Eduardo Nunez
Giants' Eduardo Nunez: Optimistic for Opening Day despite sore shoulder
Eduardo Nunez, 3B, SF
6:24 PM
News: Nunez (shoulder) may serve as the Giants' designated hitter over the weekend and is unsure when he'll be ready to return to his post in the infield, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. "I think we're good for Opening Day," Nunez added Thursday.

The versatile infielder received two different cortisone shots in his ailing shoulder Wednesday and is set to be rested over the next few days. He could be ready to log more at-bats over the weekend, however. Baggarly noted that Nunez feels he's had enough at-bats and innings in the field this spring to where he should be ready for Opening Day even if he's limited over the latter portion of spring training.

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Matt Carpenter
Cardinals' Matt Carpenter: Four RBI in Wednesday win
Matt Carpenter, 3B, STL
2:41 PM
News: Carpenter went 2-for-3 with four RBI from a sacrifice fly, RBI single and two-run triple in Wednesday's 6-1 Grapefruit League win over the Nationals.

Carpenter looks fully recovered from the back woes that plagued him last week, and is enjoying his spot in the middle of the order after hitting leadoff in the past. The Cardinals starting first baseman is now hitting .333 (5-for-15) with a triple, home run, seven RBI, two walks and a run over nine spring games.

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Jeimer Candelario
Cubs' Jeimer Candelario: Sent to Triple-A
Jeimer Candelario, 3B, CHC
1:39 PM
News: Candelario was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Thursday, Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago reports.

Candelario saw his major league debut last season with the Cubs, but he was only able to collect one hit in 11 at-bats during his short lived stint. He tried to force his way back to the majors this spring, but his .235/.278/.373 slash line across 51 at-bats wasn't quite enough to earn him a spot in the Cubs' overcrowded infield.

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Jung Ho Kang
Pirates' Jung Ho Kang: Set to miss Opening Day
Jung Ho Kang, 3B, PIT
8:19 AM
News: Pirates GM Neal Huntington stated Thursday morning that Kang (restricted list) will not be ready for Opening Day, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Kang appears to still be waiting for a work visa to enter the United States, but the at-bats he's missing by not being a part of Spring Training are starting to pile up. Though he should be OK from a physical standpoint, the Pirates likely want him to see a set number of at-bats before the organization is comfortable tossing him into a Major League game. The recent development is another slight knock on his fantasy value, though the bigger question mark about when he'll actually be back is a more serious detriment to prospective owners heading into draft day.

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Eugenio Suarez
Reds' Eugenio Suarez: Strong numbers despite recent skid
Eugenio Suarez, 3B, CIN
3/22/2017
News: Suarez has gone 10-for-35 with two doubles, two home runs, seven RBI, two walks and nine strikeouts through 14 spring games.

The numbers for Suarez in Cactus League play are strong, but he hasn't been quite as dialed in of late, going just 2-for-12 with five strikeouts in his last five games. Suarez endured some rough stretches last season, most notably in May and September, but his final numbers were good enough to put him near the top 20 at third base in terms of 5x5 fantasy production. He will once again enter the season as the Reds' primary third baseman.

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Yadiel Rivera
Brewers' Yadiel Rivera: Optioned by Brewers
Yadiel Rivera, 3B, MIL
3/22/2017
News: Rivera was optioned to minor-league camp Wednesday, MLB.com's Adam McCalvy reports.

Rivera opened 2016 with the Brewers as a utility infielder, but that job has since been claimed by Hernan Perez, so the team decided to send Rivera to the minors in order to get regular at-bats. Rivera figures to be the primary shortstop for Triple-A Colorado Springs.

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Travis Shaw
Brewers' Travis Shaw: Swinging hot bat this spring
Travis Shaw, 3B, MIL
3/22/2017
News: Shaw went 10-for-21 (.476) with two home runs, three doubles, and five RBI over his last seven spring games and owns a 1.123 OPS during the exhibition season.

Shaw has adjusted well since joining his new team over the offseason and has found a home in the middle of the Brewers' batting order. Shaw struggled mightily against left-handers last season (.599 OPS) and thus is unlikely to be in the lineup often against southpaws, but he has handled them well so far this spring, posting a .946 OPS over -- albeit a small sample size -- 16 plate appearances.

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Yangervis Solarte
Padres' Yangervis Solarte: Returns to team from WBC
Yangervis Solarte, 3B, SD
3/21/2017
News: Solarte was back in the Padres' lineup Monday, going 1-for-3 in a win over the Rangers.

The 29-year-old was participating in the World Baseball Classic for Team Venezuela. Manager Andy Green expressed concerns that his infielder wasn't receiving enough playing time in the tournament (3-for-6 in five games), so it would make sense for Solarte to see regular at-bats in the final couple weeks of spring training to get back up to speed with his teammates. The switch-hitting infielder had a career-year last season, hitting .286 with 15 home runs and 71 RBI in 443 plate appearances. Assuming good health, he should easily surpass 500 plate appearances as an everyday player and gain second base eligibility (if he didn't already possess it), making him a potentially under-valued asset.

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Jhonny Peralta
Cardinals' Jhonny Peralta: Could start at third base on Opening Day
Jhonny Peralta, 3B, STL
3/21/2017
News: Peralta could be the Cardinals' Opening Day starter at third base, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Rick Hummel reports.

While manager Mike Matheny commended Peralta's defensive actions at third base and was excited to see the strength back in his swing, he was not interested in declaring whether Peralta or Jedd Gyorko would start at the hot corner on Opening Day, but Hummel suspects it will be Peralta. His .685 OPS in 35 at-bats this spring does not inspire much confidence, but the team likes what they are seeing after Peralta dealt with a torn thumb ligament last season. He is coming to grips with the fact that his career as a regular shortstop is likely over, and is aware that with the move to third base, more pressure will be put on his bat. Matt Carpenter and Aledmys Diaz figure to play almost every day, but the deployment of Peralta, Gyorko, Kolten Wong, and Matt Adams should be a source of great frustration for fantasy owners this season.

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Adonis Garcia
Braves' Adonis Garcia: Back in lineup Tuesday
Adonis Garcia, 3B, ATL
3/21/2017
News: Garcia (hamstring) will play third base and bat third in the order in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Nationals.

After missing a week and a half with the hamstring strain, Garcia has been cleared to rejoin the lineup and looks like he'll be at little risk of missing the start of the regular season. Garcia seems the clear frontrunner to serve as the Opening Day starter at third base, but the 31-year-old looks like he may only be a placeholder for the rebuilding Braves until prospect Rio Ruiz is ready to take over.

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