Todd Frazier
White Sox's Todd Frazier: Sits out with left side soreness
Todd Frazier, 3B, CHW
2:40 PM
News: Frazier did not participate in any drills Wednesday due to soreness in his left side, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Despite the vague setback, the White Sox seem to be fairly unconcerned about the issue. They predict that Frazier will be able to return to action in a day or two, so consider the third baseman day-to-day for the time being.

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Jung Ho Kang
Pirates' Jung Ho Kang: Timeline set for Korean penalty
Jung Ho Kang, 3B, PIT
11:30 AM
News: Kang admitted to his DUI charges in Korean court Tuesday and will face a verdict hearing on March 3, DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.

In a meeting with reporters Monday, Pirates team owner Bob Nutting declined to say whether the Bucs will discipline Kang when he returns. The commissioner's office is first expected to impose any penalties. Accordingly, Kang won't likely report to camp until after March 3. David Freese will handle third base duties in the interim.

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Danny Valencia
Mariners' Danny Valencia: Gets in work at third base Tuesday
Danny Valencia, 3B, SEA
11:00 AM
News: Valencia, who's primarily expected to platoon at first base with rookie Dan Vogelbach this season, got in work at third base Tuesday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

The veteran has played third base more than any other position in his career, but that role is fully in Kyle Seager's possession in Seattle. While manager Scott Servais wants to give Valencia some work at his previous position as a contigency plan-- and perhaps in anticipation of some spot starts when Seager rests during the coming season -- the main priority remains getting him acclimated at first. "He'll probably be mostly at first throughout the spring," Servais said. "He will play a day or two at third and get some time in the outfield, but we want to get him comfortable there at first."

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David Wright
Mets' David Wright: Throws again Tuesday
David Wright, 3B, NYM
10:20 AM
News: Wright played catch Tuesday, just the second time he's thrown a baseball since neck surgery last June, The New York Daily News reports.

The Mets are keeping Wright's throwing sessions out of the public eye for now, and manager Terry Collins' comments afterwards suggested that Wright's efforts are less than impressive at the moment. "We want to make sure when he starts out there throwing in front of everybody that he's ready to let loose," Collins said. Wright will DH during Grapefruit League games to begin the spring as well as get at-bats during minor league games, and Collins suggested it could be a few weeks before the Mets consider using Wright in the field.

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Nick Castellanos
Tigers' Nick Castellanos: Could bat second
Nick Castellanos, 3B, DET
10:00 AM
News: Castellanos is a candidate to bat second this season, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports.

Castellanos did not bat second at any point in 2016, as he primarily filled the No. 5 or 6 slots in the lineup. Manager Brad Ausmus is looking to figure out the best way to line up his power bats. Castellanos is primed for a big season if he's healthy, but batting second would limit his RBI potential. It might set him up to score more runs, however. And he could see some good pitches to hit batting in front of Miguel Cabrera everyday.

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Evan Longoria
Rays' Evan Longoria: Out for second straight day Tuesday
Evan Longoria, 3B, TB
2/21/2017
News: Longoria (illness) missed a second straight day of workouts Tuesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Although he made an appearance in the clubhouse, Longoria was subsequently sent home due to the high fever he still was saddled with. He remains firmly day-to-day, and his availability for Friday's Grapefuit League opener would get murkier with each additional day he's sidelined.

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Matt Duffy
Rays' Matt Duffy: Feels good after first batting practice session
Matt Duffy, 3B, TB
2/21/2017
News: Duffy reported that his surgically repaired left heel felt good after his first batting practice session of the spring, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Duffy had tracked pitches in Monday's workout, and as expected, was a full participant in Tuesday's batting practice session. The Rays' shortstop's workload will continue to be carefully managed, but progressively ramped up as the spring unfolds.

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Chris Taylor
Dodgers' Chris Taylor: Candidate for utility infielder
Chris Taylor, 3B, LAD
2/21/2017
News: Taylor is one of several options being considered for a backup utility infielder position heading into the regular season, MLB.com's Ken Gurnick reports.

General manager Farhad Zaidi said that the club wants to carry an extra backup infielder who has experience at short. Taylor fits the bill and will compete with Enrique Hernandez and Charlie Culberson this spring. He has a career slash line of .234/.289/.309 in 318 career plate appearances, so he will have to really stand out to earn a roster spot.

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Mike Moustakas
Royals' Mike Moustakas: Eager to play in games
Mike Moustakas, 3B, KC
2/21/2017
News: Moustakas (knee) has been participating in spring training workouts.

Heading into spring training, Moustakas said that he felt as though he was nearing full health after tearing his ACL early in the 2016 campaign. He'd indicated that the club was going to gradually ease him back over the course of their early workouts, but all signs point to the 28-year-old third baseman being ready for action once Opening Day rolls around.

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Adam Rosales
Athletics' Adam Rosales: In line for "super utility" role in 2017
Adam Rosales, 3B, OAK
2/21/2017
News: Rosales, who returned to the A's on a one-year, $1.25 million contract in January, could potentially back up five positions in 2017, Joe Stiglich of CSN Bay Area reports.

The veteran jack-of-all-trades may really get an opportunity to live up to his reputation for positional versatility this season, as he's projected to potentially back up all four infield positions and left field if necessary. For Rosales, who smacked a career-high 13 homers in 2016 but hit under .230 for the second consecutive season, his ability to provide solid defensive play wherever he's deployed has been the key to staying gainfully employed in the big leagues for nine seasons. Depending on how spring training plays out, the 33-year-old could serve as the A's' sole backup infielder in 2017.

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