ST Daily: Kipnis Shut Down

ST Daily: Kipnis Shut Down
In the first Spring Training Daily of 2017, Nate Grimm talks Jason Kipnis being shut down and two Angels starters making progress from arm injuries.
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Byung Ho Park hit his second homer of the spring, a two-run shot off Jose Urena, in the Twins' 9-6 win over the Marlins on Monday.

Park seemed likely to open up in Triple-A after getting bumped from the Twins' 40-man roster in February, but that might already be on the verge of changing in light of him opening the spring 4-for-7 with three extra-base hits. He's a better bet than Kennys Vargas as the team's DH.
Feb 27 - 4:53 PM

Ervin Santana threw a pair of scoreless innings and struck out two Monday against the Marlins.

Santana would have made the cut for the Dominican Republic's rotation in the WBC, but he's chosen to skip the tournament. He's slated to be the Twins' Opening Day starter.
Feb 27 - 4:51 PM

Justin Nicolino retired just one of the seven Twins he faced and was charged with five runs -- four earned -- in his appearance Monday.

The Marlins made it pretty clear how little faith they had in Nicolino when they added Edinson Volquez, Dan Straily and Jeff Locke over the winter. His ticket back to Triple-A has already been punched, and he'll get demoted even earlier than expected if he can't do better than this next time out.
Feb 27 - 4:49 PM

Andrew Romine doubled twice Monday, including once in an eight-run eighth inning, as the Tigers came back to beat the Braves 10-7.

Romine homered Saturday, so he's off to quite the power surge this spring. That's three extra-base hits in seven at-bats for a guy who has never had more than nine in a season as a major leaguer (he has six homers, two triples and 19 doubles in 761 career at-bats).
Feb 27 - 4:41 PM

Anibal Sanchez was tagged for three runs in an inning by the Braves on Monday.

Sanchez allowed four hits, walked one and struck out none. A strong spring would give him a great chance of opening the season as the Tigers' fifth starter, but he's far from assured anything after his miserable 2016 campaign.
Feb 27 - 4:38 PM

Chaz Roe gave up five runs without retiring a batter in his appearance against the Tigers on Monday.

A really tough start for a guy who is battling to keep his roster spot. Roe had a 3.60 ERA and a 26/7 K/BB ratio in 20 innings for Atlanta after being picked up from the Orioles last summer. He's out of options, but he'd probably clear waivers if he struggles all spring.
Feb 27 - 4:37 PM

Dansby Swanson finished 3-for-3 with a double and three runs scored Monday versus the Tigers.

Swanson hit second today, and the Braves are expected to keep him there in the regular season. It's what is best for his fantasy value. We don't expect a big average right away, but he should be good for 12-18 homers and a similar number of steals.
Feb 27 - 4:35 PM

Micah Johnson singled, walked twice and scored three runs Monday against the Tigers.

Johnson has made both his starts this spring in the outfield, first in center and today in right. He'll need to show that kind of versatility in order to have a chance of making the Braves, but he's still kind of a long shot, especially since his profile is so similar to Jace Peterson's.
Feb 27 - 4:33 PM
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