Jose Abreu
White Sox's Jose Abreu: To take two-day personal absence
Jose Abreu, 1B, CHW
6:10 PM
News: Abreu will head to Miami following Monday's game to tend to personal matters and expects to be back in camp on Wednesday, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Abreu's brief absence will in all likelihood not heavily factor into his preparation for the season. The 30-year-old first baseman went 2-for-3 on Monday against the Cubs, which included hitting a long, "no-doubter" home run. He'll look to stay hot when he returns from his absence presumably on Wednesday.

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Josh Hamilton
Rangers' Josh Hamilton: Goes under knife Monday
Josh Hamilton, 1B, TEX
3:00 PM
News: Hamilton (knee) underwent arthroscopic surgery Monday to repair the meniscus in his left knee, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

As expected, the veteran outfielder had another procedure performed on his knee to try to right the ship and get him back into playing shape. The current timetable has Hamilton rehabbing for six weeks prior to running again, so it seems that any hopes of playing on Opening Day are out of the question. A firmer return date should come forth as he recovers from this operation.

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Hanley Ramirez
Red Sox's Hanley Ramirez: Status uncertain for WBC
Hanley Ramirez, 1B, BOS
1:00 PM
News: Ramirez is dealing with shoulder soreness and is unsure if he will be able to play in the World Baseball Classic, Tim Britton of the Providence Journal reports.

Ramirez downplayed the severity of the soreness, chalking it up to tightness caused by heavy offseason lifting. The tightness has kept him from playing in the field yet this spring, although he dealt with a similar delay in throwing last spring. Right now, its pretty unclear what his status for the WBC will be, but the 33-year-old is expecting to sit down with manager John Farrell later this week to figure it out. "John told me we'll talk about it and what's the best thing for me and the team. So let's see what happens," Ramirez said. "We've got a good season ahead of us so I don't want to miss that. That's what we're here for."

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Kendrys Morales
Blue Jays' Kendrys Morales: Homers in spring debut
Kendrys Morales, 1B, TOR
7:55 AM
News: Morales went 2-for-2 with a solo homer and two RBI in his Grapefruit League debut Sunday against the Phillies.

Morales wasted no time in getting the team and Jays' faithful excited about their headline acquisition from this offseason. He drove in a run with an infield single in his first at-bat, then sent a ball towering over the right-field fence in the third inning off Phillies' reliever Joaquin Benoit. Morales, who's entering his 11th MLB season at age 33, hit 30 homers and drove in 93 runs with a .795 OPS for Kansas City last season. The year before, he notched 106 RBI and crossed the plate himself 81 times while cracking 22 deep flies. He's booked as the team's DH and will hit from the middle of the Jays' potent lineup. Morales was signed to replace the production lost by Edwin Encarnacion's move to the Indians, and although he can't be expected to put up Encarnacion-type numbers, Morales should be a great source of production and a high draft pick across all leagues.

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Mark Canha
Athletics' Mark Canha: Smacks RBI double in Cactus League loss
Mark Canha, 1B, OAK
2/26/2017
News: Canha went 1-for-2 with an RBI double and walk in Sunday's 5-3 Cactus League loss to the Angels.

Canha brought home Eric Young, Jr. and Alejandro De Aza in the third with a double to left, drawing the A's even with the Angels at 1-1 at the time. The right fielder, who'll platoon with offseason acquisition Matt Joyce this season, hit out of the two-hole Sunday and has looked strong this spring after missing the majority of 2016 with a hip injury.

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Dan Vogelbach
Mariners' Dan Vogelbach: Ropes pair of singles in Cactus League opener
Dan Vogelbach, 1B, SEA
2/26/2017
News: Vogelbach went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles in Saturday's 13-3 Cactus League victory over the Padres.

The 24-year-old is vying to platoon with lefty masher Danny Valencia at first base this season, and got his spring off to a strong start with Saturday's effort. Vogelbach packs plenty of power on his 6-foot, 250-pound frame, and worked all offseason to sharpen his defensive skills in anticipation of his expected role in 2017.

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Trey Mancini
Orioles' Trey Mancini: Strikes out three time Saturday
Trey Mancini, 1B, BAL
2/25/2017
News: Mancini struck out in all three of his at-bats and left five runners on base in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Pirates.

The Orioles' No. 3 prospect opened the Grapefruit League season with a hit Friday against the Tigers, but the results in his latest contest weren't so kind. Mancini started both games at first base while Chris Davis has yet to make his spring debut. Saturday's hat trick was an illustration of why the youngster is expected to continue grooming in the minors this season.

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Miguel Cabrera
Tigers' Miguel Cabrera: Hit by pitch but uninjured Saturday
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET
2/25/2017
News: Cabrera was hit by a pitch in the arm during Saturday's spring training game against Houston but he stayed in the contest, MLive.com reports.

If there was even a hint of an injury, Cabrera would have likely been pulled, so there doesn't seem to be any cause for concern here. Cabrera will continue to work in camp with the Tigers until he plays for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic next month.

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Sam Travis
Red Sox's Sam Travis: Smashes home run in spring opener
Sam Travis, 1B, BOS
2/23/2017
News: Travis (knee) went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer in Thursday's spring opener against Northeastern University.

Travis started at designated hitter for the Red Sox, and according to manager John Farrell, "you would never know he had the [torn] ACL last year the way that he's moving around." It seems that the top prospect is back to normal form now that he's able to join the team in game action, and he should continue to develop normally with the hopes of garnering a callup sometime later in the season.

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Jefry Marte
Angels' Jefry Marte: Likely to start year in minors
Jefry Marte, 1B, LAA
2/23/2017
News: With the acquisition of Luis Valbuena, Marte has likely lost his spot on the 25-man roster, according to the Orange County Register.

This move would make sense considering Marte served as a backup infielder last season, and Valbuena can play both first and third base. He will turn 26 years old this season and showed a bit of life at the plate last season with a .252/.310/.481 slash line in 284 plate appearances. Marte's ability to play at the corners in both the infield and the outfield would make him the first man up should anyone go down to injury at those positions.

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