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First Baseman

1B | Brett Wallace | Houston Astros | Injury, Fantasy
Houston Astros 1B Brett Wallace (neck) is dealing with a pinched nerve in his left trapezoid, and he's being listed as day-to-day.

1B | Gaby Sanchez | Pittsburgh Pirates | Fantasy
Pittsburgh Pirates 1B Gaby Sanchez (allergies) was scratched from the lineup with an allergic reaction Thursday, March 21.

1B | Mat Gamel | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy
The Milwaukee Brewers placed 1B Mat Gamel (knee) on the 60-day disabled list Wednesday, March 20.

Second Baseman

2B | Kensuke Tanaka | San Francisco Giants | Transaction
The San Francisco Giants have sent 2B Kensuke Tanaka, C Jackson Williams and C Johnny Monell to the minor league camp.

2B | Marco Scutaro | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy indicated 2B Marco Scutaro's (back) back injury is not considered serious and that it is typical soreness during spring training as players ramp up their activities.

2B | Jason Kipnis | Cleveland Indians | Injury, Fantasy
Cleveland Indians 2B Jason Kipnis (elbow) has missed the last two spring games with a sore left elbow, but manager Terry Francona said Kipnis would be playing if it were the regular season.

2B | Justin Turner | New York Mets | Injury, Fantasy
New York Mets 2B Justin Turner (ankle) received three at-bats in a minor league game and an at-bat in a Grapefruit League contest Thursday, March 21, and passed all tests with his sprained right ankle. Turner and OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis (knee) are scheduled to play in a minor league game Friday, March 22. Nieuwenhuis went 1-for-2 with three walks in a minor league game Thursday.


SS | Hanley Ramirez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly isn't happy with the options he has on the left side of the infield after the injury to SS Hanley Ramirez (thumb). "To be honest with you, I'm not comfortable with anything that's going on at short right now," Mattingly said. The top options to replace Ramirez at shortstop are 3B Luis Cruz and SS Dee Gordon. Mattingly is also unsure if Ramirez will return to shortstop when he's healthy. General manager Ned Colletti is more certain, saying he was confident Ramirez will return to shortstop in May.

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter (ankle) is hoping to return to baseball activities Friday, March 22.

SS | Stephen Drew | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SS Stephen Drew (concussion) is unlikely to be ready by opening day, which means SS Jose Iglesias would start in his place.

SS | Pedro Ciriaco | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox SS Pedro Ciriaco (back) could return to spring action Saturday, March 23.

SS | Chase d'Arnaud | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Transaction
The Pittsburgh Pirates placed SS Chase d'Arnaud (thumb) on the 60-day disabled list Wednesday, March 20.

SS | Eduardo Nunez | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that the team is confident that SS Eduardo Nunez can fill in at shortstop if SS Derek Jeter (ankle) has to open the season on the disabled list.

SS | Justin Sellers | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers SS Justin Sellers will be considered to fill in for SS Hanley Ramirez (thumb), even though Sellers was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque Tuesday, March 19. SS Dee Gordon (ankle) is dealing with a mild left ankle sprain. Sellers is considered a better pure defender than Gordon, but he was hitting only .150 this spring. INFs Luis Cruz, Nick Punto, Juan Uribe and Jerry Hairston Jr. are all options, as well. SS Miguel Rojas is in minor league camp and has been compared defensively to former SS Omar Vizquel.

Third Baseman

3B | Nick Castellanos | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said the team sent down 3B Nick Castellanos so he could work on his outfield defense. The team also will be careful not to rush him back to the majors despite his abilities with the bat.

3B | Juan Francisco | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy
Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez doesn't plan to announce a winner in the third base competition between 3Bs Juan Francisco and Chris D. Johnson anytime soon, meaning they'll likely be involved in a platoon to start the season. Francisco is hitting .353 (18-for-51) with five home runs, 11 RBIs and a .686 slugging percentage in 18 games and Johnson is hitting .352 (19-for-54) with three home runs, 11 RBIs and a .537 slugging percentage in 20 games. Francisco eliminated some of the inward turn of his right knee in his batting stance over the winter.

3B | Juan Uribe | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
The Los Angeles Dodgers plan to use 3B Luis Cruz at shortstop while SS Hanley Ramirez (thumb) is out of the lineup. 3B Juan Uribe would play at third base during that time.

3B | Stephen Parker | Milwaukee Brewers | Transaction,
The Oakland Athletics acquired P Darren Byrd from the Milwaukee Brewers Wednesday, March 20, in exchange for 3B Stephen Parker.


C | Guillermo Quiroz | San Francisco Giants | Injury
San Francisco Giants C Guillermo Quiroz has a chance to make the opening day roster if C Hector Sanchez (shoulder) starts the regular season on the 15-day disabled list.

C | Wilson Ramos | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals C Wilson Ramos (knee) is scheduled to catch all nine innings in a spring game for the first time Thursday, March 21.

C | Stephen Vogt | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction
The Tampa Bay Rays optioned C Stephen Vogt to Triple-A Durham Wednesday, March 20.


OF | Carlos Beltran | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy
St. Louis Cardinals OF Carlos Beltran (toe) said he has been bothered by a right toe injury throughout the World Baseball Classic, and it's still sore while swinging from the right side.

OF | Joe Benson | Minnesota Twins | Transaction
The Minnesota Twins optioned OF Joe Benson and P Pedro Hernandez to Triple-A Rochester and reassigned SP Luis Perdomo to minor league camp.

OF | Carlos Gomez | Milwaukee Brewers | Injury, Fantasy
Milwaukee Brewers OF Carlos Gomez (back) left the game with lower back tightness Thursday, March 21, but manager Ron Roenicke said Gomez would have kept playing if it were the regular season.

OF | Jackie Bradley | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Jackie Bradley has a 50-50 shot to make the team's opening day roster, according to one source. The team is keeping an open mind as far as putting Bradley on the team, but the injuries to DH David Ortiz (heels, Achilles') and SS Stephen Drew (concussion) have bolstered his chances. Bradley hasn't spent any time above Class AA. If he were to make the team, he'd be the everyday left fielder with OF Jonny Gomes starting as the designated hitter with Ortiz out. Bradley could start in the majors and then be sent down when Ortiz returns, so the team doesn't impact his service time. Bradley has a slash line of .444/.545/.578 in spring training.

OF | Marlon Byrd | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets OF Marlon Byrd is hitting .324 this spring and the team is 99.9 percent certain that he will win the right field job. He has four RBIs and four doubles in 13 spring games.

OF | Nolan Reimold | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter is optimistic that OF Nolan Reimold (shoulder) will make the team's opening day roster after dealing with a right shoulder injury in camp.

OF | Sam Fuld | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy
Tampa Bay Rays OF Sam Fuld (hamstring) had three at-bats in a minor league game Thursday, March 21, and he might play the outfield in a minor league game Friday, March 22.

OF | Nick Markakis | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles OF Nick Markakis (neck) will meet with a spine specialist in hopes of being cleared to resume baseball activities in the next few days. Markakis is no longer dealing with pain and has full range of motion in his neck and upper back.

OF | Delmon Young | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury
Philadelphia Phillies OF Delmon Young (ankle) worked out in the outfield Thursday, March 21, and also ran the bases with trainers watching.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Adam Wainwright | St. Louis Cardinals | Fantasy
The St. Louis Cardinals' negotiations with SP Adam Wainwright have heated up as the two sides met for several hours Thursday, March 21. His agent left the talks encouraged that a deal could be finalized in the coming days.

SP | Phil Hughes | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SP Phil Hughes (back) will likely begin the year on the disabled list.

SP | Jake Arrieta | Baltimore Orioles | Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Jake Arrieta tossed six scoreless innings and struck out nine in his spring start Thursday, March 21, as he bids for the No. 5 rotation spot. He is currently in the middle of a 14 2/3 scoreless innings streak in camp, giving up six hits and two walks Thursday. Arrieta has given up five runs and 13 hits while walking eight and striking out 16 in 17 1/3 innings over four spring starts.

SP | Rick Porcello | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy,
The Detroit Tigers are intently listening to trade offers for SP Rick Porcello, but they haven't initiated anything with other clubs. Porcello has 18 strikeouts and no walks while allowing 15 hits in 18 innings over four spring starts, raising his trade value. "Is it improved mechanics? That he's not throwing his slider? I don't know. But people forget that here you had the top pitching prospect in the game when we drafted him (2007)," general manger Dave Dombrowski said.

SP | Matt Harrison | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington announced that SP Matt Harrison will start the team's opening day game against the Houston Astros March 31. SP Yu Darvish will pitch the next game.

SP | Bruce Chen | Kansas City Royals | Fantasy,
Kansas City Royals SP Bruce Chen allowed four runs in the first inning over five innings against minor leaguers Thursday, March 21. However, he gave up no runs and two singles while striking out four and walking none over his final four innings. Chen is competing with SP Luis Mendoza for the final rotation spot.

SP | Roberto Hernandez | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP Roberto Hernandez allowed only three hits (solo home run) in six innings Thursday, March 21, as he battles SP Jeff Niemann for the No. 5 rotation spot.

SP | Ricky Romero | Toronto Blue Jays | Fantasy,
Toronto Blue Jays SP Ricky Romero allowed five hits and four runs while facing only 18 minor leaguers Thursday, March 21, and he walked five and struck out none. Only 29 of his 64 pitches were strikes. General manager Alex Anthopoulos said the team hasn't considered having Romero start the year in the minors to work out his issues.

SP | Tim Hudson | Atlanta Braves | Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Tim Hudson will start the team's opening day game April 1 against the Philadelphia Phillies. He'll be followed in the rotation by SPs Paul Maholm, Kris Medlen, Mike Minor and Julio Teheran. Hudson hasn't started on opening day since 2008.

SP | Jonathon Niese | New York Mets | Fantasy,
The New York Mets officially named SP Jonathon Niese as their opening day starter.

SP | Tommy Hanson | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Tommy Hanson (triceps) played catch Thursday, March 21, and is on track to make his next scheduled spring start Monday, March 25.

SP | Jered Weaver | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim SP Jered Weaver (arm) said he feels as though he's over his dead-arm phase of spring training, and he said he's back on track for the start of the season.

SP | Kyle Lohse | free agent | Free Agents, Fantasy,
The Colorado Rockies are keeping tabs on free-agent SP Kyle Lohse (Cardinals) and they have inquired about him, according to major league sources. However, they will only sign him "if by a very, very remote chance he just flat out doesn't have anything." Lohse might prefer to pitch for a team that plays in a less hitter-friendly park, too. The Texas Rangers and Milwaukee Brewers are also interested in Lohse. He doesn't want to wait until after June to sign with a team, and he's seeking at least a two-year, $26.5 million deal that SP Ryan Dempster received from the Boston Red Sox.

SP | Chris Tillman | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Chris Tillman (abdominal) will throw a bullpen session Friday, March 22, and is likely to start Saturday, March 23. He continues to progress from abdominal soreness.

SP | Trevor Bauer | Cleveland Indians | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Cleveland Indians optioned SPs Corey Kluber, Trevor Bauer and Scott Barnes to Triple-A Columbus Thursday, March 21.

SP | Clayton Kershaw | Los Angeles Dodgers | Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Clayton Kershaw's agents were at camp Wednesday, March 20, fueling speculation that the team is working on a contract extension with their ace. However, Kershaw said there was nothing to report. Kershaw's agents, Casey Close and J.D. Smart, also represent SP Zack Greinke.

SP | Aroldis Chapman | Cincinnati Reds | Fantasy,
Contrary to a previous report, Cincinnati Reds manager Dusty Baker and general manager Walt Jocketty said there has been no decision made to move SP Aroldis Chapman back to closer, and there won't be any announcement made Thursday, March 21.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Rafael Soriano | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Updating previous reports, Washington Nationals CL Rafael Soriano (tooth) will pitch Saturday, March 23.

RP | J.C. Romero | Washington Nationals | Transaction, Free Agents
The Washington Nationals signed free-agent RP J.C. Romero (Orioles) to a minor league contract.

RP | Jose Contreras | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury,
Pittsburgh Pirates RP Jose Contreras (elbow) threw 21 pitches during a simulated game Wednesday, March 20, and did not report any problems.

RP | Sergio Romo | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy plans to have a sit-down meeting with his bullpen soon. RP Sergio Romo will start the year as the closer, but RPs Jeremy Affeldt, Santiago Casilla and Javier Lopez will all see save chances throughout the year.

RP | Huston Street | San Diego Padres | Fantasy,
The Detroit Tigers didn't ask for San Diego Padres RPs Huston Street or Luke Gregerson in exchange for SP Rick Porcello. The Padres would have surely turned that proposal down, if so.

RP | Cristhian Martinez | Atlanta Braves | Injury,
Atlanta Braves RPs Cristhian Martinez, Anthony Varvaro, David Carpenter and Wirfin Obispo are all competing for the last open spot in the bullpen. Two spots might be available if RP Jordan Walden (back) isn't ready for the start of the year. The team has backed off RP Jonny Venters for a week, and manager Fredi Gonzalez was vague when asked about the situation. However, Venters is expected to start the year in the bullpen. Varvaro and Martinez are out of minor league options, which makes them the favorites for a spot.

RP | Robbie Ross | Texas Rangers | Fantasy,
Texas Rangers RP Robbie Ross will head back to the bullpen. P Nick Tepesch could now be the favorite for the No. 5 rotation spot, but he might be competing with RP Derek Lowe now.

RP | Ryan Madson | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim RP Ryan Madson (elbow) threw 25 pitches in a bullpen session Thursday, March 21, at 50 percent intensity. He'll throw another session Sunday, March 24, but he will not get into a spring game before April.

RP | Daniel Bard | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said RP Daniel Bard may open the season in the minors.

RP | Chris Withrow | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Transaction,
The Los Angeles Dodgers optioned RP Chris Withrow (back, shin) to minor league camp Wednesday, March 20. He was delayed in camp for three weeks with back spasms, and he was injured in his last outing after a ball was hit off his left shin.


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