Robinson Cano
Mariners' Robinson Cano: To get plenty of reps before WBC
Robinson Cano, 2B, SEA
8:00 PM
News: Cano, who along with teammate Nelson Cruz, will leave the Mariners in March to join Team Dominican Republic in the WBC, will see plenty of action in early spring training games, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports. "They will play a little more than normal before they head off to the WBC. They want to get some timing down and make sure they feel good at the plate. You will see those guys play more than just every other day."

The seven-time All-Star is already penciled in to the third spot in the order for Saturday's Cactus League opener against the Padres at Peoria Stadium, and is likely to see plenty of at-bats in coming games as well. Cano is looking forward to building on a 2016 campaign in which he blasted a career-high 39 homers, and both he and the Mariners appear intent on making sure he enjoys as close to a normal spring training as possible despite his WBC participation.

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Scooter Gennett
Brewers' Scooter Gennett: Will see time in left field
Scooter Gennett, 2B, MIL
12:45 PM
News: Brewers manager Craig Counsell said that Gennett will see as much time in left field as possible with Ryan Braun resting during the first work of spring games, Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Gennett will probably share that job with Hernan Perez as the latter prepares for the World Baseball Classic. Gennett is trying to catch on as a utility player after losing the second base job. His platoon work against right-handed pitching will continue to make him useful, especially for daily fantasy games and daily transaction leagues when he's in the lineup, but how often he'll be in the lineup may depend on several dominoes falling.

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Dilson Herrera
Reds' Dilson Herrera: Will miss WBC with shoulder injury
Dilson Herrera, 2B, CIN
11:10 AM
News: Herrera will not play in the World Baseball Classic due to his recent right shoulder inflammation, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

The shoulder injury will keep Herrera from representing Colombia, but he can still work on hitting during spring action as he tries to lock down a roster spot out of camp. He'll help his cause more when he gets back to manning the field, though. During his age-23 season, he likely will serve a utility role and start a couple of games per week, though the once heralded prospect could play his way into more duties for this rebuilding club.

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DJ LeMahieu
Rockies' DJ LeMahieu: Expected to hit near top of order
DJ LeMahieu, 2B, COL
2/23/2017
News: Rockies manager Bud Black said he'll likely keep LeMahieu near the top of the lineup, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.

In this case, the 2016 NL batting champion again will occupy the two-hole most often behind Charlie Blackmon. LeMahieu crossed the plate 104 times last year, which fueled his fantasy value just as much as the .348 batting average, and keeping a spot near the top increases the odds he'll come close to scoring that much again in this lethal lineup. This news doesn't make Trevor Story owners happy. He'd likely bat seventh with LeMahieu at No. 2.

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Stephen Drew
Nationals' Stephen Drew: Fully recovered from vertigo
Stephen Drew, 2B, WAS
2/23/2017
News: Drew says the vertigo-like symptoms he dealt with last year fully ceased in the offseason, The Washington Post reports. "It took a while to come over that," Drew said. "It was hard to describe. When I got that sick, it's just kind of a freak thing, I don't really know. There's nothing to say like 'Oh, it's this, this, this.' I had no idea. So it's passed and hopefully it won't come back on me."

The 33-year-old played in just 70 games last season, his lowest total since he was a rookie in 2006, but Drew also posted the highest SLG of his career when he was on the field. Given that no official diagnosis for what was causing the symptoms was released, it's tough to completely dismiss the possibility of a relapse, but if Drew does stay healthy in 2017, his role as the primary utility infielder on a team with some aging and injury-prone starters could afford him more playing time than you might think, and some value in deep NL-only leagues.

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Cliff Pennington
Angels' Cliff Pennington: Dealing with flu symptoms
Cliff Pennington, 2B, LAA
2/22/2017
News: Pennington is dealing with flu-like symptoms, Maria Guardado of MLB.com reports.

It's unknown whether the illness has set him back at all in spring training, but it's likely nothing too serious at this point. Pennington hit just .209 in 74 games with the Angels last season and is likely to serve as a reserve infielder this season behind Andrelton Simmons and Danny Espinosa. Consider him day-to-day for now.

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Jace Peterson
Braves' Jace Peterson: Competing for primary utility spot
Jace Peterson, 2B, ATL
2/22/2017
News: Peterson will compete with Chase d'Arnaud for the primary utility spot on the Braves' bench, Zak Kerr of MLB.com reports.

For a rebuilding club, the Braves actually have a fairly set starting lineup following the acquisition of Brandon Phillips, so playing time could be tough to come by for the team's bench. Peterson's better offensive resume could make him manager Brian Snitker's preferred option when someone needs a rest, but the team also lacks any depth in the outfield -- starters Matt Kemp, Ender Inciarte and Nick Markakis are currently the only outfielders on the 40-man roster -- so if d'Arnaud or Peterson show they can handle center field on a semi-regular basis, they could see enough at-bats to become a viable option in deep NL-only leagues.

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Neil Walker
Mets' Neil Walker: Could see at-bats in leadoff spot
Neil Walker, 2B, NYM
2/22/2017
News: Walker will get consideration as the Mets' leadoff hitter this season on days when Jose Reyes isn't in the lineup, The New York Post reports.

He didn't hit any higher than second last season for the Mets, and in his career Walker has only eight at-bats from the leadoff spot, but the Mets don't really have any ideal options for the top of the order in their standard starting eight. With Reyes stuck in a super-utility role, however, the team will need someone else to handle the job, and if Walker and his career .339 OBP do see significant action as the leadoff hitter, he could see a slight uptick in his runs scored.

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Jason Kipnis
Indians' Jason Kipnis: Participating in shoulder-strengthening program
Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE
2/21/2017
News: The Indians' medical and training staff has incorporated a shoulder-strengthening program into Kipnis' spring routine, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

Kipnis did not participate in fielding drills during Monday morning's workout as the team decided to give him a lighter workload. Although the All-Star second baseman wasn't hindered last year, he has dealt with nagging shoulder woes in previous seasons. There's been no official word that Kipnis is experiencing any shoulder issues now, but it's worth noting this new maintenance program.

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Ronny Rodriguez
Indians' Ronny Rodriguez: In hunt for utility role
Ronny Rodriguez, 2B, CLE
2/21/2017
News: Rodriguez is one of three candidates in the race for the team's utility role on the bench, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

Rodriguez is competing for the job against Michael Martinez and Erik Gonzalez, both of whom had stints with the Tribe last season. Although the 24-year-old Rodriguez is the long shot, the coaches are reportedly keeping a close eye on all the possible options. Rodriguez hit .258/.293/.400 with 10 homers, 59 RBI and scored 48 runs for Triple-A Columbus last season.

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