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Nick Franklin, who didn't play Tuesday because of an illness, hit a three-run homer and walked Wednesday.

Franklin's strong finish last year and versatility appeared likely to make him a significant part of the Rays' plans for this year, but his stock seems to have faded some, and even with two regulars set to open the year on the DL in Matt Duffy and Colby Rasmus, it's unclear what Franklin's role will be. He has both pop and stolen base ability, giving some upside for fantasy purposes. It doesn't look like he'll be a factor early on, though.
Mar 29 - 4:55 PM

Bo Schultz underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday.

Schultz also had bone chips removed from the elbow during Wednesday's intensive surgery. With this procedure in the books, the 31-year-old right-hander is expected to miss the 2017 season. He posted a 5.51 ERA in 16 relief appearances during the past campaign.
Mar 29 - 4:53 PM

Hyun Soo Kim went 2-for-4 and took Alex Colome deep in Wednesday's loss to the Rays.

It still looks like Kim will play left field against right-handers, but it seems that he won't hit leadoff, even though he was the obvious choice once the decision was made to drop Adam Jones from his perch. Kim had a .382 OBP in his 305 at-bats last year, and while he didn't supplement that with value on the basepaths, it's still about 50 points higher than the typical leadoff OBP in the AL. As is, it looks like Kim will start off in the bottom half of the order, limiting his already modest fantasy value.
Mar 29 - 4:50 PM

Cardinals purchased the contract of C Eric Fryer from Triple-A Memphis.

The Red Birds inked Fryer to a minors contract in December. With a career .254/.332/.328 triple-slash across 256 major league at-bats, there is no fantasy intrigue here. The veteran backstop will serve as backup to Yadier Molina during the coming campaign.
Mar 29 - 4:49 PM

Cardinals placed LHP Zach Duke on the 60-day disabled list with a left elbow injury.

No surprise here. Duke underwent Tommy John surgery -- plus a procedure to repair a flexor muscle -- in mid-October. He will miss the 2017 season as he attempts to work his way back from that major surgery. Duke initially joined the Cardinals in a trade from the White Sox at the deadline this past summer.
Mar 29 - 4:44 PM

Josh Collmenter allowed one run over five innings Wednesday as the Braves and Mets played to a 2-2 tie.

The Braves would prefer not to need Collmenter as a starter this year, but he'll be ready to step in if needed. In the meantime, he'll hope to vulture some wins in middle relief.
Mar 29 - 4:44 PM

Mets prospect Luis Guilorme went 2-for-3 with a walk Wednesday against the Braves.

Guillorme is known for his glove, which rates as one of the very best in the minors, but he's done nice work with the bat this spring, hitting .300 with a homer and a 3/5 K/BB ratio in 40 at-bats. He'll need to keep that up in the minors this year to be looked at as a future defense-first utilityman.
Mar 29 - 4:42 PM

Gregory Polanco (shoulder) will hit and run the bases in a minor league game on Thursday.

Polanco put in 10 minor league AB's at Pirate City on Wednesday and also threw from 90 feet out. He is rehabbing from left shoulder discomfort which sidelined him from spring play over the weekend. Assuming he suffers no set-back with Thursday's light minors action, he will play seven innings in the outfield at Pirate City on Friday. These are all positive signs for his Opening Day availability.
Mar 29 - 4:41 PM
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