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According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Yankees were "a bit dismayed" at how Didi Gregorius (shoulder) was used in the World Baseball Classic.

Gregorius strained his right shoulder Saturday while playing in an exhibition game for Team Netherlands. Per Heyman, the Yankees are upset that Gregorius got hurt playing second base, a position he hasn't played since 2014. "It is what it is," said manager Joe Girardi. "He’s hurt. There’s nothing you can do about it." Ronald Torreyes and Tyler Wade are the most likely candidates to fill in at shortstop during his absence.
Mar 23 - 9:43 PM

Trevor Plouffe went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and three runs scored against the Brewers on Thursday.

He now owns a .361 batting average in Cactus League play. Plouffe joined the Athletics as a free agent over the winter after spending his entire seven-year career with the Twins. He battled through an injury-plagued campaign last year, playing in only 84 games while batting .260/.303/.420 with 12 home runs and 47 RBI. Throughout his career he has been a jack-of-all-trades-and-master-of-none. The sort of guy who does a little bit of everything but not quite well enough to be a coveted fantasy asset. He is slated to serve as the Athletics' regular third baseman this season.
Mar 23 - 9:14 PM

Yonder Alonso went 2-for-3 with two home runs, three RBI and three runs scored as the Athletics trounced the Brewers 15-5 on Thursday.

He drilled a two-run shot off Brewers ace Junior Guerra in the second inning, then took him yard again with a solo blast in the third frame. Alonso is now batting .382 with four homers and 11 RBI in 34 at-bats. He figures to split time at first base and designated hitter this season. He has an unappealing .253/.316/.367 career slash line with a paltry 39 home runs in 2343 plate appearances spread over 664 games.
Mar 23 - 9:05 PM

Chris Archer has been announced as the Rays' Opening Day starter.

He'll get the nod at home April 2 against the Yankees. This will be Archer's third straight Opening Day start. The rest of Tampa Bay's rotation will follow in this order: Jake Odorizzi, Alex Cobb, Blake Snell and Matt Andriese. Even in a down year, Archer still finished second in the AL with 233 strikeouts last season. Look for him to bounce back in 2017.
Mar 23 - 8:52 PM

Ricky Nolasco turned in a solid outing against the Padres on Thursday, yielding two runs on five hits in 6 1/3 innings of work.

He walked one and fanned four, bringing his ERA to 3.52 in 15 1/3 innings. He began last season with the Twins and ended it with the Angels, notching a combined 8-14 record with a 4.42 ERA in 197 2/3 frames. He is solidly entrenched in the starting rotation and makes a serviceable back-end fantasy starter in mixed leagues.
Mar 23 - 8:07 PM

Abraham Almonte went 3-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored during a win over the Rockies on Thursday.

All three hits were singles, including a grounder to right field that drove in a pair of runs. He is now batting .385 with two homers and 10 RBI so far this spring. Almonte missed the first 80 games of last season to a PED suspension before returning to hit .264/.294/.401 with one home run and 22 RBI in 194 plate appearances. He hopes his performance in Cactus League action will earn him a roster slot as a backup outfielder.
Mar 23 - 7:43 PM

Miguel Cabrera (back) admitted he isn't sure if he'll be ready for Opening Day.

"I don't know," said Cabrera on Thursday. "I will play when I am ready to play." Cabrera said he tweaked the right side of his back in his first game at the World Baseball Classic but now his left side hurts from overcompensating. He mostly played through the injury at the WBC but didn't look like himself, batting .190 over 21 at-bats. Cabrera still has a week and a half to get ready, but his health is something fantasy owners need to be aware of heading into drafts.
Mar 23 - 7:42 PM

James Paxton (illness) has been scratched from Friday's Cactus League start against the Royals.

Paxton is battling a head cold. He'll be replaced by Hisashi Iwakuma, who was originally scheduled to pitch a minor league game on Friday. This shouldn't impact Paxton's availability for the start of the regular season.
Mar 23 - 7:30 PM

Nick Delmonico went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in a win over the Reds on Thursday.

He hit a two-run bomb off Bronson Arroyo in the fourth inning before adding an RBI double in the sixth. The 24-year-old is trying to make the squad as a backup infielder after recording a .279 batting average with 17 home runs and 61 RBI split between Double-A and Triple-A last year.
Mar 23 - 7:30 PM

Jose Quintana shut out the Reds for seven innings as he led the White Sox to a 4-2 victory on Thursday.

He looked to be in mid-season form as he mowed down the Reds' batters. Quintana allowed just two hits and no walks while striking out three. This was only his second official start on the Cactus League circuit as he spent time pitching well for Team Colombia in the World Baseball Classic. He has a 1.00 ERA in nine spring innings. Trade rumors continue to swirl around Quintana and there seems to be a chance he could go north for the regular season in another uniform, but he'll be a valuable starter wherever he winds up.
Mar 23 - 7:23 PM

Red Sox manager John Farrell said if the season started today, Sandy Leon would be the starting catcher.

Farrell acknowledged that Christian Vazquez will see time there as well but it looks like Leon will enter 2017 as the Red Sox's starter. Leon enjoyed a breakout season last year, slashing .310/.476/.845 over 252 at-bats. Leon and Vazquez are both plus defenders but Vazquez has struggled to hit against big-league pitching (.233 career average).
Mar 23 - 7:21 PM

Corey Kluber allowed three runs -- one earned -- while striking out eight across seven innings of work in an 8-3 win over the Rockies.

None of the Rockies' regular season starters took the field today but it was still a strong effort from the Indians' ace. He gave up five hits and one walk to go with the eight punchouts. It hasn't been the best of spring trainings for Kluber as he owns a 5.40 ERA in 18 1/3 innings in his four starts, but the shaky results shouldn't worry his fantasy owners. The fact they let him go eight innings is a good sign he is healthy and ready for the season to begin in less than two weeks.
Mar 23 - 6:53 PM

Steven Wright struck out three over 4 1/3 frames of shutout ball against the Pirates on Thursday.

He gave up just two hits and one walk along the way. Wright's recovery from an injury to his left (non-throwing) shoulder took way longer than expected, but he's now gone out and fired 9 1/3 shutout innings this spring. He looks healthy and needs to be taken seriously as a fantasy commodity again.
Mar 23 - 6:53 PM

Dustin Pedroia went 3-for-3 with a pair of runs scored on Thursday against the Pirates.

He also drew a walk, reaching base in all four of his trips to the plate. Pedroia had knee surgery last October but certainly looks healthy this spring, hitting an even .500 across his 26 at-bats. He'll be the Red Sox' leadoff hitter this season.
Mar 23 - 6:24 PM

Rays pitching prospect Austin Pruitt whiffed five over four shutout frames Thursday against the Yankees.

Another impressive showing from Pruitt, who now boasts a 1.84 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 16/2 K/BB ratio over 14 2/3 frames this spring. Pruitt is 27 and isn't really viewed as much of a prospect, but he pitched well last season between Double- and Triple-A and could make his big league debut in 2017.
Mar 23 - 6:18 PM



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