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Carlos Gomez (shoulder) is expected to take swings on Sunday and return to Cactus League action early in the week.

Gomez hasn't swung a bat since jamming his left shoulder during Tuesday's game. He's still considered day-to-day and looks as though he should be ready for Opening Day as long as he avoids any setbacks this week.
Mar 25 - 11:47 AM

Tanner Scheppers has been diagnosed with a left abdominal strain.

He'll require further evaluation and no timetable for his return has been noted yet. The club also hasn't ruled out a sports hernia for the right-hander. It looks increasingly likely that he'll start the season on the disabled list.
Mar 25 - 11:43 AM

Brewers reassigned RHP Hiram Burgos to minor league camp.

The right-hander had a chance to earn a spot in the Opening Day bullpen with a strong spring, but instead registered a 17.36 ERA, 3.00 WHIP and 3/1 K/BB ratio in 4 2/3 innings. He'll serve as bullpen depth at Triple-A to start the season.
Mar 25 - 11:40 AM

Diamondbacks optioned RHP Zack Godley to Triple-A Reno.

The right-hander was competing for a spot in the Opening Day bullpen but struggled to the tune of a 5.87 ERA, 1.96 WHIP and 8/2 K/BB ratio in 7 2/3 innings during Cactus League play. He'll presumably be stretched back out as a starter at Triple-A where he'll function as rotation depth.
Mar 25 - 11:37 AM

Diamondbacks released RHP Kevin Jepsen.

Jepsen was on the outside looking in at a spot in the Opening Day bullpen, so he'll have a week to try to land on his feet elsewhere. The veteran right-hander sported a troublesome 12.27 ERA, 2.45 WHIP and .400 batting average against in 3 2/3 innings during Cactus League play.
Mar 25 - 11:27 AM

Miguel Cabrera said Saturday that his back is improving and that he's scheduled to play first base in a Grapefruit League game on Sunday.

He'll take batting practice on Saturday and if all goes well he'll return to game action on Sunday. Provided he can avoid any further setbacks, he should be ready to go for the start of the regular season. At this point, there's no reason for his stock to be falling in fantasy drafts.
Mar 25 - 11:19 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Rangers and Rougned Odor are in agreement on a six-year, $49.5 million contract extension.

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News had reported earlier that the two sides were close to a deal. Heyman also notes that the deal includes an option for a seventh season which could push the total of deal even higher. The 23-year-old was set to be eligible for arbitration in 2018 and a free agent in 2021.
Mar 25 - 11:16 AM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus announced Saturday that Michael Fulmer will start the team's home opener against the Red Sox on Friday, April 7.

With Justin Verlander set to start on Opening Day, expect Jordan Zimmermann and Daniel Norris to work in some order in the second and third games of the season. Matt Boyd continues to be the leading candidate for the fifth and final spot in the rotation to start the season.
Mar 25 - 11:10 AM

Chris Stewart (groin) is optimistic that he'll be ready for Opening Day.

The veteran backstop underwent a precautionary MRI after leaving Friday's Grapefruit League contest with a sore left groin. He felt much better on Saturday morning though and has been prescribed only rest and treatment for the injury. He'll serve as the primary backup behind starting catcher Francisco Cervelli in 2017.
Source: MLB.com
Mar 25 - 10:59 AM

Roberto Osuna (back) is expected to return to Grapefruit League action on Monday.

The right-hander hasn't pitched since returning from the World Baseball Classic due to back soreness related to his mattress. He has since got a new one and feels much better, so don't expect this issue to linger heading into the regular season.
Mar 25 - 10:55 AM

Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers are nearing a six-year contract extension with Rougned Odor that's expected to be around $50 million.

Odor has been reportedly seeking a six-year pact in the neighborhood of $52.5 million, which is the figure Jason Kipnis landed in a similar spot after the 2014 season. Kevin Kiermaier was in a similar situation this offseason and secured a six-year, $53.5 million extension from the Rays that Grant notes could serve as a blueprint for the Odor deal. The 23-year-old hit .271/.296/.502 with 33 homers, 88 RBI and 14 stolen bases in a breakthrough 2016 season.
Mar 25 - 10:50 AM

Gregory Polanco was scratched from Saturday's Grapefruit League lineup due to left shoulder discomfort.

While it doesn't sound like anything more than a minor issue, it's not the type of thing you want to be hearing so close to the start of the regular season, especially right in the thick of fantasy draft season. This shouldn't impact his availability for Opening Day, but could cause the risk-averse drafters to let him slide a few more picks.
Mar 25 - 10:45 AM

Tyrone Taylor is expected to miss 4-6 weeks after tweaking his hamstring during an outfield drill.

The Brewers have a wealth of young talent in the outfield both at the major league level and in the minor leagues, so it's hard to see Taylor breaking through to the big leagues in 2017. The 23-year-old hit .232/.303/.327 with nine homers, 34 RBI and nine stolen bases in 134 games at Double-A Biloxi in 2016.
Mar 25 - 10:31 AM

Braves released RHP Blaine Boyer.

The club informed him on Saturday that he wouldn't be making the Opening Day bullpen and have given him an opportunity to latch on elsewhere. If he's unable to land a big league job, they would love to have him back on a minor league deal to function as bullpen depth at Triple-A Gwinnett.
Mar 25 - 10:25 AM

The Astros informed Reid Brignac on Saturday that he won't be making the Opening Day roster.

He made a case for a reserve role with a strong showing in Cactus League play, hitting .326/.370/.512 with a homer and 10 RBI in 43 at-bats. He'll remain on the major league side of camp for now.
Mar 25 - 10:20 AM



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