Todd Frazier
White Sox's Todd Frazier: Homers Monday
Todd Frazier, 3B, CHW
3/27/2017
News: Frazier went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double and two runs scored in Monday's game against the Dodgers, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.

Frazier got off to a slow start with an oblique injury that robbed him of about a week of practice time and then another week of at-bats. He feels he's getting close to where he needs to be, but is batting just .200 (7-for-35) this spring. The 31-year-old feels his spring numbers are the result of the working to get back to using all fields following 2016 when he got pull happy and hit fewer line drives. His 40 homers last year were nice, but he dragged an anchor of a career-low .225 batting average.

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Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson: Cut loose by Orioles
Chris Johnson, 3B, BAL
3/27/2017
News: Johnson was released by the Orioles on Monday, Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports.

Johnson was 18-for-67 with three homers and a 2:17 BB:K (.269/.310/.493) before being released by the Orioles. He played in 113 games with the Marlins last season, slashing .222/.281/.329 with five homers and 24 RBI. The 32-year-old will try to catch on as a reserve infielder somewhere else.

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Adam Rosales
Athletics' Adam Rosales: Laces RBI triple Sunday
Adam Rosales, 3B, OAK
3/27/2017
News: Rosales went 2-for-3 with an RBI triple and two runs in Sunday's 11-1 Cactus League win over the Brewers.

Oakland's utility man extraordinaire raised his spring average to .211 with Sunday's production, which included his fourth extra-base hit in 38 spring at-bats. Despite his struggles at the plate this spring, Rosales' considerable versatility -- he's capable of potentially filling in at up to five positions, including all four infield spots -- figures to provide him with a solid opportunity of holding on to a spot on the 25-man roster.

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Richie Shaffer
Indians' Richie Shaffer: Reassigned to minor-league camp
Richie Shaffer, 3B, CLE
3/27/2017
News: Shaffer was reassigned to the Indians' minor-league camp Sunday.

Shaffer was hoping to win a reserve role in the corner infield, but the contact issues he displayed during Cactus League play (22 strikeouts in 57 at-bats) undermined any chance he had at breaking camp with the team. Expect him to open 2017 with Triple-A Columbus.

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Adrian Beltre
Rangers' Adrian Beltre: Dealing with sore calf
Adrian Beltre, 3B, TEX
3/27/2017
News: Beltre will not play in Monday's spring game due to soreness in his right calf, TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports.

The good news is that this is not the same calf that was bothering Beltre before leaving for the WBC. It's not considered serious, but with Opening Day just a week away, it could possibly be an issue. It will be a situation to monitor so consider him day-to-day until the Rangers note otherwise.

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Cheslor Cuthbert
Royals' Cheslor Cuthbert: Leaves game after HBP
Cheslor Cuthbert, 3B, KC
3/27/2017
News: Cuthbert left Sunday's game after being hit by a pitch in the lower back, Rustin Dodd of the Kansas City Star reports.

The Royals are classifying the injury as a lower-back contusion and listing Cuthbert as day-to-day. Cuthbert started the game at second base, but he is expected to fill a utility role if healthy to begin the season with Raul Mondesi serving as the primary option at the keystone. Through 23 Cactus League games, Cuthbert is batting .246 with five extra-base hits and a 6:8 BB:K.

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Deven Marrero
Red Sox's Deven Marrero: Optioned to minors
Deven Marrero, 3B, BOS
3/27/2017
News: Marrero has been optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports.

Marrero hit well during spring training, batting .302 (13-for-43), but we've learned his bat is not as consistent as his glove. He's diversified himself over the past two seasons and can fill in as a utility player, but he's not ready for a full-time role as evidenced by his .487 minor league OPS last season. This move leaves Josh Rutledge and Marco Hernandez as the main competitors for the 25th man on the roster.

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Jurickson Profar
Rangers' Jurickson Profar: Coming off impressive WBC performance
Jurickson Profar, 3B, TEX
3/26/2017
News: Profar hit .464 (13-for-28) with five doubles, one home run and four RBI for Team Netherlands during the World Baseball Classic.

Once considered the top prospect in all of baseball, Profar has since seen his hype subside quite a bit. Despite that fact, the 24-year-old appears poised to be a key contributor for the Rangers in 2017. Due to his impressive positional versatility, he'll be relied upon as the team's main utility player and could end up seeing regular time in the outfield.

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Trevor Plouffe
Athletics' Trevor Plouffe: Expected back Wednesday
Trevor Plouffe, 3B, OAK
3/26/2017
News: Plouffe (groin) is expected to return to the Athletics' Cactus League lineup Wednesday against the Cubs, Susan Slusser of The San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The Athletics plan to hold Plouffe out for the next few days after he tweaked an abductor muscle Saturday, but the team isn't concerned about the 30-year-old missing much time. After taking some time off to rest, Plouffe is expected to receive an at-bat or two Wednesday, putting him well on track to be ready for Opening Day. He's projected to serve as the team's primary third baseman this season.

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Jose Ramirez
Indians' Jose Ramirez: Expected to man keystone with teammate down
Jose Ramirez, 3B, CLE
3/25/2017
News: Ramirez is expected to work at second base while Jason Kipnis (shoulder) is sidelined, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.

The Indians want to get their money's worth out of Ramirez after just inking him to a four-year contract extension this week. The team will have a battle in the remaining weeks of camp to determine who will start at the hot corner with Ramirez sliding over to the keystone.

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