Preston Tucker
Astros' Preston Tucker: Expects to be ready for spring training
Preston Tucker, DH, HOU
1/22/2017
News: Tucker (shoulder) said he expects to resume baseball-related activities in the next two weeks and should be ready to go when spring training opens.

Tucker underwent shoulder surgery last September to repair the acromion, a bony projection on the shoulder blade. He bashed 13 homers in 98 games as a rookie in 2015 and opened 2016 as the team's regular designated hitter, but the playing time dwindled as his average quickly descended. He was making less contact in 2016 and now finds himself battling for a fourth-outfielder job entering 2017.

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Byung Ho Park
Twins' Byungho Park: Begins taking batting practice
Byung Ho Park, DH, MIN
1/13/2017
News: Park has been taking batting practice for the first time since surgery to repair a tendon in his right middle finger and has no limitations, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. "He's healthy; he's hitting," said Twins manager Paul Molitor.

Park began last year as Minnesota's starting DH after hitting 50 home runs in each of his previous two seasons while playing for Nexen of the Korean Baseball Organization. While he showed power in the majors with 12 home runs in 62 games, he struggled to make contact and hit just .191/.275/.409. He was demoted to Triple-A in July and failed to impress (hitting .224/.297/.526) before season-ending thumb surgery. Park will compete for the starting DH job or a bench spot this spring.

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Albert Pujols
Angels' Albert Pujols: Undergoes surgery Friday
Albert Pujols, DH, LAA
12/2/2016
News: Pujols underwent surgery Friday to release his right plantar fascia.

In a press release, the Angels said the estimated time to return to play following this procedure is typically four months. That puts Pujols' status for the start of the year in some question, but Pujols is a 10-time All-Star and doesn't need a full spring training to prepare for the regular season. In his age-36 season, Pujols hit .268/.323/.457 with 31 homers, marking his 14th season with 30-plus home runs.

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Avisail Garcia
White Sox's Avisail Garcia: Avoids arbitration with new deal
Avisail Garcia, DH, CHW
12/2/2016
News: Garcia signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the White Sox, avoiding arbitration, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports.

Garcia's 2016 campaign was a replica of his 2015 output in many ways, as his 12 home runs, .245 average, and .692 OPS were all in the same ballpark as his production in those departments the year before. He'll probably be the DH on most days, but he started 51 games in the outfield last season, so he could see some time in one of the corner spots when either Melky Cabrera or Adam Eaton need a day off.

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Jon Singleton
Astros' Jonathan Singleton: Outrighted to Triple-A Fresno
Jon Singleton, DH, HOU
11/22/2016
News: Singleton cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Fresno on Tuesday, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

As expected, the former top prospect will remain an Astro farmhand after no teams were interested in picking up his bat that hasn't produced a major league batting average above .200. Singleton's power is intriguing, but he'll be nothing more than an organizational depth piece until he can make more contact.

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