Jason Rogers
Pirates' Jason Rogers: Back in spring action
Jason Rogers, 1B, PIT
3/22/2017
News: Rogers is 1-for-4 across three spring games since returning from an ankle injury.

It appears Rogers is feeling better, as the 29-year-old has now played in three straight games after missing the majority of March with the ankle injury. He's expected to start the year at Triple-A Indianapolis, and given Pittsburgh's depth ahead of him at first base, it will be difficult for Rogers to earn big league playing time this season.

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Christian Walker
Reds' Christian Walker: Sent to Triple-A
Christian Walker, 1B, CIN
3/22/2017
News: Walker was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Wednesday.

The 25-year-old was a long shot to make the 25-man roster after being claimed off waivers by the Reds earlier in March, and he didn't do much at the plate to help himself this spring, slashing just .189/.231/.351 in 37 at-bats. Walker will now head to Louisville where he'll serve as organizational depth in 2017.

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Chris Marrero
Giants' Chris Marrero: Injuries open up opportunity for roster spot
Chris Marrero, 1B, SF
3/22/2017
News: With Mac Williamson (quadriceps) and Mike Morse (hamstring) suffering injuries this week, Marrero has moved into the conversation for a bench role, CSN Bay Area reports.

Marrero was already making the decision hard for Giants' management this spring, batting .302 and leading the club with six home runs. Now that two of the veterans ahead of him on the depth chart have gone down to injury, the 28-year-old has a better shot at making the cut. Manager Bruce Bochy has taken notice, stating that "[Marrero] plays first base, outfield, he's a right-handed bat. Chris is just doing all he can. It's been a great spring." The one aspect of the slugger's game that may hold him back in the minors is his outfield defense, something the natural first baseman has been working on in camp. If Marrero makes the Opening Day roster, he would be used primarily as a bench bat and see the occasional start in left.

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Kendrys Morales
Blue Jays' Kendrys Morales: Smoking spring pitching
Kendrys Morales, 1B, TOR
3/22/2017
News: Morales is 11-for-30 (.367) with two home runs and a 1.091 OPS through 12 Grapefruit League games.

He was brought to Toronto to replace Edwin Encarnacion; however, by no means should Morales' fantasy value be based on a comparison to the former. Mitigating the loss of Encarnacion is practically impossible, but Morales was arguably the best option on the market this offseason. Since 2009, the 33-year-old has displayed offensive prowess worthy of respect. Morales peppers hits all over the diamond, makes above-average contact and owns a ridiculous .300 batting average with runners in scoring position over the past seven seasons combined. Now living in one of the most hitter-friendly ballparks in MLB, Morales has a legitimate chance to challenge some of his career-best numbers. If one wants to nitpick, slightly dropping Morales' value due to his lack of position eligibility would be fair.

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Miguel Cabrera
Tigers' Miguel Cabrera: Won't join Tigers lineup Wednesday or Thursday
Miguel Cabrera, 1B, DET
3/22/2017
News: Cabrera (back) is back with the Tigers but will be held out of the lineup at least until Friday, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.

Cabrera was removed from Thursday's World Baseball Classic contest and then missed Venezuela's final game Saturday. His back tightness isn't believed to be a concern for the Tigers, but that could change if Cabrera doesn't get back in the spring training lineup this weekend.

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Steve Pearce
Blue Jays' Steve Pearce: Ready to play left field
Steve Pearce, 1B, TOR
3/22/2017
News: Pearce (elbow) will play left field for the first time this spring in Saturday's Grapefruit League matchup against the Rays, Toronto play-by-play announcer Mike Wilner reports.

Pearce, who underwent surgery in September, began spring camp on a strict throwing program. The team had hoped their new acquisition would be able to regularly man left field this season, but the timeline for when that would happen has been a bit hazy until now. Things have started to clear up in recent days as general manager Ross Atkins said there's a "possibility" Pearce will be able to play left on Opening Day. Pearce played just 19 games in the outfield last season -- his fewest since 2011 -- so he missed the eligibility cutoff in many leagues by one game. Assuming his arm is ready for the workload, the veteran's fantasy value will get a nice boost by mid-May when his position flexibility increases.

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Greg Bird
Yankees' Greg Bird: Place atop depth chart confirmed
Greg Bird, 1B, NYY
3/22/2017
News: Yankees manager Joe Girardi confirmed that Bird will be the team's starting first baseman, MLB.com's Bryan Hoch reports.

Bird might have faced a bit of pressure from Chris Carter if he had struggled this spring, but the 24-year-old has put the issue to rest by posting a .421 batting average and four home runs in 38 Grapefruit League at-bats. Bird also made the most of last year's late-season call-up, recording a .261/.343/.529 slash line with 11 home runs in 46 games (157 at-bats). He could still be rested semi-regularly against southpaws but should be locked into the lineup against all right-handers.

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Matt Adams
Cardinals' Matt Adams: Could get a shot in outfield
Matt Adams, 1B, STL
3/22/2017
News: Adams may get a look in the outfield during Wednesday's spring training game, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.

With Matt Carpenter locked in as the starting first baseman, Adams has no clear path to regular at-bats, even though the Cardinals are optimistic his offseason weight loss will translate into improved performance. He presumably won't be ready for significant playing time in the outfield early in the season, but it is possible his improved mobility could allow him to contribute as the year progresses. Adams is enjoying a strong spring at the plate, boasting a .294 batting average and four home runs in 34 at-bats, albeit with 14 strikeouts.

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Sam Travis
Red Sox's Sam Travis: Knocks in two Tuesday
Sam Travis, 1B, BOS
3/21/2017
News: Travis went 2-for-4 with two RBI in Tuesday's game against the Yankees.

Travis had sat out one game after taking a pitch off the knee Sunday. The 23-year-old has rebounded well from knee surgery in 2016 and hasn't lost a beat at the plate. He'll start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he can continue to refine his defense, but he should reach Boston at some point this season. His path to the majors is limited to first base or DH, positions currently occupied by Mitch Moreland and Hanley Ramirez, but a Ramirez injury doesn't so far-fetched.

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Michael Morse
Giants' Mike Morse: Several weeks of rehab ahead
Michael Morse, 1B, SF
3/21/2017
News: Giants manager Bruce Bochy confirmed Tuesday that Morse (hamstring) will require several weeks of rehab to recover from his injury, Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports.

This timetable confirms the fact that Morse will not be available for the Giants on Opening Day. As a non-roster invitee, the 34-year-old will likely open his season at the Triple-A level upon recovery from his injury. He'll have a shot to work his way to the major leagues from there.

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