Hernandez SS BOS
Marco Hernandez recently had a follow-up procedure to remove pins from his surgically-repaired left shoulder.

Pete Abraham on Twitter
The additional operation was required because Hernandez was dealing with some discomfort. He will be sidelined for the rest of spring training and will get a late start to the season. Hernandez had been in the running for a utility job.
Joe Palumbo (elbow) lands on 60-day DL 02-23-2018
Joe Palumbo P TEX
Rangers placed LHP Joe Palumbo on the 60-day disabled list with a torn right ulnar collateral ligament. The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for Jesse Chavez. Palumbo will miss the first couple months of the season while working his way back from Tommy John surgery.
Hunter Pence scratched with stiff neck 02-23-2018
Hunter Pence LF SF
Hunter Pence was scratched from Friday's Cactus League lineup with a stiff neck.

Alex Pavlovic on Twitter
He'll be fine, but there's no reason to rush the veteran outfielder. Pence will move to left field for the Giants this season.
Mike Kickham re-assigned to minors camp 02-23-2018
Mike Kickham P TEX
Marlins re-assigned LHP Mike Kickham and C Sharif Othman to minor league camp.

Joe Frisaro on Twitter
The early moves were made because both players are injured, as Kickham has left elbow inflammation and Othman has a dislocated left shoulder. Neither player was going to make the Opening Day roster even if they had been healthy.
Jonathan Schoop (elbow) scratched from lineup 02-23-2018
Jonathan Schoop 2B BAL
Jonathan Schoop was scratched from the Orioles' Grapefruit League lineup Friday with a left elbow injury.

Eduardo A. Encina on Twitter
Schoop was icing the elbow before the game but said he was fine. He surely will be, but the O's decided it was best to give him some rest. Luis Sardinas replaced him in the lineup.