Pablo Sandoval
Red Sox's Pablo Sandoval: Winning over fans with hustle
Pablo Sandoval, 3B, BOS
2:15 PM
News: Sandoval attempted to bunt his way on base during Saturday's game against the Twins in an effort to beat an infield shift.

Sandoval was thrown out at first base, but he made it close play with his hustle down the line and earned a robust round of applause from the partisan fans at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers (Fla.). Beating infield shifts has been a point of emphasis during training camp and Sandoval took the initiative when an opportunity presented itself. The Red Sox don't want him bunting to beat a shift every time he sees one, but the attempt was viewed positively by manager John Farrell. Sandoval has much to prove entering the third year of a five-year contract that can only be viewed as a terrible signing. He's made a few hustle plays early on during spring training games, suggesting the third baseman is aware of his situation.

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Nick Castellanos
Tigers' Nick Castellanos: Still out of lineup
Nick Castellanos, 3B, DET
11:50 AM
News: Castellanos (illness) is feeling better but remains out of the lineup for the Tigers on Sunday, Evan Woodbury of MLive reports.

He is feeling well enough to hit and throw lightly, but won't play today against the Mets. It isn't anything serious, and he'll likely be back in the lineup for the next spring game.

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Edwin Encarnacion
Indians' Edwin Encarnacion: Delivers for new team in spring debut
Edwin Encarnacion, 3B, CLE
11:20 AM
News: Encarnacion, in his spring debut, went 2-for-2 and drove in a run Saturday against the Reds.

It didn't take long for Encarnacion to look comfortable in an Indians uniform. Cleveland's prize off-season acquisition delivered the team's first run of the spring season with a first-inning RBI single to left field. Encarnacion will serve as the new cleanup hitter for the Tribe's potent lineup. He manned first base on Saturday, but he will also see time as the club's designated hitter this season.

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Matt Davidson
White Sox's Matt Davidson: Fill-in starter at third base Saturday
Matt Davidson, 3B, CHW
8:25 AM
News: Davidson started at third base Saturday in place of the injured Todd Frazier (oblique). He went 1-for-2 with a run scored and a strikeout.

While Frazier continues to deal with the injury, Davidson is the first man up for at-bats at third base. Once Frazier is ready to play, Davidson will get opportunities at designated hitter, a spot in the lineup that's still up for grabs.

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Todd Frazier
White Sox's Todd Frazier: Targets Monday for baseball acitivity
Todd Frazier, 3B, CHW
2/25/2017
News: Frazier (oblique) is targeting Monday for starting more baseball activities, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports.

There's certainly reason for optimism here and Frazier says it's "a really good sign." The two-time All-Star is taking a cautious approach for his return to action after suffering the injury during a hitting drill this week. It will likely be some time before Frazier sees live game action, but the minor progress is encouraging. Expect Tyler Saladino and Matt Davidson to get opportunities in his absence.

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Josh Donaldson
Blue Jays' Josh Donaldson: Takes part in baseball activities
Josh Donaldson, 3B, TOR
2/24/2017
News: Donaldson (calf) played catch and took batting practice in a cage Friday, John Lott of The Athletic reports.

Donaldson reportedly still has a hitch in his gait, but says he "feels good." The three-time All-Star has been steadily progressing since straining his calf while running the bases last week. Expect him to return to game action in early-to-mid March, barring any unforeseen setbacks.

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Jurickson Profar
Rangers' Jurickson Profar: Will play outfield in WBC
Jurickson Profar, 3B, TEX
2/24/2017
News: Netherlands manager Hensley Meulens said Profar will work as an outfielder in the World Baseball Classic, Peter Gammons of Gammons Daily reports.

Gammons also confirms previous reports that Profar will start in the Rangers outfield against right-handed pitching. Working in left field during the WBC should help him hone a position he fleetingly has played before. With his new clear-cut opportunity, Profar, named the No. 1 prospect in baseball for the 2013 season, is worth a dice roll in deep fantasy leagues as a post-hype sleeper entering his age-24 season.

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Adrian Beltre
Rangers' Adrian Beltre: To begin jogging
Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX
2/24/2017
News: Beltre (calf) will start jogging Friday, TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports.

The veteran is still aiming to start for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, so he's trying ramp up activities a bit despite an injury that's dogged him in numerous springs. Heading into his age-38 season, Beltre carries a steady track record but more risk to miss time due to his age. His performance in rehab and the World Baseball Classic, if he makes it there, must be monitored heading into fantasy drafts.

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Luis Valbuena
Angels' Luis Valbuena: No limitations due to hamstring
Luis Valbuena, 3B, LAA
2/23/2017
News: Valbuena is not limited by the hamstring surgery he underwent last August and is ready to compete for the Angels' first base job, the Orange County Register reports.

Valbuena followed up his breakout campaign in 2015 with an even better start to the 2016 season, slashing a career-best .260/.357/.459 with 16 homers in 90 games prior to going down with a season-ending hamstring injury. Now that he is healthy, the 31-year-old is ready to compete with C.J. Cron for the lion's share of at-bats at first base. Despite their opposite handedness, both batters' splits indicate that they are better against righties, so a strict platoon isn't a guarantee. This will be a battle to monitor this spring because the winner will be a high power upside option in fantasy.

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Ronald Torreyes
Yankees' Ronald Torreyes: Expected to work in outfield during spring
Ronald Torreyes, 3B, NYY
2/23/2017
News: Torreyes will likely see some time in the outfield this spring, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.

Torreyes was primarily a reserve utility infielder for the Bronx Bombers last season, although he did log a pair of appearances in right field. It seems that the Yankees are attempting to turn him into a super utility player, which should help him maintain his spot on the major league roster even with New York's prospects knocking on the door to the majors. However, the 24-year-old is still blocked by more talented players at every position on the depth chart, so his fantasy impact will likely still be minimal even with the potential for added positional eligibility.

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