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Robbie Erlin (elbow) is hoping to return around midseason.

Erlin underwent Tommy John surgery last May. He's been taking part in fielding and bunting practice and hopes to begin throwing off a mound before the end of spring training. "I don't think there's really like a set date," Erlin said. "We kind of stay away from that so you don't get too jumpy. We just go based on feel. Right now, late June, early July is kind of what we're eyeballing, if everything goes well."
Feb 27 - 4:29 PM

Luke Voit homered in the bottom of the eighth as a Cardinals split-squad took down the Nationals 5-4 on Monday.

Voit, a converted catcher, was a nice surprise for the Cardinals last year, hitting .297/.372/.477 in Double-A. He turned 26 earlier this month, so he's not really a prospect. Still, he's interesting depth. He should have been rooting for a Matt Adams trade to have any real chance of seeing the majors with the Cardinals this year.
Feb 27 - 4:29 PM

Tanner Roark tossed three scoreless innings and struck out four Monday against the Cardinals.

Roark is a little ahead of the game as he gets ready to pitch for Team USA. He allowed just a pair of singles and walked none today.
Feb 27 - 4:25 PM

Lance Lynn allowed one run in two innings Monday against the Nationals.

The Cardinals talked earlier this month about going slow with Lynn and skipping him the first time through the rotation, but there he was pitching in the team's third game of the spring. Barring an unexpected setback in his rehab from Tommy John, he'll open the year in their rotation.
Feb 27 - 4:24 PM

Trevor Rosenthal pitched a pair of scoreless innings in relief Monday against the Nationals.

Rosenthal allowed a triple and walked a batter, but all six outs he got came on the ground. The Cardinals are stretching him out as a starter this spring, giving themselves an extra option in case the rotation isn't shaping up to their liking. He still figures to open up in a relief role.
Feb 27 - 4:22 PM

Trea Turner had a solo homer in three at-bats Monday against the Cardinals.

The early assumption was that Turner would bat second after the Adam Eaton acquisition, separating the Nationals' left-handed hitters, but Dusty Baker has made it clear he prefers Turner leading off. That's probably best for Turner's fantasy value; it'll cost him some RBI, but he'll get more chances to steal.
Feb 27 - 4:20 PM

Corey Dickerson had a two-run homer and a walk Monday in leading the Rays past the Phillies 3-2.

Dickerson was the DH today, and he'll likely start there pretty regularly unless the Rays make some sort of change prior to Opening Day. His fantasy upside is way off from what it was in Coors, but he did manage 24 homers and 36 doubles in his first season in Tampa Bay.
Feb 27 - 4:14 PM

Blake Snell yielded one run and four hits in two innings Monday against the Phillies.

Snell's rotation spot went from pretty safe to very safe when Drew Smyly was traded. Basically, it'd take a meltdown in the control department to get him sent back to the minors prior to Opening Day. He gave up some hits today, but the Rays won't worry as much about that.
Feb 27 - 4:11 PM

Maikel Franco went 2-for-2 and hit his third spring homer Monday against the Rays.

One of those homers was an inside-the-parker and should have been a double, but even so, Franco is scorching hot right now. One note of interest: Franco hit fifth behind Michael Saunders in this one after hitting cleanup ahead of Saunders in his debut. It's something to watch, since Franco would have more fantasy value hitting fourth than fifth or sixth (we're guessing Saunders will hit fifth to break up righties Franco and Tommy Joseph).
Feb 27 - 4:09 PM

Nick Ciuffo exited Monday's game versus the Phillies with a left quad contusion.

Ciuffo initially stayed in the game after catching a foul tip to the quad, but he was pulled later in the contest after singling. He should be fine.
Feb 27 - 4:05 PM

Starling Marte doubled, stole a base and scored a run as the Pirates' No. 2 hitter in Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Blue Jays on Monday.

One thing we've been wondering about is whether Marte would continue to bat behind Andrew McCutchen this year or if he'd move back to the top of the order. The latter scenario would seem to make more sense, especially given Josh Harrison's struggles as a leadoff man. Besides, even though Marte hit .311/.362/.456 last year, he ended up with just 46 RBI in 129 games.
Feb 27 - 4:02 PM

Chad Kuhl retired all six Blue Jays he faced in his start Monday.

While he isn't quite guaranteed anything, Kuhl is penciled into the fourth spot in the Pirates' rotation after finishing with a 4.20 ERA in 14 starts as a rookie. He wouldn't seem to have mixed-league option, but he should be decent enough for the Pirates.
Feb 27 - 3:59 PM

Marcus Stroman struck out three in two perfect innings Monday against the Pirates.

A good start for Stroman as he prepares to pitch for Team USA in the WBC. He's due to make one more start in camp before joining the club.
Feb 27 - 3:57 PM

Orioles manager Buck Showalter said Ryan Flaherty (shoulder) should be ready to play by Wednesday.

Flaherty is fighting through some early-spring shoulder soreness. It's not a big deal. The versatile 30-year-old should be locked into a spot on the Baltimore bench to open the 2017 regular season.
Feb 27 - 3:50 PM

Greg Bird doubled twice in three at-bats Monday in the Yankees' 4-1 defeat of the Orioles.

Bird was the DH today, but he's fine to play first base now after missing last year with a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder. There are questions about whether he'll have his power stroke all of the way back this year, but maybe he can answer some of those this spring. He's looked good in batting practice, according to reports.
Feb 27 - 3:44 PM



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