Dose: Rubio, DeRozan go off

Dose: Rubio, DeRozan go off
Ricky Rubio messed around, a guy name Tyler Johnson went off, and the Warriors lost to the Nets. Tuesday's Dose breaks down Monday's action.
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Reds manager Bryan Price said Tuesday that Joey Votto (quad) won't be out of the lineup for long.

Votto is not up to game speed, so the Reds are taking it slow with their first baseman. He missed the entirety of the second half of 2014 with a distal strain in his right quadriceps, finishing the season with an uncharacteristic .255/.390/.409 slash line. A return to health could springboard his numbers back into fantasy elite status.
Mar 3 - 10:00 AM

The Phillies are not interested in acquiring Shane Victorino in any trade with the Red Sox, as they are intent on bringing back younger, cheaper talent, Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports.

The Phillies are in rebuilding mode, so Victorino wouldn't make much sense for them despite sporting an incomplete outfield. Victorino missed large chunks of time last season due to hamstring and back issues, but is John Farrell's favorite to claim the starting job in right field. When he's healthy, he provides speed and power, but it remains to be seen if his recent bout with injuries has sapped him of either.
Mar 3 - 9:39 AM

Brad Ausmus plans to let Jose Iglesias play three innings in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Orioles.

Iglesias played one inning when the Tigers matched up against Florida Southern on Monday, so his workload is ramping up gradually. The talented shortstop is recovering from two stress fractures in each of his shins, and the Tigers are hopeful he'll be ready by Opening Day.
Mar 3 - 9:33 AM

Wilin Rosario will get some work at first base in the Rockies' intrasquad game on Tuesday.

The Rockies intend to use Rosario less behind the plate in 2015. They'll get him into the lineup by putting him at first base or in the outfield. Rosario has 25-homer potential and the less-taxing work at his new positions may help him rack up the counting stats during the year.
Mar 3 - 9:29 AM

Yunel Escobar (fever) missed on-field workouts Monday morning but will be back out on the field Tuesday.

The Nationals don't start exhibition play until Thursday against the Mets, so Escobar should be firing on all cylinders then. Escobar, 32, is shifting from shortstop to second base this season. The veteran has limited fantasy value, having consistently hit in the mid-.250's with fewer than 10 home runs in each of the last three seasons.
Mar 3 - 9:16 AM

The Twins are making progress on a contract extension with Brian Dozier, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

The deal is believed to be close. The Twins signed starter Phil Hughes to an extension earlier this offseason and are ticking another box in extending Dozier. Dozier, 27, will become eligible for arbitration for the first time after the season, so an extension would likely cover all three years and potentially more. The second baseman broke out last season with a productive .242/.345/.416 slash line along with 23 home runs, 71 RBI, and 21 stolen bases last season. His combination of power and speed makes him extremely valuable, both to the Twins and to fantasy owners.
Mar 3 - 9:04 AM

Victor Martinez (knee) is confident that he will be ready in time for Opening Day.

Martinez is recovering from offseason meniscus surgery in his left knee, but said he should require only two weeks' worth of at-bats to get ready. The slugger led the league in OPS at .974 and in on-base percentage at .407 last season while batting .335 with 103 RBI while cranking out a career-high 32 home runs.
Mar 3 - 8:58 AM

Aaron Harang has been scratched from Wednesday's Grapefruit League start against the Yankees, citing mechanical issues as per Meghan Montemurro of The News Journal.

Montemurro noted that Harang had put an ice pack on his back, but the pitcher himself said the reason for the scratch was mechanical. CSN Philly's Jim Salisbury reports Kevin Slowey will start in Harang's place. Harang more or less has a spot sealed up in the Phillies' rotation and should be handled with extreme caution in fantasy leagues given his mediocre repertoire and the peripherals he put up last season (161/71 K/BB ratio in 204 1/3 innings).
Mar 3 - 8:54 AM
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