Benji Gonzalez
Twins' Benji Gonzalez: Won't make 25-man roster
Benji Gonzalez, 2B, MIN
3/26/2017
News: Gonzalez has been told he won't make Minnesota's final 25-man roster, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Gonzalez hit .371 (13-for-35) and made a strong impression in spring training. He could be called up early in the season if the Twins need a utility infielder.

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Cory Spangenberg
Padres' Cory Spangenberg: Big day Saturday
Cory Spangenberg, 2B, SD
3/26/2017
News: Spangenberg went 3-for-4 with his first home run of the spring in Saturday's loss to the Giants.

The speedy infielder is currently locked in a position battle with Ryan Schimpf for regular at-bats at third base. Both players recently returned from minor injuries and both have played well this spring. Both infielders also bring different playing styles to the table; Schimpf is a free-swinging power threat, while Spangenberg offers speed and defense. Manager Andy Green hasn't tipped his hand regarding who his starter will be, leaving both players as deep league targets heading towards Opening Day.

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Devon Travis
Blue Jays' Devon Travis: On track to be ready for Opening Day
Devon Travis, 2B, TOR
3/26/2017
News: Travis (knee) is expected to avoid the disabled list and be ready to play on Opening Day, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.

It was only a couple of weeks ago that Travis was expected to start the campaign on the DL, so his potential availability on Opening Day is a major development. "He cleared a big hurdle," Jays manager John Gibbons said on Sunday morning. "I was impressed watching him. He has played a couple of games in a row now and he's played a couple of games in the field. There's nothing definite yet, but it certainly looks like [he'll be ready]." Gibbons may not have fully committed to the plan, but it's unlikely the 26-year-old will miss Opening Day unless he suffers an unexpected setback in the coming days. Travis, a career .301 hitter with a .342 on-base percentage, will be the team's leadoff hitter in 2017.

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Daniel Murphy
Nationals' Daniel Murphy: Two hits, two RBI on Saturday
Daniel Murphy, 2B, WAS
3/26/2017
News: Murphy went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and two RBI in Saturday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros.

He also struck out twice, an indication that Murphy still has a bit of work to do at the plate to get ready for Opening Day after he barely played during the WBC. Expect the 31-year-old to receive as many at-bats as he can handle over the final week as he looks to recapture the form that produced a career year in 2016.

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Tyler Saladino
White Sox's Tyler Saladino: Set to start at second base after hot spring
Tyler Saladino, 2B, CHW
3/25/2017
News: Saladino is hitting .364 with three home runs this spring. He's projected to start at second base with Yoan Moncada sent to Triple-A.

Saladino has had an impressive spring with a 1.122 OPS in 44 at-bats, but his status as the starter at second base may not last long. Moncada is Chicago's top prospect and could be recalled early in the season.

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Robinson Cano
Mariners' Robinson Cano: Remains on shelf due to illness
Robinson Cano, 2B, SEA
3/25/2017
News: Cano was sent home Saturday as the team continues to battle a nasty virus sweeping the clubhouse, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

The veteran second baseman needs the at-bats down the stretch, but he also just got back from playing in the World Baseball Classic, so being ill for a few days shouldn't set him back much.

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Erik Gonzalez
Indians' Erik Gonzalez: In mix for starting hot corner job
Erik Gonzalez, 2B, CLE
3/25/2017
News: Gonzalez is among a handful of players battling for the starting third base job on Opening Day, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

Gonzalez is in the hunt for the starting third base job with Jose Ramirez expected to slide over to second base with Jason Kipnis (shoulder) on the shelf. He will be battling Giovanny Urshela, Yandy Diaz and Richie Shaffer for the gig.

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Kolten Wong
Cardinals' Kolten Wong: Could open year in platoon
Kolten Wong, 2B, STL
3/25/2017
News: Wong could open the season in a platoon at second base, MLB.com's Jenifer Langosch reports.

Manager Mike Matheny cited the need to keep Greg Garcia, Jedd Gyorko and Matt Adams fresh as a reason for Wong potentially not seeing everyday at-bats. Wong entered Saturday hitting .190/.277/.262 this spring, which also hasn't helped his case. Gyorko could serve as the right-handed complement to Wong, while Garcia's glove could earn him an occasional start at the keystone against either righties or lefties. When investing in Wong, factor in the likelihood that he only starts against right-handed pitchers this year.

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Nolan Fontana
Angels' Nolan Fontana: Optioned to minors
Nolan Fontana, 2B, LAA
3/25/2017
News: Fontana was optioned to the minors Friday, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports.

The 25-year-old had a nice spring, batting .270 with a home run and eight RBI in 37 at-bats. The Angels already have their middle infield set with Andrelton Simmons, Danny Espinosa and Cliff Pennington all healthy, leaving no room for the rookie shortstop. Fontana will start the year with Triple-A Salt Lake and should be the first to get the call to the majors should any of the aforementioned players go down to injury.

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Jason Kipnis
Indians' Jason Kipnis: Making progress in rehab
Jason Kipnis, 2B, CLE
3/25/2017
News: Kipnis (shoulder) began swinging in a cage and participating in light throwing Friday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

Despite the incremental progress, Kipnis is still unlikely to return before mid-April and will open the season on the 10-day DL. The veteran infielder has been hampered by the nagging injury throughout spring camp, appearing in just two games. Michael Martinez will likely man the keystone until his return.

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