Francisco Cervelli
Pirates' Francisco Cervelli: Returns after foot injury
Francisco Cervelli, C, PIT
3/28/2017
News: Cervelli (foot) went 0-for-3 during Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Red Sox.

Cervelli was scratched from Saturday's lineup after the foot discomfort that had plagued him earlier in camp re-emerged. His return to the lineup Tuesday was an encouraging sign, but this continues to be a situation worth monitoring as the 31-year-old backstop dealt with a similar injury during the 2016 regular season.

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A.J. Ellis
Marlins' A.J. Ellis: Returns to lineup Tuesday
A.J. Ellis, C, MIA
3/28/2017
News: Ellis (hamstring) went 1-for-3 with a run scored during Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Nationals.

Ellis missed extended time with a hamstring strain this spring but seems to have made a full recovery as he played five innings in a minor league game over the weekend and started Tuesday's Grapefruit League contest. He'll open the season as the primary backup catcher to J.T. Realmuto.

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Kevin Plawecki
Mets' Kevin Plawecki: Sent to Triple-A Las Vegas
Kevin Plawecki, C, NYM
3/28/2017
News: Plawecki was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on Tuesday, Marc Carig of Newsday reports.

Plawecki had a respectable showing over 13 Grapefruit League games. While he went 7-for-26 (.269) with a home run, he also struck out eight times. As long as Travis d'Arnaud and Rene Rivera stay healthy, Plawecki will likely remain at the Triple-A level for most of the upcoming season.

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Stuart Turner
Reds' Stuart Turner: Set to break camp with big club
Stuart Turner, C, CIN
3/28/2017
News: Turner looks like a lock to break camp with the Reds after Rob Brantly was reassigned to minor-league camp Tuesday, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

This was expected, but Brantly's reassignment all but cements Turner's spot on the Opening Day roster. A Rule 5 pick, he has gone 13-for-32 with five extra-base hits and more walks (6) than strikeouts (5) in 21 Cactus League games to date. Turner is slated to serve as the backup to Tucker Barnhart with Devin Mesoraco (hip) still not up to speed. The 25-year-old may be offered back to the Twins once Mesoraco is ready to go.

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Rob Brantly
Reds' Rob Brantly: Reassigned to minor league camp
Rob Brantly, C, CIN
3/28/2017
News: Brantly was reassigned to minor league camp Tuesday, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Following this move, Rule 5 pick Stuart Turner now appears locked in as the backup to Tucker Barnhart to begin the year with Devin Mesoraco (hip) still working himself back to full strength. Brantly, a .225/.286/.317 career hitter at the major league level, went 10-for-31 with two doubles, four walks and five strikeouts in 19 Cactus League games.

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Hank Conger
Diamondbacks' Hank Conger: Will make spring debut Tuesday
Hank Conger, C, ARI
3/28/2017
News: Conger will catch and bat eighth in the order during the Diamondbacks' Cactus League game Tuesday against the Mariners, Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic reports.

Conger's presence in the lineup for the first time during Cactus League play indicates that he's no longer bothered by the oblique injury, but he's already been ruled out of consideration for an Opening Day roster spot due to the extensive action he missed. He's expected to serve as organizational catching depth at Triple-A Reno after he was formally reassigned to minor-league camp Monday.

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Andrew Susac
Brewers' Andrew Susac: Not ready for games
Andrew Susac, C, MIL
3/28/2017
News: Susac (neck/shoulder) will be allowed to do some baseball-related activities Tuesday, but is not yet ready to return to game action, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tom Haudricourt reports.

This sounds like it's heading for a DL stint for Susac to open the season, as he would presumably need to get back into game action very soon in order to be ready for the start of the season. Jett Bandy and Manny Pina figure to open the year as the Brewers' tandem behind the dish, but Susac could replace one of them once he is fully healthy.

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Tyler Flowers
Braves' Tyler Flowers: Three more hits Monday
Tyler Flowers, C, ATL
3/28/2017
News: Flowers went 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored and two RBI in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers.

He's caught fire in the waning days of spring training, banging out seven hits in his last 14 at-bats including two doubles and a homer. Flowers may have trouble repeating his .374 BABIP and .270 batting average from 2016, but the 31-year-old should still be productive (for a catcher, anyway) hitting near the bottom of an improving Braves offense.

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Tomas Telis
Marlins' Tomas Telis: Optioned to Triple-A
Tomas Telis, C, MIA
3/28/2017
News: Telis was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans on Tuesday, MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reports.

He hit .308 with an .802 OPS in 26 at-bats this spring on the heels of hitting .308 in 13 plate appearances in the majors last season, so the most recent returns suggest he could offer an empty batting average against major-league pitching. Telis makes a return trip to New Orleans, where he will await an injury to J.T. Realmuto or A.J. Ellis.

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Carson Kelly
Cardinals' Carson Kelly: Optioned to Triple-A
Carson Kelly, C, STL
3/27/2017
News: Kelly was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Monday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Kelly has made a great case in his young minor-league career to become Yadier Molina's successor in St. Louis. He hit .292/.352/.381 for Memphis over 32 games last season -- a particularly impressive mark for a guy who was 5.4 years younger than the average Triple-A player. Eric Fryer will back up Molina for now, but Kelly has a chance to play his way onto the roster in the second half of 2017.

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