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Dinelson Lamet gives up one run over three 03-05-2018
Dinelson Lamet P SD
Dinelson Lamet allowed one run over three innings of work in Monday's outing against the Diamondbacks. Lamet issued a pair of walks, but he also struck out a couple and yielded two hits. The 25-year-old right-hander has surrendered three runs over his first five Cactus League innings. Lamet has issues against left-handed batters and with his control, but he boasts immense strikeout upside for fantasy owners.
Salazar (shoulder) to start season on DL 03-05-2018
Danny Salazar P CLE
Indians manager Terry Francona said Monday that Danny Salazar (shoulder) "is not going to be ready" for the beginning of the season.

Cleveland Plain Dealer
Salazar reported to camp with inflammation in his right rotator cuff. He's long-tossing from 90 feet and could begin throwing off a mound in a few days but simply doesn't have enough time to be built up to start at the beginning of the season. Salazar gets swings and misses with the best of them, but injuries and inconsistency have been major issues.
Clevinger to open season in Indians' rotation 03-05-2018
Mike Clevinger P CLE
Indians manager Terry Francona said Monday that Mike Clevinger will open the season in the team's rotation.

Cleveland Plain Dealer
Even after a terrific 2017, Clevinger looked to be on the outside looking in for the rotation going into spring training. However, Danny Salazar (shoulder) beginning the season on the disabled list has opened up a spot. "As we stand right now, he's going to be in the rotation," Francona said. "Danny is not going to be ready. We're looking for Clev to have a big year. He's strong, and he should be able to be that innings-eater type pitcher." Clevinger posted a 3.11 ERA with 137 strikeouts over 121 2/3 innings for the Tribe last season. He has control issues and will have to perform in order to keep his spot, but he holds plenty of upside for fantasy purposes. Josh Tomlin and Ryan Merritt are competing for the final spot in the rotation.
Chris Carter has retooled his swing 03-05-2018
Chris Carter 1B LAA
Chris Carter retooled his swing over the winter after watching video and is now attempting a more contact-oriented, less pull-heavy approach.

Orange County Register
Carter has been your prototypical all-or-nothing slugger in his career, but the lack of interest in him this offseason convinced the 31-year-old he needed to change. It's super early, but the new approach has led to a 5-for-14 start this spring with one home run and just three strikeouts. Martin Maldonado, who was teammates with Carter with the Brewers and now with the Angels, says Carter "looks way different now." It will be interesting to see whether Carter's changes stick, but he's going to need an injury or two before he gets a shot with the Angels.
Chris Owings to have super utility role 03-05-2018
Chris Owings SS ARZ
Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic writes that the Diamondbacks "seem to be preparing for (Chris Owings) to hold down a super-utility role."

Arizona Republic
The common feeling coming into spring training seemed to be that Owings would be the favorite to start at second base, but Piecoro says it will likely be Ketel Marte at second and Nick Ahmed at shortstop. Owings should still get a good amount of playing time with his ability to fill in all over the field, but this news obviously isn't great for his fantasy value.
Diamondbacks expected to start Ahmed at SS 03-05-2018
Nick Ahmed SS ARZ
Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic writes that the Diamondbacks "appear to be preparing for (Nick) Ahmed to get the bulk of the time at shortstop."

Arizona Republic
The D'Backs are saying publicly that both of their middle infield jobs are up for grabs, but Piecoro believes they've pretty much settled on Ahmed at shortstop and Ketel Marte at second base, with Chris Owings and Daniel Descalso operating as utility players. Ahmed is the worst hitter of the bunch with a career .226/.273/.345 batting line, but he's the club's best defensive option at shortstop.
Broxton drawing more interest than Santana 03-05-2018
Keon Broxton CF MLW
Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that Keon Broxton is drawing more trade interest from teams than Domingo Santana.

Tom Haudricourt on Twitter
Santana's name has been mentioned often as a potential trade piece, especially after the Brewers traded for Christian Yelich and signed Lorenzo Cain. However, Haudricourt hears that Broxton is the one clubs are asking about more because he's cheaper, has speed, can play center field and has an option remaining. Broxton is a career .226/.317/.422 hitter but was a 20/20 player last season, and his power/speed combo would make him interesting again in fantasy if he's dealt somewhere where he has an easier path to playing time.
Adam Eaton (knee) not close to game action 03-05-2018
Adam Eaton CF WAS
Nationals manager Dave Martinez indicated Monday that Adam Eaton (knee) isn't close to making his Grapefruit League debut.

Washington Post
Eaton has been going through drills and has hit all the checkpoints that the Nats have thrown at him so far as he comes back from ACL and meniscus surgery, but they're not ready to put him into game action yet. The goal remains to be ready for Opening Day, but Eaton obviously doesn't have a ton of time. If his recovery should drag past the opener, it would open up playing time for Brian Goodwin, Howie Kendrick and possibly Victor Robles.
Moncada scores three runs in tie with A's 03-05-2018
Yoan Moncada 2B CWS
Yoan Moncada finished 2-for-3 with a walk, a stolen base, and three runs scored Monday as the White Sox tied the Athletics 9-9 in Cactus League play. Moncada had been off to a sluggish start this spring, so it was good to see him get his bat and legs going in this one. The ultra-talented 22-year-old second baseman makes for a nice post-hype fantasy commodity for the 2018 campaign. He put up a .750 OPS with eight home runs and three stolen bases over 54 games in 2017.
Jed Lowrie hits first home run of the spring 03-05-2018
Jed Lowrie 2B OAK
Jed Lowrie hit his first home run of the spring in the Athletics' Cactus League tie with the White Sox on Monday. It was a fifth-inning two-run shot off right-hander Danny Farquhar. Lowrie quietly had a career year in 2017 and should carry some deep-league fantasy value this year as the No. 3 hitter in what could be a sneaky-good A's lineup.
Report: Astros place Anthony Gose on waivers 03-05-2018
Anthony Gose P HOU
Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports that the Astros have placed LHP/OF Anthony Gose on outright waivers.

Jake Kaplan on Twitter
The Rule 5 pick must be offered back to the Rangers if he clears waivers. Houston gave Gose a shot to continue his pitching experiment this spring but he really struggled in his lone Grapefruit League appearance.
A's Casilla blown up for five earned runs 03-05-2018
Santiago Casilla P OAK
Santiago Casilla was blown up for five earned runs over two-thirds of an inning Monday in a Cactus League appearance versus the White Sox. Matt Skole did the majority of the damage with a three-run homer, though Casilla also allowed three other hits in the appearance. The 37-year-old right-hander lost his closer job last season in Oakland and finished with a pedestrian 4.27 ERA in 59 innings. He figures to work in a lower-leverage middle relief gig this year.
Ian Happ stays hot as Cubs top Rockies 03-05-2018
Ian Happ 2B CHC
Ian Happ went 3-for-4 with a homer, two RBI, and two runs scored in the Cubs' 5-4 Cactus League win over the Rockies on Monday. Happ doubled and scored in the top of the first inning, hit a solo shot off new Rockies setup man Bryan Shaw in the top of the fourth, and added an RBI single against Mike Dunn in the top of the fifth. Happ is batting .471 with a 1.794 OPS through six games this spring. He's your early frontrunner for Cactus League MVP.
Blackmon hits first Cactus League home run 03-05-2018
Charlie Blackmon CF COL
Charlie Blackmon launched his first home run of the spring Monday in the Rockies' Cactus League loss to the Cubs. It was a two-run shot in the bottom of the first inning off Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks. Blackmon posted a career-high 37 home runs in 2017 and there is talk of him being moved closer to the heart of the Rockies' order in 2018. He amazingly racked up 104 RBI out of the leadoff spot last year.
Eric Young Jr. doubles, triples, steals base 03-05-2018
Eric Young Jr. LF LAA
Eric Young Jr. doubled, tripled, and stole a base in the Angels' 7-5 Cactus League win over the Reds on Monday. Young is in Angels camp this spring as a non-roster invitee and seems doubtful to crack the Opening Day roster, even if his Cactus League numbers are strong. Chris Young currently projects as an active fourth outfielder for Anaheim and Jabari Blash would appear to be ahead of Young on the team's depth chart.
Beltre goes 2-for-2 in Cactus League debut 03-05-2018
Adrian Beltre 3B TEX
Adrian Beltre finished 2-for-2 with a double in the Rangers' 5-4 Cactus League defeat of the Giants on Monday. It was the first live game of the spring for Beltre, but you wouldn't know it given how locked in he appeared. The veteran third baseman was highly productive last year when healthy, slashing .312/.383/.532 with 17 home runs and 71 RBI in 94 games.
Kemp slugs third Cactus League home run 03-05-2018
Matt Kemp LF LAD
Matt Kemp slugged his third home run of the spring Monday in the Dodgers' 8-1 Cactus League win over the Indians. It was a seventh-inning solo shot off left-hander Ryan Merritt. Kemp showed up to Dodgers camp this spring in impressive shape and he's batted .313 with a 1.228 OPS through six Cactus League games, but the veteran outfielder won't carry much fantasy upside as a fourth outfielder in Los Angeles.
Yonder Alonso hits RBI double vs. Dodgers 03-05-2018
Yonder Alonso 1B CLE
Yonder Alonso went 2-for-3 with an RBI double in the Indians' Cactus League loss to the Dodgers on Tuesday. Alonso is batting .357 with a 1.257 OPS in the early going this spring. He inked a two-year, $16 million free agent contract with the Indians in late December and is expected to serve as their primary first baseman in 2018.
Seager (elbow) a week away from playing SS 03-05-2018
Corey Seager SS LAD
Corey Seager (elbow) said Monday that he could make his Cactus League debut at shortstop "within the week."

Bill Plunkett on Twitter
Seager has been brought along slowly in the designated hitter spot this spring after his elbow injury in the second half last season, and he was also down for a few days with an illness. However, he's begun throwing to bases during drills and will be ready to field his position in game action soon. The Dodgers are confident that he'll be ready to roll come Opening Day.
Tyler Anderson yields two runs versus Cubs 03-05-2018
Tyler Anderson P COL
Tyler Anderson surrendered two earned runs over two-plus innings in a Cactus League start Monday versus the Cubs. Anderson issued three walks and gave up three hits, including an Anthony Rizzo leadoff homer in the top of the third that drove the 28-year-old left-hander from the game. Anderson has a 6.75 ERA through two appearances this spring, but he is locked into a spot near the top of the Rockies' rotation leading into the 2018 regular season. We're just not all that high on his fantasy potential.
Hendricks yields two runs in Cactus outing 03-05-2018
Kyle Hendricks P CHC
Kyle Hendricks yielded two earned runs over three innings Monday in a Cactus League start against the Rockies. Both runs came on a Charlie Blackmon homer in the bottom of the first inning. Hendricks settled in from there, striking out four batters and issuing zero walks. The 28-year-old right-hander boasts a 2.51 ERA and 8.0 K/9 in 329 2/3 innings over the last two seasons and should remain a high-level fantasy starter in 2018.
Ichiro Suzuki taking one more physical 03-05-2018
Ichiro Suzuki RF SEA
Ichiro Suzuki told Yahoo Sports' Jordan Schultz that he needs to take one more physical before his one-year contract with the Mariners becomes official.

Jordan Schultz on Twitter
He's in Seattle now undergoing the physical, so it sounds like the deal could become official soon. It's questionable how much Ichiro has left in the tank after batting just .255/.318/.332 with the Marlins last season, but it's undoubtedly a cool story with him headed back to Seattle. He turned 44 last October.
Sal Romano coughs up five earned vs. LAA 03-05-2018
Sal Romano P CIN
Sal Romano was thrashed for five earned runs over 3 1/3 innings Monday in a Cactus League start versus the Angels. Romano pitched fairly well in his first two Cactus League starts, but his spring ERA is now up to 4.50. The 24-year-old right-hander appears likely to open the 2018 regular season at Triple-A Louisville.
Heaney fans five batters over three shutout 03-05-2018
Andrew Heaney P LAA
Andrew Heaney struck out five batters over three shutout innings Monday in a Cactus League start against the Reds. Another fine Cactus League outing for Heaney, who has now worked five scoreless frames this spring. The 26-year-old left-hander has logged just six major league starts over the last two seasons because of injuries and he had a brutal 7.06 ERA over 21 2/3 innings in 2017, but he's still a highly-regarded talent and 2018 could be a big bounceback year for him if he can stay healthy. That'd be a terrific development for the Angels.
Lance McCullers gets eight outs in relief 03-05-2018
Lance McCullers P HOU
Lance McCullers came out of the pen to pitch 2 2/3 scoreless innings Monday in the Astros' 5-3 win over the Marlins. McCullers allowed one hit, walked two and struck out two. He's yet to allow a run in 4 2/3 innings this spring.
Dallas Keuchel gives up two runs to Marlins 03-05-2018
Dallas Keuchel P HOU
Making his spring debut, Dallas Keuchel gave up two runs in 1 2/3 innings against the Marlins. Oddly enough, the Astros chose to announce during the game today that Justin Verlander, not Keuchel, would start on Opening Day. It's not a surprising decision, but to announce it on the day that Keuchel is pitching was a weird choice. Keuchel, the 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner, had started on Opening Day the previous three years.
Mengden allows four runs vs. White Sox 03-05-2018
Daniel Mengden P OAK
Daniel Mengden surrendered four earned runs over 2 1/3 innings Monday in a rough Cactus League outing against the White Sox. Mengden walked two and gave up five hits, including a one-run double in the first inning and a two-run double in the third. The 25-year-old right-hander owns a 9.00 ERA three two Cactus League appearances this spring, though he should still have a leg up for an Opening Day rotation spot. He was impressive down the stretch in 2017.
Dillon Peters walks three in 1 1/3 03-05-2018
Dillon Peters P MIA
Dillon Peters walked three and gave up one run in 1 1/3 innings Monday against the Astros. Peters walked three of the six batters he faced in the first. It was curious how he was handled afterwards; the Marlins sent him back out for the second, only to pull him after a strikeout and a double. Peters had a strong spring debut against the Cardinals, but he's walked seven of the 13 batters he's faced his last two times out. He went into camp with a good chance of a rotation spot, but if he's wild again next time, he could quickly find himself out of the mix.
Jake Marisnick reaches twice, steals base 03-05-2018
Jake Marisnick CF HOU
Jake Marisnick singled, walked and stole a base Monday against the Marlins. Before going down with a fractured thumb in September, Marisnick was a nice player for the Astros last year, hitting .243/.319/.496 and playing quality defense in the outfield. It's unclear how things will shake out in left field for the team this year, but there is the opportunity for him to claim a chunk of playing time there. He can also start over Josh Reddick against lefties.
Blach goes 3 1/3 innings in Cactus League 03-05-2018
Ty Blach P SF
Ty Blach tossed 3 1/3 innings of one-run ball Monday in a Cactus League start against the Rangers. Blach gave up three singles in the bottom of the first, including a Willie Calhoun grounder to right field that scored Joey Gallo from second base. He did settle in after that, finishing with two strikeouts and zero walks. The 27-year-old left-hander appears locked into a spot in the Giants' rotation leading into the 2018 regular season, but he doesn't carry much fantasy upside.
Danny Santana goes 4-for-4, homers 03-05-2018
Danny Santana LF ATL
Danny Santana went 4-for-4 with a homer and a walk Monday to lead the Braves to a 7-5 win over the Pirates. Santana hit .203/.245/.357 in 143 at-bats after the Braves picked him up from the Twins last year. He was non-tendered in December, only to be re-signed to a minor league deal three weeks later. A bench spot is again a possibility for him, though he wasn't projected to get one going into the spring. He's in better shape now after starting 10-for-21 with three extra-base hits and two steals.
Moore shaky in second Cactus League start 03-05-2018
Matt Moore P TEX
Matt Moore yielded one run on two walks and a hit over 2 2/3 innings Monday in a Cactus League start against the Giants. Moore worked two shutout innings in his Cactus League debut last week against the White Sox, but he was a little more shaky on Monday. The 28-year-old left-hander is a poor fantasy bet for the 2018 season after registering a 5.52 ERA over 174 1/3 innings with the Giants in 2017. Texas acquired the former top prospect in December for a pair of minor league right-handers.
Drew Anderson optioned to Triple-A 03-05-2018
Drew Anderson P PHI
Phillies optioned RHP Drew Anderson to Triple-A Lehigh Valley; reassigned C Edgar Cabral and RHP JD Hammer to minor league camp. The Phils now have 60 players left in their big league camp. Anderson had a nice season between Double- and Triple-A in 2017 but struggled in his brief time with the big club.
Brandon McCarthy strong through 3 2/3 03-05-2018
Brandon McCarthy P ATL
Brandon McCarthy held the Pirates to one run in 3 2/3 innings in his start Monday. McCarthy pitched three scoreless frames before giving up a homer to Starling Marte in the fourth. He's allowed one run 6 2/3 innings to date.
Rich Hill goes three strong in Cactus start 03-05-2018
Rich Hill P LAD
Rich Hill threw three innings of one-run ball in a Cactus League start Monday versus the Indians. That one run came on a Yonder Alonso RBI double in the top of the first, after Yan Gomes reached on a hit-by-pitch. Hill then worked 1-2-3 innings in the second and third, striking out two of the final three batters he faced. He finished with four strikeouts in all. Hill is positioned to serve as the Dodgers' No. 2 starter this season behind Clayton Kershaw.
Sean Rodriguez hits third homer 03-05-2018
Sean Rodriguez RF PIT
Sean Rodriguez hit his third spring homer Monday against the Braves. Rodriguez is 5-for-13 overall. He'll likely see starts in left field against left-handers in addition to his reserve infield duties. It shouldn't result in much NL-only value.
Starling Marte goes 2-for-3, homers 03-05-2018
Starling Marte CF PIT
Starling Marte went 2-for-3 and homered against the Braves on Monday. Marte also swiped his fourth base in five games today. He might want to start saving those for the season,
Clevinger fans six over three hitless frames 03-05-2018
Mike Clevinger P CLE
Mike Clevinger struck out six batters over three hitless innings Monday in a Cactus League start against the Dodgers. There were a number of regulars in the Dodgers' lineup, including Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager, and Justin Turner, making Clevinger's performance all the more impressive. His only real mistake was a two-out walk to Trayce Thompson in the bottom of the third. Clevinger could grab the final spot in the Indians' Opening Day rotation if Danny Salazar (shoulder) isn't quite ready and the 27-year-old right-hander would carry considerable fantasy upside in that role.
Matt Harvey goes three scoreless in win 03-05-2018
Matt Harvey P NYM
Matt Harvey tossed three innings of shutout ball Monday in the Mets' 4-2 win over the Tigers. Harvey was up in the mid-90s today, and he seemed pleased while being interviewed afterwards. He ended up allowing two hits, walking one and striking out one. There hasn't been anything discouraging to come out of his spring so far, but we haven't seem a whole lot of reason for increased optimism, either.
Shane Greene perfect in inning 03-05-2018
Shane Greene P DET
Shane Greene struck out two in a perfect inning Monday against the Mets. Greene has pitched three innings in three appearances. In each of those, he allowed no hits and struck out two batters. He did walk two in his spring debut, but he's been perfect otherwise. Greene will likely serve as the Tigers' closer until someone makes a decent offer for him.
Brandon Nimmo hits second homer 03-05-2018
Brandon Nimmo RF NYM
Brandon Nimmo homered, walked and scored twice Monday against the Tigers. Nimmo making an early case to be the Mets' center fielder against righties. He's 7-for-18 with two homers, a triple and a double to date. If he does start, he'll likely occupy the leadoff spot, too.
Mike Mahtook goes 0-for-3 in loss 03-05-2018
Mikie Mahtook LF DET
Mikie Mahtook went 0-for-3 as the Tigers' No. 5 hitter Monday against the Mets. The assumption going into the spring was that Mahtook would hit first or second for the Tigers, but old-school manager Ron Gardenhire seems to prefer Leonys Martin and Jose Iglesias in those spots, even though Mahtook's .330 OBP last year was far better than what Martin (.232 in 128 AB) or Iglesias (.288) did. Hitting in the bottom half of the order will make Mahtook a lesser option in AL-only leagues.
Michael Fulmer (elbow) to start on Friday 03-05-2018
Michael Fulmer P DET
Michael Fulmer's (elbow) next Grapefruit League start is scheduled for Friday.

Chris McCosky on Twitter
Fulmer's outing on Sunday was scratched due to soreness in the back of his right elbow, but he and the Tigers are convinced that it's no big deal and it sounds like he'll only miss out on one turn. Still, if you have your fantasy draft soon it might be wise to exercise a little caution when considering using a pick on Fulmer.
Liriano (hamstring) ready for spring debut 03-05-2018
Francisco Liriano P DET
Francisco Liriano (hamstring) will make his Grapefruit League debut Tuesday.

Chris McCosky on Twitter
Liriano is a little behind schedule after tweaking his hamstring during a fielding drill last week, but he's got time to prepare for Opening Day. The veteran left-hander is competing with Daniel Norris for the final spot in the Tigers' rotation.
Rhys Hoskins hits second homer 03-05-2018
Rhys Hoskins LF PHI
Rhys Hoskins hit his second spring homer Monday in the Phillies' 4-3 win over the Twins. Hoskins is just 3-for-17, but he's making those hits count. It will be interesting to see if he can maintain a solid average in his first full season this year. As a rookie, he hit just .304 in August and .220 in September to come in at .259 in 50 games.
Vince Velasquez goes two scoreless 03-05-2018
Vince Velasquez P PHI
Vince Velasquez's second spring outing was better than his first, as he pitched two scoreless innings Monday against the Twins. It looked like he might come back out for a third, but he just threw some additional pitches in the bullpen instead. Velasquez allowed two hits, walked one and struck out three today. He gave up three runs in 1 2/3 innings against the Jays in his spring debut Wednesday.
Kyle Gibson goes three innings 03-05-2018
Kyle Gibson P MIN
Kyle Gibson yielded one run in three innings Monday versus the Phillies. He struck out two. The homer hit by Rhys Hoskins today accounted for the lone run Gibson has given up in five innings this spring. Gibson had a terrific spring last year, though that didn't stop him from going 0-4 with an 8.20 ERA in his first six regular-season starts. The Twins are hoping he pitches more like he did in the second half of last year.
Aaron Slegers gives up two runs 03-05-2018
Aaron Slegers P MIN
Aaron Slegers gave up two runs in two innings of relief work Monday against the Phillies. Slegers has given up three runs and struck out four in seven innings this spring. He's a long shot to claim a spot in the Twins' rotation, though he'll get a look at some point if he pitches as well in Triple-A as he did last year.
Robbie Grossman still hitless this spring 03-05-2018
Robbie Grossman DH MIN
Robbie Grossman went 0-for-3 on Monday and is 0-for-17 so far this spring. Grossman is expected to have a spot on the Twins roster, but he's no longer competing for a starting job now that Logan Morrison has been brought in to DH. He'll likely be a fixture against lefties, what with Morrison, Joe Mauer, Max Kepler and Eddie Rosario all needing the occasional day off against southpaws.
Tanner Roark goes four scoreless 03-05-2018
Tanner Roark P WAS
Tanner Roark pitched four scoreless innings and struck out three Monday against the Cardinals. Roark has allowed two unearned runs and three hits over eight innings this spring. He's fanned eight. Roark's strikeout rate spiked in the second half of last year as he went away from his sinker. He'll be a useful mixed-league starter if he can keep it up.
Andrew Stevenson homers for Nationals 03-05-2018
Andrew Stevenson CF WAS
Andrew Stevenson homered off Luke Weaver to give the Nationals their only run Monday against the Cardinals. It's a rare homer for Stevenson; the 2015 second-round pick out of LSU has hit just six in 2 1/2 seasons as a pro. He'll head back to Triple-A this season after a rather disappointing 2017 in which he hit .272/.326/.344 with 11 steals in 389 at-bats between Double- and Triple-A. He doesn't currently project as a future regular.
Astros name Verlander as Opening Day starter 03-05-2018
Justin Verlander P HOU
Astros manager A.J. Hinch has named Justin Verlander as the team's Opening Day starter.

Julia Morales on Twitter
He'll be followed by left-hander Dallas Keuchel in the opening series against the Rangers. It's hard to quibble with the plan. Verlander was dominant down the stretch after being acquired by the Astros last August and followed it up with an excellent postseason. He has largely reclaimed his fantasy ace status.
D-Backs sign Recker to minor league deal 03-05-2018
Anthony Recker C ARZ
Diamondbacks signed C Anthony Recker to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Zach Buchanan on Twitter
Recker, 34, is a .199/.283/.348 hitter over 206 games in the majors, most of them coming with the Mets. He'll provide some catching depth in the minors.
Murphy unlikely to be ready for season? 03-05-2018
Daniel Murphy 2B WAS
Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post writes that Daniel Murphy (knee) "seems unlikely to be ready for Opening Day."

Washington Post
The Nationals are taking things slow with Murphy as he works his way back from microfracture surgery on his right knee in October. He's still wearing a brace on the knee, though Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Monday that he has begun hitting off a tee and side toss. He's making progress, but obviously the clock is ticking and there's no sense in rushing him just to be ready for Opening Day. Howie Kendrick and Matt Reynolds would be the main fill-in options at second base.
Braves outright RHP Ravin to Triple-A 03-05-2018
Josh Ravin P ATL
Braves sent RHP Josh Ravin outright to Triple-A Gwinnett. The moves clears a spot for Ryan Schimpf on the 40-man roster. Ravin, 30, was acquired from the Dodgers over the winter after putting up a 6.48 ERA over 14 appearances in the majors in 2017.
Braves acquire INF Schimpf from Rays 03-05-2018
Ryan Schimpf 3B ATL
Braves acquired INF Ryan Schimpf from the Rays for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Schimpf was designated for assignment by the Rays over the weekend. The 29-year-old has a .195 batting average through 142 games in the majors, but he's also shown significant power with 34 home runs in 527 plate appearances. The rebuilding Braves will take a flier.
Report: Mariners, Ichiro close to reunion 03-05-2018
Ichiro Suzuki RF SEA
According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Mariners and Ichiro Suzuki are close to finalizing a one-year major league contract.

Bob Nightengale on Twitter
Ichiro is going home, sort of. The club could use some depth in their outfield, with Ben Gamel the latest going down due to an oblique injury. Suzuki, 44, batted just .255/.318/.332 in 136 games with the Marlins last season, but he's still capable of playing all over the outfield. And, well, he's beloved among Mariners fans. Suzuki has said he wants to play until he's 50, but this could be a fitting way to end his career.
Gurriel (hand) returns to Astros' camp 03-05-2018
Yulieski Gurriel 1B HOU
Yuli Gurriel (hand) returned to Astros' camp Monday and went through a light workout.
Gurriel required surgery last Wednesday to remove the hook of the hamate bone in his left hand. He's due to miss 5-6 weeks and will also serve a five-game suspension for his insensitive gesture to Yu Darvish during the World Series, so a return in mid-to-late April is likely.
Taylor scratched due to tightness in side 03-05-2018
Michael Taylor CF WAS
Michael A. Taylor was scratched from Monday's lineup due to what the Nationals are calling mild right side tightness.

Chelsea Janes on Twitter
Taylor missed about a month last year with a right oblique strain, so it's slightly concerning news. The Nationals could just be exercising caution given his history. Stay tuned.
Price throws in minor league game 03-05-2018
David Price P BOS
David Price threw 39 pitches over three innings in a minor league game on Monday.

Boston Herald
The Red Sox opted to have Price pitch in a controlled environment for his first outing of the spring. The southpaw allowed one run on four hits and no walks while striking out three, but the most important thing is that he felt good. Price was limited to 74 2/3 innings last season due to elbow issues, but there's huge bounceback potential if he can stay healthy.
Rondon will 'probably' pitch this weekend 03-05-2018
Hector Rondon P HOU
Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Monday that Hector Rondon will "probably" pitch again this weekend.

Hunter Atkins on Twitter
Rondon was hit hard in his lone appearance of the spring back on February 26. Hinch has continued to push back his timetable of when Rondon might pitch next, so perhaps there's some physical issue involved. Either way, it's not a great sign. The Astros gave Rondon a two-year, $8.5 million deal over the winter.
Taylor scratched from Monday's lineup 03-05-2018
Michael Taylor CF WAS
Michael A. Taylor was a late scratch from Monday's Grapefruit League lineup.

Chelsea Janes on Twitter
No word yet on the reason for the change. The Nationals should provide an update this afternoon.
Ellington diagnosed with biceps tendinitis 03-05-2018
Brian Ellington P MIA
Brian Ellington has been diagnosed with biceps tendinitis.

Clark Spencer on Twitter
Marlins manager Don Mattingly said Monday morning that Ellington would go for an MRI, but it wasn't deemed necessary. The Marlins are hopeful that rest will do the trick, though it's unclear how long he'll be shut down.
Nunez (hammy) hopes to return this month 03-05-2018
Renato Nunez 3B OAK
Renato Nunez (hamstring) hopes to return to game action by the end of the spring.

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Nunez suffered a strained left hamstring last weekend and is expected to begin a running progression soon. Athletics manager Bob Melvin indicated that he'd like him to at least see time at DH by the end of the spring, but it appears that a stint on the disabled list could be the way to go here.
Cardinals announce extension with SS DeJong 03-05-2018
Paul DeJong SS STL
Cardinals signed SS Paul DeJong to a six-year extension with club options for 2024 and 2025. Per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the deal is worth $26 million while Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that it could max out at more than $50 million if the options are picked up. The deal will take him through all of his arbitration seasons and potentially his first two years of free agency. It's a sign that the Cardinals believe in his rookie season. The 24-year-old was never considered a top prospect and utilizes an aggressive approach, but he hit .285 with 25 homers and an .857 OPS over 108 games in 2017.
Buehler could throw 140-150 IP in 2018 03-05-2018
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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Monday that it would be reasonable for prospect right-hander Walker Buehler to throw 140-150 innings this season.

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It would be a notable jump for Buehler, who threw 98 innings last year between the minors and the majors. He's thrown 103 innings total since being drafted, as he missed time with Tommy John surgery. The 23-year-old could be an option for the Dodgers' rotation this summer, though the club could have to be careful with him toward the end of the year.
Gamel out 4-6 weeks with oblique strain 03-05-2018
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Ben Gamel is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with an oblique strain.

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Gamel tweaked his side during a swing in the batting cage on Friday and will require an extended absence. The injury will likely keep him out through around mid-April. We could see the Mariners bring in some veteran insurance in the coming days.
Swarzak (calf) throws modified 'pen session 03-05-2018
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Anthony Swarzak (calf) said he felt "really good" after throwing a modified bullpen session on Monday.

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Swarzak threw 20 pitches to test his strained left calf. The offseason addition suffered the injury while trying to cover first base last week, but it sounds like he managed to avoid anything serious. As long as he doesn't have a setback, he should have time to get ready for Opening Day.
Buehler (back) to make spring debut Mon. 03-05-2018
Walker Buehler P LAD
Dodgers prospect Walker Buehler (back) is scheduled to make his spring debut on Monday.

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He'll be throwing an inning in a B-game against the White Sox. It will be his first time facing batters this spring. The top prospect got a late start on the spring after tweaking his back in January, but he should be fine for the start of the season. Buehler, 23, posted a 3.35 ERA and 125/31 K/BB ratio in 88 2/3 innings in the minors last season. He had a brief cameo with the big club down the stretch last year, but he has a chance to play a prominent role at some point in 2018.
Conforto (shoulder) to take overhand throws 03-05-2018
Michael Conforto CF NYM
Michael Conforto (shoulder) is expected to take overhand throws in the cage on Tuesday.

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It's another step forward for Conforto, who continues to rehab from surgery to repair a torn posterior capsule in his left shoulder. He's said to be ahead of schedule, but the Mets have no plans on rushing him. May 1 remains the target date for his return.
Hoffman hasn't had MRI on shoulder 03-05-2018
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Jeff Hoffman has not received an MRI on his throwing shoulder.

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Hoffman was scratched from Sunday's Cactus League appearance due to right shoulder soreness. He had his arm wrapped Monday morning, but he said that he doesn't think it's that serious. Assuming the pain subsides soon, Hoffman should try throwing again in the next few days.
Carpenter (back) could swing bat Tuesday 03-05-2018
Matt Carpenter 1B STL
Matt Carpenter (back) could swing a bat as early as Tuesday.

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Carpenter has yet to make his Grapefruit League debut due to some back tightness which sprung up near the start of camp, but he's said all along that he's not concerned. Barring any setbacks, there's still plenty of time for him to get ready for Opening Day.
Ellington likely to undergo MRI on shoulder 03-05-2018
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Marlins manager Don Mattingly said Monday that Brian Ellington will likely undergo an MRI on his throwing shoulder.

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Mattingly said that Ellington showed "red flags" during Sunday's outing, including wildness and diminished velocity. There should be more clarity on his status in the next couple of days. Ellington, 27, put up a rough 7.25 ERA in 42 appearances with the Marlins last season.
Cards, DeJong close to finalizing extension 03-05-2018
Paul DeJong SS STL
According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals are close to finalizing an extension with shortstop Paul DeJong.

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The belief is that a deal could be finalized as soon as Monday morning. No word yet on the terms involved, but we've seen the Cardinals do similar deal with young players in the past. DeJong is coming off a strong rookie season where he batted .285/.325/.532 with 25 homers and 65 RBI over 108 games.