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James Shields named as Opening Day starter 03-28-2015
James Shields P SD
Padres manager Bud Black officially named James Shields as the team's Opening Day starter.

Dennis Lin on Twitter
The move doesn't come as a major surprise, as the 33-year-old hurler was signed this winter to be the ace of the Padres staff. His fantasy value continues to rise as he's pitching in the friendly confines of Petco Park.
J.J. Hardy undergoing MRA exam on Monday 03-28-2015
J.J. Hardy SS BAL
J.J. Hardy is scheduled to undergo an MRA exam on his injured left shoulder on Monday.

Eduardo Encina on Twitter
Hardy has been receiving treatment in recent days, but the Orioles want to ensure that there is no structural damage. He's expected to be held out of action until Tuesday.
League expected to be placed on 60-day DL 03-28-2015
Brandon League P LAD
Brandon League is expected to be sidelined for the next two months and is attempting to avoid surgery on his ailing shoulder.

Ken Gurnick on Twitter
League expects to begin the season on the 60-day disabled list, and may be out considerably longer. He can safely be written off in all but the deepest of NL-only formats.
Crisp (elbow) likely to return on Tuesday 03-28-2015
Coco Crisp CF OAK
Athletics manager Bob Melvin said Saturday that Coco Crisp (elbow) is expected to return to game action on Tuesday.

Susan Slusser on Twitter
Barring any further setbacks, Melvin believes that the oft-injured outfielder will be ready to go on Opening Day. He always carries substantial injury risk, but hitting atop the A's lineup his combination of power and speed should provide ample fantasy value.
Angels option Cam Bedrosian to Triple-A 03-28-2015
Cam Bedrosian P LAA
Angels optioned RHP Cam Bedrosian to Triple-A Salt Lake. The 23-year-old had a chance to secure a spot in the Opening Day bullpen, but posted a 5.06 ERA and 1.88 WHIP in 5 1/3 Cactus League innings. He should get an opportunity with the Angels at some point during the upcoming season.
Ross Ohlendorf won't be ready for Opening Day 03-28-2015
Ross Ohlendorf P TEX
Ross Ohlendorf (groin) will not be ready for Opening Day.

Jeff Wilson on Twitter
He will begin the season in the rotation at the Triple-A level, but the Rangers do expect him to contribute at the major league level in 2015. He has pitched well in limited time this spring, fanning 11 over five shutout innings.
Angels reassign Wilk and Bedrosian to minors 03-28-2015
Adam Wilk P PIT
Angels reassigned LHP Adam Wilk and RHP Cam Bedrosian to minor league camp.

Jeff Fletcher on Twitter
Neither was a real threat to crack the Angels bullpen on Opening Day. They'll function as organizational depth at the Triple-A level and each should get a chance with the Halos at some point during the 2015 season.
Angels release veteran reliever Lindstrom 03-28-2015
Matt Lindstrom P LAA
Angels released RHP Matt Lindstrom. He had an opt-out clause in his contract if he wasn't on the Opening Day roster, so the move doesn't come as a huge surprise. The 35-year-old struggled in Cactus League play, posting a 11.12 ERA, 2.30 WHIP and 5/4 K/BB ratio in 5 2/3 innings.
No MRI scheduled for Justin Verlander yet 03-28-2015
Justin Verlander P DET
Justin Verlander indicated that his triceps soreness was the same on Saturday as it was on Friday.

Jason Beck on Twitter
The Tigers have yet to schedule an MRI, so they believe the issue is relatively minor and shouldn't impact his availability for the start of the regular season. They'll wait and see how he feels in a day or two before deciding when he'll throw next, but are optimistic that he'll make his scheduled start on Thursday.
Nate Freiman (back) starting to feel better 03-28-2015
Nate Freiman 1B OAK
Nate Freiman (back) is starting to feel better after undergoing aggressive treatment on his back strain.

Susan Slusser on Twitter
He still hasn't been cleared for baseball activity. With Mark Canha expected to make the Opening Day roster, Freiman may have been squeezed out of a roster spot regardless. He isn't expected to return until mid-April.
Koji Uehara not yet ruled out for Opening Day 03-28-2015
Koji Uehara P BOS
Red Sox manager John Farrell said Saturday that Koji Uehara (hamstring) has not been ruled out for Opening Day.

Brian MacPherson on Twitter
"He's a one-inning reliever, a veteran guy", Farrell said Saturday, indicating that he doesn't need much in-game preparation to get ready for the regular season. In the event that Uehara is unable to go, Edward Mujica is the favorite to see early save chances for the Red Sox.
Wada (groin) to throw simulated game Saturday 03-28-2015
Tsuyoshi Wada P CHC
Tsuyoshi Wada (leg) is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Saturday.

Carrie Muskat on Twitter
Wada has been dealing with a sore left groin that forced him to leave Saturday's start. He has appeared in just two Cactus League contests thus far, posting a 5.40 ERA and 1.80 WHIP in 1 2/3 innings of work. He appears to be on the outside looking in for the final spot in the Cubs rotation.
Rays place Alex Colome (pneumonia) on DL 03-28-2015
Alex Colome P TB
Rays placed RHP Alex Colome on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to March 27. The 26-year-old hurler spent five days in the hospital earlier in the month while battling the illness and is still working to regain his full strength. He's expected to be ready to join the Rays in mid-April.
Span (abdomen) throws successful long toss 03-28-2015
Denard Span CF WAS
Denard Span (abdomen) threw a successful long toss session on Saturday with distances up to 150 feet.

William Ladson on Twitter
Span continues to progress nicely in his recovery from core muscle surgery, but still isn't quite ready for game action. He isn't expected to rejoin the Nationals lineup until the end of April.
Shane Robinson will make Twins roster 03-28-2015
Shane Robinson RF MIN
Twins manager Paul Molitor indicated Saturday that Shane Robinson will make the Opening Day roster.

Mike Berardino on Twitter
Robinson is expected to platoon in center field with Jordan Schafer to begin the season. The 30-year-old is a career .231/.303/.308 hitter in 402 big league at-bats, so his fantasy value is minimal outside of the deepest AL-only formats.
Danny Santana officially named shortstop 03-28-2015
Danny Santana CF MIN
Twins manager Paul Molitor officially named Danny Santana as his starting shortstop on Saturday.

Mike Berardino on Twitter
It comes as no surprise, but it is now official. The 24-year-old has had a very strong spring, hitting .341/.356/.455 with two homers, though his 9/1 K/BB ratio is concerning for a player who could hit out of the leadoff slot.
Ausmus optimistic on Verlander's arm issue 03-28-2015
Justin Verlander P DET
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Saturday that he's optimistic Justin Verlander's triceps cramp will not be a long-term issue.

Chris Iott on Twitter
Verlander left Friday's Grapefruit League start with what the team is calling a right triceps cramp. While it doesn't sound as though it's a serious issue, any arm trouble for a starting pitcher definitely concerning. As of now, he's still expected to make his final spring start next week.
Josmil Pinto failed concussion test on Friday 03-28-2015
Josmil Pinto C MIN
Josmil Pinto failed part of his concussion test on Friday and is scheduled to retake it again on Sunday.

Mike Berardino on Twitter
Pinto claims that he is no longer experiencing post-concussion symptoms, but the team isn't quite ready to clear him just yet. As long as he's cleared on Sunday, he should be ready in time for the start of the regular season.
Werth to play defense only in minors game 03-28-2015
Jayson Werth RF WAS
Jayson Werth is scheduled to play defense only in a minor league contest on Saturday.

William Ladson on Twitter
Werth is still experiencing some soreness in his surgically-repaired right shoulder when he's hitting, so he'll get his work in without stepping to the plate. At this point, it seems doubtful that he'll be in the Nationals starting lineup on Opening Day, but should be ready in early April.
Bobby Parnell expected to return in mid-April 03-28-2015
Bobby Parnell P NYM
Bobby Parnell (elbow) has been progressing quicker than anticipated in his recovery from Tommy John surgery and is expected to return to the Mets bullpen in mid-April.

ESPN New York
The early timetable that the team gave was early May, but it appears that the veteran right-hander should beat that estimate. He's expected to work in a setup capacity in his return, but could eventually challenge Jenrry Mejia for save opportunities.
Mike Pelfrey not happy about move to bullpen 03-28-2015
Mike Pelfrey P MIN
Mike Pelfrey expressed unhappiness Saturday that he's being moved to the bullpen.

Mike Berardino on Twitter
The veteran right-hander said Saturday that he was, "kind of disappointed, frustrated, a little upset" over the move. He had been told that there would be an open competition for the final spot in the rotation, and Pelfrey doesn't believe that he was outpitched by Tommy Milone. It's unclear if the Twins will seek a trade for the disgruntled hurler, or attempt to smooth things over.
Tigers release right-hander Luke Putkonen 03-28-2015
Luke Putkonen P DET
Tigers released RHP Luke Putkonen.

Jason Beck on Twitter
He was reassigned to minor league camp on March 17. Putkonen pitched well out of the Tigers bullpen in 2014 before an elbow injury ended his season prematurely. He should have little trouble latching on elsewhere.
Ryan Zimmerman to miss 2-3 days with shoulder 03-28-2015
Ryan Zimmerman 3B WAS
Ryan Zimmerman is expected to be sidelined for the next 2-3 days after jamming his left shoulder on a diving play in Friday's Grapefruit League contest.

Mark Zuckerman on Twitter
The Nationals don't believe that the injury is serious and do not have an MRI scheduled. Zimmerman remains fully confident that he will be in the team's lineup on Opening Day.
Vic Black to throw off mound on Saturday 03-28-2015
Vic Black P NYM
Vic Black (shoulder) is scheduled to throw 20 pitches off of a mound on Saturday.

Adam Rubin on Twitter
It will be his first time doing so since being shut down on March 9 with shoulder tendinitis. While he is progressing nicely, his availability for Opening Day remains doubtful.
Twins option struggling Hicks to Triple-A 03-28-2015
Aaron Hicks CF MIN
Twins optioned OF Aaron Hicks to Triple-A Rochester.

LaVelle Neal on Twitter
Once again, Hicks had an opportunity to seize the team's starting job in center field with a strong spring, but hit just .206/.300/.324 with a 9/5 K/BB ratio in 34 spring at-bats. It appears as though Jordan Schafer will function as the team's starting center fielder to begin the season.
Joe Nathan says thumbnail is still tender 03-28-2015
Joe Nathan P DET
Joe Nathan said Saturday that his injured thumbnail is progressing but is still tender.

Anthony Fenech on Twitter
He was able to throw fastballs in a throwing session on Friday and will attempt to throw breaking balls on Saturday. He's scheduled to return to game action on Monday. The veteran right-hander has been abysmal again this spring for the Tigers, but is still expected to begin the season in the closer's role for the Tigers.
Mets reassign Alex Castellanos to minors camp 03-28-2015
Alex Castellanos LF SD
Mets reassigned INF/OF Alex Castellanos and RHP Chase Bradford to minor league camp.

Adam Rubin on Twitter
The 28-year-old was in camp competing for a spot on the Mets bench, but struggled to the tune of .222/.263/.472 with one homer, four RBI and a 12/1 K/BB ratio in 36 at-bats. He'll function as organizational depth at Triple-A for the time being.
Alex Cobb (forearm) not yet cleared to throw 03-28-2015
Alex Cobb P TB
Alex Cobb (forearm) said Saturday that he has yet to be cleared to begin throwing, but hopes to soon.

Marc Topkin on Twitter
Cobb indicated on Monday that he's pain-free. Still, the team is playing things very cautiously in his recovery from forearm tendinitis, and there is no real reason to rush him back into action. It looks as though he may miss a start to begin the season, but should be ready to join the Rays rotation in mid-April.
Red Sox find something in Vazquez MRI 03-28-2015
Christian Vazquez C BOS
Christian Vazquez (elbow) said Saturday that his MRI "found something" but the team will get a second opinion before making a formal diagnosis.

Alex Speier on Twitter
That certainly doesn't sound promising for his chances of suiting up on Opening Day. Vazquez has been battling a sore right elbow for the past week or so which prompted the exam. If he is unavailable for the start of the season, Ryan Hanigan could function as the team's primary catcher.
Hardy says shoulder still sore on Saturday 03-28-2015
J.J. Hardy SS BAL
J.J. Hardy indicated Saturday that his left shoulder was more sore than it was on Friday when he was removed from a Grapefruit League contest after sustaining the injury on a dive up the middle.

Dan Connolly on Twitter
Hardy received treatment for the injury and will be held out of team workouts on Saturday. The injury is still believed to be minor and isn't expected to effect his availability for the start of the regular season.
Twins reassign Hamburger to minors camp 03-28-2015
Mark Hamburger P HOU
Twins reassigned RHP Mark Hamburger to minor league camp. The 28-year-old hurler was in camp as a non-roster invitee. He compiled a 5.59 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 10/2 K/BB ratio over 9 2/3 innings, which just wasn't enough to earn a spot in the Opening Day bullpen. He should get a chance with the Twins at some point during the upcoming season.
Eddie Rosario optioned to Triple-A Rochester 03-28-2015
Eddie Rosario 2B MIN
Twins optioned OF Eddie Rosario to Triple-A Rochester.

Mike Berardino on Twitter
The 23-year-old prospect hit .233/.227/.442 with a pair of homers and seven RBI in 43 spring at-bats. The Twins would prefer he play everyday at the Triple-A level to begin the season, but he should get an opportunity with the big league club at some point during the 2015 campaign.
Tommy Milone named as Twins fifth starter 03-28-2015
Tommy Milone P MIN
Twins manager Paul Molitor confirmed Saturday that Tommy Milone would open the season as the fifth starter in the team's rotation.

Rhett Bollinger on Twitter
The 28-year-old southpaw struggled in his limited time with the Twins in 2014, though he owns a career 3.98 ERA and 1.30 WHIP across 490 1/3 major league innings. He should be a decent backend option in AL-only formats.
Twins option Trevor May to Triple-A Rochester 03-28-2015
Trevor May P MIN
Twins optioned RHP Trevor May to Triple-A Rochester.

Rhett Bollinger on Twitter
The 25-year-old was in camp competing for a spot in the rotation, but the Twins would like him to show more consistency at the minor league level first. He pitched well in three Grapefruit League outings, posting a 4.22 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 9/2 K/BB ratio in 10 2/3 innings.
Middlebrooks collects another two hits Friday 03-28-2015
Will Middlebrooks 3B SD
Will Middlebrooks continued his assault on Cactus League pitching on Friday, going 2-for-3 with an RBI in a 7-5 victory over the Rockies. While manager Bud Black has yet to make a formal announcement, all signs indicate that Middlebrooks has won the starting job at third base over Yangervis Solarte. With the two-hit effort, he's hitting .341 (15-for-44) with two homers and eight RBI in spring play.
Shields gives up five runs in loss to Rockies 03-28-2015
James Shields P SD
James Shields had a rough outing against the Rockies on Friday, allowing five runs (three earned) on six hits over his 4 1/3 innings. Big Game James punched out five on the evening and walked one. It was the roughest start of the spring for the 33-year-old hurler, who still sports a respectable 3.31 ERA and outstanding 21/5 K/BB ratio across 16 1/3 innings. With his move to the National League and the pitcher-friendly confines of Petco Park, he has been a very popular commodity on fantasy draft boards this spring.
Blackmon goes 2-for-3, scores twice in loss 03-28-2015
Charlie Blackmon CF COL
Charlie Blackmon had a nice day at the plate in Friday's loss to the Padres, going 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored. Blackmon also drew a walk in the contest, reaching safely in three of his four plate appearances atop the order. The 28-year-old is hitting .290 (9-for-31) with a homer and three RBI. As long as he's hitting in the second slot of the Rockies lineup, he should once again provide plenty of mixed league value in 2015.
Kendrick struggles in Cactus League outing 03-28-2015
Kyle Kendrick P COL
Kyle Kendrick struggled in Friday's Cactus League outing against the Padres, allowing four runs (three earned) on eight hits over 4 1/3 innings. The veteran right-hander walked a pair and struck out two on the afternoon. It was the worst outing of the spring to date for the Rockies' Opening Day starter. The 30-year-old owns a 3.52 ERA and 8/4 K/BB ratio across 15 1/3 innings in Cactus League play. He holds little fantasy value outside of NL-only formats.
Lucroy smashes third homer as Brewers roll 03-28-2015
Jonathan Lucroy C MLW
Jonathan Lucroy smashed his third Cactus League home run as the Brewers rolled over the Reds 8-6 on Friday. The Brewers jumped on Raisel Iglesias early in this one, with Scooter Gennett leading the game off with a solo homer, and Lucroy adding a two-run bomb just two hitters later. He has been on fire at the plate this spring, hitting .423 (11-for-26) with three homers and eight RBI.
Garza defeats Reds despite his struggles 03-28-2015
Matt Garza P MLW
Matt Garza struggled but still picked up a victory over the Reds on Friday despite allowing five runs on seven hits over 5 2/3 innings. On the plus side, the veteran right-hander did rack up six strikeouts while issuing only one free pass. He has had a rough go of it this spring, posting a 6.16 ERA and 1.63 WHIP over his 19 innings. He'll have at least one more chance to right the ship before the regular season begins.
Brandon Phillips plates four in Friday's loss 03-28-2015
Brandon Phillips 2B CIN
Brandon Phillips went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles and four RBI as the Reds dropped a Cactus League decision to the Brewers on Friday. Phillips got the Reds on the board with a two-run double off Matt Garza in the first inning then repeated the same feat again in the fifth. The 33-year-old has been off to a slow start this spring, hitting .233 (10-for-43) with no homers and six RBI.
Raisel Iglesias hit hard in loss to Brewers 03-28-2015
Raisel Iglesias P CIN
Raisel Iglesias was hit hard in Friday's Cactus League loss to the Brewers, giving up six runs (three earned) on five hits over his four frames. Iglesias punched out four on the evening while walking two. The Brewers jumped on him for three runs right out of the gate, with Scooter Gennett and Jonathan Lucroy each blasting homers in the first inning. Even with the rough outing, Iglesias still owns a respectable 3.68 ERA on the spring with a 14/5 K/BB ratio in 14 2/3 innings. While he carries a good deal of risk, he's an interesting high-upside gamble in the later rounds of mixed league drafts.
Andrew Susac homers as Giants top Dodgers 03-28-2015
Andrew Susac C SF
Andrew Susac belted his first Cactus League home run as the Giants topped the Dodgers 8-4 on Friday. His solo blast off Yimi Garcia in the sixth inning increased the Giants advantage to 5-3. Susac also drew a walk in the contest, finishing 1-for-3 with a pair of runs scored. He has been scuffling at the dish this spring, hitting just .222 (4-for-18) with one homer and one RBI.
Chris Heston goes six strong against Dodgers 03-28-2015
Chris Heston P SF
Chris Heston delivered a strong start in Friday's Cactus League victory over the Dodgers, allowing two runs on four hits over six frames. Heston didn't issue a walk or strike out a batter on the night. With the dearth of rotation options that the Giants already have, the 26-year-old hurler has no chance of cracking the Opening Day roster. He'll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A to begin the season and could be called upon to make a spot start at some point during the season.
Adrian Gonzalez plates two in loss to Giants 03-28-2015
Adrian Gonzalez 1B LAD
Adrian Gonzalez went 1-for-2 with a pair of RBI as the Dodgers fell to the Giants in Cactus League play on Friday. His first inning double off Chris Heston plated the Dodgers first two runs of the evening. The reigning National League RBI Champion is off to a slow start this spring, hitting .244 (11-for-45) with two homers and nine RBI. He should once again be a solid source of run production in the middle of the Dodgers lineup.
Zack Greinke struggles in latest spring start 03-28-2015
Zack Greinke P LAD
Zack Greinke struggled in Friday's Cactus League outing against the Giants, allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits over 3 2/3 innings of work. Greinke also issued a pair of walks while punching out three. The important thing to note is that Greinke felt good after the outing, even though his command wasn't where he wanted. The 31-year-old now boasts a 3.55 ERA and 11/6 K/BB ratio 12 2/3 innings on the spring.