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Dilson Herrera (shoulder) has been fielding grounders and throwing across the diamond for the last several days.

Herrera hasn't played the field at all this spring due to nagging shoulder soreness, although it appears he's making progress. He'll begin the season at Triple-A Louisville but could eventually find his way into the Reds lineup if/when they trade Zack Cozart.
Mar 26 - 10:47 AM

Drew Storen's fastball has been clocked in the 88-90 mph range this spring.

Storen's velocity was down to 92 mph last season when he struggled to a 5.23 ERA, and it's dropped even more this spring. He's also posted a 15.88 ERA in six Cactus League appearances. It's possible he'll regain some zip on the heater once the regular season begins, but until that happens it's hard to take Storen seriously as a sleeper for saves.
Mar 26 - 10:44 AM

Raul Alcantara is slated to open the season as the Athletics' fifth starter.

Andrew Triggs has captured the No. 4 spot and will be preceded by Kendall Graveman, Sean Manaea and Jharel Cotton. Jesse Hahn has struggled this spring and is headed to Triple-A Nashville to begin the season. Alcantara holds a 4.50 ERA with just nine strikeouts over 20 innings this spring, but he's out of options so it's not a surprise that he's getting a spot. Both he and Triggs will be on the chopping block when Sonny Gray (lat) is ready, which should be sometime in April.
Mar 26 - 10:32 AM

Adeiny Hechavarria was scratched from Sunday's lineup with minor back soreness.

Hechavarria is still taking batting practice Sunday and is supposed to play Monday. He'll be fine.
Mar 26 - 10:27 AM

Stephen Strasburg has been named the Nationals' Opening Day starter.

It's a no-brainer with Max Scherzer not quite ready for the opener (Scherzer is in line to start the Nats' third game). Strasburg will be making his fourth Opening Day start. He posted a 3.60 ERA and 183/44 K/BB ratio over 147 2/3 innings for the Nationals last season.
Mar 26 - 10:26 AM

Phillies released LHP Sean Burnett.

Burnett requested his release after evidently being told he wasn't going to crack the Opening Day roster. The veteran southpaw held a 2.00 ERA this spring, although he didn't record a single strikeout over nine innings. Burnett should be able to find another job quickly, but he might have to spend some time in the minors.
Mar 26 - 10:05 AM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said Sunday that he remains hopeful of Hanley Ramirez (shoulder) playing some first base this spring, but he conceded that they may run out of time.

Ramirez's throwing has been limited this spring by a sore shoulder. He's been playing catch for a few weeks without any apparent issues but has yet to test things out in a game. It's not a huge concern given that he's slated to see most of his at-bats in the designated hitter spot this season, but the Red Sox might not be able to play Ramirez at first base against lefties initially as they had planned.
Mar 26 - 10:00 AM

Adam Warren is expected to open the season in the Yankees' bullpen.

Warren has been competing for one of the final two spots in the rotation, but he didn't pitch well Saturday and the Yanks appear to prefer him in a swingman capacity. It looks to be down to Bryan Mitchell, Luis Severino, Chad Green and Jordan Montgomery for the Bombers' last two rotation spots.
Mar 26 - 9:53 AM
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