Gift Ngoepe
Pirates' Gift Ngoepe: Sent to Triple-A Indianapolis
Gift Ngoepe, 2B, PIT
3:30 PM
News: Ngoepe was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Tuesday, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Despite an outstanding spring showing that saw him go 18-for-42 (.429) over 21 games, Ngoepe will start the season with Indianapolis. However, while the possibility exists that he could be called up to the majors at some point in 2017, barring an injury to Jordy Mercer, Ngoepe's fantasy value will remain limited.

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Daniel Murphy
Nationals' Daniel Murphy: Out with illness
Daniel Murphy, 2B, WAS
2:54 PM
News: Murphy has missed the last two days dealing with an illness, Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com reports.

It's unclear how much longer Murphy will be sidelined with the illness, so consider the 31-year-old day-to-day until the Nationals note otherwise.

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Ryan Schimpf
Padres' Ryan Schimpf: Stays hot Monday
Ryan Schimpf, 2B, SD
1:23 PM
News: Schimpf went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in Monday's 12-2 win over Seattle.

The homer was the infielder's second in his last four starts (4-for-10 over that span). The recent power surge gives fantasy owners a glimpse of what Schimpf brings to the table (power at the expense of batting average). He is currently locked in a position battle with Cory Spangenberg for the Padres' starting third base gig, but continued success at the plate will only help the 28-year-old's bid as we inch closer to Opening Day.

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Hernan Iribarren
Reds' Hernan Iribarren: Reassigned to minors
Hernan Iribarren, 2B, CIN
1:17 PM
News: Iribarren was reassigned to the Reds' minor-league camp Tuesday.

After spending six straight seasons at the Triple-A level, Iribarren surfaced in the big leagues with the Reds in the second half of 2016, but was never considered part of the club's long-term plans and was outrighted from the roster shortly after the season. He re-signed with the team on a minor-league deal in the offseason and will continue to function as organizational infield depth. Iribarren should play regularly with Triple-A Louisville, but given his standing as a non-roster player, it may take a number of injuries to the infield ranks before he receives another look from the Reds.

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Tony Renda
Reds' Tony Renda: Reassigned to minor league camp
Tony Renda, 2B, CIN
12:46 PM
News: Renda was reassigned to minor league camp Tuesday, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

A .295/.404/.523 showing in the Cactus League wasn't enough for Renda to force his way back onto the 40-man roster after being outrighted in December. The 26-year-old Renda appeared to hurt himself on a diving play last weekend but there has been no indication that it will keep off the field to begin the minor league season. He figures to spend most of the year at Triple-A Louisville.

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Scooter Gennett
Reds' Scooter Gennett: Claimed off waivers by Reds
Scooter Gennett, 2B, MIL
12:28 PM
News: Gennett was claimed off waivers by the Reds on Tuesday, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

A corresponding move to free up a spot on the 40-man roster was not immediately announced by the Reds. Gennett, 26, has only ever started at second base in the majors, but he's been working out in the outfield this spring in hopes of increasing his versatility. Rosecrans suggests Gennett could also see time at third base with Cincinnati. Gennett owns a .294/.330/.446 career batting line against right-handed pitching, compared to just .187/.237/.254 against lefties.

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Ben Zobrist
Cubs' Ben Zobrist: Returns from neck issue Tuesday
Ben Zobrist, 2B, CHC
10:36 AM
News: Zobrist (neck) plans to play Tuesday and Wednesday, the Chicago Tribune's Mark Gonzales reports.

The stiff neck cost him over a week of game action, so he will also get some extra at-bats Wednesday in a minor league game in an effort to get back up to speed. He is on track to be ready for the start of the season.

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T.J. Rivera
Mets' T.J. Rivera: Homers Monday
T.J. Rivera, 2B, NYM
9:58 AM
News: Rivera went 2-for-3 with a three-run home run in Monday's split-squad game against the Marlins.

The 28-year-old is now hitting .303 with a .606 SLG in 33 at-bats this spring as he looks to win a bench spot with the Mets. The fact that Wilmer Flores can play the same positions and also hits right-handed does make Rivera somewhat superfluous on the 25-man roster, however, so even if he does break camp on the big-league roster, his playing time will be very limited.

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Josh Harrison
Pirates' Josh Harrison: May move around infield
Josh Harrison, 2B, PIT
9:07 AM
News: Harrison could see time at third base in addition to second base, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. "There may be opportunity for conversation if we get short in a position," Hurdle said. "If situations change, I do think there is a buy-in that's real with him. I do think his versatility can help him."

With third baseman Jung Ho Kang (restricted list) out indefinitely, the team is expected to primarily play David Freese at third base. If he struggles like he did at the end of 2016, however, look for Harrison to take over the hot corner and Adam Frazier to start at second base. Harrison had his best seasons as a super-utility player and could reprise that role in 2017.

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Joe Panik
Giants' Joe Panik: X-rays negative after hit by pitch
Joe Panik, 2B, SF
3/27/2017
News: Panik was diagnosed with a bruise on his right scapula after taking a hit by pitch in a spring training game Monday, Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports.

X-rays were precautionary, as the Giants didn't expect a major injury, but confirmation is always good. It wouldn't be surprising if Panik sits out of spring action for a few days, but he should be ready to go come Opening Day.

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