Matt McBride
Athletics' Matt McBride: Mild lat strain
Matt McBride, C, OAK
12:00 PM
News: McBride (back) is unable to throw right now due to a mild lat strain, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

He has apparently been able to catch bullpen sessions, but hasn't been throwing back to the mound. It doesn't seem too serious, but McBride is likely locked in as organizational depth regardless.

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Kevin Plawecki
Mets' Kevin Plawecki: X-rays on knee come back negative
Kevin Plawecki, C, NYM
9:35 AM
News: X-rays on Plawecki's left knee game back negative following his departure from Saturday's Grapefruit League game, James Wagner of the New York Times reports.

It appears that Plawecki, who was on the receiving end of a brutal collision Saturday, is fortunately dealing with little more than a contusion and some soreness with the knee, which likely takes a long-term absence off the table. Plawecki will presumably miss at least a few Grapefruit League games while he recovers from the injury, but he appears at limited risk of missing Opening Day.

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Pedro Severino
Nationals' Pedro Severino: Not expected to play until Thursday
Pedro Severino, C, WAS
2/25/2017
News: Severino (shoulder) is not expected to play in a game until Thursday, Jorge Castillo of the Washington Post reports.

The 23-year-old is still recovering from shoulder inflammation suffered this offseason, but it appears he'll be back in action shortly. With the acquisition of Matt Wieters, Severino is almost certain to begin 2017 in the minors serving as organizational depth, despite hitting .321 in 16 major league games last year.

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Welington Castillo
Orioles' Welington Castillo: Out with sore neck
Welington Castillo, C, BAL
2/25/2017
News: Castillo was scratched from Saturday's lineup with a sore neck, Rich Dubroff of PressBoxonline.com reports.

Castillo reportedly slept wrong and will take day off to recover. The veteran catcher smashed 14 home runs with the Diamondbacks last season and will take over the role left by Matt Wieters in Baltimore. He's still expected to play for the Dominican Republic in next month's World Baseball Classic.

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Travis d'Arnaud
Mets' Travis d'Arnaud: Two hits in spring opener
Travis d'Arnaud, C, NYM
2/25/2017
News: D'Arnaud went 2-for-2 in Friday's Grapefruit League opener against the Red Sox.

After retooling his swing in the offseason, this was exactly the kind of start the Mets were looking for out of d'Arnaud this spring. He's locked in as the starting catcher to begin 2017, but will need to stay healthy and continue hitting to keep Rene Rivera and Kevin Plawecki from cutting into his playing time.

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Matt Wieters
Nationals' Matt Wieters: Has first workout with Nats on Friday
Matt Wieters, C, WAS
2/25/2017
News: Wieters took part in batting practice and fielding drills Friday, and showed no lingering issues from the wrist injury he suffered in the offseason, The Washington Post reports.

He said Friday he'll need about a week before he'll be ready to catch during Grapefruit League action, as he gets up to speed on the Nats' pitchers, but that doesn't preclude an appearance or two as a DH. Wieters is expected to catch about 120 games this season, which could make it tough for him to record his first 20 home run season since 2013, but if the 30-year-old is fully healthy he should be able to improve on last season's .243/.302/.409 slash line.

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Russell Martin
Blue Jays' Russell Martin: Will receive limited workload
Russell Martin, C, TOR
2/24/2017
News: Martin will be eased into spring training by having a limited defensive workload, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports.

Manager John Gibbons says the plan is to "make sure he gets enough at-bats" before the season begins. Martin underwent minor knee surgery this offseason and it appears the organization is exercising caution regarding his return. In addition, the 33-year-old has a built-in break this March when he joins the Canadian WBC team as a coach for a few days. Martin is expected to start Toronto's Grapefruit League game this Sunday, but he should be well-rested when the regular season begins.

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Kyle Schwarber
Cubs' Kyle Schwarber: Will bat leadoff this season
Kyle Schwarber, C, CHC
2/24/2017
News: Schwarber will bat leadoff for the Cubs this season, Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago reports.

He had been the frontrunner for the spot this offseason, but it was finally confirmed Friday. The strategy for manager Joe Maddon here is to bat Kris Bryant second and Anthony Rizzo third, thus forcing pitchers to face a deadly trio. It's unclear who will take over on Schwarber's off days, but Ben Zobrist, Albert Almora, and Addison Russell have been mentioned as options. Schwarber, meanwhile, will have an immediate chance to contribute after missing nearly the entire 2016 season with a torn ACL and MCL.

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Yasmani Grandal
Dodgers' Yasmani Grandal: Aiming to improve right-handed swing
Yasmani Grandal, C, LAD
2/24/2017
News: Grandal worked on hitting right-handed in the offseason, having recovered from knee and shoulder injuries in recent years that have hindered his ability to conquer left-handed pitching, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports.

The switch-hitter, who also has adopted a meatless diet this offseason, said he was struggling to "sit back (on his right leg) and turn on it" when he was in the righty box, and after his 2013 knee injury, he hit just one home run in his next 126 at-bats there. According to Plunkett, the 28-year-old's launch angle as a right-handed hitter last year was 7.7 degrees, nearly only half of the 14 as a lefty, and it produced a 53.6 percent groundball rate from the right side. Already one of the most intriguing fantasy hitters among catchers, Grandal, who launched 27 home runs last year, could soar into elite territory if he can refine that part of his plate work, which would give him a useful batting average (unlike his career .238 mark). He'll be in high demand during the middle rounds of a mixed draft, especially in OBP variations.

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Chris Herrmann
Diamondbacks' Chris Herrmann: Participates in hitting drills
Chris Herrmann, C, ARI
2/23/2017
News: Herrmann (hand) took batting practice Thursday.

Before spring training arrived, the expectation had been that Herrmann would arrive in full health. While there's yet to be word saying that was the case, seeing him participate in BP is certainly promising. Over the course of spring training, Herrmann will look to establish himself as the club's starting catcher.

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