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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman writes that the "word going around the game" is that the Dodgers could have interest in trading for Chase Utley.

Heyman isn't sure whether the Dodgers have contacted the Phillies regarding Utley's availability, so it appears to be all rumors at this point. Utley would make sense for a lot of contending teams should the Phillies decide to be sellers, but GM Ruben Amaro said recently that he viewed the second baseman as "a Phillie for life." Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported Sunday that the Royals could have interest in Utley.
Mon, Jul 1, 2013 10:08:00 PM

Giants released INF Gordon Beckham.

Beckham reportedly asked for his release. He was always a long shot to make the team with so many mouths to feed in San Francisco's crowded infield. Beckham was due a $100,000 retention bonus on March 28, which was also a contributing factor in his release. The 30-year-old hit just .194 over 36 Cactus League at-bats.
Mar 23 - 6:00 PM

Luis Valbuena will miss 4-6 weeks with a strained right hamstring.

It's a Grade 1 strain, which is considered the least serious. It's still going to keep Valbuena out for at least the first month, which should allow C.J. Cron to settle in as the everyday first baseman. Valbuena's injury also increases Jefry Marte's chances of making the Opening Day roster. When healthy, Valbuena will platoon with Cron at first base.
Mar 23 - 5:15 PM

Robinson Cano was scratched from Thursday's Cactus League game against the Giants with a head cold.

Mike Freeman will draw the start at second with Cano under the weather. Cano has gone 2-for-6 in two games since coming back from the World Baseball Classic. He shouldn't miss more than a day or two.
Mar 23 - 4:47 PM

Mariners optioned 1B Daniel Vogelbach to Triple-A Tacoma.

This comes as a stunner. Vogelbach was expected to platoon with Danny Valencia at first base but will instead begin in the minors after hitting just .228 with 19 strikeouts over 57 Cactus League at-bats. The 24-year-old went 1-for-12 with six strikeouts in his first taste of the big leagues last September. Obviously he needs a little more seasoning.
Mar 23 - 4:26 PM

A.J. Pollock (groin) is now aiming to return to Cactus League action on Friday.

Pollock had been scheduled to return Thursday, but the Diamondbacks' spring training facility got hit with some morning rain and manager Torey Lovullo said he didn't want to chance anything on wet grass. Pollock hasn't appeared in a Cactus League game since March 12 because of tightness in his left groin, but the expectation is that he will be ready for Opening Day.
Mar 23 - 3:28 PM

Yasiel Puig (calf) is back in the Dodgers' Cactus League lineup on Thursday.

Puig has been held out of action this week after feeling a tweak in his left calf Sunday while trying to steal a base. It sounds like this is minor, but we all know about Puig's long history of leg issues. He remains a high-risk, high-reward type of fantasy outfielder leading into the 2017 regular season.
Mar 23 - 2:25 PM

Rockies optioned RHP Jeff Hoffman to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Hoffman had a shot at claiming the final spot in the Rockies' rotation this spring, but he simply didn't pitch well enough. The 24-year-old right-hander should be brought up for good at some point this summer and could take on deep-league fantasy value. He was recently ranked a top-40 prospect by Baseball America. Kyle Freeland and Antonio Senzatela remain in the running for starting jobs in Colorado.
Mar 23 - 2:16 PM

Luis Valbuena has been sent for an MRI on his sore left hamstring.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he's confident the injury is minor, but the club wants to make sure with Opening Day fast approaching. Valbuena left Wednesday's split-squad Cactus League game against the Rangers after experiencing some hamstring soreness. There should be an update on his status Friday.
Mar 23 - 1:28 PM

Kendall Graveman has been named the Opening Day starter for the Athletics.

A's manager Bob Melvin made that announcement Thursday in camp, adding that Sean Manaea and Jharel Cotton will follow Graveman in the club's season-opening series against the Angels. The fourth and fifth spots are to be determined. Graveman, 26, posted a relatively underwhelming 4.11 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 108/47 K/BB ratio in 186 innings (31 starts) last season for Oakland. He'll make for a decent streaming option at times in standard fantasy leagues.
Mar 23 - 1:15 PM

Raisel Iglesias revealed Thursday that he injured his right elbow and hips when he fell in the shower three weeks ago.

That explains why Iglesias hasn't appeared in a Cactus League game since March 14, and why he underwent an MRI on the elbow of his throwing arm earlier this week. The results of that MRI came back negative, but Iglesias is questionable-to-doubtful for the beginning of the 2017 regular season. Michael Lorenzen, Tony Cingrani, and Drew Storen could all be in line for save opportunities out of the gate in Cincinnati. Reds manager Bryan Price spoke this winter about wanting to use a matchups-based approach at closer in 2017, and this Iglesias injury -- even if it's minor -- gives Price all the more reason to follow through with that plan.
Mar 23 - 12:02 PM

Ben Zobrist (neck) is out of the Cubs' Cactus League lineup again on Thursday.

Zobrist was scratched from the lineup Wednesday after complaining of some minor neck stiffness. It doesn't sound like something that will affect the veteran's readiness for the opening of the 2017 regular season.
Mar 23 - 11:54 AM




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