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Tomlinson collects two hits and a steal 03-08-2018
Kelby Tomlinson 2B SF
Kelby Tomlinson chipped in with two hits Thursday in the Giants' Cactus League win over the Mariners. He singled twice and scored on Trevor Brown's RBI double in the seventh inning while also adding a stolen base. He played the first seven innings at shortstop before handing the reins to Orlando Calixte. Wednesday's performance raised Tomlinson's spring average from .167 to .238. The 27-year-old is a useful utility player for the Giants but doesn't offer much in the way of fantasy value.
Johnny Cueto works three scoreless frames 03-08-2018
Johnny Cueto P SF
Johnny Cueto spun three scoreless innings Thursday in the Giants' Cactus League win over the Mariners. He notched five strikeouts while allowing just two hits. Cueto set down the first eight hitters he faced before running into trouble in the third inning. The right-hander allowed singles to John Andreoli and Guillermo Heredia in the third but Andrew Romine's lineout ended the threat. So far Cueto has pitched to a 3.60 ERA over two Cactus League appearances. He's locked in as the Giants' No. 2 starter behind Madison Bumgarner.
Tomlin notches four strikeouts versus Dodgers 03-08-2018
Josh Tomlin P CLE
Josh Tomlin scattered three hits and one run over 3 1/3 innings Thursday in the Indians' Cactus League win over the Dodgers. He struck out four and walked two. Tomlin served up a solo home run to Cody Bellinger in the second inning but otherwise kept the damage to a minimum. This was Tomlin's best performance of the spring after posting a dismal 11.25 ERA in his previous two starts. With Danny Salazar (shoulder) injured, Tomlin should open the year in Cleveland's starting rotation.
Bellinger delivers first Cactus League homer 03-08-2018
Cody Bellinger CF LAD
Cody Bellinger connected on his first home run of the spring Thursday in the Dodgers' Cactus League loss to the Indians. Bellinger took Josh Tomlin deep to lead off the second inning. He walked and grounded out in his other two plate appearances before ceding first-base duties to Edwin Rios. Bellinger led the Dodgers with 39 homers last season en route to winning NL Rookie of the Year but struggled in the playoffs with 29 strikeouts in 64 postseason at-bats.
Wood goes four scoreless versus Cleveland 03-08-2018
Alex Wood P LAD
Alex Wood let up two hits over four shutout innings Thursday in the Dodgers' Cactus League loss to the Indians. He logged five punch-outs and didn't walk anyone. Wood retired eight batters in a row at one point in what was easily his best outing of the spring. Coming off an All-Star season in 2017, Wood may be slightly undervalued at his current ninth-round ADP.
Boxberger (arm) returns to action Thursday 03-08-2018
Brad Boxberger P ARZ
Brad Boxberger (arm) returned to game action Thursday against the Brewers.

Nick Piecoro on Twitter
He tossed a scoreless inning as the D'Backs rolled to an 11-6 victory. Thursday marked Boxberger's first Cactus League appearance since February 23. Boxberger had been sidelined due to arm soreness but didn't show any lingering effects Thursday, sitting between 91-93 mph on his fastball. He's slated for a setup role ahead of closer Archie Bradley.
Jose Bautista not considering retirement 03-08-2018
Jose Bautista LF NYM
Free agent Jose Bautista said he is not considering retirement.

Yahoo Sports
This contradicts a report from FanRag Sports that suggested the 37-year-old was thinking of calling it quits. "Right now I'm just considering my options, and it depends on two criteria," Bautista told Yahoo Sports. "That's winning and making sure that my family's in a good situation." Joey Bats struggled to a .203 average with 170 strikeouts last season but still managed 23 homers. The Rays showed some interested in Bautista early in free agency but obviously nothing came of it.
Royals to bring back Moustakas on 1-year deal 03-08-2018
Mike Moustakas 3B KC
Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports the Royals have reached a one-year, $6.5 million deal with 3B Mike Moustakas.

Jeff Passan on Twitter
The deal is still pending a physical. Moustakas will earn a $5.5 million base salary with another $2.2 million available in performance bonuses. The contract also includes a mutual second-year option for $15 million or a $1 million buyout. If the option gets picked up, it would bring the deal's total value to $22.7 million. Moustakas probably regrets turning down Kansas City's qualifying offer, which would have paid him $17.4 million for 2018. It's been an eventful winter for the Royals, who lost Eric Hosmer and Lorenzo Cain in free agency but were able to retain Moustakas and Alcides Escobar while also adding Lucas Duda and Jon Jay. The former second overall pick led the Royals with a career-best 38 homers last season.
Rockies close to re-signing Carlos Gonzalez 03-08-2018
Carlos Gonzalez RF COL
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports the Rockies are close to re-signing free agent Carlos Gonzalez.

Jon Heyman on Twitter
Report: Royals make offer to Mike Moustakas 03-08-2018
Mike Moustakas 3B KC's Jeffrey Flanagan reports the Royals are "working toward an agreement" with free agent Mike Moustakas.

Jeffrey Flanagan on Twitter
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports confirms that an offer has been made while Flanagan believes the Royals are looking to bring Moustakas back on a one-year deal. Nothing is official and Moustakas would still have to pass a physical but it certainly looks like the sides are moving toward a reunion. If a deal gets done, Moustakas will slide back in at third base with Cheslor Cuthbert returning to a utility role.
Report: Royals talking to Mike Moustakas 03-08-2018
Mike Moustakas 3B KC
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports the Royals are "back talking" with free agent Mike Moustakas.

FanRag Sports
Felix Hernandez (arm) throws on flat ground 03-08-2018
Felix Hernandez P SEA
Felix Hernandez (arm) threw again on Thursday.

Larry Stone on Twitter
He made about 40 throws on flat ground while increasing his distance by 30-40 feet. Pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr. was pleased with how the session went, noting that Hernandez looked "freer and easier" than he had previously. King Felix took a line drive off his arm in Monday's start against the Cubs but shouldn't miss much time.
Rockies still open to bringing back CarGo 03-08-2018
Carlos Gonzalez RF COL
According to's Manny Randhawa, a reunion between the Rockies and free agent Carlos Gonzalez "remains possible."
For now, the Rockies are set with Ian Desmond, Charlie Blackmon and Gerardo Parra as their starting outfielders, but they'd be open to bringing back Gonzalez if injuries arise. The Rockies have also considered reuniting with Mark Reynolds, who slugged 30 home runs last season. CarGo struggled to a .262 average in 2017 but finished the year on a high note by batting .377 with six homers and 16 RBI in September.
Stephen Vogt says his shoulder is 'pain-free' 03-08-2018
Stephen Vogt C MLW
Stephen Vogt said his shoulder was "pain-free" during Thursday's throwing session.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Yesterday, we started doing a little bit and it was still very sore," said Vogt. "Then today, no pain. So, it was a step in the right direction." Vogt served as the DH in Thursday's Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks but is still about a week away from catching. Manager Craig Counsell is confident Vogt will be ready for Opening Day, as are we.
Souza cranks homer for Arizona in loss 03-08-2018
Steven Souza Jr. RF ARZ
Steven Souza went 2-for-3 and hit his first homer of the spring in an 11-6 loss to the Brewers on Thursday in the Cactus League. The homer was off of Chase Anderson, and it was a solo shot in the fourth inning. Acquired in the three-team deal that sent Brandon Drury to the Yankees and prospects to the Rays, Souza had his best fantasy season in 2017; hitting 30 homers and stealing 16 bases for Tampa Bay. He struggled down the stretch, but the 28-year-old outfielder certainly has talent, and could put up similar numbers in Chase Field in 2018.
Pina homers twice in 11-6 win over Brewers 03-08-2018
Manny Pina C MLW
Manny Pina homered twice and drove in four runs in an 11-6 Cactus League victory over the Brewers on Thursday. Pina homered in the second inning off of Diamondbacks' starter Braden Shipley, and he homered again off of Silvino Bracho in the fifth. The 30-year-old backstop is off to a strong start in Arizona with the bat as he tries to win the starting catcher job, but he has much more value with the glove than the bat. That glove won't help you in fantasy baseball, so Pina isn't worth a roster spot even if he becomes the everyday catcher for Milwaukee in 2018.
Justus Sheffield demoted to minor league camp 03-08-2018
Justus Sheffield P NYY
Yankees reassigned LHP Justus Sheffield to minor league camp.

New York Yankees PR on Twitter
RHP Cale Coshow, RHP Raynel Espinal, LHP Trevor Lane, C Chace Numata and RHP Dillon Tate have also been sent down. Sheffield struggled in his stint with the big club this spring, logging an 11.81 ERA over three Grapefruit League appearances. A first-round pick of the Indians in 2014, Sheffield is's No. 48 prospect.
Galvis hits first homer in Padres' uniform 03-08-2018
Freddy Galvis SS SD
Freddy Galvis hit his first home run in a San Diego uniform in a loss to the Cubs in the Cactus League on Thursday. The blast was a solo shot off of Mike Montgomery in the sixth inning. Acquired by the Phillies for Enyel De Los Santos in December, Galvis is much better with the glove than he is with the stick. Having said that, he has hit 32 homers and stolen 31 bases over the past two seasons, so he's not completely bereft of offensive ability. He probably can be avoided in most formats, but a shortstop that gives you 15 homers and 15 steals might make up for the low batting average.
Russell drives in two in win over Padres 03-08-2018
Addison Russell SS CHC
Addison Russell smashed two singles and drove in two runs in a 10-4 victory over the Padres on Thursday in the Cactus League. Russell, 24, is now hitting .353 after the two singles against the Padres in Arizona. There have been flashes of brilliance from Russell since he became an everyday player, but those flashes have come with plenty of frustration. Still, this is one of the more talented shortstops in baseball, and sooner or later, you get the feeling that he's going to put it all together at the plate. It's just not easy to trust that 2018 will be that season.
Soler swats fourth homer of the spring in win 03-08-2018
Jorge Soler RF KC
Jorge Soler blasted his fourth homer of the spring on Thursday in an easy victory over the White Sox on Thursday in the Cactus League. Soler's bomb was a solo shot off of Michael Kopech in the top of the third inning. The former Cubs prospect is crushing the baseball so far; a good sign as he's battling for a spot in the Kansas City lineup. Consistency has been an issue for Soler -- as have injuries -- but considering he's only recently turned 26 -- there's still reason for cautious optimism in his fantasy prospects.
Merrifield doubles and triples in rout of Sox 03-08-2018
Whit Merrifield 2B KC
Whit Merrifield doubled and tripled while driving in two runs in a 12-0 rout of the White Sox on Thursday in the Cactus League. Merrifield has crushed Cactus League pitching this spring. While the sample size is small, it's nice to see after his breakout season for the Royals in 2017. There aren't many fantasy relevant players in the Kansas City lineup this season, but Merrifield is one of them. He should be one of the better second baseman in the American League in 2018.
Andrelton Simmons (shoulder) headed for MRI 03-08-2018
Andrelton Simmons SS LAA
Andrelton Simmons left Thursday's Cactus League game against the Athletics with a strained left shoulder.

Jeff Fletcher on Twitter
He'll head for an MRI later tonight, though manager Mike Scioscia said it's just precautionary. Simmons set career-highs in hits (164), RBI (69), doubles (38), runs scored (77) and steals (19) last year while providing his usual stellar glove work at shortstop. Zack Cozart, who is slated to start at third base, could see reps at shortstop if Simmons' absence stretches into the regular season.
Semien has two hits in 7-3 win over Halos 03-08-2018
Marcus Semien SS OAK
Marcus Semien went 2-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI in a 7-3 victory over the Angels in the Cactus League on Thursday. Semien is off to a strong start in the Cactus League, and his batting average is now at .500 in Arizona. Injuries limited the shortstop to just 85 games last year, but the shortstop has shown quality power -- particularly for the position he plays -- and also will give you 10-to-12 steals without being caught much. You can do better than this, but because of the power/speed combo, you can certainly do a lot worse.
Javier Baez doesn't expect to miss any time 03-08-2018
Javier Baez 2B CHC
Javier Baez doesn't expect to miss any time after leaving Thursday's Cactus League game against the Padres with left hamstring tightness.

Bruce Levine on Twitter
He claims his hamstring injury was just a cramp and attributed it to not drinking enough water. Baez has a scheduled off day on Friday but fully expects to be in the lineup Saturday against the White Sox. The 25-year-old sports a .312 average with four RBI over 16 at-bats this spring.
Andrew Knapp doubles twice for Phillies 03-08-2018
Andrew Knapp C PHI
Andrew Knapp doubled twice and scored twice Thursday as the Phillies came from behind to beat the Yankees 7-6 on Thursday. With Jason Alfaro out of options and a lock for the roster, Knapp is competing with Cameron Rupp for one spot on the Phillies. There's a good chance that both are better players than Alfaro, but that doesn't count for anything right now. Knapp seemed like the underdog for a spot going in, but he has an .882 OPS through 13 at-bats, while Rupp is at .393.
Ben Lively gives up three runs to Yankees 03-08-2018
Ben Lively P PHI
Ben Lively gave up three runs in four innings Thursday against the Yankees. Lively had his first off day of the spring after going five scoreless in his first two starts. It still wasn't all that bad of an outing for him, given that he was facing an excellent lineup that included seven regulars. He's still well position for a spot in the Phillies' rotation.
Luis Severino goes 3 1/3 innings in debut 03-08-2018
Luis Severino P NYY
Luis Severino held the Phillies to an unearned run over 3 1/3 innings in his start Thursday. It was the first official outing of the spring for Severino, but he was plenty sharp today, throwing 34 of his 51 pitches for strikes.
Didi Gregorius hits first homer 03-08-2018
Didi Gregorius SS NYY
Didi Gregorius delivered his first homer of the spring Thursday off the Phillies' Ben Lively. Gregorius is 6-for-16 through seven games. It will be interesting to see if he's able to maintain last year's power numbers this season, considering that his exit velocity statistics are so thoroughly unimpressive. He has a chance to remain quite valuable for fantasy purposes if he stays in the middle of the Yankees order, but we're guessing he'll disappoint.
Ichiro to see increased time with Gamel out 03-08-2018
Ichiro Suzuki LF SEA
Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto expects Ichiro Suzuki to play 4-6 days a week during Ben Gamel's absence.
Gamel is battling a strained oblique and could miss up to two months. Suzuki figures to see most of his time in left field but could move to right in a pinch if Mitch Haniger gets hurt or ever needs a day off. "We don't envision an organizational icon sitting on the bench regularly," said Dipoto. "There had to be a way we could get him regular at-bats and allow him to do the things he's capable of doing." The 44-year-old obviously isn't the player he once was, but still held his own by hitting .255 last season. Ichiro doesn't carry much fantasy weight these days, but his return to Seattle is a great story.
Freeland allows just one in three innings 03-08-2018
Kyle Freeland P COL
Kyle Freeland gave up one run in three innings of work against the Reds in his third start of the spring on Thursday. Freeland gave up a run in the first, but settled down and pitched well in the second and third innings against the Cincinnati lineup. It's easily his best outing of the Cactus League, as he came into the game with an ERA of 9.00 in Arizona. Still, the left-hander showed impressive stuff in his time with the Rockies in 2017, and is an intriguing fantasy hurler despite pitching in Coors Field in half of his starts.
Marlins cut ties with LHP Hunter Cervenka 03-08-2018
Hunter Cervenka P BAL
Marlins released LHP Hunter Cervenka.

Chris Cotillo on Twitter
Matt Adams hits two-run homer in win 03-08-2018
Matt Adams 1B WAS
Matt Adams hit a two-run homer Thursday in the Nationals' 8-5 victory over the Mets. Adams is 6-for-14 with three extra-base hits. He's the Nationals' replacement for Adam Lind this year; he'll pinch-hit and occasionally spell Ryan Zimmerman at first base.
Castillo struggles in final inning 03-08-2018
Luis Castillo P CIN
Luis Castillo struggled in his final inning of work against the Rockies, allowing two runs in 3 2/3 innings of work. Castillo was cruising in this one, but he struggled in the fourth inning against Colorado, giving up two runs before exiting with one more out to get. Once again, however, Castillo showed impressive stuff, striking out four Rockies before the trouble began. It's becoming clear that the 25-year-old right-hander is Cincinnati's most exciting hurler, and the best fantasy option of any of the Reds' starters.
Stephen Strasburg strikes out five Mets 03-08-2018
Stephen Strasburg P WAS
Stephen Strasburg allowed two runs in 3 1/3 innings Thursday in a no-decision versus the Mets. Strasburg struck out five. He's allowed three runs in 5 1/3 innings this spring, but he's hardly ever been at his best in March. This could be his fifth year in the last seven with a Grapefruit League ERA over 4.00.
Syndergaard strikes out seven Nats 03-08-2018
Noah Syndergaard P NYM
Noah Syndergaard pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings and struck out seven Thursday against the Nationals. Maybe the best outing by a Grapefruit Leaguer so far this spring. Syndergaard should pitch about as well as anyone in the league if he can stay healthy this year. He's the riskiest option among top-10 fantasy SPs, but the potential payoff makes him worth gambling on.
Kopech roughed up against Royals 03-08-2018
Michael Kopech P CWS
Michael Kopech was lit up by the Royals on Thursday, allowing five runs in just 2 1/3 inning in his third Cactus League appearance. Kopech wasn't hit particularly hard, but the 21-year-old right-hander struggled to throw strikes and caused self-inflicted damage with his three walks in just-over two innings. The stuff is electric, but Kopech hasn't quite figured out how to harness that arsenal from start-to-start. Still, he's one of the best pitching prospects in baseball, and he should pitch in the Chicago rotation before the end of the summer.
Miguel Montero homers against Mets 03-08-2018
Miguel Montero C WAS
Miguel Montero hit his first homer and walked versus the Mets on Thursday. Montero would seem to have the edge over Pedro Severino for a job as Matt Wieters' caddy, though the Nationals could yet bring in some outside help behind the plate.
Duffy strikes out four in three scoreless IP 03-08-2018
Danny Duffy P KC
Danny Duffy had his best start of the spring on Friday against the White Sox, throwing three scoreless innings. Duffy allowed just two hits, and the southpaw walked just one and struck out for White Sox. The 29-year-old has tantalized with his stuff, but he has yet to show that he can stay healthy and handle the rigors of staying in the rotation all year outside of his 2016 season. Still, he's being undervalued in most draft formats, and if he can put it together for a full season, he could be a strong fantasy option even for the not-so-good Royals.
Brandon Nimmo goes 3-for-5 against Nats 03-08-2018
Brandon Nimmo RF NYM
Brandon Nimmo went 3-for-5 with a triple and a double as the Mets' leadoff man Thursday. At this point, it seems pretty likely that Nimmo will serve as the Mets' center fielder and leadoff man against lefties until Michael Conforto returns. He's hitting .385/.452/.846 in 26 at-bats this spring.
Chatwood again solid for Cubs in start 03-08-2018
Tyler Chatwood P CHC
Tyler Chatwood was once again solid for the Cubs in his third outing of the spring, allowing one run in three innings of work against the Padres on Thursday. Chatwood did walk two and allow his first run of the spring, but he only allowed two hits and he was able to fan two Padres. Now away from the pitching cesspool that is Coors Field, Chatwood is an undervalued fantasy starter who could pile up the wins and miss enough bats to be a solid -- if not spectacular -- fantasy starter in the 2018 season.
Lyles shelled in inning against Cubs 03-08-2018
Jordan Lyles P SD
Jordan Lyles was shelled on Thursday against the Cubs, allowing five runs in one inning of work in his third start of the Cactus League. Lyles just didn't have it against Chicago on Thursday, giving up six hits in the one inning of work. The 27-year-old right-hander is being given a chance to win a spot in the rotation, and pitched relatively effectively in his first two outings with the Padres. This will not be the start that wins him a spot as a starter, however, and he'll need to bounce back next week if he's going to make the roster, much less the rotation.
Graveman struggles again vs. Angels 03-08-2018
Kendall Graveman P OAK
Kendall Graveman struggled against against the Angels on Thursday, giving up three runs in 2 2/3 innings in his third start of spring training. It's the second straight start that Graveman has been hit hard, as he allowed four runs and didn't make it out of the second inning on Saturday against San Diego. The 27-year-old is a lock to make the Oakland rotation, but because he doesn't miss many bats, he doesn't hold much relevance in terms of being a fantasy option.
J.D. Martinez goes 3-for-3 against Rays 03-08-2018
J.D. Martinez DH BOS
J.D. Martinez went 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI as the Red Sox and Rays played to a 6-6 tie Thursday. It didn't take long for Martinez to find his stroke. He was playing in just his second game for Boston after going 0-for-2 on Wednesday.
Brain Johnson gives up three runs to Rays 03-08-2018
Brian Johnson P BOS
Brian Johnson pitched three innings and gave up three runs Thursday against the Rays. All of the runs came before Johnson even recorded an out; the first four batters of the game went double, RBI single, walk and two-run double. After that, Johnson faced the minimum and even struck out the side in the second inning. He's the favorite to open up as the Red Sox's fifth starter right now.
Skaggs allows two runs in just under four 03-08-2018
Tyler Skaggs P LAA
Tyler Skaggs gave up two runs in 3 2/3 innings against the Rockies on Thursday in his second Cactus League start. Skaggs gave up four hits in his just-under four innings, but he didn't walk anyone, and he was able to strike out four. When Skaggs has been healthy he's shown stuff that suggests he can be a mid-rotation starter, but he hasn't been healthy for the majority of his big league career. He's worth a flyer in deeper leagues, but you should have backup plans ready to go.
Chris Archer gives up two runs to Boston 03-08-2018
Chris Archer P TB
Chris Archer surrendered two runs and five hits in three innings Thursday against the Red Sox. Archer has always posted terrific spring numbers -- he had allowed seven earned runs in 63 innings in Grapefruit League play coming into this year -- but he's struggled in back-to-back outings now. Since pitching two scoreless innings his first time out, he's given up four runs, walked three and struck out two in 4 2/3 innings.
Shields allows just one run against Rangers 03-08-2018
James Shields P CWS
James Shields pitched well against the Rangers on Thursday, allowing just one run in four innings pitched in his Cactus League debut. The only blemish for Shields in this one was a solo homer from Juan Centeno in the third inning. Now 36, the days of the right-hander being "Big Game James" are now all but assuredly gone, and pitching in Chicago along with playing with one of the worst teams in the American League doesn't help. Despite being the likely opening day starter, there just isn't much value here anymore.
Adeiny Hechavarria goes 2-for-3 03-08-2018
Adeiny Hechavarria SS TB
Adeiny Hechavarria went 2-for-3 with an RBI against the Red Sox on Thursday. He started at DH and hit second today, two things he should never do during the regular season. Hechavarria is having a strong spring, though; he's 6-for-12 with a homer.
Ellsbury (oblique) could resume running soon 03-08-2018
Jacoby Ellsbury CF NYY
Jacoby Ellsbury (oblique) could resume running on Saturday.

Bryan Hoch on Twitter
Ellsbury is working back from a right oblique injury he suffered last week. It's unclear if he'll be ready for Opening Day, though beat writer Bryan Hoch of said it "remains a possibility." Ellsbury is no better than the Yankees' fifth outfielder at the moment and can't be counted on for fantasy purposes.
Hamels strikes out four in solid spring start 03-08-2018
Cole Hamels P TEX
Cole Hamels pitched well for the Rangers on Thursday, allowing one run in 3 2/3 against the White Sox while striking out four. Hamels had the good stuff and command against Chicago, which is nice to see after he struggled in his previous start against the Giants on Saturday. He no longer possesses the same stuff he did when he was in Philadelphia -- and pitchers in a tougher league now -- but Hamels is a rebound candidate for 2018, and a solid "buy low" candidate for fantasy leagues.
David Freese homers, knocks in three 03-08-2018
David Freese 3B PIT
David Freese had a two-run homer and a sac fly Thursday in the Pirates' 8-3 defeat of the Tigers. Freese homered off Jordan Zimmermann in the first. It wasn't all great for him today, as he did commit his second and third errors of the spring. Freese figures to get most of his starts against lefties this year after the Pirates acquired Colin Moran to play third base against righties. It's quite possible that he'll be traded at some point.
Shipley gives up two runs in two innings 03-08-2018
Braden Shipley P ARZ
Braden Shipley allowed two runs in two innings pitched on Wednesday against the Brewers. Shipley didn't walk anyone and struck out one, but allowed four hits against the Milwaukee lineup. Once one of the best pitching prospects in the National League, the 26-year-old right-hander has struggled to miss bats, and doesn't have good enough command to compensate for it. The humidor may help, but Shipley is unlikely to make much of a fantasy impact this season, and may spend most of 2018 in Triple-A for the Diamondbacks.
Jordan Zimmermann gives up two homers 03-08-2018
Jordan Zimmermann P DET
Jordan Zimmermann gave up two homers and three runs in 3 1/3 innings Thursday against the Pirates. He did strike out five. The Tigers aren't going to take away Zimmermann's rotation spot because of a poor spring, but they should consider it at some point if he pitches as badly in the first couple of months of this year as he did while going 8-13 with a 6.01 ERA last year. Zimmermann has a 6.75 ERA in eight innings this spring.
Anderson allows four runs in less than four I 03-08-2018
Chase Anderson P MLW
Chase Anderson struggled against the Diamondbacks on Thursday, giving up four runs in under four innings pitched. Anderson didn't walk anyone and did strike out two, but he gave up five hits and allowed homers to Jake Lamb and Steven Souza. He's coming off a career-best year for Milwaukee; but while today was just an exhibition game, it was a reminder that when Anderson doesn't have his best stuff, he's very hittable. There's risk in his fantasy profile in 2018.
Josh Harrison goes 0-for-3 against Tigers 03-08-2018
Josh Harrison 2B PIT
Josh Harrison went 0-for-3 Thursday to open the spring 2-for-15. Harrison's role as the Pirates' second baseman and leadoff hitter is secure, assuming no one steps up and offers a quality prospect for him. He doesn't have a whole lot to play for this spring.
Shawn Armstrong back after clearing waivers 03-08-2018
Shawn Armstrong P SEA
Shawn Armstrong will remain with the Mariners after clearing waivers.

Greg Johns on Twitter
The Mariners designated Armstrong for assignment on Wednesday to clear a roster spot for Ichiro Suzuki but he's already back in camp. The 27-year-old carries a 3.53 ERA over 39 major league appearances, all with Cleveland.
Tony Zych (shoulder) to see a doctor 03-08-2018
Tony Zych P FA
Tony Zych is dealing with shoulder discomfort.

Greg Johns on Twitter
Zych reportedly hasn't thrown much at camp and will have his shoulder looked at by team doctors. It's been a difficult spring for Zych, who was also sidelined by forearm inflammation last month. With Opening Day just three weeks away, the right-hander could be looking at a DL stint to begin the year.
Aaron Sanchez strikes out five Orioles 03-08-2018
Aaron Sanchez P TOR
Aaron Sanchez fanned five while allowing one run over three innings Thursday against the Orioles. Sanchez's finger is holding up just fine so far, and he's struck out nine batters in seven innings this spring. The debate over whether he could maintain his 2016 success with mediocre peripherals was put on hold as blisters ruined his 2017 season, but it's back on again now. The big difference is that he can be had as a late-round flier in many mixed leagues now. Last year, he was one of the first 25-30 starters off the board.
Nestor Cortes gives up three runs to Jays 03-08-2018
Nestor Cortes Jr. P BAL
Rule 5 pick Nestor Cortes gave up three runs and six hits in three innings Thursday in a start against the Blue Jays. Cortes was facing all minor leaguers today, so he really needed to do better in this one. He entered the spring looking like one of the best bets from the Rule 5 draft to stick in the majors, but he's given up fie runs and 11 hits over seven innings.
Mitch Haniger (hand) scheduled for live BP 03-08-2018
Mitch Haniger RF SEA
Mitch Haniger (hand) will take live batting practice against Nick Vincent on Saturday.

Greg Johns on Twitter
He'll be joined by his new teammate, Ichiro Suzuki. Haniger should be cleared for game action if the session goes well. He's been slowed by a sore right hand but looks to be on track for Opening Day.
Andrew Susac hits two-run homer 03-08-2018
Andrew Susac C BAL
Andrew Susac hit a two-run homer off the bench Thursday against the Blue Jays. Susac's Grapefruit League season got off to a late start because of a staph infection, but he's 3-for-4 with a couple of walks since debuting. Since he has an option year left, he's likely to open this year in Triple-A; he needs the reps after missing much of last year.
Baez dealing with left hamstring tightness 03-08-2018
Javier Baez 2B CHC
Javier Baez left Thursday's Cactus League game against the Padres with left hamstring tightness.

Bruce Levine on Twitter
He's still being evaluated by the Cubs' medical staff after pulling up on a double in the second inning. "Tightness" is obviously much better than a strain or a tear, though it's too early to speculate on how long this might keep Baez out. With Opening Day earlier than usual this year, Baez only has about three weeks to get ready for the regular season.
Tyler White homers, doubles against Braves 03-08-2018
Tyler White 1B HOU
Tyler White homered, doubled and walked Thursday to lead the Astros to a 6-4 win over the Braves. White started at second base today before moving to first. He's in the mix to take Yuli Gurriel's roster spot at the beginning of the season, and he's helped his cause by hitting .263 with four extra-base hits and seven walks in 19 at-bats.
Scott Kazmir gives up two runs to Astros 03-08-2018
Scott Kazmir P FA
Scott Kazmir yielded two runs in three innings Thursday in a no-decision versus the Astros. Kazmir has allowed two runs and walked four in six innings this spring. The Braves will likely stick him at the back of their rotation if he gets through March healthy. The hope then would be to trade him at some point.
Lucas Sims gives up homer to Astros 03-08-2018
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Lucas Sims pitched just an inning out of the pen Thursday and gave up a run against the Astros. Sims would seem to be out of the rotation mix at this point after entering camp as a long shot. He's given up three homers and five runs over five innings. The Braves will probably put him in the Triple-A rotation rather than keep him as a major league reliever.
Derek Fisher homers against Braves 03-08-2018
Derek Fisher LF HOU
Derek Fisher hit his first spring homer Thursday off the Braves' Scott Kazmir. Fisher is 6-for-22 with three extra-base hits and six walks this spring. Given his ample speed and power, he has the potential to be a big-time fantasy outfielder this year. Still, there are big questions about playing time with him; maybe he starts in left field against most righties initially, but a bench role and a trip back to the minors are also possibilities.
Ryan Schimpf fans three times 03-08-2018
Ryan Schimpf 3B LAA
Making his Braves debut, Ryan Schimpf struck out all three times he was up Thursday against the Astros. Schimpf, who was picked up from the Rays on Monday, was 0-for-14 for Tampa Bay before sitting out the last six days. He's going to need to heat up soon if he's going to win a spot on Atlanta's bench. Fortunately for him, Rio Ruiz has always had a very quiet spring, going 5-for-31 with 13 strikeouts.
Familia going through 'dead arm' period 03-08-2018
Jeurys Familia P NYM
Jeurys Familia is dealing with a "dead arm."

Anthony DiComo on Twitter
It's pretty common for pitchers to go through a dead arm period during spring training and Familia seems to battle it every year. "For me, as a pitcher, it's normal," said Familia. The Mets may lay off him for a few days but ultimately the right-hander should be just fine.
Carlos Martinez goes four in Cardinals' win 03-08-2018
Carlos Martinez P STL
Carlos Martinez pitched four innings of one-run ball in the Cardinals' 5-4 win over the Marlins on Thursday. Martinez missed his previous start for personal reasons, though he was able to get his work in on the side. Going four innings today puts him right where he's supposed to be at this stage of the spring.
Dominic Leone records second save 03-08-2018
Dominic Leone P STL
Dominic Leone picked up his second save of the spring with a scoreless ninth Thursday against the Marlins. Luke Gregerson is the favorite for saves in St. Louis, but he's sidelined with an oblique injury at the moment and Leone is one candidate to step in to fill the void if Gregerson is sidelined into the regular season. Leone has allowed one run and struck out five in four innings.
Caleb Smith gives up three runs to Cards 03-08-2018
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Caleb Smith gave up three runs and five hits in three innings out of the pen Thursday against the Cardinals. Smith had pitched four scoreless innings this spring coming into this one. He is one of the candidates to round out Miami's rotation, though he projects better as a reliever at the major league level.
Jose Martinez returns to lineup 03-08-2018
Jose Martinez 1B STL
Jose Martinez returned to action Thursday and had a two-run homer against the Marlins. Martinez was used as a DH today after missing a couple of games with groin spasms. The homer was his first of the spring.
Javy Baez exits game with apparent leg injury 03-08-2018
Javier Baez 2B CHC
Javier Baez left Thursday's Cactus League game against the Padres with an apparent hamstring injury.

Carrie Muskat on Twitter
Baez pulled up lame on a double into the left-center field gap in the bottom of the second inning. The timing isn't great here, as hamstring strains can sometimes take 3-4 weeks to recover from and Opening Day is exactly three weeks away. There should be an update about the severity of the injury by Thursday evening.
Zack Greinke acknowledges velocity is down 03-08-2018
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Zack Greinke acknowledged after an intrasquad start Thursday that his velocity has been down the spring.

Zach Buchanan on Twitter
Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic clocked Greinke's fastball in the 84-86 mph range during that intrasquad outing and Greinke told Zach Buchanan of The Athletic afterwards that he has a "nagging feeling that he doesn't have it anymore." Greinke likes to toy with the media and he also tends to build velocity as the spring goes along, but this could be something to monitor. The 34-year-old right-hander registered a strong 3.20 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 215/45 K/BB ratio over 202 1/3 innings last season for the Diamondbacks.
Yairo Munoz (shoulder) hit soft-toss Thurs. 03-08-2018
Yairo Munoz SS STL
Yairo Munoz (shoulder) hit soft-toss and did some tee work Thursday in Cardinals camp.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Munoz injured his left shoulder on Sunday, but it sounds like he could return to Grapefruit League action this weekend. The versatile 23-year-old has been impressive so far this spring and might be able to claim a spot on the Cardinals' bench for the regular season. He was acquired from the A's this winter in the Stephen Piscotty trade.
Gohara (groin) near Grapefruit League debut 03-08-2018
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Luiz Gohara (groin) could make his Grapefruit League debut on Sunday.
Gohara has been bothered by a groin strain for the past couple of weeks, but he pitched a pain-free live batting practice session on Thursday morning in Braves camp. "It felt really good, and my stuff was working really well, too," Gohara said after the workout. "I think after this, I'm just ready to go out and pitch in games." The big left-hander should be good to go when the Braves first need a fifth starter on April 11.
Shae Simmons (shoulder) shut down a few days 03-08-2018
Shae Simmons P CHC
Shae Simmons (shoulder) will be shut down for a couple of days.

Carrie Muskat on Twitter
Simmons left Wednesday night's Cactus League game against the Indians after experiencing some tightness in his right shoulder. It's not believed to be serious, but this shutdown period could obviously affect the right-hander's odds of cracking the Cubs' Opening Day bullpen. He signed a one-year, $750,000 free agent contract with Chicago in mid-February.
Taylor Davis recovering from concussion 03-08-2018
Taylor Davis C CHC
Taylor Davis is recovering from a concussion.

Carrie Muskat on Twitter
Davis suffered the injury while catching a live batting practice session last Friday. He has already returned to workouts, so this isn't something that should affect his availability for the start of the regular season. The 28-year-old is in Cubs camp this spring as a non-roster invitee and will likely be ticketed for Triple-A Iowa.
O's reassign Perci Garner to minors camp 03-08-2018
Perci Garner P BAL
Orioles reassigned RHP Perci Garner to minor league camp. Garner underwent surgery in December to repair a small tear in the meniscus in his left knee. When he's ready, he'll join the bullpen at Triple-A Norfolk.
Jurrjens signs deal with independent team 03-08-2018
Jair Jurrjens P COL
Jair Jurrjens has signed a contract with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League.

Rich Dubroff on Twitter
Jurrjens last appeared in a major league game in 2014 with the Rockies. He was suspended 80 games last June, while in the Dodgers' minor league system, following a positive test of exogenous testosterone.
Padres talking internally about Jake Arrieta 03-08-2018
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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Padres have been "talking internally" about Jake Arrieta.

FanRag Sports
Heyman cautions that this "seems like a long shot" and that the Padres will likely "go with the young pitchers they currently have in camp," but if Arrieta's asking price falls far enough there could be legitimate interest. Arrieta remains unsigned with just three weeks to go until Opening Day. The 32-year-old right-hander posted a 3.53 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 163/55 K/BB ratio over 168 1/3 innings (30 starts) last season with the Cubs.
Clint Frazier (concussion) made throws Thurs. 03-08-2018
Clint Frazier LF NYY
Clint Frazier (concussion) threw and did rotational exercises to simulate swinging on Thursday.

Bryan Hoch on Twitter
Frazier is easing back into baseball activities after suffering a concussion in late February. "It's frustrating, but I'm trying not to mess around with this," he told reporters after Thursday's workout, which included a 20-minute session on a stationary bike. The young outfielder will likely be ticketed for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre when camp breaks.
Conforto (shoulder) takes another BP round 03-08-2018
Michael Conforto CF NYM
Michael Conforto (shoulder) took full batting practice and shagged fly balls in center field on Thursday.

Anthony DiComo on Twitter
Another good day for the 25-year-old outfielder, who underwent surgery to repair a torn posterior capsule in his left shoulder last September. Conforto seems ahead of schedule in his rehab, but the Mets are still targeting May 1 for his 2018 regular-season debut. He broke out to the tune of a .279/.384/.555 batting line and 27 home runs in 109 games last year.
Gregory Infante (shoulder) near spring debut 03-08-2018
Greg Infante P CWS
Gregory Infante (shoulder) is on track to make his Cactus League debut early next week.

Daryl Van Schouwen on Twitter
Infante has been eased along this spring in White Sox camp because of a shoulder issue, but he still has a good shot at being ready for the start of the regular season. The 30-year-old right-hander projects to work in middle relief this season for Chicago.
Vogt (shoulder) did throwing drills Thursday 03-08-2018
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Stephen Vogt (shoulder) did plyometric throwing drills Thursday morning in Brewers camp.

Adam McCalvy on Twitter
"Today was a huge, huge step in the right direction," Vogt said after the workout. He was diagnosed with a strained right shoulder in late February, but the Brewers seem to think the veteran catcher will be ready for the start of the regular season.
Trumbo out 3-7 days with sore right quad 03-08-2018
Mark Trumbo DH BAL
Mark Trumbo will be sidelined for "3-7 days" with a sore right quad, per Orioles manager Buck Showalter.

Roch Kubatko on Twitter
It's not a concern right now, but if this injury liners beyond a week there will be reason to raise some red flags. Trumbo has already taken 20 at-bats in the Grapefruit League.
Davies (oblique) to throw bullpen session Fri 03-08-2018
Zach Davies P MLW
Zach Davies (oblique) is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Friday.

Todd Rosiak on Twitter
That's positive news given that he was just diagnosed with a left oblique strain on Wednesday. "I'm not concerned," Davies told reporters Thursday morning in Brewers camp. "I'm pretty confident." The 25-year-old right-hander might be ready for the first week of the regular season.
Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) nearing live BP 03-08-2018
Eduardo Rodriguez P BOS
Eduardo Rodriguez (knee) is nearing live batting practice sessions.

Pete Abraham on Twitter
Rodriguez will open the 2018 season on the disabled list following October knee surgery, but he should be ready to join the Red Sox rotation around the end of April. The 24-year-old left-hander registered a 4.19 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, and 150/50 K/BB ratio in 137 1/3 innings last season.
Zimmerman nets three hits in minors game 03-08-2018
Ryan Zimmerman 1B WAS
Ryan Zimmerman got three hits in a minor league game on Wednesday.

Chelsea Janes on Twitter
Zimmerman has taken just two at-bats in the Grapefruit League this spring, but there's nothing to worry about. The veteran first baseman posted an exceptional .303/.358/.573 batting line with 36 home runs and 108 RBI over 144 games last season.
Billy Hamilton (finger) back in action Thurs. 03-08-2018
Billy Hamilton CF CIN
Billy Hamilton (finger) is back in the Reds' Cactus League lineup on Thursday.

Mark Sheldon on Twitter
Hamilton missed only a couple of days with a sprained left index finger. He is batting leadoff and starting in center field Thursday afternoon against the Rockies. All is well for the 27-year-old speedster leading into the 2018 regular season.
Ivan Nova to start Opening Day for Pirates 03-08-2018
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Pirates manager Clint Hurdle announced Ivan Nova as the club's Opening Day starter.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
"Nova's the dean of the starting rotation," Hurdle said. "He's the guy from my vantage point and from [pitching coach] Ray's [Searage] and from [general manager] Neal's [Huntington]. We had the conversation. Give him the ball in Detroit and let him break open the season for us." The 31-year-old right-hander posted a mostly underwhelming 4.14 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, and 131/36 K/BB ratio in 187 innings last year. But somebody had to take the reins following Gerrit Cole's departure.