Albert Pujols
Angels' Albert Pujols: Will solely DH this season
Albert Pujols, DH, LAA
3/23/2017
News: Manager Mike Scioscia said that he has no plans to play Pujols -- who is coming off of foot surgery this past offseason -- at first base this spring, and that it will stay that way indefinitely, according to Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register.

Scioscia added that he felt comfortable with Pujols' defense if he needed to use him there in a pinch during the regular season. Luckily for most fantasy owners, the 37-year-old logged 28 games at first base last season, making him eligible for the position in most standard fantasy formats. For those that need him to make a start in the field to gain eligibility, it may be a while before that day comes. From a fantasy perspective, serving as the team's full-time designated hitter bodes well for the aging superstar's health, and should keep him a viable fantasy option based on his ability to smack home runs and drive in runs while hitting behind Mike Trout this season.

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Joey Gallo
Rangers' Joey Gallo: Downplays hammy injury
Joey Gallo, DH, TEX
3/22/2017
News: Gallo (hamstring) downplayed his recent injury, saying he doesn't expect to miss much time, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Gallo was out for six weeks after injuring the same hamstring in the Venezuelan Winter League, but his comments suggest he received encouraging results from Tuesday's MRI. He's expected to open the year with Triple-A Round Rock, playing third base, first base and left field. Gallo's bid for an Opening Day roster spot hasn't gained much traction, as he's struck out 19 times in 42 Cactus League at-bats, and the Rangers' other position players have mostly stayed healthy.

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Nelson Cruz
Mariners' Nelson Cruz: Returning to Mariners camp Tuesday
Nelson Cruz, DH, SEA
3/21/2017
News: Cruz is expected back in Mariners camp from the World Baseball Classic on Tuesday, Doug Miller of MLB.com reports.

The veteran slugger hit .300 (6-for-20) with three home runs and five RBI in the WBC as Team Dominican Republic fell short in its bid to advance to the tournament's semi-final round with a loss to Team USA on Saturday night. Manager Scott Servais has indicated he'll likely wait until Wednesday or Thursday to get Cruz back into game action considering he got plenty of game action during the WBC.

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Byung Ho Park
Twins' Byungho Park: Hits fourth spring training home run
Byung Ho Park, DH, MIN
3/20/2017
News: Park went 1-for-2 and and hit his fourth home run of the spring in Monday's win over Toronto.

Park has had an outstanding spring training, hitting .394 (13-for-33) and striking out in just 23 percent of his plate appearances (compared to 32.8 percent last year in the majors). Kennys Vargas began the spring as the leading candidate for the starting DH job, but Park may have overtaken him for the role. However, the competition may not be decided until the end of training camp since Vargas has missed time while playing for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic.

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Preston Tucker
Astros' Preston Tucker: Plays in minor league game
Preston Tucker, DH, HOU
3/20/2017
News: Tucker (shoulder) went 0-for-2 with a walk in a minor league spring game on Monday, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

It was Tucker's first appearance of spring after spending all offseason rehabbing from shoulder surgery. The Astros have taken it slow with him until this point, and it doesn't seem like they'll rush him now, seeing as the 26-year-old is in line to start the season at Triple-A Fresno.

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