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Mike Trout is starting in center field and batting leadoff in Saturday's game against the Red Sox.

It's the first time since April 12 that Trout has been used in the leadoff spot. The Angels are also moving Josh Hamilton to the No. 2 spot in the batting order, while Erick Aybar has been dropped to the bottom of the lineup.
Sat, Jun 8, 2013 10:07:00 AM

Michael Brantley (shoulder) is scheduled to play in three straight Cactus League games beginning on Tuesday.

It looks to be the last test to see whether Brantley will be ready to play on Opening Day. Things have gone well to this point as Brantley ramps things up. He slugged his first Cactus League home run on Sunday and his surgically-repaired right shoulder has held up. However, the outfielder has ran into problems previously with the shoulder when he played in multiple games in a row. We'll know in a few days whether Brantley will be on the Opening Day roster or will need a little more rehab time. Even if he cracks the roster, fantasy owners should count on him being rested a lot early on.
Mar 27 - 9:35 PM

Billy Witz of the New York Times reports that Jeurys Familia's domestic violence suspension is "almost certain" to be less than the 30 games Aroldis Chapman received.

Familia was arrested in November on a domestic abuse charge in New Jersey after police responded to a call and found Familia's wife, Bianca Rivas, with a scratch on her chest and a bruise on her right cheek. The charge was eventually dismissed. Most assumptions have been that Familia's suspension would likely fall right in line with Chapman's, but Witz writes that Rivas and Familia have cooperated with police and baseball investigators and Rivas has denied that her injuries came from an altercation with Familia. Familila met with Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred on Monday and a suspension is expected to be handed down this week. Addison Reed will handle closing duties for the Mets while Familia is away.
Mar 27 - 9:12 PM

Carter Capps (elbow) struggled in his Cactus League debut Monday against the Mariners, retiring just one batter while giving up one run on two hits and two walks.

Capps threw just 10 out of his 23 pitches for strikes. He walked in a run before being pulled from the game. Capps has the potential to be an impact late-inning arm for San Diego this season, but he might need some more seasoning as he works his way back from Tommy John surgery.
Mar 27 - 8:54 PM

Dodgers signed RHP Justin Masterson to a minor league contract.

Masterson first started auditioning for clubs well over a month ago and has finally caught on somewhere. The big right-hander failed to make it up to the majors last season, posting a 4.97 ERA and 32/26 K/BB ratio in 54 1/3 innings with the Triple-A affiliate of the Pirates. Masterson is 32 now and hasn't had any success at the big league level since 2013. He's strictly a no-risk flier.
Mar 27 - 7:43 PM

Todd Frazier doubled and connected for a solo homer in a 5-2 win over the Dodgers on Monday.

Frazier came into Monday’s action hitting just .161 (5-for-31) with zero homers this spring, so it was nice to see some of signs of life with Opening Day rapidly approaching. The 31-year-old is going to be a batting average risk unless he cuts down on the strikeouts, but he provides enough power and speed to be one of the first half-dozen third basemen off the board in fantasy leagues.
Mar 27 - 7:14 PM

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu will be part of the team's rotation.

The Dodgers really had no idea what to expect from Ryu as they entered spring training after he missed virtually all of the last two seasons with shoulder and elbow injuries. However, he's gone out and posted a 2.57 ERA and 12/1 K/BB ratio across 14 Cactus League innings and, most importantly, feels great physically. Ryu obviously remains a big health risk, but the lefty put up a 3.17 ERA over 56 starts in his two healthy seasons with the Dodgers so he needs to be considered in mixed leagues. Brandon McCarthy and Alex Wood will battle for the final spot in the Dodgers' rotation.
Mar 27 - 7:14 PM

Jorge Soler has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 oblique strain and will be held out of baseball activities for a week.

It's the mildest of the strains, and the Royals haven't even officially made a decision on a disabled list stint for Soler yet even though Opening Day is in a week. Ultimately, a stay on the DL is virtually a given here, although it sounds like there's hope that he won't miss much time.
Mar 27 - 7:08 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona announced Monday that Carlos Carrasco will pitch the second game of the regular season.

Francona also confirmed that Corey Kluber would pitch Opening Day and that Carrasco would be followed by Danny Salazar, Josh Tomlin and Trevor Bauer. Carrasco underwent an MRI on his right elbow earlier this month after he experienced some swelling, but everything came back clean and he threw three scoreless frames in a Cactus League appearance last Friday. The righty has never thrown 200 innings in his career and that's why he doesn't qualify as a fantasy ace, but it doesn't appear the elbow is a concern at all as we approach Opening Day.
Mar 27 - 6:57 PM

Madison Bumgarner yielded two runs over seven innings Monday in a 14-2 victory over the Reds in Cactus League play.

Bumgarner gave up a sacrifice fly and a solo homer in the fifth inning, but otherwise he was on point. The Giants’ ace struck out nine and walked none and also went 1-for-2 with a single and a walk at the plate. Like pretty much everyone, he’s ready for the real games to begin
Mar 27 - 6:57 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Cardinals and Yadier Molina are "making progress" in extension talks and "may be getting closer to a deal."

There's been no word on the potential terms of the contract, although Heyman says Molina has reportedly been looking for a four-year extension, while St. Louis had been offering two years. He's currently set to make $14 million in 2017 before hitting free agency once a mutual option is declined. Molina turns 35 in July and the Cards have top catching prospect Carson Kelly almost ready, so it's possible he won't be an everyday player by the end of the deal. However, he remains one of the best defensive catchers in baseball and is coming off a season when he batted .307/.360/.427.
Mar 27 - 6:28 PM

Jarrod Dyson (hamstring) is hoping to return to Cactus League action on Wednesday.

Dyson has dealt with a right hamstring issue for over a week, although the Mariners have insisted that it's merely fatigue and not any kind of strain. The speedster said he had six hits -- including a home run -- in 10 at-bats in a minor league game Monday. There's been no indication that Dyson is in danger of missing Opening Day.
Mar 27 - 6:21 PM




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